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New, looking for a headphone: Office setting, no one else can hear, iPod Classic 160gb 7th gen, a lot of Punk Rock, Ska, Rock - will add amp if needed

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hey guys!

Just want to start off saying I did read the headphone buying guide, but I'm still not really sure what I want.

What I do know is this:

 

-I listen to mostly Punk Rock, Ska, Rock, etc

-It will be used on an iPod Classic 160gb 7th gen and iMac

-I do plan on getting an amp eventually (possibly with the headphones if I can find a good inexpensive one) 

-Will mostly be used in a quiet office setting, I would rather not have anyone else hear my music... I also tend to crank it sometimes

-I do like a good bass, but I don't listen to Hip Hop or anything like that.. for a few songs I do use Bass Boost in my car (I know, it's probably crappy)

-I would love to use the amp for my iMac as well, so I think DAC and and Amp would be good.

 

As for budget.. I don't want to break the bank, but I'd like a very good first step into audiophile.. 

I would like to not spend over $200 if possible, but I will consider any options!

 

I also heard about someone managing to get the digital feed from iPod Classics and being able to use their own DAC? I will worry about that stuff way down the line.

 

A lot of my music in in Lossless format, or 320kbps mp3s.. although most older bands have some pretty bad recordings.. let's just assume I have mostly Lossless source material!

 

 

As far as headphone style.. I really love the look of this: http://substrata.ca/files/studio/portable_rig/_CJE3140.jpg

Something about that sort of retro metal mesh material, although it's not important.

 

I will take function over form any day, but if I had the option of choosing a look it would be maybe something like that, except it'd probably completely cover my ear/

 

Anyway.. sorry to ramble on, hopefully this will help you guys help me!

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 8
Thread Starter 

Right now I think I'm gonna go for the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO, 250 ohms headphones with the FiiO E11 Amp.

 

That should be a good starting point, right?

post #3 of 8
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I am pretty set on the headphones at this point, unless any of you can think of a reason NOT to get them.

 

The only thing I'm still sort of on the fence about is the E11... not sure if I should get a DAC/Amp.. I know I will be mostly using my iPod so I think DAC isn't important yet.. maybe down the road.

 

Thoughts?

 

E11 + DT770's - good startup kit?

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

Actually a little confused now whether or not you can bypass an iPod Classic 7th gen DAC or not?

If you can, I'd like to find a reasonably priced portable DAC/AMP to use with the DT770's.. also considering JayCar headphones, but leaning to the DT770's..

 

It's all enough to make my head spin! I just want a good starting setup, and not break the bank (I think $300 is my MAX limit.. Ideally more like $250)

post #5 of 8

Most DAC/Amp combos work fine with Mac, Windows or Linux.

 

I have DT770 Pros 250 ohm with a NuForce uDAC3 and am very happy, though the volume is still not quite as loud as I'd want sometimes.

 

I use a NuForce MMP amp sometimes to get a bit more volume and then it's possible to go as loud as I want (and louder) with little to no distortion. The DAC/Amp combos from FiiO Are a good match for the DT770s as well. They're more flashy and have EQ options and other fun stuff I'm not all that interested in, which is why I have the more minimalist uDAC3.

 

The DT770s have a fairly flat FR curve, with a bit of a bass boost below 100hz that you can feel as much as hear. Super comfortable for long wear, and very strong isolation, so good in an office. The DT660s have similar sound signature without the bass boost below 100Hz and are generally available in 32ohm versions for pretty good price too.  For EDM the DT770 is the better choice. For Rock and Classical the DT660 seems the better choice. Both are closed back headphones with good isolation and comfort.

post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 

Cool thanks for the reply!

As far as DAC/Amps.. should I bother with a portable one if I will be primarily using it on an iPod Classic?

I'm assuming the iMac will drive it fine?

 

Still kind of confused on the whole DAC thing with iPod Classic (7th gen), so I don't really know what to do.

 

As of now I'm leaning toward the FiiO E11 amp for simplicity and budget-sake, but if it's worth it to go for a portable DAC/Amp combo, especially if it will benefit the iPod or iMac, I will go for it.. FiiO E17 perhaps? 

 

edit: after a little reading, apparently a DAC for Apple products is barely noticeable, if at all, so I think I will stick with the E11 - I think it should be more than enough for a nice startup kit with teh DT770's

Can't wait!


Edited by subver - 1/3/14 at 7:12pm
post #7 of 8

Yeah if you're using an ipod then skip the DAC and just get a decent little amp. The FiiO and NuForce ones work well with the DT770-250ohm and make a big HUGE difference. I'd say most portable mp3 players and phones won't be able to drive 250 ohm dt770s well enough. And yea the built in DAC on a MBP etc is quite good. 

post #8 of 8
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Excellent! Then I will stick with my original plan.. DT770's + FiiO E11 (seems good from what I've read, especially for the price!) Would be willing to go for the E12 if there is a significant change

Thanks!


Edited by subver - 1/3/14 at 7:24pm
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