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Advice for a New Rig Under $500

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hi Guys.

 

I have a HD558 for almost a year now, and it is a very good headphone for me and my musical taste.. but, I feel it's time to upgrade my complete rig. I currently amp this headphones with a Fiio E11. So, can you give me some advice in a DAC/AMP combo and a new open-air headphones?

 

Genres:   EDM, Trance, Quiet Songs

 

Type of Headphone I Want:   Full Size (Circumaural), Open Headphone.

 

Type of DAC/AMP:   For Desk (not portable)

 

Budget:   $500 US All

 

 

Thank You!

post #2 of 10
Philips X2 and a Schiit Modi 2 + Magni 2.
post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

Philips X2 and a Schiit Modi 2 + Magni 2.

 

+1

post #4 of 10

The next system I plan on getting is the STAX SRS-2170, consisting of SR-207 headphones and SRM-252S amp. The US retail price is $790, but it can be imported from PriceJapan for under $400, with a total cost of under $500 after factoring in shipping and getting either a voltage transformer or power supply with negative polarity. Although I have yet to hear it, I strongly doubt any system for the same price could beat it in terms of overall sound quality. You can just use your computer's built-in DAC and connect your computer directly to the electrostatic amp with the right cable. Whenever you get an external DAC, you should compare with and without it to make sure you hear a difference between it and your computer's DAC.

 

FYI, the X2 only needs 100 mW at 30 ohms to reach 120 dB, which should only matter for dynamic peaks. For 110 dB, it only needs 10 mW; 1 mW for 100 dB. So you don't need a powerful amp for it.

post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hi, thank you for your answers

 

After reading and reading about your opinions, I think that I'm interested in the Fidelio X2, however, some say the X2 can be hot in the treble region. In that case, the magni2/modi2 combo is not too bright to this headphones? 

 

Thank you again!

post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by juan1894 View Post

some say the X2 can be hot in the treble region. In that case, the magni2/modi2 combo is not too bright to this headphones? 

 

Don't worry about the electronics. Any competently designed amp or DAC has a perfectly neutral frequency response. Use a parametric equalizer to tweak the sound of headphones to your liking. If you want to save money, you could get a Schiit Fulla instead of the stack. It has far more than enough power for the X2.

post #7 of 10
IMHO, this is especially true of good quality lower-cost solidstate amps. The differences, if any, are really fairly subtle. If they aren't, then I would question whether you are really comparing two good quality solidstate amps! smily_headphones1.gif
post #8 of 10

Check out Schiit Magni/Modi combo. Great value for money! X2 should work fine with this combo. Or, even some used Sony MDR1's for a very mellow, non fatiguing sound, and very comfortable as well! 

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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by swannie007 View Post
 

Check out Schiit Magni/Modi combo. Great value for money! X2 should work fine with this combo. Or, even some used Sony MDR1's for a very mellow, non fatiguing sound, and very comfortable as well! 

 

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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

IMHO, this is especially true of good quality lower-cost solidstate amps. The differences, if any, are really fairly subtle. If they aren't, then I would question whether you are really comparing two good quality solidstate amps! smily_headphones1.gif

 

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Originally Posted by Music Alchemist View Post
 

 

Don't worry about the electronics. Any competently designed amp or DAC has a perfectly neutral frequency response. Use a parametric equalizer to tweak the sound of headphones to your liking. If you want to save money, you could get a Schiit Fulla instead of the stack. It has far more than enough power for the X2.

 

 

So I Think there is a winner, Fidelio X2 with Magni2/Modi2 Stack. I will post my impressions when the rig is in my house.

 

Thanks to all!

post #10 of 10


Look forward to your impressions. 

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