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What should I upgrade my AKG K271S to?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Hi all.


 

Listening my K271S from laptop via Audinst mx-1. AKGs are quite flat and more suitable for studio work. I'd like to get something more interesting. 90% of my music is Alternative or some kind of electronics.

On a possible upgrade list:

1. Beyer DT990 pro.

2. Beyer DT880

3. Denon D600

4. Denon D2000

5. Ultrasone Pro 900

and anything with about the same price tag.


 

Here's the questions:

1. Should I go for 600omh versions of beyers? I believe Audinst will drive em fime, but will more impedance result to better quality?

2. DT880 will sound more neutral compared to DT990 but still more fun then AKGs I have, right?

3. How does D600 compared to DT990 pro D2000? Can I say that D600 hands down better then D2000?

4. From what I read ultrasones are quite special compared to Beyer/Denon. Someone likes it, and someone does not. Can anyone confirm that? I cannot listen before I buy, and most likely no returns. So I'd prefer to make a solid choice.


 

Well, I'm mostly choosing between D600 and DT990Pro. Tell me if I'm heading right direction?


 

Regards.

Victor.

 


Edited by TLN - 7/1/14 at 11:26am
post #2 of 7
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Originally Posted by TLN View Post
 

Listening my K271S from laptop via Audinst mx-1. AKGs are quite flat and more suitable for studio work. I'd like to get something more interesting. 90% of my music is Alternative or some kind of electronics.

On a possible upgrade list:

1. Beyer DT990 pro.

2. Beyer DT880

3. Denon D600

4. Denon D2000

5. Ultrasone Pro 900

and anything with about the same price tag.

Here's the questions:

1. Should I go for 600-Ohm versions of Beyers? I believe Audinst will drive em fine, but will more impedance result to better quality?

2. DT880 will sound more neutral compared to DT990 but still more fun then AKGs I have, right?

3. How does D600 compared to DT990 pro D2000? Can I say that D600 hands down better then D2000?

4. From what I read Ultrasones are quite special compared to Beyer/Denon. Someone likes it, and someone does not. Can anyone confirm that? I cannot listen before I buy, and most likely no returns. So I'd prefer to make a solid choice.

Well, I'm mostly choosing between D600 and DT990 Pro. Tell me if I'm heading right direction?

 

The DT990s are full bass and full treble, which slightly overshadows the mids, but the mids are clear.

The DT880s are more balanced and the treble is a little bright.

The 600-Ohm versions of the DT880/DT990 are not really worth it unless you get them for under $225.

The DT880 250-Ohm and 600-Ohm sound almost the same.

The DT990 600-Ohm does have a noticeable improved bass (tighter), then the DT990 250-Ohm.

 

Here is a thread on AH-D600 vs. AH-D2000.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/633463/denon-ah-d600-or-denon-ah-d2000

post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 

Pretty much as I thought about DT880 and DT990.

Do you think it's worth seeking D600 ($200-250), or better get DT990 Pro for cheap (I see they sell for $150-170 for Pro version) and save money?

 

If they're priced the same, what would you take: DT990pro vs DT990 600ohm vs D600 vs whateverelse?


Edited by TLN - 7/1/14 at 12:27pm
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Pretty much as I thought about DT880 and DT990.

Do you think it's worth seeking D600 ($200-250), or better get DT990 Pro for cheap (I see they sell for $150-170 for Pro version) and save money?

 

If they're priced the same, what would you take: DT990 pro vs DT990 600-Ohm vs D600 vs whateverelse?

 

I'm going to guess(?) the D600 in general is better sounding then the DT990s

Refurb AH-D600, $199

http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/denahd600/denon-ah-d600-music-maniac-over-ear-headphones-black/1.html?gclid=CIbttr3wpL8CFQxp7AodfEUAYA

 

I would guess the DT990 would offer better surround sound (gaming/movies).

 

Personally I would get the Audio Technica ATH-AD900X (open) headphones.

I have the ATH-A900X (closed) headphones and I prefer them for music, over the DT990s.

And I would assume(?) the open AD900X sound a little better then the closed A900Xs.

post #5 of 7
Since the denon d600 is being mentioned here, i'll just put the yamaha pro 500 here as well.
They have had a huge price drop in the US (half original msrp)
post #6 of 7
Here is the only comparison i found for the denon d600 and yamaha pro 500s
http://www.head-fi.org/t/628488/yamaha-pro-headphones/270
Edited by zunehdrocks - 7/1/14 at 4:11pm
post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by zunehdrocks View Post

Since the denon d600 is being mentioned here, i'll just put the yamaha pro 500 here as well.
They have had a huge price drop in the US (half original msrp)


 

Will check them out too.
 

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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

 


 

I'm going to guess(?) the D600 in general is better sounding then the DT990s

Refurb AH-D600, $199

http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/denahd600/denon-ah-d600-music-maniac-over-ear-headphones-black/1.html?gclid=CIbttr3wpL8CFQxp7AodfEUAYA


 

I would guess the DT990 would offer better surround sound (gaming/movies).


 

Personally I would get the Audio Technica ATH-AD900X (open) headphones.

I have the ATH-A900X (closed) headphones and I prefer them for music, over the DT990s.

And I would assume(?) the open AD900X sound a little better then the closed A900Xs.

Never heard about AT advised for Alternative or Rock. People mostly recommend Beyers to that genres.

I cannot listen to phones before I buy, so I'd stay with "safe" and proven cans.

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