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.