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The last headphone I'll buy, what should it be?

post #1 of 13
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So I got my first paycheque, and I've decided that I'll start saving 90% of what I make for my next one.
However, my budget is $300.

I so far have my AKG Q701's for classical, acoustic music and anything requiring a large soundstage and detail.
Then my ATH A900X (with Alpha pads) for bass, and decent sound isolation.

Is there anything I'm missing out on? Perhaps a headphone with an extremely flat frequency response? Orthodynamic headphones?

post #2 of 13

There's no such thing as last headphone you'll ever buy. I say to myself the same every 2-3 months and it tickles once I find a deal or a reasonable offer.  

 

I'm never 100% happy and there's always room for improvement so I'm doomed... My advice: get out of here as fast as you can and don't look back. :-)

post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by squallkiercosa View Post
 

There's no such thing as last headphone you'll ever buy. I say to myself the same every 2-3 months and it tickles once I find a deal or a reasonable offer.  

 

I'm never 100% happy and there's always room for improvement so I'm doomed... My advice: get out of here as fast as you can and don't look back. :-)


Welp. xD

I guess I'll take your advice and get to know my current headphones even more.

Throughout your purchasing career, have you ever found yourself saying "these are the headphones I'm gonna use for the rest of my life"?

post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by Nec3 View Post
 


Welp. xD

I guess I'll take your advice and get to know my current headphones even more.

Throughout your purchasing career, have you ever found yourself saying "these are the headphones I'm gonna use for the rest of my life"?

My take is buy whenever a headphone is on sale for more than 50%. Only applicable to Sennheiser, AKG, ATH, Denon and other Audiophile brand. If its on sale for 80%, buy 2.

post #5 of 13

I was looking for closed back headphones like 8 month ago to use at work, I bought the Momentum thinking it will be the last pair I'll need, How wrong I was... The same with the LCD-2. Later realized I didn't need to go higher, my ears were happy with mid-hi, and my wallet too.

 

The only headphones I was close to say when I first listened "I found my end game" were my TF10 reshelled by Inearz, an astonishing work from a company well praised around here, however I had fit issues and they're currently at their workshop. Hope they don't charge me extra for the reshell...


Edited by squallkiercosa - 11/7/13 at 7:55pm
post #6 of 13
I would say that even if you find the best headphones, you will start looking for alternatives and different sounding HP's.
There isn't a headphone that does everything right.
post #7 of 13

Your budget's $300...for now.

 

Then you suddenly find it creeping up, and the next thing you know, you've spent $750 on a headphone system (including amp), then $1,500, then maybe even $5,000...

 

Head-Fi will do that to you. They don't say "Sorry about your wallet" for nothing. Next thing you know, you'll start getting curious about HiFiMan orthos or vintage Stax Lambda setups, and that's when your financial health is really gonna hurt, especially if they manage to spoil you forever.

 

I have an idea in mind, but you'll need a bit of luck on eBay and a speaker amp (old integrated receivers will do) on hand...

post #8 of 13
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Your budget's $300...for now.

 

Then you suddenly find it creeping up, and the next thing you know, you've spent $750 on a headphone system (including amp), then $1,500, then maybe even $5,000...

 

Head-Fi will do that to you. They don't say "Sorry about your wallet" for nothing. Next thing you know, you'll start getting curious about HiFiMan orthos or vintage Stax Lambda setups, and that's when your financial health is really gonna hurt, especially if they manage to spoil you forever.

 

I have an idea in mind, but you'll need a bit of luck on eBay and a speaker amp (old integrated receivers will do) on hand...

I think to avoid this, just go to this thread:-

http://www.head-fi.org/t/678077/the-deals-thread-iii-read-the-first-post

 

It'll have awesome deals without needing to spent $750 on a headphone system. $200 is enough to get great Fiio amp + Beyer headphone. :gs1000smile:

post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by NamelessPFG View Post
 

Your budget's $300...for now.

 

Then you suddenly find it creeping up, and the next thing you know, you've spent $750 on a headphone system (including amp), then $1,500, then maybe even $5,000...

 

Head-Fi will do that to you. They don't say "Sorry about your wallet" for nothing. Next thing you know, you'll start getting curious about HiFiMan orthos or vintage Stax Lambda setups, and that's when your financial health is really gonna hurt, especially if they manage to spoil you forever.

 

I have an idea in mind, but you'll need a bit of luck on eBay and a speaker amp (old integrated receivers will do) on hand...

The reason I say that because any system with > $200 will have diminishing return.

post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by kkcheong View Post

I think to avoid this, just go to this thread:-

http://www.head-fi.org/t/678077/the-deals-thread-iii-read-the-first-post

It'll have awesome deals without needing to spent $750 on a headphone system. $200 is enough to get great Fiio amp + Beyer headphone. :gs1000smile:

 

Can't say I've ever auditioned a single Beyerdynamic set. (Or AKG or Sennheiser, for that matter.)

 

I wouldn't pass up an ET-1000 if I saw the chance to get one at a reasonable price, though! But that's unlikely, given that it's a discontinued vintage set. Seems like my absolute favorite, would-never-give-up-if-price-was-no-object cans wind up being vintage electrostatics, if the Stax SR-Lambda is any indication.

 

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The reason I say that because any system with > $200 will have diminishing return.

 

That we can agree on.

 

I've found that the Sony MDR-MA900 at $150 with a bit of treble boost via EQ is hard to beat at that price range. Sure, the SR-Lambda's still outright better to me, but then that's more like $250-350, not including amp, while the MA900 runs directly off pretty much anything.

post #11 of 13

Are you planning on ever upgrading your DAC/AMP over your E07k?  If so, then consider HD600/HD650 or Beyer DT880 600 ohms.  If not, then maybe pick yourself up a pair of used Denon D2000s.  If you look at my profile, you will see that I went through about 40 pairs of headphones and ended up buying a pair of D2ks a 2nd time.  If I can only own 2 cans from my entire collection it'd be the 650 and D2k, the difference is that the HD650 needs a good amp to sound good, while the D2k is a beast even from my phone.

post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by NamelessPFG View Post
 

 

Can't say I've ever auditioned a single Beyerdynamic set. (Or AKG or Sennheiser, for that matter.)

 

I wouldn't pass up an ET-1000 if I saw the chance to get one at a reasonable price, though! But that's unlikely, given that it's a discontinued vintage set. Seems like my absolute favorite, would-never-give-up-if-price-was-no-object cans wind up being vintage electrostatics, if the Stax SR-Lambda is any indication.

 

 

That we can agree on.

 

I've found that the Sony MDR-MA900 at $150 with a bit of treble boost via EQ is hard to beat at that price range. Sure, the SR-Lambda's still outright better to me, but then that's more like $250-350, not including amp, while the MA900 runs directly off pretty much anything.

When I was buying my Q701's from a local headfier, I chose the AKG's over the Sony MA900's. I hope I made the right choice though. Thanks for the link though, I'll be sure to check it out =D

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Originally Posted by GaryPham View Post
 

Are you planning on ever upgrading your DAC/AMP over your E07k?  If so, then consider HD600/HD650 or Beyer DT880 600 ohms.  If not, then maybe pick yourself up a pair of used Denon D2000s.  If you look at my profile, you will see that I went through about 40 pairs of headphones and ended up buying a pair of D2ks a 2nd time.  If I can only own 2 cans from my entire collection it'd be the 650 and D2k, the difference is that the HD650 needs a good amp to sound good, while the D2k is a beast even from my phone.

I use the DAC/AMP from the E07K, and use the amp from the E12 to power my Q701's, I highly doubt my E12 can even push the DT880's...Hm. Although I'm going to look at your profile right now and see what you've been up to ^^

Oh and have you ever compared your D2000's to the D600? I listened to the D600 at futureshop and the sub bass seperation from the mids were amazing. The D600's seem to have a multi-layered soundstage.


Edited by Nec3 - 11/9/13 at 2:40pm
post #13 of 13

You already have two good headphones. Two affordable alternatives are Grado if you like guitar-based rock or a cheaper planar magnetic ("ortho") such as the Fostex RP series, which works for most music. But read much about them before buying as both sound unique. If possible, go to a meet or demo at a store so you can hear them and others before buying.

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