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Basically I'm going to get some Z5500's for my PC as my speakers have just broken and I've realised why I'm at it I should buy some decent headphones to use at night and at other times.

I have no idea whatsoever with headphones as I have never been interested in the past, and from looking around there seems to be no clear option like there is with high end speakers (Z5500's).

So I want to spend around £100 - £150 ($200 - $300) for headphones primarily to play music (indie rock, old school hip hop mainly), watching videos and movies and for a tiny bit of gaming.

Any advice then, and can I get the headphones from UK websites if at all possible, thanks.
    
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is that just for headphones or for cans+ perifs. cuz if you can spend some extra on a amp/dac you will be able to drive the more expensive cans. cuz if you can spend 300usd on cans get the sennhiser hd600 but they need an amp. or willing to save some more you can get some of the best headpnones ever produced. Stax. though the closest in your price range would be these but still better than nearly anything dynamic. http://bluetin.com/catalog/stax-srs-...rs-system.html
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is that just for headphones or for cans+ perifs. cuz if you can spend some extra on a amp/dac you will be able to drive the more expensive cans. cuz if you can spend 300usd on cans get the sennhiser hd600 but they need an amp. or willing to save some more you can get some of the best headpnones ever produced. Stax. though the closest in your price range would be these but still better than nearly anything dynamic. http://bluetin.com/catalog/stax-srs-...rs-system.html
Stax is kind of a silly recommendation for a newcomer to the headphone world, dontcha think? Besides, that 2050a is 300 Euros, not $300. That's more like $480.

Although he is right that most headphones in that pricerange are a lot better when amped. It's not completely necessary, even with the HD600, but it will greatly improve your listening experience.
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yea i understand that the stax was a outlandish recomendation. would the headroom bithead amp/dac be good enough to complement the 600s? i realy know jack about amps at the moment.
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yea i understand that the stax was a outlandish recomendation. would the headroom bithead amp/dac be good enough to complement the 600s? i realy know jack about amps at the moment.
It wouldn't be bad, but with Headroom, you're paying a lot for the name. They're a great site and really strive to help everyone out, but doing so doesn't come cheap.

However, I don't think the HD600 would be great for what the OP wants, old school hip hop on an HD600 just doesn't fit. Maybe something more along the lines of the Audio Technica AD900, it's airy and has a very natural feel, and is easily driven without an amp.
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hmm perhaps i just wanted to try recomending sometheing other than an AT what about the variants of the dt770?
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hmm perhaps i just wanted to try recomending sometheing other than an AT what about the variants of the dt770?
Definately not for indie rock. Too congested, bass heavy, thick.
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*sigh* i guess the AT would be the best. and the big plus is the easy driven. how about ms1's? how are they for the bass end.
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*sigh* i guess the AT would be the best. and the big plus is the easy driven. how about ms1's? how are they for the bass end.
I haven't heard them, but they seem to share a lot with the Grados, so I would assume not a terribly large amount, but what is there would be tight and snappy.
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*sigh* i guess the AT would be the best. and the big plus is the easy driven. how about ms1's? how are they for the bass end.
MS-1s are a Energetic sound. IMO Alessandro are more neutral then grado but still bright and upfront but not as much.

Its a really good headphone for the price bass wise its decent but not as much as the MS-2.

Its also easily driven from a PC sound card.
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