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Headphone/Amp Pairing and Recommendation (1100 budget)

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Thread Starter 

Hey guys, first post here!

Also as a disclaimer this is my first real foray into the high end headphone market.

 

I've been researching and looking through the forum for quite a while now, looking specifically at amp recommendations.  The Schiit Lyr seems to be a great amp for the price and I would be planning pairing with the Sennheiser HD700's.  My primary concern though is the HD700's moderately low impedance and the sheer output power of the Lyr; would this paring cause any damage to the headphones?

 

I am open to any suggestions on a different pair of headphones and/or amp.  Between the two I've got about 1100 to spend.

 

As for the sound signature I most prefer:

I'm looking for something that can provide a fairly balanced (if it had to trend in one direction I would go with bright rather than dark) sound that is very detailed and clear.  Currently i'm using a pair of Klipsch x10 IEM's and I think they sound very good with amazing bass but, (this might just be the song) sometimes the mids feel a bit muffled which i'm not really into (ex. the male vocals in the song "Together" by The xx).

 

The genres I mainly listen to consist of: Rock, Alternative Rock, Indie Pop, some synthpop, and the occasional classic, etc.

A few songs that I would LOVE to sound great the new setup: Go Outside - Cults, Breathe - Telepopmusik, I Always Knew - The Vaccines, and Symphony No. 7 in A major op.92 - II, Allegretto.

 

Thanks in advanced!

post #2 of 4
Contrary to what you'll read here, amps make a relatively small difference in sound quality. You'll get far more noticeable changes by changing your headphones.

If you like lush mids, nothing beats the LCD2s, altleast for classical. They come closest to replicating the sound of a live orchestra as perceived from a seat in the middle of the hall.

But you might find the highs too tame for you, as it is definitely not a bright headphone. Perhaps try the Hifiman HE500s or Fostex 600s? I don't know enough about the Senn 700s to offer a comparison, though.
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Thread Starter 

Thanks for the quick reply! The LCD-2's are a bit pricey but I'll definitely look into the HE500's and the Fostex.

post #4 of 4
You should be able to find LCD2s at 20% off at most places (possibly a replacement coming up?).A
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