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Ultrasone HFI-2400's smile.gif. Terrible quality picture, I know, but my cell phone is all I have at the moment.

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Gonna start working on a review soon, but first i need to get all my gear in order. I've got an Onkyo TX-SR608 receiver in my living room that I can plug these into, but I've got nothing but integrated audio for my desktop frown.gif. From what I've read on head-fi, these benefit greatly from a tube amp, so any suggestions in that department are welcome.

As far as build quality goes, these are fantastic. They're made in Taiwan and not in China like a lot of headphones these days. The swiveling earcups and detachable cable are huge pluses for me. The earpads are very comfy and aren't fatiguing whatsoever. They also come with a velvet bag for storage -- a nice touch.

These have no trouble running unamped. I've plugged them into my cell phone and was able to get a nice amount of volume out of them. As far as the actual sound quality goes, I'm going to hold off on making comments on that as I haven't actually spent as much time as I want to to get to know how they sound. Also, having a good tube amp would be nice (probably won't bother getting a sound card for my desktop since I'll most likely do most of my serious listening through my receiver in the other room).

Just a word of caution -- these come with a very, very short cable (0.8 meters) for 3.5mm jacks and a very long cable (3 meters) for 6.3mm jacks. This is quite a hassle if you want to plug these headphones into your computer and not have to lean over it since you're most likely using the short cable because most computers don't have 6.3mm jacks. I knew this beforehand and bought a 6.3mm-to-3.5mm adapter so I could use the long cable with devices with 3.5mm jacks, but it's still a pain in the butt rolleyes.gif.

I got these off of Amazon for $199.95 with Prime free 2-day shipping, which I think is a decent price for these. I'm not sure if they're currently selling at this price from other dealers, but the seller I bought these from (Amazing Deals Online, a dealer that has its shipments fulfilled by Amazon) recently raised the price to $295, which is much closer to the MSRP. I wouldn't recommend buying them at that price.

Anyway, ask me any questions you have about these and I'll do my best to answer them biggrin.gif.
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Nice cans, I hear the bottom end on those packs 'em wallop, lol. How are the soundstage and the highs?
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Nice cans, I hear the bottom end on those packs 'em wallop, lol. How are the soundstage and the highs?
Yes, the lows are really where these excel smile.gif. Amazing bass.

The highs, from my limited time listening to them, seem a bit rolled off. Don't really know how else to describe it...

The soundstage is very nice, although I have to say that on my current setup, my old Samson RH600's let me pinpoint directional cues more easily. I was playing TF2 with the HFI-2400's the other night and I could hear a spy de-cloaking behind me just fine, so there's really nothing wrong with the soundstage, but I think the RH600's did it just a little better. I'm going to chalk this up to the fact that my source absolutely sucks (desktop with integrated audio) since every review I've read on the HFI-2400 raves about the wide soundstage that these have.

I still haven't plugged these into my receiver yet, so I still don't have any idea what they sound like coming from a quality source, but I can definitely say that these do sound very good unamped.

Anyway, like I said in the OP, suggestions on what tube amp to buy are welcome biggrin.gif.
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Get a DAC or a sound card, not an amp.
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Get a DAC or a sound card, not an amp.
Take my desktop out of the equation. Like I said in the OP, I don't use my desktop for listening to music and only use it to game. I don't care to be really immersed in my games as the majority of what I play are first-person shooters and I mostly play competitively (TF2 and Counter-Strike mostly). This basically only requires a nice soundstage, which these already have unamped. So for listening to music, which mean these cans will be hooked up to my receiver, what would you recommend (if you would recommend anything at all)? The guys over at head-fi said these would benefit from a tube amp, so that's what I've been looking at, but if you've got something else in mind, I'm all ears.
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I think you'll like them even more as they are burned in, but for a budget the litle dot II mk should be good for those cans.
    
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