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unamped headphones under 150 euros?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

hey guys

I know this kinda question gets posted on here every day, but i couldnt really come to a solid conclusion threading through some of those.

Basically i'd like to buy my first set of good headphones(up til now ive had to make do with an ok-ish MOS pair), with a budget up to 150 euros.

i plan to run these off my laptop and ipod touch (4g).

 

the phones dont necessarily have to be portable, and on-ear is fine although id slightly prefer over-ears for comfort. open and closed headphones are both fine i think.

the music ill be listening to is mostly rock/alternative/electronic, eg. Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Burial

 

i dont have money for an amp, although i might buy one later.

 

heres a shortlist i made with their amazon prices:

 

grado sr-80i (111 eur)

ultrasone hfi-580 (128 eur)

sennheiser hd-558 (127 eur)

ath-m50 (140 eur)

shure srh 440 (115 eur)

beyer dt-770 pro 80 ohm (155 eur)

 

im slightly inclined towards the hd558, but im worried (as for the dt770) that those wont be driven properly without an amp.

 

so if anyone could help me out choosing one of these, that would be much appreciated.


Edited by belgianmartian - 12/23/13 at 9:15am
post #2 of 10

You need to tell us what sound signature you prefer, as your picks present many different flavors--including at least one basshead can.

 

The 558 is objectively the best can on your list, but it may or may not be to your taste.

 

On board audio is variable and can be iffy driving anything beyond the most efficient cans.  Odds are that it will reasonably drive all the cans on your list, but it is not guaranteed.

post #3 of 10

Check out the JVC HA-S680 headphones.

post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 

-those jvc's appear to be sold in japan only

 

as for the sound signature

im not a big basshead, and think id prefer a pretty neutral signature

 

do the 558s fit for that?

 

again, im pretty new to all of this

 

also, if recommended i probably will buy a portable amplifier like the e11 in the summer, but up til then ill have to do without so they should sound pretty good without.

 

thanks for your answers though

post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by belgianmartian View Post
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as for the sound signature

im not a big basshead, and think id prefer a pretty neutral signature

 

do the 558s fit for that?

 

...

 

Yes.

post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 

ok, 558s it is. thanks for your input!

post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by belgianmartian View Post
 

ok, 558s it is. thanks for your input!

You might consider getting this aftermarket cable for use with the HD558,

as it comes with a 3.5mm plug.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/261255113290?var=560215640800&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

You might consider getting this aftermarket cable for use with the HD558,

as it comes with a 3.5mm plug.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/261255113290?var=560215640800&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649


the adapters already included, but thanks.

 

if i get an amp later on, would the fiio e11 be good?

post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 

the adapters already included, but thanks

 

will running the 558 unamped badly affect sound quality? i listen to music at a quieter volume than most so in that sense it shouldnt be a problem

and in case i do buy an amp later on, is the fiio e11 good?

post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by belgianmartian View Post
 

the adapters already included, but thanks

 

will running the 558 unamped badly affect sound quality? i listen to music at a quieter volume than most so in that sense it shouldnt be a problem

and in case i do buy an amp later on, is the fiio e11 good?


Amping affects more than volume.  The 558 normally works OK from even relatively week unamped sources.  However, the quality of the sound it delivers will also improve with a decent amp.

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