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What headphones offer the best midrange?

post #1 of 62
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The aspect of music I enjoy the most, is a liquid midrange where voices are presented with weight and are not thin sounding. If they are a little forward, that would be great. I would rather it be forward than distant.

I also don't like my highs to be bright at all.

I am looking in the $200-500 range.

Right now, I don't have an amp, but would purchase one later once I found my headphones, to find one with the right synergy. For the time being, I would be using my Harman Kardon receiver's headphone out.

Thanks in advance
Greg
post #2 of 62
If you want a full sound and don't like your highs to be bright at all, the HD650 is for you.
post #3 of 62
Easy answer - k340 - then have them modded via Larry..........otherwise - look to W5000 or above Audiotechnicas........or Denon D5000.
post #4 of 62
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Originally Posted by GregBe View Post
The aspect of music I enjoy the most, is a liquid midrange where voices are presented with weight and are not thin sounding. If they are a little forward, that would be great. I would rather it be forward than distant.

I also don't like my highs to be bright at all.

I am looking in the $200-500 range.

Right now, I don't have an amp, but would purchase one later once I found my headphones, to find one with the right synergy. For the time being, I would be using my Harman Kardon receiver's headphone out.

Thanks in advance
Greg
Well, normally the second someone mentions "midrange" in a recommendation thread, posts will follow suggesting Grado's, and specifically the RS-2's for your given price range, but your hatred of bright high frequencies somewhat nulls that advice. They're worth an audition at least, but if their faults don't make up for their gains to you then maybe Alessandro is worth a look, which offers most of the benefits of Grado's in a slightly less peaky package.
post #5 of 62
Given his source, and what he will use to drive the phones will not be enough to get even close to taking advantage of HD650s, or K340s.

My suggestion would be Alessandro MS-2is with Flat pads.
post #6 of 62
greg...before i recommend anything...care to share your thoughts on the v3 darth's? what about them suits or does not suit your tastes? that might give people a better idea of what you're looking for in your next pair of cans.
post #7 of 62
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What headphones offer the best midrange?
IMO electrostatics
post #8 of 62
Sennheiser HD580 + nice amp
post #9 of 62
electrostatics, electrets, isodynamics, really anything planar.
post #10 of 62
2-5 hundred bucks?

Stax 2020/2050. Or Nikongod is selling a Koss ESP950 atm. Within your budget a set of 'stats is the best option imho. Unless the Grado sound floats your boat particularly.

If you want to look on the dynamic front to run from your Harmon Kardon, the K340 and the HD6x0 are going to sound bloated and lifeless because of the volts that they demand to get going. An HD595 would be much better driven from the H-K. So would a lower Ohm Beyerdynamic DT-770/880/990, an Ergo 2 or a Goldring DR150.

Generally once your spending that much on a pair of headphones, you are pretty much guaranteed a good sound all round, including the midrange. As budget goes up it becomes, to a larger extent, less about individual performance differences and more about the overall tone and sound of the headphone, and about what tone you, individually find to be your favourite. Thats why a Grado or an Electrostatic might be a risk. Because you might end up hating the particular sound type that they have.
post #11 of 62
The HD650 would be nice... if it were not for the fact that it's midrange is the most veiled frequency range of the sound.

Not looking to start an argument, this is just how I feel. There is a reason people call the HD650s veiled. People seem to think it's just sennheiser-hating. NO. There's also a reason grados are called bright and ATs are called colored.
post #12 of 62
Harmon Kardon receivers have excellent headphone outs. There is no doubt it will drive the HD650s just fine, although the quality of the imaging will not be as good as an expensive headphone amplifier.
post #13 of 62
EH350 offers the best midrange for any headphone <$200. It severly lacks bass though--needs a good bass EQ to boot.
post #14 of 62
K701! Nuff said!
post #15 of 62
a lush, liquid midrange with a wide soundstage? the K701 for sure, especially with a tube amp. The Denon D2000 has a faster and more neutral midrange, though.
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