So I'm looking to move up in the headphone world. A budget of say, $300, with the possibility of stretching for something good. I would like them to scale well, simply because i'd like to start building a setup behind them.
Music-Rock,anything from 80s hair to alternative to punk, the whole lot. Would like the ability to cross genres effectively
Sound-I don't have quite the experience to have an exact sound i like. I will however say I love the sound of my Shure srh 840. I'm not huge on bass. I have xb 700,and they're great at what they do. Mids,are fairly important to me,so i'd rather they not be recessed. But they're just not quite my optimal sound. If anyone knows of a sound signature that would work best for rock please recommend.
Equipment-Fiio E10 dac/amp and a symetrix 304 amp Not sure if your Fiio is up to the task of these better cans. At least not in my experience. Never heard the Symetrix
I'm looking to use these for a home rig so it makes no difference if its open or closed. So here's what I've gathered thus far:
- Grado Rs1i/rs2i-can anyone elaborate on the deferences/strong points The 1i has deeper bass and is generally a touch better than the 2i in most things for $200 more. Some find both to be sibilant. I find them to have a very natural sound, well extend, excellent sound stage with great clarity and separation of each musical voice. They are much lighter on the head than the SR line.
- Sennhieser HD600/hd650-i heard these may not be the greatest for rock; however amp plays heavily on that. So if this is a viable option can you recommend an amp that would pair well. Senn 600 sound just fine on rock, 650s not as much. The comments you hear about Senns and rock probably come from the Grado camp who likes brightly lit up lower treble and upper mids, so guitars are moved up front and have that wall of sound that KG Jag so well describes. Maybe I'm just a bit sentimental and old fashion--but these are two fantastic, classic and all-arround cans. Just don't expect them to be detail monsters. The HD 650 is the fun sibling with a mid-bass hump, while the HD 600 is very neutral.
- Akg 701/702- as i understand it these are the same thi and not enough flesh on the bones of mids. Not anything like your 840s.ng with detachable cables. I cant seem to get a good handle on the sound signature so if some one can provide an explantion of that as well as there usefulness for rock. Sound signature = too bright for me. not anything like your 840s. The Q701's are maong the best values in headphones today. They are very detailed and have an excellent sound stage. Those who do not like them complain that they are a bit bass light and their sound is too thin and etherial.
- Grado 325i-i heard some dislike this one but prefer the Rs1/2. SO um, why is that. I heard this one was great for metal/rock Wall of sound! All that pus greater clarity, better bass and superior build quality over all those below it in the SR line. In many ways it is a transtion can to the RS line. Many find it to be very sibilant. For that reason many prefer the Alessandro MS2i, which is based on the 325i.
- Beyerdynamic DT990/600-Now i know they're 600 ohms, and yes i know they come is signifigantly lesser ohms. However its been said, and staunchly defended that the 600ohms are far better than the rest. So is this true? in what way? general signature(did't get a clear bead on this one either)? And do you think my equipment can power these? Amp recs?
If you have not already done so, read this: http://www.head-fi.org/t/513393/guide-sonic-differences-between-dt770-dt990-models-more More of a "v" shape EQ than the DT 770 and that's too much for me. The Beyer 600 Ohm versions of the 770/880/990 are better than the 250 Ohm versions, but not by a great deal. Relative price and power available (often turns on whether a new amp will be needed) usually dictates choice between them.
- Bower and Wilkins-i'm not familiar with their line or sound. I do know they have fantastic reputation and an iconic design, so i thought id add these in so if anyone knows anythings. Very polite headphone, kind of like an even more polite senn 650 with really comfy pads. Not a detail king by any means, warm and soft.
- Fosterx T50RP-i hear theyhave a ton of potential. so much so they serve as the donor for the renouned thunderpants. I heard them at RMAF, probably the most bland, over hyped headphones I ever heard. I feel the 840s kill them and no I am not being over the top, ha ha!
Now given that, some of those seriously stretch my budget. So if anyone can recommend reputable sites other than eBay and amazon to buy off of that would be great. If any one has any other suggestions please, i beg of you, throw them at me. Anything, everything...except the atm m50...i refuse Try any of headfi sponsors on the home page, they are all reputable! Yes--and J & R, BH & Audio Advisors and some others are good as well.
Any and all help is greatly appreciated. If it makes anything easier, feel free to pm me.
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