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Can anyone recommend headphones to me?

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Below, there is some information that I can give you in hopes that someone can help me make a decision.

 

For years, I have tested many headphones out. The thing that always got to me, is, I would test headphones out in a store such as Best Buy. they would sound AMAZING (I'm looking at you bose ;) ) However, once I got them home and tried them on my iPhone, Android tablet, Computer, Android Phone, Stereo with 320Kbs MP3's, Full audio CD's, FLAC files,...etc...etc.. I was NEVER able to get the sound that they were getting at the store.

 

So, of course, I would always return them.

 

i started thinking that maybe, to get the full sound quality I was looking for, I should buy a headphone amp. So, in comes the FiiO e07K.

 

Lovely little amp. I tested it with old headphones that I have in my house, and, it is making them sound much better than what they were. So, I "think" I am on the right track?

 

The 2 sets of headphones I have at my house that i tested with the e07K :

 

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-MDR-V150-Monitor-Series-Headphones/dp/B000092YPR

http://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHN9500-Active-Noise-Canceling-Headphone/dp/B000G35S08

 

Ancient headphones, huh?  :)

 

Now, I think I may give some better headphones a shot

 

Bottom line is, Im just looking for some guidance. Here is some info about my listeninig:

 

Budget - USD200

Source - Android Phone, Android Tablet, MAC Computer

Requirements for Isolation - Isolation not needed. Listening in room by myself

Preferred Type of Headphone - Open. Over ear. Preferred tonal balance - Crisp Treble, but, with the option of some strong bass. (Note - I have access to a FiiO E0k7 Headphone Amp if I need)

Past headphones - I had a set of Koss headphones back in the 80's. loved them. I've never been able to find another set like them.

Preferred Music - Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Lady Gaga, Marilyn Manson, and, on occasions, some Jazz and Classical

Any help anyone can give would be greatly appreciated. It saddens me when i go to best buy, try a set of headphones that sound great, bring them home only to disappoint me :(


Edited by GaryJ73167 - 3/13/14 at 8:30pm
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If you're willing to try on ear, SR80i with L-cushions (maybe tape-modded) would be a good choice for your music.
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If you're willing to try on ear, SR80i with L-cushions (maybe tape-modded) would be a good choice for your music.

Thanks for the quick reply. I am going to look into those now.

 

Question - I got the FiiO e07K Headphone Amp. I am starting to read online that headphones that are 32 ohms do NOT need a headphone amplifier.

 

Is this true? because, I thought a headphone amp, although boosting the volume of the headphones, also adds a much richer sound to the headphones as well.

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Thanks for the quick reply. I am going to look into those now.

Question - I got the FiiO e07K Headphone Amp. I am starting to read online that headphones that are 32 ohms do NOT need a headphone amplifier.

Is this true? because, I thought a headphone amp, although boosting the volume of the headphones, also adds a much richer sound to the headphones as well.

It doesn't need an amp, but amping will improve the sound. My O2, for example, gives it fuller body in the treble and a little better soundstage. Both are welcome improvements.
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Originally Posted by GaryJ73167 View Post

Thanks for the quick reply. I am going to look into those now.

Question - I got the FiiO e07K Headphone Amp. I am starting to read online that headphones that are 32 ohms do NOT need a headphone amplifier.

Is this true? because, I thought a headphone amp, although boosting the volume of the headphones, also adds a much richer sound to the headphones as well.

Hello,

+1 for the Grado as well!

When someone say "32Ohm headphone does not need an amp" because majority of the headphone today at 32Ohm can be driven by almost all source unless the headphone's sensitivity is too low which may need a more powerful amp to "drive" it. For some people and/or some headphone, while you are capable of driving it straight out of anything, but it is believed that more power result in better sound, thus the need of amp.

Another reason for amp sometimes, is to reduce/avoid damping factor. iPod or some other DAP or smartphone's amp section output impedance may be too high for some of the low impedance headphone. Adding an amp with lower output impedance is required here.

Sometimes, pairing with an amp is to help improve certain part of the headphone's sound quality. Say soundstage/imaging.

The Grado does not need an amp to sound any better but I do like mine when paired with E07K to add more warm

Hope it helps,
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