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Which headphones should I spend $1500+- on?

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hi all,

 

I'm still very much a newbie when it comes to picking a good pair of headphones and an amp.

I listen mostly to classical, opera, R&B, jazz and pop.

 

I'm also on the bus everyday for at least 2 hours a day so finding a great pair of NR headphones with great sound is still an unending quest for me.

 

I really need help with picking a good pair of full sized headphones would get me for the best bang for the buck with a budget of $1500 -$2000.

 

I'm hoping that someone can point me towards the right direction.

 

Below are the headphones I own.

 

Sennheiser HD650 <- This is my first pair of good headphones. I use this mostly to listen to music on my iMac (purchased 6 years ago).

Sennheiser PXC450 <- I absolutely hate the sound on this one. It sounds thin and flat. Junk. I have no idea why its so highly recommended. I regret purchasing it.

AKG K702 <- this one is fantastic for watching TV. Wonderful bass especially when explosions happen.

Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000 <-- don't like this one much either because it picks up noise from electrical equipment like my tv, computer or light, so I sits mostly unused. Also it doesn't function without power. Also bought this on reading reviews. 

Audio Technica ATH-ANC7  } I use these every day on the bus (winter)

Audio Technica ATH-ANC23  } I use these every day on the bus. (summer/winter/spring/fall)

 

I use both the ATHs at the same time for maximum noise reduction when I travel on the bus during winter. I know I should probably bite the bullet and buy the BOSE QC15 or QC20... What do you guys think?

 

I also tend to use my higher end headphones for all sorts of movies. I watch lots of dramas, SciFi, and action. 

 

I don't have a headphone amp yet as I also completely confused as to which amp I should get. Can't I just use my Yamaha RX-V 3800 surround receiver to drive my headphone or must I use a dedicated headphone amp?

 

Which pocket headphone amp should I get to drive any of the headphones that I already own?

 

I have my eye on the Sennheiser HD800 and the Audeze LCD-X and the HiFiMan HE-6 in terms of spending the $1500+- on.

 

I know I will probably need a headphone amp to drive these monsters, but I don't really want to spend too much on a an amp.

 

If anyone can guide me towards one of these headphones or some other that ones that would work, I'd be most grateful.

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Andrew

post #2 of 3

I've not listened to any of the headphones you mention, but I am looking for an upgrade to my HD650 for some time, and did a lot of research..

If you're looking for best bang for the buck go for Audeze LCD2s. They're a significant step up from your current headphones. But they're not the best for classical..You can get them now from headamp at 20% discount. Virtually second-hand price..I think your receiver can drive them ok.

Keep away from Hifiman He-6..Too hard to drive, not very musical.

Hd800 is bright and thin and lacks bass. You can't listen to pop or R&B with them..

Audez'e LCD-X. Sound signature seems like a compromise between LCD2 and Hd800. Great for all genres. And easy to drive than LCD2s.

But quite expensive..

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Thanks. It seems to me that you're saying the HD800s would sound as bad as the PXC450s which I absolutely hate and no longer use. Hell I listened to them for about a week and tried so much to like them, but I went back to my Audio Technicas very quickly. I will stay away from them then. I really liked them because they look very cool to me.

 

I used to dislike the AKGs as well, but over time I've learned to like them a bit better than the HD650 even. The Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000s don't sound to bad but they need batteries to function, and they pick up interference, so they don't get used much at all.

 

Looks like I need to find a place that will allow me to audition the LCD 2 and LCD X that you recommended. I don't want to spend a lot of money on a pair of headphone and end up not using them at all like what happened with the PXC450 and UltraFocus 8000.

 

Thanks again,

Andrew

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