Originally Posted by AUTigers2016
I purchased the Schiit Magni and Modi which I'm running from my computer to my ATH-M50s. I listen to a lot of classic rock generally imported with the Apple Lossless Format, and due to my limited resources and location out here at Auburn University, I kind of have to rely on ya'll to decide what purchases to make. But anyway, I'm already looking into upgrading headphones (this hobby is addicting), and I've read a lot of good stuff about the HD650s IF you have the right amp to drive them with. I'm really just curious as to whether or not my little Schiit stack can get the job done, and if not, what would be a good upgrade to my ATH-M50s to compliment my entry-level set-up, if you can call it that.
Any advice would be great!
The Mangi/Modi will power most headphones just fine. No worries there. Whether they synergize or not will be up to your ear. Someone else might think something doesn't match but then you listen and think it sounds fantastic. It's all a big subjective opinionated game of preference. Remember that last part.
Try and describe what you want to hear in your next headphone. More bass, less bass, neutral bass, more treble, less treble, neutral treble, how you like your mids (distant, close), sound stage differences (since the M50 has a small sound stage I would just assume you want a bigger sound stage regardless of this question), open air or closed back, style, comfort, size, etc. And of course, budget.
The HD650 is fine for any genre. Period. Just like any other headphone is. But this is assuming the user likes the sound with their music. There are people who like treble-spiked headphones with hardly no bass for electronic music, just like there are bassheads who just want pulsing bass and nothing else matters. They're listening to the same music. They both can tell you their headphone is ideal for that kind of music. Both are valid.
That said, knowing nothing about what you're looking for in a headphone, based on what you have now, here's what I would suggest blindly to you:
Beyer DT880 250ohm
Grado SR225i (assuming you can stand to wear on-ear headphones)