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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hello,

I recently had the shure SRH940 which was ok, though it was lacking a wide sound stage and had very muddy bass. it broke a week ago. So I decided to buy new headphones to replace it. My use is mostly at home and my budget is 1500$-2000$ plus ~600$ for an amp if needed.

I listen to a lot of classical music, Metal, specially symphonic metal with an orchestra and opera singing. For instances: Epica, Blind guardian, Kamelot and SymphonyX

It could be Either an over-the-ear or IEM.

I would appreciate any recommendations!

Thank you.
Edited by ahmedo93 - 1/24/14 at 6:29pm
post #2 of 10

Based on your description, it appears as though you were using the 940's without an amp.  If so, what you heard is what they are capable of offering.

 

Are you OK with open cans (they leak sound and don't isolate well)?

 

What equipment will be powering these cans?  Will you be using an amp?

 

What is the format of your music and other sounds you will putting into these cans?

 

Describe the sound signature that you are seeking?

post #3 of 10

I'm guessing you need a DAC too so a DAC/amp combo would be in order. Try the ALO PanAm its a DAC + tube amp for $500.

 

for cans in that price range and for home use I'd get open ones. In my opinion the only options really worth considering are the Audeze LCD-3 or the Sennheiser HD 800s. Those are both superior headphones to virtually anything else you'll find in the $1500-2000 range. 

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Originally Posted by MattAnthony1990 View Post
 

I'm guessing you need a DAC too so a DAC/amp combo would be in order. Try the ALO PanAm its a DAC + tube amp for $500.

 

for cans in that price range and for home use I'd get open ones. In my opinion the only options really worth considering are the Audeze LCD-3 or the Sennheiser HD 800s. Those are both superior headphones to virtually anything else you'll find in the $1500-2000 range. 


In that quality range don't forget the the HE-6 and the two brand new Audeze cans--the X and XC.  The two new cans aren't yet covered, but the OP should certainly give this well done piece a good look:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/634201/battle-of-the-flagships-58-headphones-compared-update-audeze-lcd-2-revision-2-6-4-13#user_TH900

post #5 of 10
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In that quality range don't forget the the HE-6 and the two brand new Audeze cans--the X and XC.  The two new cans aren't yet covered, but the OP should certainly give this well done piece a good look:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/634201/battle-of-the-flagships-58-headphones-compared-update-audeze-lcd-2-revision-2-6-4-13#user_TH900

Finding an Amp/DAC for $600 or less that can fully drive the HE-6 is near impossible. The XC and X are both not up to par with the LCD-3 as far as sound quality goes either. The X uses a different driver while the XC, despite being an amazing  closed headphone, is not nearly the equal of the LCD-3 either. 

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post
 


In that quality range don't forget the the HE-6 and the two brand new Audeze cans--the X and XC.  The two new cans aren't yet covered, but the OP should certainly give this well done piece a good look:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/634201/battle-of-the-flagships-58-headphones-compared-update-audeze-lcd-2-revision-2-6-4-13#user_TH900

Finding an Amp/DAC for $600 or less that can fully drive the HE-6 is near impossible. The XC and X are both not up to par with the LCD-3 as far as sound quality goes either. The X uses a different driver while the XC, despite being an amazing  closed headphone, is not nearly the equal of the LCD-3 either. 


Nope--I have Audio-gd SA 31SE and it does a great job with the HE-6.  You can also pick up the Lyr and even vintage receivers that will do the job within that budget.

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the suggestions!
I am thinking of the sennheiser HD800, the HE-6 and the LCD3 but for my kind of music which will be better? I really need a sound signature that is detailed, full and wide soundstage, maybe a better sub-bass or A more weighty bass then what I got from the SHR940. The ALO pan am looks interesring but since I have never used an amp I don't know how to compare the difference between amps.

The format of my songs and music range from Apple lossless and FLAC,some small selection of songs are mp3.
post #8 of 10

I would buy a HD650, Graham Slee Solo SRG2 or Solo Ultra-Linear Diamond, with a Schiit dac like the Bifrost. (as starters) 

Now that is what I would do but it all comes down to preferences. From reading a lot and getting recommendations, I thought I was going to buy HD800 as my first set of serious phones but after having spent at least 20 hours at a hi-fi shop I got the HD650.( although I did eventually get the HD800) (and regretting not buying something from Audeze instead of the 800) (but I like 800 too)

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Originally Posted by ahmedo93 View Post

Thanks for all the suggestions!
I am thinking of the sennheiser HD800, the HE-6 and the LCD3 but for my kind of music which will be better? I really need a sound signature that is detailed, full and wide soundstage, maybe a better sub-bass or A more weighty bass then what I got from the SHR940. The ALO pan am looks interesring but since I have never used an amp I don't know how to compare the difference between amps.

The format of my songs and music range from Apple lossless and FLAC,some small selection of songs are mp3.


To some degree that is asking for someone to pick your favorite flavor of ice cream.

 

From what you have said, I'd say the HD 800 might be the best for you--except it can be very unforgiving on crappy MP3's and others.  You should read about all of them and more in this excellent piece:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/634201/battle-of-the-flagships-58-headphones-compared-update-audeze-lcd-2-revision-2-6-4-13#user_TH900

post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post
 


To some degree that is asking for someone to pick your favorite flavor of ice cream.

 

From what you have said, I'd say the HD 800 might be the best for you--except it can be very unforgiving on crappy MP3's and others.  You should read about all of them and more in this excellent piece:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/634201/battle-of-the-flagships-58-headphones-compared-update-audeze-lcd-2-revision-2-6-4-13#user_TH900

It seems that I will buy the HD800 next month, since the local store said they are expecting 2 pieces after 2 weeks, so I will try them there(though without an amp).

 

Thanks everyone for the help!

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