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I need some help as I don't know which in-ear headphones I should get.

Currently I'm thinking about picking a set out of these:

Shure Se215 £90 ($135) - These seem pretty good, I like the replaceable cable and they get pretty good reviews, but I've read about these randomly cutting out.
Denon Ah-C400 £140($210) - These look fairly durable and I really liked my previous denon in-ears but it's hard to find any good reviews or opinions as not a lot of people have these
TDK BA200 £150($225) - Upper end of my budget, seem to be pretty good from the reviews.

My priorities are clear, punchy bass, so I'm more interested in the quality of it rather than quantity. I also want something with a fairly durable cable and with good isolation.

Any other recommendations? Or help with making a decision?
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^I would wait for Totally Dubbed as he is our unanimous IEM King here wink.gif.
 
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Can i buy any of those high end headphones you guys have been talking about without buying an amp
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Can i buy any of those high end headphones you guys have been talking about without buying an amp

Your receiver should also serve as an amp.
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Your receiver should also serve as an amp.

Will it sound much worse without an amp then?
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Will it sound much worse without an amp then?

That honestly depends on a lot of things:

- Quality of music file
- Are you using the DAC in your computer or amplifier? To use the DAC on the receiver you have to connect your computer to the receiver using digital (optical toslink or SPDIF depending on what you have available)
- Quality of DAC in receiver
- Quality of amplification in receiver
- Power output and how much it is capable of driving
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I am actually a big Tool fan, so that could be part of the list. I'll try and keep this short and compact, and let me know if any of the artists are just plain unacceptable. I know many don't like explicit lyrics, and not sure the rules on this at meets.

I'll name some songs that are fairly well produced (considering their respective generes)

Metal/Rock/Hardcore/etc.
August Burns Red - Empire
After the Burial - Aspiration
Between the Buried and Me - Alaska, Autodidact, (B) The Decade of Statues (top priority tongue.gif...think priority of clean underwear wink.gif)
Veil of Maya - We Bow In Its Aura (Hardcore/Metal)
Jukebox the Ghost - Good Day
Dance Gavin Dance - And I Told Them I Invented Times New Roman (what I consider to be an amazing voice, and want emphasized).

Dubstep/House/Electronic/etc.
Nero
Zedd - Spectrum, Clarity
Zomboy - City 2 City (ft. Belle Humble), Pump It Up
Major Lazer - You're No Good, Jai No Partai
Skrillex (yes...Skrillex) - First of the Year (Equinox), Kill EVERYBODY, Bangarang

Rap/Hip hop/etc.
A$AP Rocky - Hell, Wild for the Night, Suddenly
Kendrick Lamar - Poetic Justice, Swimming Pools (Drank)
Tech N9ne - He's a Mental Giant, I Love Music

Let me know if that list is too long, or if I need to shorten it in someway, I definitely can. I legally own the CDs for all of these songs, so getting the tracks to you is a matter of a simple Dropbox link smile.gif. I thank you highly once again smile.gif.
Hmm interesting...and yeah, RazerDog Audio sent me an email for a coupon code to use on the Senn's and it chopped off $100. Free shipping, too. Very tempted, but trying to be patient. I live in a very small town, but work in a larger one, and still, headphone audio isn't a big market there, making it extremely hard to test anything out.
Like I said, I'm not terribly sure, but I just replaced the rotting woofers with direct replacements. Nothing fancy, and a great DIY project that I thoroughly enjoyed--even if it was simply tongue.gif. Also, where is this receiver? I was looking at an Onkyo one on Amazon that has pretty great reviews and is ~$142...just haven't had the need to pull the trigger yet, though.

I will set up a drop box then. It is about time I did that anyways.

My only concern is that I have a terrible ear for dubstep. It all sounds like an angry dial up tone to me. There will be a couple dubstep people there who make their own music, I will have to get their opinion. Everything else is fine. The length of the list is really going to depend on the number of people there. For instance, if 30 people want to try 1 amp, then I might fit in 5 or 6 songs. If only amp owners show up and we have 60 amps and 20 people, then I could play your whole library.

Yeah I know that razer dog audio thing is tempting. I am thinking about selling my Q701s and going for the HD 600s since it would only be 50 bucks out of pocket. But I think I am going to save up for my stax lambda nova signatures. I think you would be happier with Dt 880s though. The HD6XXs lack bite IMO. It probably wouldn't be that great for something with a crap ton of bass.

It is a good thing that you did a direct woofer replacement though. So many people screw up speakers by putting in cheap woofers without any regard to spec.

You also said, "where is this receiver". Do you mean my old sansui? I sold that a while back to fund my new amp. If you mean any other receiver, then I would ask that you reword that because I have no idea what "this" is referring to.

the Onkyo receiver is decent enough. If you are just looking for something to play the speakers that is a bit more versatile than a CD changer, that receiver would definitely be a cost efficient solution. If you are looking for more of a hi-fi solution, then you need to look elsewhere.

You could also get away with a topping t-20 http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=310-320
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I hope you tested for dc offset before hooking up your speakers/headphones?

I did not have to. When I bought it, they already had it hooked up and playing. I knew it was safe enough and wouldn't blow up my stuff. What I actually had to be VERY careful of was which way the plug went into the socket. Fortunately my mom of all people told me that if I plugged it in the wrong way that I could give myself a good shock.
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That honestly depends on a lot of things:

- Quality of music file
- Are you using the DAC in your computer or amplifier? To use the DAC on the receiver you have to connect your computer to the receiver using digital (optical toslink or SPDIF depending on what you have available)
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- Power output and how much it is capable of driving

I use a optical toslink from the onboard soundcard on the R4E to the Onkyo TX NR808 and yes its a high end cable i use not some crappy el cheapo cable
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I use a optical toslink from the onboard soundcard on the R4E to the Onkyo TX NR808 and yes its a high end cable i use not some crappy el cheapo cable

toslink can actually be crap and still sound fine. The beauty with digital cables is that either they work, or don't work. I am using a 3 dollar toslink cable off monoprice. It sound just as good at a 100 dollar toslink cable that my friend bought.
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