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Help in choosing an UPgrade

Poll Results: Suggesions??

 
  • 66% (8)
    HifiMan he400
  • 8% (1)
    Fidelio X1
  • 8% (1)
    HD 558
  • 0% (0)
    HD 598
  • 0% (0)
    AKG q701
  • 8% (1)
    DT990
  • 8% (1)
    other
12 Total Votes  
post #1 of 60
Thread Starter 

Ok i guess i should start with a little background... 

 

       Well i am a sixteen year old with a bit of obsession with audio lately.. i purchased my first set up decent "cans" a few months with the ath M50's and what can i say, im in love. Im currently playing them through my acer computer (spotify and itunes) and also my droid phone with my fiio e11 amp. I plan on keeping my m50's as my all around phones ( have bought velour pads and a case for them btw) and have the soul SL150's i throw in my bag every day with me for school (got them new off amazon for 50$). like bass but i am in no way a bass head, i listen to mostly Alternative Rock (Green day, Theory of a Deadman, Weezer) but like to sometimes to mix it up with something fun like some rap or Skrillx or something.
  

 

 

        okay what ive been looking for : Have been searching for an open back pair for at home use and also maybe for some COD on the ps3. 

 

Sennheiser HD 558: Baby steps maybe? probley could find for $100 and no need for an amp upgrade.

Sennheiser HD 598: Comfort looks amazing, good sound but lacking bass and not a fan of the old man colors.. But was offered a new pair on Ebay for $160.

Beyerdynamic DT990 pro: Comfort+.. but worried about bad reviews due to harsh mids and not good for newer music But on Amazon for $155 right now.

AKG q701- look cool huge soundstage... good for COD... and Good comfort.. But apparently really hard to drive.. probley could get a new pair for about 160.

Fidelio X1: love the classy look, super comfy, great bass, but apparently to slow for Rock music

HifiMan he400's: GO BIG OR GO HOME option , great reviews, good comfort, new model coming out soon (he 400i's) so maybe price will  come down a little.. BUT IF they are worth it im willing to pay for the amp upgrade (Schitt Modi/Magni combo?) and the $300 price tag for these headphones...

 

 

PLEASE HELP! lol not really urgent but id Appreciate it :k701smile: P.S. im up for suggestions!! maybe some grados or something?? P.S.S i apologize for my noobiness 

post #2 of 60
Thread Starter 

Oh Wow... My spelling.. :/// lol

post #3 of 60

I'd get some Grado SR225i's if I were you, but you wouldn't want to use them for modern-ish rap or dubstep. 

 

Also, I'm super biased.

post #4 of 60
Thread Starter 

They look really nice but how is comfort? that's the one thing about grados that scare me

post #5 of 60
The HE-400s are an awesome pair of headphones if you like some impactful bass. The FiiO E11 would be OK to drive them, but they certainly get even better with a good DAC and amp because they are extremely resolving headphones that you'd hear even more detail with.

I'd suggest going with the Grado SR80i for rock, and a pair of DT990s for gaming and listening to EDM. That would give you the best of both worlds smily_headphones1.gif
post #6 of 60
I would keep the M-50's. Unless you spend $1000 or above you will not see a big upgrade in sound quality, unless you really want it to be that is.
post #7 of 60
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

The HE-400s are an awesome pair of headphones if you like some impactful bass. The FiiO E11 would be OK to drive them, but they certainly get even better with a good DAC and amp because they are extremely resolving headphones that you'd hear even more detail with.

I'd suggest going with the Grado SR80i for rock, and a pair of DT990s for gaming and listening to EDM. That would give you the best of both worlds smily_headphones1.gif

Okay thanks! Any recommendations for an amp/dac for the he 400's though?
post #8 of 60
Depends on your budget. For $200, the Magni/Modi is sort of the no brainer. And you could start with the Modi and use your E11 with it (so you could buy over time).

And it's not that the HE-400s would sound bad with the E11--they'll sound really good. It's more like just they have additional potential smily_headphones1.gif
post #9 of 60
Thread Starter 
Oh ok Thanks! I was under the impression tht fio e11 + he 400 would not be anywhere near enough power... buying one unit one at a time sounds alot more practical than dropping $500 at once.. thanks for the idea!.. and do u think the price will drop soon??? Any news on the release date of the he 400i's???
post #10 of 60
Thread Starter 

There she is! Never used pair for 260!
post #11 of 60
Thread Starter 
Hey guys just checking back in... i ended up buying some dt 990s for 100$.. and bought a new matrix m stage amp for cheap... any tips?.. what dac should i get?.. and right now the plan is to keep the dt's for a while then upgrade to the he400's smily_headphones1.gif
post #12 of 60
DT990s for $100? And an M-Stage? That's great biggrin.gif

Schiit Modi or the ODAC would be two very good choices to pair with the M-Stage. Modi has the advantage of you can order it with optical input if you want. ODAC has a nice tiny size that can even be used with portable use with a portable amp.
post #13 of 60
Thread Starter 
Yep the pro version 250ohm never used for 100$ smily_headphones1.gif pretty pumped about it.. and the m stage was 60$ including shipping smily_headphones1.gif and yea im leaning towards the modi right now, it looks pretty nice
post #14 of 60
I have the ODAC, but have not heard the Modi. But everything I've read is that they are comparable in class--not worth worrying about trying to figure out any sound differences to me because they are DACS: they are supposed to be aiming for transparency.

If you need the portability of the ODAC or the small size, the Modi is the way to go. Coupled with what you have bought already, that's a kickass setup for what you'll have into it smily_headphones1.gif
post #15 of 60
Thread Starter 
Thanks sooooooo much for all your help!!!!! smily_headphones1.gif
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