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post #16 of 35

That's awesome! One thing I haven't been fortunate of in my headphone searches is auditioning. Go forth and listen, I look forward to hearing what you liked and what you choose to go with!

post #17 of 35
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So I tried the DT-880(amped) and absolutely fell in love with them. I need to find a decent portable amp to run them, any suggestion? I looked around and found that the JDS labs c5 might be a good option.

post #18 of 35

Personally, I don't like the dt880 after owning it. But that's me.. 

post #19 of 35
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So I tried the DT-880(amped) and absolutely fell in love with them. I need to find a decent portable amp to run them, any suggestion? I looked around and found that the JDS labs c5 might be a good option.

 

Just curious which version of the 880 you listened to? (32, 250, 600ohm)  I'm looking for cans for similar styles of music and the 880 was on my list but I know the different versions have slightly different sounds apparently.

post #20 of 35
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Just curious which version of the 880 you listened to? (32, 250, 600ohm)  I'm looking for cans for similar styles of music and the 880 was on my list but I know the different versions have slightly different sounds apparently.

I listened to the 250 version.

post #21 of 35
Thread Starter 

And about that portable amp, anything else other than the c5 that I should consider?

post #22 of 35

I like my Metal :)

 

I recently built a new PC for around 2 grand and my mobo came with a ton of extras with the onboard audio that helped me choose it.

I also went and bought a Harmon / Kardon 5.1 channel amp to go with it to upgrade my really old Yamaha amp.

I have always used home amps / speakers with my computers and i never felt i really needed a sound card.

Tried some creative ones years ago but i can't be bothered with that anymore.

 

So what i got was this, http://game.msi.com/product/motherboard/z87-mpower

It's for overclocking but the write mentions some exclusive audio stuff and it uses a better onboard Realtek codec than many others competing.

I think many have the ALC850 (cheaper) and mine came with the Realtek ALC1150 7.1 channel codec.

The motherboard product page mentions this,

"Reward your ears with true quality. Get ready for ear-drum shattering sound, with MSI Audio Boost! With Audio Boost we're delivering the highest audio quality so you can enjoy crystal clear sound and music in games. Because the complete audio circuitry is isolated from other features, you'll enjoy less interference and more stability. The built-in headphone amplifier allows you to use studio-grade headgear and get the most amazing sound quality out of your gaming PC.

Studio level integrated 600Ω headphone amplifier
Golden audio jacks for pure audio signals
EMI shielded audio codec
High quality audio capacitors
Illuminated audio PCB separation <-- trippy looking lol
Continue reading: http://game.msi.com/product/motherboard/z87-mpower"

 

My amp cost $199 and the board was like $210

 

My point here is to highlight some features and just throw this info out there to anyone reading to help do your shopping etc.

post #23 of 35
Thread Starter 
Intel mobo, i'm an amd guy tongue.gif thanks for the read though!
post #24 of 35

I owned the 250 ohm dt880. I found the he400 and he500 totally destroyed them, and I never really liked them anyway because of their slightly analytical/clinical and cold approach.

post #25 of 35
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I owned the 250 ohm dt880. I found the he400 and he500 totally destroyed them, and I never really liked them anyway because of their slightly analytical/clinical and cold approach.

I tried the He-500 today and boy, they're good for sure. I might get them somewhere down the line. I don't feel bad about the 880's at all.

 

The alpha dog still intrigue me, I can't find those anywhere in my area.


Edited by Drazalas - 1/7/14 at 9:00am
post #26 of 35
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post
 

I owned the 250 ohm dt880. I found the he400 and he500 totally destroyed them, and I never really liked them anyway because of their slightly analytical/clinical and cold approach.

I tried the He-500 today and boy, they're good for sure. I might get them somewhere down the line. I don't feel bad about the 880's at all.

 

The alpha dog still intrigue me, I can't find those anywhere in my area.

Sure get the 880's if you feel content with them. They aren't too far off the shures as I remember them from auditioning.  They are also very good with a lot of metal as long as it isn't too crowded and complex as I remember. The HE series demolishes the dt880 in speed in this regard as I remember it. Dt880 can really make guitars sing, especially highly tuned electric guitars. Try children of bodom - follow the reaper with the dt880. Very good as I remember.

Did you ever try he400? 

post #27 of 35
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Sure get the 880's if you feel content with them. They aren't too far off the shures as I remember them from auditioning.  They are also very good with a lot of metal as long as it isn't too crowded and complex as I remember. The HE series demolishes the dt880 in speed in this regard as I remember it. Dt880 can really make guitars sing, especially highly tuned electric guitars. Try children of bodom - follow the reaper with the dt880. Very good as I remember.

Did you ever try he400? 


Yep I did and might buy them instead of the he-500(not ready to pay 699 for them yet >>). Found them to be pretty similar tbh.

 

Now I need to find both a portable amp and a home amp that could power them up. I might order a JDS labs C5 / C5D ( is there really a significant difference between having a DAC and not having one in this case?), still need to find a decent home amp. Looking around the forums a bit for now .

post #28 of 35
I still persist. I think HE-4 and emotiva mini x would be a killer setup for anything rock and metal, but I fully understand if you aren't really ready for that kinda stuff.
post #29 of 35
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I still persist. I think HE-4 and emotiva mini x would be a killer setup for anything rock and metal, but I fully understand if you aren't really ready for that kinda stuff.

Ahah, you love your HE-4 don't you ! since the mini-x is cheap and I paid 240 for my DT880, I might aswell get the He-400 for my budget! Do you know if the DT880 pair well with the mini-x?

 

Edit: found 250$ used he-400's. I don't like buying my audio gear used, should I just pay the extra bucks to get them new?


Edited by Drazalas - 1/7/14 at 10:18am
post #30 of 35
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Ahah, you love your HE-4 don't you ! since the mini-x is cheap and I paid 240 for my DT880, I might aswell get the He-400 for my budget! Do you know if the DT880 pair well with the mini-x?

 

Edit: found 250$ used he-400's. I don't like buying my audio gear used, should I just pay the extra bucks to get them new?

You should expect a slight noise floor and not much volume play with the dt880, even the 600 ohm model. But it would work, and probably work very well. Some resistors in the path would probably help that out. Malveaux has tried this as I remember, and I think he prefer to use 500 ohm in-line resistors.. Probably no noise floor with HE-400 (though I can't say for sure).

 

HE-4 and mini x would be a killer, though. An adapter doesn't have to cost more than 20$. 

 

If you wanna go for headphone amps just get the he400, doesn't require that much amping to sound good. Where did you find that HE-400 for such a good price? There are no reliablility issues with the HE400 except if it is mk1 or mk3 drivers. I can't quite remember how to tell the difference, but if the driver color is white you should be safe.

 

Suppose you get the mini x + he4 + dt880 + adapter there'd still be room for a cheap DAC. I recommend hifimediy's offerings.

 

It's your call... 


Edited by davidsh - 1/7/14 at 11:21am
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