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I am looking for a $400 upgrade to my monster cans. I prefer iems. I have owned skullcandy skullcrushers, several sony and samsung earphones and currently use monster's ncredible ntunes headphone. They are the best phones I ever listened to due to having only owned $50 and below amateur phones, and they are lacking to me. I want a good listening experience, away from the likes of overpriced headphones and apple earphones, and don't know where to start. I listen to music through my pc (320kbps mp3 and flac files)

and on my lg motion phone (all 320kbps). I will be listening to rock, hip hop, heavy metal and grunge at home; I don't want a neutral phone. I know this is a big leap and don't need to spend exactly $400. I also want them to be easily powered, or else an amp and phone combo that doesn't exceed $400.


Edited by pops - 2/14/13 at 2:38pm
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*crickets*

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wow someone shouldve helped this guy out by now.

 

 

im thinking you should def get a DAC/Amp like a Fiio E17 if you listen through your computer so much. if you prefer iems, then i would recommend the VSonic GR-07 for something that sounds good with different genres of music.

 

if you like Monster sound then they have refurbished Turbine Coppers right now for a decent price.

 

http://www.monstercable.com/outletstore/linelist.asp

 

 

 

that amp with either of those headphones will give you a HUGE improvement over what youre using now.
 

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yamaha MPH 100 is another good all arounder.

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At that price range I would get a pair of Hifiman HE-400 but they will need a good amp. For a cheaper price I would recommend a pair of Brainwaz HM5. They don't require a powerful amp to sound great, you can play them straight from your mp3 player and get nice results.  


Edited by Arise - 2/17/13 at 12:13am
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and on my lg motion phone (all 320kbps). I will be listening to rock, hip hop, heavy metal and grunge at home; I don't want a neutral phone. I know this is a big leap and don't need to spend exactly $400. I also want them to be easily powered, or else an amp and phone combo that doesn't exceed $400.

 

Ok:

 

1. Your phone might not have a great amp and adding a headphone amp probably won't fix the problem - because the usual problem is noise, and you'll get the noise from both. So consider how happy you are with your phone's amp before spending money.

 

2. It sounds like you'll need punchy bass with a lot of attack. This is the downfall of most IEMs and you can't fix it with EQing or bass boost, because it is about bass quality not bass quantity. Trying to fix this problem runs into the law of diminishing returns and the brutal fact that IEMs are delicate and easily trashed. The two things I'd consider if I was you are

 

- HD25-1-ii. Portable phones designed for pro sound people, very tough, often considered one of the most exciting to listen to rock phones at any price - I switched to these after giving up on IEMs (including those Yamaha ELH100's mentioned) because of problems with rock/grunge, and they definitely deliver. They'll also probably last a lot longer than any virtually any other headphone, let alone IEMs.

 

- The new generation of microdriver IEMs like the ATH CKN50 and CKN70, and Sony-whatever (EX1000?) My experience is that microdrivers do enormously better at the well defined bass delivery you need for the type of music you listen to - so much so that my $50 JVC microdriver IEMs utterly demolished my $150 Ety HF5s playing tracks like the Pixies' "Debaser".

 

You could get the HD25s, the CKN50s, and a tiny $30 Sansa 4GB Clip+ Player with a 64GB memory card - a player which does excellent bass, especially if you add Rockbox and use the advanced EQ - for less than your budget. The Clip is smaller than all but a handful of amps and gives you extra options a disposeable player for the gym and beach, and the CKN50's aren't sob-over money either.

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I will highly recommend to buy highend IEMs ( Sony EX1000, JVC FX700, Sennheiser IE80,) or built whole rig around PC and portable use like USB DAC/AMPs(iBasso D12, E17, XM6 and RSA).

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