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Thread Starter 

Hello!

 

I currently own a AudioGD Compass DAC/AMP in combination with a DT880 Ed. 2005 (250 Ohm) headphone. I was looking for an upgrade and start to take a closer look at the T1.

 

However, some other factors, make it necessary that I am the only one hearing the music with the phones :D. So now I am looking at a closed solution.

 

A few questions on this:

 

1) Are there any closed headphones who would match the performance of high-end semi-open cans, like the T1 for instance?

 

2) What closed headphones would you suggest, considering following criteria:

 

- the new headphones should work well with the Compass

- they will replace the DT880, so I expect them to be at least as comfortable as them

- I am very pleased with the DT880, so the sound signature should go in the same direction. Minor/Major improvements are welcome, but there should not be a radical change between the outputs.

- a good price/performance ratio would be great and the budget is at most 800 EUR.

 

Now, I want to select a few models to test against each other. Here's where I need your help. What should I get?

 

Thanks for your support,

 

Chris

post #2 of 8

This...

 

https://mrspeakers.com/mrspeakers-alpha-dog-headphones/

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post #4 of 8

Z-Vibe (http://www.zmfheadphones.com/zmf-x-vibro-labs/) is expected in May, if you can wait.

post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 

How does the T5p compare to the others you suggested?

 

Are the Audeze LCD-XC really worth so much cash?

post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by chrisr34000 View Post
 

How does the T5p compare to the others you suggested?

 

Are the Audeze LCD-XC really worth so much cash?


The T5p may be one of the most overpriced cans on the market.  It sounds good for a headphone at about 50% of its price.  The almost identically priced T1 blows it away.

 

Whether the XC is worth the money is both a very subjective and personal question.  I believe it accurate to say that is currently the most expensive (based on street prices) generally available stock closed can on the market--hundreds higher than the TH-900.  Further it is a planar and needs a reasonably powerful amp to properly drive it (per Audeze: Optimal power requirement is 1-4 W).  I don't know your equipment and can't say whether or not it is adequate to the task.

post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 

I am looking at the Fostex right now. You've mentioned TH-900, but they cost like 1500 EUR here... double the price for the TH-600. Is it different in the US?

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Originally Posted by chrisr34000 View Post
 

I am looking at the Fostex right now. You've mentioned TH-900, but they cost like 1500 EUR here... double the price for the TH-600. Is it different in the US?


Yup--in the U.S. the street prices between the two is about x2.

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