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Well, I've been haunting the "What gaming headphones to buy?" thread. The only problem, many of the people there have gone to strictly from Gaming setup to more 2 channel and then Audiophile setups. So here I am. This is what I currently own, and what I have planned.... What are your setups?


Own:

Source:

Dell Studio XPS 435MT

iPod 5.5G running RockBox for FLAC support


Dac:

NuForce uDac


Amp:

Little Dot I+ (Stock - for now)

Astro MixAmp

Fiio E5



Headphones:

Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80 Ohm (going under re-cable shortly)

Turtle Beach HPX (for Gaming, LOVE THEM)!

Grado SR-80i ( Modified )

Sennheiser HD428 (in the mail)

Sennheiser CX-250 (Maybe they'll go under the knife)


Headphones being acquired:

AKG K701 or K702 (of course, to be modded)


Future:

I will eventually migrate away from my computer as a listening station and get a stand along setup where I will get me a Crazy comfy chair, a very nice tube amp setup (and hopefully Electrostatics).
 

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Originally Posted by SID3W8Z /forum/post/18543682


Well, I've been haunting the "What gaming headphones to buy?" thread. The only problem, many of the people there have gone to strictly from Gaming setup to more 2 channel and then Audiophile setups. So here I am. This is what I currently own, and what I have planned.... What are your setups?


Own:

Source:

Dell Studio XPS 435MT


Dac:

NuForce uDac


Amp:

Little Dot I+ (In the mail)

Astro MixAmp

Fiio E5



Headphones:

Audio-Technica AD700 ( Fully Modified )

Turtle Beach HPX (for Gaming, LOVE THEM)!

Grado SR-80i (soon to get their turn under the knife)

Sennheiser HD428 (sold) Modified

Sennheiser CX-250 (Maybe they'll go under the knife)


Headphones being acquired:

Denon AH-D2000 - to be modded

AKG K701 or K702 (of course, to be modded)


Future:

I will eventually migrate away from my computer as a listening station and get a stand along setup where I will get me a Crazy comfy chair, a very nice tube amp setup (and hopefully Electrostatics).

Shure 530SE with Pico DAC/Amp
 

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Shure 530SE with Pico DAC/Amp

VERY NICE! My IEMs aren't very good... but they work ok. How do you like your Shures? I get frequent suggestions to try Ultimate Ears (since I don't really like putting anything in my ears, supposed to be uber comfortable). I'm tempted to try some Audio-Technica ESW9A. Do you only listen on the 'go', or do you have a home setup as well?
 

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Custom built PC - Foobar2000 with WASAPI digital output using an X-Fi Bravura sound card, and a whole LOT of music.


DAC:

Benchmark DAC-1 PRE

I tried the X-Fi Bravura's headphone section as a DAC/amp, but found it underwhelming despite the attention put into it. In particular, it is a bit noisy and the volume gain runs too "hot" for my taste no matter what gain mode is used. The Benchmark, on the other hand, is excellent in every way.


Amp:

Benchmark DAC-1 PRE

I've been thinking about trying a nice tube headphone amp.


Headphones:

AKG K702

Sennheiser HD595

Denon AH-D2000
 

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Originally Posted by MSmith83 /forum/post/18544560


Source:

Custom built PC - Foobar2000 with WASAPI digital output using an X-Fi Bravura sound card, and a whole LOT of music.


DAC:

Benchmark DAC-1 PRE

I tried the X-Fi Bravura's headphone section as a DAC/amp, but found it underwhelming despite the attention put into it. In particular, it is a bit noisy and the volume gain runs too "hot" for my taste no matter what gain mode is used. The Benchmark, on the other hand, is excellent in every way.


Amp:

Benchmark DAC-1 PRE

I've been thinking about trying a nice tube headphone amp.


Headphones:

AKG K702

Sennheiser HD595

Denon AH-D2000

Nice setup! How does the Dac1 sound with the 702s? Does it fill in the bass? I was curious about tube amp too, but decided to try the Little Dot I+, as it was a good match for the 702 and D2000... I heard that a full tube amp doesn't work well with the D2000... and that is a definite headphone that I want to acquire.
 

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How does the Dac1 sound with the 702s? Does it fill in the bass?

The Benchmark does a great job driving both low- and high-impedance headphones. In my opinion, the mids and lows are robust enough with the K702 when driven properly. One thing I really like about the K702 is that bass isn't at all overpowering and sounds just right to my ears. However, they are certainly not optimal for the die-hard "headbanger" types. Another one of the K702's best attributes is its comfortableness.
 

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The Benchmark does a great job driving both low- and high-impedance headphones. In my opinion, the mids and lows are robust enough with the K702 when driven properly. One thing I really like about the K702 is that bass isn't at all overpowering and sounds just right to my ears. However, they are certainly not optimal for the die-hard "headbanger" types. Another one of the K702's best attributes is its comfortableness.

Nice. The K702 is on my list of 'phones to get. I think I just might get the Denons first though. I've been told by plenty of people to skip the D2000 and go straight for the D5000. I'm not sure if that would work for me, as I'm interested in modding the Denons with J$ Pads, Wood Cups, and a full re-cable. I realize that puts me at a higher price point than a stock D5000... but I'm told it also gets me closer to the D7000 sound as well.
 

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- optical from Mac Mini

- coax from custom PC


Intermediate

- Peachtree Nova


Out

(- B&W 685)

- AKG K702



I have less than 1/2 a year experience with this, and I'm still too much in awe of it all to attempt to say anything sensible about it in public.
 

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Nice. The K702 is on my list of 'phones to get. I think I just might get the Denons first though. I've been told by plenty of people to skip the D2000 and go straight for the D5000. I'm not sure if that would work for me, as I'm interested in modding the Denons with J$ Pads, Wood Cups, and a full re-cable. I realize that puts me at a higher price point than a stock D5000... but I'm told it also gets me closer to the D7000 sound as well.

I've often wondered how the D5000 and D7000 compare to the D2000. They cost too much for me to blindly purchase, and I never had the opportunity to audition them.
 

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I have less than 1/2 a year experience with this, and I'm still too much in awe of it all to attempt to say anything sensible about it in public.

In other words, you've reached audio nirvana.
 

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I've often wondered how the D5000 and D7000 compare to the D2000. They cost too much for me to blindly purchase, and I never had the opportunity to audition them.

Unfortunately that is the problem with most headphones. There isn't a place to audition them. I recently went to a 'Grand Opening' of a PC Richards in my area and spotted the Monster Dre Beats and Dre Solo. I tried them on, and they were ok for fit and feel, nothing special. For audio quality... they didn't sound good to me at all. Over done (horrid (overly boomy)) bass, mids were slightly recessed and highs were amplified a little, but nothing seemed clean. It sounded like a Bose headphone to me.


So, the salesman walks up to me smiling.. and says "Sound great huh"? I looked at him and smiled... "No, not really". Then furrowed his brow. "So what headphones do you like"? I looked at him and smiled again... "Honestly, my re-cabled Sennhesier HD428 sound better... and I got them re-furbed for $20 and put about $15 worth of cable and pieces on them". Then he looked at me and said. "Well, I doubt they sound as good", and walked away. I smiled and said... "Wow, ok"... and I'll never look at the Dre Beats and Solo again...


Well, there's my little PC Richards story... 'was fun though.
 

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Source

- optical from Mac Mini

- coax from custom PC


Intermediate

- Peachtree Nova


Out

(- B&W 685)

- AKG K702



I have less than 1/2 a year experience with this, and I'm still too much in awe of it all to attempt to say anything sensible about it in public.

You try other cables on your 702? They BEG to have different cables swapped on them, especially since they're removable.
 

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VERY NICE! My IEMs aren't very good... but they work ok. How do you like your Shures? I get frequent suggestions to try Ultimate Ears (since I don't really like putting anything in my ears, supposed to be uber comfortable). I'm tempted to try some Audio-Technica ESW9A. Do you only listen on the 'go', or do you have a home setup as well?

I am very pleased with my Shures. They have a very flat Frequency Response with a slight roll of at the high and emphasis at the low-end. To me, this sounds very pleasent. Rolled off highs avoid fatigue in extending listening and the emphasized bass compensates lack of an actual subwoofer.


Why they say Ultimate Ear's will be comfortable is because you can get them custom designed for your ears. However, you can do the same thing for Shure's also. In my opinion, Ultimate Ear is not worth it when you can get a Shure for $300 on the street. Their sound is not accurate at all in my opinion.


If I would ever decide to upgrade, I would 1. get my Shure's custom modded and 2. buy electrostatic headphones. I really don't see the need to upgrade otherwise.


I listen on-the-go, I have a modded I-Pod for it.
 

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I am very pleased with my Shures. They have a very flat Frequency Response with a slight roll of at the high and emphasis at the low-end. To me, this sounds very pleasent. Rolled off highs avoid fatigue in extending listening and the emphasized bass compensates lack of an actual subwoofer.


Why they say Ultimate Ear's will be comfortable is because you can get them custom designed for your ears. However, you can do the same thing for Shure's also. In my opinion, Ultimate Ear is not worth it when you can get a Shure for $300 on the street. Their sound is not accurate at all in my opinion.


If I would ever decide to upgrade, I would 1. get my Shure's custom modded and 2. buy electrostatic headphones. I really don't see the need to upgrade otherwise.


I listen on-the-go, I have a modded I-Pod for it.

What Mods do you have on your ipod? I run RockBox on a 5.5G. I'm thinking of getting a LOD made and send that to my Fiio (I know, it's not a good amp, but I don't listen on the go too often).
 

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What Mods do you have on your ipod? I run RockBox on a 5.5G. I'm thinking of getting a LOD made and send that to my Fiio (I know, it's not a good amp, but I don't listen on the go too often).

I have 5.5G also. I guess you are using RockPort for FLAC. I should have done that too. I went to Apple Lossless route, which I regret in retrospect.


I have this:

http://www.redwineaudio.com/products/imod
 

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I have 5.5G also. I guess you are using RockPort for FLAC. I should have done that too. I went to Apple Lossless route, which I regret in retrospect.


I have this:

http://www.redwineaudio.com/products/imod

I got the 240gig hard drive put in mine and have no regrets with ALAC!


Sennheiser 650's at home, JH Audio JH13 Pro's in the gym and when travelling. Both are fantastic!
 

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I have 5.5G also. I guess you are using RockPort for FLAC. I should have done that too. I went to Apple Lossless route, which I regret in retrospect.


I have this:

http://www.redwineaudio.com/products/imod

WOW! I can't afford that setup! The iMod Cable and then the actual iMod itself... that'll run me $450. I think I'll send my iPod in to get fixed though, as the center button is slightly skewed and getting harder to press.
 

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nice thread



senheiser hd 650

akg 702

sennheiser hd-590


musical fidelity x can v3


sources: denon 5910, 1930, 3800 sony scd xa5400es, bdp 5000es, ipod, iyiyi (tivoli)


im gitten myself one of those dots!!
 

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WOW! I can't afford that setup! The iMod Cable and then the actual iMod itself... that'll run me $450. I think I'll send my iPod in to get fixed though, as the center button is slightly skewed and getting harder to press.

Believe me, you don't lose much with not having it!!


Just look at my post history and you will see how I feel about those nice cables and modifications. I owe my views partially to experiments like this
 

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Believe me, you don't lose much with not having it!!


Just look at my post history and you will see how I feel about those nice cables and modifications. I owe my views partially to experiments like this

Hmmm, I guess I'll keep my 'budding' audiophile interests to home use for now. I just found a thread on 'Head-Fi' about modding the Grados. So I went ahead and ordered some screens for the back of the headphones, I picked up 2 different types of cables and some nice Neutrik adapters to do my re-cable. Getting a little antsy... as I want to run these in for about 200hrs before I crack them open. I even have my father (carpenter) helping out on getting some wood cups made.
Has anyone done any 'Mods' to their Audio Gear?
 
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