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**RUMAY408**
Solid work, obviously the high end Stax and everyones favorite $25,000 HP "The Orpheus" are outliers due to rarity and cost. The individual rankings would be of great interest to me.

Given the age of the thread the newer high end models ex. OPPO etc need to be on this thread.

I did a preliminary analysis on the first 1,000 rankings. In that smaller sample, only 12 headphone models appeared in my threshold criterion of having at least 10 folks rank them (in my 2,000 data set, that number becomes 37, as stated above).

For that smaller set, here are the individual rankings for each of those 12 headphones:

- One colored row for each of the 12 headphones, with the headphone of interest indicated in a gray horizontal box for each list;
- Longer rows (e.g. first row) have more user rank order lists than short rows (e.g. next-to-last row)
- Each vertical list within each row is the list of somebody who expressed a ranking of the headphone of that row;
- The headphone that is described in each row is shown in the colored box, along with an average score of its position across all rankings of these 12 headphone models and giving a price (or sometimes, two: manufacturer's site / Amazon.com site);
- For each user list within a row, the headphone of that row appears in the same vertical position and is connected across the user ranking lists by a gray box
- Clearly, you need to click on the image to be able to read it!:

Here's another way to look at comparisons of each of the 12 most-frequency-ranked headphones' ranking to each of the remaining headphones... a simplified way of showing the information detailed in my figure above.

In this matrix, each headphone appears as the label of both a column and a row. At each intersection BELOW the black boxes forming a diagonal, each dot at a row-column intersection indicates how many times the headphone that is the COLUMN heading was ranked ABOVE the headphone that is the ROW heading (this is the BLUE section). For example, the LCD-2.2 was ranked by four people as higher than the HE-500 (red box at lower left points to this).

Similarly, for each intersection ABOVE the black-box diagonal (the yellow section), each dot shows an instance of the headphone labeling the ROW as being ranked above the headphone labeling the column. For example, using the second red pointer-box, one person ranked the HE-500 above the LCD-2.2.

So for example, no one ranked any headphone (of these 12) above the HD 800, so the HD 800 column has all the dots and the HD 800 row has no dots.

Exercise for the student... which headphone is ranked overall higher, the HD 650 or the HD 600? Explain.

**Each dot indicates one time that the headphone type at the top** **of the**

**column was ranked above another headphone at the left of a row** **(click**

**to enlarge).**

I expect to have a 37 x 37 version of the matrix above from the full 2,000-comparison data set, so one can choose a headphone in a row, go over to another headphone in a column, and at the intersecting cell, see what fraction of the multiple rankings placed the row model above the column model.