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Final Upgrade for classical music Please help!!!!

post #1 of 7
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Hi so last year I got akg k240 mkii headphones and that was the headphone that brought me here to the headfii community. I currently greatly enjoy the akg k240 mkii headphones with the soundblaster pro go x-fi soundcard with my laptop with apple lossless music. I really only listen to classical music, mostly music involving big symphonies and violin concertos. Even though I was satisfied with my purchase I still spend a hour or two every day for almost a year just mindless wasting time reading reviews on things. In reality I'm a college student who can't really afford high end equipment. So I decided to get one final upgrade and than probably not use headfii for several years. 

 

CONS and THINGS I want to see improved with upgrade

1. Better soundstage

2. More comfortable-My head and ears are very large. It feels like the earcups from the mkii are squeezing my ears together.

3. Better treble (for violin)

4. I want to feel like I'm attending a concert hall.

5. Not nearly as important as the other four but maybe a tad bit more bass.

 

It seems like the choices are as follows

Beyer DT 800 600ohms

Q701

Beyer dt660

 

Anything more pricey than the DT 800 would be too much. I'll probably buy the Matrix M-Stage from a headfii user. Not sure about the DAC? Is the Matrix-M Stage the best value I can get for those headphones or is there a cheaper option with a DAC included. FiiO E17 is the only other option I can think of.

 

I know I've annoyed many of you on Private Message over the course of the year. So I would really appreciate it if you guys could help me out one last time!

 

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

post #2 of 7

You mean 880? I've just been researching between 880 and 701/702 myself and from a comfort standpoint and better bottom end I would go with beyer 880. 701 has better top end though from my research. For me I think 880 and I do have 990pro already, for you best go listen to both. Don't know a thing about 660 as have never considered it.

 

Here is a review of 660 and he mentions in comparison to 880.

 

http://www.dansdata.com/2beyers.htm

 

 

Just checked and  there is 800, sorry. I thought you were looking for mid priced headphones only and is why thought you meant 880. Why not 880? 880 cost less or about same as K701.

 

I looked up user reviews on amazon of lower tesla models and after reading them I would rather have 880 600oHM unless getting the top end Tesla model. Too much money for me to spend on headphones though, even if i can afford it, and I can.


Edited by Schonen - 6/12/13 at 6:18pm
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 

Yeah whoops I meant 880s, I think they are $80 more expensive than the k701s unless there is a cheaper place to buy them compared to amazon?

post #4 of 7

In Canada K701 are usually $400 and I can get 880 for $350 (600oHM consumer @ amazon.ca). If classical is what you mostly listen to though I think K701 might be for you but from what I read that head strap is not the most comfortable because it has bumps on it. If you buy pro model of beyer they are cheaper, pro have coiled cable because they are meant for studio use ( I prefer coiled anyway) and different housing, some say sound is slightly different too due to different materials used, but driver is same. I have never heard pro vs consumer but I doubt there is much dif if any. If you are in Canada here is where to get decent prices on pro models of beyer.

 

http://www.long-mcquade.com/

post #5 of 7
If you need comfort, Senn HD600 else ATH AD900X or K701
post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by techboy View Post

If you need comfort, Senn HD600 else ATH AD900X or K701
Really I heard the dt 880s were the most comfortable.
post #7 of 7

True.

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