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Help with replacement for ath-ad700 and something to plug them into

post #1 of 10
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First of all, hello. I'm pretty sure I made an account here years ago when I first got my ath-ad700's, but it's either been deleted for inactivity or never existed, so this is my new account that does exist and will probably be more active.

 

Recently the right side driver on my ad700's started making a buzzing sound if I listen to anything with a lot of bass so I figure it's days are numbered. I've had them for about 6 years and never took proper care of them, so it is not surprising but still upsetting. I'm now looking for something to replace them.

 

I listen to most music that is not metal or country with punk/hardcore, jazz, hip hop and r&b being equal favorites. My listening is done almost exclusively through my pc with a fair amount of low quality streaming from lastFM, probably as much as half the time, with the rest being .flac I've ripped myself or bought directly from a bands website. I'm a bit concerned that nicer headphones would be too good for the poor quality streaming, but I haven't found a reasonable alternative with better sound quality.

 

I will also use the headphones for lots of pc gaming, mostly counter strike go.

 

I'm not sure of the correct words for the different attributes I like about the ad700's but the best things are how big the sound is as well as the separation between instruments. And, female vocals sound especially amazing. They are also the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn. I can listen for hours with no discomfort or ear fatigue. In the 6 or so years I've been using them I never once thought there wasn't enough bass.

 

The only other decent headphones I've had experience with are sennheiser hd 558's, 598's, and 650's which all sounded too muddy to me and some $600 denon headphones a college roommate had that I didn't like at all. Cheaper headphones are way too muddy, have too much bass and are too "in my head" to be enjoyable to me.

 

Budget is less than $300

 

I also want something nicer to plug the new headphones into. Currently I am using my motherboards onboard realtek alc 898 which really isn't bad, but it is not particularly good either. So, I want to get some sort of dac/amp/soundcard that will sound cleaner when listening to quality audio files, but not bring out too much of the terribleness in the low quality streaming music.

 

Budget for this is sort of dependent on which headphones I get and what would be a reasonable setup for those particular headphones.

 

Thanks to anyone that take the time to read this, and many more thanks to those that take the time to reply as well. I stopped to do other things several times in the middle of writing this, so hopefully it isn't too disjointed lol.

post #2 of 10

I suggest that you consider (probably a 250 flavor of) the DT 880.

 

However, I strongly suggest that you find a place to listen to them (and others) first becasue you seem to have a very specific idea of what you what in the context of how you hear different cans.

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post
 

I suggest that you consider (probably a 250 flavor of) the DT 880.

 

However, I strongly suggest that you find a place to listen to them (and others) first becasue you seem to have a very specific idea of what you what in the context of how you hear different cans.

 

I've looked at those headphones and I'm not sure about the build quality. In pictures the part where the headband attaches to the ear cups looks very prone to breaking on all of the beyerdynamic headphones.

 

I definitely know what I like, but not necessarily what it's called or how to explain it, so it would be nice to find a place to try out different headphones and see the build quality for myself. The place I know of is best buy, but they only have 6 different kinds of beats, some other beats-like headphones, and a pair of hd 280's. :(

post #4 of 10

Not sure where you get that.  The DT 880 is built very well in Germany for its intended purpose.

 

Find a high end audio store or a Head-Fi meet.  For example there is a meet in Austin a week from Saturday.  Failing all that buy from a on-line seller that has a liberal return policy.

post #5 of 10
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Not sure where you get that.  The DT 880 is built very well in Germany for its intended purpose.

 

Find a high end audio store or a Head-Fi meet.  For example there is a meet in Austin a week from Saturday.  Failing all that buy from a on-line seller that has a liberal return policy.


I get it purely from the pictures since that is the only way I can judge them. They all look like the ear cups could break off. They may very well be sturdy.

 

I live in Ocala, Florida. Austin is a bit of a trip for something like that. I've been trying to find a store near enough to me that it would be worth driving, but I'm not having any luck just yet.

post #6 of 10
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I've been reading some things and I think I won't like the dt 880. I've almost decided to just get the ad900x since it should(hopefully) sound similar to my dying ad700's but better overall and they are pretty cheap. Some people have said they aren't as accurate with 3d positioning as the ad700's though, which is a concern for me. I play a lot of counter strike, so accurate positioning is important. I might also just buy a pair of ad700x's and save up to get something really nice that would be worth driving out of town to test. So many things to think about...

post #7 of 10

I think you'll like AKGs offerings, e.g. the K612 or K702.

post #8 of 10
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I think you'll like AKGs offerings, e.g. the K612 or K702.


If they didn't have leather headbands I'd be very interested in the AKG headphones, but it's seems all of the higher quality ones use leather and that is a no go for me.

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If they didn't have leather headbands I'd be very interested in the AKG headphones, but it's seems all of the higher quality ones use leather and that is a no go for me.

Can you explain why? There may be something you can do to fix it.

post #10 of 10
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I'm vegan, so the only thing to fix it would be the option to buy them with some non-leather headband which doesn't seem to be an option from what I can tell.

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