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Best Pairing of Headphones to Song in your collection

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List the best pairing of headphones to song/album.  

When you want to show off how great your headphones are, what song do you play for your friends? 

Please do NOT list genres...too nebulous.  want specifics.



I'll start:



Rush - Tom Sawyer

Annie Lennox - Little Bird (Utah Saints Version)


Beyer DT990 Pro 250Ohm:

Michael Jackson - Thriller

The Who - Behind Blue Eyes


Sennheiser HD650:

Prince - Purple Rain

Journey - Faithfully

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Hrm, might be a bit long if I listed everything...

Some stuff that comes to mind offhand:

Koss ESP/950:
Robyn & Kleerup - With Every Heartbeat (Tong & Spoon Wonderland Remix) [from The Annual 2008]
Blue Scholars - Bayani
The Beatles - Come Together
Eric Prydz - Call On Me (JJ Stockholm Remix)
Robbie Robertson - Unbound
Armin Van Buuren ft Audrey Gallagher - Hold On To Me

Grado RS-1i:
Foreigner - Urgent
Skynyrd - Double Trouble, I Ain't The One
MGMT - Electric Feel
Star Wars Main Title Music (and most of the rest of the Star Wars suite)
Mobb Deep - Survival of the Fittest, Q.U. -- Hectic (basically The Infamous in general sounds great though - for some reason I've always liked Mobb Deep and Grados more broadly)

Ultrasone PRO2900:
Daft Punk - Da Funk, Solar Sailer (Pretty Lights Remix)
Nero - Innocence
Lange ft Sarah Howells - Out of the Sky (Kyau & Albert Remix) [from ASOT2008]
3Oh!3 - Rich Man
Why? - The Vowels Pt. 2
Zombie Nation - Kernkraft 400 (DJ Gius Remix)

Sony MDR-F1:
Orbital - Halcyon & On & On
FSoL - Papua New Guinea (12" Original), Cascade
Daft Punk - Aerodynamic
Robert Miles - Children
Nina Simone - Sinner Man

Denon AH-C751:
Santana - Put Your Lights On (ft Everlast)
Lupe Fiasco - The Emperor's Soundtrack
Michael Jackson - Unbreakable
Staind - Zoe Jane

Audio Technica ATH-ESW9:
Rex Mundi ft Susana - Nothing At All
Girls' Generation - Run Devil Run, Genie
Velvet Acid Christ - Hypersphere
ATC - Around The World

And honorable mentioned:

Koss ESP/10:
Johnny Cash - Hurt
NIN - The Day The World Went Away
Moby - Extreme Ways

I also think the Sony MDR-SA5000 were designed exclusively for Michael Jackson's music, and that the Ultrasone HFI-2400 are fantastic with stuff like The Used, GLU, Nirvana, and No Doubt.

The broader themes are, if you're trying to keep up:

I like the ESP/950 for trance and pop; the RS-1 for rock, hip hop, and orchestral; the PRO2900 for techno, electro, house, and dub; the MDR-F1 for airy fluff; the ESW9 for vocals and darker trance/techno; and the 751 with "easy listening" (for lack of a better word). This doesn't mean I exclusively preference one headphone over another for those genres though. I'm pretty eclectic in my tastes, which spreads to what headphones I pick when I want to listen to music.
Edited by obobskivich - 9/27/12 at 11:27pm
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obobs, you listen to 3Oh!3? 

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