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post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by redstar View Post
 

Hi

 

Ive been doing various visits to hifi shops and listening to various setups.

 

I am looking to get a bedroom setup.

So far, I have liked the most Yamaha rx-v1073 along side Dali 1: 5.1. ( Two Zensors 1s for the rear, two Zensor 3s for the front).

I would get the Zensor 3s over the Zensor 5s, due to my room layout.

..........

 

Dan.

I do not see a mention of a center channel speaker, i.e. three NOT two Zensor 3s for the front. When setting up a 5.1 channel surround music/video system the center channel speaker is at least as important as the front left and right speakers. For the most part the center channel speaker will be handling the majority of the dialog when watching movies and TV - it's how 5.1 channel sound is mixed. So if you do decide to go with the 5.1 setup please get a very good center channel speaker, you ears will thank you.

post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by eugenius View Post

The TH600 is a balanced sounding closed headphone with no obvious faults. The HD800 is a state of the art headphone with minimal faults, faults that are minimized by non-destructive reversible modding.

The T90 and T1 disqualify themselves as soon as you put them on. I remember putting the T1 on my head for the first time - it's a nicely made object, I was expecting something special - and my reaction was ... WHAT? And it costs how much??? I took it off, looked at it and put it back in the box. Eventually I listened some more to it to form an opinion but all through the process I was glad it wasn't mine. smily_headphones1.gif

The golden rule when making a headphone should be: first do no harm, then you can start making it better. Peaky headphones are not high quality headphones whatever their price.

As much as I liked the TH-600, it is far from balanced.

Can't say that I particularly enjoyed the T1 but plenty do.

Audeze LCD-2 + decent amp and DAC can be had for £1500 if you look hard enough. Also consider the HE-500.
post #18 of 20

The TH600 isn't balanced and you recommend the ... LCD2?  Good one!

 

If we want to designate the best value stuff, it's still the HD600 and I'm going to go out on a limb and say Nad HP50 in closed back headphones.

 

And the aforementioned hp-a8c japan import. Name another dac/amp that's better for the price - for god's sake it's 570 euro in Japan. That's 470 pounds. And you have an analogue input. That hp-a8 and the HD600 and you're done for home listening.

 

Add the Nad HP50 as an extra closed headphone for the situations that need one and never visit this forum again. That's what I say. :)


Edited by eugenius - 1/27/14 at 3:29pm
post #19 of 20
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Originally Posted by redstar View Post
 

Hi

 

Ive been doing various visits to hifi shops and listening to various setups.

 

I am looking to get a bedroom setup.

So far, I have liked the most Yamaha rx-v1073 along side Dali 1: 5.1. ( Two Zensors 1s for the rear, two Zensor 3s for the front).

I would get the Zensor 3s over the Zensor 5s, due to my room layout.

 

Anyway, this setup comes to about £1500, perhaps a smidge more. 

Its purly for Movie watching, Blurays via PS4, but I was thinking of maybe getting a dedicated player.

 

If I was to spend the 1500 on a headphone setup, instead of this hifi set up, what would one suggest?

I have two sets of headphones currently;

Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro - 80 Ohm (love the comfort)

Senheiser Momentums.

 

Any help would be immense,

Dan.

 

You already have some nice headphones. I presume you don't currently have a home theatre setup? In that case I would buy the Dali Zensors + the Yamaha amp and upgrade your headphones at a later stage. While you can seriously enter the headphone big league with that kind of a budget a decent home theatre is just as enjoyable and if not more versatile. Personally I like the Ikons quite a bit more, but then they are more expensive. What about the Yamaha with a set of Ikon 6s?

 

I've just finished my home theatre upgrade after a period of two years. Hopefully I'll have more funds to play around with different headphones now, though I've been very happy with the Hifiman HE-500s as a good all round headphone! The Fostex TH-600 and HP-A4 have been on my radar now for some time. The HE-500s are sound leaking monsters.


Edited by daerron - 1/29/14 at 2:18am
post #20 of 20
Can someone advise me on the fostex th 600. ...they look promising per specifications
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