So, what headphones/speakers do you guys have?

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#1 Posted by kris9031998 (7554 posts) -

I'm making this thread because it's a bit after the holiday season, so some people might have gotten some new gear. I'll start with my he-400 and Schiit Magni and modi stack

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#2 Posted by Wolfetan (7522 posts) -

Oh, Darth, you and I are the onley one with a Head-Fi station:D

Currently thats what I got. A Beyerdynamic DT880, O2/ODAC, FiiO E11, UE TF10. As for speaker set up, I got a Rega RP1, Music Hall Marimbas, and a Parasound ZPhono. I have a AKG K167 coming tomorrow:)

#3 Posted by Riadon2 (1609 posts) -

AH-D5000.jpg

(Denon AH-D5000 Markl Mod)

I'm thinking of buying the STAX SR-009, though.

#4 Posted by NVIDIATI (7567 posts) -

At my PC:

AKG K702 headphones

Little Dot MK III headphone/pre amp

Audio-gd NFB10SE DAC/headphone/pre amp

DIY class D integrated amplifier using an ICEpower 125ASX2 (same used by Bel Canto)

DIY Paul Carmody overnight sensation using Dayton ND20FA-6 tweeters and HiVi B4N woofers (currently repainting, matte black finish)

#5 Posted by Wolfetan (7522 posts) -

AH-D5000.jpg

(Denon AH-D5000 Markl Mod)

I'm thinking of buying the STAX SR-009, though.

Riadon2
STAX SR-009! That'll cost ya $7,500.
#6 Posted by Wolfetan (7522 posts) -

At my PC:

AKG K702 headphones

Little Dot MK III headphone/pre amp

Audio-gd NFB10SE DAC/headphone/pre amp

DIY class D integrated amplifier using an ICEpower 125ASX2 (same used by Bel Canto)

DIY Paul Carmody overnight sensation using Dayton ND20FA-6 tweeters and HiVi B4N woofers (currently repainting, matte black finish)

NVIDIATI
How do you like the Little Dot?
#7 Posted by sruane23 (170 posts) -

I have a paid of Vienna Acoustics Haydn Grand bookshelf speakers with matching Center and Rear speakers with a Velodyne Subwoofer all powered by a Marantz receiver... Love it.

#8 Posted by sruane23 (170 posts) -

I have a paid of Vienna Acoustics Haydn Grand bookshelf speakers with matching Center and Rear speakers with a Velodyne Subwoofer all powered by a Marantz receiver... Love it.

sruane23

Pair*.... They're also Paid for lol.

#9 Posted by kraken2109 (12963 posts) -

Denon AVR 1912

2x Wharfedale Laser 40 (Front L+R, yes they're 30 years old, umad?)

2x Technics SB-F800 (Rear/Side L+R, also pretty old)

1x Wharfedale valdus 200 (Found it in my friends loft and he let me have it since i needed a centre)

Sennheiser HD429

Fiio E6

#10 Posted by Riadon2 (1609 posts) -

[QUOTE="Riadon2"]

AH-D5000.jpg

(Denon AH-D5000 Markl Mod)

I'm thinking of buying the STAX SR-009, though.

Wolfetan

STAX SR-009! That'll cost ya $7,500.

I know lol. I'm debating whether to buy a 4k monitor or those.

I will probably go with the monitor, though.

#11 Posted by kraken2109 (12963 posts) -

[QUOTE="Wolfetan"][QUOTE="Riadon2"]

(Denon AH-D5000 Markl Mod)

I'm thinking of buying the STAX SR-009, though.

Riadon2

STAX SR-009! That'll cost ya $7,500.

I know lol. I'm debating whether to buy a 4k monitor or those.

I will probably go with the monitor, though.

1440p 115hz not good enough?!

#12 Posted by Riadon2 (1609 posts) -

[QUOTE="Riadon2"]

[QUOTE="Wolfetan"] STAX SR-009! That'll cost ya $7,500. kraken2109

I know lol. I'm debating whether to buy a 4k monitor or those.

I will probably go with the monitor, though.

1440p 115hz not good enough?!

Even 1080p is "good enough". There is a huge difference between 1080p and 1440p, however. There is a huge difference between 1440p and 2160p.

We will eventually hit a point where increasing resolution doesn't do much, but we aren't there yet.

#13 Posted by Chris_53 (5103 posts) -
Got Turtle Beach X12 headphones for gaming and movies, they are awesome!
#14 Posted by Innovazero2000 (3128 posts) -

Headphones

  • Cresyn CS-HP600's (for serious listening), often compared to theAudio Technica A700 (they actually make OEM versions of AT phones)
  • Turtle Beach X12's (for 360)

Speakers/Reciever

  • Polk Audio Tsi 300's
  • Sunfire True Subwoofer MK1(down) and Dayton Audio Sub-1200
  • Denon AVR-1612
#15 Posted by Wolfetan (7522 posts) -

[QUOTE="kraken2109"]

[QUOTE="Riadon2"]

I know lol. I'm debating whether to buy a 4k monitor or those.

I will probably go with the monitor, though.

Riadon2

1440p 115hz not good enough?!

Even 1080p is "good enough". There is a huge difference between 1080p and 1440p, however. There is a huge difference between 1440p and 2160p.

We will eventually hit a point where increasing resolution doesn't do much, but we aren't there yet.

I would recommend the headphones. Your GPU won't be able to handle it, also they will sound AMAZING.
#16 Posted by Riadon2 (1609 posts) -

[QUOTE="Riadon2"]

[QUOTE="kraken2109"] 1440p 115hz not good enough?!

Wolfetan

Even 1080p is "good enough". There is a huge difference between 1080p and 1440p, however. There is a huge difference between 1440p and 2160p.

We will eventually hit a point where increasing resolution doesn't do much, but we aren't there yet.

I would recommend the headphones. Your GPU won't be able to handle it, also they will sound AMAZING.

My SLI setup handles downscaling from resolutions of 2160p and above well in demanding games, I should be fine. I will eventually get both, it's just a matter of which I buy first.

#17 Posted by Wolfetan (7522 posts) -

[QUOTE="Wolfetan"][QUOTE="Riadon2"]

Even 1080p is "good enough". There is a huge difference between 1080p and 1440p, however. There is a huge difference between 1440p and 2160p.

We will eventually hit a point where increasing resolution doesn't do much, but we aren't there yet.

Riadon2

I would recommend the headphones. Your GPU won't be able to handle it, also they will sound AMAZING.

My SLI setup handles downscaling from resolutions of 2160p and above well in demanding games, I should be fine. I will eventually get both, it's just a matter of which I buy first.

Oh, still, get the STAX first:D
#18 Posted by Dogswithguns (10687 posts) -

I have a 2.1 Klipsch.. and inexpensive Panasonic and Koss headphones.

#20 Posted by KHAndAnime (13275 posts) -
Upstairs I have my AudioEngine A5's hooked up to a computer with an X-Fi Forte sound card. Downstairs I have a pair of KRK Rokit 8 G2s hooked up to a Cambridge DacMagic. In my room I have a 4.1 setup (ditched the center speaker after testing) with a pair of Energy RC-50s up front, a pair of RC-Minis in the back, and a PA-120 subwoofer hooked up to an Onkyo TX-SR607. At my girlfriend's I have a pair of RC-Minis powered by a Datyon DTA-1 for modest computer use. All computer speakers are seated upon Auralex Mopads. Oh yea, and I have Grado SR-225i headphones.
#21 Posted by gamah_killah (13020 posts) -

Nice to know there are users here who happen to be audiophiles!

gr07

My recent purchase is Vsonic's GR07 Bass Edition IEM here for portability. My computer speakers are M-Audio AV40s and when it's late I use Sennheiser HD 280 Pros + JDS Lab cmoyBB

#22 Posted by kraken2109 (12963 posts) -
[QUOTE="KHAndAnime"]Upstairs I have my AudioEngine A5's hooked up to a computer with an X-Fi Forte sound card. Downstairs I have a pair of KRK Rokit 8 G2s hooked up to a Cambridge DacMagic. In my room I have a 4.1 setup (ditched the center speaker after testing) with a pair of Energy RC-50s up front, a pair of RC-Minis in the back, and a PA-120 subwoofer hooked up to an Onkyo TX-SR607. At my girlfriend's I have a pair of RC-Minis powered by a Datyon DTA-1 for modest computer use. All computer speakers are seated upon Auralex Mopads. Oh yea, and I have Grado SR-225i headphones.

Do the Auralex Mopads make a big difference? I've been thinking I need to mount my front speakers on something but i'm not sure what to do about it.
#23 Posted by MonsieurX (29157 posts) -
With my PC: Denon DRA-397 with a pair of Fluance SX10 and a DB150 sub Asus Xonar Essence ST,Sennheiser's HD555 On the go: Cowon S9 with a pair of Vsonic GR06
#24 Posted by APiranhaAteMyVa (2859 posts) -
ODAC > O2 > Sennheiser HD600 ODAC (I switch RCA cables, I don't have 2) > Nad 320bee amplifier > B&W DM602 s2 speakers Sansa Clip+ > Shure SE215 I don't think I will be changing anything for a long time, I'm happy with the setup and sound I get.
#25 Posted by Wolfetan (7522 posts) -

Nice to know there are users here who happen to be audiophiles!

gamah_killah
I'm extremely suprised by the all of the audiophiles too.
#26 Posted by Jetsfan122 (77 posts) -

I use Sennheiser HD 598's and love them .

#27 Posted by NVIDIATI (7567 posts) -

[QUOTE="NVIDIATI"]

At my PC:

AKG K702 headphones

Little Dot MK III headphone/pre amp

Audio-gd NFB10SE DAC/headphone/pre amp

DIY class D integrated amplifier using an ICEpower 125ASX2 (same used by Bel Canto)

DIY Paul Carmody overnight sensation using Dayton ND20FA-6 tweeters and HiVi B4N woofers (currently repainting, matte black finish)

Wolfetan

How do you like the Little Dot?

I think the MK III is a great amp, although I haven't done any tube rolling yet. The only problem is I tend to juggle back and forth between the MK III and the NFB10SE.

#28 Posted by Wolfetan (7522 posts) -

[QUOTE="Wolfetan"][QUOTE="NVIDIATI"]

At my PC:

AKG K702 headphones

Little Dot MK III headphone/pre amp

Audio-gd NFB10SE DAC/headphone/pre amp

DIY class D integrated amplifier using an ICEpower 125ASX2 (same used by Bel Canto)

DIY Paul Carmody overnight sensation using Dayton ND20FA-6 tweeters and HiVi B4N woofers (currently repainting, matte black finish)

NVIDIATI

How do you like the Little Dot?

I think the MK III is a great amp, although I haven't done any tube rolling yet. The only problem is I tend to juggle back and forth between the MK III and the NFB10SE.

Is your AKG K702 balanced? Also, just got AKG K167, not as good as my DT880's but they will do as my portable headphone:D
#29 Posted by kris9031998 (7554 posts) -
[QUOTE="gamah_killah"]

Nice to know there are users here who happen to be audiophiles!

Wolfetan
I'm extremely suprised by the all of the audiophiles too.

I know that someone on OT had a pair of LCD-2's
#30 Posted by Wolfetan (7522 posts) -
[QUOTE="Wolfetan"][QUOTE="gamah_killah"]

Nice to know there are users here who happen to be audiophiles!

kris9031998
I'm extremely suprised by the all of the audiophiles too.

I know that someone on OT had a pair of LCD-2's

:shock: I'm saving up for those at the moment, actually. Or maybe an HD800:D
#31 Posted by NVIDIATI (7567 posts) -

[QUOTE="NVIDIATI"]

[QUOTE="Wolfetan"] How do you like the Little Dot?Wolfetan

I think the MK III is a great amp, although I haven't done any tube rolling yet. The only problem is I tend to juggle back and forth between the MK III and the NFB10SE.

Is your AKG K702 balanced? Also, just got AKG K167, not as good as my DT880's but they will do as my portable headphone:D

Nice

I haven't balanced them yet, hopefully I'll get around to it soon.

#32 Posted by spittis (1875 posts) -
Cambridge Audio Dacmagic Plus --> Hifiman HE-400 & Ultrasone DJ1 (mainly for portable use) and KRK Rokit RP5 speakers on Atacama Audio DUO10 stands. The Rokit's are possibly getting changed to a pair of the new Wharfedale Diamond 122 speakers and a NAD 316BEE amplifier in the coming weeks though.
#33 Posted by Bikouchu35 (7270 posts) -

Ultrasone DJ1 (mainly for portable use) spittis

Love those, they are my holy grail right now since I le poor.

They sound great even off the ipod.

#34 Posted by sukraj (21797 posts) -

KEF 5.1 Speaker Package.

#35 Posted by spittis (1875 posts) -

[QUOTE="spittis"]Ultrasone DJ1 (mainly for portable use) Bikouchu35

Love those, they are my holy grail right now since I le poor.

They sound great even off the ipod.

They're definitely good for the price! Quite underrated headphones actually, the bass is very nice and tight and the treble is sparkly. These (or the HFI-580) should be recommended more often to people along with the usual ATH-M50 & DT-770, especially if music taste is EDM & pop, I think that's their strongest field.
#36 Posted by KHAndAnime (13275 posts) -

[QUOTE="KHAndAnime"]Upstairs I have my AudioEngine A5's hooked up to a computer with an X-Fi Forte sound card. Downstairs I have a pair of KRK Rokit 8 G2s hooked up to a Cambridge DacMagic. In my room I have a 4.1 setup (ditched the center speaker after testing) with a pair of Energy RC-50s up front, a pair of RC-Minis in the back, and a PA-120 subwoofer hooked up to an Onkyo TX-SR607. At my girlfriend's I have a pair of RC-Minis powered by a Datyon DTA-1 for modest computer use. All computer speakers are seated upon Auralex Mopads. Oh yea, and I have Grado SR-225i headphones. kraken2109
Do the Auralex Mopads make a big difference? I've been thinking I need to mount my front speakers on something but i'm not sure what to do about it.

Yes :) I managed to snag mine for $15 used while I was auditioning AudioEngine A2s. With those speakers, placement was truly everything, and the bass improved considerably once I got the Mopads. It was not necessarily the depth, but rather the bass grew punchier and significantly less boomy.

I lent some to a friend who had AugioEngine A5s sitting on his desk. After taking them back, he propped them up on some books and said it just wasn't the same.My friend bought ended up some new Mopads, reasoning that they're simply worthwhile and you'll use them forever. It doesn't just provide for the better isolation from the desk, it also better raises and angles all my speakers so the tweeters and woofers are eye level, as well as facing slightly upwards. I managed to get about 3 pairs of Mopads from my 1 used purchase (with some cutting work).

#37 Posted by kraken2109 (12963 posts) -

[QUOTE="kraken2109"][QUOTE="KHAndAnime"]Upstairs I have my AudioEngine A5's hooked up to a computer with an X-Fi Forte sound card. Downstairs I have a pair of KRK Rokit 8 G2s hooked up to a Cambridge DacMagic. In my room I have a 4.1 setup (ditched the center speaker after testing) with a pair of Energy RC-50s up front, a pair of RC-Minis in the back, and a PA-120 subwoofer hooked up to an Onkyo TX-SR607. At my girlfriend's I have a pair of RC-Minis powered by a Datyon DTA-1 for modest computer use. All computer speakers are seated upon Auralex Mopads. Oh yea, and I have Grado SR-225i headphones. KHAndAnime

Do the Auralex Mopads make a big difference? I've been thinking I need to mount my front speakers on something but i'm not sure what to do about it.

Yes :) I managed to snag mine for $15 used while I was auditioning AudioEngine A2s. With those speakers, placement was truly everything, and the bass improved considerably once I got the Mopads. It was not necessarily the depth, but rather the bass grew punchier and significantly less boomy.

I lent some to a friend who had AugioEngine A5s sitting on his desk. After taking them back, he propped them up on some books and said it just wasn't the same.My friend bought ended up some new Mopads, reasoning that they're simply worthwhile and you'll use them forever. It doesn't just provide for the better isolation from the desk, it also better raises and angles all my speakers so the tweeters and woofers are eye level, as well as facing slightly upwards. I managed to get about 3 pairs of Mopads from my 1 used purchase (with some cutting work).

Do you know of a similar brand/product for cheaper? I can't bring myself to spend £30 for some foam... :P
#38 Posted by spittis (1875 posts) -
#39 Posted by agpickle (3293 posts) -

Speakers - Pioneer FS52s, ordering a BIC H-100 sub to go with them this week.

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Headphones - ATH-M50

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Nothing amazing in either catigory, but decent all around.:)

#40 Posted by Wolfetan (7522 posts) -

[QUOTE="Wolfetan"][QUOTE="NVIDIATI"] I think the MK III is a great amp, although I haven't done any tube rolling yet. The only problem is I tend to juggle back and forth between the MK III and the NFB10SE.

NVIDIATI

Is your AKG K702 balanced? Also, just got AKG K167, not as good as my DT880's but they will do as my portable headphone:D

Nice

I haven't balanced them yet, hopefully I'll get around to it soon.

Nice, I've heard BTG-Audio is very good.
#41 Posted by NVIDIATI (7567 posts) -

[QUOTE="NVIDIATI"]

[QUOTE="Wolfetan"] Is your AKG K702 balanced? Also, just got AKG K167, not as good as my DT880's but they will do as my portable headphone:DWolfetan

Nice

I haven't balanced them yet, hopefully I'll get around to it soon.

Nice, I've heard BTG-Audio is very good.

I plan to make a cable and balance them myself. Most likely purchase the parts from Solen.

#42 Posted by kraken2109 (12963 posts) -

[QUOTE="kraken2109"]Do you know of a similar brand/product for cheaper? I can't bring myself to spend £30 for some foam... :Pspittis

You could buy a large piece of foam and cut it yourself? Something like this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/MDM-8602-Speaker-Acoustics-Foam-125990/dp/B002HD6BJC/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1358287887&sr=8-13. Just an example, local hifi stores usually have something similar to offer.

That foam is for putting on the front of speakers for protection, I'm looking for something I can put them on to isolate them from the desk/windowsill
#43 Posted by Wolfetan (7522 posts) -

[QUOTE="Wolfetan"][QUOTE="NVIDIATI"]

Nice

I haven't balanced them yet, hopefully I'll get around to it soon.

NVIDIATI

Nice, I've heard BTG-Audio is very good.

I plan to make a cable and balance them myself. Most likely purchase the parts from Solen.

I wish I could solder:(
#44 Posted by NamelessPlayer (7729 posts) -
Desktop audio setup: Creative X-Fi Titanium HD -> Onkyo TX-SV515PRO -> Stax SRD-7/SB -> Stax SR-Lambda I could listen to music or game for hours with that setup, so delightful. I didn't even like the SRS-2020 system (SRM-212 + SR-202) setup as much due to a relatively recessed midrange and higher clamping force reducing long-term comfort, leading me to the odd conclusion that only vintage Lambdas or possibly the flagship Omega series (SR-Omega, SR-007 Omega II, SR-009) would truly satisfy me. In other news, I'm getting the opportunity to audition a HiFiMan HE-400 and an AKG K702 65th Anniversary Edition soon, without having to plunk down the big bucks for them first. More headphone experience is always nice.
#45 Posted by kai_311 (444 posts) -

Desktop: Asus Xonar Essence STX with Audio Technica M50s

Nightstand: Schiit Magni Amp & Modi DAC with Beyerdynamic DT880/250

Portable: FiiO E6 with Klipsch Image X10

Other headphones: AKG K-240s, Grado Labs SR80i

#46 Posted by Wolfetan (7522 posts) -
Nightstand: Schiit Magni Amp & Modi DAC with Beyerdynamic DT880/250ikai_311
Almost my setup but I have a O2/ODAC.
#47 Posted by kai_311 (444 posts) -
Currently listening to my DT880s and its hard to put them down. Really nice headphone both comfort and sound. Was also considering the O2/ODAC before the Schiit M&M stack came out.
#48 Posted by kris9031998 (7554 posts) -
One thing i never understood is why people think the he-400's are so heavy. Before i bought them, that was pretty much the biggest "draw" from them, comfort and weight. Neither bother me at all, i mean i feel them on my head, yes, but it isn't annoying. Gets better with time, definitely. I think sometime this year i should get a nice ~$300 portable to go with them, possible the m100's or the sony mdr 1r's. Maybe even the sennheiser momentum's.
#49 Posted by Wolfetan (7522 posts) -
One thing i never understood is why people think the he-400's are so heavy. Before i bought them, that was pretty much the biggest "draw" from them, comfort and weight. Neither bother me at all, i mean i feel them on my head, yes, but it isn't annoying. Gets better with time, definitely. I think sometime this year i should get a nice ~$300 portable to go with them, possible the m100's or the sony mdr 1r's. Maybe even the sennheiser momentum's.kris9031998
Get the Mad Dogs by Mr.Speakers.. What were you thinking, Darth!
#50 Posted by kris9031998 (7554 posts) -
[QUOTE="kris9031998"]One thing i never understood is why people think the he-400's are so heavy. Before i bought them, that was pretty much the biggest "draw" from them, comfort and weight. Neither bother me at all, i mean i feel them on my head, yes, but it isn't annoying. Gets better with time, definitely. I think sometime this year i should get a nice ~$300 portable to go with them, possible the m100's or the sony mdr 1r's. Maybe even the sennheiser momentum's.Wolfetan
Get the Mad Dogs by Mr.Speakers.. What were you thinking, Darth!

Pssh, they aren't portable at all. Plus, the he-400's outclass them