If you were listening to the beetles 'come together', then I would rather be listening to the AD900xs any day of the week compared to the DT880s. If you were listening to dub step, I would say the exact opposite.
I would agree completely with this statement. Like I said from the get go, there is no "best" headphone. You have to buy the headphone that suits your needs best. Its a lot better to take the advice from someone who listens to the same music as you. If I cared about the Beetles or Classical music you would probably find someone agreeing with everything you said.
Since I am more into Rock, Hip-hop and EDM I prefer the Beyers.
The AKG q701s are only 230-250, and the HE-400 can be found used for 300. I even made a point in my first post that he should buy used headphones. If his budget is 500, then that leaves him 200 for the shiit magni (desktop amp) and modi (desktop dac).......sooooooo IDK what you are getting at?
No offense but if I was going to have any of those headphones I would want a higher quality amp. That's like buying a porsche and then worrying about fuel costs and throwing Regular in it. The headphones you are arguing for really shine with a higher quality amp. So if you're gonna throw a couple hundred on an amp you might as well throw a bit more and make it a true investment. I wouldn't recommend the Magni, at least not to the OP.
If the OP wants a different point of view on the Magni, here is an unofficial review from a forum member on Head-Fi - Review: Schiit Magni. If you don't want to read it all, though it is a good review since he compares how different headphones sound on the amp, it basically says its super cheap so its great for anyone on a budget but the sound quality isn't quite there. Oh and btw, I found this review AFTER I typed the above paragraph.
Besides the OP said he wants a portable solution so tell me how the magni and modi option is portable?
DTs and tubes......? Mehhhhhhhhh I have played with several sets. I just do not feel like the DTs have ever been as transparent as AKGs. I know that some people would call me stupid for saying that, but I just do not like them as much as other headphones. I have tried to love them, but I always went back to my Q701s.
Mehhhhhhhhhhh Again you speak for yourself. I do agree the DTs are not that transparent, which is why I would agree with you that I would pick the AD900/x over the DTs for musical genres where transparency is extremely important. Transparency is not important in Rap/Hip-Hop though. So to me, it seems as if you just like arguing to argue because you clearly are not taking the OP's wants into consideration on your replies.
Let me set a couple things straight. In several of my posts, I am talking with others, and then the OP in separate paragraphs posts all together. For instance, I can have a conversation with you and say the Q701s are great, and still not recommend them to the OP at all. In fact..."I too love the Q701s, but I do not think they have the right amount of bass for the OP. "
Second, my recommendations have been geared towards the OP. The HE-400s the HD600s, and the audio technica ATH-AD900x (being the cheaper solution) are all great bass headphones. The HE-400s and the HD600s can also actually do things like hip hop and dub step fairly well. But all of them have a good warm bass, and that is all the OP wanted IN HIS FIRST POST.
LATER, I read that he wanted his system to be portable and that he liked hip hop in particular, and in my last post I wrote. "Now that I know the OP wants to be mobile, then I second the shure headphones".
I am thinking that you might not be understanding that I am having conversations with you and others that are completely devoid of my 'recommendations'.
As for the amp and dac. I would have to agree and disagree with you. I agree that I would use a different amp and dac entirely, but that is because I am willing to make that purchase.
To someone who is looking to get great audio at a decent price, the schiit magni and modi are pretty hard to beat. To give you an idea, Schiit has had to make the asgard 2 because the schiit magni performed so well, that it sounded like it's 250 dollar older brother. So it really does have the kick that people are looking for at a decent price.
The review you linked is made by a guy who I am not so keen on trusting. I am on head-fi a lot and some of his reviews seem a bit......off? For instance, I have played around with the schiit magni and modi at a head-fi meet. There wasn't any noise bleed. He is the first person to have mentioned it in fact. Out of the kazillion posts about the magni on the "this schiit is bananas" thread, not a single one mentions noise bleed. The other thing is that I don't think it muddies the bass. I personally find the issue to be that it is too tinny sounding. So I am not too too sure I would trust that review.
Again though, that is my response to you in particular. For the OP, I say to go with Cmoy. The reason why is because it is as good as any FiiO POS on the market, AND since it is in a candy box, you won't worry about it getting scratched when you put it in your pocket with keys. I would not be so gentle with a FiiO product, and it would get annoying to think about how I damaged a .
I wouldn't know what to recommend for a dac though since I am unsure what the play back device he will be using is.
As for musical preference.....my point about the beetles wasn't "yay beetles" it was so that you/others can get a feel for what low, smooth, warm bass sounds like. Lindsey Stirling's "crystallize" is another song (which is actually closer to dubstep) that has the same type of bass. (I just want you to understand that I am not assuming that anyone likes a particular type of music, I am just trying to sor of make a benchmark for bass so to speak)
I do agree with you that transparency doesn't matter when the audio is essentially computer generated.
As for your last statement, I refer to the first. I am trying to have multiple conversations at once. If that is messing up the thread, then I apologize. My bad completely.