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Hey all,

I was simply wondering what would be the next logical upgrade to take after my current headphones. I'm happy with what I have, but I'm always curious as to what the next step can be. I'm not looking to buy something right away, I'm just looking for discussion/suggestions that fit my setup.

Current setup: JVC HA-RX700 (with felt removal and foam mod) + Xonar D1
Needs: a headphone that can do both music/gaming well, much like the RX700, but even better and more comfortable.
Music: Hip-hop, R&B, some pop. I like my bass and I need some amount of bass to enjoy music/games but not overwhelming amounts of it.
Gaming: some FPS (COD4) and SC2
Theoretical budget: $150 (very flexible, since this is mainly discussion)
Other notes: I like the sound isolation of closed headphones, but I'm open to discussion of all types of headphones. I will be using these headphones in a home setting, no need for portability.

I would like suggestions from the community about what headphones would fit these criteria and/or experiences you have had with the RX700 and upgrade paths you have taken. Again, I'm happy with what I have and I am looking for suggestions/discussions about potential headphones that could enhance my experience.

Discuss, OCN!
Edited by wongster - 4/8/11 at 4:02pm
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post #2 of 21
I won the RX900, and I was personally looking at the DT770 Pro 80 as my next upgrade for it`s renowned bass.

That or I was going to try soemthing new and get some Grado`s.

But for bass, I`d go for the DT770
post #3 of 21
I'd also suggest looking at the Beyer lineup. If not for the gaming necessities I would recommend the Denon D2000 which I prefer for music listening (not that they're bad at gaming). Both are very comfortable phones for me.
post #4 of 21
I personally own the DT770/80 version, and I've gotta say that I LOVE its bass. My tastes in music and games pretty much match yours as well and I've gotta say that they perform admirably. Also, you could look at the ATH-M50's. You can find them for about 120 on ebay new.
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I almost want to say Ultrasone HFI-580 or the PRO 550 because of the $150 limit. Both are better in sound quality but the comfort might be an issue. If you want a sure-fire improvement, then the DT770 is the way to go but those go for $180 typically online.

After my first RX700, I got the RX900 (not much of an improvement, if anything it was a step in the wrong direction because it sounded sloppy in comparison for music), the HD595 and the JVC HA-DX3. I also got another a JVC HA-RX700 but modded it to hell. I just got the Ultrasone PRO550 this week so I'm still working on burning in that thing.
Edited by RallyMaster - 4/8/11 at 2:09pm
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post #6 of 21
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Thanks for the responses so far!

From what I've read in the past, the Beyerdynamic lineup (specifically the 770 and 880) are great headphones, and I probably couldn't go wrong with either of them if I chose to upgrade.

Is there anything you guys dislike/are annoyed by in the DT770 (specifically comfort, but also things like sound signatures, short cables, etc etc.)? Also, does the 80ohm version require an amp? i don't know much about audio, but I think 80ohm falls into the lower impedance range where an amp is not needed...right?

Keep the discussion/suggestions coming, it's great. Feedback from satisfied RX700 users who upgraded to something would be appreciated too.
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post #7 of 21
80 ohm headphones still do benefit from an amp. My headphones are 32 ohm and my Zune on max vol is what I need to use them on the bus. Of course that's not the only consideration to make (sesitivity, detailed impedance response) but I would recommend an amp.
post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by RallyMaster;13052521 
I almost want to say Ultrasone HFI-580 or the PRO 550 because of the $150 limit. Both are better in sound quality but the comfort might be an issue. If you want a sure-fire improvement, then the DT770 is the way to go but those go for $180 typically online.

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Thanks. I saw your thread about the PRO 550 the other day and I've been keeping my eye on it, waiting for further impressions. The budget is flexible, since this is just a discussion about future options. I like the RX700s and it's kind of hard to believe they're that good at $35. I just want to know what people who share my opinion of the RX700s moved on to in terms of other headphones.
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I would go for the Beyerdynamic DT770s. However, I recommend the Denon AH-D2000 but it's about double your budget. The lowest I've ever seen it is $230. It's rare to find that price again these days frown.gif.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by wongster;13052596 
Thanks for the responses so far!

From what I've read in the past, the Beyerdynamic lineup (specifically the 770 and 880) are great headphones, and I probably couldn't go wrong with either of them if I chose to upgrade.

Is there anything you guys dislike/are annoyed by in the DT770 (specifically comfort, but also things like sound signatures, short cables, etc etc.)? Also, does the 80ohm version require an amp? i don't know much about audio, but I think 80ohm falls into the lower impedance range where an amp is not needed...right?

Keep the discussion/suggestions coming, it's great. Feedback from satisfied RX700 users who upgraded to something would be appreciated too.

From what I`ve heard the DT770 is a home use pair of cans. The cable is of a good length, about 3m. I have also heard that it was COMFY. When i was researching a good set of cans, I found that many people who bought Sony MDR-V6 studio moniters, also got beyer velour pads to make them more comfy.

Try reading reviews on Head-Fi:
http://www.head-fi.org/products/beyerdynamic-dt-770-pro-80-closed-studio-headphones

Also try going through their "For Sale" forums for good deals on cans and an amp if you feel so inclined. Personally I don`t think an 80 ohm set of cans warrents buying a dedicated amp. At most, a uDac or a Fiio E7, but even then.... it`s only going to be a little bit more quality. If you go with the 250 ohm version, then an amp becomes more viable.
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