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post #1 of 4
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Hi all,

 

I've been reading the site for a little and want to get myself a better setup than just my phone and cheap headphones.

 

First off I want to start that I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 on Verizon for my portable music listening. Also, pretty much all music listening.  I'm using it at work, home, and in the car.

I don't really need a portable setup unless a large semi portable setup would be cheaper than 2 non portable setups. ie.  I mostly listen at my desk at work and at home.

 

Since the Galaxy Note 2 works with some usb DAC/AMP's I'm thinking of going that route, just want to get some info on the different options and headphones.

 

I know some headphones need more power than others but not sure if those are out of my league as far as price etc...

 

I would like to keep it under $500 but if you have a super combo that is slightly more let me know and I can check it out.

 

Now, as far as what kind of sound I like, I have no clue and have never used headphone that cost more than probably $60.  I like to listen to all kinds of music, don't listen to much rap or dance, electronic stuff.  Mostly Rock, Jazz, Pop music, some classical every now and then.  I would like there to be a decent amount of Bass when needed but don't need super strong bass or anything crazy.

 

I live in Phoenix so if you have recommendations I can try in a big box store to try in store so I can get an idea of what I like as far as warm or neutral etc... then come back and get ideas of what I can buy online etc....  Also, not looking for IEM's just comfortable on ear or over ear headphones.

post #2 of 4

Is isolation an important factor to you? Most good headphones are open, so they let noise in and leak noise out. Also, I'm pretty sure it's illegal to listen to headphones in the car while you're driving, so I would not recommend that.

 

Some of the popular options in that price range are the Hifiman HE-400, Sennheiser HD650 or HD600, and Beyerdynamic DT880's. You can start combing through the reviews and comparisons of those for a start, maybe one will jump out at you. There should be enough left in your budget after one of those for a portable amp or possibly amp+dac.

post #3 of 4

Heya,

 

Mr Speaker Mad Dog with Alpha Pads. I would give this my highest recommendation for your budget and use.

 

Alternatives:

 

Logitech UE6000

Beyer DT770 LE 32ohm

Ultrasone PRO 750

Sennheiser Momentum

 

Very best,

post #4 of 4
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Originally Posted by MalVeauX View Post

Heya,

 

Mr Speaker Mad Dog with Alpha Pads. I would give this my highest recommendation for your budget and use.

 

Alternatives:

 

Logitech UE6000

Beyer DT770 LE 32ohm

Ultrasone PRO 750

Sennheiser Momentum

 

Very best,

 

Thanks for the suggestion, after reading through the thread about them here they do look very good for the price.

 

Now, here is a list of USB DAC/AMP's that should work with my Note 2 from the other thread, does anyone have a suggestion on the best option to go with the Mad Dog headphones or with another set of headphones, I do kinda like the Hifiman HE-400's also

 

 

. Apex Glacier (USB DAC/amp) 
. Asus Xonar U3 (USB DAC/amp)
. Audio-gd NFB-16 (USB DAC/amp)
. ELE EL-D01:
. GoVibe Magnum (USB DAC/amp):
. GoVibe Martini-U (USB DAC/amp):
. GoVibe Vulcan (USB DAC/amp):
. HRT HeadStreamer Mobile (USB DAC/amp):
. HRT microStreamer (USB DAC/amp):
. HeadAmp Pico USB DAC/Amp: bug fixed by HeadAmp
. Headstage Lyrix Pro USB total (USB DAC/amp):
. iBasso D-Zero (USB DAC/amp):
. iBasso D12 (USB DAC/amp):
. Leckerton UHA-6S MKII (USB DAC/amp):
. MyST 1866 PortaDAC (USB DAC/amp):
. Objective DAC (ODAC):
. ODAC+O2 (USB DAC/amp):
. RSA Intruder (USB DAC/amp):
. RSA Predator (USB DAC/amp):
. Sony PHA-1 (USB DAC/amp):
. Stoner Acoustics UD100:
. VentureCraft Go-Dap X (USB DAC/amp): USB cable provided by VentureCraft
. xDuoo XP-1 (USB DAC/amp):
 

So far, like the quad-core Exynos powered Galaxy S III, the new quad-core Exynos powered Samsung Galaxy Note II can work with the FiiO E7, the iBasso D12, Leckerton UHA-6S MKII, the ODAC, … ; had some issue with the HeadAmp Pico (bug fixed by HeadAmp); and doesn’t work with the FiiO E17 using the stock USB audio driver.

 

The above has been posted as working with the usb audio of the Note 2.  Now I'm way to new to try and research all of these, I've looked at the ones I've heard of before from browsing but some are expensive, the Pico for example and the Apex Glacier, some I just don't know about. I think the above list is mostly portable units, I guess that would be best but a Transportable system would be fine with me also, then I will eventually get a home desk setup that will stay there and this will become my work/portable setup.

 

Again, thanks for all the help I really appreciate it and I'm looking forward to getting some new equipment

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