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With $700, what should I buy?

post #1 of 25
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Hi everyone, can you guys help me decide a combo of headphone with amp/dac with the budget of $700? Most of the time I listen to J-Pop and classical music. A little bit rock sometimes, but not much. I like something that is detailed and has good imaging.

Thanks.

 

Edit: my source is the macbook pro.


Edited by KazeNg - 12/21/12 at 11:33pm
post #2 of 25

grado rs1i :)

post #3 of 25
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by talisman42 View Post

grado rs1i :)

$700 for both the headphone and the amp/dac. The Grado RS1 alone costs $695 (Amzon price) :((

post #4 of 25

O2+ODAC for amp and dac

Too many choices for headphones: K/Q 70X, HD600/650, Mad dogs, 325i, AD900x, the list goes on and on

post #5 of 25

O2 + DAC or that new schiit amp/dac stack for 200$ 

 

headphones could be sennheiser hd 600s or maybe beyer dt 880/990, 600 ohm versions

post #6 of 25

I'd say wait a bit for reviews on the Schiit stack, as they could possibly be great value for money at 200 bucks.. for headphone you may want to consider the HE-400 or the DT880 600 ohm.

post #7 of 25

1. For an open setup consider: 

 

*he400

*e17

 

$520

 

2. For a closed setup:

 

*Maddogs

*Schitt Stack

 

$500

 

gL!!

post #8 of 25
When taken out of context all this Maddog Schitt stack talk is really funny!
post #9 of 25

Don't box yourself in. Spend the money in the right places.

 

Lets do a Closed Setup that I would be happy with.

700$

 

Mr Speakers Maddogs 299!!!  (God I love these headphones)

 

Schiit Modi 99 

 

Project Sunrise 199  (Compares very well to Lyr) http://www.head-fi.org/t/637092/project-sunrise-vs-little-dot-mk-iii

 

That will be one kick ass rig.  If you wanted to be cool you could even get the ODAC pcb board and build it directly

into the Sunrise.

post #10 of 25
Koss ESP/950, Grado RS-1i, Kenwood KH-K1000. The importance of "DAC" is massively over-stated and over-blown, as is the need for expensive amplification.
http://en.goldenears.net/index.php?mid=KB_Columns&document_srl=1921
post #11 of 25
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all of your recommends. I read some review about those headphones you guys mentioned and found that HE 400 might be the one for me. However, what amp should I pair up with it? Is a Fiio E17 good enough? I still have $300 after purchasing the HE 400, so anything better than the E17?

Again, thanks.

post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by KazeNg View Post

Thanks for all of your recommends. I read some review about those headphones you guys mentioned and found that HE 400 might be the one for me. However, what amp should I pair up with it? Is a Fiio E17 good enough? I still have $300 after purchasing the HE 400, so anything better than the E17?
Again, thanks.

The E9 is more robust. If you're running this through a PC there's always the "amp soundcards," and the Musical Fidelity V-CAN-II is a very nice piece of kit for $200. smily_headphones1.gif
post #13 of 25

I like the e17 fine for the he400. Gives you hardware EQ, three levels of gain and is also a nice portable. wink.gif

post #14 of 25
Thread Starter 

Hmm, the Fiio E17 sounds good. However, have anyone tried pairing the HE400 with the O2/ODAC yet?

post #15 of 25
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Originally Posted by McPatD View Post

When taken out of context all this Maddog Schitt stack talk is really funny!

You take a **** schiit stack, a **** schiit stack!

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