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[RESOLVED ]Advice request - music and VOIP at work

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Hey all,
I'm looking to upgrade my music+voip situation at work. I'd like to invest in some good headphones + separate mic (as recommended) + possibly a USB DAC.
This is to replace a $20 usb headset + onboard sound in a low end Dell desktop
Here's the bullet list info:

-budget - $250 with a max of $350 for amazingness
-musical tastes: mainly electronic - drum & bass, dubstep, house but also rock/metal/alt etc
-perks - headset MUST be closed so I do not bother coworkers with sounds. Over ear for long-hour usage comfort. Separate mic that will filter out background noises (for VOIP/skype)
-considering: Ultrason PRO 550 (mega sale on amazon.com-$140) + Logitech USB Mic (not sure why its $99 on amazon??) or Blue Snowflake + FIIO E07K (more for DAC, not amp).
-usage: as said, in an open office environment for the whole day. I am a developer so I prefer listening to music while coding, but I also have many webex/skype calls throughout the day. I need to be considerate of noise produced..
-location: Toronto Canada. I favour CanadaComputers.com or any other online computer store (I use shopbot.ca a lot) but US retailers are fine as well

Thanks for any input! Here's a random fun video to show my appreciation smile.gif
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxPbgnO81sQ
post #2 of 5
Beyer dynamic DT770s is the headphone you want, but someone else will have to comment on the amp, dac, and mic. Everything that comes to mind would kill your budget.

Cursed Canadian prices.
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Beyer dynamic DT770s is the headphone you want, but someone else will have to comment on the amp, dac, and mic. Everything that comes to mind would kill your budget.

Cursed Canadian prices.

thanks - why dt770s over pro550s? do they need an amp? what were your thoughts on other gear (ignoring price)?
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thanks - why dt770s over pro550s? do they need an amp? what were your thoughts on other gear (ignoring price)?

Well anything good needs amping. Even those pro 550s probably would need an amp to sound their best. Technically speaking all headphones don't NEED an amp (other than electrostatic headphones but that is a whole different game all together) and will play music quietly or/and it will sound like crap. All headphones SHOULD have amps since I seriously doubt anyone would want to listen to really quiet and tinny music.

As for why the DTs, they are a great deal more comfortable. They sound more open (while still being closed). A bit better sound quality IMO. I haven't tortured either of these two headphones too much, but it SEEMS like the DT770 is better built.

My thoughts on other headphones.....none since audio equipment seems drastically inflated in canada. In the US you have more options, but in the north you seem kind of limited.
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Thanks for the advice Tjj

I went to Long & McQuaid - a Canadian music retail store (multiple locations). They had this awesome 'pillar' of pro-level headphones you could test. 3 sides had about 10 headphones each and an ipod locked in the middle behind some glass and a tethered remote. It was amazing.
While they didn't have the Ultrasones (hard to find in canada at all), they did have the Beyer DT 770 Pro 250ohm, 80ohm, the audio-technica M50s (special ed.) amongst others. I tested many out, switching back and forth and I kept coming back to the DT770's. Absolutely incredible sound stage and very very comfortable. So I got a pair for a fair $165.
I then went to CanadaComputers (retail) and grabbed the Fiio E10 USB DAC/amp + a blue snowflake usb mic. Both are excellent too.
So I am quite happy with everything. Now I need to relisten to my entire music collection ...
Thanks again for the reco smile.gif
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