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Sure back to whatever...now what were we on? HFI 580's FiiO E11's? E10's Denon AHD2000's? all fine

 



[S]I've been reading about sound signatures and I don't really know what they sound like. Can you do a quick description and the strengths and weaknesses of the types? I just want to know so I know what I'm looking for.[/S]

 

Okay, you know what, ignore than. I read a thread in the IEM section and it covered it perfectly fine.

 

So I guess something with great instrument separation, dynamic (great bass, mids, and highs), and comfortable to wear.

 

Amp/DAC, just something that can drive it and make it sound awesome.


Edited by HybridCore - 12/6/11 at 1:37pm
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[S]I've been reading about sound signatures and I don't really know what they sound like. Can you do a quick description and the strengths and weaknesses of the types? I just want to know so I know what I'm looking for.[/S]

 

Okay, you know what, ignore than. I read a thread in the IEM section and it covered it perfectly fine.

 

So I guess something with great instrument separation, dynamic (great bass, mids, and highs), and comfortable to wear.

 

Amp/DAC, just something that can drive it and make it sound awesome.

I don't have them but the AHD2000's will and basically are THE top dog headphones for this price point and basically throughtout the whole site. IT has balanced mids,highs, and lows from what i hear. but if you need superbass. these are not it. if you need audiophile bass. then the Denon AHD2000's are what you need. I am on this thread as well
http://www.head-fi.org/t/583064/looking-for-the-best-headphones-for-my-tastes-200/60#post_7948218
they have a lot more bigger supremus's comenting..the guy..basically has and wants the same thing you want. after giving him links to the (was) $118 HFI 580's and reviews..it looks like he's choosing them bc of their price to performance ratio
 

EDIT:However, if you need more personalized answers to your questions. Despite the other thread doing a great job, ask ahead. Personalized and tailored answers allowed me to buy my HFI 580's :)


Edited by bowei006 - 12/6/11 at 3:04pm
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I don't have them but the AHD2000's will and basically are THE top dog headphones for this price point and basically throughtout the whole site. IT has balanced mids,highs, and lows from what i hear. but if you need superbass. these are not it. if you need audiophile bass. then the Denon AHD2000's are what you need. I am on this thread as well
http://www.head-fi.org/t/583064/looking-for-the-best-headphones-for-my-tastes-200/60#post_7948218
they have a lot more bigger supremus's comenting..the guy..basically has and wants the same thing you want. after giving him links to the (was) $118 HFI 580's and reviews..it looks like he's choosing them bc of their price to performance ratio
 

EDIT:However, if you need more personalized answers to your questions. Despite the other thread doing a great job, ask ahead. Personalized and tailored answers allowed me to buy my HFI 580's :)



So top dog is AH-D2000 and HFI 580 is close. Got it. I get the feeling that the AH-D2000's are the perfect headphones. I think I might be set.

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So top dog is AH-D2000 and HFI 580 is close. Got it. I get the feeling that the AH-D2000's are the perfect headphones. I think I might be set.


From the reviews of people on Head-fi...it basically is. If you have the cash and some extra get it. they are $350. some say they don't need an amp. but it's not like you should also just run it directly out of your ipod. An FiiO L9 with the E11 would be perfect. the E10 is also good, but $100 for the Wolfson DAC and it's not portable seems a bit high.

so..if you have $410 to spare. these are great :) they are basically top dog in terms of perfect all arounders on head fi..so i also recommend them. but i'm more price to performance.

a headphone supremus comment on the other thread "


Agreed.
 
If you're willing to go $300, you're dangerously close to the D2000 and that would be the way to go if you were even considering the HFI 580 at all.
 
Very best,"

he basically notes... that he will recommend the $350 AHD2000 over the $118 HFI 580...only after u tell him u have teh cash flow for it. which is why for the best price to performance i chose the HFI 580's.
 
but again. have $410 for the headphones and an E11 and L9 ($79 combined for E11 and L9) then go for it. 

 

Edit:It seems i'm more or less the only one on this thread. Of course i will stay here. Getting other opinions around the web is also great.


Edited by bowei006 - 12/6/11 at 3:36pm
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From the reviews of people on Head-fi...it basically is. If you have the cash and some extra get it. they are $350. some say they don't need an amp. but it's not like you should also just run it directly out of your ipod. An FiiO L9 with the E11 would be perfect. the E10 is also good, but $100 for the Wolfson DAC and it's not portable seems a bit high.

so..if you have $410 to spare. these are great :) they are basically top dog in terms of perfect all arounders on head fi..so i also recommend them. but i'm more price to performance.

a headphone supremus comment on the other thread "


Agreed.
 
If you're willing to go $300, you're dangerously close to the D2000 and that would be the way to go if you were even considering the HFI 580 at all.
 
Very best,"

he basically notes... that he will recommend the $350 AHD2000 over the $118 HFI 580...only after u tell him u have teh cash flow for it. which is why for the best price to performance i chose the HFI 580's.
 
but again. have $410 for the headphones and an E11 and L9 ($79 combined for E11 and L9) then go for it. 

 

Edit:It seems i'm more or less the only one on this thread. Of course i will stay here. Getting other opinions around the web is also great.



Well, the sales pop of everywhere. The latency between each is kind of short so I should be able to grab some for $200-$250 and if I can't find it at that price when I want to buy it I'll just call J&R.

 

Are those two the best you would recommend for a portable/small rig? Well, not really portable since I would need a USB battery pack for that. But anyways, the digiZoid Z02 seems promising although some people get some bad ones but that can be fixed with a simple RMA. Unless these two outperform that. And I'm aware that it's only an amp but with the ability to somehow extend the frequency range or something.


Edited by HybridCore - 12/6/11 at 3:42pm
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Well, the sales pop of everywhere. The latency between each is kind of short so I should be able to grab some for $200-$250 and if I can't find it at that price when I want to buy it I'll just call J&R.

 

Are those two the best you would recommend for a portable/small rig? Well, not really portable since I would need a USB battery pack for that. But anyways, the digiZoid Z02 seems promising although some people get some bad ones but that can be fixed with a simple RMA. Unless these two outperform that. And I'm aware that it's only an amp but with the ability to somehow extend the frequency range or something.

Well for all arounders:

HFI 580(more bass)/ HFI 780 (less bass but more highs and mids) if you like hip hop and dub then 580. more rock then 780,

AHD2000 all arounder

sennheiser 600's All arounders . the denon's are more famous but. i don't have them nor seen much reviews so you would need to look around

ATH M50- most say obsolete compared to the 580's, especially new post 2009 batch of them

 

why would u need a usb pattery pack? the E11 is portable. and yes i've heard of the Z02. excellent amp for bassy genres from what i hear. since the Z02 is more bassy. im gonna guess you like those genres. so the HFI 580's is currently looking good. can't find a price though. ask around or start a new thread on the E11 or ZO2, i would love to see the results on which genres are better for each and overal...amp to extend frequency range?? i've not heard of that when i looked it up.

 

ZO2 is $100 except you need to pre order. reviews have been excellent. A head to head comparisson between this and the E11 ($40 cheaper)

 


Edited by bowei006 - 12/6/11 at 4:18pm
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Well for all arounders:

HFI 580(more bass)/ HFI 780 (less bass but more highs and mids) if you like hip hop and dub then 580. more rock then 780,

AHD2000 all arounder

sennheiser 600's All arounders . the denon's are more famous but. i don't have them nor seen much reviews so you would need to look around

ATH M50- most say obsolete compared to the 580's, especially new post 2009 batch of them

 

why would u need a usb pattery pack? the E11 is portable. and yes i've heard of the Z02. excellent amp for bassy genres from what i hear. since the Z02 is more bassy. im gonna guess you like those genres. so the HFI 580's is currently looking good. can't find a price though. ask around or start a new thread on the E11 or ZO2, i would love to see the results on which genres are better for each and overal...amp to extend frequency range?? i've not heard of that when i looked it up.

 

ZO2 is $100 except you need to pre order. reviews have been excellent. A head to head comparisson between this and the E11 ($40 cheaper)

 



I think I read E10.

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oh u want the E10's.....well that's..very...very cumberson

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I like the Denon D2000s as an all around headphone really.  

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Check out the Beyer Dynamic

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oh u want the E10's.....well that's..very...very cumberson



No, I just read it wrong. biggrin.gif



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I like the Denon D2000s as an all around headphone really.  



At the top of my list right now.

 

What is the best amp/dac or the both separate at the $200 and the $400 range right now? Doesn't need to be portable or small.


Edited by HybridCore - 12/7/11 at 4:06am
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No, I just read it wrong. biggrin.gif



At the top of my list right now.

 

What is the best amp/dac or the both separate at the $200 and the $400 range right now? Doesn't need to be portable or small.



 

 

A lot of people use the Maverick Tubemagic A1 $200 

 

http://www.head-fi.org/products/category/amp-dacs

 

http://www.head-fi.org/products/category/desktop-amps

http://www.head-fi.org/products/category/portable-amps

 

the top section of the 3 is better since they are combined Desktop Amps and DAC's

 


Edited by bowei006 - 12/7/11 at 5:35am
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No, I just read it wrong. biggrin.gif



At the top of my list right now.

 

What is the best amp/dac or the both separate at the $200 and the $400 range right now? Doesn't need to be portable or small.



I use the NuForce HDP with mine.  I'm selling my whole rig if you're interested lol.

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I don't want to throw a wrench into things, but have you looked into some Sennheiser HD580s? While I haven't compared them side-by-side, many say they sound nearly identical to the HD600 (even more so when you swap the plastic grilles on the HD580 with the HD600 grilles). Best part about the headphones, they are quite a bit cheaper than the HD600s -- you can probably find a pair for ~$140, allowing a decent budget for an amplifier. I haven't watched any anime with them (yet), but they do wonderful with OSTs and the like. If you do go for them, look for the newer, updated driver --

 

http://www.headfonia.com/sennheiser-hd-updated-drivers/

http://www.headfonia.com/sennheiser-hd580-affordable-reference/

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I don't want to throw a wrench into things, but have you looked into some Sennheiser HD580s? While I haven't compared them side-by-side, many say they sound nearly identical to the HD600 (even more so when you swap the plastic grilles on the HD580 with the HD600 grilles). Best part about the headphones, they are quite a bit cheaper than the HD600s -- you can probably find a pair for ~$140, allowing a decent budget for an amplifier. I haven't watched any anime with them (yet), but they do wonderful with OSTs and the like. If you do go for them, look for the newer, updated driver --

 

http://www.headfonia.com/sennheiser-hd-updated-drivers/

http://www.headfonia.com/sennheiser-hd580-affordable-reference/



Never thought or heard about that. Great to know!

 

@bowei: I think I can see why. The tube and solid state circuit really does give you the best of both worlds.

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