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Best Open cans under 200$ with e10 Amp

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I'm looking for some exciting headphones that bring music out very well as well will be used for gaming! I will generally use these headphones for everything and will be using them with a FiiO e10 amp. I currently have the dt990's, dt880's, as well as the sen hd558, ma900, and brainwavz hm5 on my mind but can't decide between them. I want something with a large sound stage and brings out the best it can in all music and games. I have been leaning to the dt990's but am unsure since I hear the treble may be too much. I can't test any in my area so I am relying on your audiophile knowledge. Any recommendations are welcome :)

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Have you ever heard a Sennheiser HD580? It has the same drivers as the HD600 but it's sig is a little darker. I really enjoyed mine, I think even more than my HD600 when I had it. They can be found for around that price in the classifieds here used, they don't produce them anymore. They sound different than your HD598s. I had a HD555 (same drivers as the 598) and liked my HD580 much more. That's just my opinion though. 

You could also go for some Grados.

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AKG K612 pro is a good alternative to the 598/X1 etc

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Originally Posted by Dreotox View Post
 

dt990's, dt880's, as well as the sen hd558, ma900, and brainwavz hm5

I'd add the Fidelio X1 and AKG Q701 to that list.  Don't consider Sennheiders lower than the HD600.  The HD598 and HD558 aren't quite as good.


Edited by Trunks159 - 2/6/14 at 11:52am
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OK, perhaps someone can fill me in. What is OHM and how does it affect headphones. Thanks. Hopefully it's not that dumb of a question.


Edited by halfinfinity - 2/7/14 at 1:08am
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Normally higher impedance (High OHM) headphones are harder to drive than lower impedance headphones. Most headphones that are portable and meant to be used without an amp are under 50 OHMs. Anything higher than that may need an amp. There are exceptions to this occasionally though, some headphones have impedances higher than that but are still sensitive enough to use without an amp. Most headphones will benefit from using an amp not matter what their impedance is, but it isn't always necessary.

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