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^my apologies, you are correct! Cheers!
post #4427 of 4542
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^my apologies, you are correct! Cheers!
No biggie, I probably could have worded it better.

**Removed extra period
Edited by Byrnie - 8/16/14 at 7:11am
post #4428 of 4542

Got a new list,there have been some changes

 

1. ATH-WS99(by far...such WOW,much ENJOY:atsmile:)

2. M-Audio Q40

3. Philips X1

4. ATH-WS55

5. Koss Portapro

post #4429 of 4542
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Originally Posted by takato14 View Post
 

Yeah no. I doubt you've even heard any of the pre-2000s era flagships. The 1980s - 1990s were some of the best years in headphone audio. 

 

I prefer my Sony DR-Z7 (1978) and Pioneer Monitor 10-II (1985) to the HD800 by a significant margin. The Z7 is faster and tighter while the 10-II is much cleaner, well extended, and more neutral. I have done direct A/B comparisons between these three headphones; a close friend of mine recently bought an HD800 and lent it to me for a couple weeks. It was very well driven and I gave it a fair shake. It wasn't outright worse than the 10-II or Z7, but they still have traits that they surpass the HD800 in, particularly low end clarity, control, and extension. And hey, guess what? Both the Z7 and 10-II are closed.

 

And of course there's also the Sony MDR-R10 (1990), which most people consider to be the best headphone on the planet. It is also closed, though not sealed like the Z7 and 10-II, and had more engineering put into it than any headphone/earphone to date.

I agree that the old ones are sometimes best and that there's an obsession with the new. However its not necessary to search for old vintage headphones with difficult to source parts when you can buy a vintage headphone brand new in the beautiful shape of the Beyerdynamic DT150. Wonderful headphones with a vast 'analogue' sound. Great bass and clear but none fatiguing highs. Not typical Beyer in that the mids are not recessed, like everything else they're perfect to my ears.  The fact that they're closed is immaterial they are just  a great example on how to make a closed phone to compete with the best open phones. Other 'vintage' headphones still available new include HD25s, PortaPro and B&O Form 2 all of which i own and love.

post #4430 of 4542

Great thread! I don't think I can rank mine but nice to see what others think of their gear!

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I agree that the old ones are sometimes best and that there's an obsession with the new. However its not necessary to search for old vintage headphones with difficult to source parts when you can buy a vintage headphone brand new in the beautiful shape of the Beyerdynamic DT150. Wonderful headphones with a vast 'analogue' sound. Great bass and clear but none fatiguing highs. Not typical Beyer in that the mids are not recessed, like everything else they're perfect to my ears.  The fact that they're closed is immaterial they are just  a great example on how to make a closed phone to compete with the best open phones. Other 'vintage' headphones still available new include HD25s, PortaPro and B&O Form 2 all of which i own and love.
Don't forget about the legendary PRO line from Koss, either. Every iteration of the design is still in production, and you can buy a brand-new can that works wonders on a vintage receiver,
post #4432 of 4542

1) Sennheiser HD 650

2) AKG K702 (port modded)

3) Beyerdynamic DT990 pro (250ohm)

4) Sony MDR-V6

5) Sennheiser PX-100

post #4433 of 4542

This is like saying which one of my children is my favorite.

 

Can't do it!

 

It is almost like making Sophie's Choice.

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This is like saying which one of my children is my favorite.

Can't do it!

How about listing them in order of amount of actual use instead?
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Don't forget about the legendary PRO line from Koss, either. Every iteration of the design is still in production, and you can buy a brand-new can that works wonders on a vintage receiver,

Except KOSS's new versions of their headphones have completely redesigned drivers that don't sound anything like their vintage counterparts.

 

Not to mention that even Koss's TOTL vintage model (PRO/4AAA) isn't anywhere near the Z7 or 10-II (or the HD800 for that matter lol). I would however say that a properly rewired and redampened series 2 4AAA is easily better than the HD600 and HD650 though. Very wide and deep staging with good detail and a pleasant, warm signature. 

 

They also had two statement models, the Auditor Dynamic/10 and ESP/10. I really wanna get my hands on those.


Edited by takato14 - 8/17/14 at 9:18pm
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Except KOSS's new versions of their headphones have completely redesigned drivers that don't sound anything like their vintage counterparts.

 

Not to mention that even Koss's TOTL vintage model (PRO/4AAA) isn't anywhere near the Z7 or 10-II (or the HD800 for that matter lol). I would however say that a properly rewired and redampened series 2 4AAA is easily better than the HD600 and HD650 though. Very wide and deep staging with good detail and a pleasant, warm signature. 

 

They also had two statement models, the Auditor Dynamic/10 and ESP/10. I really wanna get my hands on those models.


Except that Koss TOTL has always been the ESP series.

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Originally Posted by takato14 View Post
 

Except KOSS's new versions of their headphones have completely redesigned drivers that don't sound anything like their vintage counterparts.

 

Not to mention that even Koss's TOTL vintage model (PRO/4AAA) isn't anywhere near the Z7 or 10-II (or the HD800 for that matter lol). I would however say that a properly rewired and redampened series 2 4AAA is easily better than the HD600 and HD650 though. Very wide and deep staging with good detail and a pleasant, warm signature. 

 

They also had two statement models, the Auditor Dynamic/10 and ESP/10. I really wanna get my hands on those models.


Except that Koss TOTL has always been the ESP series.

TOTL dynamic model in 1977

 

that verbose and specific enough for you

post #4438 of 4542
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TOTL dynamic model in 1977

 

that verbose and specific enough for you

Rude...

Especially since he was just correcting your mistake

post #4439 of 4542
In the spirit of getting this thread back on track…

1. SennGrado
2. D2000
3. ZMF V1
4. Woodied 325i
5. HiFlight KSC75
6. MDR 7506
post #4440 of 4542
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Originally Posted by takato14 View Post
 

TOTL dynamic model in 1977

 

that verbose and specific enough for you

I don't know about 1977 but in 1975 Koss's flagship phone(in the UK)  was the ESP9 costing £79 (plus VAT), It was actually the most expensive headphone listed in the UK. Their most expensive dynamic was the K2+2 quadraphonic cosing £49.

 

For comparison the Stax SR-3 and SRD-6 adaptor cost £56, Beyer DT100 £17.11, Sennheiser HD414 £13.50, Sony DR4C £10.45

 

My dad bought Koss HV/LC 'high velocity' headphones £29, which were in use for some 25 years and were the first headphones I listened to (Dark side of the Moon, Tubular Bells, THE test LPs of the time) aged nine.

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