Do you guys think this rig would work for me?
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I think the V6 is a good entry level closed headphone--great for the price.

JMT is reknowned. He's offering a transparent case META42 that runs off of 9V batteries that should be good for portable use but it will cost a bit more than the headphones. I'd try to spend the money there rather than settling for the other amps he builds (CHA47, CMOY) because it's a solid leap in performance and you'll be in a better position if you decide to buy a more expensive headphone down the road.

Which PCDP do you have? The portable forum is always a good place to find debate on which one is best. My favorite is the Panasonic CT570 but it is no longer in production.
 
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ellisos,

here's another vote that you "upgrade" to a meta instead of a cha-47. there really is no contest between them, the meta gives you more body, weight, and authority than the cha-47 for barely any more money. jmt did excellent work on an amp (cha-47) i purchased from him.

have you checked the archives on portable players? lots of good info there.

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ellisos,

if size and sound leaking aren't issues of concern i highly recommend the sennheiser hd580s. a bit of grain on an absolute scale in the upper registers but its not enough to disconnect the listener from the music (in my opinion).

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I thought that the V6 didn't really need any amplification? I mean, I know they don't NEED it, but will it really make that big a difference? I'm in a very similar position of trying to find a set of headphones for under $250 and it seems like any phone/amp combo would be too much. So I'm trying to find phones that don't need an amp. I also would prefer open cans, which makes things even worse for me.. sort of...
 
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ellisos,

i got my sennheisers as a b-stock unit from amusicdirect.com about a year ago for under $150, website says to call for a price... worth a shot.

i used a sony portable cd player (dej-220), an eric343 built "eta42" (belongs to audio&me) and the sennheisers with good results. the amp and headphone combination are easily good enough to follow you through source upgrades.

darkwolf,

have you checked out the grado sr225?

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Sony V6 is for me a bare minimum. It goes for about $60 online. (Try shopping.yahoo.com for best prices.)

A step up woudl be the Ultrasone HFI-650 which I use at work now. (Try www.meier-audio.com for those at $140.)

A portable META42 goes for somewhere around $150 depending on what options you get. I simply would not bother with amps costing less.

Both of these headphones can be driven without by most, but not all, headphone jacks without a dedicated amplifier. All headphones must be amplified. Without an outboard amplifier you'll be using the CD player jack's amplifier, which sucks a lot. Do you NEED a headphone amp? No, you can hear the headphone without buying one. You only want one if you want the headphone to sound good.
 
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