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Looking for headphones an a headphone amp for vinyl records

post #1 of 10
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Hello everyone. I am in the market for headphones and an amp, hopefully two that have good synergy with each other. This is my current set up for vinyl:

 

 

AT-LP60 TT > HK3490  > Klipsch RB-51 II

 

 

(Currently using the HK's phono pre amp)

 

I am extremely pleased with the sound and the price I paid for these items. The problem is that the receiver and speakers are used mostly for movies and cable television. I want to move the record player to my desk and create a new set up for just plain listening.

 

I would like to spend around $500 - $600 for both items combined. I want my set up to be:

 

 

AT-LP60 > Headphone Amp > Headphones

 

 

Because this is something I will be purchasing within a month I'm not going to really concern myself with buying a new turntable until maybe this spring. I have my eyes on the PRO-JECT DEBUT III and I am open to ideas for a ~$300 record player.

 

 

I think the type of music might affect which headphones so here are some of my favorite artists: King Crimson, David Bowie, The Cure, The Smiths. I also enjoy heavy metal like Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath and hip hop like Cannibal Ox and DJ Shadow. I'm open to all most genres of music and hope to expand my vinyl library as much as possible with the exception of opera, classical, and country.

 

 

Some things I worry about with headphones are sibilance and break in time. Are there any that just sound good out of the box?

 

I'm also hoping to purchase my amp and headphones through Amazon.

 

 

 

Thank you for reading and I would appreciate your input.

post #2 of 10

Until the early to mid 80's everything I listened to was either vinyl or reel to reel.  Standard vinyl that I grew up with is a good source, but it does not generally extend as well in bass and treble as do quality digital sources.  So sibilance is less of a problem.  Generally speaking quality vinyl listening vs. quality digital listening will not dictate headphone choices nearly as much as will you music genres and preferred sound signature.

post #3 of 10

No need to worry about break in time.. I know of no headphone amps with phono pre-amp.

post #4 of 10
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Man, Amazon is sucking for these kind of things, go ebay! I just bought a used Schiit Valhalla and I'm going to pair it with a Yaqin Phono Preamp. I was going to get some used HD600s since from reading around 650s seem more "bassy". I'm a little over budget but I'm too happy with this project to care much. Next, I'm still shooting for the Debut III.

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Man, Amazon is sucking for these kind of things, go ebay! I just bought a used Schiit Valhalla and I'm going to pair it with a Yaqin Phono Preamp. I was going to get some used HD600s since from reading around 650s seem more "bassy". I'm a little over budget but I'm too happy with this project to care much. Next, I'm still shooting for the Debut III.

 

I wish I had seen this thread sooner! The Bellari VP130 is a tube phono preamp with headphone amplifier and can be found on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Bellari-VP130-Preamplifier-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B002TD4GME I am in the market for a turntable and have heard nothing but great stuff about this unit and would be curious to hear a Head-Fier's take on it. There is also a model with a USB outlet as well.

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I wish I had seen this thread sooner! The Bellari VP130 is a tube phono preamp with headphone amplifier and can be found on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Bellari-VP130-Preamplifier-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B002TD4GME I am in the market for a turntable and have heard nothing but great stuff about this unit and would be curious to hear a Head-Fier's take on it. There is also a model with a USB outlet as well.

 

I've had the Bellari VP130 since 2010 and it hasn't done me wrong.  It sounds great with the Asgard 2 as well as the Dared MP5 (tube hybrid - both speakers and headphones).

 

It's very well built, looks nice and you can roll 12AX7 tubes all day long.  The VP130 is very versatile and works really well with tube amps and solid state amps.

 

When I use my tube amp I max out the tube amp and use the VP130 as the volume control and when I used the solid state amp I max out the VP130 and use the solid state amp as a volume control (to give me a little more tube sound from the solid state amp).

 

It's kinda pricy (for me) and tubes can get expensive, but mine has been going strong for many years and I do not regret purchasing it.

 

I haven't heard it with a full tube amp, only hybrids, but I an imagine the results would be great!

post #7 of 10

Here's an alternative: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13645_3-57614778-47/u-turn-orbit-an-audiophile-quality-turntable-for-$179/. He recommends upgrading the Orbit's stock AT cartridge and pairing it with a NAD pre-amp. I don't read his headphone reviews, but he's on solid ground here.

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Here's an alternative: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13645_3-57614778-47/u-turn-orbit-an-audiophile-quality-turntable-for-$179/. He recommends upgrading the Orbit's stock AT cartridge and pairing it with a NAD pre-amp. I don't read his headphone reviews, but he's on solid ground here.


Haven't heard of that.

 

Almost want to pick one up as a second turn table to try it out!

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Haven't heard of that.

 

Almost want to pick one up as a second turn table to try it out!

 

I was hoping you'd say that. Then you can tell me which is better. :tongue:

 

Another I came across (yeah, I keep coming back to the idea because I love the sound) is the Riga PP 2i but it's more money. I really enjoyed their promo video:

 

 

It's pleasing to see a man who's proud of his craftsmanship. We need more firms like this.

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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post
 

 

I was hoping you'd say that. Then you can tell me which is better. :tongue:

 

Another I came across (yeah, I keep coming back to the idea because I love the sound) is the Riga PP 2i but it's more money. I really enjoyed their promo video:

 

 

It's pleasing to see a man who's proud of his craftsmanship. We need more firms like this.

 

Rega, Music Hall and Pro-ject all make awesome entry level turntables (from what I've read, and I read a lot before purchasing mine).  I ended up purchasing the Pro-ject because I found one that was really cheap on clearance.

 

$179 is an amazing price for a starter turntable, especially one that is American made.

 

If I could do it all again, I'd probably try out the u-turn.

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