Guys i need some advice(that's kinda redundant huh?)
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I really like music, i have some 120 gbs of MP3 here with me and i could say i like pretty much most of them.
From Jazz, Classical, to Rock coasting through some house music, i like almost it all. But i will go ahead and say that i'm looking for something more suited to listening to Jazz instead of House/pop music, as those are often too compressed and i never heard any significant detail that i sometimes miss.
I've played guitar for 4 years (but stopped like 5 yrs ago, i dunno really why, still have 2 tube amps with me, a 60W one and other 8w small)
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so, now my rig is: Few Flacs, Foobar, an old Dell Studio laptop with realtek sound card and some SMB XFi from creative.
and my actual cans are those:http://www.philips.co.uk/c/headphones/shl5800_10/prd/;jsessionid=99E943C3160958B0A9F82B7046F19BA5.app102-drp2?t=specifications
Anyway, i've read the summer guide, but my biggest problem is that i live in Brazil, stuff here is way overpriced (and sometimes priced very differently from just using the exchange rate) and also things are hard to find.
Right now i found one place that sells those DJ100 for cheap (about 150 U$ for u guys) , i found some ATH-M50 for about 180. (which i can afford and i think it is ok for me to spend that much money for better music)
A few sennheiser are also available, i've seen a HD598, wich is going for about 480 U$. Few other are availible also.
beyerdyn dt440 running for abou 330 U$ and dt770 for 360U$.
From what i've read in the forum, it might be quite a stretch for me from a 150$ dj100 to 480 HD598. (i CAN pay the 480, but anything past 300 will be a huge blow to my wallet, and i don't have a clue if i can hear the difference.
Ok so my budget would be about the dt440/770 but i could stretch it for the HD598 if you guys think it will do much difference.
Also, i wish i would have some isolation, i know the Senn doesn't have it. but i wouldn't care much if my current can doesn't sound like total **** near it so i could take that outdoors and on trips.(but again, i have no idea)
Maybe it would be wise to go with small steps first, you guys make the call. (but any of these must kinda take some beating, i really like using it, taking with me everywhere... )
I'm not a Dre lover (a friend has one) not a crazy ass bass addicted. although i do appreciate a good cello sound/electric bass solos, love it quite frankly, i don't like to be overwhelmed by it.
I also need a Dac and a portable amp(for my ipod). this is even trickier, i found mp4nation has free shipping and amazon will charge me about 30 bucks for anything at least, USPS.
i've always admired a more colorful sound and i was thinking about, and i'm thinking about Soundmagic A10 for the on the go thing and the Fiio e10 for my laptop/computer. Initially i was set with the e17 for both stuff but saw some people complaining about it not going too well with few cans and i tough i could get a dac and separated portable amp with different sounds, so i could even test and maybe later know which direction to go, i would set that budget to 160 U$ on mp4nation.
I'm pretty sure it will be hard to help me because all the prices are so wrong down here....
The HD 598 is a very fine all around can--especially for your genres of music. It is much more balanced and neutral-ish than the other cans you mentioned (at least the ones I have heard). The M50 and DT 770 both have recessed mids. It is also fairly efficient and you might "get away" without amp.
Can't help you with portable amp/dac issues. I can tell you that my little hybrid desktop HiFiMan EF2A amp/dac ($169 shipped in the U.S.) has served me well.