I just purchased a new TA 100 and will be buying a new set of headphones to use with it exclusively. Most listening will be through the speakers but I need the headphones at night. I will be listening with direct cable hook up, approx 9 ft away.
I plan to spend up to $400 and have heard good things regarding both the V Moda M 100 and the Sennheiser D 650.
Open or closed back is fine, I need to keep the sound from the rest of the house, there is little outside noise in the listening room.
I am also wondering if there is some "amp enhancement" that can be used with the T 100 to improve the headphone reception, or if I should use a separate amp all together.
The sennheiser HD 650 sounds very nice but I think it will do better with a really beefy headphone amp than what the TA-100 can do. It has a 300 ohm high impedance. However it won't sound BAD with it. A really great choice for the HD650 is the Schiit Jotunheim. A real knockout of an amp - but it's $400 by itself! For lesser price but still powerful headphone amps, check out Schiit Magni 2 ($99), or Schiit Asgard ($250). I think you'll be pleased with those units as well. For the TA-100 I suggest sticking with good headphones that are 150 ohm impedance and less. The V-Moda - I've tried the crossfade wireless. For its feature and build quality, it was quite good. But for sound quality, it was bass heavy. It still had a lot of details, but it wasn't quite at the audiophile end of the range due to its tipping to the bass heavy side of things. I guess it's the sound V-moda goes for. I don't know. Some people like it, but it's not for me. I would prefer a HD650 - however keep in mind, you'll need a nice amp to get the best out of it.
There are other good headphones out there but I don't know much about them. I personally didn't care for Grado headphones. But I've heard good things about Mr Speakers Mad dog, Beyerdynamic DT 880 (I think) just pay attention to which impedsance model, I think there are two of them.
Transport: Sony BDP 5100 Blu ray player spdif PC using Musiland Digital Times WASAPI via BNC connection - DAC: DC-1->XLR XPA-1 , RCA->Basx A-100 CD: Denon DCD 600 PCM 61 DAC. RCA Amp: XPA-1 gen 2 using XLR connections. Speakers: Axiom Audio m80 V3, Sennheisser HD700 headphones. two pairs 12 guage each bi-wire speaker cables per monoblock Headphone amp: Basx A-100 (INCREDIBLE VALUE!!)
Other equipment: Asus Xonar essence ST Behringer UCA 202 Sennheiser HD600
Post by leonardchurch on Mar 2, 2017 2:50:37 GMT -5
You can go for the noise isolating headphones that will prevent the outside noise from distracting you. One of my friends got a pair of affordable HD headphones and is happy with the product. He uses them for listing music and watching movies. You can shop online and get one for you.
Massdrop occasionally has their equivalents of the Sennheiser HD650 and AKG K702 Anniversary edition (two headphones that are consistently pitted against one another, with what seems a 50/50 outcome) for $199 each. I bought the AKG version (model K7XX) a couple of months back and couldn't be happier, I am waiting for the next HD 650 drop so I can compare for myself and sell the one I decide not to keep.
The nice thing about the AKG K7XX is that it is 62 ohms and the PT/TA-100 would drive it with aplomb (my XPS-1 amp is a bit weaker but still does a decent job).
Last Edit: Mar 22, 2017 20:39:11 GMT -5 by rvsixer