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Second Pair of True Headphones

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Hey guys, it has been quite a long time since my last post! It's good to be back :o

 

I purchased my Audio Technica ATH-M50s in December 2011, and would consider these to be my first purchase for 'true' headphones. Prior to the ATH-M50s, I had exclusively bought gaming headsets from Steelseries/Icemat. The change in audio between the Steelseries and the ATH-M50s was a world of difference and got me hooked into the world of audiophilia. 

 

Unfortunately over this past summer I made the mistake of bring my cans to a local festival where they ended up getting lost. Although I was pretty upset at the time, I realized that my experience with them was amazing and maybe it was time for them to go (to hopefully introduce the person who finds them into the world of high quality audio).

 

I am now back to find my next pair of headphones. I am allowing myself to delve further into the more expensive market ($400 max.) in order to potentially and hopefully encounter a new audio experience.

 

Here are a few headphones that caught my eye:

 

1) Audio Technica ATH-ES10

2) Philips Fidelio X1

3) Sennheiser HD600 (price might be too much)

 

How do these compare to the ATH-M50s? I'm not necessarily looking for a pair that is like my old pair.

 

Any other suggestions? I am all ears, thanks :) 

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Also would it be necessary to have a DAC and an amp right off the bat to get an ideal quality of audio ?

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Willing to extend my price limit to $500 now, ran into some extra cash that I'm allowing myself to spend. 

 

Anyone?

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Originally Posted by vrieevriee View Post

Willing to extend my price limit to $500 now, ran into some extra cash that I'm allowing myself to spend. 

Anyone?

I have the Philips Fidelio X1 and I love them. If I had a budget of $500 like you, I would go for the Sennheiser HD650.
post #5 of 6
Should he buy the HD650 at regular retail price, he wouldn't have anything left for an amp or a DAC. Also, he may find the sound signature of the HD650 unpleasant or polarizing to his music as I've heard others complain of the sometimes overly warm signature.

To better answer your question, we need to know the genres you most listen to and the sound signature. you're after. e.g. Hip-Hop + R&B, bass heavy and warm.

I, myself, am planning on either the Fidelio X1 or the Shure SRH1540 as my next buy. The latter which retails at $499 seem to be of better value and performance than the HD650. The fact that both the X1 and the SRH1540 can be driven well without an amp (although it improves with an amp, the SRH1540 more than the X1) is just icing on a cake. I honestly think that the HD650 are no longer worth the MSRP and should be bought with the street price ($300-ish?)

Lastly, of course a DAC and an amp will increase sound quality but each headphone has a certain limit or scalability. The X1 better with cheaper equipment, the HD650 best with expensive equipment, and the SRH1540 (said to be) great with equipment from either price.
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Try this for your metal music: Grado Labs 325is $295.00, Schiit Magni $99.00, Schiit Modi $99.00.
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