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post #16 of 29
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Originally Posted by celliott96 View Post

Ok, well would you guys think that I would be better off getting a headphone amplifier and a pair of $30-40 headphones, or just getting a pair of $80 headphones. 

 

So basically, would it be better to get a FiiO E6 amp and say, the Superlux HD-681, or just getting the Creative Aurvana Live's (or any other headphones that you guys would recommend for $80).

 



Personally, I'd get the best headphone I could and get the amp later, provided of course the headphone is relatively easy to drive. If you are using your home theatre receiver headphone jack, they generally have plenty of power so a cheap amp like a Fiio E6 won't do a heck of a lot for you on most of the headphones that are listed here. With that said, I'm not sure the Creative is much of an upgrade over an HD681. I don't know that paying $80 or more for the creative is worth the price difference over the $40 for the HD681 or Samson SR850, or the $50 for the ATH-T400. At $55-$60 the Creative is a much more compelling choice. You pretty much have to move into the $100+ range to see a  significant difference over all the known good headphones in that $40 to $80 range with it all boiling down to preference in sound (obviously there's still a lot of crap headphones in that price range too). That's just my opinion of course so same may disagree, but if you peruse the forums, you tend to see a bunch of fanboys for a particular headphone and then others disagree saying the same headphone is crap. The FOTM effect goes on a lot.

 

post #17 of 29
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Originally Posted by celliott96 View Post

Ok, well would you guys think that I would be better off getting a headphone amplifier and a pair of $30-40 headphones, or just getting a pair of $80 headphones. 

 

So basically, would it be better to get a FiiO E6 amp and say, the Superlux HD-681, or just getting the Creative Aurvana Live's (or any other headphones that you guys would recommend for $80).

 


 

How about you wait until the CAL goes down to $60 and that would save you some money for maybe a fio e5? Patience is key.


Edited by eriktheg - 1/21/12 at 12:57pm
post #18 of 29

 

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I listen to a very wide range of music, but mainly electronic, smooth jazz, cool jazz, a small amount of alternative rock, and some classical.

 

Maybe you can find a used HD448 or the SRH440.

post #19 of 29

uuuummm. Brainwavz HM3. NAAAAOOOOWWW!!!!

 

(lol. since it's $40 at the moment).

post #20 of 29
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Originally Posted by celliott96 View Post

Ok, well would you guys think that I would be better off getting a headphone amplifier and a pair of $30-40 headphones, or just getting a pair of $80 headphones. 

 

So basically, would it be better to get a FiiO E6 amp and say, the Superlux HD-681, or just getting the Creative Aurvana Live's (or any other headphones that you guys would recommend for $80).

 



Definitely go with the 80 dollar headphones and then get an amp in the future. However, keep in mind that a lot of cheaper cans can be driven just fine without a dedicated amp.

post #21 of 29
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Originally Posted by atomikn00b View Post

uuuummm. Brainwavz HM3. NAAAAOOOOWWW!!!!

 

(lol. since it's $40 at the moment).


Thanks for the heads up! Thought it was a steal for the price! Just ordered mine.

 

post #22 of 29

let us know your thoughts when you receive them.


:)

post #23 of 29

I bit on the Brainwavz HM3 deal and received them today.  I feel that for $40.00 I straight up robbed Amazon.  Seriously a very good sounding headphone.   They're not as fun as my HD 25-1 II's, but they'll definitely get head time.  They have a more even sound compared to the HD 25's (less mid bass hump & highs are a little more tame) and a better soundstage.  They aren't bass lite, but nowhere near the impact that the HD 25's have (probably in part due to the much lower clamping force).  I'm not really crazy about the pads, but the overall build feels solid and they are very light and comfortable.


Edited by shadow419 - 1/26/12 at 10:39pm
post #24 of 29
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I bit on the Brainwavz HM3 deal and received them today.  I feel that for $40.00 I straight up robbed Amazon.  Seriously a very good sounding headphone.   They're not as fun as my HD 25-1 II's, but they'll definitely get head time.  They have a more even sound compared to the HD 25's (less mid bass hump & highs are a little more tame) and a better soundstage.  They aren't bass lite, but nowhere near the impact that the HD 25's have (probably impart due to the much lower clamping force).  I'm not really crazy about the pads, but the overall build feels solid and they are very light and comfortable.



Burn them in a bit.  They start to sound really good afterwards.  Especially good for $40.  These are working great for my work headphones.

post #25 of 29

If you're really lucky and hawk Ebay alot, you can snag a refurb HD428 for $20-$30 like I did lol.

post #26 of 29

cad mh310 ( Superlux 662f ) is selling on ebay for 39 and free shipping.

 

Oops didn't see he already bought.


Edited by drtturnip - 1/26/12 at 10:52pm
post #27 of 29
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Originally Posted by soze View Post



Burn them in a bit.  They start to sound really good afterwards.  Especially good for $40.  These are working great for my work headphones.



Oh they do sound really good right out of the box.  Sub bass extension on the HM3 is better than both my senns imo.  Granted it's the hd 25 and 558.

post #28 of 29

I have to say I really like my Koss DJ100s for $80...I read a lot of favorable reviews for them before I got them. I am quite pleased with them and they're sounding better after burning in a bit. Listening to Pet Sounds (flac) right now, and it sounds quite good.

post #29 of 29

I would recommend something you can mod. So you can remedy your eventual upgraditis.. tongue_smile.gif

 

SR-60i or the T50RP if you're even more adventurous..

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