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Hey guys, I am very interested in getting into some higher quality audio equipment, but I'm having a tough time imagining what everyone talks about when they say sound stage, bass etc. I mean I know what I think you all mean, but I honestly don't have any experience with headphones of higher quality than some Sennheisers 1xx gamer headsets and my crappy Plantronics Gamecoms.

What I'm looking for is a store that I can walk into and test out some different sets, namely the M50s, Sennheiser 595s, AD700/900s, etc. I tried Frys, they have nothing but Beats, and Best Buy had Beats and some 595s.

Does anyone know a place where I can test these guys out with a decent enough power source and a good range of listening material to settle on which set I want to get? Testing amps would be fantastic also, but mainly just the headphones.

Any help would be appreciated!
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there must be a stereo shop near you? senn hd595 cans are fantastic you need a sound card like extremusic or better. they dont need much to drive them. once you get them and install the sound card you will hear everything your talking about.
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I'm thinking about just taking a leap of faith and ordering up some cans and a Fiio E7. I guess the reason I want to test the headphones out is because the music I listen to is mostly acoustic so I like the idea of the AD700s, but on the other hand I really like to hear/feel the rumble and bass of the games that I play. Of course, I have no experience of my own so I'm just going off of what other people say.
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ad700 i dont think so, i better cans would be senn hd555 0r hd595

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After looking at all these, I think I am really going to lean towards a closed back headphone, just because I'm able to recognize bass the easiest, and as long as the sound isn't heavy in the treble I should be okay. Is this an okay setup? I hope I don't regret this!



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Go over to head-fi.org and see if there are any local meets. You can test out equipment from other members and learn a lot. Also, see if there are any high end shops in your area that would allow you to audition their toys.

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Go over to head-fi.org and see if there are any local meets. You can test out equipment from other members and learn a lot. Also, see if there are any high end shops in your area that would allow you to audition their toys.

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Now that's what I'm talking about! Thank you very much, I never even thought of a local meet. I'm definitely going to go to one because I'm totally intrigued with... audiophelia?
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I went to a meet in NYC, met an AMAZING group of people that were super friendly and willing to let me test their equipment..

I had no idea how good these high end set ups could be..

I'm now in SC, and will be looking forward to the Atlanta meet..

audiophelia.. sounds so perverted..
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