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What is the absolute best quality over-ear headphone you can buy that doesn't need an amp?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

I recently purchased a pair of Sennheiser HD650's and after much consideration (terrible for iPod listening, need a decent desktop amp) decided that it seems too much for me. I refunded them and I am going to purchase a cheaper, less power-hungry set of cans.

 

What is the absolute, top-notch, best quality headphones that don't need an amp? I am going to be listening to them through my iPod Touch 5th Gen and don't want it to get much more complicated than that.

 

I mainly listen to shoegaze, electronic, hip-hop, but I listen to just about every genre of music. I like bass, but mids and highs are just as important. An all-rounder is what I'm looking for. Thanks.

post #2 of 10

HE400.

post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

I''ll check em out, thanks.

post #4 of 10

HE400 aren't portable though
 

post #5 of 10

If portability is a consideration check out the Sennheiser Momentum.

post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 

Portability is not a problem, I will be listening to these at home. I'm thinking about the HE-400's, the sound quality is apparently pretty good on them.

post #7 of 10

Check out the Alessandro MS2i if you really like some nice mids and highs, also they are 200$ less than the Senn HD650, and will sound fine off of your ipod!

post #8 of 10

Edition 8

post #9 of 10

why not just get an amp for your 650s?

post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 

Because even a decent $200 amp and dac is barely scratching the surface with the HD650's. I'd rather be putting my cans to their best potential then just a little bit. I've heard they're crap on portable devices too. HD650's without a top notch amp is like a car with a missing wheel. The HE-400's can handle not having an amp and still sound pretty good. I'm thinking of going for a HE-400 and then later on when I scrape up some cash, I'll purchase a M+M Schitt Stack.


Edited by theneedledrop - 1/21/13 at 8:18pm
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