Our top picks. (Help me pick the best headphones!)

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Re: Our top picks. (Help me pick the best headphones!)

Postby Tropod » Tue Mar 06, 2018 2:59 pm

Thanks for the info! Good to know the ADG1X has the better internals of the AD900X (though have they been updated as the impedence is 42 ohms vs 38?), as from what I hear the build quality/way it rests on one's head is better than thw AD900X? Hopefully if I went with it then I wouldn't need that crazy rubber band fix either. :p

Just one other thing, never had a amp on my AD700, always just straight from onboard sound, but is there a genuine/notable benefit with the AD900X/ADG1X if running via an amp?

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Re: Our top picks. (Help me pick the best headphones!)

Postby Marcus » Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:17 am

Impedance doesn't really equate to performance, it's just the resistance - a slightly higher impedance doesn't mean much on its own, but with a slightly higher efficiency it means they will be slightly easier to drive. It's not something I'd bother caring about unless the efficiency is low (<96dB) and the impedance is high (>90ohms).

There's not going to be much benefit from an amp, but a better DAC stage such as a decent dedicated soundcard (even a decent ~$50 one) should give you a performance boost if your onboard sound isn't very good. The main problem with onboard is that the quality varies from really awful to around that of a ~$200 external DAC/amp.
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Re: Our top picks. (Help me pick the best headphones!)

Postby Dawico » Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:51 pm

Hey Marcus,

A bunch of years ago I bought some hifiman he400's which sound great but were never very comfortable (pretty heavy). They are still ticking along however I wanted to get a new set for computer use (gaming, movies, music). The main info I'm after is what would be a good set of headphones for long wearing comfort on someone who has a big head (as in finding hats that fit is basically impossible big). A friend has a pair of the Audio-Technica M50's which I've tried on and they fit and are comfortable however I've read some posts saying the newer gen m50x's aren't as comfortable. The other pair I'm looking at is the Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro Plus as Beyer was known for their comfort etc back in the day. Any advice would be great and thanks in advance.

Also was wondering if you still have a store you can come in and try the headphones on at? There was one back when I brought the he400's from you but I can't see an address on the website anymore so figured I'd ask.

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Re: Our top picks. (Help me pick the best headphones!)

Postby Marcus » Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:24 pm

I wouldn't say there's much difference between the M50 and M50X in terms of comfort, they're very similar. However models like the AD700/AD700X or AD900/AD900X are quite different in terms of fit.

I'd say the Custom One Pro would be ideal for your needs - they will sound similar enough to what you're used to for it not to be a shock, and different enough for you to enjoy a different sound.

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