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Best open ear headphones for $400 or less....?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

80% use with my PC (Creative Titanium X-Fi Sound card) - Games and Music

20% use with my Harmon Kardan AVR225 Receiver - Games and Movies.

0% use with portable audio products (MP3 players, iPad, laptop etc)

 

Considering:

Beyer Dynamic DT 800 32OHM

Sennheiser HD 650 (very much considering to get these above all others)

 

Any other recommendations? Thanks!

 

Currently using

Audio technica m50s

Sennheiser HD555 (love the sound, but could use better headphones, especially in the bass department)

 

Thank you!

post #2 of 9

If you already love the sennheiser sound, then I see no reason to not keep using a sennheiser.

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by TMRaven View Post

If you already love the sennheiser sound, then I see no reason to not keep using a sennheiser.

 

 

 


X2

 

But to get the best of the HD650 you'll need an amp. And imo, the better the amp, the better these headphones get

And they're a nice compliment/step up from the M50 (which I still use daily at work)

 

post #4 of 9

Look around for a good sale on some HD650 or used here. But research about the pairing to your soundcard

post #5 of 9
But if he like the hd555 sound. He should be going after the hd600 instead,
And use the money that he saved by not buying the hd650, get a used silver cable for the hd600


Hd 650 has much more bass the the 555.

I had the 555 before too
And I bought the hd600 when I first upgrade from 555
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 

I do like the HD555 as it has a very, how do you say it, "clean" sound but can't handle a lot of bass...any how, I like the fact that the HD650 has your support on this purchase and if it has much more bass than HD555 then that's great since I miss the big rumbles in shooter games...what's a good price to sell the HD555. They're in excellent condition, sound like new, have had 150 hours of playback, comes with box and 3.5mm adapter....thanks guys!

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The bots have become self-aware.

post #8 of 9

ultrasone pro 2900 if you can find one for $400

post #9 of 9

I like the X-Fi Titanium, it's not a bad choice and the DAC chip is an upgrade above my Xtreme Music model

 

DT880 250ohm can still be driven by that soundcard relatively comfortably. If you do the opamp upgrade to the National LM4592NA then it'll even do the 600ohm model with relative ease.

 

I like the HD650 a lot too, but for the price it's a little too much above the HD600 plus I like a slightly more neutral approach to headphones.

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