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Stepping down from HD650's, I'd appreciate some advice on where to land. Details inside.

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I am going to sell my HD650's here soon, I bought a pretty nice 2.0 setup for my family room and enjoy listening to that much more.  However, I still want someone usable for my computer.

 

Facts:

Loved my HD650's.  Could have been slightly warmer.  Didnt think they lacked any bass, which should help understand my listening preferences.

I have an M Stage amp but I'd rather sell it.  Maybe I'll buy a sound card with an amp built in or something cheap, but I'd prefer to get something that is easy to amp.

Open or Closed, I dont care.  Closed would be nice for travel, but I think open cans sound better (from my experience at least).  I can be swayed either way.  

Highly prefer Circum-aural.

I'd prefer to stay under 150 used.

Listen to Indie Rock, hip hop, some indie-electronic, synth-pop, some blues and jazz, classic rock... everything from Muddy Waters to LCD Soundsystem to Grizzly Bear to The Beatles.  No country... No straight up Electronic/House/Etc.  

I do not want something that is bass heavy.  I want a neutral sound.

 

 

 

These dont have to be the end-all, be-all headphones.  I fully understand and expect to have a significant step down from my HD650's.  But I'd like something that fits with my listening style.  I wouldnt mind trying some AKG's, but iirc they are power hungry.  

 

 

 

I appreciate any help.

post #2 of 6

Sennheiser HD558 headphones, $130

Asus xonar DG (PCI) sound card, $27 and there is a $10 mail in rebate this month (Amazon).

post #3 of 6

If you don't mind a little more of the same, the Sony MA900 is the closest thing to sounding like the HD650, minus a little mid bass (so im not quite sure where that leaves you when you said you wanted more warmth). Piced at less than $200 and sometimes around $150 they are hard to beat. check out the last few pages of the HD650 thread or the MA900 thread

post #4 of 6

Heya,

 

I would nab a Fiio E10. Forget sound cards. Keep it completely mobile and useful that way if you want. Great little device.

 

For a headphone, look into:

 

AudioTechnica AD900X

Sony MA900

Beyer DT880 32ohm or PRO 250ohm (assuming you get something like the E10 or a sound card, it's easy to drive regardless of it's impedance rating)

Hifiman HE-300's (used can fetch an incredible price, look for latest revision only, not first revision)

AKG K240 MKII

 

Very best,

post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanks... 3 responses and so many options already.  :)

 

How do the HD558's compare to my HD650's?  Its hard to get direct comparisons as they arent really the same class of headphones.  Looks like these are very reasonable used also.  

 

The Sony's have great reviews, but I might be hard pressed to get them for less than 150.

 

MalVeauX, thanks.  Thats a lot of suggestions to go over, :D  The K240mkII's always interested me, as did a pair of AT's.  Beyers worry me a little, I've only heard one pair of them, they were closed back and very bassy.  I've never actually heard a pair of Hifimans.


Edited by otherlives - 10/23/13 at 12:10am
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