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If you could only have one pair of 'summit-fi' headphones (flagships only!)...

post #1 of 17
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I have the he-500 and lcd2 now powered with Mjolnir/Gungnir. My next step would be to get a flagship pair. However, I don't plan on having multiple flagships as that would be, in my opinion, excessive for me. My question is which flagship is the best all-around pair that can pretty much make most music sound good and it doesn't necessarily need a high-end speaker amp to make the most out of it?

 

Ready?

 

Go! :gs1000smile:

post #2 of 17

um... is he500 or lcd2 not summit-fi? 

post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by reddragon View Post
 

um... is he500 or lcd2 not summit-fi? 

 

they are not considered summit-fi in the head-fi summit-fi section. also they aren't even by OP's requirement (flagship only). of course that doesn't mean they are not good, just outside the arbitrary boundary

post #4 of 17

I'd stick with the LCD-2 until youre ready to go into stats

post #5 of 17
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they are not considered summit-fi in the head-fi summit-fi section. also they aren't even by OP's requirement (flagship only). of course that doesn't mean they are not good.

 

huh?  of course the LCD-2 is considered summit-fi

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huh?  of course the LCD-2 is considered summit-fi

 

rly? i thought its not since all the lcd2 threads are in the regular headphone section

post #7 of 17

well i have seen both he500 and lcd2 mentioned in the summit-fi section so thought they would be included in summit-fi as well...

post #8 of 17

i think they're summit fi in terms of sound quality, but the thread themselves where probably moved because most people posting in there where using magni/modi, schiit stacks, o2/odac, etc. budget stuff and the threads just kinda lost its summit-fi feel. its still the same way. 

post #9 of 17

Symphones Magnums....which aren't made any more except by Turbulent Labs.

 

I have the top Stax, HD-800s, LCD-3s and those all plugged in here and the only pair that sound good always with the music I like, even after listening with other headphones, are those. 

post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by reddragon View Post
 

um... is he500 or lcd2 not summit-fi? 

 

They are to some people but like Jd007 said I'm only talking about the flagship models.


Edited by bl42ed0 - 9/14/13 at 7:42pm
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post
 

Symphones Magnums....which aren't made any more except by Turbulent Labs.

 

I have the top Stax, HD-800s, LCD-3s and those all plugged in here and the only pair that sound good always with the music I like, even after listening with other headphones, are those. 

 

So, in your opinion, only the SR-009s, HD-800s, and the LCD3s would work with most everything? That said, would all 3 require me to get a new amp as well?

post #12 of 17
HD800 works for everything for me. I tried the multiple headphone thing, but I ended up never listening to anything but HD800.
post #13 of 17
IMO, all the flagship headphones can make all/most music sound really good, perhaps with the exception of classical orchestra music with LCD-3 (based on what I read) and of course, some will sound better on certain genre than the others. It is more of your personal preference as well as matching your upstream gears to decide which flagship to go for. A word of caution when getting any flagship headphone is that it really requires careful matching with the upstream gears as they are just so much more revealing of any flaws and mismatching. If you are not ready to go through the trouble, then you may be better off with keeping what you have.
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IMO, all the flagship headphones can make all/most music sound really good, perhaps with the exception of classical orchestra music with LCD-3 (based on what I read) and of course, some will sound better on certain genre than the others. It is more of your personal preference as well as matching your upstream gears to decide which flagship to go for. A word of caution when getting any flagship headphone is that it really requires careful matching with the upstream gears as they are just so much more revealing of any flaws and mismatching. If you are not ready to go through the trouble, then you may be better off with keeping what you have.

 

So if my musical preference is for electronic music and rock, what would be the proper flagship for me?

post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by bl42ed0 View Post
 

 

So if my musical preference is for electronic music and rock, what would be the proper flagship for me?

 

Not the genre I listen to, but based on what I read, you probably can't go wrong with either LCD-3 or TH900.


Edited by froger - 9/15/13 at 10:49pm
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