Friend looking for intro-level cans, advice on his first audiophile purchase?
Dec 11, 2007 at 1:12 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 8

Dr. Strangelove

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Hi everyone.

My friend's Senn HD497 recently died, and he is currently using some panisonics for music listening. As a audiophile, I can't stand by and let him poising his ears anymore with lo-fi crap.
Here are some need to knows:

-Source? Ipod and Soundblaster Audigy

-Amp? No

-DAC? No

-What will he be listening to?
Progressive Rock, video games, some misc

-Budget? 150-200 USD (He lives in Australia though)

I recommended a pair of Grado Sr-80s. But because I've not been in to headphones all that long, and that my first can was a pair of 701s, I have not done much research in to entry level hi-fi.

Therefore, I ask fellow Headfi members: What would be the best cans that he could get on his budget? I'm not sure if he would need a amp, but if amp/can combos under 200 are also welcome.
 
Dec 11, 2007 at 1:38 AM Post #3 of 8

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Dec 11, 2007 at 2:41 AM Post #4 of 8

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595's seem to manage fine without an amp
 
Dec 11, 2007 at 2:44 AM Post #5 of 8

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I agree - HD595 sounds like a good fit for him. And from my experience, they do pretty well unamped.
 
Dec 11, 2007 at 3:02 AM Post #7 of 8

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I can understand a PC out being enough amp-page, but what about his Ipod?

Was thinking a Total AirHead would be a good match as it can be used for both PC and portable.
 

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