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Hi!  I've been lurking a bit lately trying to learn what I can about headphones and amps.  I currently only have a pair of Sony V6's that I purchased some years ago.  They sound pretty good with an iPad or iPhone.  I was interested in a pair of headphones in the $300 range and reading as much as I can.  Now I see that I can get better cans for more money as with anything else.  I might try the Sennheiser 600 or Beyerdynamic DT 880.  I listen to mostly classic rock and old heavy metal, but am expanding my interests.  I found some Ane Brun recently and love it.  I like Missy Higgins, KT Tunstall, Vanessa Carlton, and lots of stuff.  I want to learn more about music and get into classical music, etc.

 

Some day I hope to have a desktop amp and highend cans with a good player for Flac, etc.  I have lots to learn.  I used to play drums and still do in my head.  I love drums and piano.  I have a few other hobbies like guns, ham radio, fishing, camping, used to bike a lot, hunting, etc.

 

I guess that's it for me for now.  Sorry for the long first post.  :)

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Here's our traditional welcome message: 

 

Welcome to head-fi, sorry about your wallet :D 

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Hi!  I've been lurking a bit lately trying to learn what I can about headphones and amps.  I currently only have a pair of Sony V6's that I purchased some years ago.  They sound pretty good with an iPad or iPhone.  I was interested in a pair of headphones in the $300 range and reading as much as I can.  Now I see that I can get better cans for more money as with anything else.  I might try the Sennheiser 600 or Beyerdynamic DT 880.  I listen to mostly classic rock and old heavy metal, but am expanding my interests.  I found some Ane Brun recently and love it.  I like Missy Higgins, KT Tunstall, Vanessa Carlton, and lots of stuff.  I want to learn more about music and get into classical music, etc.

 

Some day I hope to have a desktop amp and highend cans with a good player for Flac, etc.  I have lots to learn.  I used to play drums and still do in my head.  I love drums and piano.  I have a few other hobbies like guns, ham radio, fishing, camping, used to bike a lot, hunting, etc.

 

I guess that's it for me for now.  Sorry for the long first post.  :)

 

Welcome.  Both the HD600 and the DT880 are excellent cans.  You can also try the K701 and the DT990 .

 

Do you like a neutral signature or do you like a bass heavy headphone?

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Welcome. For classical rock and old metal, have you tried Grados? SR80i is a very good place to start.

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Welcome. For classical rock and old metal, have you tried Grados? SR80i is a very good place to start.


Ha...that's the first place everyone should start...even if they end up not liking the Grado sound.

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Welcome.  Both the HD600 and the DT880 are excellent cans.  You can also try the K701 and the DT990 .

 

Do you like a neutral signature or do you like a bass heavy headphone?

I like bass.  I don't like boomy fake eq'd bass.  I'm not that great at describing my music tastes is why I mentioned a few artists that I listen to.  I really want to expand my tastes and experience new stuff and re-experience classic music of all genres.  I might try the Grado's and save for some higher ohm cans for an amp later.  I can't wait to compare the v6's to new cans.

 

I've been listening to Rush Tom Sawyer over and over in my car lately.  I could listen to yyz over and over again.  I love the way Neil Pert played on that record and the bass riffs by Geddy Lee are awesome.

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I like bass.  I don't like boomy fake eq'd bass.  I'm not that great at describing my music tastes is why I mentioned a few artists that I listen to.  I really want to expand my tastes and experience new stuff and re-experience classic music of all genres.  I might try the Grado's and save for some higher ohm cans for an amp later.  I can't wait to compare the v6's to new cans.

 

I've been listening to Rush Tom Sawyer over and over in my car lately.  I could listen to yyz over and over again.  I love the way Neil Pert played on that record and the bass riffs by Geddy Lee are awesome.

Then forget about the K702 and perhaps the DT880.  Try the DT990 instead.

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Originally Posted by gibby View Post
 

Hi!  I've been lurking a bit lately trying to learn what I can about headphones and amps.  I currently only have a pair of Sony V6's that I purchased some years ago.  They sound pretty good with an iPad or iPhone.  I was interested in a pair of headphones in the $300 range and reading as much as I can.  Now I see that I can get better cans for more money as with anything else.  I might try the Sennheiser 600 or Beyerdynamic DT 880.  I listen to mostly classic rock and old heavy metal, but am expanding my interests.  I found some Ane Brun recently and love it.  I like Missy Higgins, KT Tunstall, Vanessa Carlton, and lots of stuff.  I want to learn more about music and get into classical music, etc.

 

Some day I hope to have a desktop amp and highend cans with a good player for FlAC, etc.  I have lots to learn.  I used to play drums and still do in my head.  I love drums and piano.  I have a few other hobbies like guns, ham radio, fishing, camping, used to bike a lot, hunting, etc.

 

I guess that's it for me for now.  Sorry for the long first post.  :)

Senn HD600/HD650 are 300-Ohm and the Beyerdynamic Pro is 250-Ohm.

For plugging headphones straight into the iPad and or iPhone, you might consider getting low impedance headphones.

Audio Technica (40-Ohm), Philips (30-Ohm), Grado (32-Ohm)

post #9 of 22
If you want more bass with Grados, try tape-modded L-cushions and punching holes at the side of the driver. Those things were made to be modded.
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Then forget about the K702 and perhaps the DT880.  Try the DT990 instead.

I really like the low end bass in "Royals".  I think I like an even reference monitor type sound.  I do eq my car stereo to raise the bass and treble though.  I like highs and lows with mids a bit toned down.  Since the V6's are low on some folks list, I can only imagine what I'm missing.

 

I used to have some Cerwin Vega home speakers with 15's and a 100 watt Yamaha.  I did run an eq for a while, but opted to no longer use it.  I used to crank Maria Carey and Peter Gabriel...so, yeah, I like bass, but natural sounding bass.  I do like low end bass.  I'm not a rap or hip hop fan and don't do techno, trance, dance, electronic, etc.

 

I'm also almost 50, so I might not hear the difference between a compressed MP3 or lossless.  I guess I will test my ability to tell the difference someday.

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I ordered a pair of Grado SR80i's :beyersmile:.  I can't wait to try them out.  I'm just going to plug them in to my iPad for a while and keep doing research on sources, cans and amps.  I love the picture thread of your setups.  My wallet says it hates you guys.  ;) 

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I ordered a pair of Grado SR80i's :beyersmile:.  I can't wait to try them out.  I'm just going to plug them in to my iPad for a while and keep doing research on sources, cans and amps.  I love the picture thread of your setups.  My wallet says it hates you guys.  ;) 


Congratulations.  You never forget your first Grado.  :tongue:

 

If you think that sorry about your wallet thing is just some cute saying we toss around lightly, then you have another thing coming. 

post #13 of 22
beerchug.gif and happy listening!

It needs two days (not necessarily continuous burn in to sound best)--that's from the manufacturer. My experience is 35-40 hours. Try it with L-cushions sometime.
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Congratulations.  You never forget your first Grado.  :tongue:

 

If you think that sorry about your wallet thing is just some cute saying we toss around lightly, then you have another thing coming. 

Thank you and I know you're serious.  I've shopped around a few times.  The limit seems to be the sky...

 

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beerchug.gif and happy listening!

It needs two days (not necessarily continuous burn in to sound best)--that's from the manufacturer. My experience is 35-40 hours. Try it with L-cushions sometime.

Thanks!  I'll burn em in.

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welcome to head fi! 

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