$600 headphones

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  1. SCorpion2

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    hey,

    i thought i would put this here to make sure i get all my bases covered

    now im using the optical out on the motherboard to a Zhaulu D2.5 which goes into a Little Dot MKIII valve amp.

    what headphones are available that are around the $600 mark?

    im going to listen to a second hand pair of AKG K701's

    i heard that the Senn HD 650's are similar to the K701's in price and sound.

    what other headphone options would suit this source? i like a neutral sound with no annoying 60hz bump. i like to have my headphones to have a flat response
     
  2. Snufkin

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    The K701 and DT880 are both good choices. Overall the DT880 has a flatter response, but I think the K701 is a little more fun to listen to.
     
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    i hadn't considered the DT880. i can audition the 701's and the 650's. ill have to scrounge around and see if someone has the 880's. the 701's sound like a winner, everybody just loves them.
     
  5. radz74

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    It might be worth checking out the new Denon range but they are only available in Japan at this stage (I think).

    Their new Ah d5000 are meant to be very comparable to the sen hd 650's but are a closed headphone with woodies.

    The ah-d5000 look real nice http://crave.cnet.co.uk/digitalmusic/0,39029432,49292073,00.htm

    Also the Denon ah-d5000 are meant to be pretty close to the ah d2000 (not woody) for a very reasonable price.

    Here is a pic of the Denon range with rough prices http://www.cybertheater.com/denon-ah-d1000-ah-d2000-ah-d5000-ah-d5000-headsets/
     
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    ill see if i know anybody with any of these. i hadn't even considered the denons
     
  7. dakiller

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    If I had $600, I'd get the HD600/650's. When I listened to them I was quite impressed, and I'd call them a very polite sounding headphone, nothing in your face or mellowed out, just a great neutral like presentation. Though this is to complement what I already have, DT531's, MS-2's, ER4P's and a few diy amp's and dac, and everyone's tastes vary
     
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    I currently own DT880's and have heard the K701's (had a week with them to a/b against my 880's) and Senn HD600's (Heard a few different pairs of these). I guess the fact that I still have my 880's speaks for itself :) . Though the only reason I didn't get the 701's was because of what I listen to 90% of the time. I'm mostly into various electronic music and I felt the low end on the 701's was a little bit lacking compared to the 880's. As Snufkin says though the 701 has a more fun sound and tbh I'm considering getting a pair of 701's anway :Paranoid:
     
  9. azz

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    I bought a pair of K701 and T-3H amp off Snufkin a while ago.

    I love them, but definitely more suited to music with "real" instruments.

    I took them to work one day, and a few people had a listen (just mp3 from a PC to the T-3H) and I quote "It doesn't matter what is playing, I can't help but smile!"

    Comfortable, but not a tight fit so if you liek to lay back a bit, they are a bit annoying.

    I might switch to them now!
     
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    if you are prepared to buy from overseas (such as from bluetin or pricejapan), which obviously has its risks and drawbacks, then an at ath-ad2000 would not be much overbudget... and possibly a step up from k701/dt880 level headphones
     
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  11. Snufkin

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    Personally I don't like the AD2000. They go too far into the technical side of things and move away from musical. They sound detailed to the point of distraction.

    Most of our customers who've tried them still prefer models like the K701 and DT880. The main reason people have chosen the AD2000, or W5000, is the bragging rights or 'prestige'.
     
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    Haven't heard the Sony SA-5000's mentioned here so far but for certain types of music rock/pop/metal it's better than many of the ones mentioned above.
     
  13. THeX

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    I tried the K701's on Snufkin's recommendation and to be quite honest I'm not a fan of the sound, it certainly doesn't suit my tastes however it may suit others. For the K701's to sound good, a decent amp is a must and I get the feeling that matched with valves the K701's would probably shine.

    If you're into a natural sounding can the K701's deliver this sort of sound, however I feel that paired with the wrong amplification, the sibilance can be a bit much for the ears. For those unfamiliar what I'm talking about, imagine over-emphasised ssssssss sounds.

    I'm aiming for a pair of Grado RS1's or MSpro's (not within the budget). I loved the AD1000 when I auditioned a pair but for me it wasn't the "this is what i'm after" moment.

    But ask yourself, what are you after? Awesome bass? Detail? ARe you using it for gaming or music?
     
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