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Presently, I'm looking for a replacement to my Shure 440s. I listen to a lot of hard rock and progressive/symphonic metal, and like a bassy punch. I'm . . . not sure I'd be considered a basshead though.

 

I'm seriously considering the Sennheiser HD650s, but I'm not sure they're actually what I'm looking for. I've tried some Grados, and while I like the sound signature, my pair got a case of the Grattles that I couldn't shake off. They're also pretty uncomfortable.

I've been looking at other options, like some Beyerdynamic variants. My budget would be $500 or so on the high end, right about where the HD650s stand.

 

No idea where to start on the amp. I've never had one, and I'd like to invest in one. I'd probably max at about $100 for an amp.

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Presently, I'm looking for a replacement to my Shure 440s. I listen to a lot of hard rock and progressive/symphonic metal, and like a bassy punch. I'm . . . not sure I'd be considered a basshead though.

 

I'm seriously considering the Sennheiser HD650s, but I'm not sure they're actually what I'm looking for. I've tried some Grados, and while I like the sound signature, my pair got a case of the Grattles that I couldn't shake off. They're also pretty uncomfortable.

I've been looking at other options, like some Beyerdynamic variants. My budget would be $500 or so on the high end, right about where the HD650s stand.

 

No idea where to start on the amp. I've never had one, and I'd like to invest in one. I'd probably max at about $100 for an amp.

If you like grados, you might not like the 650. Have you tried them before? They are very relaxed sounding, exactly opposite of grados. Anyways, if you do buy 650, my suggestion for $100 amp is schiit magni. There really isn't much besides E9, but magni has much better sq imo.

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Haven't heard them, which is the problem. Everybody raves about the Sennheiser sound, but I have yet to be able to experience it.

 

Thanks though.

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SoundMAGIC HP100 + Fiio E17 or JDS Labs O2 would be an excellent setup

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Haven't heard them, which is the problem. Everybody raves about the Sennheiser sound, but I have yet to be able to experience it.

 

Thanks though.

OK. If you like grado sound, I highly doubt that you will like the sennhieser sound. It's almost a total opposite.

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Originally Posted by dee ehn View Post

Presently, I'm looking for a replacement to my Shure 440s. I listen to a lot of hard rock and progressive/symphonic metal, and like a bassy punch. I'm . . . not sure I'd be considered a basshead though.

I'm seriously considering the Sennheiser HD650s, but I'm not sure they're actually what I'm looking for. I've tried some Grados, and while I like the sound signature, my pair got a case of the Grattles that I couldn't shake off. They're also pretty uncomfortable.

I've been looking at other options, like some Beyerdynamic variants. My budget would be $500 or so on the high end, right about where the HD650s stand.

No idea where to start on the amp. I've never had one, and I'd like to invest in one. I'd probably max at about $100 for an amp.

What source(s) are you going to be using with the headphones?

Are you looking for open or closed headphones? or does it not matter?

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I would actually prefer open, as that would let sound in because I have a pager I sometimes need to hear. I drive using my PC. Have a pair of Portapros for whenever I use my iphone.

 

The thing is I'm not sure what a "warm" sound is in relation to the stuff I've heard. I can say the pair of AKGs I owned (EM7s) were the worst of the non-cheapo headphones I've owned. Had absolutely no bass and sounded like they were running over a telephone wire. I love my portapros, but they feel weak. I need actual home-use headphones to replace my Shure440s, and am trying to branch out a bit to see if I'm missing a signature I might like, hence my interest in the Senns.

 

I like a bit of an emphasis on bass, without it being overwhelming or making the other aspects muddy. Think I might try these SoundMAGICs unless somebody has another suggestion.


Edited by dee ehn - 6/11/13 at 5:52pm
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