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thanx :)

 

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With the XM6 you're paying a lot for the feature set. It does have way more power than the D12 though. Arguably the most of any portable dac/amp combo I can think of. It's all a game of diminishing returns, so I can't really gauge if the price premium is worth it for you. I currently have the D10 and have been strongly considering moving up to the XM6 to push some of my heftier cans. I've only hesitated so far because I've been sinking money into my DIY projects.

 

 

I think I'll go for the D12 as long as it can handle the 600 ohm Beyer DT990s. I might be able to afford the XM6, but I guess it would be better to save money since I'm going for bang for buck. Thanks for your help!

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High impedance only; 100ohm and up. The best pairing I've got is an AKG K240 Sextett (600 ohm). It pairs very well with Sennheisers, and in one of the big amp A/B threads the reviewer even preferred the HD800 with the Crack over the b22.

 

If you have low impedance cans, Bottlehead has the S.E.X. kit (I've built one) as well as the upcoming Smack with switchable output taps (which I should be receiving soon, as soon as they finish up production on the first batch).



thanks! ill probably build the crack once i pull the trigger on some hd600/650. and then i have my starving student for low impedance cans :)

post #6454 of 29490

I guess I'll be going for the HD25-1 II then...
 

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I consider the HD25-1-ii better than the other two. Also consider the Audio Technica Pro700mk2 or Pioneer HDJ-2000.

 




Typically rock.

 



 

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I think I'll go for the D12 as long as it can handle the 600 ohm Beyer DT990s. I might be able to afford the XM6, but I guess it would be better to save money since I'm going for bang for buck. Thanks for your help!


As I mentioned earlier, I have the D10 and I feel it does to push the Beyers adequately. Even the 250 ohm version feels like they're lacking. I would at least consider the D6.

 

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I've built two, both with Speedballs. I've also built the S.E.X. with C4S upgrade.

 

I would say the Speedball upgrade is worth it (though as always, be mindful of diminishing returns). I felt it reduced the noise floor just a bit more and smoothed out sound in the mid-uppermid.

 

Wow.  That says quite a bit about how much you like it.  Thanks again. 
 

 

post #6457 of 29490

As promissed, i'm giving the feedback about the equipment that I've bought.

 

As recomended here, i took my chances with the Audio-Technica ATH-A700 and I can say, i'm not desapointed.

In all possible parameters, they put my HD201 to shame. Even my old mp3 files(and mp3s that friends passed to me with doubtfull quality) sound much much better than before, not to say that i'm hearing tons of things that i've never heard before, even after listeing tens of times. Musics with 2-3 ?layers? of sounds/instruments that at least one or even two i never realised that was there.

 

With flac, well, there isn't much more to say than the comparison only gets worse.

 

Another thing, FINALY I understand what is Soundstage!!!

I read about it when I was searching, but never tought that was possible to diferentiate the left side from the right side of a piano while hearing a Keith Jarrent concert!!

It was like i was just behind him, it was great!!

 

I'm most impressed with the phones and most gratefull to this forum.

 

I think that i'm oficialy conviced that audio is something that is more than worth the investiment, i don't consider myself and audiophile because i lack the knowledge and the means to be one, but certanly someone that compreends why so much fuss about.

 

They are THE most confortable headphones i've ever used, and i can say for sure, though they don't have a great sound insulation, they have the insulation that I need, so i don't have anything to complain there, but the comfort is more than welcome.

 

Also, i've bought a pair of Senn CX500, and there is where i would like to make some comments.

 

In the moment that i came here, i asked a good headphone to listen basicaly for jazz, classical, classical rock and a variety of music, but i also said that i wasn't looking for a lot of bass. Since than, some friends presented me some bands(and genders as to say), as Dream Theater that, i've to admit, for prejudice of my part, I never gave a chance to metal and metal-like genders(basicaly due a cousin that only listens to death/trash metal, and he was my parameter when i first heard about metal).

 

Well, i don't know how to describe, i've come to like bass. Not that timpanus piercing bass(like a skullcandy that a friend presented me), but something like a strong but precise bass, that's the only way i think i can describe it.

 

Hell, its great to hear 3 simultaneous 'sequences' of batteries, and precisely "see" each one as i was in front of the battery!

I never thought that hearing the bass of the music could be SO great, i allways was a highs' guy.

And, well, this is my question comes.

 

It may be my impression, but, i think that the A700 have a more precise bass than the CX500, but the senns have more "presence", and, well, this made me wonder if, in the future(who knows, an year from now) i could change/buy something diferent. I'm now saying by any means that i'm not satisfied and that i'm not going to enjoy what i have, but, it made me wonder.

 

As a last coment, i also bought an sansa fuze, that sounds great, have huge storage(counting the microsd slot) and last a good deal of time, besides beeing of the PERFECT size for my pocket, so i can carry it anywhere i go. I couldn't ask anything else of a portable player. It IS portable, it plays anything, it is compatible with everything(win7,ubuntu alike), good battery and great storage. If i could ask something, i would ask for a bigger transfer speed from the PC to the sansa/microsd, because 3-7 MB/s is a joke, even if i move a big chunk of music less than one time a month.

 

To finish, i may also be worng, but, i think that both my headphones sound better on my fuze than on my PC, also, the bass issue is more pronounced when i plug the A700 on my pc than on the fuze. Just to note my computer use a onboard Via HD audio(on a crosshair IV formula mobo). I don't know if this is part of the reason of the diference, so i would like to ask if anyone think that this could contribute, and how i could solve this.


Edited by jhelsas - 8/20/11 at 8:16pm
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Something like a Sennheiser HD555/595/558/598 would be alright. Good all-rounders, and reasonably easy to drive without need for a separate amp/dac (though still recommended). If you're feeling adventurous, a Beyerdynamic DT990 might work for you, though that definitely needs a little more power behind it.
 

 

If i get a DT 990, what amp would you recommend on the laptop?
 

 

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Hi i am totally new to the forum and I was hoping that you guys can help me out with your experience. I am looking to buy a $200 range full size headphone,open back. I listen to mostly rock,some electronica and almost no hip hop. I use my laptop to listen to music and please tell me if any amp or sound card would be required/preferable with a particular headphone.

 

I guess you guys must have answered a lot of questions like this before and this sort of thing must be tedious, but i would really thankful for any help.

I don't consider myself to be an expert on hi-fidelity audio but i hope to get more experience with better cans.Thanks in advance


 

Come on guys a little help here.......i got just one reply from armaegis which has been really helpful...but maybe a few more suggestions

post #6460 of 29490

Hello Head Fi community,

 

I am fairly new to this hobby and I have been lurking the forums for about a week now. Throughout this week, I have spent a good amount of time researching full sized headphones. There have been numerous headphones I have considered but now I've limited it to two. The criteria I used was that it needed to be a closed back to try to minimize sound leakage, comfortable for hours on use, tight bass, nice mids, and clean highs. I mainly listen to rock, but besides listening to music with it, I need good soundstage for gaming usage. The two headphones are... the Shure SRH840 and the Beyerdynamic DT770 PRO (250 ohm). I'm planning to buy a CMoy portable amplifier to use with it also. Please help me decide between the two. Thanks!

post #6461 of 29490
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If i get a DT 990, what amp would you recommend on the laptop?
 


What's your budget? and do you want just an amp or a dac/amp combo? HotAudio makes some budget amps that aren't all that small nor all that pretty, but they sound good and have lots of power.

 

Go with the 32 ohm version unless you want to spend a lot on amping for the heavier ohm versions.


 

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Hello Head Fi community,

 

I am fairly new to this hobby and I have been lurking the forums for about a week now. Throughout this week, I have spent a good amount of time researching full sized headphones. There have been numerous headphones I have considered but now I've limited it to two. The criteria I used was that it needed to be a closed back to try to minimize sound leakage, comfortable for hours on use, tight bass, nice mids, and clean highs. I mainly listen to rock, but besides listening to music with it, I need good soundstage for gaming usage. The two headphones are... the Shure SRH840 and the Beyerdynamic DT770 PRO (250 ohm). I'm planning to buy a CMoy portable amplifier to use with it also. Please help me decide between the two. Thanks!

 

The DT770 will give too much bass and scooped out mids, and is not ideal for gaming. The 840 is better balanced and would be better for soundstage, though doesn't isolate as well as the DT770.

 

If I may offer some other headphone for consideration, look up the Senn HD380 or Beyer DT250.
 

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Originally Posted by ChuckH View Post

Hello Head Fi community,

 

I am fairly new to this hobby and I have been lurking the forums for about a week now. Throughout this week, I have spent a good amount of time researching full sized headphones. There have been numerous headphones I have considered but now I've limited it to two. The criteria I used was that it needed to be a closed back to try to minimize sound leakage, comfortable for hours on use, tight bass, nice mids, and clean highs. I mainly listen to rock, but besides listening to music with it, I need good soundstage for gaming usage. The two headphones are... the Shure SRH840 and the Beyerdynamic DT770 PRO (250 ohm). I'm planning to buy a CMoy portable amplifier to use with it also. Please help me decide between the two. Thanks!

I do not really know anything about Shures, but they seem to have some solid fans, but I do own the Beyerdynamic DT-770 Pro 250-Ohm and I really like it, great balanced sound, but it does need an amplifier that can easily work with a 250-Ohm headphones.

To power my Beyer cans, I use single tube (6922EH) headphone amplifiers (AC powered) I bought ($78-$88) off eBay, they ship from China.
 

 

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What's your budget? and do you want just an amp or a dac/amp combo? HotAudio makes some budget amps that aren't all that small nor all that pretty, but they sound good and have lots of power.

 

Go with the 32 ohm version unless you want to spend a lot on amping for the heavier ohm versions.


The DT770 will give too much bass and scooped out mids, and is not ideal for gaming. The 840 is better balanced and would be better for soundstage, though doesn't isolate as well as the DT770.

 

If I may offer some other headphone for consideration, look up the Senn HD380 or Beyer DT250.
 

"DT-770 to much bass", are you referring to the DT-770 80-Ohm headphones, that model is very bassy (but in a nice way).
 

 

post #6464 of 29490
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"DT-770 to much bass", are you referring to the DT-770 80-Ohm headphones, that model is very bassy (but in a nice way).
 

 


Keep in mind that it was a gaming post--too much bass and games start to sound terrible, especially if the bass bleeds into the rest of the spectrum.  Some people like that sound signature for games, but most don't.

 

post #6465 of 29490

Re-post my question

 

CAS's user here

wanna upgrade my setup (Asus Xonar STX pair with Alessandro Ms-1)

 

genres i have listen...

electronic mostly....( Daft Punk , Chemical Brother & Justice) ,Metal ..... (Nine Inch nails , Slipknot & MM)

Indie Pop New age & etc....

 

my budget around USD 500~

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