Have i chosen the right cans and do i need an amp...

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  1. mooperman

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    Ok, have managed to secure myself a "man-room", it has a 50" plasma, xbox 360 and PS3 (and ps1:smashin:), no amp so just TV speakers, i have a full surround kit for the living room so wont be going down the route for my "man-room" so a pair of headphones is on for gaming, music and movies...

    Have done loads and loads of reading over the last few days and have narrowed it down to 3 pairs of cans...

    Senn HD 598's
    Sennheiser HD 598 High-End Open Circumaural Headphones: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics

    REALLY like the look of these!!

    or

    Denon AHD1100
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Denon-AHD11...1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1325063497&sr=1-1

    or

    AKG702
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/AKG-K702-Op...3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1325064667&sr=1-3


    appreciate the denons are much cheaper but the sound is supposed to be amazing although they do look a bit cheap!!

    Music wise (and sound in general), i like bass and i like it to sound crisp, i listen to a lot of house music but also loads of soul/motown with some rock and other stuff for good measure.

    So if i go for the senny's, do i need a headphone amp to go with it and what kind of thing should i be looking at, the sound will be using the headphone port of my TV and i'm about 3-4mtrs away....???

    thanks in advance :thumbsup:
     
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  2. mooperman

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    just to update this, after reading reviews various ive all but decided on the AKG 702's.

    Now all i need to know is will i need an amp and will the FiiO E5 work nicely??

    ta.
     
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    No. Worst choice of the 3 for running without an amp. They need a good one. A decent desktop, at least $300 worth. Not portables. Like any quality phones, they also need a decent source from which to amp, unless you want to hear how poor your source is. Head out on a TV will be complete arse.

    These are not plug n play phones, they need quality through the chain. Go the 598. They still need a good source. TV isn't.
     
  4. mooperman

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    can you reccomend an amp, googling headphone amps is mixture of results...:confused:
     
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    Matrix M-Stage. Matrix M-Stage | Headfonia

    Easily as good as any $500 amp, and I've heard a swag of them. You'll still need a decent source, or you'll make things worse with the amp.
     
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    I'd go for the Senn's for a more balanced sound or the Denon for the mid-bass bias

    The K702 imo is so neutral it is boring. You would need to colour the sound and/or use EQ settings to bring the 'fun' out
     
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    ha, thanks guys, already ordered them by the time i saw your message. still, they arrive today so we'll see what i think later on tonight.... :D
     
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    just to update on this, am sending the AKG's back, after a few days use there is just ZERO bass on them at all, the sound is a bit to clinical for my liking, am going to order the sennys i think.;)
     

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