Originally Posted by MaZa
I dont think midfi greats like DT880, K701 and HD650 and such is what thread started had in mind.
In current line of Grados they dont have "The King" (even though GS1000 is priced as one) headphone cuz they are way too specialty-type in sound IMHO, but old Joe Grado era HP1000 belongs up there AFAIK.
They may not have the "King" status here on headfi where the majority use ipods and pc's as a source, but every professional review I've read has put them up with the best ever. They have compared them to the R10 (which is several times more expensive) and in at least 1 review, they preferred them to the R10. I definately prefer them to the R10, but I would put the HE-90 and O2 above the GS-1000.
The GS-1000 is new (not many owners yet) and they are still in production. As soon as they are discontinued, they will probably be legendary as that seems to be the case with all headphones. The HP-1000 was modestly priced and no one was screaming that they were an amazing deal. The same with the K-1000.
Who started the best ever headphone thread
- there have been plenty of these and everyone seems to have different "bests", so it's an impossible question to answer.
My favorite of all time would be the K-1000 - I prefer it to the O2 and HE-90 and every other phone (obviously)
But I'd say the general consensus if that the HE-90 is hailed "King" by the majority - and for good reason. Its flat out amazing across the board.