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My first headphones?

post #1 of 10
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Hello everyone! I just joined head-fi, and I would like to ask everyone's opinion on my first "serious" headphones. I have a Sennheiser HD-419 plugged into a FiiO E11 portable headphone amp. My phone also has AMAZING audio enhancement, called SRS Enhancement. Any suggestions for another amped setup? (If it helps, I listen primarily to dubstep)
post #2 of 10

maybe fidelio x1 if you can find it cheap? there was a deal a month or so back and i tried to get a pair for similar genres to dubstep but unfortunately they ran out of stock. Also i find the sennheiser hd600 good with electronic even though it does not have the bass emphasis (it does really nicely with the vocals)

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Originally Posted by julzd View Post

maybe fidelio x1 if you can find it cheap? there was a deal a month or so back and i tried to get a pair for similar genres to dubstep but unfortunately they ran out of stock. Also i find the sennheiser hd600 good with electronic even though it does not have the bass emphasis (it does really nicely with the vocals)
Nice, but I hear the Fidelio x1 has small ear cups. This might be an issue, as I have pretty big ears, lol. Also, they are open backed, which isn't the best choice for bassy music. Any Audio-Technica cans I would be interested in?
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true they are open back but apparently they have 'the best bass in an open headphone' so that's why I was interested in them before.

 

this review was the one that originally sparked my interest in them - http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/big-bottom-and-lively-top-philips-fidelio-x1

 

if you were specifically after audio technicas the ath-m50 would not be a bad upgrade at all. It does quite well with electronic in my opinion for a reasonable price. I haven't owned/heard any other audio technicas so maybe there are other choices which im not aware of

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Originally Posted by JJJMan75 View Post


Nice, but I hear the Fidelio x1 has small ear cups. This might be an issue, as I have pretty big ears, lol. Also, they are open backed, which isn't the best choice for bassy music. Any Audio-Technica cans I would be interested in?

 

Yes, the Pro700 MKII. Crazy bass. 

post #6 of 10

The X1 is a slow headphone, and therefore unsuited for "dubstep." What is your budget? What is your primary source? e.g. iPod, Spotify. Will this be a purely portable setup? If not, are you open to the idea of open headphones? 

 

*Every headphone is "amped," unless it is not connected to anything. 

post #7 of 10

If you'll just be listening to music from your phone (low bitrate MP3 files), then it isn't worth purchasing something like the Fidelio X1 to use, unless you plan on upgrading your source. By that I mean purchasing higher bitrate music (320kbps ought to do) and/or using an outboard dac. 

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Originally Posted by FatmanSize48 View Post

If you'll just be listening to music from your phone (low bitrate MP3 files), then it isn't worth purchasing something like the Fidelio X1 to use, unless you plan on upgrading your source. By that I mean purchasing higher bitrate music (320kbps ought to do) and/or using an outboard dac. 
Most of the time, I torrent high bitrate or lossless music. When I don't, I buy from iTunes, which usually has 256kbs or higher. So I don't think the audio source should be much of a problem. To answer your other question, I will be using these headphones mostly on the go, but they will likely double as my home headphones(when I'm not using my speakers). I think the ATH-M50 from Audio-Technica would be an ideal upgrade from my current setup. It is $150, perfect for my budget, and it has an outstanding score on all of its reviews(at least on amazon).
post #9 of 10
I would also take a look at the HP100.

Edit: Soundmagic HP100
Edited by FatmanSize48 - 10/10/13 at 10:04pm
post #10 of 10
^^^The M50 is the default recommended headphone on /r/headphones for good reason, but keep your mind open smily_headphones1.gif
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