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TL;DR - I got cheated on, my plans are ruined. All the money I'd set aside is going towards my fun.
Research tells me the Denon AH-D2000s are what I want. I'm an audio newbie and need help.
Closed back headphones are an absolute must. Ideally I'd like to use these as all rounders as I like everything.
At times I'd like to dial up the bass in my games or movies and have my braincells pounded into goo by the iron fist that is bass without the headphones wetting the bed.
Current set up: Mix of Flac audio and mp3s -> Asus Xonar U1 -> Technics Graphic EQ SH-8066 -> Audiolab 8000A -> Sony MDR-XB500.
Problem lies between amp and ears. Speakers are fantastic. (Kef Q15s) Headphones are not.
I've set aside ~£230 to solve the problem. Spend it for me.



Hello all.
I'm something of a novice when it comes to hi-fi equipment, however I managed to get very lucky a while back and acquired myself a lovely sounding hi-fi for peanuts last year. I understand that there are many threads out there that recommend hifi equipment, however audio experiences is very much a personal taste and I'm in need of a prod in the right direction.
Those who gave me a hand (thank you) might remember the thread and in the end I went back to university but I hung onto my investment.
http://www.overclock.net/hi-fi-gear/...t-fleeced.html
The specs that matter here are:
Soundcard: Asus Xonar U1
Graphic EQ: Technics SH-8066
Amp: Audiolab 8000A
Headphones: Sony MDR-XB500

I have since graduated and moved back home until I have the money and/or somebody to move out with. Sadly the hi-fi along with my z5500s have seen virtually no usage and due to how spectacularly well noise travels through this house, I've spent a lot of time using headphones.
I've mainly been using a set of Sony MDR-XB500s to pass the time.


I found them in my local Tesco for £23 so I naturally took a chance and I find them surprisingly entertaining. A bit cruddy on the mids but once you play about with the EQ, they're actually not bad for extended use and can be fun for movie watching/game playing simply because the bass pounds your braincells into submission and are surprisingly capable.

Anyway up until now I've been using my Asus Xonar U1 as the source for all my fun, I know it's not the best out there but it's most certainly leaps and bounds over that onboard nonsense.
http://www.asus.com/Multimedia/Audio...Audio_Station/
I thought I'd give the hifi a new lease of life and moved all my equipment closer together, relayed the cabling around my room and use the amp and graphic EQ to drive my headphones, and WOW. What a difference! Even these very cheap cans sounded fantastic, the bass got deeper and cleaner and everything sounded far more pronounced and crisp, however I get the feeling I'm not hearing the best this set up as to offer.

Now to digress a little, after finishing university I was due to move in with what I was hoping would be my fiancée in due course but after being messed around I feel the money I'd put aside for our plans would be best spent on me and the rest saved for a rainy day. I'm alright for speakers these days but feel some nice headphones are way overdue.
I like pretty much everything, whether it's head pounding or classical.
I'm after something that sounds crisp but also needs to be willing to take some serious bass should I fancy playing around.
I narrowed my search down to the Denon AH-D2000s however I'm after some expert advice. Closed back headphones are an absolute must I'm afraid and there's up to £250 to play with though I'd really appreciate the price being kept closer to the £200 mark.

My only real concern is that will I genuinely notice the difference between what is normally a £40 set of cans and a £200 set? The most expensive piece of audio kit I've ever bought was my z5500s and I thought they were the tits. But then I've sat down in front of a £10,000 5.1 set up and it felt like there were 20 virgins singing sweet songs about my wedding vegetable, so go figure. The difference between your £5 and your £50 set is obvious however after having my uncle's Bose OEs (I know, I know) shoved down my throat and finding the sound on my average Sony's to be cleaner and deeper with more mids that I've become a serious sceptic. How can you honestly charge more than twice the price for something that's ****ter? Please set me on the right path because I've always wanted a nice set of cans without the e-peen stats that are inherent to them but am unsure where to turn.

Thanks for reading and let me know what you think.
Edited by msremmert - 7/27/11 at 3:35pm
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