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post #1 of 16
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Hey. I have a pair of m50s with an e10 amp recommended by a friend. I'm in the market for a new pair. Hopefully an upgrade from m50s and people suggested to check out head fi.

I'm looking for an open pair of headphones great for movies and games. And also if possible I prefer if it has very good to stellar female vocals.



thank you all help is appreciated
post #2 of 16
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Originally Posted by Dont say beats View Post

Hey. I have a pair of m50s with an e10 amp recommended by a friend. I'm in the market for a new pair. Hopefully an upgrade from m50s and people suggested to check out head fi.
I'm looking for an open pair of headphones great for movies and games. And also if possible I prefer if it has very good to stellar female vocals.
thank you all help is appreciated

 

Consider:

 

HIfiman HE-400 (find a sale or used)

Hifiman HE-300

Beyer DT880

Beyer DT990

Sennheiser HD600 (used, or sale)

Ultrasone HFI 2400

Ultrasone PRO 2500

AudioTechnica AD900X

 

Very best,

post #3 of 16
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Thank you for the quick reply. Would an e10 amp be sufficient enough to drive dt880s or hd600
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Thank you for the quick reply. Would an e10 amp be sufficient enough to drive dt880s or hd600

 

Heya,

 

The E10 is fine for up to 300ohms roughly. In an ideal world, you would want more power, but honestly, they matched nicely with the Fiio.

 

 

Very best,

post #5 of 16
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How do the hd600 and the hfi 2400 compare in terms of female vocals and highs. Cause sometimes on the m50s the "shhh" sound can be a little harsh. Also which version of the dt880s do you recommended it looks like there are multiple.ohms versions
Edited by Dont say beats - 11/16/12 at 6:55pm
post #6 of 16
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How do the hd600 and the hfi 2400 compare in terms of female vocals and highs. Cause sometimes on the m50s the "shhh" sound can be a little harsh. Also which version of the dt880s do you recommended it looks like there are multiple.ohms versions

 

Heya,

 

The HD600 has a slight sparkle in treble, but it's not overly bright, nicely balanced. The HFI2400 is slightly brighter. Mids are better on the HD600. It's better for female vocals really. The DT880 is excellent too. I would get the 250ohm.

 

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post #7 of 16
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Heya,

The HD600 has a slight sparkle in treble, but it's not overly bright, nicely balanced. The HFI2400 is slightly brighter. Mids are better on the HD600. It's better for female vocals really. The DT880 is excellent too. I would get the 250ohm.

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Would you get the dt880s over the 2400 for female vocals. Cause the HD 600 are around 300 used. I can get the 2400s for 180 is their a 120$ price difference and would the 880s or 2400 be an upgrade over the m50s




Thanks
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Would you get the dt880s over the 2400 for female vocals. Cause the HD 600 are around 300 used. I can get the 2400s for 180 is their a 120$ price difference and would the 880s or 2400 be an upgrade over the m50s
Thanks

 

All of them are vast upgrades over the M50.

 

I would get the DT880 over the HFI2400 in almost all cases. However, if it's a huge price difference, it's hard to say. The HFI2400 is a good headphone. I like the DT880 better in every way. The DT880 PRO (250ohm) is about $240 on Amazon and the HFI2400 is about $180. I would pay the extra $60 without even thinking about it. But that's simply my preference. I find Ultrasones to have a metallic/cold signature to them that is great for electronic, but not so great for natural sounding recordings. The DT880 and HD600 have a more natural sound. And of the two, I prefer the DT880 more, simply because it has a little more edge in the treble which I adore.

 

Very best,

post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by MalVeauX View Post

All of them are vast upgrades over the M50.

I would get the DT880 over the HFI2400 in almost all cases. However, if it's a huge price difference, it's hard to say. The HFI2400 is a good headphone. I like the DT880 better in every way. The DT880 PRO (250ohm) is about $240 on Amazon and the HFI2400 is about $180. I would pay the extra $60 without even thinking about it. But that's simply my preference. I find Ultrasones to have a metallic/cold signature to them that is great for electronic, but not so great for natural sounding recordings. The DT880 and HD600 have a more natural sound. And of the two, I prefer the DT880 more, simply because it has a little more edge in the treble which I adore.

Very best,


Thanks the dt880s premiums are 200 used on amazon warehouse do you recommend getting used or should I just spend the extra $40 on a new pair. what's the difference between pro and premium
Edited by Dont say beats - 11/16/12 at 7:24pm
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Thanks the dt880s premiums are 200 used on amazon warehouse do you recommend getting used or should I just spend the extra $40 on a new pair. what's the difference between pro and premium

 

That's up to you. I buy used all the time from warhouse on Amazon, it's great.

 

PRO and Premium are the same; the headband is different, it clamps a bit more on PRO series. If you want a tight fit, go PRO. If you want a looser fit, go Premium.

 

Very best,

post #11 of 16
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Alright I'm about to order a "like new" pair of the dt880 premiums 250 ohms for $204. This looks like the headphones I'm gonna get. Is 204 a good price for "like new" of these phones. thank you for all your help btw
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Alright I'm about to order a "like new" pair of the dt880 premiums 250 ohms for $204. This looks like the headphones I'm gonna get. Is 204 a good price for "like new" of these phones. thank you for all your help btw

 

That's a very fair price. Used ones typically go for $200ish here in the for sale forums. Getting a used one from Amazon for that with a return policy is a good thing.

 

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post #13 of 16
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That's a very fair price. Used ones typically go for $200ish here in the for sale forums. Getting a used one from Amazon for that with a return policy is a good thing.

Very best,

I just pulled the trigger and purchased them. This is probably the fastest decision I have ever made thanks to you. And at worst with Amazon's great support and return policy I send them back but I have a feeling I'll love them. will the e10 make them even better
post #14 of 16
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I just pulled the trigger and purchased them. This is probably the fastest decision I have ever made thanks to you. And at worst with Amazon's great support and return policy I send them back but I have a feeling I'll love them. will the e10 make them even better

 

They are fantastic on the Fiio E10. It's a warm, darkish amp. So the treble is great, not overly bright, but not dull. Great mids. Bass is good, very good. The nice thing about the combination aside from excellent performance per price ratio, is that you can go from a warm neutral headphone to a bassy monster with the flick of a switch on the E10. That +3 db hard bass boost that it applies when you do that makes the DT880 rumble in a wonderful way for when you want to get bassy for fun. And right back to warm neutral when you're not wanting that by turning it back off. Great setup that "does it all" for an all around ability to have the neutral headphone and the fun headphone all in one set, since the E10 can let you go both directions.

 

Very best,

post #15 of 16
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Well thanks for all your help I'm glad I actually purchased a pair today. Too bad I have to wait.til the 26th to receive them but with free shipping I can't complain. If you didn't respond to.my posts today i would probably spend weeks researching and then would end up getting something else
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