Very nice idea and thread!
So guys, which one should I choose?
"Beyerdynamic DT990 - 250 ohm unamped" vs. "Sennheiser HD558 unamped"
Never tried either of those but... HD598 sounds great unamped!
Shure SRH840 (SRH 440 was also pretty nice,when I listened to it from portable device)
AKG K550 if you achieve good seal
KRK KNS 6400 (I didn't like sound signature of 8400)
Sennheiser hd 25 1 i-ii
Sennheiser hd 5*5,5*8 series (only tried the 5*5 series though,but i see good comments about the 8 series too)
Focal Spirit One
Koss KSC 75 ,Koss Portapro
Sony MDR 1R but I listen to them at lower volumes mostly,due to their slightly midrange-colored signature,which I don't like so much at normal to higher volumes
Some others that I haven't tried but I would like to, for portable,non amped use,are CAL! ,Fischer Audio FA 003 etc, V MODA M80, Sennheiser momentum,audio technica ATH M50,Beyerdynamic dt235,Beyerdynamic DT 1350,sennheiser hd 219/229,sony zx700,some philips cans...
Thanks to all for the suggestions you've posted thus far.
I think there's probably quite a few unregistered users of head-fi who:
I figure this thread will help that segment out a bit and maybe save them some time if they come to head-fi for suggestions.
Thanks again for contributing, y'all!
It would help if the original post created a list with two basic subdivisions:
1. headphones categorized according to price
2. headphones categorized according to sound signature:
bass and treble emphasis
That way, people could skip right to choices within their price/sound preference, ie headphones under $100 with a lot of bass, etc.
Hmmm. Not sure how to divide it up now that it's been set into motion. Maybe it could be organized in a similar way to some of the other big lists that exist on here....
I don't think I'd go as far as subdividing it by sound signature, but open vs. closed and different price points make sense. Well, maybe sound signatures wouldn't be much of a hassle now that I think about it...I'll see what I can come up with. Thanks for the suggestions, folks.
HF1 or RS1 straight out of the macbook Pro. Surprisingly good (for a laptop) amp-less grado woody synergy. These definitely fall into the "V curve" category, with bass / upper midrange emphasis..
Igrado's. Very nice right out of the box.
Sportapro's are a crazy bargain. A sound signature very similar to the portapro's, but with a bit less of the 'boom boom' and 'thump thump' although there is still plenty of that.