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Ok, so right now I have some plain Ultrasone HFI 780's, with a Fiio e17 for my portable setup. I am looking for a setup at home. I will be using Foobar with FLAC Audio Files. I need a setup with a dac amp and headphones. I listen to electroci, DnB, trance, dubstep, you get the idea.


Edited by pichu - 7/20/12 at 11:16am
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Ok, so right now I have some plain Ultrasone HFI 780's, with a Fiio e17 for my portable setup. I am looking for a setup at home. I will be using Foobar with FLAC Audio Files. I need a setup with a dac amp and headphones. I listen to electroci, DnB, trance, dubstep, you get the idea.

With that kind of budget, I would go with either Sennheiser HD650 or HD600 with an amp like Matrix M-Stage. And if you still have some decent money left, you could throw the rest at a DAC in this price range.

By the way, I don't think this is really a "summit-fi" :p

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it isnt ???? whats the definition? 

post #4 of 17
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700 for headphone =amp isnt high end?

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BTW your less than symbol is backwards making it a more than symbol thus your title says best headphone under an unlimited budget. And $700 is definitely not summit fi some of the guys up at that level justify paying that much for just a cable or something.

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700 for headphone =amp isnt high end?

 

Not in 2012 ir isn't. Audez'e and Sennheiser changed all that, and the amp makers obliged with 2-5K amps. We now have Fostex charging over 1K for a pair of headphones - thats showbiz. You and I really need to spend more money - a lot more. 

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700 for headphone =amp isnt high end?
These days Summit-Fi is usually 1500-5000 for headphones or amps. All electrostats are welcome here and the Koss ESP-950 setup has been found for as low as 650. http://www.head-fi.org/t/581491/koss-esp-950-thread
post #8 of 17

That isnt the worst part - demand is so strong for many of the amps that, even if you DO have the money, you go on a six-month long waiting list. That's like paying for an 'unforgettable experience' only to be kneed in the groin.   eek.gif

 

Whatever you might read about 'this economy' in your corner of the world, it doesnt seem to apply here. 

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700 for headphone =amp isnt high end?

 

C'mon.

post #10 of 17
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Ok, so right now I have some plain Ultrasone HFI 780's, with a Fiio e17 for my portable setup. I am looking for a setup at home. I will be using Foobar with FLAC Audio Files. I need a setup with a dac amp and headphones. I listen to electroci, DnB, trance, dubstep, you get the idea.

How about AKG K550 headphones and another E17 for the home setup.

That's way under your budget.

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Based on what I’ve used: here’s two options

 

Grado PS500 - use your existing E17 as amp/dac. alternately get the alessandro MS2. less bass and soundstage/refinement, but half the price.

 

Sennheiser HD600 (or HD650, if you can swing it or get it used) - use E17 for dac, get Schiit Asgard for Amp

 

Oh, and while I have not heard it, you may want to look into the Hifiman HE-400. it’s an ortho with not so hard amping requirements. there’s a thread with good info on it here.

post #12 of 17

HRT Music Streamer II ($150)

Schiit Valhalla ($350)

Beyerdynamic DT990 600 ohm ($250)

 

Total: $750

 

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Ok, so right now I have some plain Ultrasone HFI 780's, with a Fiio e17 for my portable setup. I am looking for a setup at home. I will be using Foobar with FLAC Audio Files. I need a setup with a dac amp and headphones. I listen to electroci, DnB, trance, dubstep, you get the idea.

post #13 of 17

ODAC - $150

O2 - $150

V-Moda M80 $230

 

I think this setup not only falls well within your budget, but would fit your tastes quite well . . .

post #14 of 17
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How about AKG K550 headphones and another E17 for the home setup.

That's way under your budget.

 

Again, what is this doing in 'summit-fi' ? I'm not being a snob here - I dont even own a pair of Audez'e cans, which must surely be the very definition of abject poverty in 2012 - but if we are to aspire to a 'summit', if you tell me that said summit consists of a pair of mid-level AKGs and a portable Fiio amp - regardless of how good that sounds to you - I will immediately start putting any disposable income towards a better speaker rig. If that is the summit, I'll stay in the valley. 

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Again, what is this doing in 'summit-fi' ? I'm not being a snob here - I dont even own a pair of Audez'e cans, which must surely be the very definition of abject poverty in 2012 - but if we are to aspire to a 'summit', if you tell me that said summit consists of a pair of mid-level AKGs and a portable Fiio amp - regardless of how good that sounds to you - I will immediately start putting any disposable income towards a better speaker rig. If that is the summit, I'll stay in the valley. 

It's not. It got moved to the correct sub forum. No summit headphones getting listed here.
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