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post #20311 of 29490
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Originally Posted by lennox-94 View Post

hey guys, I can get the DJ100 with the Fiio E6 amp and the ath-m50 earpads for ~$20 more than a standard Creative Aurvana Live ($100). Mostly for listening to house music but sometimes gaming and movies. Almost all my songs are 256kps and a few are 320kbps, and i mainly listen to them from either my laptop or clip+. So i just wanted your take on the options as i do not consider myself a audiophile and have only purchased $10-15 headphones prior to this.

I started off using my E6 with my new Clip Zip, but after a week I just stopped using the E6, as the Clip Zip powers my HA-S500-Z headphones just fine.

post #20312 of 29490
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Originally Posted by lennox-94 View Post

hey guys, I can get the DJ100 with the Fiio E6 amp and the ath-m50 earpads for ~$20 more than a standard Creative Aurvana Live ($100). Mostly for listening to house music but sometimes gaming and movies. Almost all my songs are 256kps and a few are 320kbps, and i mainly listen to them from either my laptop or clip+. So i just wanted your take on the options as i do not consider myself a audiophile and have only purchased $10-15 headphones prior to this.

 

To echo what PurpleAngel said, my Clip+ powers a lot of my headphones and IEMs very well. Unless you are getting a break on the package deal, best to get the headphones before deciding if you need an E6. See this post. There are some people that seem to think the Clip+ is just fine with those headphones: 

 

 

Quote:
The Fuze/CLIP+ headphone out method makes the DJ100 sound similar to how it is with a full desktop amp! Very full sounding mids and it's signature is very smooth and non-fatiguing to my ears. You've still got those engaging mids, but they're not so forward that they're fatiguing.

Edited by cel4145 - 10/17/12 at 8:57pm
post #20313 of 29490

Current Setup:

SRH 840

Fiio E6

 

I want to upgrade - not because I dislike anything about it, but mostly due to curiosity. I am trying to decide whether I want an amp or dac or another pair of headphones or a combination of them.

 

If I get a pair of headphones, I am going to be using this pair exclusively at home, so isolation isn't important. I want to try a pair of open/semi-open cans. The only exposure I have really had to open/semi-open cans were a pair of Porta Pros back in the day and while I really enjoyed them, I know that if I go back to them now, I feel as if I would be sorely disappointed. I listen to a variety of music and for relatively long intervals (2-4 hour blocks or so). From researching through this forum, I have found that I needed a neutral pair of headphones to suit my tastes. A rough set of headphones that I have been interested in trying out are:  DT 880 Premium/PRO (I still don't quite get the distinction), Sennheiser HD 598, Denon D2000, Hifiman HE-300/HE-400. I am not limiting myself to just these guys, so if you have any other suggestions let me know. I have heard people tell me to try out the SR 225i, but I wasn't really impressed by the SR 60i.

 

As far as amps go, I really don't know what goes well with the SRH 840. Many people say to just use them unamped because there isn't really that much benefit I can garnish from amping them. When I first listened to the SRH 840 through the E6, I didn't appreciate the difference, but after not using it for a while, I can definitely hear the difference. I know going with something like the E9 is a bit overboard, but if I am buying a pair of headphones, especially the DT 880s, I know I need a better amp.

 

Again, as far as DAC's go, I don't know what to do. I was thinking about investing in a portable DAC/AMP but that plan shot itself in the foot when my portable mp3 player busted. I don't plan on buying a new one in the next few months, so I will learn to deal. A desktop DAC sounds like it would be pretty flippin' sweet, but I really have not looked into it too heavily. My sound card seems to output stuff just fine through my E6 and SRH 840s. A good third of my music is in FLAC, about 5/8 is in mp3 (v0) and the rest is mp3 (320).

 

So, yeah, I really don't know what to do. I have been looking through the forums and someone is selling used 598s and a few people were selling D2000s earlier. I know that the HE 400 just came out- and I don't mind waiting for prices to settle down for those. Any suggestions are welcome. I would bold things that are important, but I don't know what to differentiate, so I am leaving it the way it is and including a tl;dr. Thanks for any help!

 

tl;dr: I currently have a pair of SRH 840s and an E6 and want to upgrade my set-up in some way. I listen to a wide variety of music, so neutral is ideal. Headphones I was/am considering: HD 598, D2000, HE300, HE 400, DT 880. I don't know much about amps/dacs so I don't know what would work best with what I have. I don't mind buying two things at once. Any suggestions would be cool!

post #20314 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Doc-holliday View Post

@KG Jag, Poodytang, PurpleAngel, MShenay, Hipster2010, et al.......

I have done it. I am making an attempt to get yet another IEM/portable thread off the ground.

Please help me if you can by sending mis-posters over to it here (or even subscribe if you think you can contribute over there)

http://www.head-fi.org/t/632255/portable-iem-recommendations-thread-i-e-dont-start-a-new-thread-ask-for-advice-here-please-read-op

Who knows it may fizzle out but I think it has potential to get going.

Thanks in advance guys.

I see that you have already received the same basic response that I did months ago.

post #20315 of 29490
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Originally Posted by saxophone View Post

Current Setup:

SRH 840

Fiio E6

 

I want to upgrade - not because I dislike anything about it, but mostly due to curiosity. I am trying to decide whether I want an amp or dac or another pair of headphones or a combination of them.

 

If I get a pair of headphones, I am going to be using this pair exclusively at home, so isolation isn't important. I want to try a pair of open/semi-open cans. The only exposure I have really had to open/semi-open cans were a pair of Porta Pros back in the day and while I really enjoyed them, I know that if I go back to them now, I feel as if I would be sorely disappointed. I listen to a variety of music and for relatively long intervals (2-4 hour blocks or so). From researching through this forum, I have found that I needed a neutral pair of headphones to suit my tastes. A rough set of headphones that I have been interested in trying out are:  DT 880 Premium/PRO (I still don't quite get the distinction), Sennheiser HD 598, Denon D2000, Hifiman HE-300/HE-400. I am not limiting myself to just these guys, so if you have any other suggestions let me know. I have heard people tell me to try out the SR 225i, but I wasn't really impressed by the SR 60i.

 

As far as amps go, I really don't know what goes well with the SRH 840. Many people say to just use them unamped because there isn't really that much benefit I can garnish from amping them. When I first listened to the SRH 840 through the E6, I didn't appreciate the difference, but after not using it for a while, I can definitely hear the difference. I know going with something like the E9 is a bit overboard, but if I am buying a pair of headphones, especially the DT 880s, I know I need a better amp.

 

Again, as far as DAC's go, I don't know what to do. I was thinking about investing in a portable DAC/AMP but that plan shot itself in the foot when my portable mp3 player busted. I don't plan on buying a new one in the next few months, so I will learn to deal. A desktop DAC sounds like it would be pretty flippin' sweet, but I really have not looked into it too heavily. My sound card seems to output stuff just fine through my E6 and SRH 840s. A good third of my music is in FLAC, about 5/8 is in mp3 (v0) and the rest is mp3 (320).

 

So, yeah, I really don't know what to do. I have been looking through the forums and someone is selling used 598s and a few people were selling D2000s earlier. I know that the HE 400 just came out- and I don't mind waiting for prices to settle down for those. Any suggestions are welcome. I would bold things that are important, but I don't know what to differentiate, so I am leaving it the way it is and including a tl;dr. Thanks for any help!

 

tl;dr: I currently have a pair of SRH 840s and an E6 and want to upgrade my set-up in some way. I listen to a wide variety of music, so neutral is ideal. Headphones I was/am considering: HD 598, D2000, HE300, HE 400, DT 880. I don't know much about amps/dacs so I don't know what would work best with what I have. I don't mind buying two things at once. Any suggestions would be cool!

 

Flac quality vs mp3 320kb/s really depends on how it was ripped. the best result i found really didn't differ much, i would say at most a 5% increase in bass tightness and clarity.

Beyer dt880 is the most balanced can in the mid-fi range imo. you only really need a good amp with the 600 ohm edition.

the pro edition of the dt880 is from 7 years ago and had a plasticky headband that would melt. the premium is the new version. there is also the manufaktur version which is customizable in terms of colours and whatnot.

hd 598 is warm sounding and a little grainy. D2000 falls flat in every department except the bass for me and the HE-300 and HE-400 really didn't impress me compared to the HE-500 which i consider "affordable" hifi.

if you were to look into an amp, my suggestions would be either the bottlehead crack with speedball (400$ DIY or 525$ assembled) or alo audio pan-am (600$). tube amps seem to make the beyer dt880 sound more lush and full for me.

the bottlehead crack sounds fuller, smoother and more refined, but is strictly for home and quite bulky.

the pan am is about the size of a small portable hard drive with tubes protruding out of it and is what i would call "transportable". it isn't totally restricted to home use, but it isn't that convenient to make it portable. overall, you can't go wrong with either choice as i consider the bottlehead crack the best desktop amp i've heard sub 1000$ and the pan-am the best "transportable" amp i've heard sub 1000$.

personal opinions though, do note, you should try to audition either amp after buying the headphones.

and of course, this is off my own experience which will be limited compared to other members.

 

*edit, forgot to mention the pan-am actually has a dac built in which is 24bit/96khz iirc. i listened to about 10 cans on it with the amp component only through a dac-magic plus and a denon cd player. personally, i feel the price is even justifiable for the amp itself, but the dac just seems to be that little cherry on top.


Edited by NujaBlessed - 10/17/12 at 10:12pm
post #20316 of 29490
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Originally Posted by saxophone View Post

Current Setup:

SRH 840

Fiio E6

 

I want to upgrade - not because I dislike anything about it, but mostly due to curiosity. I am trying to decide whether I want an amp or dac or another pair of headphones or a combination of them.

 

If I get a pair of headphones, I am going to be using this pair exclusively at home, so isolation isn't important. I want to try a pair of open/semi-open cans. The only exposure I have really had to open/semi-open cans were a pair of Porta Pros back in the day and while I really enjoyed them, I know that if I go back to them now, I feel as if I would be sorely disappointed. I listen to a variety of music and for relatively long intervals (2-4 hour blocks or so). From researching through this forum, I have found that I needed a neutral pair of headphones to suit my tastes. A rough set of headphones that I have been interested in trying out are:  DT 880 Premium/PRO (I still don't quite get the distinction), Sennheiser HD 598, Denon D2000, Hifiman HE-300/HE-400. I am not limiting myself to just these guys, so if you have any other suggestions let me know. I have heard people tell me to try out the SR 225i, but I wasn't really impressed by the SR 60i.

 

As far as amps go, I really don't know what goes well with the SRH 840. Many people say to just use them unamped because there isn't really that much benefit I can garnish from amping them. When I first listened to the SRH 840 through the E6, I didn't appreciate the difference, but after not using it for a while, I can definitely hear the difference. I know going with something like the E9 is a bit overboard, but if I am buying a pair of headphones, especially the DT 880s, I know I need a better amp.

 

Again, as far as DAC's go, I don't know what to do. I was thinking about investing in a portable DAC/AMP but that plan shot itself in the foot when my portable mp3 player busted. I don't plan on buying a new one in the next few months, so I will learn to deal. A desktop DAC sounds like it would be pretty flippin' sweet, but I really have not looked into it too heavily. My sound card seems to output stuff just fine through my E6 and SRH 840s. A good third of my music is in FLAC, about 5/8 is in mp3 (v0) and the rest is mp3 (320).

 

So, yeah, I really don't know what to do. I have been looking through the forums and someone is selling used 598s and a few people were selling D2000s earlier. I know that the HE 400 just came out- and I don't mind waiting for prices to settle down for those. Any suggestions are welcome. I would bold things that are important, but I don't know what to differentiate, so I am leaving it the way it is and including a tl;dr. Thanks for any help!

 

tl;dr: I currently have a pair of SRH 840s and an E6 and want to upgrade my set-up in some way. I listen to a wide variety of music, so neutral is ideal. Headphones I was/am considering: HD 598, D2000, HE300, HE 400, DT 880. I don't know much about amps/dacs so I don't know what would work best with what I have. I don't mind buying two things at once. Any suggestions would be cool!

The HD 598, which is relatively easy to drive, and Q701 are you best lower cost starting points.  Both are excellent at what they do.  Up the price ladder you will find the DT 880 (+/- Pro) and the HD 600 & 650.  Among these I believe the DT 880 to be the purist audiophile can, but all are excellent and have advantages to offer.

 

I would pair these new cans with a desktop amp or amp/dac.  The hybrid HiFiMan EF2A is an excellent & affordable amp/dac combo that will push all of these cans.  Other good choices, like the O2, are available as well.

post #20317 of 29490
Quote:
Originally Posted by saxophone View Post

Current Setup:

SRH 840

Fiio E6

 

I want to upgrade - not because I dislike anything about it, but mostly due to curiosity. I am trying to decide whether I want an amp or dac or another pair of headphones or a combination of them.

If I get a pair of headphones, I am going to be using this pair exclusively at home, so isolation isn't important. I want to try a pair of open/semi-open cans. The only exposure I have really had to open/semi-open cans were a pair of Porta Pros back in the day and while I really enjoyed them, I know that if I go back to them now, I feel as if I would be sorely disappointed. I listen to a variety of music and for relatively long intervals (2-4 hour blocks or so). From researching through this forum, I have found that I needed a neutral pair of headphones to suit my tastes. A rough set of headphones that I have been interested in trying out are:  DT 880 Premium/PRO (I still don't quite get the distinction), Sennheiser HD 598, Denon D2000, Hifiman HE-300/HE-400. I am not limiting myself to just these guys, so if you have any other suggestions let me know. I have heard people tell me to try out the SR 225i, but I wasn't really impressed by the SR 60i.

As far as amps go, I really don't know what goes well with the SRH 840. Many people say to just use them unamped because there isn't really that much benefit I can garnish from amping them. When I first listened to the SRH 840 through the E6, I didn't appreciate the difference, but after not using it for a while, I can definitely hear the difference. I know going with something like the E9 is a bit overboard, but if I am buying a pair of headphones, especially the DT 880s, I know I need a better amp.

Again, as far as DAC's go, I don't know what to do. I was thinking about investing in a portable DAC/AMP but that plan shot itself in the foot when my portable mp3 player busted. I don't plan on buying a new one in the next few months, so I will learn to deal. A desktop DAC sounds like it would be pretty flippin' sweet, but I really have not looked into it too heavily. My sound card seems to output stuff just fine through my E6 and SRH 840s. A good third of my music is in FLAC, about 5/8 is in mp3 (v0) and the rest is mp3 (320).

So, yeah, I really don't know what to do. I have been looking through the forums and someone is selling used 598s and a few people were selling D2000s earlier. I know that the HE 400 just came out- and I don't mind waiting for prices to settle down for those. Any suggestions are welcome. I would bold things that are important, but I don't know what to differentiate, so I am leaving it the way it is and including a tl;dr. Thanks for any help!

tl;dr: I currently have a pair of SRH 840s and an E6 and want to upgrade my set-up in some way. I listen to a wide variety of music, so neutral is ideal. Headphones I was/am considering: HD 598, D2000, HE300, HE 400, DT 880. I don't know much about amps/dacs so I don't know what would work best with what I have. I don't mind buying two things at once. Any suggestions would be cool!

What model sound card is it?

So this setup is for music, what about movies or gaming?

Beyerdynamic Premium vs. Pro, not really that much difference, Premiums usually have a slightly lighter grip then Pro's, the DT880 Premium 600-Ohm are the best sounding, but the DT880 Pro 250-Ohm is a close second.

The O2 (Objective 2) portable headphone amplifier ($155), should be able to drive whatever headphone you pick, the O2 works just fine as a desktop amplifier (just leave it plugged into the AC wall socket).


Edited by PurpleAngel - 10/17/12 at 10:28pm
post #20318 of 29490
I am really thinking of getting the beyerdynamic 880/600 ohm headset, and I want to use this with a computer on a desk. Will the nuforce uDac 2se be able to sufficiently power these headphones? Was also looking at the fiio e17 but read some positive reviews for the nuforce in comparison to the fiio.
Edited by Killface - 10/17/12 at 10:36pm
post #20319 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

I see that you have already received the same basic response that I did months ago.

Haha yea i was expecting it. Ill try to keep it going a couple weeks and see what happens. Feel free to post over there. Already a couple requests. We'll see i guess.
post #20320 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

The HD 598, which is relatively easy to drive, and Q701 are you best lower cost starting points.  Both are excellent at what they do.  Up the price ladder you will find the DT 880 (+/- Pro) and the HD 600 & 650.  Among these I believe the DT 880 to be the purist audiophile can, but all are excellent and have advantages to offer.

 

I would pair these new cans with a desktop amp or amp/dac.  The hybrid HiFiMan EF2A is an excellent & affordable amp/dac combo that will push all of these cans.  Other good choices, like the O2, are available as well.

 

The EF2A seems to have mixed reviews. Apparently, many people suggest replacing the vaccuum tubes because of bad quality. Would you suggest any other hybrids that could work? I don't mind buying used.

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Originally Posted by poodytang View Post

 

Flac quality vs mp3 320kb/s really depends on how it was ripped. the best result i found really didn't differ much, i would say at most a 5% increase in bass tightness and clarity.

Beyer dt880 is the most balanced can in the mid-fi range imo. you only really need a good amp with the 600 ohm edition.

the pro edition of the dt880 is from 7 years ago and had a plasticky headband that would melt. the premium is the new version. there is also the manufaktur version which is customizable in terms of colours and whatnot.

hd 598 is warm sounding and a little grainy. D2000 falls flat in every department except the bass for me and the HE-300 and HE-400 really didn't impress me compared to the HE-500 which i consider "affordable" hifi.

if you were to look into an amp, my suggestions would be either the bottlehead crack with speedball (400$ DIY or 525$ assembled) or alo audio pan-am (600$). tube amps seem to make the beyer dt880 sound more lush and full for me.

the bottlehead crack sounds fuller, smoother and more refined, but is strictly for home and quite bulky.

the pan am is about the size of a small portable hard drive with tubes protruding out of it and is what i would call "transportable". it isn't totally restricted to home use, but it isn't that convenient to make it portable. overall, you can't go wrong with either choice as i consider the bottlehead crack the best desktop amp i've heard sub 1000$ and the pan-am the best "transportable" amp i've heard sub 1000$.

personal opinions though, do note, you should try to audition either amp after buying the headphones.

and of course, this is off my own experience which will be limited compared to other members.

 

*edit, forgot to mention the pan-am actually has a dac built in which is 24bit/96khz iirc. i listened to about 10 cans on it with the amp component only through a dac-magic plus and a denon cd player. personally, i feel the price is even justifiable for the amp itself, but the dac just seems to be that little cherry on top.

My main reason for considering the HE 400 was because the drivers are completely different from most other headphones. I figured that they would have a pretty different sound to them. Thank you for your input: I really appreciate putting the time to write all that out. My budget isn't accomodating enough to spend $600 on an amp, but I will definitely look back at this post when it does.

 

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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

What model sound card is it?

So this setup is for music, what about movies or gaming?

Beyerdynamic Premium vs. Pro, not really that much difference, Premiums usually have a slightly lighter grip then Pro's, the DT880 Premium 600-Ohm are the best sounding, but the DT880 Pro 250-Ohm is a close second.

The O2 (Objective 2) portable headphone amplifier ($155), should be able to drive whatever headphone you pick, the O2 works just fine as a desktop amplifier (just leave it plugged into the AC wall socket).


Sound Card: The one that is default on the Lenovo T420. It's nothing sensational, but does the job fine currently. I know I definitely need an amp for a 250 ohm or 600 ohm DT 880. I am mostly using them for music, but I might watch a few movies or a few concerts with them.

 

Also, where can I find the O2? I tried looking at my default places (amazon, headphone.com, etc.) to no avail. Also, if I say that I don't mind buying used, does that change your recommendations about the O2?

post #20321 of 29490
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Originally Posted by saxophone View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

The HD 598, which is relatively easy to drive, and Q701 are you best lower cost starting points.  Both are excellent at what they do.  Up the price ladder you will find the DT 880 (+/- Pro) and the HD 600 & 650.  Among these I believe the DT 880 to be the purist audiophile can, but all are excellent and have advantages to offer.

 

I would pair these new cans with a desktop amp or amp/dac.  The hybrid HiFiMan EF2A is an excellent & affordable amp/dac combo that will push all of these cans.  Other good choices, like the O2, are available as well.

 

The EF2A seems to have mixed reviews. Apparently, many people suggest replacing the vaccuum tubes because of bad quality. Would you suggest any other hybrids that could work? I don't mind buying used.

...

 

Nope--unless you want to spend much more.  At $169, with dac included, it's a very good buy.  I have had no problem with the stock tubes, but one advantage is the ability to tube roll with a hybrid or tube amp.  Thus with only one amp, you can tweak the sound signature, including adjusting it to best fit different cans. 

post #20322 of 29490
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Originally Posted by saxophone View Post

...

Also, where can I find the O2? I tried looking at my default places (amazon, headphone.com, etc.) to no avail. Also, if I say that I don't mind buying used, does that change your recommendations about the O2?

Assembled O2:

 

http://www.jdslabs.com/item.php?fetchitem=O2Full

post #20323 of 29490
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Originally Posted by saxophone View Post

Also, where can I find the O2? I tried looking at my default places (amazon, headphone.com, etc.) to no avail. Also, if I say that I don't mind buying used, does that change your recommendations about the O2?

O2 is really good, but it doesn't have a USB input, only a line-in. If you want to use it with a laptop, you would need a separate DAC so that you can send an unamplified digital signal to the amp, otherwise you are using the headphone jack which is already an amplified signal. If you are using it with an ipod, a simple LOD will work great.

 

The O2 can be self-built, or for most, it can be purchased at JDS Labs for those in the US.

post #20324 of 29490

Hey guys I'm unable to decide what headphones I should pick up.

 

I currently have a HD595 with the O2 / ODAC combo.

 

I really enjoy the comfort and sound of the HD595, so I was thinking of going with the HD650 as my first upgrade.

 

My other options that I am considering are the HifiMan HE-400, the Beyer DT8800 Prem. 600 ohm, and the Paradox mod of the Fostex T50RP.

 

Ideally I think I would like a pair of laid back headphones like the HD650, and a pair of very neutral and balanced headphones.  Unfortunately I won't be able to afford buying two pairs at the same time.

 

My max budget would be the mid 600’s which is what a premium Paradox costs, and that is an absolute maximum. I’m already uncomfortable with dropping 500 dollars.

 

The concerns I have with the headphones I listed are as follows:

 

DT880 - Not too sure on the semi-open design, I'm really liking how open my 595's sound.  I also don't like the fact that it doesn't have dual entry cables as well as having a non-removable cable.  It makes me worried that the cable will break and I will have trouble replacing it.

 

HE-400 - Comfort may be an issue what with it being rather heavy.  I have read that it is musical sounding, and I'm not sure if that's what I want.

 

Paradox Fostex T50RP - It's a closed headphone, so I'm not sure what amount of modding could change that effect on the sound without removing the cups.  I also don't want to get caught up in the hype and end up with something I don't want.  It's also the most expensive of my final picks, mostly because I know I will end up regretting not choosing the dual entry cable if I go for the standard mod.

 

Thanks.

post #20325 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Smoke Signals View Post

Hey guys I'm unable to decide what headphones I should pick up.

 

I currently have a HD595 with the O2 / ODAC combo.

 

I really enjoy the comfort and sound of the HD595, so I was thinking of going with the HD650 as my first upgrade.

 

My other options that I am considering are the HifiMan HE-400, the Beyer DT8800 Prem. 600 ohm, and the Paradox mod of the Fostex T50RP.

 

Ideally I think I would like a pair of laid back headphones like the HD650, and a pair of very neutral and balanced headphones.  Unfortunately I won't be able to afford buying two pairs at the same time.

 

My max budget would be the mid 600’s which is what a premium Paradox costs, and that is an absolute maximum. I’m already uncomfortable with dropping 500 dollars.

 

The concerns I have with the headphones I listed are as follows:

 

DT880 - Not too sure on the semi-open design, I'm really liking how open my 595's sound.  I also don't like the fact that it doesn't have dual entry cables as well as having a non-removable cable.  It makes me worried that the cable will break and I will have trouble replacing it.

 

HE-400 - Comfort may be an issue what with it being rather heavy.  I have read that it is musical sounding, and I'm not sure if that's what I want.

 

Paradox Fostex T50RP - It's a closed headphone, so I'm not sure what amount of modding could change that effect on the sound without removing the cups.  I also don't want to get caught up in the hype and end up with something I don't want.  It's also the most expensive of my final picks, mostly because I know I will end up regretting not choosing the dual entry cable if I go for the standard mod.

 

Thanks.

DT880 is very comfortable, probably the most comfortable on your list. It is semi-open, but I found it acts much more like an open headphone, so don't be afraid of that label. Overall an excellent headphone.

 

I don't know enough about the HE-400 to help you, though it is on my list of "want to try."

 

The Paradox is a very nice headphone. I have a modded T50rp myself which sounds amazing, and I haven't done the extensive testing and measuring with different mods that LFF has done. If you were to get these, you shouldn't mod them because everything has been added for a reason, and even something like a ear pad swap could greatly alter the sound. Another option could be to look into the Mr Speakers Mad Dog, as it is much cheaper at $250 for the basic, or $315 with the added pads and comfort strap. Although either of these will be great, they will definitely have a smaller soundstage than any of the other options you are considering

 

Anyone of your choices will be great.

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