Entry level-- what do I need?
Jul 1, 2006 at 12:49 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 7

darknix

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Hello,
I'm new here and new to the world of headphones (well, with good quality sound).
At this point, I'm planning to beef up my PC for some (acceptable) quality sound.
Basically, I "listen" to Jazz and oldies and "play" some pops.
I do watch movies on my PC.
I already got an AV-710 for the PC output part.
What do I need more? DAC? Amp?
I do thinking of an amp since I want to switch to a CD/DVD player later on.
Will the amp I need be difference for PC and players?
Any suggestion on what should I get?
I too have a hardtime on choosing headphone too.
Should I get HD-580, 590, 595 or ATH-A700?
My buget is around $300~400.
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Jul 1, 2006 at 1:04 PM Post #2 of 7

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There are a few Pimetas for sale in the "Amplification For Sale/Trade" forum, consider one of those perhaps. Did you follow the setup guides for the AV-710?

Welcome to head-fi, sorry about your wallet!
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Jul 1, 2006 at 1:36 PM Post #3 of 7

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Quote:

Originally Posted by darknix
Hello,
I'm new here and new to the world of headphones (well, with good quality sound).
At this point, I'm planning to beef up my PC for some (acceptable) quality sound.
Basically, I "listen" to Jazz and oldies and "play" some pops.
I do watch movies on my PC.
I already got an AV-710 for the PC output part.
What do I need more? DAC? Amp?
I do thinking of an amp since I want to switch to a CD/DVD player later on.
Will the amp I need be difference for PC and players?
Any suggestion on what should I get?
I too have a hardtime on choosing headphone too.
Should I get HD-580, 590, 595 or ATH-A700?
My buget is around $300~400.
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Thank you~~
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Get a good amp, and pair it up with either HD580/HD595, and that's assuming you like how sennheiser sounds. Or else you could go for the grados which are much easier to drive and sound good out of the box.

EDIT: Okay personally i'd go for a HD650/AKG K701 and use it with the AV-710, then later save some money and get a good amp in one shot.

Nvm, your wallet is fine
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Jul 1, 2006 at 5:27 PM Post #4 of 7

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Get a good amp and run it to 580's. Make sure you're using the Wolfson DAC on your Chaintech AV-710. You may want to consider getting 595's since they are superb all arounders.
 
Jul 1, 2006 at 9:31 PM Post #5 of 7

darknix

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Thanks for your advise guys.
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I decide to get the HD-595 right now first.
But I don't know anything about amp, any suggestions?
 
Jul 19, 2006 at 1:19 AM Post #6 of 7

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I hear that X-can makes a decent amp, although I haven't had the opportunity to listen to it. However, the specs look pretty solid. It also depends on what you're looking for; something portable or a sit-at-home-and-enjoy kind of amp. Also, hello and welcome, I've just recently joined myself.
 

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