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What next after owning HD280 Pro and ATH-A700?

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After owning a pair of Sennheiser HD280 Pro and Audio Technica A700, both of which are long gone, I have decided to buy a new set of headphones. I appreciate closed-back for isolation, and listen to rock, some rap, movies, and video games. The HD280 Pros were pretty neutral, and lacked the clarity I wanted. The A700's gave me the clarity, but the bass was gone and the mids seemed a bit too distant. I'm looking for clarity without missing the mids, and enough "low rumble" bass to satisfy with movies and occasional rap. The DT770 (32ohm) looks appealing, and those ear pads look like a dream to wear. I'd be using my iPhone for music and the rest is done through a home theater receiver. For the sake of not wanting to deal with a separate headphone amp, I'd like to stick with low-resistance cans.

I've read that the DT770 can have issues with rattling/distortion, but maybe that was fixed with newer manufacturing?

Also, what's with the A700x?

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

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I first posted this from the mobile version of this site, and didn't see the info regarding where this thread should be. Sorry about that, guys!
Edited by sgtdisturbed47 - 12/29/13 at 5:16pm
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I think you would like the Beyerdynamic DT770's. They are a dream to wear with velour pads. They do need an amp to truly shine though.

 

The Sennheiser HD 380's aren't bad, and don't need an amp.

 

And finally, if you're willing to spend 500 dollars, the Shure SRH1540 do everything the DT770's do, take it to new heights, don't need an amp, and have THE most comfortable pads in the industry. :veryevil:

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After owning a pair of Sennheiser HD280 Pro and Audio Technica A700, both of which are long gone, I have decided to buy a new set of headphones. I appreciate closed-back for isolation, and listen to rock, some rap, movies, and video games. The HD280 Pros were pretty neutral, and lacked the clarity I wanted. The A700's gave me the clarity, but the bass was gone and the mids seemed a bit too distant. I'm looking for clarity without missing the mids, and enough "low rumble" bass to satisfy with movies and occasional rap. The DT770 (32ohm) looks appealing, and those ear pads look like a dream to wear. I'd be using my iPhone for music and the rest is done through a home theater receiver. For the sake of not wanting to deal with a separate headphone amp, I'd like to stick with low-resistance cans.
I've read that the DT770 can have issues with rattling/distortion, but maybe that was fixed with newer manufacturing?
Also, what's with the A700x?

Receivers usually have a headphone output with a high impedance, so the DT770 Pro 250-Ohm would be a better choice for use with the receiver.

 

For you iPhone get some JVC HA-S500 or HA-S680 headphones, they are only 32-Ohm, so easy for your iPhone to drive.

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Thank you for the suggestions. I've also been reading up on the differences between closed and open headphones, and the common difference I'm seeing is that with open-back cans, the "soundstage" seems to be further away. Is there a huge difference between the 2 with how the soundstage is presented, or is it more in the imagination? I figure that since the speaker inside the headphone is still in close proximity to the ear, wouldn't the difference be negligible?
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Thank you for the suggestions. I've also been reading up on the differences between closed and open headphones, and the common difference I'm seeing is that with open-back cans, the "sound stage" seems to be further away. Is there a huge difference between the 2 with how the sound stage is presented, or is it more in the imagination? I figure that since the speaker inside the headphone is still in close proximity to the ear, wouldn't the difference be negligible?

In general open headphones have better sound stage/surround sound then closed headphones.

But closed headphones like the DT770 and K550 and A900X seem to offer good sound stage/surround sound.

I guess because they have large cups, they "function" more like open headphones.

I'm guessing with closed headphones, with smaller cups, they have too much audio bouncing off the insides.

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I'm very much sold on the DT770, likely the 32 ohm because I'll be using them on my iPhone as well. Now I just have to find one with the soft cloth pads at a good price.

Thank you so much for confirming my original choice (DT770).
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After careful consideration, and extensive review-reading and comparisons, I decided to go with the DT770 Pro 80-ohm. The velour pads and longer cable are quite appealing (will be using them while watching movies as well as listening to music). The receiver I have can barely drive sub-30 ohm cans, and I'll be using my iPhone 5 for music at home, so I opted to also buy an amp built by Biosciencegeek on eBay (with the JRC/NJM4556 chip and the D/C power adapter). If this chip isn't to my liking, I'll order a different chip but he mentioned this one as a great chip for these cans.

I'll be pulling the trigger tomorrow afternoon, and can't wait for the goodies to arrive.
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