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post #2176 of 5735

1. HFM he-400

2. Denon D5000

3. Panasonic htf-600



post #2177 of 5735

1. Beyerdynamic T1

2. EarSonics SM3 v2

3. Audio-technica ESW9

4. Audio-technica CK10

post #2178 of 5735

1. UniqueMelody Miracles

2. Audeze LCD2.2

3. AKG K701

4. Fostex T50RP

post #2179 of 5735

EDIT: Deleted.

Edited by Curly21029 - 6/11/12 at 5:13pm
post #2180 of 5735

1) DJ100/Tony Bennett (gets nearly everything right to my ears. Love it's addicting mids. Even it's bass is perfect to me)

2) AKG Q701 (like my DJ100, it's sound varies a lot with different sources)

3) AKG K601 (the missing piece for this under-appreciated gem is a good computer DAC ((HRT MSII)). Can't believe the difference that made)

4) HD-580/HD-598 (give me another few months to decide. Prefer the 580 to HD-600. Signature slightly different/better than HD-600)

5) KRK KNS-8400

6) AKG K240 Sextett (it's mids are addicting and I finally got this to sound amazing. Maybe it'll rank higher in a year)


All my other stuff is collecting dust.

post #2181 of 5735

All mine are Budget or Entry Level headphones.  I may never jump into the higher range, and am not sure there is a need considering my sources.


1.  Grado SR60i  Without customization, these are overly bright and fatiguing, but with my pad modifications and sock mod, they really shine.  The mods darken the sound slightly and take the edge off the highs without adversely affecting the clarity.  This took some experimentation, but was worth the work.  My favorite headphones for most rock, unless I just need some thumping bass.  Which brings us to...


2.  Creative Aurvana Live!  If I had to make do with only one headphone, these are the ones I'd choose out of my current selection.  They have more bass when I need it than the Grado, good soundstage for a closed can, so they do well for gaming and movies, and they are slightly more comfortable than the Grado's, even considering the improved comfort of my sock mod.  Bass is a bit loose, but otherwise excellent quality sound.


3.  AKG K240 MK II  These are less colored than the others, with a more laid back presentation.  It always takes me a while to get used to their sound again after not using them, but good mids, decent soundstage and excellent comfort levels with the velour pads makes them a good choice for relaxed listening and for watching movies.  The least "fun" and exciting of my current headphones.


4.  Koss Porta Pro  Lightweight, extremely comfortable (for me anyway), and acceptable quality sound, though they drop off on the high end and the bass can be a bit muddy.  They are a clear step down from the first three.


5.  Sony PQ2  Funky looking headphones that are obviously aimed at the younger crowd, these have some serious limitations on sound.  There is no bass impact from these at all, and the highs fall off quickly, so you are left with the midrange primarily.  Fortunately, the mids are clean and clear.  Light and comfortable for on-ear headphones, I rarely listen to them and they are on semi-permanent loan to my sister.

post #2182 of 5735

1) Denon AH-D7000

2a) Sennheiser HD 25-13 II

2b) Sennheiser HD 25-1 II

2c) Monster Turbine Pro Copper

3) Phiaton MS 400

4) Klipsch Image X10

post #2183 of 5735

I'm just going to add the ones I've listened to extensively but do not own as well.


1) Stax Lambda normal bias - Sounds great. The only issue is the excessively metallic highs. I'm not sure if I can fix this by changing the source because I haven't tried. If anyone has any ideas I'd like to hear them. I use this with a Fiio A1/SRD-6SB, not exactly high end. Anyway, the mids and bass are excellent. I don't think dynamic headphones are technically capable of rivaling the Stax. Open dynamics always seem to lack sub bass. Closed dynamics are... closed.


2) Audio-technica M50 - Pretty balanced sound. Sounds a bit too thick and the highs are a little fatiguing.


3) Sennheiser HD280 - I put these here but if I didn't use an equalizer, I wouldn't like these very much. They're capable of good sub bass but they have an annoying dip in the midbass. Also the clarity or crispness is lacking a bit.


4) Audio-technica AD700 - I use these a lot since they're comfortable and not fatiguing (to me). Main problem is the lack of bass. Something else seems missing as well. There's that large sound stage though.


5) AKG K240S - Also fatigue free. There's a mid bass hump and lack of sub bass though. Not as comfortable as the AD700. An emphasis in the mids.


6) Meelectronics A151 - Seems to have poor extension. For portable use they're good enough though.

post #2184 of 5735

UPDATED: After achieving a proper seal I've been extremely satisfied with the K550.


There's been more, but the following are the headphones that I feel I've had in-house for long enough and spent enough head time with to draw a conclusive assessment of their overall performance:



1.   Sennheiser HD600 w/Cardas cable -- There's simply nothing "wrong" that they do to my ears.

2.   Ultrasone Edition 8 -- Stunning from top to bottom with the right chain of components and after accruing some hours on the drivers.  Middling without the prerequisites met.

3.   Stock Sennheiser HD600 -- Still great with the stock cable and even a touch more airy than the Cardas, but tonal weight across the board is noticeably lacking in comparison.


4.   AKG K550 -- Addictive clarity combined with a great sense of space for a closed headphone.  A bit thin sounding unamped, but when paired with complimentary components that sufficiently stimulate the drivers they're analytically-inclined goodness.  Absolutely requires a good seal to perform to their potential.


5.   Grado HF-2 -- Beautifully done bass perfomance.  Not the most "accurate" sound, but thoroughly engaging and enjoyable.


6.   Terminator V4 -- A variation on the Darth concept, the midrange is moved forward (still a touch recessed, however) and the bass is reduced a few decibels.  It's still incredibly fun, however, and is the closest I've heard to a headphone sounding like a room of loudspeakers.


7.   Darth Beyer V3 -- Possibly the most "fun" headphone on this list, it's the undisputed king of bass.  Beautiful tonal enhancement with some records and a horrible match with others.


8.   Ultrasone HFI-580 -- Vastly underrated and often mis-labeled as a purely "basshead can" in my opinion, it has a very clean, detail-oriented sound that's a touch bright of neutral.  Prone to over-amplification but opens up nicely with the right amount.


9.   AIAIAI TMA-1 -- A functional fashion statement, they're definitely tuned for DJs with their forward mids and treble.  Add some EQ to the high frequencies and they come to life nicely.  A smooth sound from top to bottom that's still nicely detailed.


10.  Koss KSC75 -- Possibly the best "bang for the buck" on this list, they can be found for around $15!  Lacking in extension on both ends, but overall a nice tonal balance and acceptable clarity.  I've always liked clip-on headphones for the gym and these are by far the best I've owned. (although, I refuse to invest in something that'll definitely be getting banged around)  A perfect headphone for those of us who want good portable sound but see portable hi-fi as having a poor return on investment.


11.  AKG K271s -- The can that brought me to Head-Fi, they do well on the details and never sound like they "enhance" a particular frequency.  Bass presence is lacking and they can sound sterile, however.


12.  Ultimate Ears TripleFi 10 -- These could possibly be a few spots higher on my list, but I'm simply not a fan of IEMs due to comfort/fit.  Nice clarity overall but soundstaging was the smallest on this list and treble was too emphasized to my ears.


13.  Audio Technica ATH-M50 -- A bit of excitement in the bass, (NOT basshead material though, in my opinion) slightly recessed mids, and some grain in the high end.  Otherwise a great value.


14.  Grado RS-1 -- No disrespect to these much-lauded headphones, but they certainly weren't for me.  A small, congested sound with biting highs.  I went in optimistically expecting a more refined HF-2, but I just couldn't find much of anything to like beyond the aesthetics in all honesty.


15.  ALO-Modded Ultrasone HFI-780 (ALO-780J) -- Waaaaaay too forward and metallic treble for my liking, reaching a sufficient listening level was a chore.  I've never heard these stock, but if they're half as aggressive as these they'd likely end up in the same position.


16.  Ultrasone PRO-900 -- More comfortable than the HFI series offerings, but with serrated treble akin to the ALO-780J and some of the most problematic bass I've heard on a headphone.  Simplistic, non-trebly electronic music sounds fine, but deviating from that niche caused these to transform into an amalgamation of highly unnatural/painful treble, uncontrolled bass, thin mids and excess grain.

Edited by Curly21029 - 8/28/12 at 2:39pm
post #2185 of 5735
1. Audio Technica ATH-M50 (white box)
2. Klipsch image s4i
post #2186 of 5735

1. LCD-2 rev 2 

2. Grado RS1i

3. HFI-780 (sold)

4. Klipsch S4i for traveling

post #2187 of 5735
Following the final clean-out and so on:

1. Koss ESP/950
2. Sony MDR-F1

The ESP/950s are just intoxicatingly good, and the F1s are the most ethereal/weightless dynamic cans I've ever heard - both are a really smooth and enjoyable listen. The 950s being the better choice.
post #2188 of 5735

This newbie's list:

1. Koss Porta Pro

2. Brainwavz M2

3. Soundmagic E30

4. Klipsch Image S4

5. Skullcandy Ink'd

6. Sony V-150

7. Sennheiser HD201

Numbers 1 to 4 get regularly rotated on my Sansa Fuze and Clip at home, the V150 and HD201 alternate on my PC, and the Skullcandy Ink'd, although the cheapest, is what I use for my daily one-hour exercise walks because of its poor isolation which allows me to be aware of my surroundings and approaching vehicles. Obvious from my under-$60 (each) equipment that I am just starting out appreciating music via headphones and I hope you will forgive me for going off-thread by asking upgrade advice. I listen mostly to choral groups, choirs, Celtic Woman, Enya and groups like the Brothers Four, Peter Paul & Mary, and the Carpenters. Which would you recommend from among the Brainwavz HM5 and Soundmagic HP100 (both new designs and described as neutral) and the popular, well-rated ATH-M50 which is a relatively old design and may be upgraded soon. I've read a lot of reviews on the HM5 and M50 (there are only 2 reviews on the HP100), and if you have better recommendations, my budget is around $120. Thanks loads.

post #2189 of 5735
So, the Ultrasone did not survive the purging (the headband broke - how surprising). So the ESP/950 and MDR-F1 were left. After a while of not having anything that isolates or has serious bass impact, I decided to do something about that. And I've discovered a closed headphone that actually works like it should. Light-weight, isolates, good extension and impact without being insane, and a non-screwed up midrange/topend that isn't sibilant or harsh in the least. In other words, doing it's job.

New ranking as follows:

1. Koss ESP/950 (what, you thought something had *that* much of a chance?)
2. Bose QC15
3. Sony MDR-F1

Barring any major catastrophes, I think that's pretty stable. Flame away.


Have you tried the Sennheiser HD 280 out? Or the CAL!? (That's "CAL!" not "!?").
post #2190 of 5735

I have more time with my DT 880 600ohm so I will currently place them above my new HD 650s which I can tell are very special. Once I finally get my Auditor here I will really be able to listen to these headphones, but for now anyway:


1) DT 880

2) HD 650

3) DT 770 Pro (80ohm)

4) Koss PortaPro (still really good value for the money I think)

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