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Looking for closed headphones that are neutral, highly detailed and have a large soundstage

post #1 of 5
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Here is what I want and in order of priority:

 

  1. Closed  over ear headphones. These are for portable usage but I can use an Alpen so they don't necessarily need to be easy to drive. I also do not like wearing IEMs.
  2. Detail. Preferably at HD 800 levels or as close to it as possible.
  3. Neutrality. EQ can fix problems but it can only go so far.
  4. Large soundstage.

 

My budget is currently unlimited but a mixture of high end and flagship options is welcome. This is more about finding out what my headphone options are, so that I can look into each pair in more detail.

 

Possible options I currently know of:

 

  • Shure SRH940 - It doesn't have the sound stage but it's detailed and neutral. Price is also good.

Edited by TenMoonsNorth - 7/25/13 at 8:12am
post #2 of 5
AKG K550 - definitely neutral and huge soundstage for a closed can. Not sure if you would consider it portable though. I think there's a version (K551?) with a detachable cable so you can replace it with something shorter.
post #3 of 5

The only three closed back/portable headphones (out of the ones I've heard) that I truly like are:

 

Sennheiser Momentum (closer to HD600 in overall flavour than HD800) - I own it.

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H6 (a little more neutrality and detail retrieval than Momentum)

Ultrasone Edition 8 (detail is in the same ball-park as the HD800 and has a very similar level of intimacy and a VERY communicative, intimate sound)

 

None of them compare in soundstage to the HD800 though. Not even slightly. 

Also all of them have a stronger bass slam and apparent sub-bass response than HD800 because of the closed-back design. 

post #4 of 5

What you're describing sounds like a Fostex TH-900, currently one of the best dynamic headphones, closed or open. Detailed, wide, natural, with good bass response. But $2400.

post #5 of 5

I'd say K550 but if you want HD800 like detail yeah TH-900  or Beyer T1's

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