First good headphones HD595 , Now I want to try somthing different +portable amp. Lookin @ MDR-V6, SR80i , ATH-M50
Apr 11, 2011 at 9:24 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 1


New Head-Fier
Apr 11, 2011
I own a pair of Sennheiser HD595's that I use for home listening with my Matrix mini-i DAC/head amp hooked into my home PC. I also own a 16GB apple Itouch for portable music, but the generic apple earphones finally broke. This new pair of headphones will be for the Itouch mainly, but also for the computer. I am interested in getting a pair of headphones that has a different "sound" then the HD595's as I have read about the different companies and brands of headphones having different qualities to them that are good for different types of music. I listen to all types of music. I have read a couple of times that Grado are the opposite type of sound as Sennheiser, or something to that effect.

My budget is 150$ for headphones/150$ for portable amp
Open or closed doesn't matter
I would like on ear not In-Ear
They will be treated rougher then the more expensive HD595's so take ruggedness/repair ability into consideration
I have been looking at the Grado SR80i
also the SONY MDR-V6
and the Audio Technica ATH-M50
truthfully I'm torn between the ATH-M50 and the Grado's (much rather support them than sony)
I do understand that these headphones do need to be amped with my itouch, so I must also buy a portable amp. I have been looking at the Fiio E7 , the Total Bithead Airhead, as well as the DIY models. I am more confused about the amp then anything else, every time I think I know which one I want I read somthing negative about that particular model. I want to notice the difference, but not barely.

So basically in a nutshell I need a new pair of headphones for my itouch for under 150$ and a good amp for it for under 150$
Also I heave read that itouch and lossless do not mix very well , so is it even worth it ? and if yes , is it worth it to buy a more expensive line-out cable( or would the standard fiio L3 be good?

Thank You!

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