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  1. So honestly when it comes to hi-fi headphones I'm actually pretty inexperienced and don't really know what I'm doing, anyways I got a pair of HD650s for Christmas and have been using a little Fiio portable amp for them but I know it's not nearly good enough and want to upgrade for better sound quality. The only problem is I have no idea what to get. I know I don't want to spend over $500, but I don't know if I should get a tube amp and DAC, just a tube amp, or an amp/DAC combo thing. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  2. If Focal Utopia is just too cheap for you or you'd simply want a headgear with some gold and diamonds (or your WAF is strictly connected with them) this might be something for you €100,000 (add €10,000 if you want a dedicated stand - a really cool one) There are some alternatives obviously but definitely not sounding that good..
  3. Peachtree Audio's BLACK FRIDAY SALE will begin Wednesday, November 16th and continue through Monday, November 28th. Save up to $399 on the following specials Peachtree Audio nova300 + FREE BT-1 Bluetooth Receiver nova300 Sale Price $1999 w/free BT-1 (save $399) A New Generation of Power The nova300 isa completely new generation of Peachtree integrated amplifiers that reimagines the original concept and takes it to an even higher level. I represents the culmination of everything Peachtree has learned as a leader in computer audio, plus a few new things they hadn't gotten to - until now. Highlights ESS Reference 9018K2M Sabre DAC 32-Bit/384kHz PCM and 5.6MHz DSD (double-DSD) compatibility New generation ICEPower amplification - 300 watts per channel @ 8Ω 450 watts per channel @ 4Ω Extensive internal grounding Designed by a world-class engineering team Asynchronous USB, Coax and (2) Optical inputs Asynchronous iOS input for direct digital input from Apple Lightning devices - with exclusive Peachtree DyNEC (Dynamic-Noise Elimination Circuit) technology (pending certification) Phono (MM) input Home Theater Bypass Loop feature to add an external tube buffer, EQ or other processor into the signal path Pre-Out for use as preamp/DAC or with subwoofer HIGH OUTPUT discrete headphone amplifier Optional Wi-Fi module to be announced Available in Gloss Ebony Mocha and Piano Black Made in North America Peachtree Audio nova150 + FREE BT-1 Bluetooth Receiver nova150 Sale Price $1499 w/free BT-1 (save $199) The Integrated Amplifier… Reimagined The nova150 isa completely new generation of Peachtree integrated amplifiers that reimagines the original concept and takes it to an even higher level. I represents the culmination of everything Peachtree has learned as a leader in computer audio, plus a few new things they hadn't gotten to - until now. Highlights ESS Reference 9018K2M Sabre DAC 32-Bit/384kHz PCM and 5.6MHz DSD (double-DSD) compatibility New generation ICEPower amplification - 150 watts per channel Extensive internal grounding Designed by a world-class engineering team Asynchronous USB, Coax and (2) Optical inputs Asynchronous iOS input for direct digital input from Apple Lightning devices Phono (MM) input Home Theater Bypass Loop feature to add an external tube buffer, EQ or other processor into the signal path Discrete, custom-designed headphone amplifier Optional Wi-Fi module to be announced Available in Gloss Ebony Mocha and Piano Black FREE Peachtree Audio BT1 Bluetooth with purchase of nova integrated amplifiers The Peachtree BT1 Bluetooth Receiver is the easiest way to stream music from your phone or tablet to your stereo or home theater system. Get them free with orders on nova integrated amplifiers during the sale. Peachtree Audio shift USB DAC and HEADPHONE AMP shift Sale Price $199 (save $200 off original price on saddle tan leather special edition) Highlights ▪ Android or iPhone ▪ 32bit/384kHz USB B input ▪ PCM & DSD decoding ▪ USB-A input for iOS or Android ▪ DyNEC Noise Elimination System ▪ USB-B input for your computer ▪ Variable/Fixed output ▪ Hi/Lo gain switch for almost any level headphones or IEM's. ▪ 4100 mAh battery pack ▪ 8 hours playback ▪ Can charge while listening High End Audio Store NYC - Experience Ciamara1.844.CIAMARA (1.844.242.6272)
  4. So, I listen to music, and produce, like amateur producing. Anyways, I was looking at the Audio Technica ATH M20x and how it or you guys? Is it good? what should I look for when buying a headphone? Thanks!
  5. Good Morning Everyone: Let's just say that I have a friend who has moved into a shared housing situation, and he wants to have a high quality high-end audio rig, but he's not allowed to have any loudspeakers on the premises. He wants an analog, computer based nas, and dac based headphone rig. He has an overall budget of about $2K to about $4K. What would you suggest?? I suggested the following: Headphones -- Sennheiser HD-650 Preamplifier -- NAD (any model... used.... I suggested a preamplifier because the preamplifier has a headphone amplifier and a phono stage built-in, minimizes space and system footprint requirement) Turntable -- Thorens TD-147, TD-160 or TD-165 (or a late model Dual to save money) Phono Cartridge -- Ortofon 2M Blue (Thorens) or OMS-5E (Dual) PC or Apple Mac Laptop (already provided by friend.... in this case, he has an Apple iMac, but a PC can be used as well) DAC -- Bluesound NODE 2 (DAC, Music Player and Streamer.... works with or without a PC/Mac) Interconnects -- AudioQuest, Cardas, or Nordost Total Cost -- -/+ $2K (give or take) What would be your suggestion instead of what I suggested above?? Dedicated Headphone Amplifiers are fine, as long as the Headphone Amplifier in question has enough inputs to accommodate a DAC and an external Phono Stage. Headphone Amplifiers with built-in DAC's are fine as well, but again, it MUST be able to accommodate an external Phono Stage. Thank You in advance for your suggestions and creations. --Charles--
  6. I live in the Denver area. I have three hi end stores and between them they carry HD800, Nighthawks, and Audeze and that's all. I'd love to hear or buy locally the HiFiMan 560, Mr Speaker Ether and the Oppos. Most Denver stores don't carry headphones at all. I'm reluctant to spend more then $1000 on something I've never even heard. There threads are full of audiophiles talking up these brands. Do you all live in NYC?
  7. Greetings Audiophiles! Having not been able to find what I want through my own research online, I have come seeking recommendations from those in the know. This is the first forum I came across. I'm guessing you are mostly US-based judging by the default timezone it wanted to use? In which case, greetings from the UK :-) Many years ago, while I was studying at University I used to have a PC that had a Soundblaster card with a breakout box. It was particularly useful for inputting midi and a mic and monitoring with headphones. Now, in the coming months I will be doing a new PC build and although my useage has changed somewhat, I am looking for something similar which no longer seems to exist. I now have a small YouTube gaming channel which I co-host. I would like a panel/external box which can handle: 2 sets of headphones (3.5mm) with independent volume controls USB mic in with level indicator MIDI-in or another USB I will also need a suitable soundcard. Last time I was building a PC there were crazy amounts of options for soundcards. I did quite like the look of the SoundBlaster X-Fi Fatal1ty, but with it being over a decade old will no doubt be incompatible (don't think it works over PCIe). Essentially I am totally out of date when it comes to PC audio. Initially I will be wanting to record from one USB mic (Blue Yeti), while utilising two sets of headphones. But at some point I will want to probably use a couple of (musical) keyboards (Yamaha PSR7000 and microKORG) to do some sequencing work. I don't want to be faffing around the back of the PC all the time. I don't need top of the range. Equally, I don't want to be using the garbage that is generally on-board MB audio. I am also a gamer. Your suggestions would be most welcome. All the best, TRC
  8. Finally got a hold of pair of these and must say they are a worthy upgrade, although, it probably won't be as significant of a difference to those who have not owned or experienced the original HD800. The build quality, I feel is better - partially due to the black, I just think it will be less prone to paint chipping. It almost looked like rubber at first. It fits slightly different than the original. Secondly, it comes with both standard 1/4" cable and 4-pin balanced XLR cable. Now that is something that every company should do. Sonically, for those that felt the HD800s were too shrill or harsh, this should address that complaint. There is also more presence in the low/mids which should please many. There may be a small segment of HD800 enthusiasts that might find these slightly muddy at the highs, but I think it results in a nice balance. What I am saying is that these are not LCDs now; they're still HD800s, they're just a little more forward and balanced. For me, the HD800s/HD800S are the best sub $2K headphone that you can run with a reasonably priced system. They're fairly easy to drive, especially, when you compare them to AKG K1000 or HE-6. Still burning these in so will provide more insight, but so far find them to be worth the extra money if you're looking at buying new or if your HD800s are starting to age. Also, can someone help me figure out why I can't post in the classifieds? My friend dropped out so I have an extra pair of HD800S that I can let go for $1,500 + PP fees/shipping. I know a lot of sites require a certain number of posts, but I am not seeing that requirement.
  9. I would like to upgrade the (detachable) cable on my AKG K7XXs with something shorter than the standard 10 foot cable that came with them. I probably only need 4 to 6 feet. It has the AKG three pin connector. I looked online and their a quite a few available on Amazon, etc. Anything in particular I should consider for these particular headphones? (62 ohms) Any suggestions based on experience to help me narrow down the choices. I don't think I want to spend more than about $75 (it looks like there are quite a few well below that - but again, looking for something tried and true). Your input would be most appreciated. Thanks!
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  11. I am interested in buying the Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Headphones, and am worried they will not be much of a step up from my current Sony EX15LP's. I am by no means an audiophile, but I am noticing distortion in highs on fairly low volume. I was just wondering how much better the quality of sound and soundstage would be, and whether I would notice a decent enough increase in quality to merit the fairly large amount of money the Momentum's cost.
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  13. So I'm equal parts gamer and guitarist and I was blown away a couple years ago when I stopped using typical gaming headsets and got a pair of Sennheiser PC 360s. They were my first set of semi-audiophile headphones and it was like I was able to hear for the first time (even with on-board sound). Now I'm addicted and looking for something even possibly better since those have taken a beating, but I kind of really want something wireless for my current situation (that's probably a no-no for audiophiles, I don't know). I do own a Blue Yeti so it can just be a pair of headphones, maybe later if antlion makes a wireless mod mic I can get one of those too. I really don't want to over-compromise on audio and from what I've looked at the Senny RS 120s seem too low end / uncomfy long term. I'm pretty torn on open vs closed back although for music & comfort I lean towards open, it can be annoying for my girlfriend though. The Senny RS 170s would be perfect at their price point if they were open but they're not and the 180s are pushing it on price and I hear they do leak a ton of sound. Anyone aware of something similar to the 170s that have that Sennheiser clarity? As a guitarist I love me some beefy mid-tones so there is room for improvement probably I don't have experience with other brands yet. I'm not a fan of over-bearing bass (which I often find in cheaper closed backs, like turtle beach headsets and similar garbage) but I do like it to have a tight presence. Something open-back that isn't TOO open back would be preferable. Probably grasping at straws with my budget, may have to save for awhile and just endure the torture (had to send my 360s into square trade and they're reimbursing me so I have nothing right now, feels like I'm wandering thirsty through an audio desert).
  14. I enjoy listening to music rather loudly and that holds especially true when I plug my headphones into my amplifier. I currently have Bowers and Wilkins P7 headphones. While absolutely spectacular, they distort when I push them to the volumes I'd like to listen at. I wonder if there are headphones that are particularly adept at blasting out rock and roll at volumes that will lead to hearing loss. Please advise based on the relevance of the headphone, disregard price. Thanks one and all.
  15. Maybe I am trying to do too much with one thread, but here is my situation. I have a budget of roughly $1000 to put towards new sound equipment for my gaming PC. I currently have a set of Logitech 5.1 speakers that I bought about 10 years ago for under $60 that I am using in 2.1 configuration, a Logitech desktop microphone that has since been discontinued, and a pair of Hesh headphones that do a decent job. I am looking to replace all of these. My budget allocation is $150 for mic, $250 for headphones, and $600 for speakers. However, I don’t know much about what brand does what when it comes to speakers and headphones, so I figured I’d post my budget and my needs and see if you guys have some good suggestions. Speakers: $600 I live in an apartment, so volume and bass are not my primary goals. What I want is longevity and clarity. The quieter I can have my speakers while still understanding everything that is being said on that TV show, the better. I only need stereo speakers in 2.0 configuration (a subwoofer is not desired, as I think the thumps it provides are the worst offenders against happy apartment neighbors). While I’m not looking for something that can be heard in the next building, I do want to be able to clearly hear what is going on when I am in the next room if I turn up the volume during the day. I also would like fairly long cords for a desktop computer, with the assumption there are several monitors between them (wireless is a no-no). I prefer black speakers, but the color isn’t a necessity. The price cap should include anything else required to make them work. I don’t know much about audio equipment to know if an amplifier is needed, but if it is, factor that into the cost. Headphones: $250 I’ve heard that open headphones are better than closed headphones, so these are something I would like to try. Once again, I’m looking primarily for clarity. Leather or fake leather pads are much preferred to cloth/foam style pads. Circumaural is my preferred style. The headphones must be wired, and microphone should NOT be included. I am not going to use the microphone on the headphones, so I don’t want to pay for one. Also, I would like a solution to easily change from headphones to speakers, and to control the volume of the headphones. Microphone: $150 I would like to change to something that isn’t taking up desk real estate. I have plenty of room behind my desk that isn’t being used, that could be used for a mic boom. I would like a studio-style microphone with pop filter and a floor stand. Of course, all black. I don’t have a super huge budget hear, because I do care more about what I hear than what others hear. If you can suggest a better way to allocate my resources (i.e. take $50 off the microphone budget to add to the headphone budget) that is fine, but there is a hard cap of $1000. To recap, this thousand would be for: *Stereo speakers with a focus on clarity *Open stereo headphones with leather-style circumaural pads *Recording studio-style microphone with a floor stand I know next to nothing about what brands do what when it comes to audio equipment, so I’d like suggestions on what best fits my desires within my price range. Thanks!
  16. I recently did a lot of research on picking out a new gaming headset. After awhile I narrowed down what headset I'd like to get under $120 down to these three: PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset Skullcandy SLYR Gaming Headset But then through the research, I discovered the world of audiophiles, and now I want to join. Picking out what pair of headphones to get is difficult for a newbie like me since there are so many options and many people reviewing/discussing specific headphones only talk about music, but not about gaming. Also with this week being Black Friday/ Cyber Monday there is potential for there to be a good deal on headphones, so I'm in a haste to figure out what to get. So I need help picking out the best headphones mainly for gaming/podcasts/video watching for under $120, while keeping the following things in mind: - I want a closed back - Needs to be capable of a wired connection ( No solely wireless headphones ) - Needs to connect to my PS4, PC, and tablet somehow - I don't care about surround sound atm - Only using my motherboard's on board audio atm - The best audio I've experienced is from a PX22 Turtle Beach Headset, I need help - I don't know if this is good for gaming but I like the idea of true sound reproduction, something like what the M40x Headphones do based off what I've read. Any help/recommendations would be really really really appreciated!
  17. I am very surprised by the lack of discussion RE: STAX headphones. So many people discuss Sennheiser HD-800's, Beyer and Audeze. But, when I heard an "entry level" STAX 2170 ($895) system at a www.hifiheadphones.ca location in Canada compared to all of the other top models I was shocked! To me the sound was sooo much more "HiFi" with the STAX, more open, uncompressed and the bass was had the best tone and definition by far. And that was just the start. Each model represented a significant improvement over the next all the way up to the SR-009 model. Is it just me? Are there just very few people that have heard a STAX system out there? I can't believe such a great sounding product isn't being discussed more here... BTW, the source was a new Sony HAP-Z1ES playing DSD files. Sublime!
  18. I am looking for a new pair of headphones and I am confused with either going with the audiotechnica ath m50x or the Harman Kardon HARKAR-NC. Some might say the HK is more priced but funny enough they both are $180 at amazon.in I mostly listen to Metal/Hard rock also anything thats good
  19. Hello everyone! I have been trying to piece together a setup to output to two HQ headphones simultaneously on my PC and have been struggling to find the correct solution. Basically i want to be able to be playing a game, enjoying great audio while being able to offer a friend the same audio experience. I do a lot of co-op working as well where we would be listening to music while working, and it would be nice to be enjoying the same song at a HQ level. Not to mention Co-Op Oculus gaming The headsets i have had my sights on are these: http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-Performance-Surround-Gaming-Headset/dp/B008O515CK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404149189&sr=8-1&keywords=Sennheiser+363d I do not have a great soundcard as of yet so i'm imagining i would need one, unless there is an all in one mixer solution i would need to go with. A couple products people have mentioned to me are: http://www.amazon.com/Audioengine-D1-24-bit-Digital-to-Analog-Converter/dp/B006IPH5H2 Amazon.com: ASTRO Gaming MixAmp Pro Kit: Electronics And then having some sort of inline powered headphone splitter, however i have NO idea if this is a good setup or not, or even how to piece it together. As you can tell by my wording, i am very confused! Any help would be greatly appreciated and i apologize for my sporadic writing in advance!
  20. Hello, I recently built my very first PC and would like to get into high end audio. It will be used 50/50 for gaming and music. I don't play FPS games and my favorite genre of music is (alternative) rock. I'm looking to buy bookshelf speakers, headphones, and a DAC. The $5,000 budget is highly flexible. The area where I use my PC is very open. I'm in the middle of the downstairs, leading to everywhere else in the house (stairs behind me, kitchen to my left, TV room to my right). I don't know the exact measurements but I can say the ceiling is about 8.5 feet high. I don't need the sound to travel throughout the house, as I'll be the only one listening to it and I'll be right in front of my computer. The speakers I'm interested in are the KEF LS 50 and B&W PM-1. The headphones I'm interested are the Sennheiser HD800 and Audeze LCD3. I have no idea which DAC to buy, I assume it will depend on the speakers/headphones I choose. In a few days I will be going to a local audio store and testing out my top choices, so your input is highly valued and appreciated. Thanks for your time and suggestions!
  21. Firstly, apologies if this is in the wrong section. I have a great home cinema system which I use for watching movies and listening to 5.1 albums (Blu-ray and DVD). Seeing as this set up is located in the living room of my home I only really get to listen to my 5.1 albums now and then, I'm usually relegated to a bedroom upstairs where I have another BD player and some headphones (Sony wireless). The problem I have is that the BD player doesn't allow me to change the EQ settings, so everything sounds as though it has too much bass through the headphones (which aren't the problem, I checked). Basically, some of my DVDs/BDs contain high-res stereo which is why I'm using a BD player and not just a CD player. Can anyone help me find a BD player which has EQ control and left/right (the red and white) output sockets? It doesn't need to be 5.1 capable and I'm not interested in its picture output quality, only the audio.
  22. Hello, I am no audiophile, I do not know what people are on about when they talk about the treble, bass, high and lows etc etc But I do appreciate listening to good music through good headphones. So which Headphones, with a budget of $300-$400 should I get, what is the best headphone to get in that price range. Quality of sound is my priority as well as a comfort as I will be using these headphones to video edit (so I'll be wearing them for long periods at a time) My old headphones were the Creative Aurvana Live! Headphones. Does the best headphone for that price range depend on the music I listen to? Well I'll be simply plugging it into my Mac or iPhone an listening to stuff like M83- OUTRO or the occasional song on the iTunes chart etc.. Here are a couple of models that seem great when I research for a decent pair of headphones. All help is highly appreciated. NEW Sennheiser Momentum Black ON EAR Headphones FOR Apple Ipod Iphone Ipad | eBay Amazon.com: Ultrasone PRO 900 S-Logic Surround Sound Professional Headphones - Black: Electronics
  23. Hello, Thanks in advance for any help. I have a Compaq Presario (Model: CQ57-339WM). The headphone jack broke on my computer shortly after buying it. So...I bought and have been successfully using a USB converter for my headphones. My computer has 3 USB ports. 1 on the left and 2 on the right. I had been using the port on the left to plug in the USB converter and headphones. And...now the port on the left has broke (over-use I'm assuming). So I tried plugging in the converter and headphones into one of the ports on the right hand-side of the computer. And...no sound can be heard when the converter is plugged in on either port on the right. I brought up the device manager and can see the audio registering (the bars going up and down as the music is playing). However...no sound comes through the headphones. I have spent about 3 hours roaming the internet attempting to find why this might be and what I can do (I'm assuming it's some minor settings change) to fix it, but have not had any luck. Has anyone had this issue you before or heard of it? Any help in fixing this would be greatly appreciated. I really don't want to bring it in and get charged 50 bucks or something for a small fix. Thank you again!
  24. OPPO was "nice" enough to post a peek into what they are working on at the OPPO Digital Future Products page. I think they would like people to be aware of it as they apparently can't pull it in before the holiday season and hope some fan base to hold off of purchases from other vendors by posting the planned hardware. And that is my question. I may be considering exactly this new combo (DAC+AMP+HF) for the holiday season in up to the 2.5K range. What would be an (un)educated guess of this respectable community - has OPPO a chance to best current offerings and so the wait is warranted? Is it even worth considering OPPO's first offering in a new category for them - headphones - given I am not a collector, but rather have a set for a long time? Cheers!
  25. It looks like all of the new STAX "Earspeakers" are available at HiFiHeadphones.ca. Pretty neat to see them again, brings back lots of memories... LINK