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Hello, new here looking for help with a $300 headphone purchase

post #1 of 7
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Hello, I just joined the fourms after a couple months lurking in a attempt to try and get some advice regarding the purchase of my first over the ears headphones. I currently do most of my listening through my IEM's  which include an Aurisonics ASG-2, Weston 3umx, and a sony xba4. I mostly use the former because they have the most forward mids to my ears, while also having enough bass to compliment them. For music I listen to everything though i do tend to drift towards rock such as pink floyd and led zeppelin  more often than not. So currently i am looking for the best over the ear headphone i could get in the 300$ range that's focus is the mid range and preferably dose not need to be amped. finally this is for a home setup out of my desktop so portability and isolation are not a concern. In all thanks for taking the time to read this and any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated.

post #2 of 7

Are you using on-board audio?  If so you need to first upgrade your sound card or add an external DAC.  That way you will have a system which supports the performance of a quality $300 can.

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Thread Starter 

I am currently using an on board sound card, however i also have a fiio E-17 dac that i mostly use as an amp for my IEM's. If that's not good enough however what would be a sound card you would recommend. Thanks for reading.

post #4 of 7

i don't do my serious music listening by way of a computer.  However, there are others here who do and can help you.  There is also an entire sub-section of this forum devoted to computer audio.

post #5 of 7

Its only $200 on amazon right now, but is easy to drive and is supposed to have good, slightly forward mids and adaquate amount of bass. I haven't heard them myself though.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/products/audio-technica-ath-esw9a

 

I can't think of anything that might be better for what you are looking for without going above $300.


Edited by adisib - 8/15/14 at 11:13pm
post #6 of 7
Grados are well known for rock. Look into them smily_headphones1.gif
post #7 of 7

The hifiman HE-400 get a lot of praise around here. Supposed to be good for faster paced bassy music. 

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