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$500 to spend on headphones, what should I get?

post #1 of 7
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I am heading off to college in a couple of months and I am interested in purchasing a nice set of headphones before I go. At the moment I have been considering the HE-400 with some sort of cheap amp/dac to pair with it such as a Fiio product or a JDS Labs Cmoy. 

 

I will be listening to apple lossless files off of my laptop so I need an amp that can connect to either a headphone out port or preferably a usb port. For genres I enjoy listening mainly to jazz along with a little bit of classic rock and electronic music.

 

Any other suggestions?

post #2 of 7
Maybe closed headphones for college? The Sennheiser Momentum ($350 or less) is great for jazz and classic rock. I didn't listen to any electronic with it though, so I can't comment on that. Pair that with something like a Fiio E07K and you're golden.
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I have considered closed headphones although I'm really intrigued by the orthodynamics and the sound signature that they have. I might end up getting something like the momentum and then the magni/modi stack.

 

My headphones at the moment are sadly the beats so anything should really be an upgrade for me.

 

Are there any other closed headphone recommendations? 

post #4 of 7

I can't comment on anything really expensive but ya lol...Just about anything on this site will be an improvement over beats.

You have a cheap DAC/amp so...I would seriously consider checking out the superlux 681 evo. I got mine for 40$ here
http://www.markertek.com/Audio-Equipment/Headphones-Accessories/Superlux/HD-681EVO-BLACK.xhtml
 

Overall they sounda bit better than my ath m50, and that can gets A LOT of praise around here.
EDIT-they are semi open though. Isolation isn't too bad and you probably won't bother anyone with the sound leakage unless the volume is really high


Edited by wafflezz - 6/2/13 at 8:22pm
post #5 of 7

I'd check out the audio technica ESW9, its around $240 new, cheaper on the forums. Works great with all genres of music, sounds great, looks great.  You also don't really need to amp them. A closed phone does come in handy when you are walking around and all. The set I had in college was some HD-25's, they blocked out most everything, sounded great with rock and edm, butchered pianos though. I would spend the rest of the money on one of the mid-fi phones from the for sales forums and an amp. Hell you can get a set of AKG sextetts for $100 when they come around. 

 

Though if you wanted to blow it all on one set of phones, I'd get a set of MS-Pro's and never look back. You can find them for around $500 on the forums, new they are 699. They excel with jazz, rock, and edm, but work well with most any genre.

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Any opinions on getting the Mad Dog by Mr. Speakers with the magni modi stack? I don't think that these headphones are entirely closed however they look extremely comfortable and people seem to love the sound

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Originally Posted by cangle View Post

Any opinions on getting the Mad Dog by Mr. Speakers with the magni modi stack? I don't think that these headphones are entirely closed however they look extremely comfortable and people seem to love the sound

 

  • Extremely Comfortable. Yes.
  • Magni/Modi stack. Yes, I have this although I am away for the summer and I am using them with a cheap Fiio E10 ($50) and they still sound great!
  • Provides really good isolation. You may want that when you are in the library having a study date...uugghhh....studying for a test.

 

 

To be honest, at first, I did not realize what "neutral" meant until I came across this headphone. My words to describe ..particularly the bass was "thin"..almost a tinny (pronounced "tin-e") sound. I think I got use to this new (neutral) sound, and also have more critical listening habits as a result. To describe the bass I hear through them now would be "Deep and accurate".  From the beginning, I thought everything else was great..except bass. Now, I love everything about it...and I have read the newest revision (3.2) is just excellent. I am still on 3.0. 

 

This is all just my opinion.

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