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Really? Is this even possible? Have you actually managed to blow your drivers without blowing your eardrums first? If its rattling on low notes you've got a hair stuck in them. Take off the ear pads and run a lint roller over the foam pad covering the drivers. Or you might have to take them apart, if the hair has gotten all the way inside, so you can suck/blow the hairs out.

 

Gonna do that now, hadn't thought of that.

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Is that a Titanium HD or older Titanium (non-HD).

Is the Fiio E9 plugged into the Titanium's (if HD) headphone jack or RCA line-out jacks?

Just into the headphone jack, and I believe it's the non-HD, it was the fatal1ty version, but without the front panel.

post #16382 of 29490
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Originally Posted by LavenderTown View Post

Complete n00b here, trying to get into this whole headphone thing.

My budget's $100. So that means, either headphones under $100, OR headphones+portable amp (I'm guessing E6 is the only one that would fit my budget?) under $100.

 

So, I know that you hear magical things when you listen to FLAC's, but you can't pick up this difference with cheap headphones/earphones. First question: What's the cheapest pair of headphones I can buy which will let me hear this difference?

Second question: What set would get me the best sound quality under $100?

 

I listen to a lot of different music, alternative, rock, kpop, pop, trance, and so on. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks.

 

EDIT: Isolation's not a priority for me

Superlux HD668B or HD-681

Samson SR850 (made by Superlux)

post #16383 of 29490
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Hi guys, I'm a long time lurker and I've posted here before. In the past, I've owned Audio Technica ATH-M50s (stolen) and a few months ago bought a pair of AT CKM50 IEMs. I like them, but after a couple hours, they start to get uncomfortable. I use my speaker system for watching movies, I'll use my IEMs and my car for listening to music on the go. I want a pair of full size headphones, open or closed, I don't care, that I can use for my PC.

I'll be doing 80% gaming and 20% music. Positional audio and sound stage is obviously important to me for this reason. COMFORT is the biggest issue as I want to be able to wear these for 4-5 hours and not think twice about it. I do have air conditioning, so a material that is a little sweat inducing under outdoor conditions isn't a problem. It's usually 78f in here. I've looked through a few threads on here and have come across suggestions for the Samson SR850, Sennheiser HD 518 and the Audio Technica AD700. Right now I'm leaning towards the SR850 as I've read favorable reviews favoring it over the AD700.

The less I pay the better, but I would say about 100 USD is my limit. I have bills to pay, and I'd like to put together a gaming PC for my younger brother for when GW2 comes out in August. I'm willing to go a little over this if it will get me something measurable. Superior comfort, superior construction or SQ or sound stage.

Does your computer use built in audio or on add-on sound card?

Samson SR850 are a good value, for an extra $15-$25 there are some options for better ear pads.

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Gonna do that now, hadn't thought of that.

Just into the headphone jack, and I believe it's the non-HD, it was the fatal1ty version, but without the front panel.

Are those DT990 Pro 250-Ohm or DT990 Premium 600-Ohm, or other?

 

Replacing the Titanium (Non HD) with the newer T-HD (Titanium HD) just might be a better way to improve the audio quality with the current DT990s

Could also try plugging DT990 Pro 250-ohms straight into the T-HD's headphone jack.

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Are those DT990 Pro 250-Ohm or DT990 Premium 600-Ohm, or other?

 

Replacing the Titanium (Non HD) with the newer T-HD (Titanium HD) just might be a better way to improve the audio quality with the current DT990s

Could also try plugging DT990 Pro 250-ohms straight into the T-HD's headphone jack.

600ohm, got them on sale from amazon a while ago. The sound card I've had for about 2 PC builds now, so it might be worth replacing.

 

The volume control on the amp is convenient, though it does seem to be the culprit of the distortion. Just seems more noticable lately, I guess.  

 

Will either pick up a new card or a DAC as the next step.....

 

Still, any reccomendations for cans that would sound like the Monster Turbine Pro Gold IEMs? Not like it'll happen anytime soon, I just prefer their overall sound to the 990s, at least as it currently stands.

 

Oh, and thanks for the tips so far....pads are annoying to put back on, but did clean things up a bit ;P

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The volume control on the amp is convenient, though it does seem to be the culprit of the distortion. Just seems more noticable lately, I guess.  

 

So the distortion only occurs when you're changing the volume? Right now I'm running my 600 ohm 770s through my Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 powered speakers and they too have quite a noisy volume control knob. I find it works better to set the volume to an ideal (high) level on the ProMedia and then turn down my computer and adjust the computer's volume instead. That way the noisy volume control isn't an issue.

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I'm looking for a new pair of headphones for ~$100-$150 to replace my HD555 that just broke after 3years. The only pair i've seen that are similar in that price range are the ATH-AD700. Was hoping for some suggestions and links as I would like to replace these asap.
 


 HD 518; HD 558 if you can stretch you budget.  You do not say (or indicated in you profile when posting) where you live.  In the U.S. Amazon and most other retailers has them--and at the same prices thanks to the Senn MAP.

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 HD 518; HD 558 if you can stretch you budget.  You do not say (or indicated in you profile when posting) where you live.  In the U.S. Amazon and most other retailers has them--and at the same prices thanks to the Senn MAP.

 

+1. Especially if you really liked your 555s. The 518 and 558 should be very similar and a slight improvement.

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Originally Posted by wredj10 View Post

Looking for headphone for around $200 - 300 USD.

 

Considering Modded Fostex T50RP, AKG K702, DT-880. HE-400, V-Moda M-100

 

What is the best in this price range?

 

Also how is the build quality of Fostex T50RP? I read it feels like cheap plastic.

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Originally Posted by devhen View Post

 

So the distortion only occurs when you're changing the volume? Right now I'm running my 600 ohm 770s through my Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 powered speakers and they too have quite a noisy volume control knob. I find it works better to set the volume to an ideal (high) level on the ProMedia and then turn down my computer and adjust the computer's volume instead. That way the noisy volume control isn't an issue.

No, just happens during playback when hooked to the amp. Not really noticing it going straight to the card. Makes me think its the connection between the two. Unfortunately it (the amp) only has line-in, but RCA out. Partly why I was looking at pairing it with the E7 or E17 DAC to dock into it...however, could just skip both of those and snag this, which I think is the plan now: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132010

 

ANYWAY, since my issues are now somewhat off topic, I will just thank you guys and give you rep, since I'm at least a bit better off than I was earlier ^^;

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Are you OK with open cans (they leak sound)?

 

What equipment will be powering these cans?  Will you be using an amp?

 

What is the format of your music and other sounds you will putting into these cans?

 

Describe the sound signature that you are seeking?

 

To what music genres do you plan run through these cans?

 

Except that they aer popular with modders, I can't tell you about the Fostex, as I haven't spend any time with them.

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Originally Posted by Zoomer13 View Post

600ohm, got them on sale from amazon a while ago. The sound card I've had for about 2 PC builds now, so it might be worth replacing.

 

The volume control on the amp is convenient, though it does seem to be the culprit of the distortion. Just seems more noticable lately, I guess.  

 

Will either pick up a new card or a DAC as the next step.....

 

Still, any reccomendations for cans that would sound like the Monster Turbine Pro Gold IEMs? Not like it'll happen anytime soon, I just prefer their overall sound to the 990s, at least as it currently stands.

 

Oh, and thanks for the tips so far....pads are annoying to put back on, but did clean things up a bit ;P

My brain want to find a way to improve the audio quality while still using the DT990 Premium 600-Ohm (I'm biased for DT990s).

Replacing the op-amps in the Fiio E9 might help, like the LME49990 op-amps sold on Ebay, $60 for 3, Seller Frugalphile, ships from Canada.

(someone else might be able to recommend better op-amps for the Fiio E9?)

Or sell of the Fiio E9 and just switch to a tube headphone amplifier?

 

If your not into movies or gaming and just listen to music (2-channel audio), then a new external DAC to replace the sound card sounds good.

Sell off the Titanium non-HD.

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Originally Posted by Zoomer13 View Post

No, just happens during playback when hooked to the amp. Not really noticing it going straight to the card. Makes me think its the connection between the two. Unfortunately it (the amp) only has line-in, but RCA out. Partly why I was looking at pairing it with the E7 or E17 DAC to dock into it...however, could just skip both of those and snag this, which I think is the plan now: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132010

 

ANYWAY, since my issues are now somewhat off topic, I will just thank you guys and give you rep, since I'm at least a bit better off than I was earlier ^^;

The Asus Xonar Essence STX and Fiio E9 use the same headphone amplifier chip and they both use three op-amp chips.

But the Essence STX does have a good DAC, great surround sound support for movies (DVD and Blu-ray).

The headphone amplifier work both with the back panel and front of computer case's headphone jack.

 

Selling off the Titanium and E9 might get you $120?

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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

My brain want to find a way to improve the audio quality while still using the DT990 Premium 600-Ohm (I'm biased for DT990s).

Replacing the op-amps in the Fiio E9 might help, like the LME49990 op-amps sold on Ebay, $60 for 3, Seller Frugalphile, ships from Canada.

(someone else might be able to recommend better op-amps for the Fiio E9?)

Or sell of the Fiio E9 and just switch to a tube headphone amplifier?

 

If your not into movies or gaming and just listen to music (2-channel audio), then a new external DAC to replace the sound card sounds good.

Sell off the Titanium non-HD.

 

+1. I doubt there's anything wrong with the headphones themselves and those 600 ohm 990s are some sweet cans. Since the distortion doesn't seem to be there when you plug directly into the sound card...why not keep the sound card and upgrade the amp? Something that has as much or more power than the E9. Me thinks you haven't quite yet gotten as much out of your 600 ohm 990s as you can. That is, unless the treble peak is a deal breaker. Maybe you could get advice in the desktop amps forum in regards to an amp that might help tame the 990's high end.

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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

The Asus Xonar Essence STX and Fiio E9 use the same headphone amplifier chip and they both use three op-amp chips.

But the Essence STX does have a good DAC, great surround sound support for movies (DVD and Blu-ray).

The headphone amplifier work both with the back panel and front of computer case's headphone jack.

 

Selling off the Titanium and E9 might get you $120?

 

Oh, that's interesting. So the Xonar Essence STX has as much power as the E9? If that's the case then maybe that's a good option. Just avoid moving to a setup that has less power than your current one since those 600 ohm 990s will pretty much sound better the more power you give them.

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