Thank you for opening the thread and looking and my request.
So far I have been using earbuds from Logitech Ultimate Ear and Thinksound and a wireless headphone from Creative, the sound blaster omega 3d. Now I decided to buy a new headphone and possibly a portable small amp. I searched for some long hours and narrowed down my options to the following:
I couldn't find another amp which is small enough to carry around and use with Android phones and tablets so I decided that this might be the best option for me. Of course any other suggestion in the same price range (less than 150$) is very welcome.
- FiiO E12 Mont Blanc Portable Headphone Amplifier, The reason I chose it was good review here on head-fi and also on amazon. I will be using it with my headphone when I listen to music on my phone or tablet.
- I am also looking for a desktop amp which possibly power my small speakers as well as the headphone, if such an amp exists. I want to save for it till maybe sometime next year. I saw several type of amps and some are using the vacuum tube lamps and some are not, but I didnt understand the difference between these two. I am planning for something around 2000$ for this. However, if you have suggestion that I should spend less on the amp and more on the headphone I'll appreciate the input.
- It seems that it might be hard to have a headphone amp that can power the speakers as well, so I will not be looking for an amp for around 2000$ to power both speakers and headphone, but rather for something cheaper, or at that same price of 2000, just to power the headphone.
Just to give an overview of what I want to do with the headphone;
- I mostly listen to classical and melodies and movies sound tracks, from time to time I may listen to Bluz, Pop, Rock and NewAge but most of the time it will be classical.
- I want to be able to listen to music on my MacBook pro, on my Android phone and also on my Android tablet.
- The headphone should be comfortable for long listening sessions and that basically means it should be relatively light and not a 1 pound heavy craft that hurt my head and neck.
- I have some experience with on-ear headphones and they sorta hurts my ears; although that might have been result of using cheap headphone but I am skeptical about them.
- The headphone should not bother someone sitting next to me in the plane or train by what I am listening to, so it should be closed and not open. Will use a separate headphone as on the go headphone. Taking a 600$ headphone out does not seem that much of a good decision. So no need for closed requirement anymore.
- Answering phone calls (on the phone) and talking on Skype (on MacBook pro) is an advantage (which I believe can be provided using an alternative cord, if an alternative cord is available). It seems that higher end headphones are not meant to be used to answer phone calls. I removed this requirement to wider my options to probably get a better headphone.
Now, the alternatives I found so far are as follow (no order)
- Sennheiser Momentum Headphone
- V-MODA Crossfade M-100
- Bowers & Wilkins P7
- Bowers & Wilkins P5
- AKG K702
- Sennheiser HD 650 (I believe that this headphone may bother and annoy other people around me as they can head what I am listening to so I am reluctant about it unless people with more knowledge and experience say I am wrong about it)
If you see that I placed a headphone in the alternatives list which is not suitable for my music taste please let me know so I remove it from my list and
I am sure there are other alternatives with similar features and price range which may fit better for my requirement, so if you know some other headphone that fits the description please let me know.
PS: I posted this in the wrong forum and I have reposted it here. Hopefully no forum rule is broken. I couldn't delete the original one though.
Note 1: Based on the feedback I got I lined out some of the requirements and refined my request for information.
Edited by sarahkho - 12/23/13 at 11:23am