Headphone/Earphone Recommendations? Ask For Advice Here!

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  1. micsway123

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    thanks, I read the low end is lacking in these but I guess that's not what i'm after here, also not a fan of that ivory colour, 560s it seems, i'm generally a fan of Sennheiser so tempted to stick with them over anything else.
     
  2. h2oxide

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    On paper it's bass extends further than the HD 6 series; their FR is also impressive and balanced considering the price you're paying. Take a look at crinacle's mini-review and measurements (I'm sure there's a tonne of other measurements online).

    When I'm looking at headphone reviews, I tend to look for ones which include measurements as I switch off if/when the reviewer starts describing what the headphones sound like to them without any reference. It's incredibly subjective as everyone's anatomy is different, and there's also a lot of snake-oil and hype (perpetuated by placebo) in the industry. Try to stick with measurements as they're objective, or better yet, listen to them (if possible) yourself before buying.

    EDIT: Bonus points for people who buy different DACs as they “colour the sound” differently.
     
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  3. Benno1988

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    Measurements are just as misleading.

    1. Only a few people have measurement rigs worth relying on
    2. They often compensate them to a curve they often also don't tell you
    3. Gives no indication on performance, merely on tonal balance

    If you can't listen to them personally. Try find some sort of review or discussion where somewhere compares them to something you have heard. Which for you would be hard, if you haven't heard anything else really.

    I'd personally just save for longer and get a decent pair. Hifiman Sundara, Sennheiser HD660S, Beyerdynamic DT1990 Pro (sssssssuper), MrSpeakers Aeon. Something along those $500-600 line.
     
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    Most noteworthy reviewers will mention if they’re compensated, and also sticking with 1 reviewers’ measurements helps when comparing headphones against each other; the waters are muddied if comparing FR graphs measured by two different rigs.

    I do agree with listening to headphones for a reference point.

    EDIT: There's nothing inherently wrong with the 560 S, especially when compared to the provided alternatives; just because it costs less, doesn't make it a worse headphone. For instance, I would much prefer it to the DT1990 Pro and the Aeon. It just goes to show how personal tastes are, and that spending more may not necessarily equate to something you enjoy/prefer.

    EDIT 2: micsway123 another thing to note about headphones in particular is how easy/receptive they are to EQ to target curves - Harman being the most popular one.
     
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  5. Benno1988

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    Yeah. I think the only one I like at the moment is Resolve. He seems most logical.

    A lot of the popular ones seem a bit hype trainy / paid. Do tend to just use my own ears though, as costly as that has been (no headphone stores in Brisbane).
     
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  6. ska'

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    Looking for recommendations for a dac/amp.

    Currently running a JDS Atom DAC/AMP buy looking for something a step or 2 up.

    Current headphones, HD6xx, R70x, K702.
     
  7. h2oxide

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    Step up in what? The amp can power all of your headphones with ease (and does so with an incredibly low distortion and noise), and the DAC distortion is far below what we can hear.

    Are you after a heavier/machined case?
     
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  8. Benno1988

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    Class A baby.

    Maybe try a Questlye CMA400i. Lovely lovely amp stage and decent inbuilt DAC.

    Or a Modius to Jotunheim 2 stack.

    These measurement chasing opamp based amps can suck my big toe. Yet to hear one that doesn't suck a bit of life out of the music.
     
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  9. Benno1988

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    Most decent DACs sound mostly the same, especially on lower end gear. Mostly, kinda.

    Amps don't though. Don't skimp on Amp stage

    Set a budget firstly.
     
  10. spankyofoz

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    I'm after a set of headphones:
    Closed
    Over ear
    Focus on detail and clarity over excessive v-curve tuning (bumped up bass and treble)
    Non fatiguing to listen to
    Good comfort, no sweaty ear syndrome

    Budget is up to $250

    Will be driven by Beresford Caiman MKII DAC/amp

    Prefer to buy locally in Perth
     
  11. h2oxide

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    Look into these or these to see if they're something you'd like; both local stores.
     
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  12. Benno1988

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    Tough budget for a closed back.

    The DT770 is ok. Has a bit of a V going on, but build is good. And velour pads usually not as hot as the fake leather.

    AKG have two harman curve tuned closed backs for cheap, might be worth a shot.
     
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    If closed is a must. And you're after a high end sort of sound, you can snag a few options at around $400 if you're patient. Used, but usually mint.

    MrSpeakers Aeon (the original model)
    Sony Z7M2
    Focal Elegia

    All of those sell new for around 600 fairly ofte, thought the sony shot up recently to its RRP. But their used prices have been known to come into the 300-500 range. All three worlds above anything else mentioned. That would be my picks. Sony likely the most easily agreeable chill sound, Elegia the punchiest, Aeon the comfy all around.
     
  14. micsway123

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    so I got my Fidelio X2HR and I'm quite happy with the sound signature. Comfort on the other hand is not what I expected considering the reviews there were mostly positive. find them quite tight on the ears and 30min in, I find myself adjusting them constantly. bit disappointing. I've tried stretching them out overnight with some books which didn't do much. wondering if I should just ride it out hope they soften up or try another pair (e.g. 560S)
     
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    Pretty common with new headphones, they'll loosen up over time. If you really can't stand it, leave it on something wider than your head for more than 1 night at a time.
     
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    The clamp pressure?

    Just bend the headband.
     
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    Cheers for the advice guys. I went shopping, auditioned a heap, completely blew the budget and ended up with a set of Final Sonorous III.

    Loving the comfort, detail and soundstage
     
  18. Benno1988

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    Haha. That's the true audiophile way.

    Final make some good gear! I had the D8000 Pro for a while, as good as a headphone can be surely.

    Enjoy!
     
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    Ended up ordering a Topping Dx7 Pro.

    I also purchased some Tannoy Gold 5's studio monitors which necessitated the move to balanced.
     
  20. Benno1988

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    I had one of those for a while. Solid little thing. Enjoy!
     

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