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Next best heaphones to HD 800 using a NuForce icon HDP

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My (classical) music loving friend is hard to move on spending his hard earned $.  He has a very nice Rotel CDP which I've listened to using a Benchmark DAC1 & HD 800 headphones so can verify it is good quality audio coming out.

 

However he baulks at spending too much but I think I've persuaded him to replace his old DAC with a NuForce icon HDP.  First hurdle over.  But I doubt I can talk him into HD 800's and they would most likely be overkill coupled to a HDP anyway.

 

So the question is which less expensive headphones would you recommend he buy?

 

TIA

 

John

post #2 of 6

LCD-2

 

HE-500

 

HD 650

 

DT-880 600ohm

 

Grado RS-1

 

Denon D7000

 

Audio Technica W1000x

 

All of those are splendid and each headphone has it's share of rabid fans who will go down defending 'em!

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LCD-2

 

HE-500

 

HD 650

 

DT-880 600ohm

 

Grado RS-1

 

Denon D7000

 

Audio Technica W1000x

 

All of those are splendid and each headphone has it's share of rabid fans who will go down defending 'em!




Thanks Chris.  Would you have a personal favourite, particularly for classical music? Note my friend is in his 70's and his hearing is not as pristine as once so the upper range past 8K is unimportant.

 

John

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Thanks Chris.  Would you have a personal favourite, particularly for classical music? Note my friend is in his 70's and his hearing is not as pristine as once so the upper range past 8K is unimportant.

 

John


 

Grado, for sure... but the problem is the HDP is overkill as an amp (the source part is good though).

 

 

They have bright treble and warmer mids (slightly more lush than what is considered neutral) which are great for our older generations because the more prominent treble makes more detail come forward than something with recessed highs, like say an HD650 which is great and all. The HD800 in theory should be more of the same since it's more of an analytical headphone from what I've extensively read compared to the other ultra-mega-flagships (I haven't heard them before however)

 

Then again, my absolute budget on headphones are like $400, I've rarely been given opportunities to hear much over that, but I liked the LCD-2, but they're rather heavy when youre used to plastic, wood, and aluminum headphones from Grado lol... very beautiful headphone though, the pictures make it look tacky, but it's very tasteful in person...

 

 

 

post #5 of 6

+1 vote for the AT W1000X - Cheaper than the LCD-2 by a good margin, bass-less in comparison to the LCD-2

but excellent for classical treble, occasionally sings a harsh note here and there in that very syrupy AT manner

but it will probably be hardly a problem with a 70year old pair of ears smily_headphones1.gif

 

If he's happy to make the trip over to Melbourne for the day then George at addictedtoaudio.com.au

will gladly help him with an audition with any of those headphones bar the Grado range. He drives

a good price too.

 

(The prices on the site are often out-dated ring for the latest day to day import price)

 

 


Edited by Gwarmi - 9/25/11 at 9:43pm
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I can attest that the HDPs do produce a bit of brightness.

Paired with my HD600s it's great at every genre I have thrown at it.

 

For a good review:

 

http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/nuforce14/hdp.html

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