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Should I upgrade my Senns HD 555 and if so what should I upgrade to?

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I sold my Denon D2000 a while back and I kinda regret doing so. Sadly they stopped making them now. Reason I did was because it wasn't a drastic upgrade in sound quality from the HD 555 as I was expecting. Bass was legendary on the D2000 though.

 

I never could stand the Audio technica ATH M50 because they hurt my ear drums so bad. they were so harsh that I almost went deaf. Not to mention they were FLAT and DULL BORING. Nothing like my HD 555. So I don't want anything like a studio monitor again.

 

The Senns and Denons were magic for my ears and so perfect. I like their laid back tone.

 

So what do you guys think I might benefit from?

 

I however use a $25 Asus Xonar DG sound card on my PC to power it. Its not audiophile grade but its close I would say. Or atleast quite high end and sounds almost as good as my previous $150 ASUS sound card that didn't even have a headphone and. And the $25 xonar DG does have a head amp. I dunno if I should upgrade from this though. 
 

The sexiest headphones I ever seen in my life was that Denon D2000. Quality was so um I guess German even though it was not a German brand. 


Edited by Denon2010 - 8/11/12 at 11:09pm
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I sold my Denon D2000 a while back and I kinda regret doing so. Sadly they stopped making them now. Reason I did was because it wasn't a drastic upgrade in sound quality from the HD 555 as I was expecting. Bass was legendary on the D2000 though.

 

I never could stand the Audio technica ATH M50 because they hurt my ear drums so bad. they were so harsh that I almost went deaf. Not to mention they were FLAT and DULL BORING. Nothing like my HD 555. So I don't want anything like a studio monitor again.

 

The Senns and Denons were magic for my ears and so perfect. I like their laid back tone.

 

So what do you guys think I might benefit from?

 

I however use a $25 Asus Xonar DG sound card on my PC to power it. Its not audiophile grade but its close I would say. Or atleast quite high end and sounds almost as good as my previous $150 ASUS sound card that didn't even have a headphone and. And the $25 xonar DG does have a head amp. I dunno if I should upgrade from this though. 
 

The sexiest headphones I ever seen in my life was that Denon D2000. Quality was so um I guess German even though it was not a German brand. 

Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80-Ohm, Bassy.

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^ hmmm you sure about that? I kinda don't like how those look. Not as sexy as senns and Denons. 

 

What about those Ultrasone headphones? But I suppose sound quality is more important.

 

What about AKG?

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^ hmmm you sure about that? I kinda don't like how those look. Not as sexy as senns and Denons. 

 

What about those Ultrasone headphones? But I suppose sound quality is more important.

 

What about AKG?

Which AKGs?

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^ hmmm you sure about that? I kinda don't like how those look. Not as sexy as senns and Denons. 

 

What about those Ultrasone headphones? But I suppose sound quality is more important.

 

What about AKG?


Why are looks so important ?

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^ you are right, looks don't mean much.

 

What about these beyer

 

http://www.amazon.com/Beyerdynamic-Open-Studio-Headphones-Ohms/dp/B0011UB9CQ/ref=sr_1_8?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1344753955&sr=1-8&keywords=DT770

Nice headphones (Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro 250-Ohm), but the Xonar DG can barely drive them.

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Well I can upgrade the sound card to something else. Question though why is the DT990 cheaper than the 750?

 

and whats the cheapest amp/dac would you recommend for them thats on amazon?

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Well I can upgrade the sound card to something else. Question though why is the DT990 cheaper than the 750?

 

and whats the cheapest amp/dac would you recommend for them thats on amazon?

On eBay they sell the Muse tube headphone amplifier for $50, it can plug into the line-out/headphone jack on the Xonar DG..

More then enough voltage for 250-ohm headphones.

 

Why the DT990 Pro 250-Ohm is cheaper then the Ultrasone Proline 750?

As the Proline 750 is only 40-Ohm it does not need an add-on amplifier to work well with something (advantage).

Beyerdynamic keeps the price low to keep market share?

Who really knows why?

post #10 of 16
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Ok cool didn't know you could get tube amps so cheap wow.

 

Btw when I said 750 I meant the Beyer DT 750 is more expensive than the DT 990

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Ok cool didn't know you could get tube amps so cheap wow.

 

Btw when I said 750 I meant the Beyer DT 750 is more expensive than the DT 990

I know zero about the Beyer DT750, never even knew that model number existed.

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Sorry I mean the 880 what the heck was I saying LOL

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Sorry I mean the 880 what the heck was I saying LOL

The Beyer DT880 Pro 250-Ohm is a more balanced sound then the DT990, but the DT880 also costs more.

Currently listen to Will Smith-Miami with my DT880 Pros, sounds nice.

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Nice.

 

BTW between the Beyer 990 and the Denon D2000 which would you prefer?

 

Also the tube amp you told me about can it power a Denon D2000?

 

Cause even though the denons are 25 ohms they are WAAAAY harder to drive than my HD 555. 

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Nice.

 

BTW between the Beyer 990 and the Denon D2000 which would you prefer?

 

Also the tube amp you told me about can it power a Denon D2000?

 

Cause even though the denons are 25 ohms they are WAAAAY harder to drive than my HD 555. 

I believe the Denon AH-D2000 might come with a more quality bass then the DT990, the DT990 might have the better sound stage.

Low cost tube amplifiers are not recommended for low Ohm headphones like the AH-D2000 (25-Ohm).

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