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post #31 of 60
I would recommend a grado, 325i/rs2/rs1. If you are really a big fan, I would recommend what Uncle Erik said, and save up for a RS1.
post #32 of 60
I can't really vote here since it will depend on your system. Well-driven, an HD650 kills everything else on this poll, but to get to that stage, you will be spending a lot of money on balanced drive and a balanced source. So, that puts it into world-class territory price-wise, but also it fortunately performs at a world-class level, easily mixing it up with O2s, HE90s, and the like. It may not be quite as good overall but it definitely has its own virtues.

Back in mere mortal territory, the K340, I think, would own anything on this list for Pink Floyd. There really is something magical about its midrange, which would make the vocals and guitars absolutely sing, while the detail and soundstage would really bring out the nuance in the recording. It's a fairly heavily colored headphone, but the coloration is very euphonic and would work well with the recording.

The trick is finding a pair that sounds good. Many bass-heavy pairs sound like more recessed DT770s, and you would want to avoid them like the plague. I've heard a few bass-light pairs (and own one terrific example) that sound more like an SR-404 with a proper midrange, and this is the headphone that I am referring to when I praise the K340. It's really quite something, though the fit is poor.
post #33 of 60
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Thanks for the help, everybody!

Sounds interesting. Does anybody second that? I understand that they are not very hard to be driven properly, are they? What is a fair price for them (in a good condition)?
post #34 of 60
Basing on heard facts about balanced HD650 I'd think it's very ideal for Pink Floyd. I too am a listener and while I enjoy PF very much with my modest SE rig, I just can't even imagine how good this beat's going to sound from a decent balanced source and good amplification.
post #35 of 60
'I can't really vote here since it will depend on your system. Well-driven, an HD650 kills everything else on this poll, but to get to that stage, you will be spending a lot of money on balanced drive and a balanced source. So, that puts it into world-class territory price-wise, but also it fortunately performs at a world-class level, easily mixing it up with O2s, HE90s, and the like. It may not be quite as good overall but it definitely has its own virtues.'

Hmm not quite sure if everyone agrees with that. For the price of a fully balanced setup hd650 there are alot of other things you could buy, can dynamic cans really cut it with the top of electrostatics? I'v never been a sennheiser guy, but I have never heard them balanced.
post #36 of 60
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Thanks for the link Ronnie. One question: what is your audio system for the Senns?
My portable rig is a 80gig Classic, Turbo LOD, and Headamp AE2. At home I just use a Pioneer Elite HTR (can't remember the model number as I have had it a couple of months) with a older model Sony DVD/SACD player. If it is vinyl then I use an old Onkyo reciever hooked up to a Dual 721 TT.

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What album do you prefer?
Afraid it will always be "Dark Side of the Moon" followed closely by "Animals"
post #37 of 60
How about what he's wearing:

post #38 of 60
Thread Starter 
If you're willing to sell me a pair of these for $350, why not? Otherwise this is a waste of your energy and a couple of bytes that could be used in a much better way.

If I were to stick to Senns, wouldn't it be a better idea to buy HD 600? I will stay in the "mere mortal territory," as catscratch nicely put it, for a long time, i.e. won't have a killer setup for them. In other words: are HD 600s less demanding or as much demanding as HD 650s but just different sounding?
post #39 of 60
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If you're willing to sell me a pair of these for $350, why not? Otherwise this is a waste of your energy and a couple of bytes that could be used in a much better way.
Lighten-up Francis!
post #40 of 60
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Hmm not quite sure if everyone agrees with that. For the price of a fully balanced setup hd650 there are alot of other things you could buy, can dynamic cans really cut it with the top of electrostatics? I'v never been a sennheiser guy, but I have never heard them balanced.
Yes. Or rather, the setup will have different virtues. I have an HD650 that is essentially balanced (running off a push-pull speaker amp) and an O2 setup. The HD650 is better in terms of bass extension, bass impact, and soundstage size, while the O2 is better when it comes to detail, tonal purity, harmonic richness, and speed. At the end of the day I prefer the O2 and I think it is the better setup, but the HD650 is almost on the same level, and is definitely less expensive. Remember, the O2 will not sound its best off Stax amps. It may still sound fairly good, but you need expensive boutique amps to get it running to its potential. Which puts it safely above a balanced HD650 price point, provided that you don't splurge on a massively expensive (and most likely massively overpriced) balanced amp (maxed-out SDS-XLR anyone?).

Well, I lie. Sort of. You could cheat and run the O2 off a transfomer box with a beefy speaker amp behind it, and while that won't be as transparent as a good dedicated amp, it will give the O2 enough power to open it up and not sound slow, and while it won't be cheap either it can be a lot cheaper than a dedicated good ES amp. You can guess what I'm doing

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If I were to stick to Senns, wouldn't it be a better idea to buy HD 600? I will stay in the "mere mortal territory," as catscratch nicely put it, for a long time, i.e. won't have a killer setup for them. In other words: are HD 600s less demanding or as much demanding as HD 650s but just different sounding?
They are less demanding, but still demanding. I've heard them sound quite nice off SE amps though, namely the Raptor. Interestingly, I don't think the Raptor is all that as an amp, it's massively overpriced and doesn't sound good with most other headphones. But, Ray voices his amps for the HD600, and it sounds quite good with it. You could probably do better though for less money, so you decide.

The HD650, with insufficient power, will sound sluggish and dark. The HD600 with insufficient power will sound grainy and wooly, but will still be relatively neutral.

I still think a good-sounding pair of K340s will be the way to go here. I had one, running off an old $200 tube amp, which sounded simply terrific with PF, Radiohead, Porcupine Tree, and the like. Better than the SR-404 out of the SRM-007t, which is by itself a pretty capable system.
post #41 of 60
Hi, any reason why Audio-Technica is not in the poll?
IMO you're not considering one of the most magical, greatest sounding headphones ever manufactured.
post #42 of 60
at first i thought this poll was asking for the best headphone for pink noise haha, i guess pink floyd sounds a little bit different
post #43 of 60
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at first i thought this poll was asking for the best headphone for pink noise haha, i guess pink floyd sounds a little bit different
Hahahh THX for the laugh! Yeah..they are a little bit different
post #44 of 60
Of the 3 I've heard, (K701, HD650, MS2i), I liked the HD650's best... but they were recabled opposed to the other two.
post #45 of 60
Out of the phones I've heard, I'd rather hear floyd out of Grado 225's or Ultrasone 750's, or both depending on the specific tracks.
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