First audiophile headphone recommendation needed:
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First, my purpose is in-doors general music listening (most Pop, some classical), no gaming. My current experience is Sony MDR-v6 (need replacement due to damaged pad) and Sony wh-1000xm3 for full size, and Airpods pro and Audiosense T800 as IEM. I have a USB dac/amp Lotoo PAW s1 but can invest more if necessary. I am looking for inexpensive (sub $400, can be a little more) full-size headphone that can significantly WOW me with my current gigs. Is it possible or I am asking too much for my budget?
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Qwervy
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Oct 5, 2020
HD 6xx, AKG 7xx, Grado labs has some crazy magic for some people (and for other people they are meh or ew), Audio-technica R70x (again, these have some magic for me personally), Meze audio 99's, Hifiman He4xx/He400 (Sundara if you can afford that)
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Offramp
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Oct 4, 2020
Yeah the 6xx is a great place to start for headphones, then upgrade the pads. Start thinking about an amp [desktop] because the 6xx need power. Portable can do the job depending on your volume requirements but this is a Senn and Senns like power. Always try and do some homework as you move up into the higher categories of hobby... I have found the wiser you become the better your money is spent. Start reading headphone and headphone amp reviews. Oh yeah you can always buy a separate amp to connect to your player, portable or desktop. There is a guy on eBay selling a Fiio Alpen E17 around $44 open box, brand new all accessories included. It’s a portable amp good power and I can vouch for that portable. You wanna run full size cans on that E17 get something that don’t need a lot of power like a V-Moda. IEM will be just fine. Meze they have the cheap ones on Drop and they don’t seem like they need a lot of power.
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jaxtrauma
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Oct 2, 2020
Depends, I have the HD 6XX along with millions of others, and it is awesome at $220 usd. Highly recommended.
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