i havent heard any electrostatics but my vote goes for the orthos
ive tried the he500, he6, and hd800 and for me electronic suited the hifimans better
havent heard the audeze though
STAX, should be out of the question for the OP. He has stated that the LCD-3s are out of his price range, so STAX would be completely out of it. I also would recommend the LCD-2 Rev. 2 for your tastes in music and what you are looking for. Another plus side to them are they're not that hard to drive, so any amp you get will more than likely be able to power them to their full potential. I own both LCD-2 Rev. 2 and HE-500 and even though I have both and love both, I still find myself reaching for the Audezes a lot more. If you love mids and vocals, you can't go wrong with the LCD-2s. Also, to comment on the Denons they shouldn't even be in your consideration. All these other headphones mentioned are much better at detail and after hearing the AH-D5000 I wasn't impressed with their overall sound after hearing my two babies. One thing I should point out is that the higher up you go, typically the more sensitive headphones are to source. I'm not sure what you are going to be feeding your headphones and amp, but basically most of these headphones are crap-in crap-out. I will say that I believe that the LCD-2s are more forgiving than most of these other options.
Only electrostats that should be considered! Go big or go home.
But yea, that is true you could look into electrostats, but the rig that he will need to build around those phones will cost him a pretty penny. And I agree, the poll is a completely counter to what has been said thus far. Honestly, one thing I have found about poll threads in general are that people will vote for what they "believe" is the right answer because they read or heard that something is the best overall. It's a shame that most of the time you are getting people vote that haven't even heard the headphone, which is lame. Anyways, rant aside, I agree with obob that if it is possible to audition some to all of these suggestions it would be ideal. Any of these headphones are a big investment and only you can decide what sound/characteristics you want/need.
yep the Koss Stats also have the lifetime warranty. and have certainly had that # 950 model around for a while.
They are often had for the same price as that new Portable setup too.
It's not got to cost a fortune really.
Any decent integrated amp or receiver ( the OP HAS ONE )can deliver the goods , and my only reason for posting them was his insistence on detail at low levels.
Though all of that aside, between a choice of an Iso/orthodynamic vs a Dynamic as per the voting list, I would get the Iso/ortho assuming it fit all my needs, and MAKE it fit those needs :)
The original poster definitely has to answer the isolation ( open vs closed ) aspect, if that is important or not.
Heh, there seems to be a massive "german" army that just keep voting everywhere their phones are mentioned... I can only hope the OP is not going to choose one or another since there are much better choices for his music.
Electrostatic phones are most probably great but I am not sure whether they can provide the DEEP bass and FULL mids of orthos. Another thing is that it's more costy to purchase a suitable amplifier for them... There are tons of options for dynamic headphones, not so much for stats.
He can just get LCD-2/HE-500 with affordable amp/DAC like O2/ODAC or some Schiit stuff and be done with that. Or HE-6 with a speaker amp.
I haven't listened to any of the electrostatic phones, but of the ones on the poll, I'd still say the HD 800 fits the criteria the best to be honest. They might not pull off jazz as well as the LCD-2's, but they do it at least as well as the HE-500's, and the detail+imaging is certainly better than both, so I think it's still justified given the options in the poll and what the original poster said he/she wanted... The only thing the HD800 might lack in is 'warmth', but it's not exactly much 'colder' than the HE-500's either. That being said, they do sound like crap without a good ~30hr break-in period.
Getting a older Lambda and a more aggressive dynamic to pair with it is a good compromise IMO. Something like a Grados will contrast very well and gives a different experience. As much as 009 is excellent as it is, listening to the same sound for months and years is not what I find enjoyable.
Doing this will also gives you a better idea of the wide range of possible sound out there, going broke for the first and last pair of headphone you will ever buy seems to cut the journey short.
Yes, both sound teriffic and should be ideal for the op, the HE500 seem a bit more balanced from top to bottom and have a bit more air and are very smooth. The LCD2's have such an engaging deep sound, very cohesive and natural. But the clamp pressure can be annoying for some.
I've read your full thread... it has helped me.
funkydandy ... you know that the King of kings is known to be the Stax 009 and Audeze LCD-3, each one of them dominate some areas of the audio spectrum. The polls and recommendations won't do you any good, you have to know what YOU want more; treble, soundstage,bass or the tone of the sound ( dark, bright,warm,cold - no one wants the cold tone unless they're audio engineer ). but there's a common mistake that every new audiophile make by thinking that the dark sound always mean just bass that muddies the sound and hides the detail. But i can assure you the level of detail in my T1 is equal to the Audeze LCD-2 ( the trick here is the air that moves around the treble in the dynamic headphones ) .. but in modern recorded music you'll notice the details are more real and apparent with the Audeze and easy to listen even at high volumes. You have to make sure that the treble is your cup of tea because i noticed that you mention the details a lot your posts, don't worry about the level of detail in these headphones, they are VERY close (some headphones extract the details and make it painfully obvious, so you're gonna have to upgrade your files too or else the low bit-rate files will sound worse than it already is).
good luck on your choice and don't rush making quick decisions.