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I was wondering what what I would need for a nice headphone setup for listening wherever (in teh car, on the couch, anywhere). From the limited amount I already know, I think need a set of cans, an amp and an MP3(oh god, did i say MP3?) player...

Any information would be greatly appreciated
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post #2 of 10
An amp is not necessary, although you may choose to get one further down the line, as it can certainly improve audio quality.

what kind of budget are you looking at? What style headphones do you want? (supraural, earbud, IEM) what kind of music do you listen to?
post #3 of 10
you want a DAP (Digital Audio Player)
You want to encode your music in a lossless format, if not at least LAME v0 or 320kbs mp3
You want to get a DAP with a line out
You don't need an amp today, but you'll be ready when you get one.
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Originally Posted by soloz2 View Post
you want a DAP (Digital Audio Player)
You want to encode your music in a lossless format, if not at least LAME v0 or 320kbs mp3
You want to get a DAP with a line out
You don't need an amp today, but you'll be ready when you get one.
thats great and all but if he has no headphones he's stuck using the stock ones, and we all know how stock earbuds sound...

@ Subtle: A budget would be nice
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avoid apple products unless you're content on opening it up and modifying them.
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I mostly listen to Rock/metal and trance, and yeah, i have a bunch of FLAC, and working on getting more.
and for the headphones...closed supraural ones would be cool
As for budget...$300 is good for a player + headphones?
i was looking for a price so I can know how much to save up for
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Is it just listening to music you're concerned about?
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post #8 of 10
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Is it just listening to music you're concerned about?
yeah, I mean if they can be used for gaming too, that'd be great, but I don't pay much attention to sound when gaming, so doesn't really matter
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post #9 of 10
How about this:

-Sansa Clip (one of the best sounding, tiniest DAPs currently)
-Headsix (sooner or later you're gonna wish you had an amp)
-Koss KSC75 to sart off (lots of mods you can do to it, plus is a great deal for the price)

Interested in IEMs?

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post #10 of 10
yea i cant reely recomend a DAP but for cans. their are 3 kinds of headphones that would be in your price range.
IEM (canalphones) they go directly into your ear canal giveing you the best isolation.
supraureal rest on your ears. aka grado or ksc75
circumaural go all the way around your ears. two difrent styles open dynamic and closed dynamic open gives you a more natural sound where closed has more bass and dosent leak sound in or out as much.

cheap iems could be jvc marshmellows.
or a little better like the UE 3 studios.

supra aural as mentioned before grado's the sr80's are the best bang for the buck in the grado line. or koss ksc75 are also mentioned. or sennhiser px100 or koss portapros are all under a C note

circumaural are a little more expensive. open cans ath-ad700 hd555 hd595
closed ath-a700 dt770pro hd202 most are around the 100-150 usd mark

as for an amp. build one. it will save you over 100 clams to put to your headphones / dap.
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