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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hey All,

 

I was looking for a little advice on my first real cans. For the past 3-4 years, I've been using a pair of Shure SE 425's, and love them, but I'm looking to go for a pair of headphones. I'll probably purchase the Schiit Magni & Modi, but I don't know what's a good starter headphone to pair with them. I'm looking for a closed back headphone (I know...boooo), because I listen most at work. Maximum I'd be willing to spend for the headphones would probably be around 200-250. 

 

I was looking at the DT 770 -250ohm, but I don't like that the cable isn't detachable, and many people say they are a little lacking in mids.

 

Hope you guys can help me out.

 

Thanks!

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. Most likely won't get into the lossless game until later. Spotify at Extreme Quality is just so much more convenient at this point


Edited by Renuzit - 5/13/14 at 7:32pm
post #2 of 12

Describe the sound signature that you are seeking?

 

If you don't know your preferred sound signature (and even if you do), what genres of music do you plan to run through these cans?

 

Do you plan to use them outside your home?  If so, in what way & with what equipment?

 

And yeah...the DT 770 has very scooped out mids.

post #3 of 12

Unsure about about detachable cables and all as I am quite new to this scene. I bought my first pair of cans, Audio Technica ATH-A900X.

They looked really amazing and was exactly what I was looking for.

I had been lurking this thread for a couple of days to get impressions and then jumped in on them: 

head-fi.org/t/608889/audio-technica-ath-a900x-discussion-thread-formerly-a-900x-review

You can get them on ebay for about 189 USD.


 

post #4 of 12

You could try the SoundMAGIC HP100 ($200) a read. They are great all-rounders.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/714125/review-soundmagic-hp100-the-natural-all-rounder-headphone

post #5 of 12
post #6 of 12

philips fidelio x1. 230 USD from amazon

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/big-bottom-and-lively-top-philips-fidelio-x1

 

or akg k550 or momentum OE

post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by rptlead View Post
 

philips fidelio x1. 230 USD from amazon

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/big-bottom-and-lively-top-philips-fidelio-x1

 

or akg k550 or momentum OE

 

X1's are good but he's looking for closed back. I'd recommend the AKG K545's. They're awesome.

post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by thievesarmy View Post
 

 

X1's are good but he's looking for closed back. I'd recommend the AKG K545's. They're awesome.

oh right i forgot. thanks for pointing that out mate

post #9 of 12

ZMFs. Detachable cable and best closed headphones I have ever heard. I had the 770 250 ohms and these are way better, especially in mids. I would say the 770s have a large quantity of bass as their strong point,  but the ZMFs win in quality bass.

post #10 of 12

The Sound Magic and the ZMFs (or Mad Dog or Paradoxes if you can find them for cheap) are all solid choices.  The T50RP mods (ZMF, Mad Dog, Paradox) are all tilted slightly towards the darker end; if you are looking for more a more neutral presentation, the Sound Magic would probably be better.  The ZMF retails for less on Zach's website, but you can probably snag a used Mad Dog 3.2 for around the same price on the forums if you are patient enough (although ZMFs dont really pop up often here).  The Sound Magic would probably be even less.  Both make great all rounders, but your preference would depend greatly on what kind of music you listen too.  I personally have not tried out the DT770, so I'll refrain from commentary on those. 

 

The Schiit Modi/Magni Combo is a great stack and will hold you over for a good while.  The most important advice I can give though would be the same advice I give to everyone else; if you can, try it out!  While the opinions of others help in narrowing down the search, its really hard to be 100% satisfied with a purchase until you tried everything out yourself. 

post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the suggestions guys (and/or gals). I don't really have a preferred sound signature yet I guess. I listen to mostly rock/indie kind of music. 

 

I plan to use these only at work/home. I checked out the ZMF's and they look fantastic. Looking at the "ZMF CARBON," which are a little more than I wanted to pay, but seems worth it. Does anyone know the resistance on these? Can't seem to find it on the site. Just wondering if they'll get loud enough to occasionally use without an amp. Also, I've heard people say the 1540 pad upgrades are definitely worth it. Thoughts? \

 

Thanks again! 

post #12 of 12
Its 50 ohms, all the specs should be the same as the Fostex T50RP. In terms of volume, they sound fine out of my iphone. Many will say they benefit from amping which is true but they sound good unamped, not unlistenable or anything. Ive heard that too about the pads but i cant say since i have the brainwavz Hm5 pads but i am very happy with them. I think you will be too smily_headphones1.gif
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