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Hello everyone this is my first post.  I am a complete head-fi noob and for some reason at the young age of 31 I decided I wanted to start hearing music the way it ought to be heard ;)  Also, I own a web design company that requires me to work late and at times extreme concentration...  I am looking for a pair of Circumaural headphones. (Still trying to learn all the new terminology).

 

I recently tried out a pair of Beats Pros.  i know i know... build strictly for fashion and a hunk of junk considered by anyone who knows anything about quality headphones.  However, that hunk of junk was still the best my virgin ears have experienced.  k701smile.gif

 

From reading through this forum I understand there are much better headphones for much cheaper.  I came to this thread because I would also like to stay within the $300 range (I can go a little over if there is a noticeable quality jump)

 

I listen to everything from easy listening (Jack Johnson, Timmy Curran, Dave Matthews Band, Bob Marley etc) to the ole Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin etc) to techno (for when I am deep in thought and coding) and a little rap from time to time just when I need to hear some good bass.

 

I liked the bass that the Beat Pros offered.  The depth is important to me.  As someone else eluded to earlier in this post I would like to be able to hear distinct levels within music (sorry i am not up on the correct terms to describe this well).  Like 3d for you ears 

 

I see here a lot are talking about the Foster RP T50RP Headphones with the MadDog upgrade, I am assuming this is it here

 

Since this post is about half a year old or so I just wanted to see if these are still highly recommended.  I will be going on a hiking trip in a couple months and I would LOVE to be able to take a great pair of headphones with me to experience in my hammock why hanging around the campfire.

 

Update:  I am also interested in a portable amp IF you guys think it is necessary.  I was looking at the 

FiiO E11...  (I like the strap going around it showing it combines with the phone as I would have it attached similarly to my note 2) Is that worth it?  or needed? is there a better option?

 

I am open to all opinions and advice.  I am very excited to start this process and finally get some great headphones!

 

Thanks in advance for all your help, time and advice!

 

Jeremy

post #2 of 9

The Fiio E11 will definitely help those headphones a bit but I don't think it's worth the hassle.

post #3 of 9

Hi!

 

I listen everything under the sun too! For your price range, I would recommend the HD598 for open with a FiiO E6 + L9[L9 only necessary if you are using iDevice]. If you are looking for closed headphone, then I would second the K550 with E6. If you are not looking for reference kind of headphones like the two mentioned, the Sony MDR-1R without an amp are pretty good not sure about if amp will improve but using my iPad2, it sounds good and since you like how the Beats bass sound, MDR-1R shall not disappoint you!

 

Hope this help!
Billson smily_headphones1.gif

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Originally Posted by Eliteoomph View Post

Hello everyone this is my first post.  I am a complete head-fi noob and for some reason at the young age of 31 I decided I wanted to start hearing music the way it ought to be heard ;)  Also, I own a web design company that requires me to work late and at times extreme concentration...  I am looking for a pair of Circumaural headphones. (Still trying to learn all the new terminology).

 

I recently tried out a pair of Beats Pros.  i know i know... build strictly for fashion and a hunk of junk considered by anyone who knows anything about quality headphones.  However, that hunk of junk was still the best my virgin ears have experienced.  k701smile.gif

 

From reading through this forum I understand there are much better headphones for much cheaper.  I came to this thread because I would also like to stay within the $300 range (I can go a little over if there is a noticeable quality jump)

 

I listen to everything from easy listening (Jack Johnson, Timmy Curran, Dave Matthews Band, Bob Marley etc) to the ole Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin etc) to techno (for when I am deep in thought and coding) and a little rap from time to time just when I need to hear some good bass.

 

I liked the bass that the Beat Pros offered.  The depth is important to me.  As someone else eluded to earlier in this post I would like to be able to hear distinct levels within music (sorry i am not up on the correct terms to describe this well).  Like 3d for you ears 

 

I see here a lot are talking about the Foster RP T50RP Headphones with the MadDog upgrade, I am assuming this is it here

 

Since this post is about half a year old or so I just wanted to see if these are still highly recommended.  I will be going on a hiking trip in a couple months and I would LOVE to be able to take a great pair of headphones with me to experience in my hammock why hanging around the campfire.

 

Update:  I am also interested in a portable amp IF you guys think it is necessary.  I was looking at the 

FiiO E11...  (I like the strap going around it showing it combines with the phone as I would have it attached similarly to my note 2) Is that worth it?  or needed? is there a better option?

 

I am open to all opinions and advice.  I am very excited to start this process and finally get some great headphones!

 

Thanks in advance for all your help, time and advice!

 

Jeremy


Hey, I do web design too! Just saying. check sig. :)

 

K167 no amp should work great for you, or K267 if you want to spend the extra cash. Im sure you have many recomendations and won't make you read my usual schpeil about how I love AKG and why the K167 is great, which I love posting in all recomendation threads, but I do honestly recomend it. As for the amp, if you want a great amp, get the FiiO E17. It is portable,but can also be used as a DAC/Amp at home, and that is extremely valuable. I use it with my Q701 now, and until my Little Dot arrives. Its fantastic for the price!

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

ok any comparison between these and the Foster RP T50RP Headphones with the MadDog upgrade?  I just read on another thread that they were comparable with $1000 headphones.

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Originally Posted by Eliteoomph View Post

ok any comparison between these and the Foster RP T50RP Headphones with the MadDog upgrade?  I just read on another thread that they were comparable with $1000 headphones.

Mad Dog would be better, but you will need a very good amp. Something like a Schiit Magni or JDSLabs O2.

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I am starting to think  that I do desire more bass starting out... I think that as my ears evolve that I will want it to be more balanced and flat as you say but at this point I believe I will be unhappy if it isn't quite basey...  What do you guys recommend for that?


Edited by Eliteoomph - 2/1/13 at 11:13pm
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Beyer DT770.

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I am starting to lean toward the denon d2000's. With the la cups...
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