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Advise for a newbie please

post #1 of 12
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I primarily love listening to music on my iPod. I have a very eclectic taste, and listen to everything from classical to pop to some heavy metal. I have been using my in ear ER 6i. Recently on a camping trip, I got my hands on my daughters beats by Dr Dre and was blown away by the difference in sound.
What are your recommendations for a good pair of headphones for someone like me. My budget is ideally $200 -$300, but I can stretch to $500. It seems like the best reviewed are vmoda and AT M50X. Are these good for my purposes? Will I need an amp? Any other recommendations and suggestions are appreciated.
post #2 of 12

i'm assuming you liked the heavy bass on the beats? Go with the vmoda m100 then

post #3 of 12
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I liked they beats better than my old in ear headphones. But I have been reading that they are not considered to be good by the audiophile community. Thus I was looking for recommendations of what to consider and try out. Is it worth spending more money on a good pair of headphones if my output device is an iPod playing mp3?
post #4 of 12

Hi,

 

You should consider Yamaha HPH-Pro 500 and V-Moda M100.

AudioTechnica ATH WS99 is also a great pick if you are a bass lover.

 

You won't have any troubles driving any of this headphones with an iPod.

 

Best Luck!

post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by Davudvl View Post

I liked they beats better than my old in ear headphones. But I have been reading that they are not considered to be good by the audiophile community. Thus I was looking for recommendations of what to consider and try out. Is it worth spending more money on a good pair of headphones if my output device is an iPod playing mp3?

The Beats are not bad headphones. Just way over priced to pay for all that marketing that they do. In other words, if they were priced about half MSRP, they would get far better respect from many people as bass heavy headphones.
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thank you for the replies.

What do you guys think about bowers&wilkins p5/p7 or the Hifiman HE 400 or Sen. HD 600 ?
post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by Davudvl View Post

Thank you for the replies.

What do you guys think about bowers&wilkins p5/p7 or the Hifiman HE 400 or Sen. HD 600 ?

Very different headphones...

 

B&W P5/P7 are warm sounding closed back headphones.

 

Hifiman HE-400 and Sennheiser HD600 are both open back headphones that don't provide any isolation. Both need extra amplification to sound good.

 

HE-400s are planar magnetic headphones with quite flat bass, recessed uper mids / lower treble and raised highs over 8KHz.

 

Sennheiser HD600 are neutral headphones with little amount of bass in comparison with M100, HPH Pro 500, B&W, HE-400, etc.

post #8 of 12
HE-400 are phenomenal for bass. But you would probably want an amp to get the best out of them with your iPod (you could always see first) as they are somewhat insensitive (i.e., need more power to achieve a high volume).
post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
Ok. Thanx.
I don't think I am ready to invest in an amp at this time.
I think I am leaning towards the Vmoda XS as a traveling headphone. As far as I understand, it is very good without an amp. How will it do with classical and pop music?

Out of the ones we discussed here, if I were to purchase a second pair for home use which will work well without an amp, which one would you recommend ?
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
And does anyone use an amp with their vmoda xs headphones?
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by Davudvl View Post

And does anyone use an amp with their vmoda xs headphones?

I have no doubt some people do. But everyone uses different source devices and has different listening needs. Whether or not you would benefit depends in part on how loud you listen. iPods generally have good sound. Adding an amp might give only marginal improvement unless you need more volume and/or dynamic headroom. And it would depend, of course, on which amp you buy.
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
Hi guys. Thank you again for taking time to reply to my queries. After reading your replies and conducting further research, I have narrowed it down to these:

Senn HD 600. For home listening classical and instrumental. Is it worth the premium over the HD 598?

V-Moda XS for fun on the go for all kinds of music.

And then Nad hp50 vs B&W p7 vs. Thinksound on1. for noise isolation. ( still can't make up my mind between these three)

And fiio E 17 to power the ones that need it.

Let me know what you think or any suggestions/ substitutions ?
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