Headphones? Amps? What should I get?

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Re: Headphones? Amps? What should I get?

Post by unanimous » Mon Nov 14, 2011 4:04 pm

Riverback wrote:Yep, its either Cube/AD900 or Cube/DT250 :)
As much as I'm not that fussed about what headphones look like, those DT250 are fugly as. :puke:

I reckon I'm pretty much decided on the Cube/AD900 combo. Unless I magically get gifted an extra $800, which is fairly unlikely.

LOL, just looked up the AKG K1000 mentioned earlier... eek.
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Re: Headphones? Amps? What should I get?

Post by Drubbing » Mon Nov 14, 2011 4:07 pm

unanimous wrote:
Riverback wrote:Yep, its either Cube/AD900 or Cube/DT250 :)
As much as I'm not that fussed about what headphones look like, those DT250 are fugly as. :puke:
That's why they're one of the best kept secrets in audio...
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Re: Headphones? Amps? What should I get?

Post by unanimous » Mon Nov 14, 2011 4:12 pm

Drubbing wrote: That's why they're one of the best kept secrets in audio...
Ah, lucky it's a closed headphone then, and since I'm looking for an open headphone it won't cloud my thinking. :D
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Re: Headphones? Amps? What should I get?

Post by Riverback » Mon Nov 14, 2011 8:02 pm

Sometimes I wonder what it would sound like if I grabbed the DT250 drivers and mount them on an open enclosure like the DT880's or the ATH-AD series.

Too bad none of the DT250 owners have dogs =/
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Re: Headphones? Amps? What should I get?

Post by Belial » Mon Nov 14, 2011 8:10 pm

Don't get the 880 for metal, IMO. The flat mids tends to suck the energy out of guitar-driven male vocal tracks.

I'd get DT250s and spend the rest on beer and music.

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Re: Headphones? Amps? What should I get?

Post by Riverback » Tue Nov 15, 2011 4:40 pm

I spoke too soon. Someone's already done it

http://www.head-fi.org/t/521685/beyer-d ... 250-hybrid
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Re: Headphones? Amps? What should I get?

Post by unanimous » Thu Nov 17, 2011 9:46 am

Marcus wrote:DACMatrix combo ... :unibrow:
The more I read, the more I'm thinking this may be a better way to spend $ on the "core" components, and then go looking for a good set of phones. Good source, an amp with plenty of power... not so much of a compromise as a combined amp/DAC, hmmn...
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Re: Headphones? Amps? What should I get?

Post by Riverback » Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:17 am

Pretty much why everyone got the combo. Good basic setup at a decent price, after that its just a matter of finding your favorite phone and plugging them in
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Re: Headphones? Amps? What should I get?

Post by unanimous » Thu Nov 17, 2011 12:52 pm

Riverback wrote:Pretty much why everyone got the combo. Good basic setup at a decent price, after that its just a matter of finding your favorite phone and plugging them in
Given going to the combo would probably increase the range of phones I could power, would this change the recommendations about suitable phones?
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Re: Headphones? Amps? What should I get?

Post by Felix » Thu Nov 17, 2011 1:14 pm

If you can budget to the DT880 over the AD900 it would be worthwhile. Otherwise the AD900 + combo is a pretty ideal setup where you're not really out-classing the amp with the headphones. DT880 starts demanding more, but the Matrix is *sufficient*

Edit: Though, as Belial said the tone on the DT880 isn't as engaging for metal. MS2 is another option
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Re: Headphones? Amps? What should I get?

Post by unanimous » Thu Nov 17, 2011 1:17 pm

Felix wrote:If you can budget to the DT880 over the AD900 it would be worthwhile. Otherwise the AD900 + combo is a pretty ideal setup where you're not really out-classing the amp with the headphones. DT880 starts demanding more, but the Matrix is *sufficient*

Edit: Though, as Belial said the tone on the DT880 isn't as engaging for metal. MS2 is another option
I might have a chance at listening to the AD900 in a week and a bit as I've got a trip to Sydney for work. Hopefully I can find a couple of hours to travel around the city to a couple of hifi shops...

Someone else said the MS-2 was a bit harsh for metal, so I'd written them off?

EDIT: how would something like the HD650 fair? More $$$ I know, but I've at least had a chance to try them on and they are quite comfy... :p
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Re: Headphones? Amps? What should I get?

Post by Felix » Thu Nov 17, 2011 1:27 pm

HD650 is in the same league as the DT880, so preferences aside they're not as good value for money
The MS2 can be harsh in general but the overall sound is more suited to metal or rock than anything else
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Re: Headphones? Amps? What should I get?

Post by unanimous » Thu Nov 17, 2011 1:29 pm

Felix wrote:HD650 is in the same league as the DT880, so preferences aside they're not as good value for money
The MS2 can be harsh in general but the overall sound is more suited to metal or rock than anything else
Hmmn. OK, I'll file the DT880 in the "like the HD650 only cheaper" folder. Wish I could listen to these damn things... :D
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Re: Headphones? Amps? What should I get?

Post by unanimous » Fri Nov 18, 2011 7:01 am

After **more reading** I think I've settled on the DACMagic+M-Stage+AD900 combination.From what I've heard this should provide an excellent source, good amplification, and an excellent value set of phones.

Anyone care to disagree?! :D
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Re: Headphones? Amps? What should I get?

Post by Riverback » Fri Nov 18, 2011 7:05 am

unanimous wrote:After **more reading** I think I've settled on the DACMagic+M-Stage+AD900 combination.From what I've heard this should provide an excellent source, good amplification, and an excellent value set of phones.
I second the motion!
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