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Looking for a pair of headphones. I listen to lots of music, mostly Vocaloids (covers a lot of genres) and classic (well, the only classic so far is probably some of the Angel Beats! music) along with some random Japanese songs I find while watching anime. I watch anime often so I guess you could classify that as movies. I do really small amounts of gaming (Dirt 3 only so far) so take it as if I do none. I like great instrument separation since I love to play my favorite songs on piano and I have to transpose most of it. I think that's it. Thanks!

 

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Edited by HybridCore - 11/27/11 at 4:11pm
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Heya,

 

Closed? Open? Source? Already have any equipment (DAC/AMP)? Willing to get equipment?

 

My first thoughts assuming no source equipment with vocals/classical in mind: AudioTechnia AD900, Goldring DR150, Fischer Audio FA-002

 

Very best,

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Heya,

 

Closed? Open? Source? Already have any equipment (DAC/AMP)? Willing to get equipment?

 

My first thoughts assuming no source equipment with vocals/classical in mind: AudioTechnia AD900, Goldring DR150, Fischer Audio FA-002

 

Very best,



Type doesn't matter, source is optical from computer. Could also do USB or something else. As long as it sounds good. I don't have any equipment and I'm willing to get some.

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the Goldring DR150 is a good choice for your first higher end headphone,

 

but for japanese song that sometime gets a little screechy you might want something a little darker.. The panasonic rp-htf600 probably? not sure will it be good for classical though.

 

cheers,

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Sennheiser hd 25 1 ii is good and is portable to.

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Sennheiser hd 25 1 ii is good and is portable to.



 

I don't really need it to be portable.

 

I was looking around at headroom. The DT880 (all 3 models, standard, 32ohm, and 600ohm), AKG 702 (not really likely to get since the headband hurts and can make songs sound crappy if not mastered), and AH-D2000. I guess I'll be able to stretch my budget to about $300 for the headphones.

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Originally Posted by HybridCore View Post

Looking for a pair of headphones. I listen to lots of music, mostly Vocaloids (covers a lot of genres) and classic (well, the only classic so far is probably some of the Angel Beats! music) along with some random Japanese songs I find while watching anime. I watch anime often so I guess you could classify that as movies. I do really small amounts of gaming (Dirt 3 only so far) so take it as if I do none. I like great instrument separation since I love to play my favorite songs on piano and I have to transpose most of it. I think that's it. Thanks!

 

If by classic you mean the music found in the show Angel Beats, then it seems like your music listening consists mostly of Vocaloid covers, Japanese songs like J-Pop and J-Rock if I had to guess, and piano. If so, I think you should look into the Shure SRH 840 ($130) or KRK KNS 8400 ($120).

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Heya,

 

Closed? Open? Source? Already have any equipment (DAC/AMP)? Willing to get equipment?

 

My first thoughts assuming no source equipment with vocals/classical in mind: AudioTechnia AD900, Goldring DR150, Fischer Audio FA-002

 

Very best,


Keep in mind a lot of the music he is going to be listening to has a lot of electronic influences as well. A lot of (modern) anime opening and endings tend to lean on synths and the like rather than live instruments and there is probably gonna be some rock in there. All and all, sounds like TC is going to need a can that does well or decent with classical and vocal, but it's forte should definitely be focused on pop music. Do you think the Beyerdynamic 770 will work well with this type of deal Mal? You seem to recommend it a lot.

 

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If by classic you mean the music found in the show Angel Beats, then it seems like your music listening consists mostly of Vocaloid covers, Japanese songs like J-Pop and J-Rock if I had to guess, and piano. If so, I think you should look into the Shure SRH 840 ($130) or KRK KNS 8400 ($120).



Yeah, you pretty much hit the nut on the head with what he is probably going for. The Shure seems like a nice choice for this range.

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Not to completely threadjack as the OP seems to be looking at what I am also looking for. However I also listen to more modern pop/hiphop stuff too and I have a E7/E9 setup for my laptop. I was thinking about the HE-300. But I know that J&R currently has the D2000 for $230. Which one would be better? I usually use IEMs but now I don't really do any portable listening anymore and plus my RE0s broke.

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Not to completely threadjack as the OP seems to be looking at what I am also looking for. However I also listen to more modern pop/hiphop stuff too and I have a E7/E9 setup for my laptop. I was thinking about the HE-300. But I know that J&R currently has the D2000 for $230. Which one would be better? I usually use IEMs but now I don't really do any portable listening anymore and plus my RE0s broke.



From what I've read the AH-D2000's are some amazing headphones. I've seen them go on sale frequently, usually down the $250 but $230 is a great deal.

 

Edit: Raised the budget to $300. Kicks down my budget for gear to $300 too.


Edited by HybridCore - 11/27/11 at 4:11pm
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Still think some beyers or the D2000s will do you good.
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From what I've read the AH-D2000's are some amazing headphones. I've seen them go on sale frequently, usually down the $250 but $230 is a great deal.

 

Edit: Raised the budget to $300. Kicks down my budget for gear to $300 too.



If your interested and don't mind waiting. The D2000 are available at J&R for around $200-$250. You have to call to ask for the price, the sales rep probably will say $250 but you have room to haggle to $200 just say you saw someone else get it for that price. Their stock is backordered though. Here's the number for the sales department: 800-254-5433

 

 

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