I was bored at lunch today, so I went over to Best Buy and auditioned most of their headphones priced from $60-$300 side by side....with the same song for about 45 min. This is what I came up with and I will explain why.....please tell me if I'm coo-coo or what? I dont have each individual model number, but you can see what they carry in store online.
Rated in order of what my SQ preference is:
2. Sol Republic
5. Harmon Kardon
Ok, let me preface this by saying Im inbetween an audiophile and casual listener/consumer. Ive listened to music all my life, my dad was a musician and played the electric guitar in a band. I also have had decent home systems and car systems in the past........Marantz, Scott, Sony, JL Audio, Alpine....bla, bla, bla. Just so everyone knows that Im not a complete novice. Now onto the headphones. Wow......I was shocked how tin cannish the Sennheisers sounded compared to the other cans in this price range. I thought I would get blown away by them in the $150 price range, but I was so disappointed. The had great clarity, but NO depth whatsoever. They sounded really blah compared to ALL of the other headphones. Maybe once you hit $500 and up these headphones take off. They also felt super cheap build wise compared to everything else. The monsters sounded decent, but you can tell they are frantically trying to duplicate the Beat sound. The Beats actually sounded pretty good to me. The had great depth, and those who prefer Pop, R&B, and Hip-Hop will be in heaven. As far as classical and Jazz goes, you will probably want a less forward and exaggerated sound signature. They did sound pretty good to me though. The AKGs and Harmon Kardons were more neutral sounding.....they were OK, but I didnt hear a full sound. I heard way more midrange and treble. The bass was totally secondary, which is OK to some. Not to me though. The Pioneers, Sonys and Sol Republic were all very close in sound signature.....great mids, highs, great bass that wasnt bloated or pushed forward. Just a great all around balance. Especially for the price. These cans cost about 1/2-3/4 of what the ones mentioned above did. Now to the champs........damn the Logitech can sounded amazing!!! Great mids/highs and bass. Perfect balance as far as Im concerned. If I had an extra $200 to blow, I would buy these right now. Anyhow to sum everything up.....Sennheiser lower models are average at best. The marketing headphones arent as bad sounding as everyone makes them out to be, even if they ARE overpriced. The old school standards Sony and Pioneer are still amazing especially when considering price. Sol Republic sounds fantastic and the Logitechs own anything near its price.
PS. My Sony MDR-V55s held their own. I would place them in the top 25% of the headphones I auditioned.
Comments appreciated.....have a great weekend all.
Edited by lebomb - 2/15/13 at 11:05am