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HF-2 vs K701+HD650

post #1 of 11
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Hello there! just a quick question: what would be better? a pair of used grado hf-2 (modded with a viablue 3.5mm plug) or an akgk701 + senn hd650 combo? 

I'd use the phones for almost all genres (maybe not jazz or alot of classical), and i'm a basshead, so DnB, dubstep and hardcore are a major part of the listening.

I also do some stuff in my home studio, so they have to be both musical and detailed.

music running out of my system (flac library to m-audio delta44(modded) to phase linear pre as headphone amp ) and my ipod 5.5g/iphone4 (all 320kb/s or aac, some flacs (rockbox)).

price would be about the same, maybe 20-25€ more for the akg+senn combo.

thank you very much! :D

post #2 of 11

HF-2 are nice allrounders, HD-650 too

 

Difference is HF-2 is on the forward side of things soundwise, 650 is on the laid back side of things. I can appreciate both for what they, couldn't choose if I wanted to.

 

But while HF-2 benefits from a dedicated amp, HD-650 needs it.

If you want to use it on an ipod or whatever source, unamped, definitely don't choose 650 or 70X 

post #3 of 11
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thank you! yes i suspected the combo would need an amp... what if i got a headstage arrow? would then the combo be better?

post #4 of 11

If you're working in the studio, you'll need a monitor hps like the K-702. Here is more info: http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/393139/k702-in-the-studio

 

BTW, you'll need amp and DAC, or some nice sound card.


Edited by Acix - 5/23/11 at 7:47am
post #5 of 11
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@acix

i believe the k702 are sonically identical to the k701, or so i've been told...

cable is not a problem

i already have my modded delta44 as sound card and a phase linear preamp as headphone amp

post #6 of 11
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@acix

i believe the k702 are sonically identical to the k701, or so i've been told...

cable is not a problem

i already have my modded delta44 as sound card and a phase linear preamp as headphone amp


I don't think the phase linear preamp is a hps amp.

 

post #7 of 11

701 and 702 are sonically identical yes.

 

I don't consider them musical and since you stated you are a basshead, listening to trance, hardcore etc. I think you can better forget about 70X, these cans have their fans and dislikers (I'm a absolute disliker), but your preferences definitely don't seem to match them

 

I don't have any experience with the Arrow, but I think it's a pretty respectable portable amp

post #8 of 11
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I don't think the phase linear preamp is a hps amp.

 


yep it is, kinda...

http://www.phaselinearhistory.stereomanuals.com/3000preamp.htm

here, 1st pic :)

 

post #9 of 11
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701 and 702 are sonically identical yes.

 

I don't consider them musical and since you stated you are a basshead, listening to trance, hardcore etc. I think you can better forget about 70X, these cans have their fans and dislikers (I'm a absolute disliker), but your preferences definitely don't seem to match them

 

I don't have any experience with the Arrow, but I think it's a pretty respectable portable amp


thanks :) 

do you think hf2s are a good choice for that kind of music?

WOBBWOBBWOBWOBWOBBBBWOBB

 

post #10 of 11

I am a fan and I agree, the K70X series is not for you given your basshead self-designation.
 

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Originally Posted by Proglover View Post

701 and 702 are sonically identical yes.

 

I don't consider them musical and since you stated you are a basshead, listening to trance, hardcore etc. I think you can better forget about 70X, these cans have their fans and dislikers (I'm a absolute disliker), but your preferences definitely don't seem to match them

 

I don't have any experience with the Arrow, but I think it's a pretty respectable portable amp



 

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by pogodrummer View Post




thanks :) 

do you think hf2s are a good choice for that kind of music?

WOBBWOBBWOBWOBWOBBBBWOBB

 



I don't really listen to electrical music, trance etc.

But I'm not sure HF-2 are ideal for that. That wouldn't do it very bad, but maybe there are better choices.

 

I'd look into Denon (D2000/D5000/D7000) if I were you

 

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