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First steps towards enjoying quality sound, require input.

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Hey all,

 

I only recently discovered this community due to my old €20 Philips earbuds breaking down. While I've always been a great fan of listening to good music, it never really dawned on me that I could enjoy this hobby of mine even more, by upgrading my equipment.

 

I replaced those earbuds I had for years with the Sennheiser Momentum over-ears. I was looking at the B&W P7 and the B&O H6 too, but the Momentums turned out to be cheaper by no less than 1/4th of the latter 2. The extra €100 wasn't immediately justifiable for me, as I don't really know what I'm getting into and the Momentum build quality (and reviews) are positive enough not to feel guilty. Plus, I have relatively small ears :).

 

These past few years I went through a ton of different portable audio devices. The last 3 I owned were a HTC Sensation XE smartphone, a Cowon S9 and (currently) a Sansa Clip Zip. I'm fairly content with what it offers, especially after Rockboxing it.

 

The input I'm seeking from you guys is: what's next. I do most of my listening on the go and at work, so what I can do to improve that experience even further? There is a daunting collection of products and accessories available, and it's hard to know what really works for my current setup without busting my wallet.

post #2 of 15
Be contented, n spend more time n $ on Music.?!
post #3 of 15

If you're happy with the Momentums, I'd suggest thinking about improving the digital-to-analog conversion next. I'm not familiar with your mp3 player, but it likely has a less-than-optimal DAC. I doubt you'll be able to bypass the DAC on it, but you can try a dedicated DAC on a PC first before deciding whether or not to upgrade the player as well.

 

Here's an article with some suggestions of a good DAC/Headphone amp to buy:

 

http://lifehacker.com/5903575/unleash-your-headphones-full-potential-with-a-usb-dac-and-amplifier

post #4 of 15

Hello,

 

I see no reason in improving your set up given you already have a Sennheiser Momentum. Its a very good all rounder. You won't be able to see CLEAR improvement over it unless you plan to go open headphone but I doubt that would benefit you as you seem to commute more where isolations is top priority! The Momentum does not need an amplifier either to improve further, but if anything, tighter bass. You can look into popular DAPs by FiiO and iBasso or A&K if you are willing to spend that much.

 

Hope it helps

Billson :)

 

PS: the Momentum and H6 are two different things xD the Momentum is far more busy, warm and dark in comparison. The H6 sound more neutral and lacks bass in comparison. I like the H6 better but I am no basshead 

post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thank you for the feedback all, much appreciated.

 

I decided to stick with my current portable 'setup' and learn to appreciate the (very apparent) improvement in sound quality. The one thing that shocked me is how clear everything sounds compared to the (now) muddled sound of my serviceable, yet very cheap earbuds. It's an extraordinary experience to rediscover songs I've been listening to for the past 20 years.

post #6 of 15

Make sure your files are good quality, like 320kbps Mp3s or 256kbps AAC

post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 

Luckily I already took the effort to look for, at least 320kbps in the past, even though it was unlikely I'd ever discern the difference. Getting some more high quality Chopin/Brahms, that should make a difference :)

post #8 of 15
post #9 of 15

Don't waste money on HDtracks

post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by kraken2109 View Post
 

Don't waste money on HDtracks

Haven't lost my mind just yet, but thanks for the heads-up :)

post #11 of 15
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 Don't waste money on HDtracks

I've read some of the criticism here, but there are definitely some very good sounding tracks on there. I can't speak for all of them, of course.

post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by Lamb-Audio View Post
 

I've read some of the criticism here, but there are definitely some very good sounding tracks on there. I can't speak for all of them, of course.

I should have made a more general point,

Don't waste money on 'high res' audio.

post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by Lorspeaker View Post

Be contented, n spend more time n $ on Music.?!

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by kraken2109 View Post
 

Make sure your files are good quality, like 320kbps Mp3s or 256kbps AAC

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by kraken2109 View Post
 

Don't waste money on HDtracks

All good advice.

 

If you're hellbent on spending a little on equipment, my recommendation would be to upgrade your portable source to something like a DX50 or AK100. And possibly, depending on how much stationary listening you do, finding a USB DAC for your computer/laptop.

post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 

I do most of my listening on the go and at work. While at work I still listen to my portable media player because we're not allowed to store music files on our laptops. 

I could listen to a streaming service though and find myself going to Soundcloud often, but not often enough to warrant a €130'ish (looking at the Dragonfly) investment. 

 

I don't do a lot of listening at home since I'm hardly there to begin with.

post #15 of 15
Have you considered going the custom IEM route?
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