What Headphones and Headphone Amp Are You Using

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Re: What Headphones and Headphone Amp Are You Using

Post by lini » 20 May 2017 14:29

Tink: That would be nice - but only if it's not a burden for you.

And I'd think pretty much any music you like would do, provided it contains a sufficiently wide frequency range at pretty much the same time for telling the relative differences.

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Re: What Headphones and Headphone Amp Are You Using

Post by Tinkaroo » 20 May 2017 21:06

Comparison between Beyerdynamic DT150 and DT250 250 ohm versions.

I listened to Joni Mitchell-Blue and Alan Parsons Project-Turn of a Friendly Card.
I would listen to side one of the album on the DT250 and then the same side with the DT 150, followed by side 2 in the same order.

Equipment used:
Dual 1229Q turntable equipped with a Shure M97HE Era IV cartridge.
Pioneer SX-939 receiver(fully restored).
Listened through the headphone jack of the receiver.

My impressions were that with the DT250 the mids and highs were not nearly as clear and distinct from the overall mix as with the DT150.

Both had good bass, but the vocals and instruments were clearer with the DT150 and easier to separate from the mix. The overall effect is more spacious and an ability to hear a lot more of detail and subtle nuances in the music that tended to get buried in the mix with the DT250.

Vocals, acoustic guitar and piano sound very clear and truer to life on the DT150. I would have to give the edge in the bass department to the DT150 too.

This is how they sound to my ears, which I have to admit aren't as good as when I was younger.

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Re: What Headphones and Headphone Amp Are You Using

Post by lini » 21 May 2017 17:38

Tink: Thanks for your impressions. I guess I should see if I get an opportunity to audition the DT150.

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Re: What Headphones and Headphone Amp Are You Using

Post by SpyderTracks » 01 Jul 2017 19:13

I recently upgraded my phono amp from a Pro-Ject Tube amp S to a
Trichord Dino Mk 3 which came highly recommended to get the most out of my new mc cartridge. Also upgraded the psu to the Dino+

This was purely down to a strong recommendation from my local hifi supplier who have been superb so far and led me well. On initial swap over there's very little difference in the sq, which is a testament to the Tube amp s's capabilities, but the Dino takes some breaking in, so feel optimistic there will be benefits in the future.

Listening on my Shure SRH 1540's and 1840's.
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Re: What Headphones and Headphone Amp Are You Using

Post by andybeau » 01 Jul 2017 19:24

SpyderTracks wrote:I recently upgraded my phono amp from a Pro-Ject Tube amp S to a
Trichord Dino Mk 3 which came highly recommended to get the most out of my new mc cartridge. Also upgraded the psu to the Dino+

This was purely down to a strong recommendation from my local hifi supplier who have been superb so far and led me well. On initial swap over there's very little difference in the sq, which is a testament to the Tube amp s's capabilities, but the Dino takes some breaking in, so feel optimistic there will be benefits in the future.

Listening on my Shure SRH 1540's and 1840's.
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Nice looking(and sounding) gear. How do you rate the Shures?

Hope the Dino proves to be a worth while upgrade, looking forward to hear more.

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Re: What Headphones and Headphone Amp Are You Using

Post by SpyderTracks » 01 Jul 2017 20:21

andybeau wrote:
SpyderTracks wrote:I recently upgraded my phono amp from a Pro-Ject Tube amp S to a
Trichord Dino Mk 3 which came highly recommended to get the most out of my new mc cartridge. Also upgraded the psu to the Dino+

This was purely down to a strong recommendation from my local hifi supplier who have been superb so far and led me well. On initial swap over there's very little difference in the sq, which is a testament to the Tube amp s's capabilities, but the Dino takes some breaking in, so feel optimistic there will be benefits in the future.

Listening on my Shure SRH 1540's and 1840's.
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Nice looking(and sounding) gear. How do you rate the Shures?

Hope the Dino proves to be a worth while upgrade, looking forward to hear more.
The Shure SRH1840's have an incredible spatial depth to them that makes them stand out being open backed, but they are lacking a little in the bottom end, so I tend to use them for classical or acoustic recordings. The SRH1540's have a wonderfully full sound to them but feel a bit more hemmed in than the 1840's, not such a full soundstage. The 1540's are my favourites, I have to say, they're really worth a listen to, really good all rounder.

Bear in mind, I'm very new to all this and have very little to reference my findings to and my vocabulary is very limited when it comes to describing the sound, so you'll have to forgive me if it comes across as quite simplistic.

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Re: What Headphones and Headphone Amp Are You Using

Post by andybeau » 01 Jul 2017 20:28

Simple is best, especially for me :D

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Re: What Headphones and Headphone Amp Are You Using

Post by Tinkaroo » 01 Jul 2017 20:29

I've been listening to these AKG K240 Sextett headphones a lot.

I really like the sound, plus they are very light and comfortable too. They would probably be considered antiques among headphones, but are considered by many to be superior in terms of sound quality compared to the current Studio versions.
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Re: What Headphones and Headphone Amp Are You Using

Post by andybeau » 01 Jul 2017 20:33

Nice pics Tink, I do like my AKGs.
Austrian made do get the better reviews, although my 702s seem OK so far.

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Re: What Headphones and Headphone Amp Are You Using

Post by Tinkaroo » 01 Jul 2017 20:40

andybeau wrote:Nice pics Tink, I do like my AKGs.
Austrian made do get the better reviews, although my 702s seem OK so far.
I have a pair of AKG K702 65th anniversary models made in Austria. If I were looking for any AKGs I would prefer Austrian made over China built models just because the quality control is probably going to be better.

The Sextetts are 600 ohm versions so not for the ipod set.

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Re: What Headphones and Headphone Amp Are You Using

Post by DL110luvr » 02 Jul 2017 09:09

Using a pair of AKG K240's.....and a pair of K141's....
The 141's are about 20 years old.....they still look - and SOUND - fantastic!! :D
Made in AUSTRIA!! =D> Alas, the 240's are from "C-Land".... :roll:
I like the interchangeable cord on the 240....over the years I've had to be VERY careful not to put strain on the 141 cable where it connects to the earpiece.....
Headphone amp (when I use one......) is a Behringer Microamp HA400.....it feeds up to 4 pair of 'phones -- individual volume controls.....

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Re: What Headphones and Headphone Amp Are You Using

Post by tarexi » 07 Jul 2017 00:42

Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro, my Zedi mixer is my amp. Love them, but it can get a little hot under the comfy cushy pads.

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Re: What Headphones and Headphone Amp Are You Using

Post by JDJX » 07 Jul 2017 01:27

I'm using "Grado SR80" phones.... assembled in good ol' Brooklyn NY. :)

For a HP amp, I'm actually using one of those relatively inexpensive (about $50 US) Chinese HP amps with a "6922EH" dual triode tube.
This one also has three tone sliders which I usually run more or lees "flat".

It actually sounds better than the HP amp on my NAD C-350 amp. :)
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Re: What Headphones and Headphone Amp Are You Using

Post by JoeE SP9 » 07 Jul 2017 19:32

Last night I cranked up my bedroom laptop into a HiFiMeDIY DAC into a Little Dot MKII and out to either Monolith M560's or HiFi Man HE-400's.

I just replaced (Wednesday) the original 6J1 input driver tubes (on the Little Dot) with a pair of (NOS?) GE5654's. I think I'm noticing an improvement in the midrange/treble area. I'll know better after I get a few hours on the tubes.

Replacing the output tubes is next.

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Re: What Headphones and Headphone Amp Are You Using

Post by Alex_90 » 29 Jul 2017 12:44

I use a set of Sony MDR-EX650AP in ear earphones and a Bravo Audio V3 Tube pre-amp.

I am very dubious as to whether the V3 circuitry fully facilitates the 'tube sound', it wasn't that expensive (it only cost me £50), but it looks really cool with the Blue LED back glow in the tube and the exposed circuitry which can be seen in all its glory :D

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