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Recommend me some headphones - Allrounders, no amp required.

Ok.

I am mulling over the options here. I was intending to upgrade my Ikon 6s, but for the moment it makes no sense, so I am putting aside £400 to get myself some headphones that will improve on what I already have.

I am currently sitting alone, late at night listening on my Shure SE215 in-ears, and they are pretty good. 

Now, they are directly into my laptop, or phone...and I really don't want to be faffing with amps at all. 

SO,

Can I realistically improve, substancially. In-ear preferably, or closed back possibly, for direct laptop use? (or iPhone, Android, Winpho, Creative)

 

By the way the laptop seems to have a pretty good output (Asus G73).

Or is it not worth it?

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Ok. I am mulling over the options here. I was intending to upgrade my Ikon 6s, but for the moment it makes no sense, so I am putting aside £400 to get myself some headphones that will improve on what I already have. I am currently sitting alone, late at night listening on my Shure SE215 in-ears, and they are pretty good. Now, they are directly into my laptop, or phone...and I really don't want to be faffing with amps at all. SO, Can I realistically improve, substancially. In-ear preferably, or closed back possibly, for direct laptop use? (or iPhone, Android, Winpho, Creative). By the way the laptop seems to have a pretty good output (Asus G73). Or is it not worth it?

I can't guess exactly what the improvement would be, but the B&O H6 is the best overall sound I've heard in my latest 2 years of reviewing headphones. I don't trust most reviews because they are selling product, and I don't sell or get freebies.

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Ok. I am mulling over the options here. I was intending to upgrade my Ikon 6s, but for the moment it makes no sense, so I am putting aside £400 to get myself some headphones that will improve on what I already have. I am currently sitting alone, late at night listening on my Shure SE215 in-ears, and they are pretty good. Now, they are directly into my laptop, or phone...and I really don't want to be faffing with amps at all. SO, Can I realistically improve, substancially. In-ear preferably, or closed back possibly, for direct laptop use? (or iPhone, Android, Winpho, Creative). By the way the laptop seems to have a pretty good output (Asus G73). Or is it not worth it?

I can't guess exactly what the improvement would be, but the B&O H6 is the best overall sound I've heard in my latest 2 years of reviewing headphones. I don't trust most reviews because they are selling product, and I don't sell or get freebies.

Interesting idea. I had really wanted in-ears first. And with the lack of replies was umming and ahhing over Shure 535, Senn i80 and Entymotic ER4.

Had kind of settled on the idea of the i80s with the variable bass. And they are well below budget. 

I listen to a lot of bass-heavy electronic music, and it's important I get that from them (when it's there).

Oh and as long as I can avoid that horrid brown leather too Smile

 

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Interesting idea. I had really wanted in-ears first. And with the lack of replies was umming and ahhing over Shure 535, Senn i80 and Entymotic ER4. Had kind of settled on the idea of the i80s with the variable bass. And they are well below budget.  I listen to a lot of bass-heavy electronic music, and it's important I get that from them (when it's there). Oh and as long as I can avoid that horrid brown leather too :)

The H6 comes in black which is good. BTW, I have the Sennheiser IE800, but don't use it but rarely because of the difficulty keeping it in and sealed. I do really like the single driver, which puts out a much purer sound than the multi-driver IEM's with their crossovers. The soundstage isn't wide, but it's deep and has a reality that must be heard to appreciate. And then there's the bass - the IE800 has real authority in the bass, so when you have something that's demanding, it plays it full strength with a clarity that has to be rare in headphones and earphones.

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Can't justify the price for the 800s. 

 

What would be the best in-ear single driver headphone within budget IYO?

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Please and thank you would be nice fr0g.  Smile

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Please and thank you would be nice fr0g.  Smile

 

Please go away unless you have something to contribute...Thank you...

 

Seriously though, where exactly do you *think* I could have said "please" or "thank you" in my above posts. I am genuinely interested.

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I must admit, Dalthorn, I am now going to include the Momentum on-ear in my maybe list. Well under budget and possibly what I am looking for. I would have preferred in-ears, but smaller on-ears could work.

The reviews of the B&O I have found have put me off somewhat and there isn't a local stockist.

 

re: the Momentums, I notice in your review that they need EQing? Not something easy to do in Spotify of course.

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Please and thank you would be nice fr0g.  Smile

In my opinion this is a good reminder that the people who help out here are unpaid and offer quality advice at the expense of their own time. I'm surprised sometimes at the demands some users make, thinking perhaps that this is part of a retail outlet? - where the advice is pre-sale support? It's not, and it's free only as long as the folks here are appreciated for what they try to do.

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fr0g wrote: Ok. I am mulling

fr0g wrote:

Ok.

I am mulling over the options here. I was intending to upgrade my Ikon 6s, but for the moment it makes no sense, so I am putting aside £400 to get myself some headphones that will improve on what I already have.

I am currently sitting alone, late at night listening on my Shure SE215 in-ears, and they are pretty good. 

Now, they are directly into my laptop, or phone...and I really don't want to be faffing with amps at all. 

SO,

Can I realistically improve, substancially. In-ear preferably, or closed back possibly, for direct laptop use? (or iPhone, Android, Winpho, Creative)

 

By the way the laptop seems to have a pretty good output (Asus G73).

Or is it not worth it?

The problem is you are going to be limited by your source material which I believe for you is predominantly MP3's. £400 headphones would be wasted without good source material and amplification.

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fr0g wrote:

Ok.

I am mulling over the options here. I was intending to upgrade my Ikon 6s, but for the moment it makes no sense, so I am putting aside £400 to get myself some headphones that will improve on what I already have.

I am currently sitting alone, late at night listening on my Shure SE215 in-ears, and they are pretty good. 

Now, they are directly into my laptop, or phone...and I really don't want to be faffing with amps at all. 

SO,

Can I realistically improve, substancially. In-ear preferably, or closed back possibly, for direct laptop use? (or iPhone, Android, Winpho, Creative)

 

By the way the laptop seems to have a pretty good output (Asus G73).

Or is it not worth it?

The problem is you are going to be limited by your source material which I believe for you is predominantly MP3's. £400 headphones would be wasted without good source material and amplification.

 

I believe MP3 at a high bitrate is audibly indistinguishable from CD. So source material is a non-issue. The amplifier or lack of is an issue though and why I want low impedance headphones.

 

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Agree with the limited returns element of this.  I listen to music from my Macbook on Klipsch (former award winning in ear headphones)...They sound good and a step up from the Shure's which I've had before, but a bit flimsy and easy to break/wear. 

You may be better off putting £200 in to a DAC like the dragonfly and then adding the headphones.

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I believe MP3 at a high bitrate is audibly indistinguishable from CD.

It could be if: 1) The MP3 is ripped from the CD or from a bit-perfect WAV file as a 320k CBR MP3 using the best LAME codec, and 2) A lower quality DAC is used so as not to reveal the missing bits in the upper harmonics. The HRT Microstreamer is as good as it gets in USB-powered DAC/amps (which mostly sound the same), and it would reveal the difference on a close compare with a good headphone like the B&O H6.

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fr0g wrote:
I believe MP3 at a high bitrate is audibly indistinguishable from CD.

It could be if: 1) The MP3 is ripped from the CD or from a bit-perfect WAV file as a 320k CBR MP3 using the best LAME codec, and 2) A lower quality DAC is used so as not to reveal the missing bits in the upper harmonics. The HRT Microstreamer is as good as it gets in USB-powered DAC/amps (which mostly sound the same), and it would reveal the difference on a close compare with a good headphone like the B&O H6.

 

To be honest, I think anything above about 220 k VBR is audibly transparent. I tend to rip to 320 anyway, and use LAME through dbPoweramp. 

I also rip a FLAC version at the same time, and above 220 I cannot ABX the 2 files. But either way, 90% of my listening is Spotify, which I believe is 320 Kbps OGG.

I disagree with the "low quality DAC" comment. I don't believe there is a huge difference between DACs, whether it be a £150 Beresford (of which I have 2), or some mad £10,000 esoteric DAC (which I believe to be a complete waste of money).

I am listening on my laptop now though, and while a USB DAC "may" improve quality, it doesn't need amplification. It goes way louder than I could safely listen to on my Shure 215s. 

But all this is by the by and opinion. My current "need" is to find a set of headphones which will improve on my 215s (sans DAC/amp )and cost less than £400, and preferably less than £300, whilst giving me the bass oomph I like, when needed.

I'd love to try the B and O s but there are none near me. So I am looking at Shure 535, Sennheiser ie80 or Momentum on-ear, and maybe the Amperior.

I may just take a gamble, and if I am not entirely happy then I'll leave them at work and use them there! Smile

 

 

 

 

 

 

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fr0g wrote:

Ok.

I am mulling over the options here. I was intending to upgrade my Ikon 6s, but for the moment it makes no sense, so I am putting aside £400 to get myself some headphones that will improve on what I already have.

I am currently sitting alone, late at night listening on my Shure SE215 in-ears, and they are pretty good. 

Now, they are directly into my laptop, or phone...and I really don't want to be faffing with amps at all. 

SO,

Can I realistically improve, substancially. In-ear preferably, or closed back possibly, for direct laptop use? (or iPhone, Android, Winpho, Creative)

 By the way the laptop seems to have a pretty good output (Asus G73).

Or is it not worth it?

A please and a thank you could have easily been inserted. I don't like your tone - plain manners are just asked for. Thank you.
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You could always get a pair

You could always get a pair of headphones and upgrade later on with an amp/DAC combo. Pretty cheap from Project with the headphone box s USB, or more expensive with the Lehmann Linear USB.

Great headphones I've heard recently are the old favourites from Beyerdynamic, the dt880 and dt990, as well as the T series. Or, and it may surprise you, something like the aiaiai tma-1 which I loved, the young guru edition was extremely comfortable too. Not overbassed but very very good across the range, and stunning with something like Exceeder by Mason.

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