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Need recommendation

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by adrenc94, Feb 18, 2013.
  1. adrenc94
    Hi there, please help me out with some recommendation for my home set up.
    Rig: Laptop > Foobar 2000(Will be playing mostly FLAC and 320kbps MP3) > Schiit Modi & Magni > Headphone
    Usage: Music & Gaming(FPS)
    Genre: Non audiophile collection of :p consisting of the following : Rock, Alternative, Metal, Acoustic, Jazz (Pink Floyd, Sum 41, Green Day, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, A7X, Michael Buble, Jason Mraz, Boyce Avenue etc. Mostly are obtained via non-audiophile CD Rips) 
    Budget: Still saving money. Would take a few months but the budget would be around $600USD MAX.
    Type: Full size headphone. Open back or closed back isn't too much of a problem.
    For reference, some phones I have right now: Shure SE535, Goldring DR150, FAD Adagio II
    Please help me out.
    Other requirement: Must be able to buy from Amazon and ship to Malaysia. 
    If possible, I would like the headphones to be circumaural as portability would not be required since I already have the SE535 and the Adagio II to take care of my portable rig. And please, no Grados recommendation for rock. :p I find them a bit uncomfortable. :)

    Many thanks.

  2. adrenc94
  3. bareyb
  4. MalVeauX
    Hifiman HE-400
    Sony MA900
    Beyer DT880 250ohm
    Ultrasone HFI 2400
    Sennheiser HD650
    Sennheiser HD600
    AKG Q701
    Denon D600
    Sony MDR1R
    AKG K550
    Sennheiser Momentum
    Mr Speaker Mad Dog (not amazon, but maybe you can get it shipped to where you are)
    And you don't even need to use your maximum budget.
    Use the rest of the money on accessories and more music of high quality.
    Very best,
  5. adrenc94
    Woops! Sorry, I didn't use the search button when I was posting a new thread. Still a newbie here. [​IMG]
  6. adrenc94
    Thanks for the recommendation. How does the Q701 fair with Rock genres? I was initially interested in them as I heard that they have little to no bass for the genre? But I read that they reproduce the acoustics and classical in a heavenly manner though.
  7. adrenc94
    Woops!! Yup. I am new. Long time lurker. [​IMG] Thanks for the reply though. I think I will post my requirements there. [​IMG]
  8. MalVeauX
    The Q701 is not a bassy headphone. It's a warm neutral. Some may find it a little polite with bass, like myself. But others think its fine. It's up to your taste. Depends on what kind of bass you're looking for I suppose. Personally I would suggest you try and get an Ortho (HE400 / Mad Dog).
    Very best,
  9. adrenc94
    Alrighty. HE-400 is priced at around $400 USD correct? Which means I won't need to use all my budget on them. But will my amp power them? And would the HE400 be suitable for my taste of music? I need to depend a lot on reviews as I can't demo them before purchase.
  10. flatmap
    Wow MalVeauX has given a rather comprehensive and solid list
    to start with.  
    A great exercise would be to search for some of the
    models he lists there and start to get a feeling for how people talk
    about each model.  E.g., some of these give a better sense of the details in
    the music, some give a relatively richer sound, some have better
    3 dimensional image.
    As you home in on which characteristics are most important then
    you can skinny this down to a short list.  That's how I'd procede.
  11. MalVeauX
    The HE400 is efficient and will run very comfortably, with overhead, from your current equipment. The HE400 covers all genres of music. All of them. It's a complete headphone.
    Very best,
  12. Noone025
    If I was interested in an open can (I'm not), then I'd have the HE400's by now. Very well rated, your amp / dac combo should suit them well for an accurate sound (not an unusual coupling, you can probably find some reviews of this combo).
  13. adrenc94

    Thanks for the input.
    Actually, I have narrowed down the list as some of the phones that he suggested is actually what I wanted to buy in the first place. My list include the beyers, senns and Q701 that he suggested. But it seems that I am gonna add the HE-400 to my list. It would take a few months for me to save for it and I posted this thread here to plan the purchase ahead of time.

    Many thanks.
  14. adrenc94

    Alright. Thanks for the suggestions. I guess I will go read some reviews here before I do make up my mind. Right now, I seem to favor the AKG Q701. But I am intested in the HE400 as well.
    I guess it would be best to read about my purchases ahead.

    Many thanks
  15. adrenc94

    As a matter in fact, I do prefer open back. But I do appreciate more choices before I pull the trigger.
    Many thanks!

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