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post #1 of 11
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Hey. I'm in the market to buy my first decent pair of headphones. I'm willing to spend around 150-200$ maybe even 250. I already have an amp powering my B&W speakers, so I will be using that to drive the new pair of cans. But I don't have a DAC. Will picking one up along side my headphones be worth it? (Source is from my PC) I have mostly flac files and CD's.

 

Mainly listen to metal, heavy metal (and the various sub-genres) and rock/hard rock. But I also listen to some electronic/classic. I've done some of my own research, and so far, here are some headphones I'm interested in.

 

 

Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro (250ohms) - $165

Audio Technica ATH AD900X - $210.

AKG K550 - $214. 

HiFiMan - $250. Not too sure on these. A little on the expensive side.

Philips Fidelio X1 - $300. Maybe too expensive, but I've read good things about them.

 

P.S. I'm not looking for bass heavy headphones. I'm more into tight, clean bass that's there but not overwhelming. 

post #2 of 11

are you looking for open design or closed design?

post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by lou1s View Post
 

Hey. I'm in the market to buy my first decent pair of headphones. I'm willing to spend around 150-200$ maybe even 250. I already have an amp powering my B&W speakers, so I will be using that to drive the new pair of cans.

 

Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro (250ohms) - $165

Audio Technica ATH AD900X - $210.

AKG K550 - $214. 

HiFiMan - $250. Not too sure on these. A little on the expensive side.

Philips Fidelio X1 - $300. Maybe too expensive, but I've read good things about them.

 

P.S. I'm not looking for bass heavy headphones. I'm more into tight, clean bass that's there but not overwhelming. 

What amplifier do you have? (that is powering the B&W speakers)

I vote ATH-AD900X.

post #4 of 11

Which Hifiman? Because HE300 is dynamic and HE400 is planar.

 

Obligatory question: have you tried Grados? They bass light, but so sweet for guitar.

 

Consider also a Fostex mod. ZMF, for example, is in your price range and is worth looking into. I haven't yet heard it myself.

post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by rubinstein View Post
 

are you looking for open design or closed design?

 

Both.

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What amplifier do you have? (that is powering the B&W speakers)

I vote ATH-AD900X.

I was originally using a Musical Fidelity A100-x. But it gets so hot it slowly destroys itself and it doesn't have a headphone jack. Atm, I'm just using a Pioneer VS-416 (A/V Recveiver)

 

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Which Hifiman? Because HE300 is dynamic and HE400 is planar.

 

Obligatory question: have you tried Grados? They bass light, but so sweet for guitar.

 

Consider also a Fostex mod. ZMF, for example, is in your price range and is worth looking into. I haven't yet heard it myself.

Sorry, I was meant to write HE300. 

post #6 of 11
I haven't yet heard HE300. It's somewhat popular with the metal crowd. Some reviewers have mentioned that it's bassy, but maybe it's good for metal.
post #7 of 11
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 I'm just using a Pioneer VS-416 (A/V Recveiver)

Receiver headphone outputs usually have a high impedance (Ohms), so it's better to use headphones with a much higher impedance.

Beyerdynamic DT880 Pro 250-Ohm should be a good pick, $197

AKG K612 Pro (120-Ohm) headphones, $160-$200

 

DAC

Modi USB DAC, $100

Hifimediy Sabre U2 USB DAC, $57

post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 

Ok, thanks for your help!

 

I know my setup probably isn't optimal, I've never really invested in amps etc. I'm assuming with the Hifimediy dac, I plug that into audio-out on my pc, and then the receiver into the dac, correct?

post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by lou1s View Post
 

Ok, thanks for your help!

 

I know my setup probably isn't optimal, I've never really invested in amps etc. I'm assuming with the Hifimediy dac, I plug that into audio-out on my pc, and then the receiver into the dac, correct?

You plug the Sabre USB DAC between the PC's USB port and the receiver's analog inputs (RCA).

post #10 of 11
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Oh right, it is usb after all heh. Yeah, that makes sense. So, atm, I'm leaning towards picking up the Beyerdynamic DT880 Pro (250ohm) plus the Sabre USB Dac. I should be pretty safe with this combo?

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by lou1s View Post
 

Oh right, it is usb after all heh. Yeah, that makes sense. So, atm, I'm leaning towards picking up the Beyerdynamic DT880 Pro (250ohm) plus the Sabre USB Dac. I should be pretty safe with this combo?

The DT880s are great headphones, they are my best open headphones.

The Sabre U2 should be the best in it's price range.

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