Is this best option for price?

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Is this best option for price?

Post by tootles » Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:12 pm

Hi all

I am looking for a good setup for listening to music, all types but mainly hip hop.

I was looking at a good pair of AudioTechnica headphones for around $250-300, but have since learned that I would be better off getting a USB DAC and a cheaper pair of headphones, maybe AudioTechnica ATH-AD700s.

So would ATH-AD700s + an AudioEngine D1 DAC be a good setup for around $300 total?

Do I have the right idea or should I just spend all the money on better headphones? I will be running these off a laptop.

Also for the price open headphones are almost always better than closed correct?

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Re: Is this best option for price?

Post by tootles » Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:15 pm

Also I am open to spending more on a DAC if it is really worth it. I was looking at the HiFiMan EF2A, but it is out if it doesn't work with 64bit computers.

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Re: Is this best option for price?

Post by Marcus » Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:24 pm

If it's mainly hiphop, I'd suggest something other than the AD700 - Alessandro MS1 or Beyer DT440 perhaps :)

If your laptop is going to be the source, an external DAC of some kind would be a good idea, although if you have a desktop computer an internal soundcard for it would be far better value for money. If that's not possible, the ef2a is a good start - the 64bit compatibility thing is SOME computers, for some reason we've only had a couple of reports with compatibility issues, but haven't had any ourselves here.
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Re: Is this best option for price?

Post by tootles » Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:03 pm

Thanks Marcus

Laptop will be source. Would a cheaper DAC like the FiiO E10 be just as good as the AudioEngine D1 or EF2A? When will the E10 be back in stock?

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Re: Is this best option for price?

Post by Marcus » Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:23 pm

The ef2a is a better product, but it's less portable :)
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Re: Is this best option for price?

Post by tootles » Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:26 pm

ok

would you offer a refund if i encounter the 64bit issue?

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Post by Marcus » Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:27 pm

Yep!
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Re: Is this best option for price?

Post by tootles » Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:32 pm

ok cool

i think i'll get the ef2a and either the ms1 or dt440- is this an appropriate pairing, or would the setup be limited by the headphones?

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Re: Is this best option for price?

Post by Marcus » Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:33 pm

Looks like a good pairing to me :)
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Re: Is this best option for price?

Post by tootles » Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:37 pm

cool thanks heaps marcus

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Re: Is this best option for price?

Post by tootles » Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:39 pm

one more thing- does the ef2a require any maintenance? will it get very hot while in use?

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Re: Is this best option for price?

Post by Marcus » Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:44 pm

Yep - you'll need to replace the tubes when they die, and it's not a good idea to leave it on all the time.
It gets hot, but not what I'd consider "very hot" unless you don't have aircon etc.
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Re: Is this best option for price?

Post by tootles » Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:54 pm

hmmm...don't have air con :) will this be a problem?

how long do the tubes last for? how much is replacement?

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Re: Is this best option for price?

Post by Marcus » Mon Jan 30, 2012 2:04 pm

Tubes are kind of like a light globe - they should last at least 6 months, up to 5 years, some last longer, some don't.
I normally recommend getting replacements from Brent Jessee - in the USA :)
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His website is oldschool like tubes.
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Re: Is this best option for price?

Post by tootles » Mon Jan 30, 2012 2:11 pm

ok that sounds alright

will the heat be a problem? i won't be listening at very high volume levels, but will use it for an hour or so at a time.

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