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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

 

I am planning to upgrade my gear (ath-m50 with pico dac amp), prefer headphone for vocal and pop ( mostly is j-pop such as kalafina)

I have did some research that some headphones is great in vocal, so there are some option for my gear.

 

 

Option 1, 

HD 600 

 

 

Option 2 

HE 400 but not sure is it good performance in vocal

 

Option 3

HE 500 but not sure pico dac amp able to drive this headphone.

 

Option 4

HD 650

 

I do not plan to upgrade my amp since i am planning to buy headphone with recable which may cost around $700 to 1000 range.

 

Or is that other headphone is good in vocal  and any advise for those options?

post #2 of 12

I think for your listening tastes the HE-500 or even a AKG Q701 would be fantastic.  I have had both the HD-600 and HD-650 and really did not like them in the long run because of the veil or I had to have the volume much too loud to get the sound that I liked out of them.  I say shy away from the HD-600/650.

 

The HE-500 is an awesome headphone for almost any type of music and it is well worth its price.  Between the Q701 and HE-500 I would go with the HE-500.  It will most likely be one of those headphones that you keep forever because it sounds so darn good.

 

If you do end up with the HE-500 the velour pads are the way to go.  For me the HE-500 rested a tad low on my ears so I had to lift up the headband an inch with some extra padding.  That improved the sound quite a bit as well.

post #3 of 12
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post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by NA Blur View Post

I think for your listening tastes the HE-500 or even a AKG Q701 would be fantastic.  I have had both the HD-600 and HD-650 and really did not like them in the long run because of the veil or I had to have the volume much too loud to get the sound that I liked out of them.  I say shy away from the HD-600/650.

 

The HE-500 is an awesome headphone for almost any type of music and it is well worth its price.  Between the Q701 and HE-500 I would go with the HE-500.  It will most likely be one of those headphones that you keep forever because it sounds so darn good.

 

If you do end up with the HE-500 the velour pads are the way to go.  For me the HE-500 rested a tad low on my ears so I had to lift up the headband an inch with some extra padding.  That improved the sound quite a bit as well.

Can Pico dac/amp can drive HE 500? because it is portable amp so i do not think it has enough power to drive HE 500.

post #5 of 12

The Pico will be a tad lean for the power hungry HE-500, but the headphone is an awesome upgrade and a more beefy amp would be something to look forward to.  That said the AKG Q701 is my other suggestion.

post #6 of 12

Heya,


If you're going to stick to your current amp, consider:

 

Hifiman HE-400

AudioTechnica AD900

AudioTechnica A900X

Beyer DT880 250ohm

Mr Speakers Mad Dogs


Very best,

post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by Keenan View Post

Hi,

 

 

I am planning to upgrade my gear (ath-m50 with pico dac amp), prefer headphone for vocal and pop ( mostly is j-pop such as kalafina)

I have did some research that some headphones is great in vocal, so there are some option for my gear.

 

 

Option 1, 

HD 600 

 

 

Option 2 

HE 400 but not sure is it good performance in vocal

 

Option 3

HE 500 but not sure pico dac amp able to drive this headphone.

 

Option 4

HD 650

 

I do not plan to upgrade my amp since i am planning to buy headphone with recable which may cost around $700 to 1000 range.

 

Or is that other headphone is good in vocal  and any advise for those options?

I've auditioned the HD600/ 650 and personally preferred the HD598s for vocals (among other things). Never heard the HE-400 or the HE-500 but if you plan to listen to only a few genres, you don't need to spend hundreds to enjoy the music - and that's what this is all about. I remember reading from a HE-400 owner that he preferred the vocals on the 598s over the HE-400 by a good margin but the HE-500 is notable for having a better midrange than the HE-400. I'd also look into the T50rp Mad Dogs and maybe the Q701s. And actually, if you are willing to spend the money for a HE-500, why not also look into a modded Paradox which many claim to be better than the HE-500.

 

Again, I never heard any of the planar magnetics but I'm recommending based on reviews that I've read - and reviews you should look into as well. 

post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 

I guess my option will down to 

 

1. HD598

2. AKG Q701

3.Beyer DT880 250ohm

4.AudioTechnica A900X

5. HD600 

 

Since i will go to hong kong next month, then i guess i will try these headphone.

 

It is hard to find a place to test high value headphone except monster....... in perth

post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by MalVeauX View Post

Heya,


If you're going to stick to your current amp, consider:

 

Hifiman HE-400

AudioTechnica AD900

AudioTechnica A900X

Beyer DT880 250ohm

Mr Speakers Mad Dogs


Very best,

How was the comfort of the headphones that you recommend? which include HE 500. 

I hear that HE 400 and 500 is not comfort enough but velour pad will be better.

Mostly i listen music around 2 to 4 hours

 

Thank

post #10 of 12

The HE-400 will be a better match in terms of power output with the Pico DAC/Amp than the less efficient HE-500

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post #11 of 12

Alessandro MS2i, forceful mid full of emotion!

post #12 of 12

Mids on the HD598 have kept impressing me over and over! Highly recommended!
 

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