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post #21466 of 29491
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Originally Posted by AtlanticMadness View Post

Hello guys, I'll try and keep this short. I'm pretty new to audiophile gear, but I'm looking to get a somewhat good home setup going for under $400. Seeing as it's Black Friday weekend. I figured it would be a good time as any.


I bought some Audio Technica ATH M50s about a year ago and they were my first 'audiophile' headphones, before then I had M35s and before that any cheap $20 set I could get my hands on. I love my m50s dearly, it was certainly a step up from anything I've used.


My old setup was simply plugging my m50's straight into my desktop's headphone jack.

Well now my M50's are broken (lent them to a friend for too long). And my computers headphone jack is a bit loose/pushed in causing me to do some annoying twiddling back and forth to get the proper sound of it. Line in at the back of my case simply does not cut it, I lose a lot of little details in my music compared to using the headphone jack.


So what I need now is a new set of headphones and a good dac/amp combo(I think?) for under $400. I'd go $450 max at the moment.

For headphones I'm looking for something that can pick up on the m50's shortcomings and perhaps polish what already excels at. I'd prefer a closed pair. I'd mostly use them at home but I'd like the option of taking them out and not having my music be heard 50 feet away.

I do some gaming but music is my priority here. I listen to a wide variety of genres, but I mostly love Prog Rock, Folk, Soul and Downtempo. I've been looking at the following headphones:


ATH-A900X

HFI-580

HFI-780

DT 770 PRO


Are the above catered to my needs/tastes? As for DAC/AMPs, portability is not my concern. This would be for home use. Am I asking for too much for my budget? I'm a neophyte to all of this, so it's a tad overwhelming, but some input/recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

TL;DR:
  • $450 max budget (lower the better)
  • Need upgrade from ATH M50
  • Beginner, need closed headphone + DAC/AMP
  • PC source
  • Music is my #1 concern over everything, but I do quite a bit of gaming
  • Multiple genres: from Prog Rock to Downtempo, Hiphop, Punk, Blues, you name it.

I'd take a close listen to the Ultrasone Pro 750. I'll let others help with the amp/dac, as you are probably looking for portability--although the HeadRoom Total BitHead looks quite good at $99.
Edited by KG Jag - 11/24/12 at 12:42am
post #21467 of 29491
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


I'd take a close listen to the Ultrasone Pro 750. I'll let others help with the amp/dac, as you are probably looking for portability--although the HeadRoom Total BitHead looks quite good at $99.


Thanks for the recommendation, I'll look into those. I did a slight amount of thread searching and found this: http://www.head-fi.org/t/620775/the-sub-200-portable-amps-shootout-11-8-amps-compared

Without much research beyond amazon reviews I was leaning towards an e17, but this list seems to show some better options out there. From what I'm gathering I'm under the impression that it's better to pinpoint a headphone first and look for a good dac/amp that will meet its specifics seeing as they vary in voltage and other things.

Unfortunately I haven't been able to narrow my list down on my own. Through some thread searching I've seen quite a bit of people suggest ahd2000s for those who like the m50, but these retail for over $450 and even used I think it's higher than I want to spend right now(If I'm going to get a decent enough dac/amp in my budget).

post #21468 of 29491

Alright, here's the deal.  A friend is looking for a headphone around 200usd and under.  He listens to mainly rock and rap.  Here are his priorities:

 

1. clean sound

2. lows and mids (even)

 

I already had a couple suggestions in mind, but are there any other recommendations out there that I might've missed?

post #21469 of 29491

Hi Everyone , 

 

I am new to headphones and seek some advise before purchase. I moved my original post from the main forum to this one which seems more appropriate :

 

After downsizing my home I no longer have the luxury of a dedicated HT room .  I now have the system in the family room . My wife requests that I get a pair of headphones so I don't need to play loudly after 9 pm :(    The headphones therefore need to be suitable for Movies as well as 2 ch Stereo .

 

My current HT/Audio system is as follows:

 

Speakers:   Main L/R : Salk Song Towers, Sub :  SVS-12 NSD ,   Surrounds in Ceiling. 

 

HT Receiver Onkyo NR3007 , ( Set up in 4.1 config, ie no center speaker) , 

 

2 Ch Stereo :  Jolida Fusion Preamp  + Odyssey Khartago SE++ power amp. 

 

Source:  Oppo 980H for CD & DVD;  WDTV Live for streamed Movies and SB Touch for streamed music ( FLAC files) 

 

When the headphone is used for Movies and CD's ,  I will use the Onkyo NR3007  headphone output 

 

When headphone is used for FLAC  files , I will use headphone out of the SB Touch directly. I might consider buying a Headphone Amp later

 

Open Cans are fine as I will be listening pretty much by myself .

 

The budget for the headphone is approx $200 so I would consider buying good used ones as well.

 

I listen mainly to Classical music and some Jazz .

 

After reading the threads here and in other Audio related forums , I  think that most likely the ATH-AD900 or a used AKG 701 would be suitable for my needs. Unfortunately I am unable to audition them before buying so I would like your inputs on either of these or any other headphones you folks would recommend . 

 

BTW the only headphone I own is a Sony MDR V4 .

 

Thanks

post #21470 of 29491
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Originally Posted by sportflyer View Post

Hi Everyone , 



 



I am new to headphones and seek some advise before purchase. I moved my original post from the main forum to this one which seems more appropriate :



 



After downsizing my home I no longer have the luxury of a dedicated HT room .  I now have the system in the family room . My wife requests that I get a pair of headphones so I don't need to play loudly after 9 pm frown.gif    The headphones therefore need to be suitable for Movies as well as 2 ch Stereo .



 



My current HT/Audio system is as follows:



 



Speakers: 
  Main L/R : Salk Song Towers, Sub :  SVS-12 NSD ,   Surrounds in Ceiling. 



 



HT Receiver Onkyo NR3007 , ( Set up in 4.1 config, ie no center speaker) , 



 



2 Ch Stereo :  Jolida Fusion Preamp  + Odyssey Khartago SE++ power amp. 



 



Source:  Oppo 980H for CD & DVD;  WDTV Live for streamed Movies and SB Touch for streamed music ( FLAC files) 



 



When the headphone is used for Movies and CD's ,  I will use the Onkyo NR3007  headphone output 



 



When headphone is used for FLAC  files
 , I will use headphone out of the SB Touch directly. I might consider buying a Headphone Amp later



 



Open Cans are fine as I will be listening pretty much by myself .



 



The budget for the headphone is approx $200 so I would consider buying good used ones as well.



 



I listen mainly to Classical music and some Jazz .



 



After reading the threads here and in other Audio related forums , I  think that most likely the ATH-AD900 or a used AKG 701 would be suitable for my needs. Unfortunately I am unable to audition them before buying so I would like your inputs on either of these or any other headphones you folks would recommend . 



 



BTW the only headphone I own is a Sony MDR V4 .



 



Thanks



Throw in another $25 to $45 and you can get a new AKG Q701.
post #21471 of 29491

Will this set up be good?

 

Xonar dg -> fiio s9 -> beyer dt990 250ohm

 

Very new to this and wondering if double amping with the card and fiio will be bad. Maybe there is a way to turn off the amp on the card?

post #21472 of 29491

It should be good.  Double amping isn't bad, just not as efficient as it could be.  You can't line out from the xonar dg to the fiio?

post #21473 of 29491
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Will this set up be good?

Xonar DG -> Fiio E9 -> Beyer dt990 250ohm

Very new to this and wondering if double amping with the card and Fiio will be bad. Maybe there is a way to turn off the amp on the card?

I doubt you will have any "double" amping problem.

I've used external amps with the Xonar DG, never seem to have any double amping problems.

post #21474 of 29491

im not sure. Probably can but would that still let me use the dolby headphone for surround sound?

post #21475 of 29491
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

I doubt you will have any "double" amping problem.

I've used external amps with the Xonar DG, never seem to have any double amping problems.

 

cool that makes me feel better about buying this. gonna give this a shot. Just gonna wait and see if anything goes on sale for monday

post #21476 of 29491
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Originally Posted by sportflyer View Post

Hi Everyone ....

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

Throw in another $25 to $45 and you can get a new AKG Q701.

Or since you said used. Amazon has the Q701 in "like new" condition for uner $200. Amazon warehouse.
post #21477 of 29491

Going to be purchasing a HRT Headstreamer (or similarly priced USB DAC/ amp) sometime soon, and I would like someone to advice me on the following headphones.

 

1. AKG K550 - I hear these are difficult to get a good fit, although I have a bigger head (close to 60cm). Also hear there is a lot of sibilance, which I won't mind if it's accurate and in proper proportion to the rest of the sound frequencies.

 

2. Sennheiser Momentum - I don't want bass heavy 'phones, not looking for a Beats impersonator. Is that what these are?

 

3. Sony MDR-1R - Really liking all the positive things I hear about their comfort factor. Does the SQ live up to the comfort these provide?

 

Essentially, I need something that is comfortable and most suitable for home use. Looking for closed backs, but I can make do with (semi) open sets as well if its a much better option.

 

I listen to all forms of rock, experimental music, ambient tracks, lo-fi, hip hop, jazz, classical, and most anything relating to those genres. If there are better options for either a DAC/ amp combo or full-size headphones I am more than willing to hear them out. Definitely seeking out accurate sound reproduction, but still fun to listen to. Form factor is another category I am considering, but it is low on my priorities. Thanks for the help!

post #21478 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Doc-holliday View Post


Or since you said used. Amazon has the Q701 in "like new" condition for uner $200. Amazon warehouse.

Is AKG that much better than the AD900?  Does it need a heaphone amp right away or can I live with it plugged into the SB Touch and the Receiver headphone output 

post #21479 of 29491

Between the following headphones:

 

Sennheiser HD 650

Sennhesier HD 600

Sennhesier HD 598

Grado 225i

Grado 325i

Alessandro MS2

 

Which would be the best for listening to rock/metal music and be the most comfortable to wear for extended periods of time (more than 4 hours at a time)? I know Sennheiser headphones are quiet comfortable as the foam wraps around the ear. However, my current pair cracked on both sides above the ears. Is that issue fixed now? I'm not too sure if the others mentioned above from Grado and Alessandro would be as comfortable since I haven't worn them. Do they wrap around the ear as well like Sennheiser's do?

post #21480 of 29491
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Originally Posted by VitaX View Post

Between the following headphones:

Sennheiser HD 650
Sennhesier HD 600
Sennhesier HD 598
Grado 225i
Grado 325i
Alessandro MS2

Which would be the best for listening to rock/metal music and be the most comfortable to wear for extended periods of time (more than 4 hours at a time)? I know Sennheiser headphones are quiet comfortable as the foam wraps around the ear. However, my current pair cracked on both sides above the ears. Is that issue fixed now? I'm not too sure if the others mentioned above from Grado and Alessandro would be as comfortable since I haven't worn them. Do they wrap around the ear as well like Sennheiser's do?

All the of the Senny models you mentioned are going to be more comfy. They all have velour/felt pads so are soft and won't crack.
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