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Need help choosing open back headphones for £200

post #1 of 5
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Hello

 

I've been using a pair of ATH-M50s for the past two years but I want to upgrade to a higher quality set of headphones, as well as try out open back headphones. I drive my headphones with a FiiO E17 through USB, yet I don't really get much of an increase in sound quality.

 

The headphones I've been looking at are the AKG K702s, Beyerdynamic DT-880s and the Sennheiser HD650s. Would my FiiO E17 be able to drive any of these headphones? If not, what DAC and Amp would you recommend? I would need to purchase from the UK though to keep shipping and import tax down.

 

The music I listen to is mostly Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Folk, Experimental, some Jazz and some Classical. I'd like the headphones to be fun to listen to, unlike my ATH-M50s which seem to lack in the bass department. If I run them through a portable CD player however [wthout the FiiO E17) which has a DAC built in as well as "S-R-S" equalization they sound a lot better than through my PC, which has been puzzling me for a while.

 

Which of the headphones would you recommend I purchase, and do you think I should buy a new DAC and Amp to drive the headphones suggested?

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 5
Those cans you listed have much less bass than the M50. My top recommendation is the Fidelio X¤. Very fun, yet spacious sound.
post #3 of 5
Fidelio X1 or Fidelio L2.
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Those cans you listed have much less bass than the M50. My top recommendation is the Fidelio X¤. Very fun, yet spacious sound.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Trunks159 View Post

Fidelio X1 or Fidelio L2.

How much of a step up from the M50s will either of these be? How else do they compare to the other headphones which I listed? Do you think I should upgrade my DAC/Amp?

 

Thanks for the advice :-)

post #5 of 5
Are large one to be honest. An improvement in all areas by a significant margin.
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