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'Ultimate' Dynamic Headphone Choice ?

post #1 of 20
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Hi,

I posted this query in some of the audio newsgroups, and mention was made in a couple of the replies (inc. one from Jude!) about this forum, so I hope you don't mind me posting it here as well to get as wide a range of opinions as possible:-


I presently own a pair of Sennheiser HD580 headphones which I am very happy
with, but, although mindful of the 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' maxim, I
can't help wondering if even better performance is possible.

So, what would your recommendations be for the single 'best' (i.e. most
uncoloured/neutral/accurate) dynamic headphone from each of the quality
manufacturers to be put on a shortlist of 'ultimate dynamic headphones' to
audition?

I have, perhaps predictably, already started the list with the Sennheiser
HD600 (I have noticed that some people still prefer the HD580 though), but
what about the competition?

FWIW, I have tried the Grado SR60 and 225 and did not like either of them;
both from a sound quality and comfort point of view.

Finally, for the ultimate in accuracy, should I really be looking at
electrostatic headphones?

Thanks in advance.


S.
Scotland.
post #2 of 20
Sony MDR-R10 King.
post #3 of 20
Sony MDR-R10

Grado HP-1000 (HP-1 model)

Etymotic ER-4B

Stax Omega II
post #4 of 20
check out the K1000.
post #5 of 20
Quote:
Stax Omega II
That's not dynamic, dork ;p
post #6 of 20

Re: 'Ultimate' Dynamic Headphone Choice ?

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Originally posted by jock
Finally, for the ultimate in accuracy, should I really be looking at
electrostatic headphones?
Ummm, chych, he sorta ask.......
post #7 of 20
Quote:
Originally posted by darkclouds
check out the K1000.
I'll second that
post #8 of 20
Quote:
Originally posted by chych


That's not dynamic, dork ;p
Hmmmmmmmm...

Quote:
Originally posted by jock
Finally, for the ultimate in accuracy, should I really be looking at
electrostatic headphones?
Read closer next time?

Idjit.
post #9 of 20
The Grado HP-1
post #10 of 20
Gotta mention Etymotic ER4S.

Etymotic are incredibly detailed, highly accurate, very revealing phones that work well with almost all types of music. As long as you can deal with having something IN your ear and can get a good seal, they are exceptional headphones.

Bruce
post #11 of 20
a third vote for K1000. And you get to think about what kind of amp you want too!
post #12 of 20
R10! (even though I haven't heard it)

Or Etymotics... (vert: Why the 4B?)

Then again I haven't heard the HP1 either, so add that one to the list.
post #13 of 20
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Originally posted by eric343
(vert: Why the 4B?)
Because he said he wanted uncoloured/neutral/accurate?
post #14 of 20
But isn't the 4B less colored only for binaural recordings?
post #15 of 20
No, it inherently has a tonal response closer to neutral than the other Etymotics (audibly speaking, not measured). I'm not bothering to go into much detail because this isn't something people would believe me on until they have heard all three like I have. Unfortunately the way Headroom advertises the 4B makes it rather tough to get up the confidence to do that I suppose.
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