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Sennheiser Momentum over-ear headphones in brown. Very good condition. Less than one year old; purchased August 2013. Original owner.  Original box, instructions, cable with iPhone volume control, standard cable, 1/4 adapter, and brown carrying case all included. I paid $299. You pay $199 plus shipping.    These are my favorite closed back headphones under $500, but I'm upgrading to the Alpha Dogs.   Last photo is a bit fuzzy. Feel free to ask for additional pictures,...
Sennheiser HD 25-1 II    Original owner, approx. two years old. Very good condition. Original box, soft ear pads (never used), pleather ear pads (attached), and 1/4 adapter included. I paid $199. You pay $99 plus postage.
Just wondering... You are running the calibrated output to powered speakers? Do you correct the speakers for channel imbalance?
One more... Ken Rockwell measured a channel imbalance of around 1.5 db on the DAC-1 HDR (worst case), if I'm reading correctly. That is more than others measured and could admittedly be audible for trained listeners under ideal conditions, but it is still very low.   http://kenrockwell.com/audio/benchmark/dac1-hdr.htm   If you are getting significant channel imbalance, have you tried adjusting the calibration? Here are directions Benchmark sent me a few years...
I came across this old thread today searching for info on ATH AD-700 replacement pads. I ended up emailing Audio Technica and they charged me only $11 including shipping! That is less than I saw on eBay for and way less than Audio Cubes II changes.
I read your previous post ("not that appealing") to mean you don't own one, but it is not important and I will certainly take your word. I assumed incorrectly that if you owned a Benchmark DAC for any significant period of time you would not be claiming the volume control becomes noisy without first-hand experience.   It is not just Stereophile that found no significant issues with Benchmark DACs in their measurements (and they have reviewed/measured at least three...
 No measurements of the DAC-1 or DAC-2 that I have seen show any significant channel imbalance. Stereophile measured 0.25 db at high volume on the DAC-2.  How long has the DAC-1 been on the market? Must be close to a decade. It is one of the top selling DACs on the market. So where are all the reports of noisy or failing volume controls? It sounds like you don't own one and you don't actually know for certain the make/model of the volume control, but you are claiming...
The Benchmark volume pot is not "lousy." It is accurate and silent except for faint motor noise when it is adjusted. It is untrue that it is "not exactly a high-end part." The analog section of the Benchmark measure better than the majority of high-end pre-amps. The digital volume is essentially perfect, measurement-wise. Maybe motorized pots have issues in theory, but please point us to any online reports of the Benchmark ones becoming noisy. I've got thousands of hours...
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