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Best combination for metal? Phones: HD600 DT880 amp/dac: Nuforce Icon HD Musical Fidelity V-CAN MK-II I listen mostly to progressive metal, but Dream theater and Tool are the softest i go
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Originally Posted by yokken View Post

Edit: It looks like some Denon AHD2000s might be good as well. I'm trying to keep the price under 300 though. Someone tell me if it's truly worth spending $320 on these bad boys.

 

Lol don't spend that. Since they have been discountinued, I still highly recommend them, but used for a good price. Around here you can get em for around $210

They excel at synthetic music wonderfully!

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posted into a thread earlier instead of here OPPS-

 

Hi guys, I've been lurking here for a while and was looking to get your advice on my next set of headphones,

Currently listen to a W5000(most stuff) or DT250 80Ohm(rap & rnb) and was looking for a new set of headphones to either complement or replace what I have, Currently using a NFB10-SE with DIR9001 upgrade and connected via coax as source amp.

 

Looking to spend under $1500 on my next upgrade, what would be the best upgrade for me out of the following?

LCD2 balanced

HE6 balanced

Stax setup (probably a 407)

PS-1000/GS1000

 

I have never heard any, and will probably buy them blindly (like all my other purchases)

have previously owned, HD650(poorly amped and sourced back then), MS1(with OCC cable upgrade), TF10+Mids custom iem.

 

Oh and I listen to a wide array of music genres, mainly listening in MOG, but every now and again I find something I like enough to look for the lossless version of and enjoy even more.

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I couldn't resist and pulled my trigger on buying denon ahd 600. After some reading, I'm starting to regret that I paid for those. I haven't received them yet, but should I return them and buy different cans? Please recommend me closed/semi open headphones as I'm going to use them on public.

 

budget:500-700 USD 

 

My sources: ipod classic (ALAC files)+ fiio e17

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hi, is akg k701, k702 or q701 better in terms of overall sound quality when amped?

post #18936 of 29490
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Originally Posted by irkaal97 View Post

hi, is akg k701, k702 or q701 better in terms of overall sound quality when amped?

 

You can't hear anything from a headphone without amplification. Sound cards, DAP's, etc., all have built-in amplifiers, which may or may not have the amplification you require.

 

What are you going to use with the AKG's?

post #18937 of 29490

maybe the ibasso P4 or D4

post #18938 of 29490

For Trance,Rock and reggae wich one is better Hfi-780 or V-moda m80??

 

My budget is 200$...

 

Thanks!

post #18939 of 29490

Recommendation request: solved!

 

I'm looking for my first real headphones. I will use it primarily directly from my computer (onboard sound, Realtek ALC888 chip if that helps). Criteria:

Main listening materials:

- Computer games (game soundtracks, effects. But won't need super accuracy for FPS or MMORPG-style games, as I don't play them)

- Must give a good rendition of Heather Nova (http://youtu.be/o0FnyRpZOWA) :D

- Rock / pop tunes (emphasis on what went as "alternative" in the 90s (e.g. Skunk Anansie, PUSA), but also includes U2, Muse, Adele)

- Motown

- Classical music

- The occasional movie

 

I don't have an amp and am not planning on getting one. I will on occassion connect it to my iPod Nano 2G but that's a very minor use case. I'll have a different set of headphones for travelling purposes (have a Senn PX200-II for that purpose)

 

I'd like an (semi) open set, because I want to get a taste of what the "open" sound is.

 

I live in Holland, so local availability is a concern. This influences pricing as well. Headphones here seem very much more expensive than headphones at the other side of the Atlantic.

 

My current candidates are:

- Grado Sr60i; around 110 euro

- AKG 240 MKII; around 120 euro

- Samson SR850; around 45 euro

 

Good picks? Alternative suggestions?

 

EDIT: I think 100 euro is a lot of money to spend on headphones, but if they're really enjoyable and will last me more than a few years, then I'm willing to spend it. It's not that I don't have the money to buy e.g. the AKG from this shortlist at that price, it's that I'm not sure it's money well spent on my untrained ears.

 

EDIT 2: added onboard sound chip + music specifications in case that helps.

 

EDIT 3: Solved, with help from KG Jag and Steve2151. AKG maybe too difficult to drive, Grado a tad too expensive for me; AD700 considered, but too expensive as well. Alessandro MS1i offered as an alternative, suits my needs and is at the right price point for me. Unless a showstopper occurs somewhere, I will be the proud owner of an Alessandro MS1i soon.


Edited by TeeWeeHerman - 9/10/12 at 2:38pm
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Originally Posted by irkaal97 View Post

hi, is akg k701, k702 or q701 better in terms of overall sound quality when amped?


Without proper amplification, these cans are a waste of your money.

post #18941 of 29490
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Originally Posted by zevim2005 View Post

For Trance,Rock and reggae wich one is better Hfi-780 or V-moda m80??

 

My budget is 200$...

 

Thanks!


Both are generally well regarded.  It depends on your personal sound signature preference (read more in buying guides linked in opening post of this thread) and comfort considerations, which tend to vary from person to person.

post #18942 of 29490
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Originally Posted by TeeWeeHerman View Post

I'm looking for my first real headphones. I will use it primarily directly from my computer (onboard sound). Criteria:

Main listening materials:

- Computer games (game soundtracks, effects. But won't need super accuracy for FPS or MMORPG-style games, as I don't play them)

- Must give a good rendition of Heather Nova (http://youtu.be/o0FnyRpZOWA) :D

- Rock / pop tunes

- Motown

- Classical music

- The occasional movie

 

I don't have an amp and am not planning on getting one. I will on occassion connect it to my iPod Nano 2G but that's a very minor use case. I'll have a different set of headphones for travelling purposes (have a Senn PX200-II for that purpose)

 

I'd like an (semi) open set, because I want to get a taste of what the "open" sound is.

 

I live in Holland, so local availability is a concern. This influences pricing as well. Headphones here seem very much more expensive than headphones at the other side of the Atlantic.

 

My current candidates are:

- Grado Sr60i; around 110 euro

- AKG 240 MKII; around 120 euro

- Samson SR850; around 45 euro

 

Good picks? Alternative suggestions?

 

EDIT: I think 100 euro is a lot of money to spend on headphones, but if they're really enjoyable and will last me more than a few years, then I'm willing to spend it. It's not that I don't have the money to buy e.g. the AKG from this shortlist at that price, it's that I'm not sure it's money well spent on my untrained ears.


The first big problem is that no one really knows what your on-board sound will push--but it probably isn't much.  This means that you need to stay with the most efficient cans to be safe.  These are rated a "1' in the buying guides linked in the opening post of this thread.

 

The second big problem for me is that I don't know you favorite music.  However, based on all the uses you list under it and (problem #3) based on U.S. street prices, consider the Audio Technica AD 700 or 900.  The Grados are great rock cans but don't have the sound stage for all you uses.  The AKG may be too difficult to drive for you.  The Samson is a good budget choice, but can't compete well uphill with good cans that are 2 x its price.

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Originally Posted by TeeWeeHerman View Post

I'm looking for my first real headphones. I will use it primarily directly from my computer (onboard sound). Criteria:

Main listening materials:

- Computer games (game soundtracks, effects. But won't need super accuracy for FPS or MMORPG-style games, as I don't play them)

- Must give a good rendition of Heather Nova (http://youtu.be/o0FnyRpZOWA) :D

- Rock / pop tunes

- Motown

- Classical music

- The occasional movie

 

I don't have an amp and am not planning on getting one. I will on occassion connect it to my iPod Nano 2G but that's a very minor use case. I'll have a different set of headphones for travelling purposes (have a Senn PX200-II for that purpose)

 

I'd like an (semi) open set, because I want to get a taste of what the "open" sound is.

 

I live in Holland, so local availability is a concern. This influences pricing as well. Headphones here seem very much more expensive than headphones at the other side of the Atlantic.

 

My current candidates are:

- Grado Sr60i; around 110 euro

- AKG 240 MKII; around 120 euro

- Samson SR850; around 45 euro

 

Good picks? Alternative suggestions?

 

EDIT: I think 100 euro is a lot of money to spend on headphones, but if they're really enjoyable and will last me more than a few years, then I'm willing to spend it. It's not that I don't have the money to buy e.g. the AKG from this shortlist at that price, it's that I'm not sure it's money well spent on my untrained ears.

 

If the Audio Technica's are out of your price range, try getting the Alessandro MS1i from their website. It should still be $110 USD shipped anywhere in the world for something that is between an SR80i and SR125i Grado. You can get a more balanced sound that works better than the SR60i for genres that aren't rock or pop.

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


The first big problem is that no one really knows what your on-board sound will push--but it probably isn't much.  This means that you need to stay with the most efficient cans to be safe.  These are rated a "1' in the buying guides linked in the opening post of this thread.

 

The second big problem for me is that I don't know you favorite music.  However, based on all the uses you list under it and (problem #3) based on U.S. street prices, consider the Audio Technica AD 700 or 900.  The Grados are great rock cans but don't have the sound stage for all you uses.  The AKG may be too difficult to drive for you.  The Samson is a good budget choice, but can't compete well uphill with good cans that are 2 x its price.


My onboard sound is a RealTek ALC888 (will add this to my original post)

Fave music has heavy emphasis on what went as "alternative" in the 90s (e.g. Skunk Anansie, PUSA), but also includes Heather Nova, Marvin Gaye, U2. I'm getting into classical music (including opera as well as orchestral works, though not pure choral works)

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Originally Posted by steve2151 View Post

 

If the Audio Technica's are out of your price range, try getting the Alessandro MS1i from their website. It should still be $110 USD shipped anywhere in the world for something that is between an SR80i and SR125i Grado. You can get a more balanced sound that works better than the SR60i for genres that aren't rock or pop.


ATH-AD700 seems to go for 130-170 euro. That's kind of too steep for me.

 

Alessandro looks interesting. They seem to charge no shipping at all if ordered from their website. I take it the 2009 version (109 USD) is the MS1i and the "original" version (goes for 99 USD) is the MS1?

 

Just a quick check to be sure: I assume driving the MS1i without amp is no problem?

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