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The E17 does have an amp only section but if you don't need the builtin DAC I would go with the E11 since it has a bit more power.

Thanks! 

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What should I pick?

 

Koss porta pro

 

seenheiser hd 449, hd 429

 

Audiotechnica ath-m35

 

 

shure SRH240-A

 

 

 

My budget is close 100$. Types of music: Every genre but very little rap and metal.

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What should I pick?

 

Koss porta pro

seenheiser hd 449, hd 429

Audiotechnica ath-m35

shure SRH240-A

 

My budget is close 100$. Types of music: Every genre but very little rap and metal.

 

The best budget cans I've heard to date are the Beyerdynamic DT 235. They can be had for ~ $40 but have the sound quality of much more expensive cans.

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I just joined. Does my plan meets the sniff test?

 

My kids are getting old enough to spend time at school and I'm actually getting some quiet time now and again. I picked up a second hand NAD 7155 receiver and dusted off a pair of AE1s. It has been so long since I've heard warm music, it is very welcome. I want more, but if I spend up big it'll probably first be on a home theater install rather than a full 2 channel rig. Hence.. a headphones plan.

 

How is this somewhat budget-minded (sub $2k) experiment?
 

HE-400s

red wine audio corvina HPA with XLR option

XLR conversion cable

Dragonfly USB DAC

 

Honestly I've no access to audition anything, so I'm going by reviews and other information I've sucked up in the last week of reading.

 

The source material will be mainly higher bit rate compressed music, pandora 192k, CDs ripped lossless.

I'll maybe get an oppo BDP-95 and also collect some more SACDs

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Hello, looking to buy a pair of open headphones for sub $130 that is balanced for all types of music.

 

Prefer over-the-ear ones similar to Sennheiser HD518, but I don't mind trying on-ears like Grado 60/80i if its recommended.  Bonus points for comfort-ability

 

My budget was under $100, but I hear good things about the HD518 and the 558/598s are definitely not in range.  Not planning to use a headphone amp, and will mostly be using it in a Xonar DG soundcard.  

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What should I pick?

Koss porta pro

seenheiser hd 449, hd 429

Audiotechnica ath-m35


shure SRH240-A



 




 



My budget is close 100$. Types of music: Every genre but very little rap and metal.


Also think about the monoprice 8323, though I can't speak to the DT235. The 250 pads on the MP's are really comfy and sound great, some bass emphasis and not too muddy.
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I just joined. Does my plan meets the sniff test?

 

My kids are getting old enough to spend time at school and I'm actually getting some quiet time now and again. I picked up a second hand NAD 7155 receiver and dusted off a pair of AE1s. It has been so long since I've heard warm music, it is very welcome. I want more, but if I spend up big it'll probably first be on a home theater install rather than a full 2 channel rig. Hence.. a headphones plan.

 

How is this somewhat budget-minded (sub $2k) experiment?
 

HE-400s

red wine audio corvina HPA with XLR option

XLR conversion cable

Dragonfly USB DAC

 

Honestly I've no access to audition anything, so I'm going by reviews and other information I've sucked up in the last week of reading.

 

The source material will be mainly higher bit rate compressed music, pandora 192k, CDs ripped lossless.

I'll maybe get an oppo BDP-95 and also collect some more SACDs

 

depends on if you want portable or home based.

at a sub 2k budget, you should probably get some sort of flagship like HE-500, T1, HD800, edition 8, D7000, etc... and spend the rest on an amp and source. i'm not familiar with the red wine audio amp, but i can say right now that the bottlehead crack with speedball upgrade is one of the best amps you can get for 400$ (DIY though) and can be improved further with better tubes. as for headphones, out of the ones i've listed, i've only heard the HE-500 and T1. you can read my review for the T1 if you're interested, but it has very good tonal balance with a very clean and natural sound as well as the most precise imaging of any headphone i've heard. the HE-500 is also very balanced and has a smaller soundstage and inferior imaging to the T1 but costs a lot less (i think 500$).

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that bottlehead amp looks fun & satisfying to assemble, thanks.

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So as i asked before about the mad dogs and he-400's, someone earlier recommended the dragonfly if i chose to go with the mad dogs (i have a $600 budget btw). My question is, is there a portable equivalent to it that works with a phone? (Galaxy s3 in particular) Plus, is the dragonfly both a dac/amp? Or just one or the other?

And if anyone has a recommendation for a $600 budget (both headphones + amp/dac), i'd love to hear it

post #19330 of 29490
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So as i asked before about the mad dogs and he-400's, someone earlier recommended the dragonfly if i chose to go with the mad dogs (i have a $600 budget btw). My question is, is there a portable equivalent to it that works with a phone? (Galaxy s3 in particular) Plus, is the dragonfly both a dac/amp? Or just one or the other?

And if anyone has a recommendation for a $600 budget (both headphones + amp/dac), i'd love to hear it

the dragonfly is a dac/amp. for a portable equivalent, there are many choices. most of the ibasso products are portable amp/dacs, same with fiio

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Hihi! I am pretty new to this headphone stuff, but I am looking for a pair to replace the one I am currently using. I am looking for Closed Headphones under $160. I use my headphones at home and usually use it to game, but I do use it to listen to music and watch videos quite often,so I guess I want something that is a bit more oriented for gaming, but still good for music and the such. Thanks in advance!

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the dragonfly is a dac/amp. for a portable equivalent, there are many choices. most of the ibasso products are portable amp/dacs, same with fiio

Yeah, i was looking into the fiio e17 but i was still looking around because thats quite a bit lower than my $600 budget, so i wanted to see if there was anything better. I mean, if i get the he-400's i have an extra $200 to spend on amp/dac (which will most likely be the e17) but if i get the mad dogs i have $300 to spend 

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Yeah, i was looking into the fiio e17 but i was still looking around because thats quite a bit lower than my $600 budget, so i wanted to see if there was anything better. I mean, if i get the he-400's i have an extra $200 to spend on amp/dac (which will most likely be the e17) but if i get the mad dogs i have $300 to spend 

 

When it comes to bang-for-your-buck DACs it doesn't get much better than the $150 HRT Music Streamer II. It doesn't have an amp builtin but should beat any of the Fiio DACs pretty handily.

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Hihi! I am pretty new to this headphone stuff, but I am looking for a pair to replace the one I am currently using. I am looking for Closed Headphones under $160. I use my headphones at home and usually use it to game, but I do use it to listen to music and watch videos quite often,so I guess I want something that is a bit more oriented for gaming, but still good for music and the such. Thanks in advance!

It kinda depends on what type of music you listen too, but if you like bass, then I would try to find a Beyerdynamic DT770 80 ohm. If you can get one used it should be well within your budget.

 

Also, check out this thread for more ideas:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/534479/mad-lust-envys-headphone-gaming-guide-updated-9-17-2012-su-dh1-and-recond3d-added

post #19335 of 29490
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When it comes to bang-for-your-buck DACs it doesn't get much better than the $150 HRT Music Streamer II. It doesn't have an amp builtin but should beat any of the Fiio DACs pretty handily.
If I decide on the he400, I'll probably get that and the e11 then.
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