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I have an amp/dac., and I want to hear it all, I want the highs and mids and I want the deep bass. 

 

My budget depends on what I get. 

 

 


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I don't think you really know what you're asking, or what you want.

 

Do some research and come back with a constructive question.

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Try the AKG K240 MK II if you want accuracy for engineers.


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I don't think you really know what you're asking, or what you want.

 

Do some research and come back with a constructive question.

^That, and also SSL can be kinda mean lol.

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What does that mean?

 

Flat audio for listening to sound/music exactly as recorded. No enhancements just 100% original music.


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Flat audio for listening to sound/music exactly as recorded. No enhancements just 100% original music.

 

Tough to do with headphones; in any case I can think of half a dozen candidates that would be better for that than the K240.

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If you had a 5960X in your desktop, I'd be like "yeah he's probably serious about budget not mattering".  It's not even worth attempting to answer if your idea of expensive is $200.

 

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HE-500 is the cheapest one i could recommend.

I've so many good things about HE-560, perhaps @SSL can clarify on this.

If you want the best, you'll have to go with IEM and buy a pair of 64 audio adel A12

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HE-500 is the cheapest one i could recommend.

I've so many good things about HE-560, perhaps @SSL can clarify on this.

If you want the best, you'll have to go with IEM and buy a pair of 64 audio adel A12

As someone with a pair of A12, I wouldn't say it's the best compared to headphones. I'd give that title to he1000 even against a stax sr009, though I haven't had a chance to try an Orpheus.

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HE-500 is the cheapest one i could recommend.

I've so many good things about HE-560, perhaps @SSL can clarify on this.

If you want the best, you'll have to go with IEM and buy a pair of 64 audio adel A12

 

Sure, the HE-560 could be a candidate, but we need to know more about what the OP wants in terms of sound; and what their "amp/dac" is.

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If you want that deep bass, price is no issue, and you can handle the weight, I'd recommend the audeze lcd series.

You'll want to make sure they're properly driven.


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You'll want to make sure they're properly driven.

This sentence gets over-used so much and so many people interpret it the wrong way

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Sure, the HE-560 could be a candidate, but we need to know more about what the OP wants in terms of sound; and what their "amp/dac" is.

Have you had a chance to listen to any of the offerings from Audeze?

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Ultimately, this question is extremely difficult to answer without more information.  Obviously, if price is no object, you can buy a high end set of cans that can do a lot of things, or buy several pairs for the specific needs.  Bass heads will not enjoy neutral sounding headsets like the AKG K240 MK II or the Audio Technica ATH-M40x sets.  On the other hand, naturalists will find the Sennheiser DJ series and Audio Technica ATH-M50x sets unacceptable.  Good middle grounds are few and far between, especially in the lower price brackets (in my experience, you have to spend a lot more money for those kinds of cans).

 

I'm more of the latter buyer, having multiple sets of headsets for different purposes :) (I own about 6 different sets of headsets/earbuds for different purposes)

 

AMP/DAC wise, unless the OP is planning to throw a set of 600 ohm cans at their device, a decent aftermarket soundcard/amp is probably more than enough to meet his needs, IMHO.

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Ultimately, this question is extremely difficult to answer without more information.  Obviously, if price is no object, you can buy a high end set of cans that can do a lot of things, or buy several pairs for the specific needs.  Bass heads will not enjoy neutral sounding headsets like the AKG K240 MK II or the Audio Technica ATH-M40x sets.  On the other hand, naturalists will find the Sennheiser DJ series and Audio Technica ATH-M50x sets unacceptable.  Good middle grounds are few and far between, especially in the lower price brackets (in my experience, you have to spend a lot more money for those kinds of cans).

 

I'm more of the latter buyer, having multiple sets of headsets for different purposes :) (I own about 6 different sets of headsets/earbuds for different purposes)

 

AMP/DAC wise, unless the OP is planning to throw a set of 600 ohm cans at their device, a decent aftermarket soundcard/amp is probably more than enough to meet his needs, IMHO.

neutral - M40X? no. bass and highs are boosted. 

You have a good point about buying several headphones, it's nice to have some that are good for certain things. It's also nice to have one all-rounder though. 

 

600 ohm cans? need amp? You clearly haven't read the impedance ballad by creatip123http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/290749-the-impedance-ballad-image-heavy/


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I think people are a little too quick to assume that whatever the most expensive stuff Sennheiser has is the best. It's a cool brand, but I don't think they dominate all things headphone. Also, if we're going to say that something needs to be driven correctly, then I would like to hear you explain to me what driving a headphone means and how one goes about doing that correctly.

 

HD800s are like the non-mainstream's mainstream pick, if that makes any sense. I got a healthy dose of blowback for picking HD800s.

 

I'd also like to take this moment to plug my 'can my amp power my headphones' thread in my siggy.


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I really don't know what you're trying get at, by claiming that the HD800s are the "non-mainstreamers, mainstreamers pick". Yes, they are phenomenal headphones, but if your budget allows, there are far better options. Ultimately, I'm confused as to the point you're trying to make…

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