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Finally talked the wife into letting me get open headphones

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Hello all,

First off let me tell you what i have now.

Ipod(lossless) or vinyl - matrix m- stage amp- denon d5000

Now I want to get a second setup for my other room and thought about trying a good open headphone. I do have a pair of sennheiser hd555 and am very disappointed in them. The just don't sound very good to be honest.

The real problem im having is whether or not o buy hd800, t1, or getting something a little lower priced but still great sound. I have read a lot about the hd600 or hd650. Is the sound really $600-$800 better on the higher end headphones.

Could I get excellent sound out of a hd600 or 650 if i amped them properly? I could get headphones and a great amp for the price of the higher end. Or should I bite the bullet and get the "flagship" headphones? Will there be enough difference to justify the money?

I listen to mostly rok/classic rock with some jazz and blues mixed in.
Edited by loonacy - 5/9/12 at 6:57pm
post #2 of 13

I think, based on everything that I've read here and elsewhere, that it would be best to get a decent set of cans and a really good amp rather than just the high-dollar cans. I would suggest something like the Hifiman HE-500, Beyerdynamic T90, or the Senn HD650. I think any of those paired with a quality amp will give you the sound you're going for. It will also keep you open for the HD800 or T1 in the future since you'll have the amp to power them. If you were to get one of those cans right now, you might not get the most out of them since you won't be getting a high quality amp. I really think that the sound quality from something like the three I mentioned to the top-of-the-line cans like the T1 or HD800 is nominal at best when you consider the high price increase. This is actually the route I will be taking soon and will be probably deciding between the HE-500 and T90 (or T80 if Beyer makes them). Best of luck. 

 

EDIT: And I suppose the T90 and the HE-500 are both a little pricey. But I've read amazing things about the HE-400, as well, and think those would be a good choice for you. And if you wanted the Beyer sound, I know for a fact that the DT990 sound great as well as the DT880 and those are both more along the price line of the HD600/650.


Edited by WasabiWa83 - 5/9/12 at 7:16pm
post #3 of 13

I think the HD 600s and a good amp would be very nice.

post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much dfor the fast reply's. Kinda thinking about the hd 650's. Any amp choises? Maybe a lyr?
post #5 of 13

Heya,

 

I would put you on the Hifiman HE-400 without having to buy anything extra on top. Otherwise, yes, the HD600 is a good way to go, as is the DT880. I would put both on a nice tube if you feel like jazzing it up.

 

Very best,

post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
Wow my spelling tonight. The last post was terrible sorry.
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by MalVeauX View Post

Heya,

 

I would put you on the Hifiman HE-400 without having to buy anything extra on top. Otherwise, yes, the HD600 is a good way to go, as is the DT880. I would put both on a nice tube if you feel like jazzing it up.

 

Very best,

 

I'm finally using my replaced HE-400s once again. Etta James "The Dreamer" sounds pretty good on them right now.

post #8 of 13
You really need to listen to the headphones before buying them.
Only you can truly decide whether you can live with the sound of them.
You also need to WEAR them for a while to amake sure you find them comfortable.

For example, I cannot wear HD650 for more than a few minutes.
Other people find them to be very comfortable.....YMMV.
post #9 of 13

Gotta love the way you guys refer to your wife with "the" :P. I wonder what it's to like to have one.

post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by WasabiWa83 View Post

I think, based on everything that I've read here and elsewhere, that it would be best to get a decent set of cans and a really good amp rather than just the high-dollar cans. I would suggest something like the Hifiman HE-500, Beyerdynamic T90, or the Senn HD650. I think any of those paired with a quality amp will give you the sound you're going for. It will also keep you open for the HD800 or T1 in the future since you'll have the amp to power them. If you were to get one of those cans right now, you might not get the most out of them since you won't be getting a high quality amp. I really think that the sound quality from something like the three I mentioned to the top-of-the-line cans like the T1 or HD800 is nominal at best when you consider the high price increase. This is actually the route I will be taking soon and will be probably deciding between the HE-500 and T90 (or T80 if Beyer makes them). Best of luck. 

 

EDIT: And I suppose the T90 and the HE-500 are both a little pricey. But I've read amazing things about the HE-400, as well, and think those would be a good choice for you. And if you wanted the Beyer sound, I know for a fact that the DT990 sound great as well as the DT880 and those are both more along the price line of the HD600/650.

 

 

im using my dt990 as my main can for home use, it sounds good but will it really be an upgrade from the hd555 that the op didnt really like the sound?

post #11 of 13

Plus 2 on the he400's!!

post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by reddragon View Post

 

 

im using my dt990 as my main can for home use, it sounds good but will it really be an upgrade from the hd555 that the op didnt really like the sound?

 

I would argue this is really a judgment call you have to make yourself after listening to both.

 

I really like the sound of the DT990s, bright, but not too bright, really nice and open and a really exciting sounding headphone with full bass.

post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by Chris J View Post

 

I would argue this is really a judgment call you have to make yourself after listening to both.

 

I really like the sound of the DT990s, bright, but not too bright, really nice and open and a really exciting sounding headphone with full bass.

 

 

the only sennheiser headphone that i ever owned was the pxc450 (supposedly uses hd595 driver or at least thats what i read) which is the noise cancelling model that i eventually gave to my dad because he needs the noise cancelling more, the pxc450 and the dt990 sound totally different, i dont really know if one is necessarily an upgrade from the other one. 

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