Originally Posted by Dsnuts
Well there is one cheapo you must try out first. Try out a Mp8320. $7.11 a good place to start. It will give you a basis for how good a cheapo can sound.. But these are the exception I suppose as most sub $10 earphones still sound cheap. I think you will like the FXD80s as you say you are into your detailed sound. Now one suggestion I do have about them FXD80 is burn in. I have no issues telling people how I feel about burn in. JVC headphones. All of them require burn in..Those FXD80s use carbon nanotube drivers that require some aggressive burn in for them to truly shine.
Some guys don't believe in burn in or think they can just get burn in through just using these but that is simply not the case. Carbon Nanotube is 20X stronger than steel. That being said you better believe the drivers are stiff. Aggressive burn in would be 200 plus hours of loud music blasting though the drivers. Preferably drum n bass. the more beat and bass driven the better. Not a rule of thumb of course but this works for me.
Another one I can suggest. Headphone wise is a HA-S500 . These have the biggest carbon nanotube driver 40 mm. Crazy sound from a $55 headphone. Detail clarity imagery bass is all there.. I think for the most part you can skip on the TTs or the FX40s and the like as you are getting a really nice sounding FXD80. Try out a MP8320 and them HA-S500s. Both will surprise you.
Thanks for taking the time, these look like good purchases (did I tell you I recently purchased the Sony DR-ZX701IP, InCase Sonic,, and Marley Exodus that all appeared in the Deals thread, and all got raves. Do like the Sony, find the InCase soft sounding, but really comfortable (and not embarassing to go out wearing). Haven't opened the Marley yet. Those MP8320 sound worth whie, if only to be able to give as presents as the holidays are coming (anyway, that's a good excuse for the wife, while keeping 1 pair for myself...). I even have a refurb Senn HD-600 I have on order from one of the sites listed in the Deals thread (very good price, taking a very long time to arrive). We haven't even started on the subject of amps...the O2 seems a good, not horribly expensive choice, maybe Fiio (have been occasionally using iBasso T3, usually just plug phones straight into source).
Thanks again-You've been great,
(as an aside-do try to burn in the phones, using downloaded pink noise program. Not enough?)