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post #1 of 5
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Hi,

 

Im looking for a pair of open over-ear headphones mainly for listening to music, playing games and watching movies and (if needed) an amp/dac(also max 130$)

 

My gear:

- PC with Sound Blaster X-Fi

- Iriver S100

 

Music:

Metal, classical, indie rock, pop

 

What I'm looking for:

-  sound signature simmilar to SRH440 - generally I'd like to avoid buying bass-heavy cans

- wide and deep soundstage

- headphones will be mainly used for classical music and live recordings

 

I've came across Pioneer SE-A1000, and planned to also  buy Fiio E10/E07k and pair it with these cans.

 

Are there any other cans suiting my needs in 130$ price tag? If not what other amp/dac would you suggest for A1000?

 

Thank you :)

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Originally Posted by Jaddeth View Post
 

Hi,

 

Im looking for a pair of open over-ear headphones mainly for listening to music, playing games and watching movies and (if needed) an amp/dac(also max 130$)

 

My gear:

- PC with Sound Blaster X-Fi

Which Creative Labs Sound blaster X-fi is the sound card?

post #3 of 5
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

Which Creative Labs Sound blaster X-fi is the sound card?

Well tbh I don't know... but I'd rather focus on Iriver, not the pc, because currently I'm using srh440 with this sound card and it's enough - I don't expect much 

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The Sennheiser HD558 are on sale right for $129.99 and sound really good.  I listened to them at a Best Buy Magnolia and they had a very nice sound stage with a laid back sound.  They are also incredibly comfortable, moreso than the Shure 440s.  I didn't hear the two pairs back to back but I would characterize them both as not being bass heavy.

 

I am not too familiar with DACs, but I just picked up an Aune T1 for $127 shipped, it supposedly performs very well and you can customize the sound with different tubes.  I think the T1 and entry level DACs from Shiit are a step above the Fiio offerings.


Edited by Transmaniacon - 10/25/13 at 9:27am
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Originally Posted by Jaddeth View Post
 

Well tbh I don't know... but I'd rather focus on Iriver, not the PC, because currently I'm using SRH440 with this sound card and it's enough - I don't expect much 


JVC HA-S500, $60, or JVC HA-S400, $35.

They are both on-ear, closed, folding headphones, I find my JVC HA-S500-Z great headphones to use when not in the house. Should be easy for your Iriver S100 to drive.

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