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Introduction and help on choosing new headphones around $300, mostly for classical and progressive rock

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hi there!

 

New member here, although I've been reading for some time the forums. In the past months, I've become more interested in finding lossless audio files in order to replace some of the albums I only had in lossy format in my library.

 

I've decided it's time for upgrading my current headphones, which are the Audio Technica ATH-FC700. Now, I know some of the headphones out there require an amp. Right now I listen to my cans plugged directly to the headphone output in the rear of my iMac (late 2009). One solution that comes to mind is plugging the new headphones to the headphone out in a NAD stereo receiver I have in my room (should they require an amp). This receiver would be connected to the computer via the headphone out (from the iMac) as well.

 

On top of that, I would also like to get a DAC (or DAC+amp) in the future, since the audio experience improves a lot from what I've been learning. My budget would be around $300 as well.

 

Should I spend more money on the headphones and forget about the DAC (or DAC+amp) for a while? Would the DAC make a HUGE difference? Is it too tacky to just plug the headphones to the receiver via the computer?

 

Back to the headphones matter again, I mostly listen to classic, progressive rock, but also ska and hardcore metal even. Of course there are some jazz and blues albums, but I don't listen to them as much.

 

I would want them to be:

 

    -Open, since I'm only gonna be using them in my room, where I can have peace, it's quite silent most of the time here.

    -Over-ear, I find them more comfortable this way.

    -Neutral, just as natural sounding as possible.

    -Around $300, $350 tops.

 

 

That's pretty much it, maybe I'm asking too much for my first message :P

post #2 of 8

AKG q701 would probably be your best bet, as for amps and dacs for the q701, there are tons of threads about that topic.

 

I would also recommend you check out the sennheiser hd600 and beyerdynamic dt880.

 

Also, amps and dacs will not change the way your headphone sounds. Explanations and reviews here tend to be a bit overblown. If you don't like how a headphone sounds unamped, you will likely not like them even if they're paired up with their best matching amp/dac combo.

 

What i suggest is using your entire budget solely for headphones, and forget about amps/dacs for now.

post #3 of 8

Hey Komedian,

 

In my opinion, it would be better to worry about a headphone rather than the amp first (unless they are very amp-dependent phones, of course) but if you find it really necessary, an excellent choice would be the Sennheiser HD 598's (usually under $200, if it's a good deal) and maybe a lower FiiO or a Schiit Magni but that's another matter.

 

If you would rather get just the headphones, then like b0000 also said, the HD 600's a great set of neutral cans from what I've heard. However, if you usually listen to some specific genres then you might not want neutral... In that case, some great phones for around $300 (though certainly not neutral) are the HIFIMAN HE-400, SoundMAGIC HP200, Audio Technica ATH-AD900x, Grado SR325i, etc... I would say that the HD 600's appear to be your best bet for your tastes, though. Hope I helped!


Edited by Garraty - 1/7/14 at 1:28pm
post #4 of 8
There is no such thing as "tacky" in head-fi.

post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies guys!
So, I guess the wise choice would be focusing only on the headphones for now.

The candidates so far are the Senheiser HD600, the Beyerdynamic DT880 and the AKG Q701.I checked them out in the Head-Fi' Buyer's Guide and learned that all of them require amping. For now that wouldn't be a problem if I plug them to the receiver. I've read a lot of reviews about how great the AKG are, but I'm not sure what "hard to amp" means, I guess it's hard to find a good amp for them. Would plugging them to the receiver be considered "sacrilege" for the Head-fi community?
post #6 of 8
If it sounds good, it is good. There are plenty of people that use stereo and home theater receivers with their headphones. I am a firm believer in the "give it a try" method - if you already have a piece of hardware, and using it won't start a fire, then why not give it a try? You can always purchase a DAC/amp later. You probably will, because this is head-fi, and...

Welcome to head-fi, sorry about your wallet...
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

If it sounds good, it is good. There are plenty of people that use stereo and home theater receivers with their headphones. I am a firm believer in the "give it a try" method - if you already have a piece of hardware, and using it won't start a fire, then why not give it a try? You can always purchase a DAC/amp later. You probably will, because this is head-fi, and...

Welcome to head-fi, sorry about your wallet...

 Okay, I'll keep investigating about these three cans, thank you so much! ;) Oh, yes, I guess my wallet is going to suffer quite a lot, haha.

post #8 of 8
ll add the MDR MA900. The soundstage on these things is amazing.
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