- Dec 14, 2012
I have a budget of about $1,000 and am looking to upgrade my headgear. My current set up is the ATH-M50's with my Fiio E11 amplifier plugged into my ipod classic or my laptop. Two headphones that I've been looking at are the Sennheiser HD600 and the Beyerdynamic T1 headphones. I've seen several deals on amazon/ebay recently for the T1's in the $900-1,100 price range, so that's why they could fit into my budget. If I bought the HD600, I would have $400-500 more to buy a decent amp/DAC for my headphones. If I bought the T1's, I would be pretty much broke, and would have to settle with the T1/Fiio E11 setup for a while until I have more cash to spend on a better amp. So what I'm asking is, which headphone would sound better overall, the HD600's with a decent amp, or the T1's, with a cheap portable amp. I've read reviews about the T1's where people said it was a significant upgrade from the HD600/650. I'm considering the HD600 because they are more neutral/less colored than the 650. I haven't gotten the chance to listen to either headphones though. I owned the HD555 a couple years back and really liked their sound from what I remember. I feel like if I went with the HD600's and got a good amp for them, I would still feel the urge to upgrade to the T1's. So I'm thinking it might be better for me to save up for the T1's and just wait until I have enough money to buy a nicer amp. I can barely afford $1,000 headphones and definitely don't have the kind of money to spend $1,000 on an amplifier to go with them. Maybe the reviews I was reading were from people who were comparing the HD600/650 with powerful amps and the T1's with a powerful amps. The T1's may actually sound worse than the HD600 if not properly amped. It's hard for me to justify the differences without listening to both headphones, so any insight or advice that you guys have would be much appreciated.