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Hello -

 

I am new to this forum, but a semi-regular poster on avsforum.com.  I have a solid home theater setup that I would like to supplement with a pair of headphones.

 

What I am hoping for is a "jack-of-all trades" pair.  I recognize I am going to make sacrifices by only buying one pair of cans for multiple purposes, but I think I will start there, and supplement in future years as desired.

 

I currently have a nice home theater/music setup, powered by a Denon 2112 AVR.  I will be using this as my amp for home use, source will be CDs or uncompressed .wav files.

 

Now the tricky part, is I want these headphones to also work for traveling and mobile devices without the addition of an amp.  This limits me to closed models, and models that do not require amplification.

 

Any recommendations? Any insight into how big of a sacrifice I am making by the above restriction in terms of sound quality?

 

My primary music listening is everything in the rock spectrum, from acoustic to hard rock, 60s to today.

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Originally Posted by ptsawyer View Post
 

I am new to this forum, but a semi-regular poster on avsforum.com.  I have a solid home theater setup that I would like to supplement with a pair of headphones.

What I am hoping for is a "jack-of-all trades" pair.  I recognize I am going to make sacrifices by only buying one pair of cans for multiple purposes, but I think I will start there, and supplement in future years as desired.

I currently have a nice home theater/music setup, powered by a Denon 2112 AVR.  I will be using this as my amp for home use, source will be CDs or uncompressed .wav files.

Now the tricky part, is I want these headphones to also work for traveling and mobile devices without the addition of an amp.  This limits me to closed models, and models that do not require amplification.

Any recommendations? Any insight into how big of a sacrifice I am making by the above restriction in terms of sound quality?

My primary music listening is everything in the rock spectrum, from acoustic to hard rock, 60s to today.

Mobile devices work best with headphones that are around 50-Ohms or less.

With A/V receivers, headphones above 100-Ohms to around 300-Ohm range is preferred.

When you have receivers that are around $400 or more, 600-Ohm headphones should be ok.

I would say to get some JVC HA-S500 on-ear folding (32-Ohm) closed headphones ($60) for portable use.

and the AKG K612 Pro (120-Ohm) open headphones for use with the Denon AVR2112 receiver.

Total for both headphone should be under $300.

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Thread Starter 

Thanks for the quick response, I really appreciate it.

 

I consulted with a friend who is an audio engineer also, and I think we came to the same conclusion.  I really need 2 pairs, one for travel, and one for home use.  The travel set can probably be earbuds, which will be easier. 

 

So let's refocus this thread.  Suppose I forgo the earbuds for now, and have ~$300-$400 to send on a pair of open headphones to be used with my Denon 2112 amp.

 

I am willing to break that budget for large jumps in SQ, but $350ish is my target.  Prefer new to used. I recognize I sacrifice a little there, but I like the idea of being the 1 and only owner I guess.

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Beyerdynamic DT880 Premium 600-Ohm open headphones, $320.

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