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Well, I'm looking for headphones again. I was set on the ATH-M50s, then moved onto the AH-D2000's, and now I'm extremely unsure now.

I'm planning on using these headphones for gaming (moderate), movies (and anime), and music (classical, rock, and Vocaloids ). I'm looking at the

, , and the . I am accepting recommendations. No more than $400 please. Thanks.
Edited by HybridCore - 8/21/11 at 8:11pm
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I've had the three of those and they are all good choices. I still own the AH-D2000 and use them often. I suggest you try one at a time starting with the HD650's because they are easy to resell here. If you get the AH-D2000 let them play for 100+ hours before you judge them and after that look into some of the cool mods.

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What amp are you using? DTs and Senns are kinda hard to drive, not so much the Denons
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I've had the three of those and they are all good choices. I still own the AH-D2000 and use them often. I suggest you try one at a time starting with the HD650's because they are easy to resell here. If you get the AH-D2000 let them play for 100+ hours before you judge them and after that look into some of the cool mods.

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I agree with trying them all. Between this forum and head fi it is extremely easy to buy and sell all headphones.
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I tried them in Japan at Yodaboshi Camera. They're extremely comfortable although they sounded a bit boxy but merely. The AH-D5000's sounded more...laid back? It also didn't sound boxy at all. The DT880 was comfortable too. I just didn't know which version it was. They only had the HD600's there.

@NorCa: I'm probably going to use a receiver. Probably a 75 or 90 watt Denon or a 100< watt Yamaha.
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I didn't feel like the D2000 was a $200 headphone (which is what it goes for when it's on sale) and definitely not a $350 headphone. It's a bit better than a modded JVC HA-RX700 (maybe 10-25%) but the RX700 is a $35 headphone. Out of all the headphones you listed, it's probably the most versatile for all the things you listed but eh...not worth the price IMO. And it has a cloth cable that will fray and get tangled.
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You can't go wrong with 650s for your needs..
Love them for classical and movies/gaming.
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Come to think of it, I think the DT880 is probably the most neutral sounding of the three. The D2000 has a V shaped frequency response, and the HD650 can get really dark sounding if you don't have a good amp.
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Will a receiver be able to drive it? I'm looking at the AVR-1612, AVR-1712, RX-V371, and RX-V471. If those can't drive it, I'll get the Schiit Asgard, Valhalla, or Lyr along with a Bifrost if I have the cash.
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If i were you I'd buy the HD650, FWIR they have a lot to offer with every upgrade in your chain (source, cables, amp). Great foundation for an audiophile setup! I think they are a step above the Denons or Beyers imho. Good Luck !

I've heard great things about the Asgard! Although I'm not sure how good/bad is the headphone out from denon/yamaha receivers.
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