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post #2386 of 5784
Originally Posted by IzzyAxel View Post

Beyer DT1350 - Tonally stunning, most neutral headphone I've heard so far, insanely short decay, it can handle any amount of splashy midrange pads and synths and keeps them all under control.  Very revealing of source, but rewards you when you have it.  One of the only headphones I listen to anymore, actually; it spoiled colored cans for me forever and started my love of linearity.  Not the biggest presentation, which leads to my second pair, but it's big enough for portable use, and the seal you get with these is phenomenal.  There's too much for me to gush over here; every section, the DT1350 excels at, bar the aforementioned soundstage/width.



Nice...I've had mine for 6 months just about and still am amazed every time I put them on my head. To date, the best $270 headphone Ive ever heard - portable or otherwise. 

post #2387 of 5784

Pioneer SE-700: Best headphone I own so far. Nice detail retrieval, a good sense of rhythm, nice imaging, and nice airy sound. A little thin at times. Bass is just not there, which makes a few songs less exciting. Mids are nice and smooth, never nasally or boomy. Highs roll off at the very top but are otherwise quite nice. The sound is overall very smooth and flat. Very fun to listen to despite their analyticality. Unamped, they are unlistenable. Out of my E7 they do get better, but not as good as they could be. Driving them from my desktop subwoofer's speaker taps kills what bass they do have(as the subwoofer has an internal equalizer to keep the bass out of the satellite speakers), but makes everything else sound absolutely unbelievable.


AKG K240 Studio: Warm. Moderate detail retrieval, moderate attack and decay. Small soundstage, meh imaging. Tight, controlled, airy bass response. Liquidy mids and highs smoother than butter. Some of my denser music (such as Psyborg Corp.) turns into a disgusting mess on these. Not good for all genres. Most comfortable headphone I have ever worn.


Pioneer SE-500: Basically, everything the SE-700 is like, but worse in all departments. Had these before the SE-700s. Loved them too before I got the 700s.


KOSS K/6x Plus: First "real" headphone, got from a garage sale for $10 when I was 12. Bright. No soundstage, no imaging. Skeletal, light design makes them fall off my head easily and makes it sometimes hard to get a good seal. Very tight bass that reaches low but not very low, stops around 13 Hz. Sparkly highs that are a little bit rough. They are neutral with a slight tilt towards bright. Very well-detailed.


Audio Technica ATH-M50: I really don't like these anymore. Meh detail retrieval, meh attack/decay. Midbass hump, fairly tight low end but not as good as it could be. Absolutely disgusting midrange, heavy distortion and roughness throughout the entire range. Highs jump out at you, scream in your face, and smack you across the cheek. It's not quite harsh, but it is definitely noticeable and to be honest I don't enjoy it very much.


Audatron SH-608R (heavily modded): I took the driver off the baffle and secured it in the back of the earcup. I removed the original pads and substituted AKG pads. I messed around with the damping a lot and removed the two volume potentiometers in the earcups. Doing this made the sound airy and delightful and made the soundstage huge. They still have no imaging, however. The bass is no longer suffocating and the mids aren't boomy anymore. They're basically a worse K240 Studio, with less treble and more bass. Pretty bad but they have more bass than any headphone I have so they still get some use.


Audatron SH-608R (stock): Absolutely atrocious. Muddy bass that overwhelms the other ranges, boomy mids, no treble. Sound is very suffocating and oxygen-deprived. No soundstage and no imaging. Slow attack and decay and meh detail. Pretty heavy. Bad isolation, but better than most. Uncomfortable as sin. Thin supra-aural pads and way too much clamping force. Only redeeming qualities are nice, tough build quality and appealing visual aesthetics. 



KOSS Reference One: Just got these yesterday. Huge KOSS cans from the 70's. The bass reaches low, the highs are sparkly and smooth, and the detail is good. Absolutely massive soundstage with good imaging and instrument placement. They're heavy and built like a tank. They squeeze hard and isolate better than any headphone I've ever heard, and they don't leak at all. They seem to be extremely analytical... not sure how to rank it yet though. 

Edited by takato14 - 10/21/12 at 8:54pm
post #2388 of 5784
As of today although the order of faves changes.....

2. *W4
3. K550 tied with DT770
5. DT1350
6. *CKM99
7. *TF10
8. **MS400
9. S500
10. S400

*Thought I'd throw my fav IEM's in there while im at it....

** Just literally shipped off my MS400 today, but they are still with me in spirit.
post #2389 of 5784

1.Sennheiser HD 800

2.Beyerdynamic T1 (when I get bored of the soundstage from the HD800)

3.Sennheiser HD650

4.Akg k242HD

5.Sony MDR XB-700 (comfy to have in bed)

post #2390 of 5784



3. 4 way tie between xb1000/xb700/xb500/ultrasone pro 900

4. steel series siberia v2

post #2391 of 5784

Technicalities Ranking (preference depends on genre):


1) Stax Omega MK1

2) HE6/HD800 

3) LCD-2

4) HD650

5) AD2000

6) Denon AHD-7000

7) Grado RS1i




1) Westone ES5/UM Miracles/UERM - too difficult to say which, if any, are best 

Edited by ericfarrell85 - 10/23/12 at 7:51am
post #2392 of 5784

1. LCD-2

2. T1

3 .HD650

4. K271s recabled

7. RS-1i

post #2393 of 5784
1)Wharfedale Isodynamic
2) Grado SR80i
The following iem's have to much bass, so i don't like them
3)RHA MA-350
4) sennheiser px150
Will buy the hd600, he-400 and heir audio 3.ai in the future
post #2394 of 5784

Going to to throw in two IEM's


1)Shure SRH840

2)Grado SR60i

3)Klipsch S4i

4)Sony MDR-XB500

5)Apple Ear-Phones

post #2395 of 5784
Originally Posted by DoubleShot View Post

Going to to throw in two IEM's


1)Shure SRH840

2)Grado SR60i

3)Klipsch S4i

4)Sony MDR-XB500

5)Apple Ear-Phones

Is 5) the old iBuds or the new EarPods?

post #2396 of 5784
1. HD650 - Main music rig.
2. Terminator V4 - They get the least use, but for that 5% (hip hop, dubstep etc) they are truly awesome.
3. Dt 770/80 - monitoring, movies, and late night listening
4. SR 60 - modded, primarily work cans
5. S4i - mobile w/ iPhone

I really like them all, and with the exception of the V4s, they all see regular use. Ironically, though, the V4s are what I'm least eager to upgrade. Well, I guess the dt770s are great for their purpose as well.
post #2397 of 5784

1.  Monster Miles Davis Tribute

2.  Monster Turbine Pro Gold

3.  Meelectronics M11+


The MDs are my favorites and they never leave the house.  The Golds are my going to work and around town drivers.  And the M11s are my mowing the lawn and yard work drivers.

post #2398 of 5784

I can not really rank them as I use each them for different music and listening enviornments:


Senn HD600 Toxic Silver recable- alone at home for soundstage and detail

Dennon AH D-5000- At home if some ambient noise, great bass, good detail

Ety ER4S- portable rig or at home if the girlfriend just will not shut up...

post #2399 of 5784
Originally Posted by Dr4Bob View Post

I can not really rank them as I use each them for different music and listening enviornments:
+1... My list changes from week to week. My top 4 that I have been using LATELY:

CKM99 (got them by freak accident actually they are such a fun HP, way undacknowledged)
post #2400 of 5784

Ranking headphones is cool - but should be done by supplementing a) music preferences and b) DAC / amp combo. Just to add some value to the equation. IMHO.

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