I have a couple of questions regarding some headphones and amps. Let me just give you a quick background and hopefully you can help me out. I've explored this site somewhat on and off for some time. About 3 years ago (maybe more) I did alot of research especially on this site and bought the Denon AHD-1001 headphones. I've been using those on my ipod ever since then. It was a great experience hearing all my music with an incredible improvement. I love the Denons they have great sound and are extremely comfortable. Anyway, I'm looking to move on to a new pair now. I am not very experienced with the audiophile world but I do have a good sense of music in general. I am familar with music composition and play keyboard.
So this time around I am looking towards the portable side but it is not necessary that it be extremely portable. I definitely want a closed pair and isolation is not huge but would be nice. The headphones I have done some research on are ATH-M50, DT1350, ESW9, ES-10, HFI-580, HD-25. I value sound above all else.
I have been leaning towards the DT1350 due to the rave reviews, the portability, and the isolation. My only question is that people seem to say that without an amp they are not anything special. So if you guys think that would be the best phone for me then please help me pick an amp as well. I ideally want something very small that can just connect to my ipod without much hassle as far as carrying it around. I also like the M50's but they seem to be a little big, although I have heard some great reviews. How would these two phones compare unamped? amped?
Sorry for the long post! I don't get much time to search the forums and could really use the specified help. Money isn't a big deal but I would like to keep the amp + headphones less than $500 (would prefer closer to 300-350 but will spend if you guys think its worth it).
SUMMARY: looking for closed headphones + possible portable amp <$500
VALUE: Sound >> Isolation > portability > comfort
DEVICE: Ipod 160gb
MUSIC (in order): lots of southasian music not sure if you guys are familiar but hindi film music, nusrat fateh, etc., lighter rap (lupe, kid cudi type), pop rock (Maroon 5, John Mayer type) R&B, Pop, some rock
Really appreciate the help. Thanks everyone.
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