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Upper-Midrange Circumaural Headphones and an Associated Portable Amp

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Hey all,

 

I'm due for an upgrade and I am interested in purchasing a $300-$500 range pair of circumaural headphones. I want to purchase a portable amp to drive them for a few reasons: (a) I will be listening both at home and at work on a daily basis and (b) I have a pair of Etymotic ER-4P in-ears that have never been driven by an amp that could certainly use one. Thus I am most interested in an amp that could probably fit in my pocket, for example. In the future I'll look into a desk amp/DAC combination but I'm not quite there yet.

 

I primarily listen to classical, but also regularly listen to down-tempo electronic/trip-hop and so good bass performance would be nice as well. 

 

So I'm looking for a recommendation for both a pair of circumaural cans that would be great for that kind of music, and a portable amp that can adequately drive those cans along with a pair of Etymotic buds I have already.

 

Just to get the conversation going, I'm heavily leaning towards the Sennheiser HD 600, but I am willing to hear arguments for/against them or another pair.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 3
The HD600 are open phones - will that be OK at work?
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Thread Starter 

I believe so, it's a pretty casual workplace and I am at least 10 feet away from the nearest person.

 

At any rate, it hasn't stopped other people in my office from being loud. :)

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