Is there any good guidance on what models would be considered the most useful "reference" headphones?
I'm probably using the word "reference" in a very specific way, so let me define what I'm really looking for. What models of headphones are so widely owned and understood that they can be used to make meaningful comparison to other headphones?
Here's an example:
Sally: Have you listened to the new Bazqux 2000 headphones yet? They are fabulous!
John: No, what do they sound like?
Sally: Imagine listening to a Reference 88 except with a little more response in the 20-150Hz range.
John: Oh, that really sounds like something I'd like!
So really my questions is: what models of headphones can generally serve as the "Reference 88" in the above conversation? What models can serve as point of meaningful comparison that many aficionados would have experience with?
Edited by Brownstone - 1/23/14 at 12:52pm