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post #29056 of 29491

Yo bros, I got my Sennheiser 600 for about 1 yr and 4 months now with the Fiio e17+e9 am/dac.  I am very satisfied with it but I wanna get some new headphones, preferably closed headphones this time instead of open ones and under $500.  Is AKG550 a good choice or are there better headphones for less than $500?  I prefer to continue on using the e17+e9 combo because I can't afford to get new headphones as well as better amp/dac.  Thanks.

post #29057 of 29491
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Thanks--but for the best in this price range we need to know at least these two additional things:

Do you prefer a sound signature that leans toward dark (like the LCD 2), neutral (like the HE 500) or bright (like T1 and Grados)?

Second what kind and size of sound stage do you seek?

Unfortunately there's no where near me where I can demo the ones you've listed. I think I prefer neutral to dark sound but I listened to the HD700s yesterday (which I think are supposed to be bright?) and I enjoyed them but they were a tad fatiguing.

in terms of soundstage, I find my DT770/80 pros a bit congested but I also found the HD800s a bit too spacious and distant almost so a happy medium would be good.
post #29058 of 29491
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


Thanks--but for the best in this price range we need to know at least these two additional things:

Do you prefer a sound signature that leans toward dark (like the LCD 2), neutral (like the HE 500) or bright (like T1 and Grados)?

Second what kind and size of sound stage do you seek?

Unfortunately there's no where near me where I can demo the ones you've listed. I think I prefer neutral to dark sound but I listened to the HD700s yesterday (which I think are supposed to be bright?) and I enjoyed them but they were a tad fatiguing.

in terms of soundstage, I find my DT770/80 pros a bit congested but I also found the HD800s a bit too spacious and distant almost so a happy medium would be good.


The HE 500 sound like the best match on both counts.  Plus it's also the best buy in the elite tier.

 

See (section and entire article):

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/634201/battle-of-the-flagships-57-headphones-compared-update-ultimate-ears-uerm-added-4-14-13#user_HE500

post #29059 of 29491
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Yo bros, I got my Sennheiser 600 for about 1 yr and 4 months now with the Fiio e17+e9 am/dac.  I am very satisfied with it but I wanna get some new headphones, preferably closed headphones this time instead of open ones and under $500.  Is AKG550 a good choice or are there better headphones for less than $500?  I prefer to continue on using the e17+e9 combo because I can't afford to get new headphones as well as better amp/dac.  Thanks.

 

Were I you I'd use the money to upgrade my amp/dac.  The HD 600 scales up to what is feeding it.

 

In addition the $500 price range is more or less a dead zone for new closed cans.

post #29060 of 29491
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The HE 500 sound like the best match on both counts.  Plus it's also the best buy in the elite tier.

 

See (section and entire article):

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/634201/battle-of-the-flagships-57-headphones-compared-update-ultimate-ears-uerm-added-4-14-13#user_HE500

Thanks, can you tell me how it compares to the LCD2 and the HD700/650? Also, how well do you think it would work with the O2 and what sort of amp would you be looking at upgrading to? Thanks for the help!

post #29061 of 29491
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The HE 500 sound like the best match on both counts.  Plus it's also the best buy in the elite tier.

 

See (section and entire article):

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/634201/battle-of-the-flagships-57-headphones-compared-update-ultimate-ears-uerm-added-4-14-13#user_HE500

Thanks, can you tell me how it compares to the LCD2 and the HD700/650? Also, how well do you think it would work with the O2 and what sort of amp would you be looking at upgrading to? Thanks for the help!


See the article I linked in my last post.  All four are included in this excellent piece.

 

As I said in an earlier post, I have not yet paired my HE 500 with my O2.  If I get a chance to do so, I'll let you know what I hear.

post #29062 of 29491
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See the article I linked in my last post.  All four are included in this excellent piece.

 

As I said in an earlier post, I have not yet paired my HE 500 with my O2.  If I get a chance to do so, I'll let you know what I hear.

Okay thanks, I look forward to hearing what you think. The only problem is that I'm in the UK where instead of charging what they cost, they swap the dollar sign for a pound one so I'll have to look at shipping and import tax.

post #29063 of 29491
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Were I you I'd use the money to upgrade my amp/dac.  The HD 600 scales up to what is feeding it.

 

In addition the $500 price range is more or less a dead zone for new closed cans.

 

 

Will sound quality improve a lot if I get better amp/dac?  If so what would you recommend for $300-$400?

post #29064 of 29491
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Were I you I'd use the money to upgrade my amp/dac.  The HD 600 scales up to what is feeding it.

 

In addition the $500 price range is more or less a dead zone for new closed cans.

 

 

Will sound quality improve a lot if I get better amp/dac?  If so what would you recommend for $300-$400?

Yes--that's you known (by me) weak link in the chain (although I don't know the format of your music and through what you play it).


Portable or desktop amp?

 

Can't help with the DAC, as I don't need a stand alone DAC for my vinyl, CD's & SACD's.


Edited by KG Jag - 5/26/13 at 3:09am
post #29065 of 29491

Hi guys, I'm looking for some headphones for my PC and when I was browsing the net and checking some reviews I found this 3 to be in my budget. I will use them 99% in gaming(all sorts of games from fps, rpg, mmo to racing games) and 1% music. I've never in my life had any headphones that were more than $10 so I can't really tell the difference between them even if I could try them before buying. So here they are: 
1.BEYERDYNAMIC DTX 710 $37
2.SUPERLUX HD681B $37

3.SENNHEISER HD 201 $27

Yeah I know they are not top of the line but I do not need anything better right now. So please help me choose between these :)  
And the source is Motherboard(ASRock Z77 pro 4) integrated audio card - 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec)


Edited by F4talErr0r - 5/26/13 at 3:18am
post #29066 of 29491
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Yes--that's you known (by me) weak link in the chain (although I don't know the format of your music and through what you play it).


Portable or desktop amp?

 

Can't help with the DAC, as I don't need a stand alone DAC for my vinyl, CD's & SACD's.


desktop

post #29067 of 29491
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Originally Posted by F4talErr0r View Post

Hi guys, I'm looking for some headphones for my PC and when I was browsing the net and checking some reviews I found this 3 to be in my budget. I will use them 99% in gaming(all sorts of games from fps, rpg, mmo to racing games) and 1% music. I've never in my life had any headphones that were more than $10 so I can't really tell the difference between them even if I could try them before buying. So here they are: 
1.BEYERDYNAMIC DTX 710 $37
2.SUPERLUX HD681B $37

3.SENNHEISER HD 201 $27

Yeah I know they are not top of the line but I do not need anything better right now. So please help me choose between these :)  
And the source is Motherboard(ASRock Z77 pro 4) integrated audio card - 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec)

 

 

Hey, I have the HD681B but I don't use it anymore because I found the treble to be really harsh. You might want to check out the HD681 EVO which seems to have fixed the treble problems of the 681, they look realy good too!

post #29068 of 29491
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In addition the $500 price range is more or less a dead zone for new closed cans.
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post #29069 of 29491

Hi everybody, having some second thoughts about buying myself a new pair of headphones



I've been saving money for some time and decided to buy sennheiser HD 518 at first but given how I never got to test any of the more expensive headphones, I have to say I'm a little bit scared I won't get what I want or there might be headphones better suited for what I'm listening to and there isn't too much options to try variety of headphones in my country before buying.



budget: same as sennheiser hd 518, its about 150 euros in my country

type of music: I do not prefer specific type, I listen to jazz, alternative rock, rnb, hip hop, electronic(especially enjoying flying lotus, burial etc.) and other stuff too

here's my last fm for better check maybe http://www.last.fm/user/franko-bananko



so I have two questions for help - 1. I'm a little bit scared how powerful or better to say overhelming the bass is because I do enjoy clarity, would like some nice soundstage and clear mids and highs not to be overshadowed by bass cuz bass is not the most important thing for me, overall sound quality is( although some bass impact is desireable).

2. some other headphones to check out because personally I get lost reading about all these headphones on internet , still new to this stuff



and sorry for my english, hope its understandable. Would appreciate any kind of advice but I'm fine if there is no right answer for me

thanks in advance

post #29070 of 29491

So what do you guys think is the current best closed headphone with the best detail retrieval and generally balanced?

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