some people even specifically claim it is more fatiguing than most.
higher impedence in headphones translates to a higher volume level before they really start to sound good?
Also amp pairing suggestions?......so I am looking into getting a nice set of headphones with an amplifier/dac...
Do you know if a higher impedence in headphones translates to a higher volume level before they really start to sound good? My biggest reservation about the 650 is that I'm worried it wouldn't sound that great until it was at higher volume levels. Or does gain compensate for that somehow?
I know for instrument amps you generally don't want a system capable of handling far more wattage than you plan to put through it, but I have no idea if this applies to headphones.
...but I just don't really know if those headphones are much better, minutely better, or just different, or if I could even notice the quality differences.
what kind of amps are you guys using with them or would you recommend using with them?
Also you seem to think the extra cost is entirely not worth it yourlord, which I definitely don't mind hearing, its just that I would rather spend more right now and enjoy it for longer than slowly increase the quality of my setup over time, spending more in the long run. Of course, if I'm never going to want anything more than HD280's and an e10 or e17/e9k, then I'm obviously just best off purchasing that and being happy. I wish I had a better idea of what level of quality I'm really expecting from the headphones and amp so that I could know if I had the right budget. Thanks for all the responses guys!
...Look at the curve at Headphones.com and you'll see what I mean. Compare them to HD-650 ($499.99 USD), etc, and I think you'll see they are similarly, admirably neutral, and at this price a great bargain....http://graphs.headphone.com/graphCompare.p...;graphID=1513
Quote from: KyleG on 20 November, 2012, 01:32:38 PMwhat kind of amps are you guys using with them or would you recommend using with them?You may not *need* a dac/amp unless you get headphones with really high impedance, and then it's more for compensating for the impedance mismatch than anything else.
There really isn't a substitute for listening for yourself. I bought the 280's based on reviews. I'd never touched them, and as I indicated in my last post I was initially turned off when I listened to them and thought I'd made a bad buy. But, after listening to them for a couple of weeks the prejudice I had from using bass heavy phones for so long started to wear off and I realized I was hearing the bass, just that it was well balanced with the other frequencies and was clear as a bell. I had become so used to muddy thudding bass from my phones that initially my ears rejected the 280's because they lacked that mud and thud, but after a bit of listening I found a whole world of articulate sound at the low frequencies that the rest of my phones would drown out. I've pretty much switched to using the 280's anytime my wife isn't..
While HD650 is pretty neutral at highs the MDR-V6's will sound pretty ear-piercieng because it has quite strong peak at 9 kHz like Superlux HD668B. And bandwidth extension, not great.