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post #20521 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Jackcell View Post

I've got an ipod 5gen classic 60gb with rockbox. I use it A LOT. There are a few thing I want to do to it, but I wanted to know what I should do first, how much it would cost me, and what your opinions were? My headphones are ATHm50 and Vsonic GR04 flagship. Next pair will be hifi grade. Oh yeah, BTW it's all flac.

 

1. iMod? Worth it or not? What benefits do I get?

2. I want an amp, but not something crazy expensive. I was thinking the Fiio e12 when it comes out. Any thoughts? 

I use the E17, which has a decent amp and a decent DAC, nothing fancy but more than good enough.  My ATHM50's are so much better with the amp and i get way better battery life out of my ipod classic

3. Big one here, Cables. I've read some places that LOD means A LOT. Also read it doesn't mean much of anything? Which is it? Is the Fiio L9 good enough for do I need one of those fancy $200 ones? 

an immediate and noticeable difference using the LOD.  i use the fiio L9, never tried a fancy one...i can't imagine how anyone doesn't notice the difference here

4. Should I be playing my music through my iPod's line out, if not, how should I be playing it?

LOD, no question

5. Is the hard drive worth switching to SSD? I walk with it but not run. How much do these cost? 

5. Am I correct in thinking that DAC's do not work with the older iPods? 

6. I plan on also using this as a source in my car and for my home speakers. In both cases, it is a 3.5 mm jack. I noticed that with the line out, when compared to my nano's line out, sounds like garbo on my $1000 car system. Would a Fiio L10 fix this or at least help a little?

I haven't tried mine in the car yet (satellite radio LOL) but from what i understand, one can use the Fiio DAC to bypass the stereo as a pass-thru, which should make it way better

 

Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated. Respond to this or PM me if you want

 

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Part 2

 

I'm Using Foobar, stock, completely. When I use my computer as a source for my speakers and headphones it sounds really great. Are there any addins out there for it that I should know about or have to get more out of it?

post #20522 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Jackcell View Post

I'm Using Foobar, stock, completely. When I use my computer as a source for my speakers and headphones it sounds really great. Are there any addins out there for it that I should know about or have to get more out of it?

 

Start by adding a higher quality EQ developed by a fellow Head-Fier: http://www.foobar2000.org/components/view/foo_dsp_xgeq

post #20523 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Hooster View Post

So what you are saying is that the HE-400 is not worth $50 more than the DT 880 600 Ohm? Also that re cabling the cans and using a balanced amp is not going to make any difference to stock cable connected to single ended? Thank you.
I don't think he is saying either one of those things. For example I would say that I'm perfectly happy with my DT990's with the stock cable through a standard plug amp, and that doesn't mean I am saying there is "no difference" it just means I like what I have and don't feel any need to change it.

If it is worth it for you to spend the money on the recable and to buy a balanced amp and you have the dosh, go for it.

I think he is saying something along the lines of pick up a deal on an 880 for $250 or so and if you really feel the need to upgrade, go for it. If you want sonic differences between the two, ask KG Jag or one of these guys about the stock semi-open dt880 vs the open he400. You might want to ask about fit and comfort as well.

I think you are coming here asking about recabled versions of the two and no one is answering up really because they don't have them like kg said earlier. You may need to try the summit fi section?
post #20524 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Hooster View Post

 

So what you are saying is that the HE-400 is not worth $50 more than the DT 880 600 Ohm? Also that re cabling the cans and using a balanced amp is not going to make any difference to stock cable connected to single ended? Thank you.

 

The main benefit of a "balanced line" is its rejection of EMI (electronic noise) picked up by the cable. While there are a number of potential consumer sources of noise, like CRT's, power supplies, microwave ovens, etc., homes and offices generally don't have the EMI which makes balancing worth the cost. OTOH, if done correctly, it shouldn't distort the sound in the slightest. (NB. This isn't the conventional folk wisdom among audiophiles, so while many engineers agree have this opinion, there's a difference of opinion.) Wikipedia has an article, Balanced line, which isn't too technical until the very end.

 

Somehow, I thought the DT 880 was still ~$220. My mistake. I've heard the DT 770 and own the DT 990. I could recommend either, although the '880 generally gets better reviews here than the '770 or '990. I considered the HE-400 until about two months ago. When it became clear that a third revision was imminent, I went with my other first choice, the Sennheiser HD 650. I haven't heard the '880 or the HE-400. The relatively small price difference makes the choice that much tougher.

post #20525 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Hooster View Post

Ok, let me put this another way. I like electronic music, electric guitar, male and female vocals and also some classical music. I like piano music. I am considering Beyerdynamic DT 880 600 Ohm or HiFiMan HE-400, Any advice on which to choose would be welcome, with standard cables or re cabled.


You have to go to the HE-500 to beat the DT 880. 

 

Also many here have posted concerns about which rev. version of the HE-400 to get.  If memory serves, most have have said that rev. 2 is much better than rev. 3.

post #20526 of 29490

Hi. I am buying dt990 250ohm, and in max 6 months I will buy LCD-2 rev2 (or i might waight for the lcd closed cans, maymaybe).

So I need an amp and a dac. And I am thinking of buying the Grace M903.

 

I like bass, but i also love to hear all the instruments so i like soundstage too.

Should i perhaps get another amp and dac? And use more money one a amp and just get a cheap dac? But I really do not want to start upgrading and selling next year.

I am also thinking of buying myself floorstanding speakers soon. If i buy amp for the speakers could i use the M903 as a dac then? Or should I just buy a reciever now and listen throug that?

 

foobar, 320 and /or flac. To be honest I just want to know if there is a better option than the M903 :S

post #20527 of 29490
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Maybe the Audio Technica ATHESW9A.  The M50 (+/- S) don't need an amp, but have a "V" shaped EQ with recessed mids.  I prefer the KRK and 840 over the M50.

 

Probably a your better route would be to add an amp and get the Shure SRH 940 or Ultrasone Pro 750.

 

I looked at a number of reviews both here and elsewhere and it seems that saving up for the SRH 940's might be a good option (even if that means putting off my purchases a little longer). I have a couple more questions:

 

1. I know this is not the amp section, but would the FiiO E11 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0053KWDES) be an acceptable amp to drive any of the mentioned headphones?

 

2. A number of reviews I've seen for the SRH 940's (and other recommended headphones) seem to indicate that the bass (particularly mid-bass) isn't quite as strong as some of the other ranges. I don't think of myself as a basshead, but the bass range is important to me. Does this affect your recommendations?

 

3. Being new to head-fi, would I even notice the above issue or would it still sound better than what I was used to?

 

 

EDIT: In another venue, I've seen the AKG K550 recommended. How would those compare to the recommended headphones?


1.  I don't own any Fiios, so I can't help on that issue.

 

2. The 940 has neutral bass--less than than the 840, which has a mid bass hump.

 

3. It's very difficult to beat the quality of sound offered by 940 with any closed can in its price range.

 

The 550 is well regarded but picky.  You have to get a good seal with it.  Glasses, sideburns and beards have all caused problems for some.

post #20528 of 29490
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Originally Posted by sigmundklaus View Post

Hi All, especially Ultrasone gurus, :)

 

I've never had an Ultrasone but am very curious.

 

Please help!

Which one would be a good first Ultrasone from these?

 

- HFI-680 ........................... 158 EUR

- HFI-2400 ......................... 189 EUR

- Pro Anniversary ............... 139 EUR

 

I'd either use it as a tool (mixing, critical listening) in my home studio / or just for listening to music :)

 

Thank you!


Never heard of the Pro Anniverary here in the US.

 

The 2400 is a good can for fun, bass and slam.  However, I would not use it for mixing or critical listening.  I would say the same thing about the HiFi 780 and Pro 750.

post #20529 of 29490
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Originally Posted by mzaz View Post

Hey guys, well I kindda have pretty weird specifications so I thought I'd give it shot here.
First of all I own a pair of K550 which I'm more than happy with, but my my only issue with them is that they're gigantic, especially for my tiny head tongue.gif
So I recently decided to maybe keep them at home and look for a new pair that are more travel friendly to walk around with. I've tried a couple of IEMs but those never worked. So basically what I'm looking for is a pair of comfortable overear headphones that have good overall sound, decent isolation and are on the cheaper side. I listen to a lot of instrumental music, alternative, metal and all that stuff, but I'm not really picky about how they sound cuz I realized that I don't pay much attention to details while on the move; I'm good with anything as long as it sounds good overall. I've been looking at the ATH-M50 but I think the head band is kindda big lol. My first headphones were bose AE2 or wtv model was out then tongue.gif I really liked their size and feel. So to sum it all up...
Style: travel friendly closed overear headphones (preferably not so big)
Use: I'm gonna use them with my ipod only
Sound: as long as they sound good overall doesn't matter that much, but I would prefer a pair with decent isolation
Price: 150 dollars max. Cheaper would be awesome awesome though
Thanks guys any suggestions would help smily_headphones1.gif


I have just returned from a cross-country trip where I used the Philips Cityscape Downtown.  Excellent isolation (good enough for the plane ride!), very comfortable (although YMMV), and good enough sound for the hotel, at a price well below your budget.

post #20530 of 29490
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Originally Posted by basstwomule View Post

We all know why I am replying to this thread!  :)

 

I am looking for supra-aural, closed, clean/natural headphones.  Sub $200 would be great.  10 foot cable (is that something that I can fix after buying if they are detachable?).

 

I have been using a Sony MDR-V100 for a long time.  I use them to mostly listen to movies so a natural sound is best.  I am not into a lot of bass.  I tried out a few and didn't like the shifts in sound.  Am I correct that the MDR-V100 is fairly neutral?

 

Thanks for any suggestions!


The Sennheiser HD 25-1 II plus extension cable.

post #20531 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


1.  I don't own any Fiios, so I can't help on that issue.

 

2. The 940 has neutral bass--less than than the 840, which has a mid bass hump.

 

3. It's very difficult to beat the quality of sound offered by 940 with any closed can in its price range.

 

The 550 is well regarded but picky.  You have to get a good seal with it.  Glasses, sideburns and beards have all caused problems for some.

 

Having glasses, sideburns, and a beard, I think I'll save up for the 940. Thanks for your help!

 

PS: Is there an amp you do own/recommend?

post #20532 of 29490
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


Never heard of the Pro Anniverary here in the US.

 

The 2400 is a good can for fun, bass and slam.  However, I would not use it for mixing or critical listening.  I would say the same thing about the HiFi 780 and Pro 750.

 

The Pro Anniversary is a limited edition of the Pro 650. Of the models sigmundklaus listed, the HFI-680 would be an option to get, with the Pro Anniversary a second option. The HFI-2400 are quite nice headphones, but not for critical listening, IMHO.

post #20533 of 29490
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Originally Posted by MarkoOktabyr View Post

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


1.  I don't own any Fiios, so I can't help on that issue.

 

2. The 940 has neutral bass--less than than the 840, which has a mid bass hump.

 

3. It's very difficult to beat the quality of sound offered by 940 with any closed can in its price range.

 

The 550 is well regarded but picky.  You have to get a good seal with it.  Glasses, sideburns and beards have all caused problems for some.

 

Having glasses, sideburns, and a beard, I think I'll save up for the 940. Thanks for your help!

 

PS: Is there an amp you do own/recommend?


The only portable amp I own is the HeadRoom Total AirHead.  It provides quality power that will drive almost any dynamic can.  It also happens to be on sale at half price for $49:

 

http://www.headphone.com/headphone-amps/headroom-total-airhead.php

post #20534 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Davedog View Post

Not shure this is the place for it but can someone direct me to threads about starting up a home rig.

 

Cheers in advance.


What exactly do you see as being included in this home rig?

post #20535 of 29490

Just a big thank you to those who have responded, much appreciated. beerchug.gif

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