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Re: What headphones?
« Reply #30 on: December 11, 2014, 09:36:22 PM »
Congrats, I've never heard them, but my understanding is that they sound great.
What amp are you using to drive them with? Could it be that yours are a bit too light to drive them properly?
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Re: What headphones?
« Reply #31 on: December 11, 2014, 09:40:58 PM »
Congrats, I've never heard them, but my understanding is that they sound great.
What amp are you using to drive them with? Could it be that yours are a bit too light to drive them properly?

I have 'em hooked up to my Creative X-Fi soundcard from my PC, so it's quite possible that I'd be happier with a dedicated HP amp. That will be my next mini-project though  :pleasant:

I haven't tried listening to them through the AVR (Marantz NR1402), but that will happen soon.
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Re: What headphones?
« Reply #32 on: December 11, 2014, 09:45:21 PM »
The HD518 will run just fine from a cellphone, you might just be limited on the volume, but they aren't insane to drive at their impedance.

I also found the HD595 to be muffled sounding and it was also grainy in the treble. It was a great first headphone back then. Personally I like the Philips Fidelio series much better for a good mid-fi option, excellent bass as well which I love on my electronic music.

Don't know whether its possible to mod the HD558 into a HD598 like it was with the HD555 to HD595 mods?
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Re: What headphones?
« Reply #33 on: December 11, 2014, 10:02:37 PM »
I wasn't overly afraid of the volume from the BB per se, but rather the 128k thrash metal tune  :puke:

I am becoming aware that my own music library contains some old stuff that simply does not sound so great anymore. Guess I'll have to go through a re-ripping exercise over the vac
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Re: What headphones?
« Reply #34 on: December 11, 2014, 11:07:03 PM »
I have tested Senn HD598s with a Creative X-Fi sound card (Got the Titanium HD) and I'd say it gets it about 80% there compared to the headphone-amp (not a high-end amp by any means).

Instruments and voices just sound extraordinary on the HD598s where'as with the HD449's I prefer electronic stuff, instruments also sound good but not the same as on the 598s. I think its just the much punchier and full bass of the closed back 449 which helps with the electronic stuff.  :groovy:

What I noticed is that with the headphone-amp I can listen to music for hours without my ears getting sore, but directly from a motherboard my ears start hurting after an hour or two, I take it there is some distortion or slight clipping going on.

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Re: What headphones?
« Reply #35 on: January 30, 2015, 07:29:17 PM »
@kamikazi
How will the HD439's do playing from a phone?

I see Soundselect has Audio Technica ATH-M20X for less than R1k. Any good? http://www.soundselect.co.za/audio-technica-ath-m20x

Bumping things a bit up over R1k, they have some other interesting options too.
Senn H439 R1.1k
Audio Technica ATH - M30 - R1.3k
Senn H380 pro R1.7k

I myself am very interested in the ATH-M20X, and have a budget of around R750. Would these be the best buy for that price? (I am rather new here but have been trolling the forums and classifieds for some time now).

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Re: What headphones?
« Reply #36 on: January 31, 2015, 08:25:57 AM »
More or less in the R750 budget is the AKG K77's I've got. They're pretty good for the price, I reckon. Very comfy too and I really like the self adjusting headband. Personally I've upped my budget and got a set of JBL s700's from the Classifieds. Picking up today! Hopefully they can address some of the issues I've had soundwise with most of the cheaper cans I've tried.
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