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HELP - Need advice on upgrading my headphones

post #1 of 8
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Hello, this is my first thread and hope you help me. The thing is that I have a pair of Sennheiser 280 pros, after over a year of owning them, they do not convince me. Bass sound is not as clear as other headphones i have tested and i have not noticed the difference between 320kbps mp3 and 16bit flac, while with others, i do. I currently use a fiio E6 portable amp.



 



I am seriously considering to upgrade to a Grado SR80i, have read a lot of good comments about these, except for the build quality, a Sennheiser HD 555 or 558/598. I am also considering uprading the amp to a hifiman EF2A, is this necesary? The main source of the music comes from my Windows PC Desktop, my macbook and my phone (FLAC only). I mostly listen to rock, indie rock, slow rock.



 



What should I do? I am kind of new in the audiophile world.

post #2 of 8

An Asus Xonar DG (PCI) sound card, $26.80 and there is a $10 mail in rebate this month (Amazon).

It a low cost way for driving headphones.

Sennheiser HD558, $130 (Amazon)

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

I would rather prefer buying a portable amp than a sound card. Is the HifiMan good for both headphones? Does the grado´s need an amp?

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

Please answer, I need advice

post #5 of 8
The EF2A is not really a portable amp - it needs an AC adapter.
post #6 of 8

well if you want to use a better sound card with all of your stuff i would chose a Fiio E17 / E07K they work with all your devices and sound a lot better (atleast the E17 i barely listened to a e07) and if you need more power with the e17 you can buy a E09k you can plug the e17 in it and it drives i believe 600 ohm


Edited by dead99 - 10/27/13 at 5:55am
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
I wont be moving around with all these, that's why I choosed the hifiman. Would the senns be a better investment? I can pay the 20$ difference
post #8 of 8

the senns in comparison with what? the sr80i? if so, I haven't used the grado yet but i really like the hd650 its my first real headphone (after beats :mad:) they have a warm sound and are very comfortable.


Edited by dead99 - 10/28/13 at 12:31pm
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