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Which Headphones To Buy For PC-Based Music Listening

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Hi everyone,

I currently have a few pairs of headphones but there seems to be something missing from each one and so I need your help trying to find a pair of cans that will be a good overall buy.

I listen to music on my PC mostly by connecting the headphones directly to my Focusrite Scarlett 2i2'sheadphone port. This is an external audio device/soundcard for those that don't know. I have this as I also make music on my computer but spend a great deal of time listening to it as well.

I have a very varied taste and generally like all genre's of music and so I don't really want to start listing bands/genre's that I listen to as there are too many to mention, so I need a pair of headphones that can handle anything.

At the moment I am using some AKH K550's which are great but perhaps a little treble-y and not a lot of bass. I also have some Audio Technica ATH-M50's and a pair of German Maestro GMP 8.35 D headphones.

I realise that some of these headphones are designed to give a more flat response for monitoring purposes and this is great for when I'm making music and mixing etc but for when I'm purely just listening to music I've downloaded off iTunes or Microsoft Zune, or even CD's I've ripped into iTunes (usually in 320 MP3 format), I want something with perhaps a little more colour/warmth or a tad more bass.

So can anyone recommend me a pair of 'phones I can get that will suit my needs? I have a budget of around £200 and don't mind buying second-hand as I know you can often get a bit of a bargain there.

I've seen models such as the Sennheiser Momentum's and HD 600/650's mentioned on other forums and review sites as well as the Beyerdynamic DT770's (both 80 and 250 Ohm versions) or is this perhaps something else I should consider?

Thanks very much for any help deciding.

EDIT: Just to throw something else into the mix, would the Audioquest Dragonfly v1.2 USB DAC be worth getting or would it do the same job as my Focusrite? Also, would these cans be worth a look: Grado SR80iand Philips Fidelio X1?

Thanks and sorry for the long post.

post #2 of 4

hd600 or nad hp50

post #3 of 4
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Thanks for the reply but I decided to go for the Philips Fidelio X1 headphones as they have got very good reviews and I saw a used pair for sale at a good price (£145). They look like they might be a bit more warmer and have some more pronounced bass than any of my current 'phones so I'll see how they are when they arrive.

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They definitely should be warmer than the K550s. smily_headphones1.gif
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