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    i highly reccomend audio technica m50. I had mine for a year and love it, great for bass head. Really want to get hd-650 but still need to find a perfect amp set-up.

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    The HD-650 need a good amp, for certain. I ran mine from a hybrid tube amplifier. If you have the cash a Woo Audio 6 is in order, as that's a great amp for the Senns and gives you that old school tube sound to boot.

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    I'm still new to this, so spending $1000 over an amp really scares me.... That's the reason I stick with E7+E9 combo for now. Btw, have you tried hd-800 ?

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    For the price of the HD-800 I thought the stax was better than just about anything. I have heard those and the HD-800 on the woo amps and Joe is right they make awesome stuff. All that said opinions are opinions.

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    I've never had the pleasure of listening to the HD-800, though for the price I'd rather go electrostatics - probably the Stax Omega, though they are even pricier than the HD-800.

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    If you haven't already gotten the cans and want sennheiser here is a pretty good deal.

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    595s are very good 'phones as well, but really need an amp. Great deal though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UglyJoe View Post
    595s are very good 'phones as well, but really need an amp. Great deal though.
    I don't think they "need" an amp, per se, to be usable/decent. They're supposedly rated at 50-Ohm. I use them from time to time with my Sansa when I don't feel like having my Etymotics jammed into my ear canals. They sound better than a set of average buds (if you're listening to mp3 or m4a files, how much definition do you really need in a set of cans?). But certainly there's no absolutely question at all that if you're looking for these to reach anywhere near their full potential the sound improves greatly when used with an amp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riverie View Post
    i highly reccomend audio technica m50. I had mine for a year and love it, great for bass head. Really want to get hd-650 but still need to find a perfect amp set-up.
    A lot of people like these cans, they are a good value as well. The Beyerdynamic DJx1 is also hard not to suggest for this style.

    For open cans the Audio Technica AD700 deal on amazon is really hard to beat, as is the Senn deal already posted.

    If you want to keep it quite a bit cheaper, more portable, and still have great sound: the AKG k81dj provides a nice value.

    all that being said, despite several more "premium" options to choose from, I almost always grab my Grado sr-80s when on the go. they must have at least a couple thousand hours on them by now and I am quite fond of 'em. I have replaced the earpads twice now, most recently with old stock Senn orange foams, they are a bit more comfortable but the doughnuts never really bothered me either (after they are broken in).

    somebody already posted Headroom's website, headphone.com
    If you value customer service, personal support, etc. this is who you want to buy from. I have purchased several headphones, cables, parts from these guys over the past 10 years and I couldn't be happier with them. Also of note, if you find a cheaper deal some place else they are willing to talk price to some degree, just remember they are real people not corporate customer service robots

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rotary View Post
    I don't think they "need" an amp, per se, to be usable/decent. They're supposedly rated at 50-Ohm. I use them from time to time with my Sansa when I don't feel like having my Etymotics jammed into my ear canals. They sound better than a set of average buds (if you're listening to mp3 or m4a files, how much definition do you really need in a set of cans?). But certainly there's no absolutely question at all that if you're looking for these to reach anywhere near their full potential the sound improves greatly when used with an amp.
    Huh. For some reason I thought the 595 where 300 ohm headphones, like the 600 and 650. My bad.

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