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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Stumbled on this article the other day. Sharing as food for thought, I've heard half of these and would disagree with the listing. Still always fun to argue these things.


10.Beyerdynamic Tesla T5p Price: $1,400

9.  Denon AH-D7100 Price: $1,200

8. Sennheiser HD 800 Price: $1,500

7. AUDEZE LCD3   Price: $1,950

6. Audio-Technica ATH-W3000ANV Anniversary Series  Price: $1,030

5. Ultrasone Signature Pro  Price: $1,300

4. Stax SR-009 Price: $5,200

3. HiFiMAN HE-6  Price: $1,300

2. Grado PS1000  Price: $1,700

1. Fostex TH900 Dynamic  Price: $2,300






Most audiophiles compare the purchase of $1,000 headphones to that of a luxury car. As you should. Like an high-end automobile, you’re dropping stacks on the gorgeous styling, powerful performance, and advanced technology. Sure, the market offers some powerful bass blasters courtesy of Beats By Dre and Bowers & Wilkins, but to experience the authentic audio reproduction of an original recording, a series investment should be made in high-end sound cans. They don't come cheap, but as the saying goes: You get what you pay for. So if you seek that studio-like presentation, keep your ears tuned into 10 Best Headphones Over $1,000.
post #2 of 10

Thanks for the link. Interesting read. I think I was paying more attention to the pictures though. rolleyes.gif


Not sure what's more surprising; the SR-009 not ranking higher or the D7100 being mentioned at all (assuming it sounds anything like the D600).

post #3 of 10
Yeah, I'd also disagree with quite a bit of that. Seems the reviewer really likes a colored presentation over accuracy.

I've heard three of those headphones hd800, lcd3 and ps1000. I've also had the sr-007. The fact the 007 isn't even in the list is a bit of a joke. That the ps1000 ranks do highly also makes me doubt the critical listening ability of the reviewer.

I've also seen some ghastly measurements and poor impressions of the t5p and the new d7100 but can't say much about them as I have never heard them.
post #4 of 10

Come on then - give us your list :)


having not heard any of them 


  1. Stax Sr-009
  2. Sennheiser Orpheus
  3. Stax ..
  4. stax 
  5. stax 
  6. Sony R10
  7. TH900 
  8. ATH W3000
  9. HE-6


hows that for a blind guess ?

post #5 of 10
the t5p shouldn't even be up there... ESPECIALLY not over others like the sr007 or T1 >.>
post #6 of 10

Funny list.

post #7 of 10

Just made my day

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
Come on then - give us your list :)



Of the ones I've heard:



1.Beyerdynamic Tesla T1 (not on ComplexTech's list)

2.Sennheiser HD 800 

3. HiFiMAN HE-6  

4. AUDEZE LCD2 (Not on ComplexTech's list)

5. Audio-Technica ATH-W3000ANV Anniversary Series  




The only headphones from that list that I want, and would think could replace my number 1 are the Fostex TH900, but funds for headphones are spent for now. 

post #9 of 10
My current list would be like:
1. LCD3
2. HD800
3. HE-6
4. LCD2
5. T1
6. PS1000
7. T5p

That's only from what I've heard and not all of them are from the same source/amp
post #10 of 10

Interesting how 1/2 of them are CLOSED headphones.

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