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post #17011 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Leobrioschi View Post

Guys i need some advice(that's kinda redundant huh?)
anyway,[Boring background starts here]

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) 

[boring background ends]

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. 

 

on dac...

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.... 

THX

 

 

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.

post #17012 of 29491
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Originally Posted by sexiji View Post

Hello! I read the OP, but there are a lot of subsections to this website, so, being a novice, this looks like a good place to start.
I have two pairs of Sony MDR-V6 headphones (just in case I lose a pair, ha), and while they are a noticeable difference from what I had been using previously, I'm sure I can get a better listening experience.
I plug my headphones straight into my laptop most of the time; should I be plugging the laptop into a soundsystem of some kind, and then plugging the headphones into that? What is the recommended way to listen to high quality digital music?
I know, I know. Really basic question. Still, I've got to start somewhere! Thanks in advance ^^

 

What are you plugging them into now?

 

According to Sony, they are:

  • Impedance : 63 ohms
  • Sensitivity (db) : 106dB/mW

 

That's fairly efficient, but might be borderline (or slightly worse) for some portable devices and computers.  Then there is the issue of how good/bad your computer dac is...


Edited by KG Jag - 7/26/12 at 11:43pm
post #17013 of 29491
Thanks to 'devhen' and 'KG Jag'.

I was intently looking into the Grados, but they have no dealership in my country (India) so I'll have to pay high shipping and import duty.
I can get the Sennheisers at retail price.

I read in a few reviews that the 518 is more bassy than the 558, if someone can confirm that, I'll go for the 518 hands down.

Once again, thanks for your help.
post #17014 of 29491

Thank you KG Jag,

If i might get away with the amp going with the HD 598 it might be a good choice after all.

post #17015 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Leobrioschi View Post

Thank you KG Jag,

If i might get away with the amp going with the HD 598 it might be a good choice after all.


When you can put some better music formats than standard MP3 files into them, I bet that you will really be impressed.

post #17016 of 29491
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Originally Posted by ImperialX View Post

 

Have you looked at the Sennheiser sports earphones?

She's looking for one that goes over the head. 

post #17017 of 29491
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Originally Posted by saurcerer View Post

Thanks to 'devhen' and 'KG Jag'.
I was intently looking into the Grados, but they have no dealership in my country (India) so I'll have to pay high shipping and import duty.
I can get the Sennheisers at retail price.
I read in a few reviews that the 518 is more bassy than the 558, if someone can confirm that, I'll go for the 518 hands down.
Once again, thanks for your help.

 

I have found that the bass (and treble) extension is a bit better with the 558.  That's probably primarily due to the its better drivers.

post #17018 of 29491
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


When you can put some better music formats than standard MP3 files into them, I bet that you will really be impressed.

by now i've got a few albuns on flac and i'm already blown with the difference i can hear with my cheap cans. the dynamic is impressive on the jazz albuns. 
i bet i will have to dig again through my cd collection(that's the idea, something to make music even better)

post #17019 of 29491

Need your advise you guys;

 

my current headphones in use are:

Vsonic GR06 (IEMs, for travel)

Panasonic's RP-HTX7 (home)

and Superflux HD668B (dorms)

 

Soon enough, i'll get the Hifiman's (HE-300 or HE-400 , haven't decided yet).

 

Most of my music genres are: 

electronic music / new-age / symphonic metal / alternative rock / indie / classical

Quality: all FLAC / mp3 320kbps  ... NO 48/96/192

 

 

At the moment, I have a Fiio E17 "Alpen", and a JDS-Labs "stronger" cMoy v2.03R (w/2x9v. batt.)

 
I am very interested in upgrading the Fiio.

thought about the AudioQuest's DragonFly, or the JDSL's Odac.

I know that DF has a slight advantage.

 

Questions are:

is the advantage of the DF over the Odac going to immediately be heard ?

also, should i keep the cMoy, or upgrade to something like JDS-Labs C421 (or AGD NFB 5)  ?

 

 

-Eyal

post #17020 of 29491

tough questions eyal.  What is your source a laptop, what os, and do you listen to music while doing other things?  I trust the e17 amp is not so great and that is why you are using the jds?

post #17021 of 29491

Are using MP3 (320kbps) files going to sound good with full sized phones?

post #17022 of 29491
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Originally Posted by olear View Post

Are using MP3 (320kbps) files going to sound good with full sized phones?

 

The better the music source, the better the sound.

 

The better the headphones, the better the sound.

 

The weaker between the music source and headphones capability limits what you hear to the capability of that "weakest link".

post #17023 of 29491
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

 

The better the music source, the better the sound.

 

The better the headphones, the better the sound.

 

The weaker between the music source and headphones capability limits what you hear to the capability of that "weakest link".

It's safe to say there are those that do use mp3 files (320kbps) and are satisfied?

Thanks.

post #17024 of 29491

The simple answer to that is, there are alot of people who can't differentiate the difference between mp3 (320) and FLAC/ALAC (which I think is around 1411 or so).  Mainly at this point, satisfaction's mostly dictated by how picky you are, how good your hearing is, and if the equipment you're using produces a sound you're happy with.

post #17025 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Saoshyant View Post

The simple answer to that is, there are alot of people who can't differentiate the difference between mp3 (320) and FLAC/ALAC (which I think is around 1411 or so).  Mainly at this point, satisfaction's mostly dictated by how picky you are, how good your hearing is, and if the equipment you're using produces a sound you're happy with.

 

+1. But the simple answer is..... yes, you will be satisfied in the sense that you will enjoy listening to your 320k mp3s. But you might find yourself starting to put together a FLAC/ALAC library. :)

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