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I have been doing some reading on this forum recently and just decided to join and ask a few questions and see what people think. I am looking to get a new pair of headphones, they have to be over the ear, as on ear is very uncomfortable for me. I was talking to a buddy and he mentioned that his Grado 325's are the best investment that he has made. At this point I decided to do some research and see what was available and came across the Denon 2k's. Both of these seem very good price/value.

 

I will using them for mainly gaming and music, with the genre of music being anything from rap to classical. Recently I just purchased some Audioengine A5+ for use as computer speakers with a simple gefen dac to allow the output on the pc go from optical to stereo. I dont need any special footstep booster or any tech like that. I just want high quality sound, that is very balance. Also through my reading I see people saying that most of these headphones would see a noticeable increase in performance from proper amplification. 

 

My question is around the $300 price range for the headphones  and maybe <$150 for the amp what would be the cheapest amp that would work well. I am open to other suggestions if anyone has any. I have heard some decent reviews for the Fiio products as well. How is the Fiio E9 compared to the Audioengine N22 amp.

post #2 of 7

The d2k is a good starter if you like bass. It's built from the bottom up. Also, it's discontinued and going for much more than it was just a few months ago. 

 

You could like at something like the Beyer dt990 plus the fiio e17. 

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Originally Posted by Petden View Post

I have been doing some reading on this forum recently and just decided to join and ask a few questions and see what people think. I am looking to get a new pair of headphones, they have to be over the ear, as on ear is very uncomfortable for me. I was talking to a buddy and he mentioned that his Grado 325's are the best investment that he has made. At this point I decided to do some research and see what was available and came across the Denon 2k's. Both of these seem very good price/value.

 

I will using them for mainly gaming and music, with the genre of music being anything from rap to classical. Recently I just purchased some Audioengine A5+ for use as computer speakers with a simple gefen dac to allow the output on the pc go from optical to stereo. I dont need any special footstep booster or any tech like that. I just want high quality sound, that is very balance. Also through my reading I see people saying that most of these headphones would see a noticeable increase in performance from proper amplification. 

 

My question is around the $300 price range for the headphones  and maybe <$150 for the amp what would be the cheapest amp that would work well. I am open to other suggestions if anyone has any. I have heard some decent reviews for the Fiio products as well. How is the Fiio E9 compared to the Audioengine N22 amp.

 

Heya,

 

With that budget, I would just put you on a Hifiman HE-400 with a Fiio E10 DAC/AMP.

 

Very best,

post #4 of 7
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Some interesting replies. I found http://baybloorradio.com/index.php and they seem to have some products but they dont have any hifiman. I am in canada so I'm not entirely sure where I could get the products without incurring huge duty taxes and shipping fees. If anyone knows reputable canadian retailers that I could take a look at that would be great too.

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Originally Posted by MalVeauX View Post

 

Heya,

 

With that budget, I would just put you on a Hifiman HE-400 with a Fiio E10 DAC/AMP.

 

Very best,

 

I actually thought about the he400 but that e10 is just barely getting by. But I concede...it is a better setup.

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Originally Posted by MalVeauX View Post

 

Heya,

 

With that budget, I would just put you on a Hifiman HE-400 with a Fiio E10 DAC/AMP.

 

Very best,

 

+1

post #7 of 7

You can get them from HeadDirect and they will ship worldwide with no problems.

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