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Any advice is appreciated!

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Hey Guys,

 

I'm hoping for a little bit of help here. So, as of this summer I took the dive into the 'hi-fi' world after my bose Q2s were stolen by a stripper in Las Vegas (reality is stranger than fiction). At any rate, being as I was still in college at the time (graduated this past December, go Sun Devils!), I looked for an entry level pair, did my homework, read the forums all the time, and decided upon a reasonable budget setup. I ended up with the Sennheiser Momentum Full Size Cans, the C&C BH Amp, a FiiO LOD, whichever type it is, and an iPod classic 120gb. Like many of you I quickly became hooked on not only enjoying my music in a new light, but also began searching for ways to further enhance my music experienced.....

 

Fast forward, this fall I make the leap to lossless audio whenever possible and 320 kbps at the bare minimum. I have since, as of two days ago, ordered the CLAS to go with my rig. I got a used one for $300 from Amazon, and will at first be using just an ipod digital LOD and the mini interconnect that came with the C&C BH Amp. Its not perfect, but it'll work! (Should arrive next Tuesday!)

 

 So, now looking for my next investment, I'm really tempted to get the ALO Mk3, but for a whole $650 I'm a bit hesitant -- thats a huge chunk of change, about what I paid for the CLAS and Momentums combined. Would I be better served getting better headphones or upgrading my amp from the C&C BH2 to the ALO Mk3? If I do, the issue is I love full-sized cans, but need them to be closed since I wear at the office, in commute, and so on. I want to make my next pair closed full-sized as well, but am not entirely sure where I can upgrade to that will make a sizable improvement from the momentums. IEMs are not something I'm considering at this time, although I'll no doubt get some down the road I just prefer full-sized. 

 

Audio Technica's wood cans? the LCD-XC's? Those are all big ticket items and although worth it I'm just not sure where to handle the ALO Mk3 or new cans first? + with the Mk3 I'd definitely upgrade my cables which is another ~$300 to really do it right. Speaking of cables.... are ALO's cables, for example, really worth the $150+ a pop? And would silver or copper be preferable?

 

Any thoughts? Sorry for the long post, thank you in advance hi-fi'ers!

post #2 of 7
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Originally Posted by MattAnthony1990 View Post
 

Hey Guys,

 

I'm hoping for a little bit of help here. So, as of this summer I took the dive into the 'hi-fi' world after my bose Q2s were stolen by a stripper in Las Vegas (reality is stranger than fiction). At any rate, being as I was still in college at the time (graduated this past December, go Sun Devils!), I looked for an entry level pair, did my homework, read the forums all the time, and decided upon a reasonable budget setup. I ended up with the Sennheiser Momentum Full Size Cans, the C&C BH Amp, a FiiO LOD, whichever type it is, and an iPod classic 120gb. Like many of you I quickly became hooked on not only enjoying my music in a new light, but also began searching for ways to further enhance my music experienced.....

 

Fast forward, this fall I make the leap to lossless audio whenever possible and 320 kbps at the bare minimum. I have since, as of two days ago, ordered the CLAS to go with my rig. I got a used one for $300 from Amazon, and will at first be using just an ipod digital LOD and the mini interconnect that came with the C&C BH Amp. Its not perfect, but it'll work! (Should arrive next Tuesday!)

 

 So, now looking for my next investment, I'm really tempted to get the ALO Mk3, but for a whole $650 I'm a bit hesitant -- thats a huge chunk of change, about what I paid for the CLAS and Momentums combined. Would I be better served getting better headphones or upgrading my amp from the C&C BH2 to the ALO Mk3? If I do, the issue is I love full-sized cans, but need them to be closed since I wear at the office, in commute, and so on. I want to make my next pair closed full-sized as well, but am not entirely sure where I can upgrade to that will make a sizable improvement from the momentums. IEMs are not something I'm considering at this time, although I'll no doubt get some down the road I just prefer full-sized. 

 

Audio Technica's wood cans? the LCD-XC's? Those are all big ticket items and although worth it I'm just not sure where to handle the ALO Mk3 or new cans first? + with the Mk3 I'd definitely upgrade my cables which is another ~$300 to really do it right. Speaking of cables.... are ALO's cables, for example, really worth the $150+ a pop? And would silver or copper be preferable?

 

Any thoughts? Sorry for the long post, thank you in advance hi-fi'ers!

Hey MattAnthony1990,

 

I am a bit new here, so I'm probably not the most qualified on this site to give advice. However, in my opinion, you get a bigger payback upgrading your headphones rather than your amp unless of course, you have an amp-dependent phone (in which the Momentums are certainly not) or have a very ill-suited amp. Cables on the other hand, are quite expensive for a little bit of sound improvement- in which it all depends on your budget.

 

Since you weren't specific on your budget or taste in music, the only phones I can suggest are a used pair of Denon AH-D5000's and the Ultrasone PRO 900's.

 

Good luck! :beyersmile:

post #3 of 7

Keep in mind I only mentioned these phones because they were as I heard, excellent closed phones. But they might not be to your liking- I'll need more information of your music tastes and what you're looking for in a closed headphone.

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Well as far as my music tastes go I lean towards electronic genres along with classic rock. That being said, I still throughly enjoy Blues, Jazz, Classical, and so on, however those genres would likely see far less play. 

 

I'll definitely check out those cans :). Thanks for the advice.

post #5 of 7

Then what I've heard about the Ultrasone PRO 900's should work perfectly for you, as long as it's in your price range. Happy listening! :atsmile:

post #6 of 7

To note however, I remember that the headphones I mentioned are rather bass-heavy- so if that's not your sound signature, you should look elsewhere.

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Originally Posted by Garraty View Post
 

Then what I've heard about the Ultrasone PRO 900's should work perfectly for you, as long as it's in your price range. Happy listening! :atsmile:

cool man, I'll certainly have to read more into them. If nothing else its a great opportunity to become knowledgable on another pair :)

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