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Ultrasone HFI 780. Just got this last night and after listening to it for a good fifteen hours i think i finally found my favorite headphones. It has the qualities of almost all my favorite headphones. The metallic sheen of the Koss UR 40. The soundstage and speaker quality of the Audio Technica ATH AD700 without the graininess. The immersive crystal clear detail of the KRK Kns-8400. The openess of a open can yet its a closed can.

All of this while leaving the tone controls flat on my Onkyo TX-8555 stereo reciever. Will be messing with bass settings later to see if they give the incredible balanced bass of my Sony MDR XB500 headphones.

It will also be interesting to see what they sound like from the headphone out of my Samson MediaOne 3a active studio monitors. I've noticed the sound on some of my headphones is much more musical with the monitors compared to when they play on my stereo reciever which i usually have to play at a higer volume to get similar.Might be the built in amp of the monitors or just the sound of the Onkyo changing things. Might see about getting a more main stream stereo reciever like a Sony or Marantz and see if it gives me that old sound i loved in the 1970s and 80s the Samson Monitors are giving me.

Great approach. I could not believe how good sounding and powerful the vintage amps are. I now have two Kenwood KA-5700 integrated amps driving my main listening station and also my computer station.

After you start listening to vintage, you won't go back. Seriously. My Magni is gathering dust as is my Indeed G-3, not because they aren't good, they just can't compare to the Kenwoods.
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Good stuff Prep. 

 

Thats pretty much all of the top dynamics available. Pleased that the HD800's are right up there! 

 

But I also know how much you luv the HE-6's. Looks like your gonna have to go electrostatic next my friend. There's nowhere else to go! eek.gif

 

Ha ha ha...  I know

 

Saving up as we speak...

 

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post #2943 of 4366

I have a K701 that is falling apart (foam rings disintegrated, headband plastic guides broken, etc.), Ultrasone Pro 900, and Beyerdynamic DT880 (just got one to replace the K701)

 

Just ranking them on my time with them, with DT880 just a few hours. I'm sure it could change, but only three phones to compare, well it really wouldn't matter in the big scheme of just enjoying the music. I' not an audiophile, so please excuse my rather obtuse and pedestrian description of their sounds.

 

For Classical, in the order of preference: DT880, K701, Pro 900. DT880 has reduced soundstage but offers more in the low end than the K701, its highs are liquid and smooth, and the pleasant tonal quality extends to the bass. K701 has this open, airy quality that resolves the instruments very well, but after listening to the DT880, its low end, while quite adequate, seems a bit lacking. For Classical, Pro 900 seems confused, the bass overpowers and buries the rest of the sound.

 

For Electronic / Pop: Pro 900, K701, DT880: Pro 900 to me has this strange ability to separate various sounds in the music of this genre. It may have to do with its S-Logic that places drivers askew into the low and front area, but it is as if I can enjoy the resolved sounds separately, ponder on that particular sound before moving to another interesting tidbit...the music is presented in a very fun and engaging way. K701 presents the sound in a more cohesive whole, but the amount of bass is quite adequate. Perhaps I need to burn in the DT880s but it seems in certain areas it feels I am being assaulted by a wall of sound. Or a 2x4 when the sibilance kicks in.

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My first two are a toss up, but it gets much easier from there.

 

  1. Sennheiser HD650 (when matched with the right amp)
  2. Beyerdynamic DT880 600-ohm
  3. Shure SE425
  4. Harman Kardon BT
  5. Shure SE215

Edited by randybandicoot - 5/18/13 at 12:11am
post #2945 of 4366

1) Sennheiser HD 650

2) Beyerdynamic DT-770 Ed. 2005 600 ohm

3) Denon AH-D2000

...

4) Sennheiser PMX 100

5) Sennheiser HD 280 Pro

6 + 7) Sennheiser PMX 200, Sennheriser MX 580

8) JVC HA-S360 (white)

 

Since I got the Schiit Magni, the Denons are closer (in my ranking not in how they sound) to the DT-770 than when I had just the Graham Slee Novo, they sound less grainy and less sharp from the Magni than they sound from the Novo. I still somehow like the Beyers more, they have the cold steely sound which I can't really resist... Of course, the HD 650 cannot be challenged by either of those cans.

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Hd800
Hd700
Mdr-ma900
K551
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For those recently posting with the Shure SE215, would you say they are good for the price? I'm considering getting them, because of the comfort and isolation factor over my K340's. My list would then look like:

SR80i

HD518

SE215

K340

post #2948 of 4366
1: AKG K270s
2: AKG K701
3: Fostex T50RP
4: Yamaha HP-2
5: Hifiman HE-400
6: Panasonic HTF-600s
7: Shure SRH-850
8a: AKG K-160 600ohm
8: Sansui SS-10
9: Grado SR60i
10: Sennheiser HD-201
11: Sonic international Sonic 2
Edited by droido256 - 5/20/13 at 5:15pm
post #2949 of 4366
Here's my list of IEMs:

1. Vsonic GR07 MK2
2. UE Triple.Fi 10
3. Etymotic ER6i
4. Klispch S4A

The GR07s really surprised me. Def my new favorite! Comply TS500s don't muffle the sound like on the TF10. wink.gif
post #2950 of 4366
This is hard to do because the ranking will change based on the music.
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And by raw, you mean uncooked.

 

 

 

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LOL. Made my day.

post #2952 of 4366

Ranking seems to change regularly......   today:

 

1. HD-800

2. HE-500

3. HD-600

4. T-1

5. Mad Dogs 3.0

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Let me preface this ranking by saying that it doesn't reflect the technical abilities or accuracy of any of my headphones to any significant, objective degree. It's simply a rank of those cans I get the most enjoyment out of in my collection, and I personally find some of the TOTL stuff too distractingly resolving to truly find immersion in the music. So, without further ado, here's my latest rankings:

 

 

Koss ESP/950

 

Grado PS1000

 

Mrspeakers Mad Dog (Dog Pads)

 

Beyerdynamic T5p

 

Sennheiser HD650

 

Grado SR60i

 

Fischer Audio FA-003

 

Klipsch S4i

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Let me preface this ranking by saying that it doesn't reflect the technical abilities or accuracy of any of my headphones to any significant, objective degree. It's simply a rank of those cans I get the most enjoyment out of in my collection, and I personally find some of the TOTL stuff too distractingly resolving to truly find immersion in the music. So, without further ado, here's my latest rankings:

 

 

Koss ESP/950

 

Grado PS1000

 

Mrspeakers Mad Dog (Dog Pads)

 

Beyerdynamic T5p

 

Sennheiser HD650

 

Grado SR60i

 

Fischer Audio FA-003

 

Klipsch S4i


That's it. After all the insanely high postings of the T50RP's (modded) I have set in stone my decision for my next purchase. T50RP's.

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Originally Posted by ssrock64 View Post

Let me preface this ranking by saying that it doesn't reflect the technical abilities or accuracy of any of my headphones to any significant, objective degree. It's simply a rank of those cans I get the most enjoyment out of in my collection, and I personally find some of the TOTL stuff too distractingly resolving to truly find immersion in the music. So, without further ado, here's my latest rankings:

 

 

Koss ESP/950

 

Grado PS1000

 

Mrspeakers Mad Dog (Dog Pads)

 

Beyerdynamic T5p

 

Sennheiser HD650

 

Grado SR60i

 

Fischer Audio FA-003

 

Klipsch S4i


That's it. After all the insanely high postings of the T50RP's (modded) I have set in stone my decision for my next purchase. T50RP's.

Don't do it unless you intend on having someone do professional work on them. They are truly horrible stock. And not much better modded. The only way you'll get a significant increase in performance is if you have a well-regarded modder to work on them for you. And that's expensive.

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