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http://www.ratsound.com/cblog/archives/369-The-Mighty-Headphone-Quest-Part-7.html

 

scroll down once you open the page...also links to youtube videos of him conducting the testing...

 

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He's searching for a replacement to his Sony CD3000s and here are his conclusions so far based on his testing...

 

Model Disqualifier Listening notes Comments Status
AKG 271 MKII Low Volume   Still Waiting Arrival Out
Allen & Heath XONE XD-53 Not Arrived HF- Still Waiting Arrival Out
Apple iPod ear buds Ear buds ULF, LF--, Bye bye, ear buds Out
Audio Technica ATH W5000 Response ULF-, HF-, UHF- Smiley Curve Out
Audio Technica ATH AD700 Open Ear H-, UHF- Clear, Very Flat Out
Audio Technica PRO700 Response LF++, HM-, H- Bass heavy, powerful Out
Beyer DT770 Not Arrived ULF-, UHF+ Tonally Close  
Denon AH-D2000   HF- Tonally Close Round 3
Denon AH-D5000 Not Arrived      
Equation Audio RP-21 None yet Smooth, HM-, UHF+ Removable straight cable Round 2 but demo ended
Equation Audio RP-22X Response Smooth, LF++ Removable coily cable, Out
Grado SR60i Open ear ULF--, LF-, HF+ Low end light Out
Koss ESP-950 Open ear ULF- Tonally Close, no isolation Out
Koss MV1 Response MID++ Cool no tangle coily cable Voice optimized
Koss Portapro Open Ear LF+ Sound great!, small open ear Bye Bye, open ear
Koss Pro4AAT Response ULF-, HF-, UHF-- Cool no tangle coily cable Speech optimized
Pickering OA-3 Vintage low-fi Yuck! Never a contender ouch!
Sennheiser HD 25-1 II On ear   Tonally close Round 3
Sennheiser HD 280 Pro   HF- Tonally close, a bit dark Back in, Round 3
Sennheiser HD 380 Pro Response HM--, HI- Very smooth, LF clear Hi-Fi but dull HF
Shure SRH-840   LF++, UHF- Removable cable Round 2.5
Sony MDR-7506 Round 2 ULF-, UHF- Tonally close, lacks ULF, UHF Out
Sony MDR-7509HD None yet ULF-, M+, H-, UHF- Midrange heavy, Smiley curve Out
Sony MDR-90 On ear ULF- Tonally close, discontinued Out
Sony MDR-CD3000 Discontinued Ref Ref  
Sony MDR-V6 Round 2 ULF-, UHF- Tonally close, Lack ULF, UHF Out
Sony MDR-V600 None yet ULF-, UHF- Tonally close, harsh Out
Sony MDR-XB700 Response ULF++, LM+, UHF- Too much LF Out
Ultrasone HFI-450 Response L+, M-, H- Low heavy Out
Ultrasone HFI-680   Smooth Tonally Close  
Ultrasone HFI-780 Response UL+, H- Midrange below spec Out
Ultrasone PRO 900 Response UL+, LM-, M-, HM- Removable cable, Lacks mid Smiley Curve
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