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hello! need recommendations

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hi! I've lurked here occasionally, just now deciding to make a post.

I've owned some headphones in the past (ATH-A700, ATH-AD700, SRH750DJ, Ultrasone Pro 650, DT770 Pro 80) decided my favorite was the DT-770 and ended up with that for about a year. After using that for a while with FiiO E7+E9 hooked up to my laptop, I've decided I want something an upgrade / something new. I don't think I did enough research at first which might be why I ended up with so many sets of headphones..

 

Previously, I preferred closed headphones because I shared a room in college. But now I have my own room, and I tried a friend's open DT-990 which sounded great, so I've been looking at open options as well.

 

I've been looking at HiFiMan HE-400, AKG K702, AKG Q701, ..not sure though, so I came here for expert advice.

what headphones do you recommend? Either open or closed, but I prefer something with a bit of extra bass or a v-shaped sound.

 

I think my budget would be around $200-300. I can be flexible if I need to upgrade my amplification.

thanks!


Edited by dagnisaun - 4/1/14 at 9:10pm
post #2 of 7

philips x1 or he400. I think the x1 will be better for you based on your description. 

 

avoid the akg's. they're bass light.


Edited by b0000 - 4/1/14 at 9:23pm
post #3 of 7

Sounds as if you got it right on the first try with the DT990. Some of the Philips have good bass too, but that's not really my thing so I don't remember them all that well.

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Originally Posted by b0000 View Post

philips x1 or he400. I think the x1 will be better for you based on your description. 

avoid the akg's. they're bass light.

Agreed. HE-400s really need an amp. If you were open to getting an amp, then the HE400s would be my choice. The X1s will be much easier to drive without one.

If you liked the bass of the DT990s, then you would be disappointed with the AKG 70x series.
post #5 of 7
I've had the DT-990, Q701, and HE-400. If you want bass, don't get the Q701. The bass isn't terrible, but it's just not a headphone you should buy if you're looking for bass first and foremost. It's lacking in impact.

The HE-400 and DT-990 are fairly similar. Both have a V-shaped sound with great bass and some harshness in the treble that may or may not bother you. If you liked the DT-990, you'd almost certainly like the HE-400. IMO, the HE-400 is better in all respects. More detail in general, and the bass is tighter, deeper, harder-hitting, more textured, everything.

I have not tried the Fiios, but I imagine they will do well enough as amplification for the DT-990 or HE-400. The HE-400 is easier to drive than the DT-990 250 ohm in terms of volume, though it's also more transparent so it benefits from a nice amp even more than the DT-990. It's not a question of power so much as clarity and refinement. I would recommend an amp upgrade for the HE-400, but don't let that stop you from getting the HE-400 now. It will work fine. I plug my HE-400 into my iPad all the time and it has plenty of volume. Not ideal of course, but the point is just that the HE-400 doesn't *need* a monster amp (says the guy with a 50 watt speaker amp... evil_smiley.gif)
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I. . . but the point is just that the HE-400 doesn't *need* a monster amp (says the guy with a 50 watt speaker amp... evil_smiley.gif)

I had not looked at your sig before. I didn't realize you were one of those crazy speaker tap guys biggrin.gif
post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 

thanks so much everyone! lots of good advice.

I've decided to go with the HE-400 for now. depending on how it sounds with my setup, I may or may not consider an amp upgrade but I'll keep everything in mind.

 

:smile:

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