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Looking for new sound around $300(IEMs/Full-size)

post #1 of 10
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Hi I'm still pretty new to all this stuff. I have mostly just been lurking around the forums. This will be my first thread!

 

So I've been wanting to step up from my m50s and am open to new things. I would like to keep the budget around $300. I like the m50s, but would prefer a little crispier upper mids and highs. I haven't heard any quality IEMs yet but if there is a pair out there that would work for me please feel free to let me know

 

The kind of music I listen to is mostly hip-hop, RnB, rock, and some classical. So i would like enough bass to be there for it to be enjoyable. However, the main thing I want is a better mid to high range and preferably a wider soundstage.

 

My source is going to be iPod 4th gen with the Fiio e11. Hopefully soon i can get enough to grab an O2 amp but this is what i have for now.

 

Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

post #2 of 10

I had the M50 white colored too haha, upgraded to the the V-Moda M-100 and absolutely in love with them. I think you should check out the Senn Momentums, it sounds like you would like those. If you don't like the Momentums then definitely give the M-100 a try. 

post #3 of 10

FWIR- For in-door usage i'd check the ATH-A900x, AKG K550 for closed-back design. Philips Fidelio X1 and Hifiman HE-400 for open-back.

 

For protable use, I think the ATH-ES10 (for lusher mids) or MDR-1R (more forward mids, and not neccessirly wider but more 3D soundstage) might fit the bill of what you're looking for.

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Originally Posted by Amarphael View Post

FWIR- For in-door usage i'd check the ATH-A900x, AKG K550 for closed-back design. Philips Fidelio X1 and Hifiman HE-400 for open-back.

+1

 

Also, I'd consider the Mrspeakers Mad Dog. Reading your post (to me) just screams "I want planar magnetic headphones" wink.gif. They will give you the bass you need and the crisp mids and highs that you probably haven't experienced unless you've tried planars in the past. I haven't tried the Mad Dog personally, but if they sound anything like my modded T50RP's... amazing.

post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the feedback guys!

 

And looking at your replies I'm really starting to lean towards planar magnetic as I've heard some great things on the Hifimans. However, I've heard they need a lot of power would an E11 be able to drive it properly?

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Thanks for the feedback guys!

 

And looking at your replies I'm really starting to lean towards planar magnetic as I've heard some great things on the Hifimans. However, I've heard they need a lot of power would an E11 be able to drive it properly?

The HiFiMan headphones don't require as much as the T50RP's (in my experience) but they still require quite a bit of drive. Nothing the E11 can't handle though (I haven't tried the E11, but I have the E17 and I've seen multiple sources claiming the E11 is a better headphone amp -- you might want to visit the specific threads for those headphones and see what other users have used).

post #7 of 10
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Those sound great! But looking at their price i might have to save up a bit more to get them.  They are also right around where the HD600 is. And I've seen a lot of people liking those cans too. So do you think the HE-400 would suit me over the HD600? And do you know if the I would have to buy a new amp for the HD600? Thanks for all the help!

post #8 of 10

I personally think the HE-400 is a way better value (for being the same price). I also think that the HD600's will do fine with an E11. They are easier to drive than the HE-400

post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the input! I've just looked up a couple threads comparing the two directly and i feel i would like the HE-400 more. So when i get the money they will definitely be my next investment. Again thanks for helping me sort this out!

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Originally Posted by mjarmijo View Post

Thanks for all the input! I've just looked up a couple threads comparing the two directly and i feel i would like the HE-400 more. So when i get the money they will definitely be my next investment. Again thanks for helping me sort this out!

No problem. I'm sure you will love them smily_headphones1.gif

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