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    Default Sennheiser 595.

    I have Sennheiser 595 headphones and I am looking for an amplifier and a portable CD player. I would like to hear your recommendations. I hope I'm not breaking any of the rules by creating my own thread.

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    Hi

    I would recommend a Musical Fidelity amplifier. If you can find a used X-Can V2 or V3 it would be fine.

    Cheers

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    Before you spend a couple hundred on an amp, try a Fiio E5 (about $20USD).

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    Sorry I didn't realize you needed portable equipment.

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    It's not that I need it. It's just that I like to listen to music not only when I'm at home (for example between lectures).

    I'm not going to invest into stationary system before I move out (probably won't happen before I graduate).

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    Hey,

    sorry to derail the thread, but can I just butt in and ask a question you all seem like you know the answer to? Cheers.

    I'm also thinking of getting some sennheisers (HD650), but what is required for optimal hi-fi listening?
    Should you plug them into the player or the amp?
    I was formerly under the impression that an amp would make no difference to sound quality on such headphones.

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    Anything above 595 won't work without an amp. Even a PC doesn't enough power to do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaerbEmEvig View Post
    I have Sennheiser 595 headphones and I am looking for an amplifier and a portable CD player. I would like to hear your recommendations. I hope I'm not breaking any of the rules by creating my own thread.
    Didn't you find a CD player after the other threads here?

    Regarding your portable amp, you really need to specify a budget. The HD595s don't have sufficient sound pressure, and modest porty amps like the Fiio5/7 series won't cut it.

    The iBasso types are popular, as are the Ray Samuels (Predator). The new Headamp Pico Slim has a novel sound characteristic with cross-tube/valve hybrid type performance, however if you're in for sheer quality, the TTVJ Milletts Portable Hybrid (a tube amp) is just utterly stunning. It will drive any of the Sennheiser HD series from the 595/650s +.

    Personally, I'm not thrilled about the HD595s. They're okay, but produce an overly common sound. If you want to keep these and want a cheap amp to experiment with, then try the Head Fi site and buy a second hand Penguin type amp for about $50-80 and see the difference before moving on and flogging it off. You will need to budget for a good mini-interconnect (usually $20-45US) and as long as your CD player has a line out, you'll get the best quality from it for the HD595s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richardgaray View Post
    Hey,

    I'm also thinking of getting some sennheisers (HD650), but what is required for optimal hi-fi listening?
    Should you plug them into the player or the amp?
    I was formerly under the impression that an amp would make no difference to sound quality on such headphones.

    Optimal hi-fi listening using head phones depends on the purity and the synergy of your source - connection - amp (internal or external + connector) + headphones.

    If you go for the HD650s, then you need to check the sensitivity of your internal player amp. For instance, if you are using a pathetic little iPod, the weak and midget like amplifier in the iPod cannot sufficient drive the HD650s without external amplification. You can boost the sound pressure of the source player using a quality portable amplifier - either a steady-state type or a tube type. From personal experience, nothing portable I have had (even with high quality digital amps like the MZ-RH1 Hi-Mini-Disc player) can drive the HD650s without external amplification. You would notice that you cannot hear sufficient sound at the loudest volume; the sound would sound thin and reedy and make you think your headphones really aren't very good.

    Btw - if you are looking at the HD650s and haven't committed yourself, have a listen to the Ultrasone Pro900 headphones. These have a superior build quality than the frail Sennheiser headband type and a superior soundstage with their patented Surround Sound Pro Logic technology. They are utterly sublime and make the HD650 seem like expensive overmarketed Bose junk.

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    Heh.

    Cheers for the advice, headcase. I have indeed already committed to the HD650's.
    I find them... good.

    My amp is a pretty old looking sony STR-242L. I mean, it powers these big, hunky (and fairly crap) speakers which are equally old and seem to demand a lot of power, so if the main function of an amp as regards hd 650 headphones is power, I'd say it has that.

    I mean, I know nothing about any of this stuff, clearly.

    I took a gamble on these 310 euro headphones providing me with excellent experiences, and I'm listening to Kubelik's Mahler 1 on them now, and it sounds pretty good to my untrained ear.

    I just hope I'm not damaging any of the equipment involved in this, or my ears.

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    Default Too late to help?

    Quote Originally Posted by KaerbEmEvig View Post
    I have Sennheiser 595 headphones and I am looking for an amplifier and a portable CD player. I would like to hear your recommendations. I hope I'm not breaking any of the rules by creating my own thread.
    This reply is probably too late to help, but...

    The 595s are fine headphones. I have a pair; the sound is a little 'big' in the midrange, but no big deal. You do need a headphone amp to use them with a portable "Walkman" type portable player, and the Ramsey kit (easy to assemble) will do the job. Finish the ensemble with a low-end player, say a Coby, until you are out there in the world making Real Money. With the application of a little duct tape, you can even make the amp and the player a 'one piece unit'.

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    I was formerly under the impression that an amp would make no difference to sound quality on such headphones.
    That impression is good. I have the 650 and they are VERY easy to drive. All headphones need an amp of course, but they don't need a particularly massive one. A class D (the most efficient and really best type of amp) that comes in basically all mp3 players is surely enough to power them, unless you're using like a sansa clip which really has a pretty weak one (and why wouldn't it).

    Basically, you don't need a new amp if you don't want more volume and you've got no feedback. So for godsake, before you go on audiophile forums, listen to your headphones with the set up you've got and decide for yourself if they're getting enough volume. If you really need more, THEN get an amp. A new amp WILL NOT, I repeat WILL NOT enhance your sound quality unless you had a really trashy one that was giving you feedback (ie some 40 year old receiver). It's also pretty silly to lug around a CD player... A CD player won't read those 1's and 0's any better than a flash mp3 player will read them.

    Avoid this money pit while you still can, or you'll be one of those guys who can't accept the results of any research because he's already spent so much money on what it disproves.

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    Ah, the mp3 question. We should have asked the OP what sort of music he listened to, eh? If it's pop/rock/rap, he doesn't need the CD player, the amp or the fancy headphones. An mp3 player and inexpensive earbuds will be fine.

    However, this is Talk Classical, so maybe he listens to classical music. The mp3 player will still do maybe, if the music is compressed no worse than 256KB/sec. The inexpensive earbuds won't deliver the frequency range, so he needs the Sennheissers. But connected to that puny little excuse for an amp in the mp3 player, the sound in the crescendos will be distorted.

    I guess it's a question of what he will settle for. He's just a college kid, anyway.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Head_case View Post
    They are utterly sublime and make the HD650 seem like expensive overmarketed Bose junk.
    I know this is an old thread, sorry, but I have to react onto this vastly subjective statement because nobody did. I am not sure in what way Head_case compared Ultrasone to HD650 but my experience is completely opposite. HD650 are much nicer more neutral headphones without overblown bass-boost and pseudo 3D of the Ultrasone. Ultrasone sound way below their asking price actually. Especially when classical music is concerned.
    So please let's not fool the audience here on this forum. Let them choose their own gear based on their own experience, audition and preference.
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    I have the HD600 and use it with my Burson Audio HA-160. Keep in mind, the HA-160 was designed specifically with the Senn cans in mind.

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