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post #91 of 112

It would be nice to have photos accompanying posts... even if they are snapped on cellphones... Just saying...

post #92 of 112

NEW:

Woo WA3 + Beyerdynamic DT880 (you should be able to get either the 250 or 600 Ohm version and stay within $1000)

 

USED or OPEN BOX:

Woo WA3 + Sennheiser HD650

post #93 of 112
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Originally Posted by kleefurd View Post

It would be nice to have photos accompanying posts... even if they are snapped on cellphones... Just saying...

As requested
post #94 of 112
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Originally Posted by Autobat View Post


As requested

 

Thanks. Nice to see the set up as there are too many models out there to remember their sizes.
post #95 of 112

That is true, the amount of hardware to pick from today is crazy.

 

This is a bulky portable setup but when I'm on the road i'll end up working in the hotel room until late and having some home comforts (HD650s) makes it much easier :)

post #96 of 112

I got the iBasso DX90 ($420) and SoundMAGIC HP100 ($200) = $620 total. Great value combo and all-rounder headphone.

post #97 of 112

DX50 ($239) > Mundorf Interconnect ($54) > 627 MICRO ($439 (because I caught the preorder discount on the last day)) > D2000 ($129 for me yay) + Alpha Pads ($60) + DiY recable ($38) = $959. $61 under $1k, not too shabby.

post #98 of 112
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Originally Posted by BucketInABucket View Post
 

DX50 ($239) > Mundorf Interconnect ($54) > 627 MICRO ($439 (because I caught the preorder discount on the last day)) > D2000 ($129 for me yay) + Alpha Pads ($60) + DiY recable ($38) = $959. $61 under $1k, not too shabby.


Why not just DX50 > Paradox Slant or DX90 > Paradox Slant starving student.  Instead of spending all of your money on everything except the phones...

post #99 of 112
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Why not just DX50 > Paradox Slant or DX90 > Paradox Slant starving student.  Instead of spending all of your money on everything except the phones...

I listed my own rig which just happens to be under $1k :p

post #100 of 112
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Put me in the HE-500 and Emotive mini-X camp!

 

Hmmm… So do you run the RCA outs through an adapter cable and then plug your headphones into that? and does that really produce better results than a dedicated headphone amp? Not that Emotiva's stuff isn't great, I just wonder about an amp not designed for headphones, and having to use an unusual adapter like that. Maybe I'm crazy tho 

post #101 of 112
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Originally Posted by BucketInABucket View Post

I listed my own rig which just happens to be under $1k tongue.gif

Lol then you should have a good answer. Imo sansa clip+ or clip zip and a slant is better than a d2000, d5000 no matter if youve got a master 7 and liquid gold
post #102 of 112
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Lol then you should have a good answer. Imo sansa clip+ or clip zip and a slant is better than a d2000, d5000 no matter if youve got a master 7 and liquid gold

I've never heard the Paradox Slant. I don't know about you but I think there's really no point listing something that I don't have any experience with in a thread like this.

post #103 of 112
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I've never heard the Paradox Slant. I don't know about you but I think there's really no point listing something that I don't have any experience with in a thread like this.

 

Im just saying the best combos for 1000 will be skewed towards easier to drive high end phones paired with over performing value amp/source. 

 

All I mean by that is no combo with a D2000 will be "best headphone/amp pairing for $1000." Not picking on D2000 here either, no combo with ATH-M50 will scale up either so on and so forth with countless other cans.  Th-600 and anything to drive it would be a better performer, alpha dogs and anything to drive them, etc.  If we are just listing random combos for under $1000 its not much use to anyone.  Say you had LCD-2s and you found that using a dx50 worked great with them and it comes out to about 1000--that would be very useful to know, but spending 1000 to run 130 dollar phones seems to miss the mark IMO.

 

I dont think too many combos can even be considered where the phones arent accounting for at least 60% of the total cost, though you might be able to get away with 50%.

post #104 of 112
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Originally Posted by ComradeDylie View Post

Im just saying the best combos for 1000 will be skewed towards easier to drive high end phones paired with over performing value amp/source. 

All I mean by that is no combo with a D2000 will be "best headphone/amp pairing for $1000." Not picking on D2000 here either, no combo with ATH-M50 will scale up either so on and so forth with countless other cans.  Th-600 and anything to drive it would be a better performer, alpha dogs and anything to drive them, etc.  If we are just listing random combos for under $1000 its not much use to anyone.  Say you had LCD-2s and you found that using a dx50 worked great with them and it comes out to about 1000--that would be very useful to know, but spending 1000 to run 130 dollar phones seems to miss the mark IMO.

I dont think too many combos can even be considered where the phones arent accounting for at least 60% of the total cost, though you might be able to get away with 50%.

I'd imagine a lot of rigs with an HD650/HD600 could very well be end game for a lot of people. For example, one of my favorite combos ever was my Gamma2 ($60 because it was a prototype)--> EHHA ($450ish? I don't remember)--> HD650 ($280). It's a matter of synergy more than money, but I do have to agree that I didn't think the D2000 scales high enough to justify spending so much on an amp.
post #105 of 112
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Originally Posted by ComradeDylie View Post
 

 

Im just saying the best combos for 1000 will be skewed towards easier to drive high end phones paired with over performing value amp/source. 

 

All I mean by that is no combo with a D2000 will be "best headphone/amp pairing for $1000." Not picking on D2000 here either, no combo with ATH-M50 will scale up either so on and so forth with countless other cans.  Th-600 and anything to drive it would be a better performer, alpha dogs and anything to drive them, etc.  If we are just listing random combos for under $1000 its not much use to anyone.  Say you had LCD-2s and you found that using a dx50 worked great with them and it comes out to about 1000--that would be very useful to know, but spending 1000 to run 130 dollar phones seems to miss the mark IMO.

 

I dont think too many combos can even be considered where the phones arent accounting for at least 60% of the total cost, though you might be able to get away with 50%.

If you really want to go all-out for best sound quality for under $1k, I'd recommend the HD-600 headphones flat-out as Ishicabible said which leaves roughly $700-$800 for everything else judging on their most common used price. I just didn't realize people were so serious about this thread so I spat out a random combo, my bad.

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I'd imagine a lot of rigs with an HD650/HD600 could very well be end game for a lot of people. For example, one of my favorite combos ever was my Gamma2 ($60 because it was a prototype)--> EHHA ($450ish? I don't remember)--> HD650 ($280). It's a matter of synergy more than money, but I do have to agree that I didn't think the D2000 scales high enough to justify spending so much on an amp.

I happened to have the 627 MICRO as I planned to use it to drive end-game headphones e.g. TH-900 later down the line as well as the vintage orthos I bought off ebay. I got the D2K later on for a price which I just couldn't resist.

 

Another rig which I've seen many people like is a modded Emotiva Mini-X A-100 amp ($219) driving an ortho headphone - say, a used HE-500 at roughly $600 (wild guess) adding up at $181. Paired up with something like the Schiit Modi or ODAC, that leaves some cash for the interconnect cable before topping at $1K. Yes the HE-500 makes up a large part of the combination but there aren't too many amps in that kind of price range capable of driving an ortho that I can think of. Maybe a vintage receiver.


Edited by BucketInABucket - 5/29/14 at 8:17am
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