Originally Posted by stacker45
I haven't heard many limited edition headphones, but I think that my Grado HP1000 are certainly close to the top of the list. They not only sound great, but they're also very soliidly built.
I also think that at $395, my recently aquired Grado Bushmills X are worth every penny. They sound very good, and I think that they look cool as hell.
I've every confidence the HP1000s sound fantastic. You are truly fortunate to own one, but it's unfortunately out of my reach at the moment for the prices currently being asked on headfi. I suspect it's too high as well, as the 2 units for sale here have been up for almost 2 months with no takers.
I've not added the Bushmills because I'm not sure if they are limited edition, or if they will continue to make more runs. They should keep it LE, I feel. Would you like to provide impressions?
I may have a HF1 on the way, just to get my feet Grado wet.
Originally Posted by 3X0
I haven't heard the SR-009. I plan to compare the two at the SF Bay meet but I am 99% certain I will keep the Omegas, possibly forever. I have other pairs of "great" headphones like the LCD2.2 sitting on my desk right now that see no serious head time because they are simply in leagues far apart, and this is out of the fairly modest SRM-323S.
I don't consider the HE60 far behind the SR-007/Mk2. It certainly sounds like nothing else, but the HE60 isn't actually all that rare. Just short of 2000 were produced and I've seen more HE60s trade hands in the past year or two than quite a few other headphones of comparable rarity but less apparent value (e.g. earlier Audio Technica limited woodies).
The HF-1 didn't have an analogue -- nothing in the Grado catalogue was made in the same way. The PS500 is quite clearly analogous to the HF-2 with the mahogany cup and aluminum housing.
In my opinion the headphones that will withstand the test of time as collector's pieces will have no available analogues, trade hands very rarely (not necessarily be of small production numbers), and/or represent audio history. In my mind this includes the HE90, SR-Omega, MDR-R10 as meeting all three requirements --- given that at least two of these three are fragile, well-maintained examples will be priceless. Surprisingly the older Audio-Technicas also fall into some high desirability -- I can count the number of times I've seen limited woodies (save the W3000ANV) in the past two years on one or two hands, and that's across all models.
I confirmed a Grado HF1 today, just waiting on seller's revert. I'm a collector first as much as an Audiophile, that is for certain. I've been paying some attention to the Audio-Technicas since we last had this discussion. I've seen an L3000 and a ESW10JPN get sold in under 24 hours. Amazing.
I reckon that will be the case with the more current AT LEs (3000ANVs, 11Ltds) once they become unavailable new.
I've also done some digging on the Beyer 770 LEs (32 OHM), it's interesting to note that while it sounds different to the standard (32 OHM), I can't imagine there to be much of a difference, and I reckon it's largely pad based. I've noticed they also released at least 2 other 770LEs (32 OHM), one with only 10 pairs, the other 250 (from a light festival - it's bling bling gold).
While still a collectors item, I'm hopeful that more companies come forward with Polarizing LEs, true limited editions which some will like and some will hate, unique sound that has no analog as you say. AT has done a brilliant job with this though they lost their way a bit with the 900 line for a while. Change in color does not equate to an LE worth collecting to me (and many others) as the sound signature has to change too.
I'd love to see Beyer come forward to a Beyer T1-LE, a Sennheiser HE 120/ HD 800 LE, an LCD LE, an AKG LE, and a Hifi Man LE.
PS: Added Smeggy's Thunderpants into the list for various reasons.