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Thread Starter 

Okay, I listen to my ipod nano with typical "junk files".  I simply don't have the time and energy to upgrade my 1000+ song collection to 320 or lossless at this time.  Maybe a couple years from now when my newborns are older and I have some free time.

 

Looking into "upgrade" or just something different from my Grado RS60i powered by FIIO E6.  Just something better or more fun to listen to.

 

Budget $100-$500

Sennheiser Momentum

Sennheiser Amperior

Beyrdynamics DT1350

 

or "Forget it dude stick with your Grados, not worth the effort or money with crap files" confused_face_2.gifpopcorn.gif


Edited by Ian111 - 11/12/12 at 4:27pm
post #2 of 11
Are they files you converted yourself or are they itunes music?

The reason I ask is I know that apple was allowing people to upgrade their songs for like 29 cents a song to at least 256kbs.
post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by Ian111 View Post

Okay, I listen to my ipod nano with typical "junk files".  I simply don't have the time and energy to upgrade my 1000+ song collection to 320 or lossless at this time.  Maybe a couple years from now when my newborns are older and I have some free time.

 

Looking into "upgrade" or just something different from my Grado RS60i powered by FIIO E6.  Just something better or more fun to listen to.

 

Budget $100-$500

Sennheiser Momentum

Sennheiser Amperior

Beyrdynamics DT1350

 

or "Forget it dude stick with your Grados, not worth the effort or money with crap files" confused_face_2.gifpopcorn.gif


The better the earphones/headphones, the worse those files are going to sound!

 

I would imagine that you can fix a majority of the song files by looking them up via torrent! (I know you did say you didn't have time)

 

but... it just seems like a waste to buy some quality earphones/headphones in the hopes that it could make those bad files sound better. It probably wouldn't!

post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 

Mostly ripped from my CD collection about 20% or so downloaded from iTunes.

post #5 of 11

Heya,

 

While lower bit rate MP3's can sound pretty awful with a highly resolving headphone, they're not completely broken. You can still enjoy them of course. Sometimes, hi-fi is not the best-fi for your music collection.

 

Depending on your preference to signature of audio, I would suggest you look at dark headphones or essentially non-bright headphones, or use amps that are slightly dark (Fiio tends to be I find). Treble tends to really quickly reveal a low quality MP3, as it sounds artificial, etchy, scratchy, or really dull sometimes. Smooth headphones that have rolled off treble often mask this issue and allow for a lower quality recording to still sound good.

 

Suggestions:

 

Closed:

 

Mr Speakers Mad Dog (modded T50RP) with a portable amp (like a Fiio E11 or E17 or JDS CMOY).

AudioTechnica A900X

M-Audio Q40

Shure SRH840

 

Open:

 

Ultrasone HFI 2400 with portable amp like Fiio E11/17/CMOY.

Sony MA900

Hifiman HE-300

 

Very best,

post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Pure Quickness View Post


The better the earphones/headphones, the worse those files are going to sound!

 

I would imagine that you can fix a majority of the song files by looking them up via torrent! (I know you did say you didn't have time)

 

but... it just seems like a waste to buy some quality earphones/headphones in the hopes that it could make those bad files sound better. It probably wouldn't!

So I guess my entry level Grado is an exception because they still are a dramatic improvement (for me) over most headphones costing around that price?


Edited by Ian111 - 11/12/12 at 4:38pm
post #7 of 11
And while we are at it... since all the headphones you put in your short list are portable on-ear headphones... I would throw out the Phiaton MS400. In alignment with what Malveaux just said, it has relaxed high end. Uber comfy too.
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 

I'm a complete newbie to this world and I assumed the cans I listed made more for portable devices might be more forgiving with junk files.

 

I realize I won't be able to enjoy them at their true potential, not even close, but if they can still be enjoyable I don't mind spending the money.  And hopefully within a year or two I'll be able to upgrade my files.


Edited by Ian111 - 11/12/12 at 4:45pm
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by MalVeauX View Post

Heya,

 

 

Suggestions:

 

Closed:

 

 

AudioTechnica A900X

 

Very best,

Mal,

 

Is this the model you're referring to?

 

http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-A900X-Audiophile-Closed-Back-Headphones-Black/dp/B006V386UG/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1352768075&sr=1-1&keywords=AudioTechnica+A900X

post #10 of 11
just a suggestion. if you sign up to itunes match, it costs £21 a year, u can upload 25000 songs. the main feature is being able to store your music on a cloud. But a nice extra that comes with it, is any of your music that it "matches" with its online servers. it allows you to re-download in 256kbs, it doesnt matter if u bought it from itunes or not.but bear in mind, this isnt going to help you if most of your music is by small unheard of artists and bands. its worth a try IMO. just something you might wanna look into.
although if it were me, id start slowly re-ripping or downloading everything in at least 320.
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