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Need more efficient full sized cans (K271 MKII good but not enough headroom)

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So after asking a few questions around here I went ahead and pulled the trigger on a pair of AKG K271 MKII.  They came today and I'm going to burn them in a bit but my immediate reaction is they just aren't efficient enough for my use.  My situation is I currently have no desktop or dedicated rig.  I only have my iPhone.  That may change some day but for now I need a pair that I can go from room to room in the house without an amp.  The 271s are CLOSE but most of my newly recorded music is at a decent listening level with only 2 clicks of volume left on the iPhone.  Older or softer recordings completely max out the iPod.  With my AKG Q460s half of the volume level is LOUD  3/4 and up would be unlistenable.

 

So, my question is, what full size, ideally sealed can, is more efficient?  My preference would be mostly neutral but leaning towards the warm side if need be.  Bass... I want it to be there, but balanced.  Even the AKGs have good enough bass for me.  A smidge more would be welcome but I'm not a bass head and I want it to be tight, not boomy.  Budget is ideally $200 max at amazon.  I'll entertain options up to $250 if they are going to be something special.

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http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD25-1-II-Professional-Headphone/dp/B000TDZOXG/

post #3 of 11
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Are those going to be significantly better than the Q460s I already own (those are for work, I was looking for something for home now).

post #4 of 11

Heya,

 

Check these out. I have a pair, they're easy to drive, sound great, very smooth, warm. They're on-ear though, so keep that in mind.

 

Look into a Shure SRH840, Ultrasone HFI 780, Sony ZX700.

 

Very best,

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I'm burning in the 271s as I said.  I'm listening to 88 Basie Street right now and its loud enough at MAX volume on the iPhone.  I don't think break-in is going to fix that.  As long as I'm taking suggestions, any OPEN cans I should consider as well that are very efficient?

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I'm burning in the 271s as I said.  I'm listening to 88 Basie Street right now and its loud enough at MAX volume on the iPhone.  I don't think break-in is going to fix that.  As long as I'm taking suggestions, any OPEN cans I should consider as well that are very efficient?


Heya,

 

Alternative means to keep your current headphones on your iphone?

 

Very best,

post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 

Yeah, I might do a portable amp now that you offer that as a suggestion.  What options should I consider up to about $100?

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Yeah, I might do a portable amp now that you offer that as a suggestion.  What options should I consider up to about $100?


Heya,

 

FiiO E11, uDac2, iBasso D Zero, PA2V2, CMOY, FiiO E7.

 

Very best,

post #9 of 11
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I just ordered an E7.  I like the headphones already (I know there are some controversies about their sound here, but I like them) so buying a portable amp seems like the best solution.  I also ordered the line-out adapter for the iPhone.

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I just ordered an E7.  I like the headphones already (I know there are some controversies about their sound here, but I like them) so buying a portable amp seems like the best solution.  I also ordered the line-out adapter for the iPhone.


Heya,

 

Cool man, let us know how they sound. I tend to be in the camp that if you like a particular headphone, then just like it and do what it takes to be able to listen to it specifically where ever you want.

 

Very best,

 

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The E7 came yesterday.  I've only had a little bit of time with it with the 271s.  I brought it to work to use with the Q460s but they didn't really need it they are SOOOO efficient (32Ohms and something like 126dB I think).  I just wanted to play with it for the day.  I can confirm at least that it solved the volume problem.  I can get the 271s to go louder than I'd ever want.  45/60 is pretty dang loud, I'm probably going to end up around 40 more often than not.  I'll add more detailed thoughts after the weekend probably.

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