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Hello, help me pick some gear!

post #1 of 9
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Hey guys, my name is Dario. I've been a lurker since I first bought decent headphones, but now I've decided to join in because I want to upgrade and would like some advice.

 

I've decided to pursue a career as a physician, so I will be seeing a lot of "desk" time. This will go on for quite a while, so I want to get myself a decent setup for last me a bit (yes, I am convincing myself that I won't buy more headphones. Yes, I know I will buy more headphones).

 

I'll start by what I listen to. I'm an "everything" guy, however, I focus on rock, trance, and vocal music (I am a classical singer). Throw in the occasional rap or pop song, but those are the main courses, so to speak. I want clean and slightly analytic mids and highs. I don't want the sound to be super smooth, but I don't want my ears to bleed technicalities, either. I guess I'm looking for something in middle of the road. As far as bass goes, I want a tight response, clearly audible, but NOT boomy or overbearing. Similar to the sound that my HD555's had, but better and with improved bass. 

 

My current cans are the ATH-M50S. I've enjoyed these for what they are; a great all-around set. I've already destroyed the OEM pads and installed some SRH-840 pads (if memory serves me well), and they are decent, but fit poorly. (anyone know a good replacement pad?) I like the closed design, but I am having more and more time where the house is quiet and I want to jump back into the open crowd, albeit with a nicer set of cans.

 

I have been looking at the HD600/HD650 sets, as well as the K701/K702 (the threads I've read lead me to believe I'm the only person here who likes white, but I'm leaning towards the K701). Obviously, the Sennheisers are a little pricier, which matters to me as a student.

 

I'll also need an amp/DAC combo. Here is where I'm clueless. I've been using a FiiO E6 for light amping, but you get what you pay for, and I want something a little more serious. I've been eyeing an E09K/E17 combo. Can anyone comment on how these will play with the headphones I'm considering? Are there better all in one packages in that price range? Is FiiO the "Monster" of headphones? 

 

Between the DAC/amp and headphones, I'm not looking to spend more than $500-$600 on a setup. 

 

Glad to be a part of this community, and I am eager to hear your input.

 

BTW, you guys on Tapatalk?

post #2 of 9

I'm gonna tell you what I tell everyone...

 

The name Dario is f***ing awesome.

 

All that aside, I'd go with the V-MODA M100 and a good Cmoy, but I digress.

post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by ThickGlasses View Post
 

I'm gonna tell you what I tell everyone...

 

The name Dario is f***ing awesome.

 

All that aside, I'd go with the V-MODA M100 and a good Cmoy, but I digress.

I agree. I love my name. I also love the quizzical look I get when it has absolutely no relation to my ethic/racial background. I'm really hoping your name is Dario right now.

 

It looks like the M100 are a "closed" headphone, and are designed to be portable, neither of which I really need. I appreciate the input, but I don't think this is what I'm looking for in my next set. Really looking to get my ears into some open cans, and portability is not a priority.

 

How about those CMOY's, though? I remember reading up on them, but I never got around to building one. Might be a good solution if I ever want to carry my M50's around, where I might need some isolation.

post #4 of 9
I wouldn't call Fiio the "Monster" of headphones - Fiio is the low-cost leader of headphone amps - they have pretty much wiped-out the rest of the under $100 headphone amps. I've never quite understood the appeal of the E09K - but I'm not a "docking station" kind of guy. I wish they made the equivalent of the E17+E09K all in one desktop box.

If you already have an E6, then there's no need for a CMoy. If you end-up getting the E17, you definitely do not need a CMoy.
Edited by billybob_jcv - 1/18/14 at 10:59pm
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

I wouldn't call Fiio the "Monster" of headphones - Fiio is the low-cost leader of headphone amps - they have pretty much wiped-out the rest of the under $100 headphone amps. I've never quite understood the appeal of the E09K - but I'm not a "docking station" kind of guy. I wish they made the equivalent of the E17+E09K all in one desktop box.

If you already have an E6, then there's no need for a CMoy. If you end-up getting the E17, you definitely do not need a CMoy.

Thanks for the input. I agree about the docking station; not a fan of it, but if it works well and is cost-effective, it wouldn't bother me. It seems FiiO has been making some great stuff, and I've been a fan... I just wasn't sure what other guys thought of it, so I figured I'd make the comparison to see if it was true.

 

Now, about the amps: is an E17 Alpen enough to drive the K701? It would dictate whether or not I need the E09K.

 

Still open to other amp/DAC combos, as well.

post #6 of 9
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I'm looking at the E17 and the TubeMagic D1 at the moment. Both seem to be winners. My tastes in sound haven't matured yet, so even though I have slight preferences, I'm sure both amps will blow me away, considering I've never had any real equipment.

 

The E17 is portable, but I don't plan on using that portability. It's also $80 cheaper at minimum, even more if I upgrade the D1.

 

The D1 seems to be more versatile, you can upgrade it, and it is a desktop unit, which is where I need it.

 

I'm leaning towards the D1.

 

Any input?

post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 

Also considering Vali + Loki.

post #8 of 9

The Loki is useless for everything except for DSD files. For MP3, FLAC, and most other music formats, you want the Modi. 

post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by manbear View Post
 

The Loki is useless for everything except for DSD files. For MP3, FLAC, and most other music formats, you want the Modi. 

Thanks for the insight. I asked Schiit about it and they told me not to buy it, also.

 

I'm thinking I'll be going with Vali + Modi, then. Won't be using IEMs, so that shouldn't be an issue, and they told me that Vali would be better with 702's.

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