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So question--what's a good set of cans if priorities are clarity and sound stage? Under $800. I also wouldn't want something that's no fun to listen to like ATH-AD700s, but I love being able to hear and pick out individual instruments and everything. I have my DT990's as fun cans, but I'd rather get something as well that's on the opposite end of the spectrum. 

Either way, I won't be getting new headphones for a while yet (taking out a car loan next week hopefully) but just so I know what to keep an eye out for in the future.

Does $800 need to include amp and DAC as well, or just headphones?
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HD700 might be good if no amp/DAC are needed
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It's great that you're preparing for the future. It's a huge PITA to replace low quality music.

Definitely have to agree. Years ago, instead of ripping my CDs I just downloaded versions other people ripped, and didn't really pay that much attention to what quality they were ripped at provided they were at least 192Kbps. Now I have to go through everything and find out where things are before I can even rip the discs, it's rather annoying.
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It's great that you're preparing for the future. It's a huge PITA to replace low quality music.
Even on integrated sound card I can hear a difference between 320kbps Mp3 and 1411kbps (16bit) WAV. Most of my collection is 320kbps mp3 but that's enough for me. When I have luck then the author uploads FLAC or WAV of the song. But mostly the highest I can get is 320kbps Mp3.
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I've really considered the Alpha Dog's, but I'd like to hear them first.

I recently bought the alpha dogs and i think i prefer them to my HE-500s. They probably sound a bit better then the HD650s but i would say the HD650s are better value for money. I havnt heard a lot of closed headphones but they do indeed seem fairly open, and they are very comfy.
    
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I recently bought the alpha dogs and i think i prefer them to my HE-500s. They probably sound a bit better then the HD650s but i would say the HD650s are better value for money. I havnt heard a lot of closed headphones but they do indeed seem fairly open, and they are very comfy.
I've heard that the HE-500's are a bit odd, so I'm sure I'd need to try both. I've considered them but I hear they have a peak somewhere in the high-mids. I definitely wouldn't like that.

Louisville needs a Hi-Fi meet.
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I've heard that the HE-500's are a bit odd, so I'm sure I'd need to try both. I've considered them but I hear they have a peak somewhere in the high-mids. I definitely wouldn't like that.

Louisville needs a Hi-Fi meet.

Barnacules said he liked the bass on those, but the highs were lacking. He also felt they were a bit heavy on his head.

 

I'd like an OCN cook-off. Or OCN audio meet. Or OCN Haswell nerdgasm.

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I personally adore my LCD-2's. These are honestly end game for me. I will eventually score a tube amp once it becomes financially responsible to do so. I love the LCD-2's because they fit my preferences so perfectly. The only thing that could truly benefit would be the soundstage which is a bit cramped. IMHO, they are one of the most aesthetically pleasing headphones I have come across as well!

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If anyone likes Asian comics, I strongly urge you to give "Kingdom" a try. It is a personal favorite of mine!
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I personally adore my LCD-2's. These are honestly end game for me. I will eventually score a tube amp once it becomes financially responsible to do so. I love the LCD-2's because they fit my preferences so perfectly. The only thing that could truly benefit would be the soundstage which is a bit cramped. IMHO, they are one of the most aesthetically pleasing headphones I have come across as well!

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If anyone likes Asian comics, I strongly urge you to give "Kingdom" a try. It is a personal favorite of mine!

the LCD-3 are a little wider. if you take an LCD-2 and stretch out the upper and lower extension, soundstage and instrument separation you get a LCD-3. it's not worth the $1000 unless you're a nut like me redface.gif
    
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Hey guys,

 

Thanks for the responses but I think I've kind of changed my mind--partially due to me not considering I'd need to upgrade my audio chain to handle high end cans, and partially due to the fact that I've just been invited to another wedding and they want to do an expensive but awesome bachelor party.

 

New more specific question--what would be the best sub $500 cans with good clarity and soundstage that would pair well with a Vali/Modi stack?

 

Because I think spending beyond that  I'd need to upgrade my chain and I'd rather not right now. Also, I listen to really all types of music except country. Classical, rock, metal, rap, electronic, dubstep, vocal jazz, etc. etc. 

 

I also have a pair of DT990's and HD518's if that helps at all.

 

Cheers!

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