So, as many of you know and are discussing, quite a few of the big name - and small name - brands are releasing $200 - $600 closed portable headphones. What's more, is they've all launched within the past 3.5 months, or are launching within the next two weeks. (Based on current info) So - seeing as this rarely ever happens in a higher-up category of headphones like this, we need to manage & compare this large influx of possible winners, and decide what headphone is best for what use, and which should not be talked about ever again - ever.
For Clarification: For the purpose of this thread, Mid-Fi is considered any $200 - $600 headphone where the sound quality is considered good or great for the price paid.
Sub-$200 cans may be Mid-Fi if SQ is high enough, and $600+ cans may be Mid-Fi if SQ is low enough. It all depends on the value.
Through the use of this thread, and the active & helpful users of Head-Fi, I'd like this thread to the center of discussion and comparison between all of these exciting new headphones, so that it will be easier for both veterans of the site and 'noobs' to find what they need within this price bracket. Knowing that there are simply too many headphones coming out in this wave for one person to give an opinion on...
...I'd like everyone who comes into possession of any one or more of the headphones below to come forward and:
Give impressions, images, reviews..
... answer questions, provide support..
... and overall - just be an awesome head-fi'er.
These have been released or will be released within the past 3.5 months or next 2 weeks. All are closed headphones with at least a minimum focus on portability.
(There will be no more additions to this thread or poll - other headphones can be mentioned in posts, but I will not be updating this post again. Thank you for those who contributed to this final list.)
AKG K167 Tiesto
AKG K267 Tiesto
From Audio Technica:
Audio Technica ATH-WS99
Ultimate Ears 6000 (W) & 9000 (W+BT)
PSB M4U 1 & 2
YAMAHA Pro Series (400/500)
>HOW TO USE THE POLL<
Poll closed until all headphones have begun shipping. (Estimated: Mid December)
Edited by BRSxIgnition - 12/17/12 at 8:59am
The purpose of the poll should be clear from the question, but for those who do not know what to vote for, just know that it's a very broad poll, to show which headphone generates the most sales based on reviews, listening sessions, word of mouth, and more Please use the thread for interest, and the poll for actual sales and demos..
DO NOT Check a headphone on the poll if...
... that headphone is high on your "to buy" list.
... that headphone "sound" great in other opinions - aka: from reading the reviews on it. (FWYR)
Use the comments for this!
DO Check a headphone on the poll if...
... that headphone sounds great in your opinion from your own personal listening. (FWYH)
... or you have bought and/or enjoyed that headphone.
Checking multiple headphones is allowed, so vote for any that fit the above definitions.