Am I alone in thinking that things have not progressed much.
I enjoy listening through my Monitor Audio Gold reference 60 speakers but having moved into a small house with attached neighbours I decided it was time to get some headphones. I auditioned the best i could afford - Grado, Sennheiser, AKG (all around £100 - £150, I was impressed by them all but then I remembered I had some old headphones, almost totally unused somewhere in a box! I bought my HD 565 Ovation decades ago (they were cheap because the hifi shop manager had them given to him by the dealer to return a favour so the money was straight in his back pocket!)
Anyway I found my old headphone amp (QED maybe I should get better?) and figured out how to plug it all in and I was stunned. They seemed just as good as the ones I had auditioned. I know that time had passed since auditioning the others but even taking that into account I was so pleased with the sound and as comfy as not wearing them! Except for rather warm ears.
Anyway i am really not surprised you love your old HD 540s, I don't know them myself but see no reason why they should not sound good. You mention "sounds much more life like then many (much more expensive) new high models". If that is true then isn't this what it is all about - we listen to music not waves and stuff - if music sounds good then that is all that matters. Good for you in saying so, you may save a few people a few £££s in pointless upgrades. I am certainly going with my HD656 for a while anyway.
You mentioned a valve amp. I need a better amp and I love the sound the valve gives my CD player - can you recomment a modestly priced one or is a solid state one as good - any help appreciated.
Edited by stilllovingit - 4/8/14 at 6:23am