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I'm looking into buying my first high end set of headphones. I'm currently using Sennheiser HD 280 Pros but I want something better. I am also interested in purchasing an amp to go with the new headphones. I need an amp that is portable. I use my Samsung Galaxy SIII as my portable music player so I need an amp that will work well with the phone. I listen mostly to Classic Rock with a bit of new Rock as well. I also listen to techno/dubstep type music though not as much as the rock. I want a set of cans that has some pretty heavy bass. I love some good sounding bass. I would like to keep the total cost for both the headphones and the amp as close to $300 as possible.

Thanks in advance! biggrin.gif

EDIT: I need closed ear headphones as I will be using these in public and I doubt that anyone else wants to hear my music.

I was looking at the Ultrasone Pro 750s and the Beyerdynamic DT770s (Though with these I'm not sure which OHM model to get). Are either of these good headphones for the conditions I described above?
Edited by Tman5293 - 3/1/13 at 12:08am
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Classic rock?: Grado! hands down. smile.gif
More specific?: Grado Sr80i(low budget) , Grado sr325i(your budget), Grado PS1000(pure sex for ears)
Don't want grado?: Denon AH-D7000 (for classic rock)
Amp? Grados don't need amps. An amp hardly increases much. Can't say that for other manufacturers.
Still want an amp?: E17. Its dynamite. I love what it does to the sound.
Want an amp with you S3?: Always use the USB digital out. But sorry, the E17 will not work, But its younger brother, the E7 will.
Want to know what I personally feel? When it comes to audio, reviews only tell you 50% of the story. Everybody hears differently. Always listen and then form your final opinion. Reviews and advice will only tell you what to consider.
What else should you do?: Take a look at this thread : Battle of the flagships. It lists only the best headphones with a short review. Some will be to your budget. Read those reviews and see which fits your music spectrum.
Have I ignored your shortlist?: smile.gif I haven't. But I havent listened to the so I cannot comment. But I can tell you what I've heard about them. DT770(Pro 80) has amazing soundstage and ultrasone pro 750s have fun bass. I doubt the mids are good though. Won't give you a good experience with classic rock. DT770s may do well but it has deep bass too.
Classic rock and heavy bass thinking.gif . You will have to wade through some reviews to see which pair will strike a good balance. But your are spending a good 300$, so..I think you will
What you should look for?: Slight U shaped with emphasis on low highs and mid lows.
Special advice? : If you buy the grados, Get the G cush pads. biggrin.gif
PS?: The ones I've mentioned are from the ones I've heard. And I've listened to my fair share. But remember, "Your ears are the boss"

I hoped I helped a little. Please keep us updated. smile.gif
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I have the DT770(Pro 80)s and I can tell you that the bass is probably right where you want it.

For an amp, I will defer to the above poster. I use the amp in my Xonar DG and don't take mine away from my computer. I do have a FiiO E6 to use portably with other headphones, though unfortunately it doesn't do USB audio (my Skyrocket doesn't either, so I'm not too upset).

That would be my closed recommendation. DT770s with whatever portable amp fits into your budget from there.

Since you're taking them out, I won't recommend any open headphones; but if you ever do look for open phones I can recommend the Grados as well. They sound beautiful. Not as much of the thumping bass, but it's there; tight and controlled.

I will stray from the above posters Grado recommendation, though, and suggest for the same price as the SR80i you get the SR60i and the L-Cush pads. They seem to be the most recommended Grados for first time buyers and the best bang for the buck. Plus, there are a ton of mods you can make to them that will improve the sound beyond a lot of the higher end Grado models (from what I've been reading). I will be picking myself up a set in about a month. Told my wife I wanted them for my birthday.
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Reported amps/DACs compatible with the S3.

No idea if the new Fiio E07K will work, but someone has said the Fiio E7 does.
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I have the DT770(Pro 80)s and I can tell you that the bass is probably right where you want it.

For an amp, I will defer to the above poster. I use the amp in my Xonar DG and don't take mine away from my computer. I do have a FiiO E6 to use portably with other headphones, though unfortunately it doesn't do USB audio (my Skyrocket doesn't either, so I'm not too upset).

That would be my closed recommendation. DT770s with whatever portable amp fits into your budget from there.

Since you're taking them out, I won't recommend any open headphones; but if you ever do look for open phones I can recommend the Grados as well. They sound beautiful. Not as much of the thumping bass, but it's there; tight and controlled.

I will stray from the above posters Grado recommendation, though, and suggest for the same price as the SR80i you get the SR60i and the L-Cush pads. They seem to be the most recommended Grados for first time buyers and the best bang for the buck. Plus, there are a ton of mods you can make to them that will improve the sound beyond a lot of the higher end Grado models (from what I've been reading). I will be picking myself up a set in about a month. Told my wife I wanted them for my birthday.
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Originally Posted by liquidzoo View Post

I have the DT770(Pro 80)s and I can tell you that the bass is probably right where you want it.

For an amp, I will defer to the above poster. I use the amp in my Xonar DG and don't take mine away from my computer. I do have a FiiO E6 to use portably with other headphones, though unfortunately it doesn't do USB audio (my Skyrocket doesn't either, so I'm not too upset).

That would be my closed recommendation. DT770s with whatever portable amp fits into your budget from there.

Since you're taking them out, I won't recommend any open headphones; but if you ever do look for open phones I can recommend the Grados as well. They sound beautiful. Not as much of the thumping bass, but it's there; tight and controlled.

I will stray from the above posters Grado recommendation, though, and suggest for the same price as the SR80i you get the SR60i and the L-Cush pads. They seem to be the most recommended Grados for first time buyers and the best bang for the buck. Plus, there are a ton of mods you can make to them that will improve the sound beyond a lot of the higher end Grado models (from what I've been reading). I will be picking myself up a set in about a month. Told my wife I wanted them for my birthday.

I agree. The DT770 is going to be your best bet.

What I would do though is get a pair, then test them out on your phone or play back device before you invest in mobile amps. The issue is that mobile amps are almost all crap or they are too big to be truly mobile. If you find out you are content with the sound from your phone, then invest in your desktop amp because that will give you the best audio experience for your money.
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I love my DT880, they suit everything! Very balanced headphone. Not closed, and they don't drown you in bass so your average basshead won't like them IMHO. But it has quality bass.
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For those that recommended the DT770s, is the 80 OHM model the one to get? Or should I consider one of the other models?
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post #9 of 11
The 80 Ohm model is definitely the easiest to drive.

Others report that it also has slightly more bass than the 250 Ohm version.

I'm going to sound like a broken record here smile.gif

Do you have a Guitar Center near you? If so, go in and test out the DT770s and see what you think. Note that they will not give off their full potential without some amping, even minor amping; but you will be able to get an idea of their sound straight from your iPod/iPhone/Phone/MP3 player...whatever you use.
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So right now I'm looking at ordering the Beyerdynamic DT770 80 Ohm model and a FiiO E7 amp. I can get them both for a total of about $280.

Is this a good combo or is there a better setup I can buy for around the same price?

EDIT: I also would like to know how big of an improvement in audio quality I will notice by upgrading to the DT770s. Are they a significant improvement over my Sennheiser HD 280 Pros?
Edited by Tman5293 - 3/1/13 at 4:29pm
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[Intel] i7-4790K @ 4.5GHz [Gigabyte] Z97X-Gaming GT [EVGA] GeForce GTX 980 Ti Superclocked+ ACX 2.0... [G.SKILL] Ripjaws 16GB (4x4GB) @ 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
[Samsung] 840 Pro 256GB (OS/Programs/Games) [Western Digital] Caviar Blue 640GB (User Files) [HP] DVD-RW Multi-Recorder Lightscribe [Corsair] H100i Hydro Cooler 
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[Corsair] SP120L High Performance 120mm Radiato... [Corsair] SP120L High Performance 120mm Radiato... [Corsair] SP120 High Performance Edition 120mm ... [Corsair] SP120 High Performance Edition 120mm ... 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
[Corsair] 140mm Top Exhaust Fan (White LED) [Corsair] 140mm Top Exhaust Fan (White LED) [Corsair] 140mm Rear Exhaust Fan [Microsoft] Windows 10 Pro (64-Bit) 
MonitorMonitorMonitorKeyboard
[ASUS] VG278HE 27' LED - 1920x1080p@144Hz [ASUS] VE278Q 27' LED - 1920x1080p@60Hz [Acer] H233H 23' LCD - 1920x1080p@30Hz [Corsair] Vengeance K70 (Silver) 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
[Seasonic] X-1250W [Corsair] Carbide Series Air 540 (White) [RAZER] DeathAdder 3.5G [Corsair] MM200 Compact 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
[Schiit] Bifrost (Uber) Digital To Analog Conve... [Schiit] Lyr Headphone Amplifier [Focusrite] Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface [Sennheiser] HD 650 Headphones 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
[V-MODA] Crossfade M-100 Headphones (Shadow) [KRK] Rokit 6 Studio Monitors [Samson] Q2U Microphone [Novation] Launchkey 25 MIDI Controller 
Other
[Linksys] AE3000 N900 USB Dual Band WiFi Adapter 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
[Intel] Core i7-4800MQ @ 2.7GHz [Intel] HM87 Express Chipset [Nvidia] GeForce GTX 765M [Intel] HD Graphics 4600 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
[Patriot] 16GB (2x8GB) @ 1600MHz [Intel] 525 Series 120GB (OS/Programs) [Seagate] Momentus 750GB (User Files/Games) [Toshiba/Samsung] 8X DVD±R/RW/4X +DL Super-Mult... 
CoolingOSMonitorMouse
[Cooler Master] NotePal U2 PLUS [Microsoft] Windows 10 Home (64-Bit) [Sager] 15.6' LED Display - 1920x1080p@60Hz [Logitech] Anywhere Mouse MX 
AudioAudio
[FiiO] E07K Andes USB DAC/AMP  [V-MODA] Crossfade M-100 Headphones (Shadow) 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
[Intel] i7-4790K @ 4.5GHz [Gigabyte] Z97X-Gaming GT [EVGA] GeForce GTX 980 Ti Superclocked+ ACX 2.0... [G.SKILL] Ripjaws 16GB (4x4GB) @ 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
[Samsung] 840 Pro 256GB (OS/Programs/Games) [Western Digital] Caviar Blue 640GB (User Files) [HP] DVD-RW Multi-Recorder Lightscribe [Corsair] H100i Hydro Cooler 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
[Corsair] SP120L High Performance 120mm Radiato... [Corsair] SP120L High Performance 120mm Radiato... [Corsair] SP120 High Performance Edition 120mm ... [Corsair] SP120 High Performance Edition 120mm ... 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
[Corsair] 140mm Top Exhaust Fan (White LED) [Corsair] 140mm Top Exhaust Fan (White LED) [Corsair] 140mm Rear Exhaust Fan [Microsoft] Windows 10 Pro (64-Bit) 
MonitorMonitorMonitorKeyboard
[ASUS] VG278HE 27' LED - 1920x1080p@144Hz [ASUS] VE278Q 27' LED - 1920x1080p@60Hz [Acer] H233H 23' LCD - 1920x1080p@30Hz [Corsair] Vengeance K70 (Silver) 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
[Seasonic] X-1250W [Corsair] Carbide Series Air 540 (White) [RAZER] DeathAdder 3.5G [Corsair] MM200 Compact 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
[Schiit] Bifrost (Uber) Digital To Analog Conve... [Schiit] Lyr Headphone Amplifier [Focusrite] Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface [Sennheiser] HD 650 Headphones 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
[V-MODA] Crossfade M-100 Headphones (Shadow) [KRK] Rokit 6 Studio Monitors [Samson] Q2U Microphone [Novation] Launchkey 25 MIDI Controller 
Other
[Linksys] AE3000 N900 USB Dual Band WiFi Adapter 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
[Intel] Core i7-4800MQ @ 2.7GHz [Intel] HM87 Express Chipset [Nvidia] GeForce GTX 765M [Intel] HD Graphics 4600 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
[Patriot] 16GB (2x8GB) @ 1600MHz [Intel] 525 Series 120GB (OS/Programs) [Seagate] Momentus 750GB (User Files/Games) [Toshiba/Samsung] 8X DVD±R/RW/4X +DL Super-Mult... 
CoolingOSMonitorMouse
[Cooler Master] NotePal U2 PLUS [Microsoft] Windows 10 Home (64-Bit) [Sager] 15.6' LED Display - 1920x1080p@60Hz [Logitech] Anywhere Mouse MX 
AudioAudio
[FiiO] E07K Andes USB DAC/AMP  [V-MODA] Crossfade M-100 Headphones (Shadow) 
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