Aesthetically, I think the Koss stats are a tough sell.
I know - it should be about the sonics - but I'll take the one with the model in them. This is what the kids really want -
From what I've read of your impressions the Koss cans sound bass-light. I'm not sure they would perform as well as others in this price range (LCD-2, HE-500, HD-650) for Rock, Pop, and Electronica.
Or am I totally wrong in this claim?
Anyways, keep the ideas coming!
I was citing from the USA Clash of the Titans post. I did not know it was all relative to the RS-1. I will seriously consider them if they have more bass the senns. It's good to know they are bass neutral; I'm looking for a rather neutral sound signature.
Somebody please correct me if I'm wrong, but only a few years ago one of the "top of the line" headphones from Beyer was the 990, and doesn't it meet that very description?
If you already have a decent speaker amp/receiver (particularly with unused 2nd room taps), get an HE-6 and hook it up to the speaker taps. It's one of the best headphones at any price and will consume your entire budget (exactly), but you'll be firmly in Summit-fi and never look back.
If your speaker amp puts out over 90 wpc, HiFiMAN also sells a customized resistor box for $99 called an HE-Adapter that will "protect amplifiers and headphones when using a speaker amplifier to drive HE-6". Even if your amp is more modest, the adapter would simplify the hookup and eliminate the need for a speaker tap adapter cable. But the first time I hooked my HE-6 to speaker taps, I just chopped up the SE adapter that came with it (the HE-6 is one of the very few headphones that come with a 4-pin XLR plug stock, much like the AKG K1000; it's like a clue that they need speaker amp power).
I rotate between four Summit-fi headphones and the HE-6 is the one that seems to stay on my head the longest. There's a couple of good threads on it and it's amplification requirements, which are quite unusual. I drive mine with a ~$175 45 wpc SS speaker amp and a $2k tube preamp, but the HE-6 sounds great without the preamp as well, straight out of the RA150.
Hey guys, there's a lot of great recommendations in here.
I have made my 'summit-fi' purchase. I went with a Hifiman HE-500 and a Audio-gd NFB-10SE for the dac/amp. I absolutely LOVE my setup! It sounds superior to any of the headphones I've had previously. The detail is incredible and I'm loving the balanced sound. I recommend it to anyone else with a budget in the $1000-1300 range.
Keep the recommendations coming because I'm sure there are more people looking to get into HiFi headphones at around this price range. Thanks for your help guys!