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Looking into a $450 headphone set up

post #1 of 40
Thread Starter 

I was planning on getting on expensive set of cans but then I realized that I could just get more cans + amp

I want the "starters kit" for a new audiophile. Or pretty much this...

 

1. Closed-back headphones

2. Open-back headphones

3. IEMs

4. AMP

 

So what I have now is...

 

  1. ATH-M50s (For portable music)
  2. Grado SR80is
  3. ??? for IEMs
  4. FiiO E7


Sub-total is around $350 on amazon without IEMs. Am I looking at the right stuff here?


Edited by FasterX - 9/2/11 at 7:46pm
post #2 of 40

Don't buy a bundle of headphones.

 

Get a FiiO E7+E9 combo

then a headphone

The M50 can be used for all you need. You don't need multiple headphones, you buy those later on.

 

You should go:

 

Amp - if you already have a headphone

Headphone

IEM/Amp

Headphone

Source

Experiment

Amp

Headphone

post #3 of 40
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by BotByte View Post

Don't buy a bundle of headphones.

 

Get a FiiO E7+E9 combo

then a headphone

The M50 can be used for all you need. You don't need multiple headphones, you buy those later on.

 

You should go:

 

Amp - if you already have a headphone

Headphone

IEM/Amp

Headphone

Source

Experiment

Amp

Headphone


Well right now I own Beats Studios which I hate so I need that first... I need a headphone.

 

Amp - E7/E9

Headphone - ATH-M50s

Source(s) - My Macbook (mainly), iPhone, gaming computer

 

I want to get the ATH-AD700 just for gaming.

 

post #4 of 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by BotByte View Post

 

You should go:

 

Amp - if you already have a headphone

Headphone

IEM/Amp

Headphone

Source

Experiment

Amp

Headphone


then:

you do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself around.  that's what it's all about.

wink_face.gif

 

post #5 of 40
Thread Starter 

Okay so can someone recommend me those :) Amp + Headphones. But would I need a source? I usually only listen to music from my Macbook. I also dont like IEMs because I am afraid that I might lose them. They are pretty small compared to full cans.


Edited by FasterX - 9/2/11 at 4:06pm
post #6 of 40

You want to spend $90 on a headphone solely for playing games? Just buy a top-tier open headphone, and you'll be able to use it for everything. Games aren't some kind of special sound, if you've gotten the recommendation of AD700 for gaming it's just because of their good soundstage. Find one single headphone with good soundstage and good musical ability and you're all set.

post #7 of 40
Thread Starter 

Okay so now I am down to

 

1. ATH-M50s

2. e7/e9 amp

 

Sub-total  $343.00 on amazon.

I have an extra 100... what get?

post #8 of 40

A gift card made out to my account etysmile.gif

 

But really, why not get a nice pair of IEMs for on the go? Brainwavz B2 come to mind, $129 on Amazon.


 

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Originally Posted by FasterX View Post

Okay so now I am down to

 

1. ATH-M50s

2. e7/e9 amp

 

Sub-total  $343.00 on amazon.

I have an extra 100... what get?



 

post #9 of 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by soundstige View Post

A gift card made out to my account etysmile.gif

 

But really, why not get a nice pair of IEMs for on the go? Brainwavz B2 come to mind, $129 on Amazon.


 



 


Exactly what I was going to say

 

B2 are great IEM's especially with the E7

 

post #10 of 40


10 years worth of Top Ramen?

Quote:
Originally Posted by FasterX View Post

Okay so now I am down to

 

1. ATH-M50s

2. e7/e9 amp

 

Sub-total  $343.00 on amazon.

I have an extra 100... what get?



 

post #11 of 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by FasterX View Post

Okay so now I am down to

 

1. ATH-M50s

2. e7/e9 amp

 

Sub-total  $343.00 on amazon.

I have an extra 100... what get?


I wouldn't even bother with the E9. The E7 has a decent little amplifier in it already, and it will drive the M50 fine. You can use it as a portable amplifier too if you want.

 

Spend the extra money on a better pair of headphones, or a set of IEMs for even more isolation and portability. Or do both. Get an IEM for portable use and a better open-back headphone for home use and gaming. I can't recommend anything specific, I mostly skipped this price range.

 

post #12 of 40
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Originally Posted by alv4426 View Post


10 years worth of Top Ramen?



 



6 year worth of GOOD korean Ramen to me

 

I vouch for the GOOD stuff at the asian markets.

 

$!.23 for the pack

Split in half

Lunch + dinner

post #13 of 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by FasterX View Post

Okay so now I am down to

 

1. ATH-M50s

2. e7/e9 amp

 

Sub-total  $343.00 on amazon.

I have an extra 100... what get?



The sennheiser HD555 are very good sounding headphones and only they need little power to sound there best.

post #14 of 40
Thread Starter 

Hey everyone, I LIED :D

I'll be considering the changes said and remove the E9 from the e7/e9 bundle and get the e7 souly.

 

Now I am at this...

 

1. ATH-M50s

2. Fiio E7

 

I have about 200 dollars left from this.

 

Since I'll be getting the M50s as my closed set up I want some IEMs and the best open backs I can find.

 

I was thinking maybe the Grado SR80is and what IEM for 100?

 

 

post #15 of 40

AKG K601 and a good amp+dac. and thats it. music, games, movies... is good for everything, comfortable and with a good amp they trully shine.

 

if you want close, the Fischer FA003 is very good and doesnt really requires an amp.

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