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Hi mate,

I just bought the HD650 and amp it with the Objective amp/dac combo. 

The total cost fits in your budget. 

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Originally Posted by JxcelDolghmQ View Post

Hello, I've been lurking this site for about a year, and finally decided to get some decent equipment. I'm looking for recommendations for headphones, amp, and DAC to use with my PC. I'd like to spend about $450-600 in total, but I can go a bit higher if it will make a significant difference.


The setup would be used for a variety of music (everything except for pop and hip hop), as well as some gaming (directionality isn't a top priority, as I mostly play strategy games).


Right now, I'm considering the Sennheiser HD650s and the Beyerdynamic DT880s (although I'm looking for any recommendations); I'm leaning towards the 650s but I've heard that they need to be properly amped ("properly" being entirely outside of my budget) in order to sound good. Would an amp within my budget still make the 650s worthwhile, or would that be pushing my budget too far? I have no idea how to best allocate budget (% into headphones vs amp vs DAC), any advice there would be appreciated. An upgrade path that does not involve selling everything would also be nice.


Thanks for any help.

post #16742 of 29490

Ive basicly desided to get HiFiMan HE-500 cause they seem to give great sound for the value!

Which AMP/DAC is recommended other than Schiit Audio Lyr & Bifrost?

Lake People? Woo Audio?

 

I listen to indie, pop, house,club, electronica music!

 

Thx for help


Edited by RMZ250MX - 7/22/12 at 8:15am
post #16743 of 29490
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Originally Posted by LiranV View Post

Hi guys,

I'm looking for a pair of good headphones that I'll use at home with my PC (I use TF10 on the go).

My budget is around 200$ max, the headphone should be at least as good as the TF10.

As of my music that I hear most of it is rock, psytrance, some rap, but also all the different kinds of music.

 

Thanks :)

You're going to need something that emphasizes on the mids especially. Sennheisers are a good place to look at. 

PS: I love psytrance :D

post #16744 of 29490

Could somebody recommend a phone with a similar sound profile to the Grado 60i but with more comfort. I enjoy the sound of the 60i's very much but find them uncomfortable for extended listening. I'd like to keep them under the $200 range and don't care about looks or isolation since these will be used at home only.

 

Thanks in advance.

post #16745 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Jimbo1405 View Post

Could somebody recommend a phone with a similar sound profile to the Grado 60i but with more comfort. I enjoy the sound of the 60i's very much but find them uncomfortable for extended listening. I'd like to keep them under the $200 range and don't care about looks or isolation since these will be used at home only.

 

Thanks in advance.

There are a few things you can do to increase the comfort of the SR60i without getting a different headphone.  Part of the thing is that the Grado sound isn't something you get with many other headphones.

post #16746 of 29490

For now on, let it be known that if you have a tube amp, you should under no circumstances buy a pair of Denons.  Massive uncontrolled undampened bass and an utterly awful amount of clipping.

post #16747 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Jimbo1405 View Post

Could somebody recommend a phone with a similar sound profile to the Grado 60i but with more comfort. I enjoy the sound of the 60i's very much but find them uncomfortable for extended listening. I'd like to keep them under the $200 range and don't care about looks or isolation since these will be used at home only.

 

Thanks in advance.

 

There is nothing like Grado/Alessandro, but the closest I have found is the Ultrasone HiFi 780, Pro 750 and Hifi 2400.  All have more bass than your Grado.  Absent a sale, probably only the HiFi 780(which does not need an amp) will fall within your budget.

post #16748 of 29490
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Originally Posted by linuxid10t View Post

For now on, let it be known that if you have a tube amp, you should under no circumstances buy a pair of Denons.  Massive uncontrolled undampened bass and an utterly awful amount of clipping.

 

That's not true for the D2000 through D7000--at least not for hybrid tube amps (the little HiFiMan EF2A in particular).

post #16749 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Jimbo1405 View Post

Could somebody recommend a phone with a similar sound profile to the Grado 60i but with more comfort. I enjoy the sound of the 60i's very much but find them uncomfortable for extended listening. I'd like to keep them under the $200 range and don't care about looks or isolation since these will be used at home only.

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Just get the G-Cush pads for your SR60i.

post #16750 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

 

That's not true for the D2000 through D7000--at least not for hybrid tube amps (the little HiFiMan EF2A in particular).

There are plenty of hybrid amps and OT amps with a high enough output impedance to make Denons sound uncontrolled.  25 ohms isn't a lot of space for output impedance.

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Originally Posted by linuxid10t View Post

There are plenty of hybrid amps and OT amps with a high enough output impedance to make Denons sound uncontrolled.  25 ohms isn't a lot of space for output impedance.

 

But this is what you said that prompted my comment:

 

"For now on, let it be known that if you have a tube amp, you should under no circumstances buy a pair of Denons.  Massive uncontrolled undampened bass and an utterly awful amount of clipping." [Bolding added]

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

 

But this is what you said that prompted my comment:

 

"For now on, let it be known that if you have a tube amp, you should under no circumstances buy a pair of Denons.  Massive uncontrolled undampened bass and an utterly awful amount of clipping." [Bolding added]

I guess that was a bit melodramatic...

post #16753 of 29490

Hey! I am new to head fi but i love the site but anyways im just a listener who wants good audio quality my music Player is a samsung flight 2 just a phone i never had a good set of headphones before so i did some research i stumbled upon the m50s but i was wondering if that would even be worth it in my case? Also i will be doing my listning mostly in a bus,car or at home and i listen to hip hop/rap i would love to hear back thanks!!

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Originally Posted by Jimbo1405 View Post

Could somebody recommend a phone with a similar sound profile to the Grado 60i but with more comfort. I enjoy the sound of the 60i's very much but find them uncomfortable for extended listening. I'd like to keep them under the $200 range and don't care about looks or isolation since these will be used at home only.

 

Thanks in advance.

I had the same problem with my SR-80i's when I bought them.  I ended up getting Sennheiser 414 pads for real cheap, and any comfort issues were gone, remarkably simple to switch out too.  Given the cost of the pads, it'd be worth giving a try before spending up to 200 on new phones which may not replicate the sound you're enjoying from your SR-60s.

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Originally Posted by Saoshyant View Post

I had the same problem with my SR-80i's when I bought them.  I ended up getting Sennheiser 414 pads for real cheap, and any comfort issues were gone, remarkably simple to switch out too.  Given the cost of the pads, it'd be worth giving a try before spending up to 200 on new phones which may not replicate the sound you're enjoying from your SR-60s.

Washing the Grado comfies that come with them also helps tremendously.  If it is the headband, there are several replacement bands you can buy (that you can also put on any Grados you upgrade to in the future.)  Chris from Headphone Lounge has some pretty nice looking bands with his "Manta" line.

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