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Hello everyone, Care to share some advice on my planned setup?

post #1 of 18
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Hello everyone, first time here and I was hoping to get some more specific advice on my current planned setup. (Please Note I need it to be available on amazon because I'm using a GC, (Also prime shipping is HIGHLY preferred ty.) 

 

Budget: $800. Aiming for the AKG 702 (is aniv edition worth it?) and or maybe the Shure 1840. For Closed, I currently have the Ath-M50 but I'm thinking about trying out the Sony MDR1R but couldn't find any reviews

Source: This is the part where I'm having trouble deciding. I want to to get an amp/Dac and am wondering what to get. The things I am currently looking at Fiio E07k Andes or E17 Alpen. (Should I get the E09k Amp as well? Seems Pricy).

Requirements for Isolation: None.

Preferred Type of Headphone: Open, but open to recommendations for any.

Past Headphones: Ath-M50 and Jaybird BluebudsX

Preferred Music It really varies, Punk rock, Techno, Acoustics, maybe classical too

 

I'm not too sure what more info to add but anyone who has ANY comments or recommendations please leave a post, I'm open to any and all advice. My main priority right now is to find a proper DAC/Amp combo. Also, Aesthetics also are important to me even if they shouldn't be, (reasons why I'm choosing the AKG and Sony besides the fact that they are highly rated).

post #2 of 18
The annie isn't worth it. It's the same as the regular with memory foam pads that give a better seal for a slightly warmer sound. Given your diverse genres, I think you'd prefer Q701 because it has a little more bass. Also look at HE400 because it's very versatile; not so comfortable though. I have a knowledgeable acquaintance who's content with E09+E17 and HE400.
post #3 of 18

On an $800 budget, I'd get the HE-500 while it's closeout priced and the Schiit stack (Magni & Modi).

 

Actually, I'd probably get the HE-500 and a used/demo Asgard 2 because I don't use a stand alone DAC to listen to my SACD's, CD's, vinyl and Blu-ray & DVD discs of various flavors.

post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post

The annie isn't worth it. It's the same as the regular with memory foam pads that give a better seal for a slightly warmer sound. Given your diverse genres, I think you'd prefer Q701 because it has a little more bass. Also look at HE400 because it's very versatile; not so comfortable though. I have a knowledgeable acquaintance who's content with E09+E17 and HE400.

Hmm alright I'll skip the anniversary edition. As for the Q701 that's the quincy jones one right? I believe the K701's don't have a detachable cable correct? I was hoping to try that out as a perk. Would it viable to get both Q701 and K702? Probably not huh. As for the HE400 they look HUGE. I will definitely take those into consideration but I really like the looks of the AKG series. Also, thanks for the information regarding the ODAC+Amp, they are definitely my current go-to plan. 

 

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On an $800 budget, I'd get the HE-500 while it's closeout priced and the Schiit stack (Magni & Modi).

 

Actually, I'd probably get the HE-500 and a used/demo Asgard 2 because I don't use a stand alone DAC to listen to my SACD's, CD's, vinyl and Blu-ray & DVD discs of various flavors.

 

Oof, I feel like the HE-500 is a bit more than what I'd currently like to spend on a Headphones, It retails for ~500 which means i could probably try the K702 and Sony first xD but maybe I can settle and try out the HE-400 later, are they similar? As for the Magni and Modi combo i'll also put them under consideration, thanks for giving me that option to consider. As for the Asgard 2, I'm not even sure I'd NEED a Odac but I sure as heck would like to have one just in case so I think I'd rather stick to the Magni/Modi or the E09/17 combo. Thank you for responding as well, it was very helpful and I appreciate you taking you taking your time to write something down for me.

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post #6 of 18
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Hmm alright I'll skip the anniversary edition. As for the Q701 that's the quincy jones one right? I believe the K701's don't have a detachable cable correct? I was hoping to try that out as a perk. Would it viable to get both Q701 and K702? Probably not huh. As for the HE400 they look HUGE. I will definitely take those into consideration but I really like the looks of the AKG series. Also, thanks for the information regarding the ODAC+Amp, they are definitely my current go-to plan.

 

Q701 Quincy Jones and K701 don't have the detachable cable; K702 does. I find the detachable one to be a hassle because it sticks out more. I never bothered trying aftermarket cables with it as I don't enjoy it enough to want to bother (I'm selling it soon). The only comfort issue for some is the bumps on the older Made in Austria models' headbands.

 

The HE400 housing is plastic and it's the lightest and most comfortable of the Hifimans. But still, it considerably less comfortable than the AKGs. I also like it's sound the most of the Hifimans, which I'm aware is a minority opinion.

post #7 of 18
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Read about both HiFiman cans in this excellent piece:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/634201/battle-of-the-flagships-58-headphones-compared-update-audeze-lcd-2-revision-2-6-4-13#user_HE500

Ooh!! I did look at this thread which is the reason why I picked akg in the first place, but I didn't realize how highly the HE400/500 Series scored at the price per value point! Definitely putting it under more serious consideration now.

 

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Q701 Quincy Jones and K701 don't have the detachable cable; K702 does. I find the detachable one to be a hassle because it sticks out more. I never bothered trying aftermarket cables with it as I don't enjoy it enough to want to bother (I'm selling it soon). The only comfort issue for some is the bumps on the older Made in Austria models' headbands.

 

The HE400 housing is plastic and it's the lightest and most comfortable of the Hifimans. But still, it considerably less comfortable than the AKGs. I also like it's sound the most of the Hifimans, which I'm aware is a minority opinion.

 

Oh how much further does the cable stick out? Does it cause any discomfort? I am worried about the discomfort caused by the K701, I read a couple posts where people seemingly joked about having dents in their heads cause of it. (Ridiculous, but I'm assuming that the sarcasm is used for emphasis). Does that apply to the Q701 as well? Or is it just the K701 with the issue?

 

Hmm I think instead of the HE400 I'll hold out and try to check out the HE500 instead, they looked very similar, is the feel and comfort for the HE500 similar to the HE400?

post #8 of 18

The HE 400 and 500 are similar in feel and comfort--at least to me.  The HE 500 is a bit heavier but comes standard with two types of pads.  Like most/all other aspects of the 500, the article gives accurate description of its comfort.

post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by xerept View Post
 

Oh how much further does the cable stick out? Does it cause any discomfort? I am worried about the discomfort caused by the K701, I read a couple posts where people seemingly joked about having dents in their heads cause of it. (Ridiculous, but I'm assuming that the sarcasm is used for emphasis). Does that apply to the Q701 as well? Or is it just the K701 with the issue?

 

Hmm I think instead of the HE400 I'll hold out and try to check out the HE500 instead, they looked very similar, is the feel and comfort for the HE500 similar to the HE400?

 

The cable doesn't stick out enough to bang into anything so much as it makes me paranoid about banging it. The headband bumps don't bother me; maybe in a few years years if I have less hair. The original models from years ago had seven bumps, which sucked because the middle one would press into your head. Then came eight bumps, which I have no problem with but some dislike it. Since they moved production to China, I'm told they got rid of the bumps.

 

I found HE500 too heavy. I honestly can't believe people wear those things on their heads, but they have a following. HE400 is livable, but not great. Probably best to wait for the new ones (HE400i & HE560) with the--it can only be hoped--more comfortable headband and lighter internals.

post #10 of 18

Wearing my HE-500 now listening to a Doobies SACD and having no problems.  But everyone is different and I can certainly understand why most planars are too heavy for some.

 

The HE-560i, at $900, will blow by that $800 budget by itself.

post #11 of 18
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Wearing my HE-500 now listening to a Doobies SACD and having no problems.  But everyone is different and I can certainly understand why most planars are too heavy for some.

 

The HE-560i, at $900, will blow by that $800 budget by itself.

 

But the HE400i could be done, right?

post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post
 

Wearing my HE-500 now listening to a Doobies SACD and having no problems.  But everyone is different and I can certainly understand why most planars are too heavy for some.

 

The HE-560i, at $900, will blow by that $800 budget by itself.

 

But the HE400i could be done, right?


Don't recall the specific upcoming price on it, except I seem to recall it was close to the $700 pre-closeout price of the HE-500.

post #13 of 18

Looks like the 400i will be priced at $500--a few dollars more than a B stock HE-500 at current prices.  See:

 

http://www.cnet.com/news/hifimans-advanced-headphone-tech-at-ces-2014-improves-sound-quality/

post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

Looks like the 400i will be priced at $500--a few dollars more than a B stock HE-500 at current prices.  See:

http://www.cnet.com/news/hifimans-advanced-headphone-tech-at-ces-2014-improves-sound-quality/

Thanks. So it would be a trade off of comfort for sound (for those who prefer HE500 and supposing that HE400i sounds a lot like HE400).
post #15 of 18
Thread Starter 

Hmm I see, Thanks to both of you, I think I'll look around for the HE400i sometimes, seems to hit the middleground between the 400 and 500 right?

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