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Old 03-22-2015, 08:52 AM   #1
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Choosing headphones to use with BOSS GT-8

Hi, it's been a long time since I've been on these boards. Recently got back into playing guitar and making music again. Currently I mess around with my guitar through my BOSS GT-8 multi FX board using headphones (I usually only have time at night so I need to be relatively quiet).

I am looking to buy some decent quality headphones and I've been doing a bit of research on what headphones are good for such a purpose and most people seem to recommend headphones with a neutral sound. I agree with this, however, I found that most headphones that possess this quality require a decent amp driving them. My question is would the DAC/ amp driving the headphone output on the GT-8 be decent enough to bypass buying a decent external amp to drive good quality headphones?

For example, at the moment I am tossing up between the AKG K702 (~$350 AUD) and the Grado SR60e (~$150 AUD) headphones. I am leaning toward the SR60e's due to simplicity and price, however, if someone here can convince me that the K702's would sound much better standalone through the BOSS GT-8 headphones output then I would be interested in hearing your opinion. Alternatively, I may be willing to purchase an external amplifier to drive the K702's for around the $100 AUD mark if it is worth it.

Any help/ suggestions would be much appreciated. I am also open to alternative headphone and setup suggestions.
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Old 03-22-2015, 09:17 AM   #2
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You would not need an external amp to drive the headphones. Also for your purposes you don't really need super high quality audiophile headphones. All you really need is something not awful that will allow you to hear. Sound quality shouldn't be your prime concern for bedroom practice and hifi headphones probably wouldn't add all that much for you. You could just use something inexpensive (but not garbage). I use Sennheiser 202s for the same purpose (and for many other things and they are perfectly adequate for that use. They run about $29 USD.
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I'm using ATH-M40fs for silent playing. Quality is excellent.
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Thanks for your input. I was also looking at these headphones. Apparently the M50x is a little over emphasised on the bass, do you agree? Will they sound good enough with no extra amplification?
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I use them straight into my GT-100. They're good. They seem pretty flat across the board really. They're studio monitors, not doof doof rubbish.
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I use them straight into my GT-100. They're good. They seem pretty flat across the board really. They're studio monitors, not doof doof rubbish.

How about the ATH-AD900X, do you have any experience with these? I'm actually leaning more towards them at the moment because I prefer open-back headphones. Thanks for your help.
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