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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

I'm pretty new to all this technology and i'm looking at upgrading to a new pair of headphones.

My current headset is the logitech G35, since these were my first i really LOVED them, i loved the sound quality, and the bass (since i really like alot of bass) and the comfort.

But that is probably because i was always used to speakers.

 

My G35 eventually broke after 2 years (3 - 16 hour a day gaming/music sessions)

 

So i was reading lots of forums with people asking simular questions but i can't come to a conclusion of what headphone i prefer.

 

My budget is 300 euro's (around $440) i currently don't own an amp.

 

I would really like some really good sounding headphones (since many people say the headphones have better sound quality then headsets)

 

My music preference is

metal (parkway drive, bullet for my valentine, blinded colony, of mice&men)

Dubstep (not the slow ones)

drum&bass (pendulum)

 

Watching movies is also a daily routine.

 

Since i live in a pretty isolated room i don't really care about open or closed headphones unless there is a big difference in sound quality.

 

I was thinking about the Sennheiser pc350 headset since many people said the sound quality was superb untill i noticed the lack of bass.

The Audio technica AD700's seem to be pretty nice

and the Sennheiser 555's to.

 

Or the more expensive ones like

AKG K701, Grado SR-225 or the Denon AH-D2000

 

My personal preference untill now goes to Denon AH-D2000 due to the nice bass and sound quality.

Many people say it doesn't really require an amp.

I can buy them for £170  (that's 190 euro's)

 

I'm using a on-board pc soundcard (probably crap) without an amp so that's where i'm stuck.

The headphones will only be used in-doors

 

What headphone fits my music/movie preference, and does it require a new soundcard or an amp?

 

 


Edited by Niel - 8/29/11 at 8:14am
post #2 of 14

Welcome to head-fi!

 

The DT770 Pro 80's come to my mind...they have amazing soundstage and bass for the music genres you like. The only problem is, that sometimes the bass is too strong, and probably they are not good for metal...a headamp is recommended. 

post #3 of 14

Get the Asus Xonar DG sound card (PCI), they are low cost and should improve the sound of any headphones over the on-board sound.

I'm going to guess the Xonar DG should be able to power headphones up to 100-Ohms.

Also the DG comes with Dolby, which should improve the sound of your movies.

post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply fabio-fi and Tacoboy.

 

My local store has the ASUS Xonar DG PCI for 27 Euro's.

Would it make alot of difference if i would buy the ASUS Xonar D2 PCI ? they come for 120 Euro's

 

With those 2 i still have room for an amp if it is recommended.

 

what headamp did you have in mind in combination of the DT770 80ohm and one of these onboard soundcards?

post #5 of 14

Heya,

 

Max budget: Ultrasone PRO 750 with a Maverick TubeMagic D1

 

Mid budget: Ultrasone HFI 580 + FiiO E7.

 

Under budget: Kicker HP541 + Xonar DG.

 

Very best,

post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 

Hi MalVeauX,

 

Ultrasone PRO 750 with a Maverick TubeMagic D1 would cost me 450 euro's minimum without shipping (i live in Belguim) and exept for tones and fnac i don't know any decent elektronics store so i'm a bit dependent on amazone.co.uk i think.

 

So that's a bit over my budget

 

 

Ultrasone HFI 580 + FiiO E7. Would cost me 200 Euro's without shipping so that gives me enof room in my budget.

 

So i think the battle will be between the Ultrasone Hifi 580 + FiiO E7,

and the DT770 + ASUS Xonar DG PCI with some amp (perhaps FiiO E7 aswell)

 

 

post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by Niel View Post

Hi MalVeauX,

 

Ultrasone PRO 750 with a Maverick TubeMagic D1 would cost me 450 euro's minimum without shipping (i live in Belguim) and exept for tones and fnac i don't know any decent elektronics store so i'm a bit dependent on amazone.co.uk i think.

 

So that's a bit over my budget

 

 

Ultrasone HFI 580 + FiiO E7. Would cost me 200 Euro's without shipping so that gives me enof room in my budget.

 

So i think the battle will be between the Ultrasone Hifi 580 + FiiO E7,

and the DT770 + ASUS Xonar DG PCI with some amp (perhaps FiiO E7 aswell)

 

 


Heya,

 

Ok, sorry, not in EU so getting the prices close to budget due to where you buy is usually tough. The HFI 580 will have more sound stage than the DT770, so possibly more enjoyable for movies. I will say the DT770 is likely going to be more comfortable though.

 

Note, the Xonar DG has a built in amp (handles up to 150ohms), you don't need an additional amp. That's the point of getting the DG.

 

Very best,

 

post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by Niel View Post
Thanks for the reply fabio-fi and Tacoboy.

My local store has the ASUS Xonar DG PCI for 27 Euro's.

Would it make alot of difference if i would buy the ASUS Xonar D2 PCI ? they come for 120 Euro's

With those 2 i still have room for an amp if it is recommended.

 

what headamp did you have in mind in combination of the DT770 80ohm and one of these onboard soundcards?

Really do not need to buy a separate headphone amplifier with the Xonar DG.

the D2 is better the the DG, but you should do ok with the DG.

There should be some really good prices on higher end sound cards about a month before Christmas

and maybe newer model cards.

A nice external headphone amplifier would be nice, but i would think you would have to spend 75-100 Euros's to make it have a real differents over the DG.


 

 

post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 

Hey,

 

Ah, i didn't know that about the Xonar DG thanks for the information.

 

So due to the bigger soundstage a HFI 580 with the Xonar DG will be better (in sound details) then the

DT 770 with the Xonar DG?

 

(My personal preference would go to the headset that can deliver a good amount of bass, for example:

Parkway drive (metalcore) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_tkoTuW51E&feature=related

The bass and vocals make me smile every time i hear one of their songs

or a drum&bass group like pendulum

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABqh9N-Mw5E  (from 1:20)

 

as this is my musical preference i need a headset that can deliver the boom effect and can make me smile even more the my g35's did.

post #10 of 14

Heya,

 

Both headphones are very bassy. The HFI 580 will have a better sound stage, wider. Both have good detail and bright highs. Pick the one you think will be more comfortable to you or has a nicer style. You'll be good either way. I like the Ultrasone overall better myself. But I like the velour pads of the Beyers better. But again, you can't go wrong with either. I'd go HFI 580 + DG.

 

Oh, and I was laugh'n watching that second video... haha.

 

Very best,


Edited by MalVeauX - 8/29/11 at 3:36pm
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 

Hey,

 

Ye that video still makes me laugh every single time haha..

My preference would go to the Hfi 580 + DG to then,

 

Since the Hfi 580 only costs  £121 = 137 Euro's

i could go with a newer version like the Hfi 780 for £160 = 180 Euro's

 

Or would that be a bad idea?

post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by Niel View Post

Hey,

 

Ye that video still makes me laugh every single time haha..

My preference would go to the Hfi 580 + DG to then,

 

Since the Hfi 580 only costs  £121 = 137 Euro's

i could go with a newer version like the Hfi 780 for £160 = 180 Euro's

 

Or would that be a bad idea?


Heya,

 

You could, the HFI 780 is a more refined headphone, but it's a little less bassy than the 580, so it depends if you want a more neutral sound, or a bassier sound. HFI 580 is the bassiest of it's family line. The HFI 780 is the more refined. I think overall the 780 has a better sound, but if you just want good sound and visceral bass, the 580 is it. For your music, I think the 580 is the one to go with. If you were more into other genres that did a lot of musical stuff like jazz, acoustic, vocals, indie, folk, etc, I'd lean more towards the 780. But for beats, bass, drum, etc, the 580 is solid.

 

Very best,

 

post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 

Hey,

 

Ok thanks alot for your help i will try to order the 580's tommorow and i will get the soundcard at my local store tommorow.

Thank you

 

Greetings, Niel

post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 

I just got my headset and i love it!

Thanks alot mate :p

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