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1st foray into 'hd' headphones, advice needed
« on: March 10, 2017, 07:16:23 PM »
My  :groovy: journey has been belated, but non the less i am endeavouring to upgrade my audible pleasure.

I am looking at two options for headphones - Monoprice M560 or the Fostex T50RP Mk3 ... i will be using either option as my primary drivers for home and at office (worried about sound leakage, hence the closed/semi-closed cans), because of portability i have already ordered the micca origen + as my amp dac combo.

Obviously not end game, due to budget limitations....

Now the question is --- headphones...m560 or Mark 3? (either option is about $200 on amazon)
I listen to a wide variety of music genres- from blues, classical, soundtracks, 70's Rock, Folk, electronic..... so ja, i am pretty much everywhere.

Primary source of audio is through streaming services like google.play and then at home flac files after earmarking google.play hits. To make things easier --- I really love the cello , whatever headsets are recommended they need to give chills when listening to some cello.

I await the onslaught of critical advice.... 
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Re: 1st foray into 'hd' headphones, advice needed
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2017, 07:39:18 PM »
i do not have first hand experience with either but my money would be on the planar's
but have a look at the delivery date, end of 2017

http://www.head-fi.org/products/fostex-t50rp-mk3-professional-studio-headphones-semi-open/reviews/15838

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Re: 1st foray into 'hd' headphones, advice needed
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2017, 08:06:36 PM »
Thanks for that link @itscraig ! the Fostex was my initial bet, but then the M560 's showed up... The reviews have been spotty on the m560's. I have the Shure ear pads in my shopping basket to go with the Fostex and did many a month of research already. thanks for your feedback, now to see what the rest of the forum :popcorn:

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Re: 1st foray into 'hd' headphones, advice needed
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2017, 11:58:54 PM »
Never tried either, so can't give feedback on my experience with them... However, the Fostex T50RP Mk3 seems to be a better of the two.. especially when paired with those amazing Shure SRH1540 Alcantara Ear Pads...
Also, my feeling is that that Micca OriGen+ will be underpowered (Output: Nominal@70mA / Max@100mA)

If I were to choose, I'd got for something like a 1W output GeekOut1000 DAC/Head.Amp --- from experience, these thing are AMAZING!  I still have my Geekout1000 even though I upgraded to the V2, if you want to test them out....
And for headies:
-  The Beyerdynamic DT 770 250ohm: more a bass-bump (saw Daft Punk & some electronica & dance  in your picture) whilst being closed back for better insulation. Poor amplification usually leads to poor ratings of headies, including these ones
 - The Beyerdynamic DT 880 250ohm: although semi-opened like the Fostex T50RP Mk3 an will bleed music out, but seem to be an overall better headphone than the Fostex T50RP Mk3
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Re: 1st foray into 'hd' headphones, advice needed
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2017, 06:52:35 AM »
On the Beyerdynamic tangent ... I recall CPlan has some DT990 250 ohm cans for mid R2k. I would take that over the two mentioned by the OP any day.
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Re: 1st foray into 'hd' headphones, advice needed
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2017, 10:26:38 AM »
One more vote for the DT990.

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Re: 1st foray into 'hd' headphones, advice needed
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2017, 11:05:29 AM »
How is sound leakage on the Beyers?

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Re: 1st foray into 'hd' headphones, advice needed
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2017, 02:33:29 PM »
The DT990 is an open back, it does leak. DT770 is a closed back, also excellent.

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Re: 1st foray into 'hd' headphones, advice needed
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2017, 09:05:34 PM »
visited Cplan and ended up taking the last M40X --- the removable headphone cable did it for me, and they seem to be more portable - good options for throwing into the knapsack between home and work. extra bonus --- they where cheaper at Cplan than importing via amazon!  :Whoohoo: Later in the year i will have saved enough to get something more serious and dedicated for home use. Baby steps.

Still waiting on a gumtree feedback for a NAD 302 so i can have a decent amp for the LP....... took me long enough to get here, will take longer to get where i want to! lol

Thanks for the input mense!

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Re: 1st foray into 'hd' headphones, advice needed
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2017, 09:43:41 PM »
Congrats!  I have a pair of those M40X's as well and they are damn nice cans indeed! 
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Re: 1st foray into 'hd' headphones, advice needed
« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2017, 07:38:49 AM »
enjoy them, i had a pair of those from C-Plan too, just never quite got used to the folding. sound wise they are very good for the price.
they can also be powerd by just about anything.

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Re: 1st foray into 'hd' headphones, advice needed
« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2017, 08:19:53 AM »
I still want to get the Fostex for their planar drivers, but for now i think the A/T would suit me well - eventually they will remain in the office - there is so much to see and hear! Me thinks this is going to be a very expensive, yet rewarding experience :groovy:

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Re: 1st foray into 'hd' headphones, advice needed
« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2017, 12:03:45 PM »
Headphone burn in track ---> https://www.jlabaudio.com/pages/audio-burn-in-download
or is there another one i should get?

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Re: 1st foray into 'hd' headphones, advice needed
« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2017, 01:27:51 PM »
or is there another one i should get?

Any music will do nicely :)
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Re: 1st foray into 'hd' headphones, advice needed
« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2017, 02:55:05 PM »
If you burn in M40's, you're definitely on your way.