HD800 with the Anaxilus mod on a Bottlehead Mainline or Crack amp.
Or STAX SR-Lambda Signature. Hoh mah gawd that was the best-sounding headphone I have ever heard. I liked it more than the SR-007 MKI. It did female vocals, guitars, and overall soundstage size like no other; dang that's an amazing headphone.
Basic STAX rig (SR-207 + SRM-252S) isn't bad either and can be found for around $600 USD new from Japan. You'll need to get either a $45 USD USA 120 V to Japan 100 V voltage transformer, or a $15-27 USD 120 V American voltage, 12 V DC, 0.5 A wall wart to replace the 100 V Japanese one.
Originally Posted by Kirisame Touko
Originally Posted by MusicCrave93
Just checked out the HD800's. Does anyone know where I can test them and get a sample listening?
Not willing to spend $1,500 without hearing them first.
Would also like other suggestions.
you can always purchase from a store with great return policy. Headroom comes to mind -> 30 day return policy no questions asked but you pay for shipping back only.
The general top tier phones aside from electro static phones: HD800, HE-6 or HE-500, LCD 2.2 or 3, T1
*HE800, HE-6, T1 are neutral sounding, LCD is dark sounding, HE-500 is not strongly colored but not as neutral as the first three.
You can perhaps add D7000 or TH900 to the list but i do not think they match up to the previously mentioned phones in general considering the price. (just my opinion though)
* Outstanding soundstage that makes me feel like the music is sorrounding me
^ LCD-2 nor 3 have that kind of sound
...oh wait, speaking of soundstage, and no price limit:
AKG K1000 bass heavy version on the Bottlehead BeePre. That combo was amazing. Open the K1000's "wings" and you get a speaker-like sound experience.
Edited by miceblue - 7/30/13 at 4:25pm