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post #1 of 19
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Hello! I'm asking for help to choose the right headphone gear. Nowadays I've got Asus Xonar D1 and Sennheiser HD 558. Now I'm not satisfied with the sound it produces 'cause I can hear some clicky noise in highs (I don't even know how to describe properly what it's missing). I guess I just need more quality of sound. I ordered an amp already but I don't it's gonna improve a lot the current situation (Bravo Audio Ocean Mini).

 

I kinda want AKG 612 Pro however the price is overwhelming in my country for it. I also like Audio Technica ATH-AD900X, Beyerdynamic DT 990 pro 250 ohm or 600 ohm?! (the amp that I ordered, will it drive the 600 ohm beyers?). I listen to music only at home, so I figured that I need open back headphones. I don't have any music preferences: I love electro (Calvin Harris), pop, different club music, Beatles... I'm not into rock and rap music a lot however I love Coldplay.

 

I'd like to know what you think about the amp I ordered, did I make a mistake by ordering one? And what about my sound card, maybe it's too weak to drive my current HD 558 and other headphones as well? I really hope you can help me.

post #2 of 19
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Originally Posted by sageol View Post
 

Hello! I'm asking for help to choose the right headphone gear. Nowadays I've got Asus Xonar D1 and Sennheiser HD 558. Now I'm not satisfied with the sound it produces 'cause I can hear some clicky noise in highs (I don't even know how to describe properly what it's missing). I guess I just need more quality of sound. I ordered an amp already but I don't it's gonna improve a lot the current situation (Bravo Audio Ocean Mini).

 

Is it a "click" or more of vocals overemphasizing "s" as "SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS" and "t's" as "TTT!!!!"?

post #3 of 19
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It's vocals overemphasizing "s" I'd say. So any though about the headphones I mentioned above?

post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by sageol View Post
 

Hello! I'm asking for help to choose the right headphone gear. Nowadays I've got Asus Xonar D1 and Sennheiser HD 558. Now I'm not satisfied with the sound it produces 'cause I can hear some clicky noise in highs (I don't even know how to describe properly what it's missing). I guess I just need more quality of sound. I ordered an amp already but I don't it's gonna improve a lot the current situation (Bravo Audio Ocean Mini).

 

I kinda want AKG 612 Pro however the price is overwhelming in my country for it. I also like Audio Technica ATH-AD900X, Beyerdynamic DT 990 pro 250 ohm or 600 ohm?! (the amp that I ordered, will it drive the 600 ohm beyers?). I listen to music only at home, so I figured that I need open back headphones. I don't have any music preferences: I love electro (Calvin Harris), pop, different club music, Beatles... I'm not into rock and rap music a lot however I love Coldplay.

 

I'd like to know what you think about the amp I ordered, did I make a mistake by ordering one? And what about my sound card, maybe it's too weak to drive my current HD 558 and other headphones as well? I really hope you can help me.


What is your budget for the headphones?

post #5 of 19
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Let's say I don't have a budget 'cause the prices are very different in our countries on different models. But the models that I mentioned in my post are the ones in my price range.

post #6 of 19
First off, the Xonar D1 (and DX) model does not have a headphone amp. So a headphone amp could improve SQ, but probably won't have any effect on the "clicking" noise you have. Hard to know what that is. Could be some kind of interference from your computer. In which case, different headphones may have the same problem.
post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

First off, the Xonar D1 (and DX) model does not have a headphone amp. So a headphone amp could improve SQ, but probably won't have any effect on the "clicking" noise you have. Hard to know what that is. Could be some kind of interference from your computer. In which case, different headphones may have the same problem.

No, the sound is OK in general but as I mentioned earlier I'd like it to be more accurate and awesome. The amp that I chose, is it a good one at all? And which of those headphones are better to choose?

post #8 of 19

Reviews of the Bravo are pretty good but at least one has stated that it's not great with dance music. It should sound really good with Coldplay being a tube amp though :-

 

http://www.head-fi.org/products/bravo-audio-ocean


Edited by taffy2207 - 4/13/15 at 1:51pm
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by sageol View Post

No, the sound is OK in general but as I mentioned earlier I'd like it to be more accurate and awesome. The amp that I chose, is it a good one at all? And which of those headphones are better to choose?

People like the Bravo Audio Ocean. Read the reviews that taffy2207 linked to.

I'd stay away from the Beyer 600 ohm headphones. Could be the Bravo would work well with them. Maybe not. Bravo doesn't list any power output specs for it, so hard to know how it would respond with more difficult to drive headphones.

As for which headphones, depends on what you like/don't like about the frequency response of the HD558s. The other headphones you are considering sound a bit different.
post #10 of 19
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 The other headphones you are considering sound a bit different.

 

So, you suppose there's not much difference between my current HD 558 and AKG 612 Pro, Audio Technica ATH-AD900X, Beyerdynamic DT 990 pro 250 ohm? ATH-AD900X are good to my mind however I don't like the idea that it's only 38 ohm.

post #11 of 19
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So, you suppose there's not much difference between my current HD 558 and AKG 612 Pro, Audio Technica ATH-AD900X, Beyerdynamic DT 990 pro 250 ohm? ATH-AD900X are good to my mind however I don't like the idea that it's only 38 ohm.

No. I said that they will sound a bit different than the HD558s.

Why is 38 ohms a problem for you?
post #12 of 19
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Why is 38 ohms a problem for you?

Because it's not a good pair for the amp, no?

post #13 of 19
What's the low output impedance of the Bravo Ocean? I didn't see it on their website. If it's at least 1/8 of 38 ohms, should be fine.
post #14 of 19

20 - 600 Ohms, I believe.

post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

What's the low output impedance of the Bravo Ocean? I didn't see it on their website. If it's at least 1/8 of 38 ohms, should be fine.

Output impedance - 20-600 ohms, so it's only 1/2 of 38 ohms. Is it that bad then?

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