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  1. donebrasko's Avatar
    I'm looking for a pair of ear buds and on ear headphones that would take advantage of the v10 features. What do I need to look for? What kind do you suggest?
    02-26-2016 11:43 PM
  2. corvette72778's Avatar
    Beats solo2 wireless are definitely the way to go!! The battery lasts for a week, you can take calls with no cords but they come with a cord in case you want to try out the Hi Fi Dac. I bought a brand new pair on craigslist for $170. I'm super happy with them! 👍 ☺

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    02-27-2016 07:09 AM
  3. Mdbills484's Avatar
    I switched from Bluetooth beats to v moda m100s to take advantage of the hifi and couldn't be happier. The difference is night and day. No more Bluetooth for me.
    02-27-2016 09:50 AM
  4. tomski808's Avatar
    I second the v-moda's. I have the same setup and love them. Plus they can take a beating. The customization options are nice too.

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    02-27-2016 10:58 AM
  5. markyboy81's Avatar
    I've got a pair of plantronics backbeat pro headphones. Awesome sound quality over bluetooth as they support apt-x.
    Can also use them corded but to be honest to me they sound just as good over bluetooth.
    02-27-2016 11:40 AM
  6. LuvMusic's Avatar
    What sounds good is very subjective, I suggest finding a place where you can audition a few different models and listen to them. BTW, the hi-fi DAC and amp will not work with Bluetooth, you must have headphones that plugin to the headphone jack on the phone. What I use depends on "how I am listening":

    - "Daily driver" earbuds - Klipsch S4's (there is a newer model, but don't know the model number)
    - Critical listening - B&W P7 headphones
    - On a plane (Which I am frequently) - Bose QC 15's (new model QC25's)

    They all sound good - great, but, different. The Bose are probably the least audiophile of the batch, to my ears the mids are bit lacking, but you can't beat the noise cancellation. Bose NC is the best in my opinion.
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    02-27-2016 11:52 AM
  7. kramer5150's Avatar
    Not my best sounding headphones by a long shot, but when I need portable comfort, durability and passive sound isolation I reach for my Bose sound-true phones, or the original AE2 model. Not really on-ear, they gently cup around the ears and I find them very comfy for long times. I think they sound good too.... balanced sounding overall not too bass heavy, bright sounding or anything like that.
    02-27-2016 12:17 PM
  8. croaker68's Avatar
    I've been using Sol Republic Amps HD ear buds. They sound good. I hope to get some v moda 100's soon.

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    02-27-2016 12:31 PM
  9. donebrasko's Avatar
    What sounds good is very subjective, I suggest finding a place where you can audition a few different models and listen to them. BTW, the hi-fi DAC and amp will not work with Bluetooth, you must have headphones that plugin to the headphone jack on the phone. What I use depends on "how I am listening":

    - "Daily driver" earbuds - Klipsch S4's (there is a newer model, but don't know the model number)
    - Critical listening - B&W P7 headphones
    - On a plane (Which I am frequently) - Bose QC 15's (new model QC25's)

    They all sound good - great, but, different. The Bose are probably the least audiophile of the batch, to my ears the mids are bit lacking, but you can't beat the noise cancellation. Bose NC is the best in my opinion.
    I thought I was the only one with 3 different headphones.

    Yourbuds for earbuds

    Klipsch portable

    Ableplanet when I want to surround myself in music


    It's time to upgrade all of them except maybe the yourbuds....they are the only ones that stays in. I've been getting flac files in anticipation for my next set.
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    02-27-2016 02:00 PM
  10. donebrasko's Avatar
    When looking, what specifics do I need to look at when deciding?
    02-27-2016 02:09 PM
  11. kramer5150's Avatar
    For the most part headphone spec sheets are meaningless. So to make choices based on spec sheets will lead you to some very poor decisions. Make sure the connector is small enough to fit through the opening on the case (if you are using a case). Comfort, make sure you can wear it long enough.

    Normally I would say to stick with a low impedance headphone, but the V10 can handle a wide range, and IMHO it sounds better with impedances higher that 50 ohms, provided there is one you like the sound of in the first place.

    Beyond that, it boils down to sonic and physical preference within your budget constraints.
    02-27-2016 03:27 PM
  12. dwmitchell61's Avatar
    I'm looking for a pair of ear buds and on ear headphones that would take advantage of the v10 features. What do I need to look for? What kind do you suggest?
    I have the same question. BUT... "Advantage of the features..."? I need something above 50 ohms impedance for the ESS DAC. Got that. That covers Hi-Fi sound. Now... I need a mic for telephone conversations, I need buttons next to the mic to switch songs, and a button that will have Ok Google prompt me for commands.

    Do these have those features or are they merely for audio listening?
    02-27-2016 11:39 PM
  13. jasonb's Avatar
    Any headphone will work with the ess dac and amp. The amp has a low power mode and a high power mode. High power mods turns on with headphone over 50ohms. Any headphones under 50ohms will be working with the low power mode, but can still benefit from the amp and dac chips. Most low impedance headphones wont need the extra power from the high power mode.
    02-28-2016 06:00 PM
  14. michael hester1's Avatar
    I have many headphones jbl bose monster.project one.b&o.the ones without the mike sound alot better.plus I have a extention wire between the head phone and phone(plug extention in phone first 'then head phones)seems to kick in high amp'works for me .for the mic as long as phone is about 3 ft from your mouth the phone mic will pick up your voice.try it it works.
    02-28-2016 06:22 PM
  15. Furt's Avatar
    Currently using PowerBeats2 and feeling alright about them. Wish the battery life was better, but the bass is lit. Also the default music player EQ works over Bluetooth somehow.

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    02-29-2016 08:35 AM
  16. thisisjason's Avatar
    This is what I use:

    Full-size (Open): Sennheiser HD598

    Full-size (Closed): M-Audio Q40

    Earbuds: Yuin PK1

    In-Ear: RHA MA750 (plus headphone jack extender to enable high gain)
    02-29-2016 08:35 AM
  17. Knightstalker's Avatar
    Wow... I gotta up my game with this phone... I've been using the stock iphone earbuds and/or the ones samsung sent when i tried out the note 5... lol
    02-29-2016 12:41 PM
  18. apt604's Avatar
    Pretty much whatever you like - and as others have said, full-size headphones work well because of the amp. I got a pair of Sennheiser cans and they sound terrific.
    02-29-2016 01:07 PM
  19. kramer5150's Avatar
    This is what I use:

    Full-size (Open): Sennheiser HD598

    Full-size (Closed): M-Audio Q40

    Earbuds: Yuin PK1

    In-Ear: RHA MA750 (plus headphone jack extender to enable high gain)
    IMHO for the $$ its hard to beat the HD598 and its stable mate HD 558. Good all around performers, super comfy for long sessions. I don't find them to accentuate or attenuate any particular frequency bands. I find them very natural sounding. For those who need it, there are aftermarket cable makers who have replacement cables with mic and buttons. I have never used any of them though so I can't offer first hand impressions.
    02-29-2016 01:14 PM
  20. thisisjason's Avatar
    IMHO for the $$ its hard to beat the HD598 and its stable mate HD 558. Good all around performers, super comfy for long sessions. I don't find them to accentuate or attenuate any particular frequency bands. I find them very natural sounding. For those who need it, there are aftermarket cable makers who have replacement cables with mic and buttons. I have never used any of them though so I can't offer first hand impressions.
    They're great headphones, definitely my favorites. I think you'd have a tough time beating them without spending almost twice as much. I've been thinking of picking up the HD600's next, but while LG claims the phone drive up to 600 ohms, I know the HD600's have generally needed an external amp to shine, so I'm skeptical if they'd pair well
    02-29-2016 02:50 PM
  21. croaker68's Avatar
    How would the senheiser 598 compare to the v moda m100? Amazon has them priced about $50 apart.

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    02-29-2016 02:55 PM
  22. thisisjason's Avatar
    How would the senheiser 598 compare to the v moda m100? Amazon has them priced about $50 apart.

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    I haven't tried the M-100s. I have heard a friends V-Moda LP2's though. If the sound signature is similar, I'd expect the V-Moda headphones to put much more emphasis on bass, with less clarity and detail in the mids and highs than HD598's. I'd also expect a wider soundstage from the HD598's.

    Keep in mind that the M-100s are a closed-back design, so you'll get better sound isolation but also probably a more closed-in sound, while the HD598's are open-back, so they don't offer much isolation and will have a more "airy" sound.

    If you need sound isolation you might think about Sennheiser HD 380 Pro's or Audio-Technica ATH-M50x's. They're closed-back designs with good sound quality
    02-29-2016 03:10 PM
  23. kramer5150's Avatar
    They're great headphones, definitely my favorites. I think you'd have a tough time beating them without spending almost twice as much. I've been thinking of picking up the HD600's next, but while LG claims the phone drive up to 600 ohms, I know the HD600's have generally needed an external amp to shine, so I'm skeptical if they'd pair well
    Thats kind of a myth (IMHO). I have powered my HD650 PLENTY loud and dynamically with an amp circuit as simple/BASIC as a high gain Grado RA1. So while the HD580/600/650 are 300 ohms... they are highly sensitive and efficient. So as long as your amp has enough AC voltage swing, and you keep volumes in check... you are good to go. I can say this without any reservation, the Hi gain (50-600 ohm) amp circuit in the V10 is more than sufficient to power the 300 ohm sennheisers, to very very loud levels (borderline unsafe). There are times I prefer the simplicity and sonic attributes of the V10 over my dedicated headphone amp / station. Theres just "something" about the V10 that I find very very satisfying with my lossless ALAC files.
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    03-01-2016 06:18 PM
  24. N0BOX's Avatar
    I bought my V10 basically because I wanted a music player and headphone amp in one device to use with my Sennheiser HD 650s. It is capable of driving them loud enough for my taste (though anyone who has damaged their hearing might need more volume). The HD 650 is one of the standards to which audiophiles compare other headphones.

    They sound beautiful, but they aren't head-rattlers. You can use an EQ app to give them extra thump in the low end, and they are capable of playing frequencies that Beats simply can't get down to, but they don't OVER-accentuate the bass like most popular consumer headphone brands do. Another drawback that you are likely to run into when using a phone as your music player is all the noise out in the world. These headphones were designed to be used in a quiet recording studio booth or in a quiet room set up for the purpose of listening to music in an audiophile's home. They block out next to none of the engine noise and yelling on the bus or the screeching tracks and rumble of the subway. They will probably even let enough office noise in that you won't be able to enjoy the wide sound stage and pristine quality of the played-back sound that you paid extra to get from these headphones. In addition to letting noise in, they also let your music out, so you would likely disturb your office-mates and you wouldn't be welcome in bed with your better half if you wanted to finish watching that Netflix show/movie or to fall asleep to your favorite playlist.

    All that aside, they are simply the most amazing things I have ever encountered in my life. I have always loved music, and now I almost hate myself for not discovering them sooner.
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    03-01-2016 11:03 PM
  25. thisisjason's Avatar
    Thanks to both of you for the feedback on the HD 650s. Seems like my next pair of headphones will either be the 600s or the 650s
    03-02-2016 07:38 AM
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