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post #9421 of 29490
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Originally Posted by PatrickAupperle View Post

The Sennheiser HD 518 headphones are only $95 right now, so I guess I'll add those to the list of headphones I am seriously considering. Would these require an amp?

The Sennheiser HD-518 is 50-Ohms, easy to drive, does not need an amp.

But using an amp never hurts.
 

 

 

post #9422 of 29490
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

The Sennheiser HD-518 is 50-Ohms, easy to drive, does not need an amp.

But using an amp never hurts.
 

 

 



That's nice. How do they sound compared to V-Jays or AIAIAI Tracks?

post #9423 of 29490
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Hello head-fi, I've been lurking in these forums for a month and am wondering if the DT 880 250ohm with the Fiio e7 and e9 combo with music coming from an ipod touch is a good setup. Also, what's the difference between the DT 880 250ohm Premium and Pro and between the e7 with e9 combo and the e10? Any help will be appreciated.

DT880 250 used with E7/E9, I could go for that setup

 

Premiums cost more then Pros.

Pros have a little tighter seal around the ears, the Premiums are little more comfortable.

 

E9 headphone amplifier is rated up to 600-Ohms, E7 & E10 is 300-Ohms

 

 

post #9424 of 29490
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Hi!

Is BEYERDYNAMIC DT770M same as DT770 PRO 80Ohm but with leather pads? Or what is the difference. Thanks in advance.

DT770 "M" is for drummers, can't remember why?

DT-770 Pro 80-Ohm is more for general studio use and has the most bass.
 

 

 

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Been lurking for a while and finally decided to join. smily_headphones1.gif With Christmas coming up, I've decided to treat myself a little bit, and I'm deciding whether or not to upgrade my sound setup or buy an SSD and new external HDD. I expect that the costs would be roughly equivalent (~$300-350) so I'm only going to do one or the other.

 

My current setup is pretty… thrifty. I have an optical out from my mid-2010 MacBook Pro going into an old Sony HT receiver, in which I have my modded JVC HA-RX700s (felt/cup lining mods) plugged. I do 99.99% of my listening from this setup, and I listen to everything: music of all genres (including movie and game soundtracks, encoded in Apple Lossless and played in iTunes), DVDs, movies and TV episodes, etc. Basically, I listen to everything. When I play PC games, I just disconnect the HA-RX700s from my receiver and plug them into the front headphone jack of my PC.

 

So, how can I upgrade this on a relatively small budget? Again, ~$300-350 or so. Doing some research, it appears that the Fiio E7+E9 are my best bet for a budget USB DAC and amp, which leaves a max of $150 (shipping + taxes included) for headphones. Is there anything out there for that price noticeably better than the HA-RX700s? Would the resulting sound be $300-350 better than what I have now?

 

Also, would I be able to, say, use the E7 + E9 with my PS3 somehow? I'm tired of inferior, inaudible sound from my TV speakers.

 

If it helps, here are some of the tracks I've been addicted to lately:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVrnJriCqeE

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMRJNkqPVtU

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7JsX4U7HuI


Look for a transportable dac/amp with optical input that you can use on both your macbook and ps3. Something along the lines of the Audio-gd Sparrow and similar should work.

 

For headphones, you have a ton of choices. Just read around for a while, browse through any of the numerous comparison threads and see what catches your eye. Random suggestion: Audio Technica AD900.

 


 

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Originally Posted by EnterNameHere View Post

Hello head-fi, I've been lurking in these forums for a month and am wondering if the DT 880 250ohm with the Fiio e7 and e9 combo with music coming from an ipod touch is a good setup. Also, what's the difference between the DT 880 250ohm Premium and Pro and between the e7 with e9 combo and the e10? Any help will be appreciated.


There is no difference between the premium and pro models except for aesthetics and clamping force.

 

The e7/e9 combo should be sufficient to power them.

 



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Originally Posted by kudo View Post

Hi!

Is BEYERDYNAMIC DT770M same as DT770 PRO 80Ohm but with leather pads? Or what is the difference. Thanks in advance.



The 770M is the drummer model and clamps harder for more isolation. Reportedly it doesn't sound as good as the regular pro/consumer models.

post #9426 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

Look for a transportable dac/amp with optical input that you can use on both your macbook and ps3. Something along the lines of the Audio-gd Sparrow and similar should work.

 

For headphones, you have a ton of choices. Just read around for a while, browse through any of the numerous comparison threads and see what catches your eye. Random suggestion: Audio Technica AD900.

 

Where would I browse prices for the Sparrow? Google reveals nothing.

 

As for the AD900, it’s almost $100 above my stated budget, assuming the Sparrow costs roughly ~$200.


Edited by rms141 - 11/23/11 at 10:07pm
post #9427 of 29490
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Originally Posted by rms141 View Post
Been lurking for a while and finally decided to join. smily_headphones1.gif With Christmas coming up, I've decided to treat myself a little bit, and I'm deciding whether or not to upgrade my sound setup or buy an SSD and new external HDD. I expect that the costs would be roughly equivalent (~$300-350) so I'm only going to do one or the other.

My current setup is pretty… thrifty. I have an optical out from my mid-2010 MacBook Pro going into an old Sony HT receiver, in which I have my modded JVC HA-RX700s (felt/cup lining mods) plugged. I do 99.99% of my listening from this setup, and I listen to everything: music of all genres (including movie and game soundtracks, encoded in Apple Lossless and played in iTunes), DVDs, movies and TV episodes, etc. Basically, I listen to everything. When I play PC games, I just disconnect the HA-RX700s from my receiver and plug them into the front headphone jack of my PC.

So, how can I upgrade this on a relatively small budget? Again, ~$300-350 or so. Doing some research, it appears that the Fiio E7+E9 are my best bet for a budget USB DAC and amp, which leaves a max of $150 (shipping + taxes included) for headphones. Is there anything out there for that price noticeably better than the HA-RX700s? Would the resulting sound be $300-350 better than what I have now?

Also, would I be able to, say, use the E7 + E9 with my PS3 somehow? I'm tired of inferior, inaudible sound from my TV speakers.

If it helps, here are some of the tracks I've been addicted to lately:

 

 


A Turtle Beach Earforce DSS ($70) has an optical input and Dolby Headphone output.

Plugged the DDS into the MacBook Pro (optical) you could listen to DVD movie in Dolby Headphone surround sound

Plug the DSS into your PS3 (optical) and play games and Blu-ray movies in Dolby Headphone surround sound.

 

Get the Asus Xonar DG (PCI), $27.50 minus $10 rebate is $17.50

Has a half way decent headphone amplifier rated up to 150-Ohm

Also comes with Dolby Headphone, for games and movies

 

Sennheiser HD-558 50-Ohm open headphones $145

 

Total for everything $237.50, after $10 mail in rebate.

HD-558 and Earforce DDS maybe even cheaper on Black Friday.

 

 

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Pretty sure its only available from the manufacturer new. A search for Audio-Gd will bring you to it. Or check the FS columns here!

 

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Originally Posted by rms141 View Post

Where would I browse prices for the Sparrow? Google reveals nothing.

 

As for the AD900, it’s almost $100 above my stated budget.



 

post #9429 of 29490
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Originally Posted by PatrickAupperle View Post
That's nice. How do they sound compared to V-Jays or AIAIAI Tracks?


I have no idea.

 

 

post #9430 of 29490
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A Turtle Beach Earforce DSS ($70) has an optical input and Dolby Headphone output.

Plugged the DDS into the MacBook Pro (optical) you could listen to DVD movie in Dolby Headphone surround sound

Plug the DSS into your PS3 (optical) and play games and Blu-ray movies in Dolby Headphone surround sound.

 

Get the Asus Xonar DG (PCI), $27.50 minus $10 rebate is $17.50

Has a half way decent headphone amplifier rated up to 150-Ohm

Also comes with Dolby Headphone, for games and movies

 

Sennheiser HD-558 50-Ohm open headphones $145

 

Total for everything $237.50, after $10 mail in rebate.

HD-558 and Earforce DDS maybe even cheaper on Black Friday.


Thanks, I’ll do some research on those; the price is definitely right! How does the Ear Force DSS stack up to the Fiio E7 + E9 combo?



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Pretty sure its only available from the manufacturer new. A search for Audio-Gd will bring you to it. Or check the FS columns here!


Looks that way. Not sure I trust buying from a retailer halfway around the world; there’s no recourse if something goes wrong. I’ll keep an eye on the FS forum though, thanks for the suggestion!

post #9431 of 29490

My experience is that the longer you're around headfi.org, the more globally you think and buy! Have fun! There is some great stuff produced and sold halfway around the world.
 

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Looks that way. Not sure I trust buying from a retailer halfway around the world; there’s no recourse if something goes wrong. I’ll keep an eye on the FS forum though, thanks for the suggestion!


 

post #9432 of 29490
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Originally Posted by rms141 View Post

Where would I browse prices for the Sparrow? Google reveals nothing.

 

As for the AD900, it’s almost $100 above my stated budget, assuming the Sparrow costs roughly ~$200.


A lot of people here have bought gear from Audio-gd.

http://www.audio-gd.com/PriceList.htm

 

Also keep an eye out on the sale forums. I think I saw an AD900 there the other day.

You could also get an AD700 new within budget, or look at the Senn HD558/598.

post #9433 of 29490
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Originally Posted by rms141 View Post

Thanks, I’ll do some research on those; the price is definitely right! How does the Ear Force DSS stack up to the Fiio E7 + E9 combo?

Looks that way. Not sure I trust buying from a retailer halfway around the world; there’s no recourse if something goes wrong. I’ll keep an eye on the FS forum though, thanks for the suggestion!


The Fiio E7 + E9 combo has a better headphone amplifier (E9), functions as a DAC, output is 2.0 channel stereo

but no optical input and no Dolby Headphone virtual 5.1

 

 

post #9434 of 29490

Hi. I'm new here. My old $30 Sony headphones literally fell apart while on my head so I'm in the market for a replacement. I'd like a better quality headphone this time around (in terms of sound quality and build) and I was hoping someone would be able to point me in the right direction!

 

My wants/needs:

- Closed over the ear headphones. Something comfortable; will be using these at work ~40 hours a week.

- I listen to rock, metal, progressive rock, trip-hop and some electronica. Main source of music will be cell phone (Samsung Galaxy S II) and on-board sound on desktop/laptop.

- No amp required is preferred

- Will be using these primarily at work and at home, but I'll be taking them with me back and forth every day. Probably won't be listening to these while commuting but having the option would be nice

- No sound bleeding through the headhpones... I don't want to piss off my co-workers!

- Max. budget is $300 pre-tax/shipping (I live in Toronto Canada)

- No Beats by Dre please

- I've been looking at the Shure SRH840 and the Seinheisser HD 25-1 II, I've read good things about them, but I don't know how they will sound without an amp. I would consider getting a cheap/small amp that I could carry with me if required but I'd prefer not to, as I've said above.

 

I was looking at the B&W P5 but from what I have read, they are way overpriced for the sound quality, and I don't know if I like the on-the-ear design; doesn't seem comfortable for all day listening. Any tips/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


Edited by Daliuss - 11/24/11 at 8:36am
post #9435 of 29490

Cheers MuppetFace.

 

I have been doing some more research into the Q701 there are currently on amazon for £299 is that a good price? I am leaning towards getting these [to go green or not?:)] *edit.just checked some more prices, quite a bit cheaper from the U.S. that old problem again :) maybe a european  model is the way to go then.*

 

Plus will they be ok with the e7/e9 combo? or should i be looking into another amp. i like the idea of the e7 as a portable as it may add to the tma-1s when im out and about.

 

And how much bass will I be sacrificing? I don't think im a basshead but I still want to hear the bass.

 

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Wow, looks like you're really done your research. Here are my thoughts on each:

 

HD 650: Good clarity and soundstage. Has a "veil" on a lot of amps and sources, meaning the highs are recessed. The overall sound is a bit "dark" as a result. Personally, I find this makes them better suited for genres like electronica, dance, hip-hop.

 

HE-300: Mostly poor reviews on these. I don't recommend them. This is HifiMan's first dynamic model, and they need more time to get it right.

 

HE-500: Arguably the best on your list in terms of sound quality. Unfortunately, these are going to need a more powerful amp than the others on your list. If you don't mind investing a bit more in an amp, these would be my pick.

 

SR-325is: Good for rock music, punk, alternative, folk. Not so good with bass-heavy genres. Has a very noticeable treble emphasis some people love and others find grating. Unlike the others on your list, this is not circumaural, meaning it sits on your ears and not around them. However you can buy different foam pads to make them circumaural. Soundstage is going to be small.

 

K701/Q701: The original K701 has a very impressive soundstage and images well. Biggest issue is a lack of bass, making them best suited for jazz, classical, folk, etc. The Q701 has a bit more bass presence based on the time I've spent with it. I'd say go for the Q701 over the K701. They'll probably cost the same, and the latter will have better resale value.

 

D2000: What some would call a "basshead" headphone. The slam and impact on the bass is going to be the most noticeable on these, making them good for hip-hop and beat driven electronica. Some people like these for gaming and movies too. Personally I think everything else aside from bass impact is done better by other cans on your list.

 

AD2000: I'll admit, I'm an Audio-Technica fan. These are going to be a tad light in bass quantity, but will have well textured bass (quality). The mids are what Audio-Technica does best and is most known for. If you listen to a lot of vocals (especially female vocals) these are going to make them sound magical, imo. The highs may be a tiny bit on the hot side, but not as much as the Grado 325is. These will have a very unique sound signature (definitely not neutral) that some people absolutely adore, and others don't particularly care for.

 

 

...

 

Really, in the end, it depends on what you're looking for. The HE-500 is going to be the best all around, imo. Just keep in mind that it's going to be hard to drive compared to the other cans, and you'll need some serious amping (though not as much as the HE-6). The D2000 is going to be best if bass is most important to you. If romantic mids (vocals) sound nice, the AD2000. If you like a bit of a hot treble and more of an "up close" experience go for the Grado. The HD650 will be like sitting a few rows back, with a darker sound but lots of detail. The Q701 will be the best bet if you want a huge soundstage and want to feel like the instruments are all around you, at the sacrifice of some bass.

 

These are just generalizations. What you build in terms of a system to power these with will affect how they perform. You can make a darker headphone like the HD650 closer to neutral by pairing them with a warmer amp, etc.

Hope that helps, and didn't just confuse you more. Heh.


 



 


Edited by mrlazu - 11/24/11 at 8:13am
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