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Recommended headphones for Bravo Audio Ocean amp.

post #1 of 11
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Hello I am new to head-fi.org, and I have done a lot of research on the site so far. I recently got a Bravo Audio Ocean tube amp for a dirt ball low price. I have been using it with some cheap gaming heaphones, and well... they sound horrible. My budget is roughly 100USD. And I would prefer to buy on amazon(gift cards).
I have no preference on open or closed, but full size over ear is a plus for me.

Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 11
Open headphones have the benefit of bigger soundstage, but $100 doesn't quite get you to a good open over ear. Closest thing to your budget is the Sennheiser HD558.

Lots of closed headphones to choose from. What kind of sound signature do you like--bassy? strong mids? etc.? Is this mostly for music? Or movies and gaming, too?
post #3 of 11
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Mainly music, I have an extensive .flac collection. Bass is good but not my highest priority, I guess you could say I want a realist sound (natural tones, true to the way it was recorded). I do some gaming and I do watch some blu-ray on my rig as well.

I know I know, I want it all and at a low price.... not super realistic. But any suggestions for a set of cans that would benefit from the warm tones of a tube amp is what I want.
Edited by Superbeast0 - 7/3/14 at 4:28pm
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Hello I am new to head-fi.org, and I have done a lot of research on the site so far. I recently got a Bravo Audio Ocean tube amp for a dirt ball low price. I have been using it with some cheap gaming headphones, and well... they sound horrible. My budget is roughly 100USD. And I would prefer to buy on amazon(gift cards).
I have no preference on open or closed, but full size over ear is a plus for me.

Thanks in advance!

 

Takstar Pro 80 (Gemini HSR-1000) closed headphones.

Takstar Hi2050 (HPT-990) open headphones.

post #5 of 11
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I keep coming across these; AKG Pro Audio K271 MKII. What do you think of pairing these with the ocean?
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Takstar Hi2050 (HPT-990) open headphones.

I keep forgetting about these at this price point. I wish I could hear them smily_headphones1.gif
post #7 of 11
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I just ordered the Takstar Pro 80. I figure at that price I could try the 2050 also in a couple weeks after I get a few more giftcards.
post #8 of 11
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I just ordered the Takstar Pro 80. I figure at that price I could try the 2050 also in a couple weeks after I get a few more giftcards.

 

Got the Bravo Ocean for my Beyers to soften the treble a little.  Really like the 990s through it.  

 

But...quite honestly the combination that surprised me more was the Ocean / Superlux HD681.  Hard to believe they're $30 when you listen to them through the Ocean. 

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I just ordered the Takstar Pro 80. I figure at that price I could try the 2050 also in a couple weeks after I get a few more giftcards.

 

I prefer my Gemini HSR-1000 (Takstar Pro 80) over my HI2050s, so my two cents is once you have the Pro 80, no real reason for getting the HI2050s.

post #10 of 11
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Just got my takstar pro 80's.  Wow even connected to my computer they sound great.  Sound stage seems much more open than before with my Razer gaming headphones.

here is my setup

Soundblaster Recon3d (not the best but it was free) -> Bravo Audio Ocean with stock tube -> Takstar Pro 80's.  Tube has about 30hrs on it so far.

 

Thanks everyone for the recommendations!

post #11 of 11
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Fyi I am testing with Serj Tankian's Orca.  FLAC 24bit 48000Hz.  Gonna try out some Soundgarden Superunkown next, same file types.

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