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Yeah, but the Darkvoice 337SE is a $1500 amplifier.

I'm looking at buying a modified Darkvoice 337SE that's had 2 more capacitors added to help with heat issues the 337SE has (Professionally modded by TrueSound).

I'm still unsure of it's long time performance. I'm still unsure just how much it's going to push my HE-500s more than the O2. Haven't had the chance to listen to them both side by side and if I'm honest, it is quite a pretty penny I'd be spending on it.
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HeadFi, Headphonia, trade shows, talking to sales people, meetups etc.

I've missed the HK High End AV show for the past 3 years, but should be able to make it this year! Free demos of headphones! Bwahahahaha.
Good recommendations.
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Welcome to high end audio. Its a wonderful place where there is next to no useful information available, so people throw money at gear until they get something good.
Rule #1 Don't get duped by FOTM or hype
Rule #2 Don't be superstitious about audio gear
Rule #3 Don't forget about older used gear or other non-hyped stuff.

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http://www.innerfidelity.com/resources
http://www.changstar.com/index.php/board,1.0.html
....so much money for a metal box full of capacitors...confusedsmiley.png



My gosh that was a bitter post redface.gif

Worth mentioning I'm wearing some DT990pro's right now biggrin.gif

Great advice.
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Dark Voice Amplifiers are great. I got to hear the 339 in person.

http://www.headfonia.com/lafigaro-339-my-fav-otl-amp/

the 339 cost about $600 and he makes cheaper ones like the 336 and 332. Woo Audio amplifiers start at $495
Where can I find places that I can buy these kinds of amps and DACs?

I used to own Beyerdynamic DT 770 80 Pro, but gave it away to my father as a b-day gift a few years ago. I still got my Sennheiser PC 350 and Xonar Xense sound card, but I want to get another set of headphones, a headphone amp, and a DAC just for listening to music. Suggestions are welcome and budget is around $1k.
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Good recommendations.
Great advice.
Where can I find places that I can buy these kinds of amps and DACs?

I used to own Beyerdynamic DT 770 80 Pro, but gave it away to my father as a b-day gift a few years ago. I still got my Sennheiser PC 350 and Xonar Xense sound card, but I want to get another set of headphones, a headphone amp, and a DAC just for listening to music. Suggestions are welcome and budget is around $1k.

If your budget is 1K, I suggest buying the ODAC+O2 amp combo as it's the best bang for the buck by far until you're ready to break over 1500 on audio. Spend the rest on a headphone that matches your listening needs. HE-500 and LCD-2 are the highest end headphones in your reach, but may not be to your liking as both of them are darker headphones. You may like a brighter top end. could try the HD-700s (used)
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If your budget is 1K, I suggest buying the ODAC+O2 amp combo as it's the best bang for the buck by far until you're ready to break over 1500 on audio. Spend the rest on a headphone that matches your listening needs. HE-500 and LCD-2 are the highest end headphones in your reach, but may not be to your liking as both of them are darker headphones. You may like a brighter top end. could try the HD-700s (used)
Good suggestion. My listening needs are basically J-pop music, watching anime, and playing games in that order. I'll look into the HD-700s and when I get more money then a better headphone amp and DAC.
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I actually think that for your needs the HD700s are a bit overkill. You also shouldn't use HD700s without an amp.

You'd probably be best suited with HD598s.

But if you really want to spend more, the headphone of choice for you is the Audio Technica AD2000s as those headphones are perfect for J-rock/J-Pop. You need look no further than that headphone IMO.
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I actually think that for your needs the HD700s are a bit overkill. You also shouldn't use HD700s without an amp.

You'd probably be best suited with HD598s.

But if you really want to spend more, the headphone of choice for you is the Audio Technica AD2000s as those headphones are perfect for J-rock/J-Pop. You need look no further than that headphone IMO.
Ooh nice headphones for what I'm listening to, but is there a difference between AD2000 and AD2000x? I prefer my headphones to be closed and circumaural. Looking at it, it seems they don't sell these headphones anymore on Audio Technica's website.
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Ooh nice headphones for what I'm listening to, but is there a difference between AD2000 and AD2000x? I prefer my headphones to be closed and circumaural. Looking at it, it seems they don't sell these headphones anymore on Audio Technica's website.

ATH-AD2000X is the new model, with a little different specs so could be a significant redesign and different driver. As for sound quality, I haven't heard either or seen comparable tests on both.


Now, all these headphones mentioned like AD2000X, AD2000, HD 700, HD 598, HE-5, LCD-2 are all OPEN, not closed.

edit: what would you describe as the sound quality of your previously-owned DT 770 / 80 and PC-350? What would you like different or better?
Edited by mikeaj - 3/16/13 at 12:30pm
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ATH-AD2000X is the new model, with a little different specs so could be a significant redesign and different driver. As for sound quality, I haven't heard either or seen comparable tests on both.


Now, all these headphones mentioned like AD2000X, AD2000, HD 700, HD 598, HE-5, LCD-2 are all OPEN, not closed.

edit: what would you describe as the sound quality of your previously-owned DT 770 / 80 and PC-350? What would you like different or better?

I don't have much experience with open headphones and I don't want other people to hear my music at home. The sound quality on my DT 770/80 and PC-350 are bass heavy, slight mid-range and treble. I would like mine to be better on mids and trebles, lighter on bass. I want to use headphones with a headphone amp and DAC for music listening. Simca's suggestion of the O2/ODAC combo is a good start, as I want to explore my options on headphones.

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The W1000X is closed back..not a ton of bass. Good midrange...pulls off on the harsh areas..around 4-7k but then comes back afterwards so you don't lose out of cymbol clashes etc...

but if you really did want to extend your budget and try and find it used (only option since this was a limited edition run) the W3000 ANV's are one of the best HIFI headphones out there.
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The W1000X is closed back..not a ton of bass. Good midrange...pulls off on the harsh areas..around 4-7k but then comes back afterwards so you don't lose out of cymbol clashes etc...

but if you really did want to extend your budget and try and find it used (only option since this was a limited edition run) the W3000 ANV's are one of the best HIFI headphones out there.
I'll look into those since it looks like trying to find treasure. I'll look into better headphone amps and DACs in the distant future when I get a better job.
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