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post #3751 of 4342

1) AKG K240 MkII

2) Sennheiser PX100 II

3) Koss PortaPro

....

4) Sennheiser 280 Pro (Sold)

5) Superlux 668B (Sold)

 

When I've bought the K240, I stopped searching for better headphones. I just love them and I am surprised they don't get much love over here...

But, if the source is bad (bad mp3), I prefer the PX100 or PortaPros for listening to that :)

post #3752 of 4342
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Originally Posted by sudkcoce View Post
 

1) AKG K240 MkII

2) Sennheiser PX100 II

3) Koss PortaPro

....

4) Sennheiser 280 Pro (Sold)

5) Superlux 668B (Sold)

 

When I've bought the K240, I stopped searching for better headphones. I just love them and I am surprised they don't get much love over here...

But, if the source is bad (bad mp3), I prefer the PX100 or PortaPros for listening to that :)

The newer K240 variants are widely regarded as inferior to the older Sextett and Monitor models. My K240 Studio was the worst audio purchase I've ever made.

post #3753 of 4342
HFM HE-400 w/jergpads
Philips Fidelio X1
Meelectronics A161p
Brainwavz R3 (above A161p if counting build quality)
Noontec Zoro HD
Klipsch S4 Reference
post #3754 of 4342
1.Jh16
2.Westone 3
3.Klipsch x7i
4.Klipsch s4i
post #3755 of 4342
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Originally Posted by EpicAnthony View Post

1.Jh16
2.Westone 3
3.Klipsch x7i
4.Klipsch s4i

 

It's not bad for the W3 to be next to the Jh16. :rolleyes:

post #3756 of 4342

1. Ultrasone HFI-2400

2. Superlux 668b

 

They are both very good but Ultrasone is better in almost every way (kinda obvious).

post #3757 of 4342
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Originally Posted by pdrm360 View Post

It's not bad for the W3 to be next to the Jh16. rolleyes.gif
I would have placed them lower if I still had my 4r's.
post #3758 of 4342
Grado SR225i
Yamaha EPH100
Koss HV1/Realistic LV10
Audio Technica PRO500MKII
post #3759 of 4342
 
Overall ranking

1 Shure SRH1540 (basically a closed version of the HD-650)

2 Sennheiser HD650

3 Denon AH-D600 (the bass can be addictive and it's detailed)

4 Denon AH-D2000

5 Beyerdynamic DT880 (250ohm)

6 Sennheiser HD598

7 Sennheiser HD590

8 My other headphones aren't used nearly as much fun

 

PC Gaming

1 HD590 (I love how these handle ambient sounds and these were my first real headphones)

2 HD598 (I love these for the same reason as the 590s but the 590s are more comfortable)

3 SRH1540

4 HD650 (the sound is too relaxed for gaming IMO but sound stage is large)

5 DT880

6 D2000

7 D600 (I still love these but the lack of details and clarity don't work for gaming)

 

Movies

1 SRH1540

2 D2000

3 D600

4 HD650

5 DT880

6 HD598

7 HD590

 

EDM

1 SRH1540 (much more neutral in the mids and highs than the D600)

2 D600

3 DT880

4 D2000

5 HD650

6 HD598

7 HD590

 

Rock/Alternative/Punk

1 SRH1540 (The bass drum is punchier than on the HD-650's which helps me get more immersed in the song)

2 HD650

3 DT880

4 D2000

5 D600

6 HD598

7 HD590

 

Rap/R&B

1 SRH1540 (close to the DT880 for this type of music but the bass has a tad more punch)

2 DT880

3 D600

4 D2000

5 HD650

6 HD598

7 HD590


Edited by Byrnie - 4/16/14 at 8:55pm
post #3760 of 4342
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Originally Posted by Byrnie View Post
 
 
Overall ranking

1 Shure SRH1540 (basically a closed version of the HD-650)

2 Sennheiser HD650

3 Denon AH-D600 (the bass can be addictive and it's detailed)

4 Denon AH-D2000

5 Beyerdynamic DT880 (250ohm)

6 Sennheiser HD598

7 Sennheiser HD590

8 My other headphones aren't used nearly as much fun

 

PC Gaming

1 HD590 (I love how these handle ambient sounds and these were my first real headphones)

2 HD598 (I love these for the same reason as the 590s but the 590s are more comfortable)

3 SRH1540

4 HD650 (the sound is too relaxed for gaming IMO but sound stage is large)

5 DT880

6 D2000

7 D600 (I still love these but the lack of details and clarity don't work for gaming)

 

Movies

1 SRH1540

2 D2000

3 D600

4 HD650

5 DT880

6 HD598

7 HD590

 

EDM

1 SRH1540 (much more neutral in the mids and highs than the D600)

2 D600

3 DT880

4 D2000

5 HD650

6 HD598

7 HD590

 

Rock/Alternative/Punk

1 SRH1540 (The bass drum is punchier than on the HD-650's which helps me get more immersed in the song)

2 HD650

3 DT880

4 D2000

5 D600

6 HD598

7 HD590

 

Rap/R&B

1 SRH1540 (close to the DT880 for this type of music but the bass has a tad more punch)

2 DT880

3 D600

4 D2000

5 HD650

6 HD598

7 HD590

Geez, why so low on the HD590 for everything but gaming? Most people say its 98% of the HD600, just a little bit brighter...

 

(I've been eyeing the 590s for a very long time so I'd like to hear your thoughts)

post #3761 of 4342
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Originally Posted by takato14 View Post
 

Geez, why so low on the HD590 for everything but gaming? Most people say its 98% of the HD600, just a little bit brighter...

 

(I've been eyeing the 590s for a very long time so I'd like to hear your thoughts)

I'd say it's more personal preference.  I think over the years my tastes have changed and my music tastes as well.  I love the HD590s (I even still have the Sennheiser watch that came with them) as I love all the headphones that I ranked, they were my very first audiophile level headphone.  I actually use the 590s more than my 598s (590s are so comfortable) and I'm on my 3rd pair of earpads with the 590s and on my 2nd cable.

post #3762 of 4342
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Originally Posted by Faust2D View Post
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by troymadison View Post
MB Quart QP55x
AKG K1000
MB Quart QP250
Beyerdynamic DT880
AKG K501
Sony MDR-F1
Grado SR225
MB Quart QP45x
Koss Portapro
MB Quart QP55x no way you like it more than even DT880


Ehhh, yeah times have changed... maybe I went through a weird phase? I still have the Quarts, I just don't use them anymore. I find it weird that I was so obsessed with the K501 when I usually had issues with the upper midrange and/or highs. I'm tempted to buy another K1000 again but I am not sure if I really find it useful for my needs.

 

Current standings of headphones I've used recently:

Rank 1: Q701, K240 Sextett, K240 Monitor (3 way tie)

Rank 2: DT880 600ohm (maybe rank 1 material)

Rank 3: K340, Quarts maybe?

Rank 4: DT990 Vintage, DT770 Pro 80ohm

post #3763 of 4342
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Originally Posted by troymadison View Post


Ehhh, yeah times have changed... maybe I went through a weird phase? I still have the Quarts, I just don't use them anymore. I find it weird that I was so obsessed with the K501 when I usually had issues with the upper midrange and/or highs. I'm tempted to buy another K1000 again but I am not sure if I really find it useful for my needs.

Current standings of headphones I've used recently:
Rank 1: Q701, K240 Sextett, K240 Monitor (3 way tie)
Rank 2: DT880 600ohm (maybe rank 1 material)
Rank 3: K340, Quarts maybe?
Rank 4: DT990 Vintage, DT770 Pro 80ohm
It happens to the best of us, i used to think my D600's were my best headphone.
post #3764 of 4342
Currently owned

1. Sennheiser HD800
Pros: Biggest Soundstage, Top Tier Imaging, Extremely high detail level, very fast/keeps up with the most complex passages, deeply extended if not powerful bass, extremely realistic mids. Very comfortable
Cons: Can be sibilant with poorer recordings / not forgiving, can lack euphony overall and is not the most involving listen for some music, Slightly too bright
Best Genres: Ambient Electronic, Classical, Acoustic music, Flamenco, Soundtracks, Progressive Rock (certain recordings), Movie viewing, Gaming, PSY-Trance (synth texture/layering)
OVERALL: A
FOR THE PRICE ($1590): B

2. JVC DX1000
Pros: Powerful, deep and robust bass that will satisfy bassheads and audio purist alike without midrange bleed. Euphonic and highly involving midrange with interesting wooden colorations, superb imaging for a closed headphone, reasonably large soundstage, forgiving and relaxed, closed sonic sibling to HD650 and LCD2. Very comfortable and light for its size
Cons: Treble can sound flat and lacks energy, soundstage is not up there with the best open cans. Not a very fast headphone. Mids can sound distant on some recordings
Best Genres: Electronic (Dubstep, Trance, House, IDM, Chillstep etc), Blues, Small Ensemble Jazz, Female Vocalists, Stoner Rock
OVERALL: A-
FOR THE PRICE ($950): A

3. Hifiman HE500
Pros: Strong Imaging, and fairly high level of detail retrieval. Fantastic all round for most genres. Very neutral - only slightly dark. Well detailed treble without being strident or overly bright. Well extended and moderately powerful bass.
Cons Slightly uncomfortable after long sessions. Slight lack of bass quality on some tracks. Soundstage nothing to write home about for a open can, better than most closed options though. Mids slightly forward and a tad aggressive with some female vocals.
Best Genres: Almost everything
OVERALL: B+
FOR THE PRICE ($700): A+

4. Audeze LCD2 rev 2
Pros: Incredible bass detail, tightness and depth also great slam. Very fast presentation for a dark can. Forgiving as well as fairly detailed a rarity. Incredibly realistic male vocals (for me at least), Very musical
Cons: Lack of treble detail and upper midrange harmonic content. Smaller soundstage. Imaging could be better. Uncomfortable and heavy on top of the head.
Best Genres: Jazz, Metal, Rock, EDM, Pop
OVERALL: B
FOR THE PRICE ($1180): B

5. Beyerdynamic T1
Pros: High perceived detail level, large soundstage, nicely warm midrange, comfortable, effortless sound, similar but darker than the HD800 ~ treble less clear, Fantastic all rounder
Cons: Harsh treble spike aggravated occasionally by high pitched instruments, imaging unimpressive compared to the HD800, Lacks speed to keep up with very complex passages
Best Genres: Classical, Metal, Rock (Prog especially), Movies, Gaming
OVERALL: B
FOR THE PRICE ($1150): B

6. Fostex TH600
Pros: Heavy, powerful and incredibly hard slamming bass. Highly detailed for a closed headphone, very solid imaging. Best closed soundstage I've heard
Cons: Bright and strident with cymbals in quite a few recordings, recessed midrange - lacks presence for vocals and guitar.
Best Genres: EDM, Pop, Movies+Gaming++ (bass is impressive theater like with obviously better control)
OVERALL: B-
FOR THE PRICE ($1000) : C+

7. Mr Speakers Alpha Dog
Pros: Well extended and detailed treble, very clear and grain free sound - seemingly more detailed than JVC or Fostex. Tight controlled bass. Very detailed Midrange - while being balanced throughout. Very good closed can for classical and acoustic mainly for its treble detail. Almost can be seen as a closed HD800 tonally
Cons: Treble can be a bit hard on some recordings that are excited up there / not forgiving, Sounds unexciting, bass not very powerful by any stretch, soundstage and imaging are unimpressive compared to the TH600 and DX1000 on my setup
Best Genres: Acoustic, Classic Rock, Jazz, Classical, Soundtrack
OVERALL: B-
FOR THE PRICE ($750): B+

8. Fischer Audio FA011 Limited Edition
Pros: Fast and aggressive sound which is of a fun variety overall. Bass extending into the sub-bass, super powerful upper bass power. Very thick and crunchy guitar tone, accented by the powerful bass guitar resulting in a very live sound. Baby Grado PS1000 with more refined Treble. Very well separated instruments.
Cons: Small soundstage, Aggressive Treble - slightly harsh but not bad at all. Minor upper mid recession.
Best Genres: EDM, Metal, Rock
OVERALL: C+
FOR THE PRICE ($480): A+

9. Grado Bushmills w/ Jumbo Pads
Pros: Above average soundstage, Very pristine and detailed, Crystalline Treble - nothing like most other Grado models, Very lifelike guitar tonality as well as strong speed. Good instrument seperation
Cons: Not genre diverse, harsh upper midrange on certain tracks, weak bass, poor bass extension, cold overall tonality (believe it or not for a Grado)
Best Genres: Metal, Classical, Soundtrack
OVERALL: C
FOR THE PRICE ($500): B+

10. Sennheiser HD600
Pros: Smooth and forgiving, slightly romantic sound, acceptable with most genres, moderate soundstage, fairly open
Cons: Lacks Detail, Unimpressive separation/imaging, wooly and undefined bass, lacks bass extension, lacks excitement - too laid back
Best Genres: Mostly anything
OVERALL: C
FOR THE PRICE ($400): A

I have Audio GD NFB 28 system. I also quoted my values from prices here in Australia. There was not much separating most headphones from one another in my preferences. Don't let my criticism seem too harsh many of these things are minor annoyances.
Edited by Eternal Schism - 2/27/14 at 11:15pm
post #3765 of 4342

1) HifiMAN HE-6

2) Sennheiser HD650

3) Martin Logan Mikros 90

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