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Hello there! I started using higher-end headphones a couple years ago but now I wanna get serious. I thought about buying an AMP(home use, or perhaps a badass sound card for my computer?) and new headphones.(My SRH 940 are dying, makes me sad !) I've been lurking for quite a while so I thought I'd ask your opinion! Budget is around 1000. If you have more questions, ask away! Thanks.

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Nightly bump.

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Open or Closed back? What kind of music do you usually listen to? Do you want something similar to your 940s in terms of sound signature?
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Open or back doesn't really matter as i'll be using them from my home, i have a slight preference on closed though. I mostly listen to metal, altenative, classic rock. I liked the sound of the 940 a lot but i'm willing to try something new!
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There are many possibilities. You could get a basic Stax system. Or an he-4 and a speaker amp like the emotiva mini x. Perhaps a th600 for some kick ass bass... The list goes on
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There are many possibilities. You could get a basic Stax system. Or an he-4 and a speaker amp like the emotiva mini x. Perhaps a th600 for some kick ass bass... The list goes on


I've done some research on the mini x, apparently this little thing kicks ass for it's price. I know the list is pretty long but since I'll be investing quite a good amount of money into that setup, I wanna see what others think/use before I make an important decision.

post #7 of 35
Of course. If you can be a bit more specific in what you want and what you listen to, we can help you better.
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Of course. If you can be a bit more specific in what you want and what you listen to, we can help you better.


I want something that's not too bassy(I still want good bass, nothing overwhelming), already mentioned what I listen to the most, metal, alternative and classic rock. As far as what I WANT, I don't really know anything about amps. As for headphones, I've been looking at Denon D-2k, D-5k, Beyerdynamic t5p, ATH-W1000X.

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I love my HE-400 for all of those genres, actually every genre I've listened to has been amazing. Planar Magnetic headphones rock! I know these are well below budget, and you might look into some LCD-2 for higher end, or HE-500/ HE-4/HE-5 for some other options for more money. I own the D2k, and I have put my D2k pads on my HE-400's. The D2K's are awesome headphones for sure, but I enjoy the HE-400's far more. Everything from bass, mids and hi's are great to me...though I do EQ my headphones. The HE-400's respond very nicely to EQ-ing. I'm glad I researched and took the dive, might be worth looking into yourself. There are some used HE-400's for sale in the B/S/T seciton, and I got my pair for $319 shipped new with free extra velour pads. Worth every damn penny IMHO, at least to my ears. 

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I love my HE-400 for all of those genres, actually every genre I've listened to has been amazing. Planar Magnetic headphones rock! I know these are well below budget, and you might look into some LCD-2 for higher end, or HE-500/ HE-4/HE-5 for some other options for more money. I own the D2k, and I have put my D2k pads on my HE-400's. The D2K's are awesome headphones for sure, but I enjoy the HE-400's far more. Everything from bass, mids and hi's are great to me...though I do EQ my headphones. The HE-400's respond very nicely to EQ-ing. I'm glad I researched and took the dive, might be worth looking into yourself. There are some used HE-400's for sale in the B/S/T seciton, and I got my pair for $319 shipped new with free extra velour pads. Worth every damn penny IMHO, at least to my ears. 


I've heard about how good the HE-400 are and apparently found that the Mad dog (I'm looking at the alpha dog right now though...) are almost twins. I might check those out.

post #11 of 35
Still stand by my recommendations then... The alpha dogs as well, yeah
Edited by davidsh - 1/5/14 at 1:14pm
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I was strongly considering the Mad Dog...as I prefer a closed back. I listened to a couple of friends on various forums and did a lot of research and then when I had decided to go with the HE-400 instead I found a deal for $319 shipped with an extra set of velour pads for free too. The HE-400's have larger drivers, and sound amazing. I have read so many good things about the Mad Dogs though they are definitely worth a serious look! Modded Fostex HP's are a huge thing right now. Like I said I almost went with them. The biggest thing was I was searching for a closed back phone...but I sure am glad I listened to those folks that were telling me to go with the HE-400. 0 regrets. Cheers!

 

Here's some reading material from the "Battle of the Flagships" thread: http://www.head-fi.org/t/634201/battle-of-the-flagships-58-headphones-compared-update-audeze-lcd-2-revision-2-6-4-13#user_HE400


Edited by Kursah - 1/5/14 at 1:30pm
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I was strongly considering the Mad Dog...as I prefer a closed back. I listened to a couple of friends on various forums and did a lot of research and then when I had decided to go with the HE-400 instead I found a deal for $319 shipped with an extra set of velour pads for free too. The HE-400's have larger drivers, and sound amazing. I have read so many good things about the Mad Dogs though they are definitely worth a serious look! Modded Fostex HP's are a huge thing right now. Like I said I almost went with them. The biggest thing was I was searching for a closed back phone...but I sure am glad I listened to those folks that were telling me to go with the HE-400. 0 regrets. Cheers!

 

Here's some reading material from the "Battle of the Flagships" thread: http://www.head-fi.org/t/634201/battle-of-the-flagships-58-headphones-compared-update-audeze-lcd-2-revision-2-6-4-13#user_HE400

 

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Still stand by my recommendations then... The alpha dogs as well, yeah


 Thanks a bunch to both of you, I found a friend of a friend that has quite the collection of headphones including the HE-400, DT-880 etc, I'll be visiting him tomorrow so I'll give you an update then.

post #14 of 35

Definitely do so. Auditioning is always the best way to decide.

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 Thanks a bunch to both of you, I found a friend of a friend that has quite the collection of headphones including the HE-400, DT-880 etc, I'll be visiting him tomorrow so I'll give you an update then.


Let us know what you think after listening.
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