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Hi guys, I want to move in to something more high end for my audio setup. Currently I am using the Sony MDR-V6 headphones through my XFI Titanium HD soundcard. While they do a pretty good job in games and music, I don't quite like them in terms of comfort especially towards using them over 2-3 hours at a time. I have done quite the research, and these 2 headphones I mentioned above seem to appeal to me the most. I can't quite figure out if I like them open or closed. I play BF3, SC2, (Diablo 3 when it comes out). I also listen to music such as rock, heavy metal, trance, dubstep, and hip hop. I will be powering either on of these headphones with the Fiio E9 amplifier if my soundcard will not be enough. I figured the HD can only power up to 250ohms or so, so that is why I am considering buying the Fiio amplifier when I buy either of the headphones. Any suggestions as to which one to go with?
post #2 of 29
I have ultrasone. They are very much like Beyer's. Ultrasone's and Beyer's are known for the genre's you like......i would suggest going to a store and checking it out that way.
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Titanium HD -> Fiio E9 / O2 Amp -> DT880 / 600 ohm is very good setup thumb.gif
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The best advice is for you to test the headphones if possible, personal tastes vary and people can tell you to either go Senn or Beyer but it really depends on your taste. The 600/650 is very neutral and I personally like it (with the proper amp these headphones are pretty amazing) but considering that you're coming from the MDR-V6 which has a pronounced bass the DT880 might suit you more (considering the music you listen to as well of course).
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Titanium HD -> Fiio E9 / O2 Amp -> DT880 / 600 ohm is very good setup thumb.gif

ALL of this is win thumb.gif
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Even though the HD 650s clearly have the better sound overall (especially mids), I suggest you go with the BeyerDynamics since the 32/250 ohm versions don't need a particularly strong amp. In that case, you should be fine using the Titanium HD with the 880s as there is no need to buy the Fiio 9 if you plan to use the 32 or 250 ohms versions.

If you're considering the 600 ohms 880s, and you are willing to spend more on an amp, then perhaps you should reconsider the 650s, since they have unbelievable mids, and definitely the better sound.
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Titanium HD -> Fiio E9 / O2 Amp -> DT880 / 600 ohm is very good setup thumb.gif

You also forgot about Matrix M-Stage V2 which is another good amp choice for the DT880 600ohms too.
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Very good opinions as to the headphones. As of now, I believe I will go with the 650s and a fiio E9 and leave it at that. It will be quite a while until I change it, give that its a pretty good setup. Thanks all -repped
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On a side note, anyone know any music store in Chicago that carries these/similar headphones? I tried one store but all they were selling were DJ equipment and lower end headphones.
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Between the 650 and 880, there's no definitely winner. Best if you can try them out first before buying. Some people prefer the 650, some prefer the 880. I went with the 880 partly due to the difference in price, but mostly due to it being more neutral. You can even consider basshead stuff like the Denon AH-D2000 in this price range since half the genres you listed involve quite a lot of sub-bass.
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You also forgot about Matrix M-Stage V2 which is another good amp choice for the DT880 600ohms too.

This. I've had the 880/250 on the M Stage for 7-8 months, then swapped in the 880/600. I rolled and few op-amps and I'm liking it so far. I'm not sure about the O2 myself, but I've read that some people with both amps prefer the M Stage for being warmer and tube-like compared to O2.

Also, a little advice if you get the DT880/600: ProAudioStar's eBay store accepts an offer of $229 shipped. thumb.gif
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