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post #16 of 28
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Oh, by the way... I suspect the STX would drive the FA-011s "sufficiently."  Excellently, for quality music listening?  No idea.  But well enough for any games I've heard?  I suspect it would work out pretty well, especially if they claim they can handle 600ohm cans.  I wouldn't worry too much about prices... I personally think the headphone amp market has a lot of long-past-the-point-of-diminishing-returns in it.  Is a $1000 amp better than a $200 amp?  Probably.  Is it 5x better?  Not likely.  2x better?  Not likely.  Amps are all pretty darn good, from what I've seen.

 

I just picked up a Bravo V2 mini tube amp off of ebay for the office.  It drives my DT990s and FA-011s with authority.  It cost me US$35 (plus shipping).  It's being fed by a Behringer UCA-202 (I think -- the $30 USB interface). It's not quite as clean as my E7/E9 combo.  But that combo is also just over 1/4 the cost of the E7/E9 combo.  And it's way more than 1/4 as good.  Probably 90-95% as clean and precise.  I would be perfectly happy to play games through that mini tube amp, but I brought my E7/E9 home anyway, for music and movies.  Just something to think about.  If you're the Golden-Ear type, then you should probably ignore everything I say anyway ;).  But if you're not, I wouldn't worry too terribly much about mid- to high-end gear.

post #17 of 28

Awesome, thanks for that... I think you pushed the Fischers back up on my list, after all I'm no audiophile, and I am not (at this stage lol) planning on spending $ks on audio equipment... if the fischer's and STX do me well, I'll be super happy. Like you say I can always add a cheapish amp (or even an e9) later on if I feel like I need it.

 

Cheers.

post #18 of 28

Oh one more question actually, how would you compare the Fischer's to the DT990 - both overall and for gaming?

 

That's also high on the list, and can be had for about $50 more...

post #19 of 28
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The biggest difference for me is how much harder the DT990s are to drive.  Similar sound signature (though not identical of course) as promised.  I don't have them right next to each other now (DT990s are at work), but I think the Beyers are a wee bit lighter.  Their velour pads are more comfortable and larger, though the clamping force is similar.  Soundstage is similar, and they both sound great.  To me, the biggest difference is how hard they are to drive.  And visual style, if that matters to you.  In your situation, I personally would definitely go with the Fischers, since the Beyers really need an amp.

post #20 of 28

OK Great thanks.

 

I have ordered the Fischers...

post #21 of 28
Thread Starter 

Let me know how they work out for you!

post #22 of 28

Will do

post #23 of 28

You won't regret the FA-011's at all.  I have the AD700's, FA-011, and M50.  The FA-011 is easily the best overall.  =)  My only gripe now is I want a closed/portable version for traveling to replace my m50 which is somewhat tough to find lol.

post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by ziocomposite View Post

You won't regret the FA-011's at all.  I have the AD700's, FA-011, and M50.  The FA-011 is easily the best overall.  =)  My only gripe now is I want a closed/portable version for traveling to replace my m50 which is somewhat tough to find lol.


Ya I really hope so, I think they should already almost be here!!! so excited... just got Deus Ex Human Revolution in the mail today, I guess I'll start playing it with my Shure 750s..

 

Except for my other two suggestions to you (DT770 and D2000), here's a few other (maybe somewhat more portable) suggestions for you to look into:

- Audio Technica A900 (maybe not as portable but I think it fits the SQ you are looking for)

- Ultrasone? maybe the HFI 580/680?

- Shure 840

- Beyerdynamic:T50p

 

EDIT: BTW I picked my Shure 750's over the M50, so I highly recommend them. They are more bassy (good for what I was looking for, electronica and DJing), highs could be sometimes (rarely for me) a bit shrill (not sure what's the technical term... sibilence maybe?) - maybe also worth a look if you never tried them..

Can't say that they have the same sound as the FA-011 though (from what I read, waiting to see if it will match my own impressions)


Edited by AncientWsidom - 9/1/11 at 11:51pm
post #25 of 28

I'm going to test how the FA-004 sounds.  It's closed but shall see how it goes =)

post #26 of 28

@Justinicus - you might have seen on the FA-011 thread that I got them and pretty happy with them - so thanks dude! you really helped me there with your recommendation. I saw you moved them back to the office, what do you use at home now? (especially for gaming)

post #27 of 28
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My pleasure and I'm glad you like them!

 

I haven't been doing much gaming the last few weeks, and what I have has mostly been through my 5.1 system since I haven't been playing late very often.  I brought the DT990 Pros back home -- the coiled cord was catching my arm-hair too much at the office!  I'll probably re-cable them eventually, but the way my home setup is laid out (amp slightly behind my left shoulder) it doesn't bother me like at the office (45 degrees to the right, right across/under my right arm).

 

For the stated purposes, I'm still delighted with both the FA-011s AND the DT990s!

post #28 of 28
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For the stated purposes, I'm still delighted with both the FA-011s AND the DT990s!


LOL and why wouldn't you... biggrin.gif

 

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