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post #28411 of 29491

Funny im looking at those right now. I have spent the last 3 days reading hundreds of reviews, dont know if its from baseheads or not.

 

I did give all my info in hte first post i made but to refresh, i own a xonar dx and a xonar dg which has the headphone amp, and i also have alc889 with dolby home theater on my mobo. All that said my current headphones are 668b which to me lack just a little on bass, not much, just want a touch more punch, not boom.

 

It seems the srh440 have what is described as the sound im looking for in most reviews, the creative seem to be also in the area but i dont want too much bass.

 

Would you say the shure are about the same as the CAl with slightly less bas or are these CAL kinda punchy there and gone bass as i am trying to discribe?

 

The reviews seem to say these CAL also have a smooth sounding high, so my disslike of the 668b being a little shrilly at times would be fixed with these also.

 

Does that sound about right from your experience?
 

post #28412 of 29491
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


Don't buy the HE 500 unless you have a decent amp with some power.

With regard to you amp/dac questions, you will very likely get better and more answers by posting in the appreciation thread for the HE 400 and/or one of the amp sections of the forum.  I can tell you that both the O2 and Schiit Magni should have no trouble powering the HE 400.  What I can't tell you is whether or not one or both is a good pairing with that can.

Don't get a transparent amp like the O2 to pair with the he 400s - it'll just highlight its weaknesses, namely the treble spike.
post #28413 of 29491
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Originally Posted by DiParagon View Post

Funny im looking at those right now. I have spent the last 3 days reading hundreds of reviews, dont know if its from baseheads or not.

 

I did give all my info in hte first post i made but to refresh, i own a xonar dx and a xonar dg which has the headphone amp, and i also have alc889 with dolby home theater on my mobo. All that said my current headphones are 668b which to me lack just a little on bass, not much, just want a touch more punch, not boom.

 

It seems the srh440 have what is described as the sound im looking for in most reviews, the creative seem to be also in the area but i dont want too much bass.

 

Would you say the shure are about the same as the CAl with slightly less bas or are these CAL kinda punchy there and gone bass as i am trying to discribe?

 

The reviews seem to say these CAL also have a smooth sounding high, so my disslike of the 668b being a little shrilly at times would be fixed with these also.

 

Does that sound about right from your experience?
 


The CAL! is more refined than the baby Shure (440).  Neither is bass lite (from a neutral perspective) and from memory they are in the same ballpark with regard to the quantity of bass.  I find neither to be shrill like the Superlux can be with that peak in the high mids/low treble.  The Shure is more durable than the lightly built CAL!.  See:

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/creative-aurvana-live-classic-reincarnate

post #28414 of 29491

As you can see in my sig, I have Senn HD600s and AKG K702 wirh Schiit stack. For a nice upgrade should I go LCD-2 or HD800?

post #28415 of 29491
Nobody responded to this post the first time so I'm trying again:

I'm in the market for a headphone amp, DAC, and most likely a pair of HE-500s. Presently I own a pair of Grado SR -225is that I listen to through the headphone port of my receiver. I have a number of questions but the most pressing is whether the Maverick Audio A1 can power the HE-500s. I am thinking of the A1 Amp and probably the D2 DAC as entry level purchases. Eventually I would like to buy the Bottlehead S.E.X. 2.1. My two reasons for wanting the A1 is to own an affordable tube headphone amp that can also power a small pair of speakers in my art studio.
I have also considered the Grado RS1is instead of the HE-500s, thinking it would be a good match with a warm sounding amp but I believe the HE-500s will be a better investment with the option to upgrade cables down the road, and since I already have the SR -225is, I thought a good pair of Orthos would be a great addition.
I listen to mostly electronic music but also a fair amount of loud guitar music. Primary sources are lossless files through a MBP and a turntable.
Considering these variables, does anyone have any thoughts?
Thanks!
post #28416 of 29491
Hi all,
I have PSB M4U2s and V-moda crossfade LP2s as my daily headphones at the moment, but really want a closed pair with bigger drivers/earcups to improve comfort.

Who makes the physically biggest closed headphones currently? Any suggestions welcome, thanks.
Edited by jjcoolaus - 5/11/13 at 6:45am
post #28417 of 29491
Akg k550s are huge I'm told
post #28418 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Zixdey View Post

Hello Head-Fi-ers!

I've been spending endless hours reading reviews and other forum posts, but haven't managed to decide on anything yet. I could really use some guidance!

For my 30th birthday I'm looking to buy a new pair of headphones (plus perhaps required equipment) for home listening. My budget is up to $1,000, but flexible. I will be mostly listening to music at my desk from a computer, where I have no other audio equipment. I've been using a pair of Sony MDR XD-100 cans, but their pads are crumbling and I'd like to upgrade! I have a good ear and am sure I will enjoy higher quality sound.

* I have room on the desk for one or two pieces of equipment (e.g. an amp), nothing too large. I'd love recommendations for a set of equipment that would work well together at the vicinity of my budget.
* I listen mostly to progressive rock from the 60's and 70's, such as King Crimson, Yes and Camel. Also various other typs of music, including modern electrical music and classical music.
* I like detail. I dislike heavy bass and shrill highs.
* I live in Israel, so esoteric equipment can be harder to get. My father will be returning from a trip to the US in about a month, so I can have him bring stuff with him, as long as it isn't too large, heavy or fragile.
* I also sometimes use headphones when viewing movies in the living room, and need a long cable for this, at least 7-8 feet. Being able to use the headphones for this would be a plus.

Kind regards!


Hello again,

 

It turns out that my budget is significantly lower than the $1K I thought I could afford when I first posted here. :( I can afford $500 now, preferably even lower than that.

 

Besides the notes in my original post, I need the equipment to be relatively light-weight (for international shipping).

 

I've got my eye on the HD-600, but I'll need an amp for those, and preferably also a DAC (or a single DAC/amp). Suggestions would be welcome!

 

Finally, AccessoryJack are selling the HD-600 for a good price of $310. Does anyone know if they are trustworthy?

 

Thanks!

post #28419 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Zixdey View Post

Finally, AccessoryJack are selling the HD-600 for a good price of $310. Does anyone know if they are trustworthy?

I don't know if they are a good vendor. But that's an excellent price. If you post it in the Deals Thread and ask that question, someone there may know: http://www.head-fi.org/t/651409/the-deals-thread-ii-read-the-first-post
post #28420 of 29491
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


The CAL! is more refined than the baby Shure (440).  Neither is bass lite (from a neutral perspective) and from memory they are in the same ballpark with regard to the quantity of bass.  I find neither to be shrill like the Superlux can be with that peak in the high mids/low treble.  The Shure is more durable than the lightly built CAL!.  See:

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/creative-aurvana-live-classic-reincarnate


Thank you thank you thank you. This helped a ton and described exactly what i was looking for, namely the comparison to the superlux. Truly appreciate your time on this and now i just have to decide if i want to stay with the defined sound or more durable. Since i am not abuse at all and am able to replace wires if needed, that brings me to the CAL so ordering those today, thank you very very much for the response.

post #28421 of 29491
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Originally Posted by claud W View Post

As you can see in my sig, I have Senn HD600s and AKG K702 wirh Schiit stack. For a nice upgrade should I go LCD-2 or HD800?


Both are excellent.   Ignoring the significant price difference, I'd go with the HD 800.  However, you need to upgrade your entry level desktop equipment to make them worth your while. 

post #28422 of 29491
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Originally Posted by catcherfly View Post

Nobody responded to this post the first time so I'm trying again:

I'm in the market for a headphone amp, DAC, and most likely a pair of HE-500s. Presently I own a pair of Grado SR -225is that I listen to through the headphone port of my receiver. I have a number of questions but the most pressing is whether the Maverick Audio A1 can power the HE-500s. I am thinking of the A1 Amp and probably the D2 DAC as entry level purchases. Eventually I would like to buy the Bottlehead S.E.X. 2.1. My two reasons for wanting the A1 is to own an affordable tube headphone amp that can also power a small pair of speakers in my art studio.
I have also considered the Grado RS1is instead of the HE-500s, thinking it would be a good match with a warm sounding amp but I believe the HE-500s will be a better investment with the option to upgrade cables down the road, and since I already have the SR -225is, I thought a good pair of Orthos would be a great addition.
I listen to mostly electronic music but also a fair amount of loud guitar music. Primary sources are lossless files through a MBP and a turntable.
Considering these variables, does anyone have any thoughts?
Thanks!


Problem is that anyone trying to answer your question needs to know not only the cans, but your specific equipment.  I don't know your equipment. In addition a electronic music is not my thing.  I will tell you that the HE 500 is the best can in its price range.  However, you need a decent amp with a good amount of power to drive the HE 500 ortho.  On the other hand the also excellent RS1i (no "s") is as easy to drive as your 225i (also no "s"--only the 325 come in "is").

post #28423 of 29491
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zixdey View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by Zixdey View Post

Hello Head-Fi-ers!

I've been spending endless hours reading reviews and other forum posts, but haven't managed to decide on anything yet. I could really use some guidance!

For my 30th birthday I'm looking to buy a new pair of headphones (plus perhaps required equipment) for home listening. My budget is up to $1,000, but flexible. I will be mostly listening to music at my desk from a computer, where I have no other audio equipment. I've been using a pair of Sony MDR XD-100 cans, but their pads are crumbling and I'd like to upgrade! I have a good ear and am sure I will enjoy higher quality sound.

* I have room on the desk for one or two pieces of equipment (e.g. an amp), nothing too large. I'd love recommendations for a set of equipment that would work well together at the vicinity of my budget.
* I listen mostly to progressive rock from the 60's and 70's, such as King Crimson, Yes and Camel. Also various other typs of music, including modern electrical music and classical music.
* I like detail. I dislike heavy bass and shrill highs.
* I live in Israel, so esoteric equipment can be harder to get. My father will be returning from a trip to the US in about a month, so I can have him bring stuff with him, as long as it isn't too large, heavy or fragile.
* I also sometimes use headphones when viewing movies in the living room, and need a long cable for this, at least 7-8 feet. Being able to use the headphones for this would be a plus.

Kind regards!


Hello again,

 

It turns out that my budget is significantly lower than the $1K I thought I could afford when I first posted here. :( I can afford $500 now, preferably even lower than that.

 

Besides the notes in my original post, I need the equipment to be relatively light-weight (for international shipping).

 

I've got my eye on the HD-600, but I'll need an amp for those, and preferably also a DAC (or a single DAC/amp). Suggestions would be welcome!

 

Finally, AccessoryJack are selling the HD-600 for a good price of $310. Does anyone know if they are trustworthy?

 

Thanks!


Given your reduced budget, the HD 600 is an excellent choice.  Have heard on these boards the Acessory Jack is OK, at least for shipping in the U.S.  I have no personal experience with them and don't know if they are an authorized Senn deal, which may not be important in your case.

 

Somewhere south of $200 does not leave you much for an amp/dac.  Are you looking for portable or desktop?

post #28424 of 29491
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


Given your reduced budget, the HD 600 is an excellent choice.  Have heard on these boards the Acessory Jack is OK, at least for shipping in the U.S.  I have no personal experience with them and don't know if they are an authorized Senn deal, which may not be important in your case.

 

Somewhere south of $200 does not leave you much for an amp/dac.  Are you looking for portable or desktop?

 

Thanks, I'll go for the HD-600 if I can find a good DAC & amp for them.

 

As for the DAC & amp: Desktop. Nothing unusually large, and it must be reasonably light-weight: up to ~4 pounds, including packaging (not including the headphones). I like balanced, clear sound and dislike overly loud bass, which is why I chose the HD-600, so the DAC & amp should also match this preference.

 

Your help is greatly appreciated!

post #28425 of 29491
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zixdey View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


Given your reduced budget, the HD 600 is an excellent choice.  Have heard on these boards the Acessory Jack is OK, at least for shipping in the U.S.  I have no personal experience with them and don't know if they are an authorized Senn deal, which may not be important in your case.

 

Somewhere south of $200 does not leave you much for an amp/dac.  Are you looking for portable or desktop?

 

Thanks, I'll go for the HD-600 if I can find a good DAC & amp for them.

 

As for the DAC & amp: Desktop. Nothing unusually large, and it must be reasonably light-weight: up to ~4 pounds, including packaging (not including the headphones). I like balanced, clear sound and dislike overly loud bass, which is why I chose the HD-600, so the DAC & amp should also match this preference.

 

Your help is greatly appreciated!


Given your limited budget for an amp/dac, you should check out the Hi-Fi Man EF2A and what Topping products that are available.

 

The O2 is also good, but leaves you almost nothing for a separate DAC.  The Magni/Modi Schiit stack at $198 is just above your budget.

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