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Headfonia Q & A

Feel free to post any questions you may have below at the comment section and I will try my best to answer them promptly. I try to answer all the questions, but I may miss one or two at times. Do repost your question if it’s left unanswered for a few days.

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  • guitar_shredda*

    Hi guys! Love the site, lots of great articles. What are your opinions on the Sennheiser HD 380 Pro’s?? I have a chance to buy them at a very good discount, are they worth a look at or should I cough up a bit extra for ATH-M50′S? (In South Africa Audio Technica products are very expensive, ATH-M50′s are retailing for over 200 dollars but in the USA they retail easily for under 150 dollars, I am able to get the 380 Pro’s for under 150 dollars).

    • http://www.headfonia.com/ L.

      I don’t know that Sennheiser sorry. the M50 was for sale for 77€ from Germany this week. Might be interesting to you too

      • guitar_shredda*

        Damn, thanks for the heads up anyways! I just thought maybe some here has heard the Senn’s as they are sold by the headfonia store

        • http://www.headfonia.com/ L.

          Maybe ask Mike in the store? He’s not on here a lot anymore. sorry

        • dalethorn

          The 380 pro is a great headphone. Better earpads than the 280 pro, much more comfortable, MUCH better bass, but quite different from the M50. And the 380 pro comes with a really nice zippered flat carry case.

  • https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ches-Red-Reaction/142622719118560 CGL_Red

    Hello, I have ordered a Dragonfly 1.2 to use with ATH M50 and ATH ANC 9B headphones. I am thinking of also ordering pioneer SP-BS22LR Andrew Jones Bookshelf speakers. Now I am pretty new to this business but atleast know that I will need a amplifier to drive the speakers. Is there any suggestions on budget amplifiers (around $150 – same as DragonFly) which complements Dragonfly well and also can drive the speakers when needed. I know I am asking for a lot, but I need direction to do further research. Thanks!

    • https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ches-Red-Reaction/142622719118560 CGL_Red

      Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B**

    • https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ches-Red-Reaction/142622719118560 CGL_Red

      Also, instead of Dragonfly, what if I go to Fiio E17 and E9 combo… I didnt go with it initially because I really liked the portability of Dragonfly 1.2

    • dalethorn

      Power amps (if the speakers aren’t the powered type) are not covered here to my knowledge. Headphone amps don’t have the power needed to drive non-powered speakers, even when you read that a headphone amp “will drive speakers”. You just would lose a lot of dynamics that way, if it worked at all.

  • dalethorn

    Just got some new Beyer T51p earpads and put them on my older Beyer DT1350 headphone. Much, much better bass than with the standard 1350 earpads (regular or Facelift). Much more natural midrange as well. These T51p earpads have an instant-seal fit that I never could get with the standard earpads. I’ll do a more extensive evaluation over the next couple of days, but scanning for resonances or other bad behavior now, I don’t find anything. I am thrilled.

  • Gabriel

    Mike and staff, Would you recable the AKG K550? Forza can do it for around 125USD.

    • http://www.headfonia.com/ L.

      What are you missing in your AKG that makes you want to recable it?

  • Alton Britt

    dalethorn: Your thoughts please on the Koss DJ-200 and the Shure SRH440, please sir! Looking a good closed-back for general music and movie enjoyment! Thanks!

    • dalethorn

      I haven’t had either, but I’d recommend the SRH-440. I just ordered a 440 myself from Amazon U.S. for $99 USD. The Koss ProDJ200 looks great and from past experience should sound great – at least as good as the SRH-440. But ….. my experience with Koss headphones says to make sure you have a Koss repair facility where you can send them in conveniently. Check the Amazon reviews and sort by Newest First. You’ll see what I mean.

      • Alton Britt

        Hope you will discuss the 440s when you can!

        • http://www.headfonia.com/ L.

          Maybe Dale would like to review it for us on Headfonia?

          • Alton Britt

            Sure hope so; very interested in buying same if it checks out good!

            • dalethorn

              I can tell you now that it’s at least comparable to the HD380 Pro, and much better (esp. the bass) than the HD280 Pro.

              • Alton Britt

                Thank you; some say that it’s even better with 840 ear pads!

                • dalethorn

                  I never tried the 840, and now I’m afraid to, since it can’t be as good as the 440, or can it? Shure sure has a different sound between the 440, 940, 1540, and 1840. All very different.

          • dalethorn

            Yes – great idea. Unusually good sound for the price, decent earpads – good value. L will let me know how to write that up for Headfonia (text format, photos etc.)

  • Gabriel

    L, Just needed some reassurance that it wasn’t needed. I have a frugal yet amazing system, most of it going only with your reviews; they are that helpful! Next purchase is, an HP-A4. You guys are making a difference.

    • http://www.headfonia.com/ L.

      Thank you Gabriel. Means a lot!

  • Sergio Mejia

    I would like to make an inquiry, thanks to anyone who can help me: I bought some Sennheiser headphones-hd-700, and amplifiers have as options:

    The Pan Am and A20 Beyerdynamic. Which one you think is the most appropriate?

    If I buy one of the two amp? Also need to buy a DAC? The truth remained a little short of budget after these two purchases.

    • http://www.headfonia.com/ L.

      I would suggest the Bottlehead Crack and you’ll have money for a dac

  • Sergio Mejia

    Thanks “L” with your recommendation. Does the amp do you recommend is the same one has to assemble and weld? Actually I have no such knowledge. The amplifiers had mentioned before as my first choices, do you think work well with the HD700 headphones?

    • http://www.headfonia.com/ L.

      I haven’t listened to the HD-700 with it but I think it should match fairly good seeing the HD650 is great with it.

      • Sergio Mejia

        A which relates PAN AM amplifier or A20?

        Thanks “L” for your comments, I’ll have this. I will also read the review they did on the website of the Bottlehead Crack.

        • http://www.headfonia.com/ L.

          The a20. Sorry

  • Sergio Mejia

    Anyone else want to give their assessment of their experience or knowledge about proper amp for Sennheiser hd-700?

  • http://www.headfonia.com/ L.

    Did you just really post a link to head-fi and asked for our help?
    The minimum would be to repeat your question here mate ;)

  • g.

    Okay, apologies, it’s a long post explaining my situation so I thought a link would be more convenient. I’ll copy paste here:

    My current heaphones are knock offs of Sony MDR V6, so I was looking into something decent. My budget is limited, and my choices are as well, because I live in Argentina, so many good cans might not be available, and buying outside the country is a nightmare (products stolen, having to pay huge fees to get it in,
    etc).

    So all I can do is browse local sites and compare prices there (in pesos). The main site is this: http://www.mercadolibre.com.ar/

    Since I don’t have much to go on in terms of experience, I browsed a post with recommendations in Head-Fi and searched for all those cans in the site I just mentioned. These were the ones I found:

    $185 http://articulo.mercadolibre.com.ar/MLA-485383585-koss-auriculares-ur55-studio-_JM
    $395 http://articulo.mercadolibre.com.ar/MLA-491354019-auriculares-koss-portapro-_JM
    $425 http://articulo.mercadolibre.com.ar/MLA-484864058-auriculares-phillips-oneil-the-stretch-red-sho956010-_JM Do these actually sound good? They seem gimmicky
    $477 http://articulo.mercadolibre.com.ar/MLA-487091477-auricular-cerrado-para-moviles-beyerdynamic-dt-235-_JM
    $477 http://articulo.mercadolibre.com.ar/MLA-484996413-auricular-beyerdynamic-dtx-300-_JM
    $888 http://articulo.mercadolibre.com.ar/MLA-485386840-koss-pro-dj-100-auriculares-estereo-profesional-dj-_JM

    Those are the ones I could find that fit within my budget (around
    $900 tops). Just for reference, the Sennheiser HD25-1 II cost over
    AR$2000 and the HD202 are around $300-400.

    I mostly listen to classical music, prog rock, and jazz (and Dawn of Midi, which I can’t put into a genre).

  • dalethorn

    Your selections include the very poorly made and easily broken Beyer DTX300 and the very well-made Philips Stretch. But to cover all the issues and the sound qualities would take a year. But only a year if all the reviews were in one place and condensed without any extra chat. On headfi you would have to read through all the many pages of commentary, so figure 2 years for that. Or — you could go to Amazon and click on the reviews, then sort by most recent first, and then you would be reading the reader/user reviews first and skipping the manufacturer house reviews which are nearly always posted first. That’s where you should start, and get your list down to your 2 or 3 best choices.

  • g.

    Thank you for the reply. There aren’t a lot of places where you can test a variety of headphones around where I live. I’ll go to a store next week but it’s safe to assume I won’t find all these options. I’ve also checked the headphones recommended here and most are either not available or way too expensive, with the exception of the HD202 and the Koss Portapro. I will check the amazon reviews as well.

  • dalethorn

    I think the 202 and Porta-Pro are both good for sound, but in my experience the Koss will need occasional repair.

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