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post #16696 of 29490
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Originally Posted by RMZ250MX View Post

Hello!

 

I'm new at Head-Fi and looking for advise! Currently I got Denon AH-D2000 combined with Asus Xonar Essence STX /w new Opamps, and Im pretty happy with that. But I really want to step it up and move towards the high end market. 

Phones that I got in my mind is : LCD2, HE-500 & AH-D7000(D7100). Those are the phones that seems to be good phones for indie/electronica/house/club/pop music which is what I listen too. 

 

My budget is around max 2000 bucks and I dont mind buying used. Which headphones + dac/amp would you guys recommend for that sort of music?

Also, would it be smarter so save money on headphones and go for more expensive amp/dac?

 

Oh and I do understand that there is alot of diffrent opinions so I will go out and see if I can have a listen to them.

But Id like to get suggestions so I dont go in to a store and get robbed :P

 

Thank you guys!

Anyone?

post #16697 of 29490
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Originally Posted by RMZ250MX View Post

Hello!

 

I'm new at Head-Fi and looking for advise! Currently I got Denon AH-D2000 combined with Asus Xonar Essence STX /w new Opamps, and Im pretty happy with that. But I really want to step it up and move towards the high end market. 

Phones that I got in my mind is : LCD2, HE-500 & AH-D7000(D7100). Those are the phones that seems to be good phones for indie/electronica/house/club/pop music which is what I listen too. 

 

My budget is around max 2000 bucks and I dont mind buying used. Which headphones + dac/amp would you guys recommend for that sort of music?

Also, would it be smarter so save money on headphones and go for more expensive amp/dac?

 

Oh and I do understand that there is alot of diffrent opinions so I will go out and see if I can have a listen to them.

But Id like to get suggestions so I dont go in to a store and get robbed :P

 

Thank you guys!

 

The level you describe to which you want to jump is flagship/audiophile turf.  So you need your music in a high quality format to make reaching this level worthwhile and assume that is the case.

 

I have briefly listened to the LCD and have the other two.  At today's prices the HE-500 is clearly the best value at $699.  It will take at least something like the Schiit Asgard to drive it properly.  That means that buying new, you can get in the door for under $1,000.  Of course there are many other options/combinations that take you north of that number.

post #16698 of 29490

Yes my local store suggested HE-500 with Schiit Lyr+Bifrost.

I use .WAV/.FLAC formats ofc

post #16699 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Jan Roman View Post

I would like to start to rebuild my small music collection and expand it. I am just 19 so I haven't managed to gather much, but I have a question - what will be better? Vinyls or CDs? Since it's a collection, long-term usability is my main concern. Vinyls are also slightly more expensive. What do you think?

 

Having first listened to recorded music on 78's, I suggest you go with CD's.  In general the sound quality is better, less easy to damage, more portable & convenient, easier to use, contain more information while in use and more versatile.  I do miss the album art and inserts from my 33 1/3's though.  I still listen to both--although far more often to CD's.

post #16700 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

Having first listened to recorded music on 78's, I suggest you go with CD's.  In general the sound quality is better, less easy to damage, more portable & convenient, easier to use, contain more information while in use and more versatile.  I do miss the album art and inserts from my 33 1/3's though.  I still listen to both--although far more often to CD's.

Thank you very much sir for your opinion. The "feel" of the vinyl disc are superior, but CDs are really more "easy to use". I think I'll go with them, but I'll keep the turntable as it's very valuable now.
post #16701 of 29490
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Originally Posted by hipster2010 View Post

I like the Shure SRH940 for great detail and vocals. They can usually be found used for $180-$200

 

There is also the Koss ProDJ100 which is supposed to be good for vocals and it is only $50

 

Both are good cans, but the 940 needs an amp and the Koss is very weak without one.

 

Good neutral-ish closed cans that will play well unamped from an iPhone 4 include: the Sony MDR 7510 & MDR-V900HD, KRK KNS 8400 and Shure SRH 840 (in my experience plays just a bit louder than the Koss from the iPhone 4).

post #16702 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Jan Roman View Post


Thank you very much sir for your opinion. The "feel" of the vinyl disc are superior, but CDs are really more "easy to use". I think I'll go with them, but I'll keep the turntable as it's very valuable now.

 

You're very welcome and your solution sounds like an excellent one.

 

For old guys like me there is still that special music that is only available in vinyl (or maybe reel to reel, cassette and/or 8 track).


Edited by KG Jag - 7/20/12 at 1:44pm
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Is there a good entry-level source? Something that would play CDs better than a laptop. I have E17 and DT880. I suppose a good source might be the best thing to upgrade now. DT880 are great and I believe Alpen works very well. I would like a player with coaxial inputs (to plug my old turntable in) and preferably with a possibility to play something form flash drive or data card.

There is a lack of information about sources I would say. I don't know if a proper source would help. I am very satisfied with the sound quality of my setup, but I think I got this audiophiliac disease, so I want more biggrin.gifsmily_headphones1.gif
post #16704 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Jan Roman View Post

Is there a good entry-level source? Something that would play CDs better than a laptop. I have E17 and DT880. I suppose a good source might be the best thing to upgrade now. DT880 are great and I believe Alpen works very well. I would like a player with coaxial inputs (to plug my old turntable in) and preferably with a possibility to play something form flash drive or data card.
There is a lack of information about sources I would say. I don't know if a proper source would help. I am very satisfied with the sound quality of my setup, but I think I got this audiophiliac disease, so I want more biggrin.gifsmily_headphones1.gif

 

In the U.S. at least, there are a number of good and excellent CD players that can be plugged into a desktop headphone amp.  They also usually have a headphones out you can use if cans are efficient enough.  Look to makers like Onkyo and Cambridge.

post #16705 of 29490

ive got my HD439 hookd to a big yamaha amp [reciver]

and the sound is awesome

but would it be even beter if i replace my on bord sound card?


Edited by yuvalyz - 7/20/12 at 4:24pm
post #16706 of 29490
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Originally Posted by yuvalyz View Post

I've got my HD439 hooked to a big yamaha amp [receiver]

and the sound is awesome.

But would it be even better if i replace my on-board sound card?

Depends on how you have the Yamaha hooked up?

Are you using optical or RCA's?

If your using optical, not much use for getting a sound card.

If your using RCA's, then getting a used Xonar DX or D1 sound card and running RCA's from the sound card to the Yamaha would improve the audio quality.

The DAC in the DX/D1 would be better then the one in the Yamaha (but it's only 2-channel stereo audio).

Where as optical will feed 5.1 (6-channel) to the Yamaha.

 

You can also run both optical and RCA's from the Xonar DX/D1 and switch depending on the need.

post #16707 of 29490

I will be starting my first year of college soon, and have been trying to get ready for dorm life by figuring out my headphones setup. First I got the Koss Pro DJ 100, but I couldn't deal with the comfort, and the sound could have been better for some genres (mainly classical, which is about 1/3 of what I listen to). Then I got the AKG K550. Really like the sound, but whenever I press the cups into my ears, I LOVE the sound. If I could get that all the time, these would be perfect for me, but I just cant get it unless i'm pressing on the earpads. They also have the issue of being massive and would draw lots of attention if I wore them around campus. So, I will be returning those too.

 

After alot of thought, I have come up with what I hope will work. I plan to buy both the HD558 and the Vsonic GR06 IEM. HD558 will be for dorm room use only, and only for the few hours a day when my roommate isnt in, because obviously he will not appreciate the sound leakage. GR06 will be for use when my roommate is in, and pretty much everywhere else (library, planes, ect). Both from a sound perspective and from a dorm-life perspective, is this a good idea? Are dorms too loud in general for open cans? From what i've read, the HD558s seem perfect for what i'm looking for, except for the massive problem of it being open. But I cant seem to find a good closed alternative. The K550 is what everyone recommends for an open sound from a closed phone that runs well unamped and is extremely comfortable, but I guess my head is just too small to get a good seal.

post #16708 of 29490
Question.

I would like to buy a pair of headphones, already modded/painted the way I want them. Pretty much like buying a pair of headphones, but having them pre-customized. Any websites/companies that do this? After 20mins of google searching, I'm not getting anything useful.

I am thinking probably Sony XB500s, with a short cable (12inches), better cable, painted black...to be used in the gym. Just like the ones I have. I just don't feel like modding my cans again really.

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I might do it with a different can like XB700s, ATH M50, Ultrasone HFI-580, but just need to be pointed in the right direction. I might just need a headphone modder from this forum/site, or I might need to be pointed to a sub-forum/thread to post in.

It should be noted that the shortening of the cable is more important to me than the painting of the can or replacing of the cable.

Thanks.
Edited by THA CAZ - 7/20/12 at 6:51pm
post #16709 of 29490

Hi, I'm looking for closed, over ear headphones for listening to music on my iphone without an amp. I listen to techno, dubstep, hiphop, and some rap. They cant be more than $200. Also, I'm looking for some cool models like the astro a30s or V-Moda Crossfade LP. I would like to wear these around school. Do you guys know any headphones that would fit these characteristics? I know the main companies like sure, ultrasound, audio technica, and sennheiser, but not many specific models.

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I'm looking for over ear headphones with a lot of great bass to listen to my iPod touch 4g, Droid Razr Maxx, and laptop. I'd like to avoid an amp if I can but I'm not completely opposed to it. I listen to 70% rap, 20% rock, 8% metal, and 2% pop. Although I want bass, I Iike the rest of the music to sound good too. My budget is around $500 but anything up to maybe $650 I'll consider if it's really worth it.

Here are some that I've seen recommended a lot:

ATH-M50, Denon 5000, ATH Pro 700, M Audio Q40, Ultrasone 580, and Ultrasone Pro 900.

I'm listening to any thoughts and opinions on those and anything else that might suit me. Thanks!

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