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Best "audiophile" on-ear headphone

post #1 of 24
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I'm looking for a pair of top-end closed-back on-ear headphones to replace my Sennheiser HD25's.

 

- They must sound *very* good. Certainly better than the HD25's. I like a wider soundstage and a more balanced sound than the HD25's.

- Price doesn't matter, although I like a good price/quality ratio :)

- Back must be closed, because of the minimum amount of sound leak.

 

I've found some headphones, but I'm not sure if these are much better than my HD25's:

 

- Audio Technica EW9

- Audio Technica EW10 (not sure if these are worth the price?)

- Audio Technica M50 (although I like the size of the EW-line better)

- Beyerdynamic T50P (these get mixed reviews)

 

I hope someone can help me out :)


Edited by Moody - 8/15/10 at 7:20am
post #2 of 24

Tricky, the HD25 has quite a reputation...

 

Do you consider orthodynamics to be an option?

post #3 of 24
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Tricky, the HD25 has quite a reputation...

 

Do you consider orthodynamics to be an option?


There is less wrong with the HD25, but I can sell them very good and I just consider my options for a better pair.

 

 

Orthodynamics are not quite an option, I'm more in for some "easy" phones.

post #4 of 24

HD414? If there is one Sennheiser for the Sennheiser lovers... Besides it is on ears.

post #5 of 24
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HD414? If there is one Sennheiser for the Sennheiser lovers... Besides it is on ears.


You need an amp for that one. I really want to plug them directly in my MBP.

post #6 of 24

Do you have the HD 25-1 II or the HD 25-SP II?

 

 

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I'm looking for a pair of top-end closed-back on-ear headphones to replace my Sennheiser HD25's.

post #7 of 24
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HD25-1 I (the expensive one, but the first version)

 

Again, those are great phones, but I'm spoiled with my SM3's (portable listening) and Beyer T1's (hifi listening), so I was wondering if the "ultimate" on-ear exist :)

post #8 of 24

I think ESW10, EW10 are very highend closed headphone and they been compared to JH13Pro.


Edited by ZARIM - 8/15/10 at 1:56pm
post #9 of 24
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I think ESW10, EW10 are very highend closed headphone and they been compared to JH13Pro.


They are on my list for that reason.

The question is: Are they $250 better than the EW9's?

post #10 of 24

If price doesn't matter, why not the Edition 8?

post #11 of 24
Thread Starter 

 

I will read some reviews of these. Thanks :)

 

Not sure if they are completely on-ear. They seem a bit large.

post #12 of 24

ESW10s aren't a massive improvement over ESW9s, I would recommend either of them however.

post #13 of 24
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post #14 of 24

 

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I will read some reviews of these. Thanks :)

 

Not sure if they are completely on-ear. They seem a bit large.


Sorry, I did not catch that in your original post. The Edition 8 are circumaural, although they are not large by any means.

post #15 of 24
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Thanks, but I really like to have a headphone like the HD25-1, which sits on the ears. Because I often wear them 3-4 hours a day, they must not be too "earstrophobic".

 

I'm leaning towards the EW9 and ES10 at the moment, but not sure if they are better than the HD25-1's (sound quality wise)

 

Now I'm thinking about getting an open design (like Grado RS1i/RS2i or Alessandro MS-Pro) and use my HD25's when I doesn't want to disturb anyone.


Edited by Moody - 8/17/10 at 12:38am
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