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Hey guys, I currently have Goldring DR150 cans for home and Sennheiser HD202 cans I take with me on the go.

I'm not satisfied with it though. I love listening to music and have been nothing but pleased with the sound quality of the DR150s (especially connected to the Xonar STX) but I'm looking to get something more out of this, so I'm open to the idea of buying a new set of cans.

I really want something excellent here, so I'm not necessarily on a strict budget but I'm also not yet crazy enough to spend more than $350 on headphones. I mostly listen to drum n bass but also flip between jazz, classic rock and hip-hop. As mentioned, I've been nothing but impressed by the DR150s; the bass is clean and strong, which is a necessity to me, but there's some distortion obvious in the higher frequencies (not sure if that's the cans showing their age; I use them a lot) which really mucks up some tunes. Frankly, I'm not very concerned with mids at all but some clarity there would be alright.

I've tried Grado cans on at the shop and would love to hear jazz like that all the time, but found those type of cans to be pretty wearing on the ears and tough to listen to them for a long period of time. I like open-backed cans with an intimate soundstage, but it needs to be something that I can wear all day long.

So, if you've read all that, your input would be much appreciated. Also, what are the thoughts on headphone amps? The STX supports high impedance phones, but small tube amps are available online for as low as $60. Is there a serious quality difference to be noted? I'm considering modding the STX so this part would be a toss-up between an external amp or the soldering.

PS. Had great experiences with Sennheiser cans but not looking to get another set from them now.
Edited by Petrol - 11/8/11 at 8:21pm
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