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Hi ! I need advice.... I can buy a real Hi-Fi headphones ("cans") for 200Euro/250USD/150GBP... A mont ago i bought "budget" Superlux HD 660 - studio, circumaural, but with high impedance 150 Ohms.... And this is a little problem. You need a headphone amplifiier or DAC w. HP Amplifier... But i'm not sure, whether i have spend my money to Hi-Fi stuff for very cheap chinese (but with relative nice sound) "cans". We have here a too black friday and i bought - surprise - Marshall Major supraaural headphones. They looks stuning - but audiphiles says - NO NO NO, this isn't good choice. OK, i bought it in x-mas sale and for iPhone are ideal.... Sound isn't bad for me, but probably too not hi-fi...

I use a iPhone, MacBook Pro (2011) and old Sharp stereo. In my Win PC i have a Asus sound card, but only with on-board realtek (MB: P-35 Asus Blitz s.775), not real Xonar or Creative Soundblaster SC. I used a iTunes and spotify too,but i lookin' for "real 24bit" music.

OK, i have now a two headphones - cheap Superlux HD 660( design copy of Beyerdynamics DT 770) - sound good, but they have a 150 OHM impedance andneed amplifier or DAC w. amplifier.

Marshall Major - stuning look, hard bass, for Rock/Metal, ideal but still it is fashionable brand.

OK, it is here a x-mas, a few money on my bank account.... and i can buy a real hi-fi.... With stunning sound, low impedance, very universal.... from famous hi-fi brand...

I have in personal selection this:

Grado S60e - made in USA (not China), supraaural and open construction.... But in EU are relative expensive (110USD/105Euro vs. 70USD)

Audio-Technica T-500 - relative cheap (around 100USD) but sound is - strange.....

Beyerdynamics DT 770 and 980 - both i tested in headphones shop - but both have high impedance....

Now i found low impedance DT 770 - new for 2015.... (32 Ohm only.)

My dream are AKG K-702 - but have too big impedance, are full open and actual version isn't Made in Austria as early version. And i it never heard....

Now is my favorite Beyerdynamics Custom One Pro. Have low impedance and customized sound - close, semi-open, open. It is a interesting, when i can't now say what style of sound i prefer. High trebles ? Low trebles ? hard bass ? low bass ? My idea is - a clear and accurate sound. With good presentation of space (Oh yes, this is a bass quitar, this is a panflute, and - hear - a mouth organ.... every tone is on it's place... And i must may a fell of orchestra palace in first stage..... I love classic rock, metal, country, and folk, and pop too.... some times a classic.... I can hear all - a band/orchestra but too every word of song, every tint of music, every breath of singer.... Accurate, analytic (reference ?) sound....

Custom One Pro needn't DAC (amplifier)and this is for me now important. (But i can bought amplifier/DAC later.) Yes, ideal is collect of"cans" but this isn't cheap hobby and you need a expensive "soundmachine". I can "invest" later to DAC/amplifier etc... but now i have a limited funds.
post #2 of 5
I read everything you wrote


You definitely need to try the Shure SRH-940


The Audio Technica A2000X is really excellent as well


The only level up from those two very high-end and flagshippy sounding products is pretty much within magnet strength, magnet strength delivers more energy in the sonics, in that case it would be one of the Beyerdynamic Tesla headphones such as the T70, or the new Grado SR325e which has also vastly improved the magnet strength and yes you can hear it


The other level up in terms of technology and sonics would either be within ultra low distortion or within perfect / more transparent tone colour, in which case Fostex TH600 for the tone colour and for lowest distortion, from what I know, I'd go directly to an IEM like the Olasonic TH-F4N


If you desire enhanced, heavy bass, from time to time, like most of us do, then I recommend a cheap bassy product on the side

For example Audio Technica A2000X / Shure SRH-940 as the stellar reference product, then Sony XB700 for the comfy basshead product

If you want to save money just buy a Koss DJ100 and call it a day, that way you can buy a DAC and amplifier as well, for example like this one - http://ibasso.com/products-detail.php?id=269

If you have a very good sound-card already, skip the DAC and amplifier and spend your money on the Audio Technica ATH-A2000X and Sony XB700


Personal credentials are thousands of hours on the audio internet and well over 1000 hours listening to Hi-Fi-ish equipment in diagnostic mode, i.e. mostly listening to the equipment itself instead of the music
Edited by Kiriel 7 - 1/1/15 at 8:10am
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Hi ! Thank you - but i haven't good sound card - i must bought new... and this is minimal 100USD (2100CZK) plus.
Shure 940 have good reference - but are full plastic :/ I look on it smile.gif
A-T ATX 2000 isn't availiable in Czech Republic.
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have you considered a portable amp instead of a new set of cans?
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I'm not sure... DAC/Amp is minimal another 100USD/EURO+...
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