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Euphonic Headphones

post #1 of 22
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Hi headphone aficionados :) I am in search of a pair of cans that will send chills down my spine every time I listen to them. In other words I am looking for headphones that have a euphonic mid range that will draw me into the music. To be dramatic, a mid range that would just make me forget about the world and get lost in the music :) I still want good bass impact and extension and a treble that is also extended but not fatiguing. Budget will be a $350 max. . Opened and closed variety of headphones are welcomed. I currently have AKG K550s and they sound too bass light and analytic. My music tastes range from artists like Bon Iver, Coldplay, Metallica, The Beatles, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and the Temptations. Thanks for any suggestions in advance!


Edited by tkdk01 - 2/6/14 at 12:59am
post #2 of 22

Up your budget a bit more and find yourself a pair of LCD 2s on Classifieds.

 

I've been looking for an inexpensive travel complement to the LCD2s for myelf as well - no luck.

post #3 of 22

Open or closed?

post #4 of 22

Sounds like you want something a bit exciting too... maybe Hifiman HE-400.

post #5 of 22

My Grado HF2 has the most pleasant euphonic midrange I've ever heard and I think going by your tastes, you should look into a Grado.

post #6 of 22

Hifiman RE-262 if you can find them.

post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the replies! The LCD2s are way out of budget,  but i will try them some day. I have Grado Sr125i with tapped L bowl pads. I find them a little too aggressive at times. Im looking for headphones that have a warm tilt and smoother midrange. A colored midrange where vocals excel. A euphonic midrange is my primary criteria though.


Edited by tkdk01 - 2/6/14 at 5:16pm
post #8 of 22

T50RP. Either mod your own or buy pre-modded such as ZMF, LFF Paradox, MrSpeakers. It's my all-rounder; I'm very impressed with the mids. I wouldn't say it sends shivers because it's a relaxing sound. In that case, maybe you want HE400, my favorite for jazz. 

post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by GREQ View Post
 

Sounds like you want something a bit exciting too... maybe Hifiman HE-400.

NO the HE 400 lacks an upper mid range which, I found to be very NOT magical. Wait for the HE 400i or get the HE 500 

 

Or get your self some of Hifimans New Pads to bring the mids back into the HE 400, the BIG dip in the HE 400 makes guitars, imo, not very euphoric

 

For closed backs, I love my w1000x for Rock! 

post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by Mshenay View Post
 

NO the HE 400 lacks an upper mid range which, I found to be very NOT magical. Wait for the HE 400i or get the HE 500 [. . .]

 

Hmm. I preferred HE400 to both HE500 and HE6, which I though sounded boring (and yes, they were amped properly). They simply didn't stand out compared to my favorite dynamic models. I'm looking forward to hearing the new Hifimans too.

post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post
 

 

Hmm. I preferred HE400 to both HE500 and HE6, which I though sounded boring (and yes, they were amped properly). They simply didn't stand out compared to my favorite dynamic models. I'm looking forward to hearing the new Hifimans too.

Cool beans then, I MUCH prefer the HE 4 over the HE 400, I found the 400's dip to be to unnatrual 

post #12 of 22
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The hifiman He 400 new pads sound sound enticing. Have any of you guys heard of the X1? How are those headphones in terms of euphoria?

post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by tkdk01 View Post
 

The hifiman He 400 new pads sound sound enticing. Have any of you guys heard of the X1? How are those headphones in terms of euphoria?

I hear they are nice n thick 

post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by tkdk01 View Post
 

The hifiman He 400 new pads sound sound enticing. Have any of you guys heard of the X1? How are those headphones in terms of euphoria?

They're hard to cut up and smoke, didn't work out for me :p

 

The thing about 'euphony' is that the term tends to capture all intangibles in headphone sound descriptions.  Hence it tends to mean different things to different people, euphony for an electronic music fan will likely sound very different from what a jazz lover is looking for.

 

But I agree that the HE-400 are probably not the best choice due to their sound profile.  If you want a pronounced and engaging midrange this is not where you're going to find it.  The HE-500 might well be your ticket (glorious mids) but I seriously doubt you'll be able to find them used for 350 USD (and they absolutely require a decent amp).  A good bang/buck ratio and in your range would be the BeyerDynamic DT-880's, but you need to audition them first (stay away from the 600 Ohm version unless you own a good amp).

post #15 of 22
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Thanks for the reply Xenophon. By "euphony" I do mean a headphone that has an engaging and smooth mid section. I am now considering the Sennheiser HD 650 based on what i have read about them. The Magnolia store in my area luckily has them out for auditioning and will give them a listen.


Edited by tkdk01 - 2/10/14 at 9:37pm
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