Just as the title says, I am looking for some closed over ear headphones for around $300 and an Amp under $100. I mostly will be listening to classic rock on my Sansa Clip +. Thanks guys.
Need some help choosing over ear closed headphones in the $250-$300 range and an Amp (mainly for Classic Rock)
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Look up the Sennheiser Amperior, Sennheiser HD25II, and Beyerdynamic DT1350, see which one seems best for your tastes. All of them are is very easy to drive, so don't get an amp just yet, since your Clip doesn't have a fixed line out anyway.* If you do manage to save now, you can always spend that on a portable player with more output power - like the Fiio X3 or DX50. Or one that isn't that much bigger than the Clip - the upcoming Fiio X1.
*you're going to have to mix the volume setting in both to get the gain structure as properly as you would with a fixed voltage signal, since the distortion setting in the headphone output will have to be minimized while maximizing signal strength
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A line out provides a direct feed and bypasses a computer or player's internal amp. So if you are running an external amplifier, using a line out avoids double amping.
The Beyer T50p (and maybe DT1350, I'm guessing, cuz they're similar) has to be placed EXACTLY at the right location on the ear or else it sounds horrible. Otherwise a great phone... and yes there will be a bit of sound leakage..
I'd recommend a full-size pair of cans. Maybe the Ultrasone PRO900 if it's in your budget.
Also, portable amp or desktop amp?
Okay thanks. Unfortunately, I'm looking in the price range of $250-$300. Also, i think I am going to hold off on the portable Amp because as someone mentioned before, my Sansa Clip + doesn't have a fixed line out. Any full sized recommendations?
There's a used PRO900 in the classifieds section for $225, which is a steal, considering they're selling for $549 new on amazon right now. Otherwise used sennheiser HD600 or HD650, but these will require an amp to drive, while the PRO900's or PRO750's don't because of their impedance. There's also a used PRO750 in the classifieds for only $170 right now, and some people prefer the 750s to the 900s.
Full sized recs? Either a used NuForce HDP (if it's in your budget) or a schiit stack (vali or magni, take your pick), $99. Add the modi $99 DAC and you got yourself a great desktop setup.
Wait.. just read your original post -- you wanted closed cans. The HD600/650 are open.
Here's an ad linked to an Ultrasone PRO750 (closed can) for really cheap: http://www.head-fi.org/t/705879/ultrasone-pro-750-final-price-drop
They're selling for twice as much on amazon used.