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Headphone Recommendations to go with Magni & Modi

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

I have been lurking around here and I have shot for the Schiit Magni & Modi and I just got them a couple of days ago.

I own ATH-AD700 and honestly the AD700 is a great headphone for gaming and movies, very comfortable and huge sound stage, I really love it for gaming and movies.

 

In terms of listening to music I’m not satisfied with it and I assume it is now the bottleneck to fully enjoy the Schiit stack and it is time to upgrade. In addition, volume control is hard and it almost impossible to find a sweet spot.

 

Budget wise I can go up to 300$ and maybe more but it is not about the money it is about spending it wisely and making the right choice, I don't want to spend a fortune for just to get a fraction of improvement.

 

Now If I want to own one pair for all kind of music, what would be your recommendation?

 

Currently I’m looking at:

HD 600 for $390.91 I might be able to hunt it for less J

Beyerdynamic DT-990-Pro-250 for 162$

AudioTechnica AD900X for 188$

Philips Fidelio X1/28 Premium Over-Ear Headphones for 233$

AKG Q 701 for 199$

 

Note: when buying it is final, there is no way I can return it. I'm shipping it overseas in addition I don't have the chance to try any of the above headphone or else in local shops. It is just not available. :)

 

Thanks

post #2 of 27
Might help to explain what you like, don't like, and would like to improve over the AD700s. smily_headphones1.gif
post #3 of 27
Thread Starter 

Ok I'll try to explain, this is going to be tricky for me, I'm not fully aware of how to use the right terminology.

 

I can hardly hear the lows unless I increase the volume to a high level which I don't like and when I do increase the volume it becomes very irritating to listen.

 

The highs are piercing my ears its unpleasant and not comfortable to listen even sometimes on low or medium volume level. ->lossless tracks

 

the music tones sound a kind of dry or may be bright is the right word, I'm not sure. and flat as well. 

Classical music sound is worst using M&M with AD700 it s better listened to from my smart TV direct.

lossless track is worst than HQ mp3 using M&M while lossless is better using the AD700 direct from the smart TV ! 

last but not least when listen to AD700 with M&M I feel the music inside my head.

seriously, the AD700 sounds way better hooked to my smart TV than M&M.

 

 

 

I hope the above make sense somehow :blink: 


Edited by shksa - 4/25/14 at 10:30am
post #4 of 27
The AD700s don't have good bass extension, and tend to roll off starting in the midbass region. So you'll want to think about whether a fairly neutral headphone with good, deep bass extension would suit you best. Or a headphone with extra bass emphasis.

I think you will definitely get more detail/resolution with many of the headphones you have listed, which seems like it might be one of the things you are looking for.
post #5 of 27
Thread Starter 

yes, you are absolutely right the listed headphones are very nice and very popular but I think any headphone would sound differently depending on the dac/amp used.

 

I wish I could get feedback from m&m users about the above headphones or else.

If I couldn't make a decision, I think the HD600 will be my safe choice.


Edited by shksa - 4/26/14 at 9:33am
post #6 of 27
Hello

Philips X1 is a pretty solid choice too. They are bassy and dark. Should work well with your M&M and you can always switch back to ATH-AD700 if you wish to have the wide soundstage and brightness. The AD700 have among the widest soundstage (headphone only, higher end speaker will for sure have better soundstage IMO)

Hope it helps
Billson smily_headphones1.gif
post #7 of 27
Thread Starter 

Thank you Bill for the input, indeed the X1 is highly regarded choice

 

Is Audio Technica AD900X going to be bright as well like AD700? because I looove the sound stage in AD700

 

and from what I have read, I think I will remove the DT990 and DT880 from my list and I will consider hifiman he-400

post #8 of 27
Not sure.. My experience with ATH is very limited frown.gif sorry.. Don't wanna make wrong recommendation but you can read some other's review.
post #9 of 27
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Originally Posted by shksa View Post

Is Audio Technica AD900X going to be bright as well like AD700? because I looove the sound stage in AD700

I don't know either. But you could ask in this thread: http://www.head-fi.org/t/659504/audio-technica-ath-ad900x-appreciation-thread
post #10 of 27
HD 650.
post #11 of 27
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Originally Posted by shksa View Post
 

Thank you Bill for the input, indeed the X1 is highly regarded choice

Is Audio Technica AD900X going to be bright as well like AD700? because I looove the sound stage in AD700

and from what I have read, I think I will remove the DT990 and DT880 from my list and I will consider Hifiman he-400

 

I own the ATH-A900X closed headphones and really like the sound, I'm assuming the AD900X will sound a little better.

I never use my ATH-AD700s any more, because of the lack of bass.

post #12 of 27
Thread Starter 

Thank you all for sharing your thoughts.

 

I'm going to do some reading and searching and come back

 

BTY, I managed to improve the sound of the AD700 big time by enabling the "bass boost" and "loudness equalization" in sound property and now I can feel the usual sound stage in AD700 back again, i think AD700 is performing as it should now.​:atsmile:

 

What really puzzles me is that the sound from the smart TV for the same sound track is more musical and enjoyable than using the M&M, even though it is grainy and not as clear as the sound out of the M&M.

post #13 of 27
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Originally Posted by shksa View Post
 

Thank you all for sharing your thoughts.I'm going to do some reading and searching and come backBTY, I managed to improve the sound of the AD700 big time by enabling the "bass boost" and "loudness equalization" in sound property and now I can feel the usual sound stage in AD700 back again, i think AD700 is performing as it should now.​:atsmile:

What really puzzles me is that the sound from the smart TV for the same sound track is more musical and enjoyable than using the M&M, even though it is grainy and not as clear as the sound out of the M&M.

 

What exactly are you plugging the USB Modi into?

post #14 of 27
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Originally Posted by shksa View Post
 

Thank you all for sharing your thoughts.

 

I'm going to do some reading and searching and come back

 

BTY, I managed to improve the sound of the AD700 big time by enabling the "bass boost" and "loudness equalization" in sound property and now I can feel the usual sound stage in AD700 back again, i think AD700 is performing as it should now.:atsmile:

 

What really puzzles me is that the sound from the smart TV for the same sound track is more musical and enjoyable than using the M&M, even though it is grainy and not as clear as the sound out of the M&M.

It is the synergy doing the magic! xD

post #15 of 27
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

 

What exactly are you plugging the USB Modi into?

into a laptop

and I'm not getting 96000 Hz now, I don't know what is wrong

 


Edited by shksa - 4/28/14 at 9:04am
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