Headphones and Headphone amplifier,I'm Clueless..

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Headphones and Headphone amplifier,I'm Clueless..

Post by goatbreath » 03 Feb 2019 21:57

Not sure if this is the correct part of the forum to post this..

Anyway,I need a headphone amplifier that will link up with my Quad 44,probably through a tape out..
My Quad 44 is a Later Grey one with Phono Sockets..

Also the same Pre Amp should link up after a Project Phonobox II se with no Quad 44 involved if desired..

The first ones I thought of were Project,but I have been reading these are a bit of a disaster a few places..
I tend to favour headphones that are at least partly open back..
When it comes to listening rather than monitoring self made music..
I don't like many headphones it seems,they are either too closed in sounding or too physically heavy..
I have some Semi Open Back Sennheisers just now..
I prefer on ear rather than over ear for relaxed listening as I get psoriasis flaring up from anything that encloses my ears for too long..

So I guess I am looking for better headphones too..
My earlier mentioned Headphones are lost just now..
I hate closed in sounding headphones,I like to hear space going on and I like to hear airy highs if possible,
too much roll off aint cool...
I like to hear the bass,but not be overwhelmed by it,
I'm more bothered about hearing the notes than hearing a thump type of thing..

My budget for both would be under £500 preferably less than that as I could buy them sooner..
A decent length to their wire would be good too..

:D :D

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Post by analogaudio » 04 Feb 2019 00:00

Not well up on headphones myself but someone I know who is seems to value this online resource

https://www.innerfidelity.com/reviews

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Post by goatbreath » 04 Feb 2019 00:09

Ah!! Thank You.. :)

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Post by goatbreath » 04 Feb 2019 00:54

Found a suitable headphone,now just looking for a headphone amp.. :)

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Post by Tinkaroo » 04 Feb 2019 09:10

goatbreath wrote:
04 Feb 2019 00:54
Found a suitable headphone,now just looking for a headphone amp.. :)
What headphones did you find? :-k

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Post by abril » 04 Feb 2019 09:20

Great little headphone amp here
Not so good though if you have ham sized fingers as the front panel is so compact - I use one with a pair of AKG K702's - works brilliantly,can get a little warm - but not hot.

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Post by Tinkaroo » 04 Feb 2019 09:39

abril wrote:
04 Feb 2019 09:20
Great little headphone amp here
Not so good though if you have ham sized fingers as the front panel is so compact - I use one with a pair of AKG K702's - works brilliantly,can get a little warm - but not hot.

Not everything Chinese is junk [-X
It seems this is only good for up to 250 Ohm headphones, and then I read this comment in the reviews:
Well, I don't have much to compare it to in terms of other stand-alone H/P amps, but I can say that this little £50 box has a full-bodied, neutral sound and enough power to drive 250 Ohm cans comfortably (with 600 Ohm models it's way louder, so give these to the drummer).
I have a couple of 600 ohm headphones that work fine from the headphone jack on my amps and receivers. I also don't know any drummers, and I wouldn't give them my headphones, since they can get their own! :lol:

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Post by goatbreath » 04 Feb 2019 10:14

Tinkaroo wrote:
04 Feb 2019 09:10
goatbreath wrote:
04 Feb 2019 00:54
Found a suitable headphone,now just looking for a headphone amp.. :)
What headphones did you find? :-k
Sennheiser HD 600

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Post by goatbreath » 04 Feb 2019 10:28

I was reading about the Schiit Headphone Amp,but also reading about problems with Schiit Phono Stages..
The Chinese one looks good..Would spending a bit over £200 get me much better..??
Or are you paying for brand name by that point..? :D

I take it the Chinese one also has to come from China rather than the UK also.. :D


Oh and what does the 2 way switch do.? :D

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Post by goatbreath » 04 Feb 2019 10:37

I do know Drummers..A Band is as loud as it's drummer,until you get to micing up the kit..
Drummers are the reason guitarists have to use big heavy cumbersome amps and wear ear protection.. :lol:
They also play over you when you are trying to tune your instrument.. :lol:
I love them really,especially when they are being recorded in isolation in the next room.. :D

Being honest great bands have great drummers.. :D

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Post by abril » 04 Feb 2019 10:50

Oh and what does the 2 way switch do.?
RCA or 3.5mm jack input.

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Post by goatbreath » 04 Feb 2019 11:50

:D :D OK..Thanks for that Abril...

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Post by abril » 04 Feb 2019 12:06

goatbreath wrote:
04 Feb 2019 10:28


I take it the Chinese one also has to come from China rather than the UK also.. :D
Available direct through Amazon
Says 6 in stock at the moment.

Of course if you'd hung on for the headset a bit there is this
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/STAX-sr-lamd ... ctupt=true

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Post by goatbreath » 04 Feb 2019 16:51

The Stax look Amazing,I know the padding can disintegrate..
I'm not sure what I would be buying,as I say,I don't know much about the subject..
I know Stax Electrostatic Headphones are legendary though..
I just don't know the risk involved buying them,I may have it wrong but are they an early 80s pair..
Thank you for finding them..I am so tempted but don't know the size of risk I am taking..
£350 seems a good price for quality electrostatic headphones...
Also are they heavy beasts..??
I know as far as sound quality they probably are way better than the Sennheisers I was thinking of..
Do you also have to use your speaker outs and detach the speaker cables..?

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Post by abril » 04 Feb 2019 18:16

Stax's are pretty lightweight and there is a lot of acoustic breakthrough, that setup is from a dealer,so shouldn't be a problem reliability wise.
It's the thin barrier that breaks up - they all do,not a problem,has happened to me.
I have 2 headphone setups - the AKG's I said about but also a Stax SR202/SRM-1 Mk2 kit - stunning,some people find them lightweight sound wise - just no overhang that's all.
That setup uses a tape out - no passthrough though.

PS
Will not be eighties
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Stax_products

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