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post #5521 of 5526
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All mine are budget level headphones.

1.  Creative Aurvana Live!
Easily my favorites, with a warm, mellow tone.  They work very nicely as a all purpose set, though I'm sure there are better headphones for sound stage.  I've worn mine so much I had to replace the original pads with some velour pads, but this hasn't changed its sound very much.  Not very durable, so treat them with care.

2.  Philips SHP9500
Haven't had these long, and have few complaints so far, but also few words of praise.  There is little bass extension, which many have noted before me.  In reality, it does nothing better than the Aurvana's other than having slightly cleaner sounding mid bass.  Still, they are a decent set for the $50 I paid for them.  Main physical weaknesses are the non-removable ear pads which are a little scratchy, and the loose fit.

3.  Koss Porta-Pro
I've modified mine to use Sennheiser HD 25-1 II velour pads.  They are a fine choice for portable use, despite the muddy bass.

4.  AKG K240 Mark II
These headphones have become my least favorite over several years of use.  The caps on the back cracked spontaneously, and it proved impossible to get replacements.  I use the velour pads.  Sound with these AKG's is a bit dull for most of my music, detached, and has no liveliness at all.  Reasonably good headphones for watching tv or movies, but I just don't use them often.

Have you modded the SHP9500s? Definitely improves them IMHO.
post #5522 of 5526
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Have you modded the SHP9500s? Definitely improves them IMHO.

No.  Not interested in pulling off the pads, even partially, to do the mods I've seen.

post #5523 of 5526
1. Grado gs1000 comfortable and works well with my portable DAC, chord mojo or home DAC chord Dave
2. Senn hd800 Great neutral analytical sound.
3. Audeze LCD 3 A bit warm sounding for me unless I use my chord Dave with it, then it's amazing but I'm trapped in one spot.
4. Senn hd600
5. Grado rs2
6. Vibro Aria 6&7 tie
7. Noble savant
8. Focal classic
9. Senn ie80
10. Shure 535
post #5524 of 5526
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Originally Posted by pkcpga View Post

1. Grado gs1000 comfortable and works well with my portable DAC, chord mojo or home DAC chord Dave
2. Senn hd800 Great neutral analytical sound.
3. Audeze LCD 3 A bit warm sounding for me unless I use my chord Dave with it, then it's amazing but I'm trapped in one spot.
4. Senn hd600
5. Grado rs2
6. Vibro Aria 6&7 tie
7. Noble savant
8. Focal classic
9. Senn ie80
10. Shure 535


The GS1000 has a fairly controversial sound signature. What draws you to it?

post #5525 of 5526
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Originally Posted by ssrock64 View Post


The GS1000 has a fairly controversial sound signature. What draws you to it?
Not technicality the best but I really like the perceived realism in vocals and extended details mixed with great openness. The individual vocal tones come through very well, strings sound very natural also with drums hitting nicely but very defined not as bloated sounding as my LCD 3. Sound is very personal so I'm sure many like the more expensive LCD 3's better. (I have the older i version of 1000's)
Edited by pkcpga - 7/25/16 at 3:02pm
post #5526 of 5526

HiFi Man HE1000.  HD 800.  Koss ESP950. W60. 846. Senn 598.

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