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HI there, I'm looking for my next pair of headphones. I currently own the Beyerdynamic dt1350, which I quite enjoy, however I would like to get a pair of open back headphones. I listen to Jazz, modern and classic rock, some modern music (Taylor Swift mostly), house, classical, pretty much everything. Any recommendations, I have a budget of $300 (ill buy used).

 

P.S: I do not currently have an amp, however I will get one soon, so I don't mind suggestions. 

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Originally Posted by The Judge View Post
 

HI there, I'm looking for my next pair of headphones. I currently own the Beyerdynamic dt1350, which I quite enjoy, however I would like to get a pair of open back headphones. I listen to Jazz, modern and classic rock, some modern music (Taylor Swift mostly), house, classical, pretty much everything. Any recommendations, I have a budget of $300 (ill buy used).

 

P.S: I do not currently have an amp, however I will get one soon, so I don't mind suggestions. 

... easy suggestion grab your self a Beyer DT 990 Pro [$150 new] ! Or a Dt 880 Pro [$230 ish new-$190ish used] . Both are them are also powered very nicely by a Fiio E11 [I used one with my old Pro Dt 880 and 990] But the 990 and 880... have the beyer house sound as teh 1350 does. The 990 is a little heavier in the bass, where as the 880 is alittle more linear. Regrably neither have the Sub bass of the 1350

 

That said there is ONE other headphone that would not need an amp that you might enjoy! The Hifiman HE 400, The HE 400 is well $300 used, and there are a few of them here on Head Fi. If you like a bassier headphone, you might enjoy the HE 400, and in simple terms the HE 400 is a Linear Upgrade to the Dt 990 Pro.

 

So you could gran the Dt 990 Pro + a nice amp OR the HE 400 and no amp. In the end both would be very enjoyable for you! :3 so then how much bass do you like :D, if your answer is LOTS then the DT 990 or HE 400 might be right up your alley ^^ 

 

If you prefer... a more balanced Bass, than the Dt 880 might be the open back for you! 

post #3 of 9
The DT1350s have pretty good deep sub bass extension. Many open headphones in your price range would not. What kind of bass signature are you looking for because that might be a limiting factor?
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The DT1350s have pretty good deep sub bass extension. Many open headphones in your price range would not. What kind of bass signature are you looking for because that might be a limiting factor?

And again, I'd think the HE 400 should have just as deep an extension... but it might be the only open headphone at his price range with said extentsion...

 

Either way I felt they did a Great job with Sub BAss, talking about the HE 400] but the upper and centeral mid where an issue for me 

post #5 of 9

HE-400 is a great suggestion. Sure there's more bass than is typical in an open design, but it's not overbearing at all. There's enough on tap to do EDM service, while not muddying up Swift's vocals. Coming from a closed design, the "extra" bass may not be overly obvious. 

 

OP, buy from someone with a good return policy? In the US?

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Thread Starter 
I dont necessarily need a similar sound signature to the dt1350's, as I am not getting rid of them. I was thinking of getting a headphone with a different signature to increase versatility or would it be better to just stick with a similar sound signature at the beyers (they do play many different generes well).
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For $300 bucks (if you can find used), it's hard to top the HE-400. Period. 

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Ok ill check them out. Do they need to be amped and if so do have any recomendations for amps that could run both my beyers and the he-400's?
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For $300 bucks (if you can find used), it's hard to top the HE-400. Period. 

Indeed, there are a number of them for sale here on head fi, and the safest bet might actually be eBay... I would recommend you buy them here at head fi and support out community [plus u'll make a friend or two] the draw back is if you hate them [I dobut you will honestly] you might sit on them for a month or two before they sell.

 

That said... the eBay has a nice return policy...

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