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Old 04-23-2014, 01:46 PM #1
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Calling all headphone junkies/audiophiles

I want get the best headphones for me. I listen primarily to EDM, which includes all types of house, Dubstep, DnB, Moombahton, Trap, Big Room, etc.



I am looking for over the ear, closed back headphones for under $350. I currently use Monster DNA on-ears, but I'm looking for something a little more clear and crisp. The DNAs are really nice, but I'm looking for an upgrade in sound quality. What are your suggestions?
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Old 04-23-2014, 02:05 PM #2
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HiFiMan He400, they are definitely hyped, but they are still a good set of headphones for the price.

Beyerdynamic DT-990-Pro-250, 161 on amazon.
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Old 04-23-2014, 02:07 PM #3
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Thoughts on the VModa M100s?
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I never actually listened to them, so I couldn't tell you anything other than reviews. Try http://www.head-fi.org/ I'm sure someone has listened to them with others.
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Ohhh man, am I ever happy I quickly scrolled on over to here! An album of my current setup is here!
With ~$300 I would suggest getting a solid amp/DAC ( https://www.massdrop.com/buy/aune-t1-amp-dac-combo and https://www.massdrop.com/buy/jds-labs-o2-amp are right up your alley! Once you get that, I suggest trying to find a pair of HiFiman HE-400's as they go from $200 - $275 now! If you cannot afford the HE's, try looking at the Beyerdynamic DT770 all the way up to the DT990 lineup. However, my recommendations are for an at home setup. If you prefer a bassy, portable setup, read my next paragraph.

The Ultrasone HFI-580 and Audio Technica ATH-M50 are right up your alley. I personally got the HFI-580's over a year and a half ago, and a Fiio E6 portable amplifier, which I ran off my iPhone, until I got a Fiio X3 (an amazing DAP which can double as an amp/dac!, fantastic for the price!!).

Denon D2000 are very hard to come by nowadays, but on the marketplace of Headfi, some pop up occasionally, and are fantastic, comfortable, light cans!

My username on Head-Fi is semaj8james, feel free to message me on there if you would like to talk there!

If you're feeling generous, sign up to Massdrop under this referral link, or normally. Massdrop oftentimes offers great deals for audiophile equipment, and have sold some paintball gear on there before! It's a great website, and although I seem fanboy-ish, I am in no way affiliated with them.

Hope I was able to help!
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Also, for the V-Moda lineup, they are very, VERY well built, but also have a very V shaped frequency response, which place a lot of emphasis on bass and treble (same with the HFI-580s and M50's, although HFI-580's are my favorite by far . They are gorgeous cans, though!
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I have a question about using an amp/DAC.

Most of my music listening is done with my phone using mp3 files that can be fairly good or really poor in quality, should I get an amp/DAC or should I just get headphones.

I was heavily considering getting the VModa M-100s and getting the VModa Vamp Venza when I could afford it.
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What phone do you have? I would suggest most of your songs to be in at least 320kbps format, if not, FLAC, depending if your music player can support it.
As for a Dac/amp, I would recommend against the Vamp Venza. The M-100s are very solid, but try and get out and try out other types of headphones before blind buying! I personally found the M-100s to be a bit too muddy and a bit too thick in bass, but everyone has different tastes.
A good beginner amp/DAC would be something in the Fiio lineup, as they have portable solutions, as well as solutions that plug into a desktop amplifier (E09K and E18).
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I have a Galaxy S4.

I'm thinking FiioE18 + M100s

Even though that's a tad out of budget. Would be a huge upgrade over my DNAs though.
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The S4 supports .flac music format, which is essentially lossless audio. Try and change your music library to .flac from .mp3.
The Fiio E07K, E17 and E18 are all wonderful beginners picks! What sound signatures do you put emphasis on? What are your top 5 most listened to arists (I listen to a lot of dub, so I can hopefully give a good suggestion based off that)
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Old 04-23-2014, 11:22 PM #11
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http://www.head-fi.org/t/715327/fiio-e09k-e07k
http://www.head-fi.org/t/715103/fiio...-amplifier-dac
http://www.head-fi.org/t/710491/fiio-e09k-headphone-amp
Here are some sales threads I quickly found. The E09K is for in-home use, which the E07k and E17 can be plugged in to. The second thread I linked to is a pretty good deal! I'd take that into consideration if I were you
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Old 04-23-2014, 11:31 PM #12
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Also, excuse my spam (too lazy to edit my previous posts), but the following headphones are wonderfully priced.
http://www.head-fi.org/t/715783/for-...w-coiled-cable
http://www.head-fi.org/t/707812/audi...ble-price-drop
The M50's are very, very good picks. Especially for $90
http://www.head-fi.org/t/715844/akg-...adphones-black
The Q701's are open back, and for at home use due to letting sound in and out, but just showing you some options! Very great, balanced cans.
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Get some DT770s and an iBasso D-Zero and call it a day. I promise you won't do better for $350
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I was going to recommend some iBasso and Pico products as they are very good as well.
OP, I would suggest trying out most of the products recommended to make the best decision!
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They Beyer line is great for EDM, but I've gotta give it to HE-400's for open. Orthos are amazing and the HE-400's come cheap now.
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Monster N-pulse over ear are only $199 and they sound better than my studio beats.
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I have DNAs...

It is very easy for a pair of $40 IEMs to sound better than beats.
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Old 05-31-2014, 01:07 AM #21
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got KRK KNS-6400. Wish the bass end was a little better, luckily my receiver compensates for it. I could wear these headphones for days. So comfy.
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