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These headphones are no longer produced but are worth purchasing if available use in good condition
Retired Headphones (Click to show)
It should be noted that these were the prices the headphones cost new, used will certainly be cheaper.
(WN) TDK BA-200, $120. Lacking in accessories, but performing well above its price range. Sub-bass is lacking, but mid-bass and mids are lively, natural, clean and forward. Highs are rolled off, but when by themselves they are clean and detailed. Good instrument separation. #1, #2
(N) Ortofon e-Q5, $250-$300. Warm and smooth with good detail. Great build quality, but potential fit concerns with small ears. #1
(V) Panasonic RP-HJE900, $250. Excellent build quality with removable cables, microphonics when worn down. Fun v-shape sound with heavy controlled and detailed bass, musical mids though recessed, slightly fatiguing highs. #1
(2) HiFiMan HE-300, $250. Great all-rounder headphones. Warm clear sound.
(3) HiFiMan HE-400, $300-$400. Dark sound signature, clean sound, and decent level of detail.