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Need Help with my first over-Ear choice

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Hello

 

After researching for a while now I have a small list of headphones I'm concidering to buy.

I'm even considering to maybe buy more then one, in order to find my real taste. That's why I have different sounding headphones in the list

 

Some will be for mobile use, some for home, some for both. I can't really decide:

 

  • Grado SR80i, $99 (introduction audiophile headphone, appealing with a lot of modding options)
  • Sennheiser HD598 $190 
  • Sennheiser HD600 $340
  • Sony MDR-1R $200
  • NAD VISO HP50 $299
  • Philips Fidelio L1 $168
  • Philips Fidelio X1 $299
  • MrSpeakers MadDog $299
  • Hifiman He-400 $399

 

I'm considering to buy or one more expensive one, or 2 cheaper ones. Like this I could better "explore" my preferred taste and have one home and one mobile headphone (for example Grado + HD598 or Grado + Sony)

I read that the Maddog and He-400 are very similar in sound signature and the HE400 is simply better, since it has no dynamic driver but are planar ones.

 

My Music Genres are wide spread, a lot of accoustic, jazz, rock,but also electronic music.

Do not intend to play with them games or to watch tv.

 

I Intend to use them with my laptop or Android (LG G2), using the newly not yet shipped Geek Out USB DAC/AMP from the Kickstarter Project.

Maybe also the Geek Pulse Desktop USB DAC/AMP from their indiegogo project.

 

What headphones do you recommend, and what DAC/AMP or AMP do you recommend with these together?

If you need more info from me just tell :)

 

Thanks

post #2 of 2

You might want to start out with the Grado or its better at about the same price cousin, the Alessandro MS-1i.

 

Both are very easy to drive, well regarded and are at the lowest end of price among the cans you have listed.

 

You should try to attend a Head-Fi meet in your area to get a good sampling of what's out there and what you like.  Failing that you can visit a store or three that has cans available for listening.

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