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post #16 of 32

I would recommend the V-Moda M100 and a O2/ODAC combo. 

post #17 of 32
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Originally Posted by vipervick View Post

Interesting, both descriptions say over-ear design. Although, the cheaper one does say compact closed back, over-ear design.

Is it possible for you to provide the link here so that we see which one is it? Just to make sure smily_headphones1.gif
post #18 of 32
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I did, look a few replies back...

post #19 of 32
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Originally Posted by vipervick View Post

I did, look a few replies back...

Hmm.. Can't seem to find it but forget about it. This is the one I was talking about: http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-505630-Momentum-Headphone-Brown/dp/B009QV15DU/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1382093534&sr=8-3&keywords=Sennheiser+Momentum

Billson smily_headphones1.gif
post #20 of 32
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post #21 of 32
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The Momentum look good if I was looking for an iPod headphone. But, I am sitting at my desk listening to my computer. The ear cups also look too small for me. I want a true, around-the-ear headphone. I don't care if my iPhone can power the headphones, period.

 

I will also be buying a DAC. Something to upgrade the onboard sound of my motherboard.

 

The Schiit Magni/Modi combo is looking really good as my first foray into audiophillia. Now I need a solid headphone to drive.

post #22 of 32
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Originally Posted by vipervick View Post
 

The Momentum look good if I was looking for an iPod headphone. But, I am sitting at my desk listening to my computer. The ear cups also look too small for me. I want a true, around-the-ear headphone. I don't care if my iPhone can power the headphones, period.

 

I will also be buying a DAC. Something to upgrade the onboard sound of my motherboard.

 

The Schiit Magni/Modi combo is looking really good as my first foray into audiophillia. Now I need a solid headphone to drive.

If that is what you wanted, I will suggest you the

 

AKG K550

Mad Dogs 

 

Billson 

post #23 of 32
Thread Starter 

Thanks, I thought I was clear in my OP. Sitting at a desk with a DAC and Amp. Closed design since I will be up while my wife is sleeping in the same room.

 

I will research these. Why isn't there a store where you can hands on test these things????? Same goes for HT though. I bought an Aperion Audio 5.0 system and an SVS PC-13 Ultra sight unseen.

post #24 of 32

Audio Technica ATH-A900X closed headphones $230

 

Asus Xonar DX or D1 sound card, used $60

 

Schiit Magni headphone amplifier, $99

 

Or for something a little nicer.

Audio-GD NFB-15.32 DAC/amp, $300 (shipped)

I just ordered one for myself an hour ago, from Hong Kong, shipping DHL.

http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/NFB1532/NFB15.32EN.htm

post #25 of 32
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Wow,  the Alpha Dog looks amazing!

post #26 of 32
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Originally Posted by vipervick View Post
 

Thanks, I thought I was clear in my OP. Sitting at a desk with a DAC and Amp. Closed design since I will be up while my wife is sleeping in the same room.

 

I will research these. Why isn't there a store where you can hands on test these things????? Same goes for HT though. I bought an Aperion Audio 5.0 system and an SVS PC-13 Ultra sight unseen.

It depends on whee you live at. For me, there are very limited testing unit available while some countries like Singapore will have plenty of headphone for you to test at some stores :)

post #27 of 32
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Originally Posted by vipervick View Post

I will research these. Why isn't there a store where you can hands on test these things????? Same goes for HT though. I bought an Aperion Audio 5.0 system and an SVS PC-13 Ultra sight unseen.

SVS Audio. Good stuff. I have the SVS SB-1000 smily_headphones1.gif

Schiit Audio is just as good an Internet direct company for price/performance as SVS. The Modi/Magni would serve you well.

Nice thing about headphones, as opposed to HT setups, is that there are number of places you can order from online like Amazon (or Fulfilled by Amazon), B&H Photo, or Crutchfield where RMA is easy and only costs you about $10 or so in return shipping to demo them (imagine paying return shipping on a sub--lol). I recommend picking out two headphones, ordering both, and keep the one you like best smily_headphones1.gif

Soundmagic HP100 would also be worth looking into. I have the K550s. While they sound very good, many people have had fit problems with them. The HP100s are popular among people who have liked the K550s: http://www.head-fi.org/t/616201/soundmagic-hp100-review

A900X are also a good headphone. Little bit different sound from the K550s, but comparable in SQ.
post #28 of 32
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

SVS Audio. Good stuff. I have the SVS SB-1000 smily_headphones1.gif

Schiit Audio is just as good an Internet direct company for price/performance as SVS. The Modi/Magni would serve you well.

Nice thing about headphones, as opposed to HT setups, is that there are number of places you can order from online like Amazon (or Fulfilled by Amazon), B&H Photo, or Crutchfield where RMA is easy and only costs you about $10 or so in return shipping to demo them (imagine paying return shipping on a sub--lol). I recommend picking out two headphones, ordering both, and keep the one you like best smily_headphones1.gif

Soundmagic HP100 would also be worth looking into. I have the K550s. While they sound very good, many people have had fit problems with them. The HP100s are popular among people who have liked the K550s: http://www.head-fi.org/t/616201/soundmagic-hp100-review

A900X are also a good headphone. Little bit different sound from the K550s, but comparable in SQ.

Never tried Schiit's products but heard good stuff about them! Just wish they make a portable amp with a built in battery for DAP and smartphones xD
post #29 of 32
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So, at Best Buy yesterday I got to listen to 3 headphones they had out in their Magnolia section. Glad I did. I used my iPhone 4s listening to Dave Mathews - Ants Go Marching on Rdio. I'm not really a Dave fan, but my wife loves him and there is a lot going on in that song.

 

Sennheiser HD-598 - can't have open headphones

Sennheiser Momentum

B&W P5

 

I have to say, I liked the Momentum the best. It sounded more like I expected the song to sound like. Good bass punch and very clear. But trust me, I am no expert on the song and have only heard it maybe 3 times. The only con is the small earpads. They are definitely not over-ear. They are on-ear at best.

post #30 of 32
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Originally Posted by vipervick View Post

So, at Best Buy yesterday I got to listen to 3 headphones they had out in their Magnolia section. Glad I did. I used my iPhone 4s listening to Dave Mathews - Ants Go Marching on Rdio. I'm not really a Dave fan, but my wife loves him and there is a lot going on in that song.

Sennheiser HD-598 - can't have open headphones
Sennheiser Momentum
B&W P5

I have to say, I liked the Momentum the best. It sounded more like I expected the song to sound like. Good bass punch and very clear. But trust me, I am no expert on the song and have only heard it maybe 3 times. The only con is the small earpads. They are definitely not over-ear. They are on-ear at best.

Go for the momentum if you like it xD
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