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Need some help choosing over ear closed headphones in the $250-$300 range and an Amp (mainly for Classic Rock)

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

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.

post #2 of 18

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

post #3 of 18

I'd try the DT 770's Pro 250ohm they are great for rock.

post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by Matrixnobu View Post
 

I'd try the DT 770's Pro 250ohm they are great for rock.

 

With a Clip+?

post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 

I appreciate the suggestions.  I'll check them out.  Sorry to bother, but could you explain what a fixed line out is?  Thanks.

post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by PurplePain13 View Post
 

I appreciate the suggestions.  I'll check them out.  Sorry to bother, but could you explain what a fixed line out is?  Thanks.

 

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.

post #7 of 18
Thread Starter 

Oh okay.  Thanks for the explanation.

post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 

Also, I have pretty big ears and I prefer for the phones to completely cover my ears.  I saw that the ones you suggested seem a bit small.  Will this effect sound leakage in it isn't all around my ear?

post #9 of 18

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?

post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 

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? 

post #11 of 18

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.

post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 

Awesome suggestions.  Thanks man, I'll check them out.

post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 

Do you think you could shoot me a link to those 600s.  I just joined today and I was unable to find them in the classified.  Thanks.

post #14 of 18

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.

post #15 of 18
Thread Starter 

Awesome! Would an Amp be needed for these?  My current player is the Sansa Clip + which apparently has a fixed line out (as I was told above) so I guess, I can't use an amp with them.  

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