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post #31 of 34

I want a pair of PS500 so bad that I can't stand it....I keep checking the Buy\Sell\Trade forums here, but it is very rare for them to show up......eventually I will get them.

post #32 of 34

The PS500 was the headphone I used while testing out new DAC/Amp combos as that was the direction I planned to go when I upgrade shortly after 10 years of MS1 use.  I had never heard of it before auditioning it, and was blown away.  Then again I also haven't heard all that many truly high end phones in that $600 range.  I just stuck to Grado in my testing and liked it more than the RS1.  

 

But after bumming around Head-Fi I have noticed there is a lot of other competitors in the same "short of TOTL" price range that get a lot more love on here.  I mean there's almost 100 pages of discussion related to the Beyer T90!  Am I being obtuse by just sticking to the Grado sound, or should I be expanding my search to attempt to listen to some other makes (I live in a small town, but travel frequently to a much larger one)?  Has anyone had a chance to compare the PS500 and T90 directly?

post #33 of 34
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Originally Posted by DMOS View Post
 

The PS500 was the headphone I used while testing out new DAC/Amp combos as that was the direction I planned to go when I upgrade shortly after 10 years of MS1 use.  I had never heard of it before auditioning it, and was blown away.  Then again I also haven't heard all that many truly high end phones in that $600 range.  I just stuck to Grado in my testing and liked it more than the RS1.  

 

But after bumming around Head-Fi I have noticed there is a lot of other competitors in the same "short of TOTL" price range that get a lot more love on here.  I mean there's almost 100 pages of discussion related to the Beyer T90!  Am I being obtuse by just sticking to the Grado sound, or should I be expanding my search to attempt to listen to some other makes (I live in a small town, but travel frequently to a much larger one)?  Has anyone had a chance to compare the PS500 and T90 directly?

I've not heard the T90 yet but have heard and owned my fair share and for the money the PS500 is easily the most fun and energetic open phone for the price while also being incredibly easy to pair with other gear. I've spent thousands building rigs around high-priced phones to get the most of my investment and bring out the best traits of a particular headphone or compensate for things I didn't care for about it. Even after the LCD3 and HD800 the PS500 is the only one I really miss and will re-purchase once I've taken care of some other pending issues. I will say that I don't really care for them for classical and the small soundstage is limiting for other music genres where the sense of space is important. That said, the front row seat to the music and vocalist in arms reach is a hair-raising experience and make the music just plain exciting. I would not call them neutral or even balanced but they are damn fun and very reminiscent of the PS-1 (previously my favorite phone). 

 

Now if I could have the PS500 sound in a closed back design with the comfort of the HD800 I'd probably never visit this forum again /game.

post #34 of 34
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Originally Posted by wakeride74 View Post
 

I've not heard the T90 yet but have heard and owned my fair share and for the money the PS500 is easily the most fun and energetic open phone for the price while also being incredibly easy to pair with other gear. I've spent thousands building rigs around high-priced phones to get the most of my investment and bring out the best traits of a particular headphone or compensate for things I didn't care for about it. Even after the LCD3 and HD800 the PS500 is the only one I really miss and will re-purchase once I've taken care of some other pending issues. I will say that I don't really care for them for classical and the small soundstage is limiting for other music genres where the sense of space is important. That said, the front row seat to the music and vocalist in arms reach is a hair-raising experience and make the music just plain exciting. I would not call them neutral or even balanced but they are damn fun and very reminiscent of the PS-1 (previously my favorite phone). 

 

Now if I could have the PS500 sound in a closed back design with the comfort of the HD800 I'd probably never visit this forum again /game.


What headphones do you recommend (within the same price range) for classical?

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