Some questions regarding the Beyer 250-80 (and some general questions)
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Howdy. I'm a relative newbie to the headphone world, and am looking to buy my first pair of nice headphones.

I'm leaning towards the Beyerdynamic DT 250-80, but if you guys have any other recommendations (around the $100-150 price range, can be driven without an amp, and sealed), let me know.

A couple of questions:

Where do you recommend purchasing the 250-80 from? A good price is obviously preferred, but I'd like somewhere with a good return policy.

Where's the best place on the computer to plug in the phones - the external module of my soundcard (Hercules Gametheater XP), or through my speakers (Klipsch 4.1s)?

What do you recommend for breaking the 250-80 in?

Thanks a lot.
 
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Hi TOSG

Welcome to Head-Fi. Sorry about your wallet (standard greeting)

I'd like to ask you to please fill out your profile!

It would really help if you could provide more info about:
your taste in music: rock, classical, jazz, etc. Where do you place priority in your music, ie vocals, instruments, bass/treble/midrange, etc

your sources : portable CD (pcdp), home setup, office, computer, etc

and how you plan to use the phones (just listening, DJ'ing, portable, home, office, etc).

This way everyone can give you some intelligent feedback.

I own the DT250-80 and like them a lot. They are easily driven from pcdp and computer soundcard without an amp. I find them good for PC gaming too. They are closed and isolate somewhat but not as much as say the HD280 for instance. The cloth pads are very comfy as is the top headband. Check out my profile to see what I listen to and what else I have.

To respond to your question with other headphone recommendation might be premature but I can tell you that other close headphones that typically are compared with the Beyer DT250-80 are the Sony V6 (also now sold as 7506 I believe), Senn HD280Pro. There are others that can be compared and a search will turn up more info for you.

I bought mine from Headroom as I live in the US (where are you?) (www.headphone.com) mainly because they have a good return policy (30 days - no questions asked). In europe, another source is Meier Audio (http://www.meier-audio.com/).
 
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I'll get to work on my profile.

I have pretty varied taste in music... I'd say (progressive) rock is what I spend most time listening to. I just want an accurate presentation with no one element favored too much...

I will be mostly listening through my computer at home, but I also occasionally use a portable CD player. The headphones will probably be just used for general listening.

I'm in the US.
 
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Use the search feature on the forum to find lots of info.

I just found this stuff which should be relevant to your other questions and thought I'd pass it on...

Relevant threads:
http://www4.head-fi.org/forums/showt...threadid=19748

http://www4.head-fi.org/forums/showt...threadid=19739


Vendors:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bh1.sph/...ID=F1B4E064860


Any reason why you're leaning towards the Beyer DT250-80? This might help others make further recommendations ...

BTW - if you are in need of some portable phones, check out the Koss KSC-35. They are discontinued but can still be found (even sold in gear for sale/trade section of head-fi right now). They are very impressive and inexpensive - a good combo IMO.

Good Luck!
 
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Where's the best place on the computer to plug in the phones - the external module of my soundcard (Hercules Gametheater XP), or through my speakers (Klipsch 4.1s)?


Easy - whichever sounds better
 
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