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So this is a random thought I had this morning, and figured other headphone geeks could jump into making the list up. I'm trying to think of the rarest production headphones ever (so all of you with your beautiful Headphile/Lawton one-offs, that doesn't count tongue.gif), especially in light of the current range of limited production models available (W3000, Ed10, and TH900).

The best I could come up with was the ATH-W11R, which I've heard were limited to 800 units. The Edition 7 was limited to 999 units, so that's the second best I've got.

Anyone else? (You can define "rare" however you want - low production volume is just what struck me).
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Some of the early Stax part of the Lambda family are pretty rare. I've read that there only few hundred made for the first in the Stax family. Apparently the L3000 "leather or limited edition" are pretty rare and expensive.

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Weren't there only 50 Green L3000's?  

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The Yamaha HP-1000 has rarely been seen in the wild. 

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Yamaha YH-5m smily_headphones1.gif
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P.W.B. Dyna-X orthodynamics


Edited by nick n - 5/16/12 at 12:28am
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Originally Posted by Radio_head View Post

Weren't there only 50 Green L3000's?  

 

Yup. That is, to my knowledge, one of the rarest headphones of all time.

 

One changed hands in Hong Kong for well over the cost of a Sennheiser Orpheus.

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The value difference between the rare and the obscure is interesting. 

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Yup. That is, to my knowledge, one of the rarest headphones of all time.

 

One changed hands in Hong Kong for well over the cost of a Sennheiser Orpheus.

 

Damn, should've grabbed a pair when I had the chance even though I hated the fugly Aston Martin British racing green color.

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There was a green colored L3000? Sheesh must've been ugly as. Questionable thing is the sound.

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There was a green colored L3000? Sheesh must've been ugly as. Questionable thing is the sound.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/514705/ath-l3000-no-love-for-this-headphone

 

Hmm seem's like they weren't any good.

 

Oh well.

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http://www.head-fi.org/t/514705/ath-l3000-no-love-for-this-headphone

 

Hmm seem's like they weren't any good.

 

Oh well.

 

You can't determine the prevailing attitude toward a particular headphone, much less whether said headphone is genuinely good or not, by reading a single thread. The green L3000 is sonically just like the brown L3000, the difference being purely cosmetic. The L3000 itself actually has quite a few admirers here on the forums, some of whom feel it's one of the best headphones one can get for genres like rock and metal.

 

Personally I went through a period of loving it, but these days I don't really care for it because it's not my type of coloration. It lends itself more toward certain genres over others, and whether you like it is going to depend on whether you like that coloration.

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There are as far as we know, no remaining examples of the Plasmasonic Ion Drive headphone.

 

A production model. Of which 0 exist. It's kinda cheating, but it doesn't get much rarer than that.

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