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Looking for suggestions on music player + headphones, around $400~ for wide music taste.

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Hi ^_^ I just knew about head fi, and I certainly didn't know the amount of information there was about audio. I tried reading the headphone beginner's guide, but I couldn't really decide. I could keep investigating and instructing me about audio, but the thing is, right now my dad is on canada, where things are much cheaper than my country, so I'm kind of against the clock to ask him to bring me some equipment. My budget is about $400~ for a music player AND a pair of headphones. Of course I'm not interested in extra features for the music player, just good sound and that it's not tooooo big. Well, I can't really say more, I'm not a huge audiophile so I'm not asking for like an insane equipment. I really hope you can help me, and sorry for any errors, english is not native :D I'll leave some of the music I've been enjoying lately in case that helps: 

 

Boards of Canada

Disclosure

Foals
Justice
Opeth

Nine Inch Nails

Dominic Fernow

Rush

Shearwater

The Haxan Cloak

 

Thank you! <3

 

Edit: The headphones are just for indoor uses.


Edited by faithorscience - 3/14/14 at 6:06am
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Would you prefer open or closed headphones? Open give a bigger soundstage, which makes the music more engaging. But open headphones provide zero isolation. Everyone can hear what you are listening to, and you can hear your environment. Closed headphones are better for isolation and if you are a basshead, it's easier to find closed headphones with a lot of bass emphasis.
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As I'm going to use them mostly in my house, I don't really mind much about hearing my environment. I'd say I prefer open. The isolation is really THAT null though?

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The isolation can be zero with some open headphones. But the bigger soundstage generally creates more instrument separation--really nice and worth it. If you look at $500 and up headphones, most are open for that reason.

I don't know all the bands you have listed, but I would guess that they are mostly rock of various types (I recognize a few)?

Now Canadian prices are generally higher than the US. So it's difficult for me to tell you exactly what fits your budget. And some headphones might be harder to find than others.

Sony MA900, Grado SR225i, and Sennheiser HD558 or HD598, and Audio Technica ATH-AD900x. All those are open and would be very easy to drive with any portable music player. The Grados are the most polarizing of all of them. They are a love 'em or hate 'em kind of headphone, but for those that love them, considered the best for rock music of all kinds. They also might be very hard to find.

For music players, the Sansa Clip+ and Clip Zip are some of the best sounding players despite their inexpensive price; they compare favorably in sound quality with iPods, which means you can put more money toward headphones. Plus they take micro SD flash memory cards, so you can expand the memory greatly.

Sony music players are generally pretty good, and they would be easy for your dad to find. And there are always iPods, but that will eat up a lot more of your budget.
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actually, i'd say less than half of the bands are rock biggrin.gif it's more towards electronic music. Anyway, your suggestions should give me a nice start to the world of high quality sound, so thanks a bunch! <3
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