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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

I currently have Audiotechnica ATH-M50 connected to a Hegel Super USB dac and they sound fine, although I need better. I mainly listen to film/game music (Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams, Henry Mancini, Hans Zimmer, Jeremy Soule) and I also listen to some jazz and classical + some 80s pop/rock music for my nostalgia.

 

I|m happy with the DAC, but I want to upgrade my headphones. The M50 is perhaps better for pop/rock than film music or classical. I feel there's something "off" and would like a more balanced listening experience. I don't have a set budget. I've been looking for headphones from $150 to around $800.

 

Any suggestions?

post #2 of 18

I think you actually need to decide on a set budget. 150-800 is a ridiculous range.

post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 

Let's just say my preferred range would be $200 to $400, but if it's worth it (really worth it), I could go higher.

post #4 of 18

I'd probably recommend HD600/650 and HE400 then

post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 

Would you say that the HD600/650 a significant improvement on M50?

post #6 of 18
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Would you say that the HD600/650 a significant improvement on M50?

All three of those headphones Kraken suggested would be a significant improvement over the M50.
post #7 of 18
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All three of those headphones Kraken suggested would be a significant improvement over the M50.

Thanks! HE400 doesn't seem to be available in my country, but I have used Sennheiser in the past and will be happy to do it again. It will probably be SE650 or perhaps SE700.

post #8 of 18
Make certain the Hegel Super USB dac works well with 300 ohm headphones like the HD650. I could find any information about the output impedance on their website other than the low impedance is less than 1 ohm. Given that and it's portability, it might be geared more toward low impedance headphones. I just don't know.
post #9 of 18

Deleted because I was being a bit rude, cel4145 makes a good recommendation. The HD650s aren't super easy to drive, certainly make sure they will be compatible.


Edited by Bitvar - 3/8/14 at 9:09pm
post #10 of 18
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This seems like a terrible recommendation without some context. You aren't telling him if he needs an amp to drive these (I do believe all three require it), if his DAC is up to the task or even asking him how they will be connected to his setup. I don't have the time to go into detail, but please if you are going to offer suggestions don't leave out essential information, especially when a user is requesting within a certain budget.

You apparently didn't have time to read the whole thread either. The OP told us what model DAC/headphone amp he has, he has eliminated the HE-400 from consideration, and I have already encouraged him to check on the impedance of his DAC/headphone amp.

So great first post on Head-Fi calling someone out for no good reason. rolleyes.gif
post #11 of 18
Edited for being rude, I was on my mobile. Sorry cel4145, I just needed to eat.
Edited by Bitvar - 3/8/14 at 9:10pm
post #12 of 18
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I don't see anywhere an amp is mentioned . . .

What do you want me to do, guess why you didn't look up the OP's Hegel on Google (takes 10 seconds) and find out is a DAC/amp, even after I told you? Too lazy? Too busy trolling? Those would be my guesses, but how should I know what your problem is? LOL

Go away. rolleyes.gif
post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by soundtrackgeek View Post
 

I currently have Audio Technica ATH-M50 connected to a Hegel Super USB DAC and they sound fine, although I need better. I mainly listen to film/game music (Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams, Henry Mancini, Hans Zimmer, Jeremy Soule) and I also listen to some jazz and classical + some 80s pop/rock music for my nostalgia.

I'm happy with the DAC, but I want to upgrade my headphones. The ATH-M50 is perhaps better for pop/rock than film music or classical. I feel there's something "off" and would like a more balanced listening experience. I don't have a set budget. I've been looking for headphones from $150 to around $800.

Audio Technica ATH-A900X, $220.

With Hifiman Velour ear pads, $16

post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

Make certain the Hegel Super USB dac works well with 300 ohm headphones like the HD650. I could find any information about the output impedance on their website other than the low impedance is less than 1 ohm. Given that and it's portability, it might be geared more toward low impedance headphones. I just don't know.

Good point. I hope to test the HD650 in person at the local hifi store with the Hegel and the store's own equipment.

post #15 of 18
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Audio Technica ATH-A900X, $220.

With Hifiman Velour ear pads, $16

Ah, some new ones for my consideration. Thanks! I'll look into those.

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