I am quite new to Head-fi, been reading for years, but I have been a big user of headphones for a few years now and am a firm believer that there has never been a better time for headphones, they used to be considered as a second best to a full blown hifi system but now the quality is so high they are a real alternative, offering a more personal and insightful listening experience, in may cases for what you spend on a pair of headphones you would have to spend many thousands more to replicate that quality of sound from a speaker. Some people think that something like the Stax SR-009 is crazy money for a headphone, at just under £6000 with its energiser, but when you put that in context and think that this is probably the very best that is available in the world today then it isn’t too bad when you consider how many 10’s and 100’s of thousands of pounds you can spend on hifi kit, then there is what people spend on top watches and cameras, they are almost a bargain :-)
Even though I’m a big supporter of quality headphones it really has been a genuine surprise and pleasure how successful our headphone room has been, I think when we first started that room it was the one gamble that I wasn't sure would work but momentum steadily grew to the point now where it is the busiest room in the shop. Bearing this in mind we have decided to start a separate headphone company concentrating on High End Headphones, more on that later though, the website is being designed and will hopefully be ready to launch for the headphone open day on November 16th.
For the Open day we will be running 2 headphone rooms upstairs and one Hifi room downstaris featuring some streaming and vinyl, I’m sure there will be a headphone amp hooked up to it somewhere though.
For the Open day for anyone who comes in they will be put in a draw for a chance to win a Pair of HiFi Man HE-400 headphones and an Omega headphone stand + we will be running this as part of a Sennheiser Club Orpheus promotion meaning that for one day only there will be up to 20% off any Club Orpheus models, please see prices below, we will also have representatives from Stax and HiFiMan on hand to answer any questions. This really is a chance to come to one shop and hear the best headphones that are currently available under one roof.
Please see below for a list of some of the headphones on demo -
HiFiMan HE-500 & HE-400
Audeze LCD-X & XC (still waiting to hear if we can get them here in time)
Sennheiser - HD800
Sennheiser - HD700
Fostex - TH-900
Fostex - TH-600
Beyerdynamic - T1
Beyerdynamic - T90 & T70
Grado - PS1000
Grado - GS1000i
Grado - PS500
Abyss AB-1266 (still thinking about these, could possibly be here though)
There are many more available for demo on the day + there will be many amps from the likes of Bryston, Naim, Beyerdynamic, Sennheiser, HiFiMan and Heed.
For the Club Orpheus promotion we will be offering the below prices for any Club Orpheus products purchased on the day, these really are great deals and will not be repeated -
HD800 Headphones - List - £999.99 Offer - £799.99
HD700 Headphones - List - £599.99 Offer - £499.99
IE800 In-Ear Headphones - List - £599.99 Offer - £499.99
RS220 Wireless Headphones - List - £379.99 Offer - £329.99
HDVA 600 Amp - List £1,199.99 - Offer - £1099.99
HDVD 800 Amp - List £1499.99 - Offer - £1299.99
Momentum Headphones - List £259.99 - Offer £219.99
So hopefully see some of you for what promises to be a fun day of headphone listening with pretty much the best that is available today with some great prices on Sennheiser Club Orpheus products and the chance to win a Pair of HiFiMan HE-400’s. You can see our full range here -
Edited by Vipers - 10/24/13 at 2:24am