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Best headphones in the £500 range

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I've been looking at purchasing some high end headphones for a while now, but I can decide on what to get.
So, I'm wondering if you guys could help me solve my predicament. Initially I was looking at a pair of HD650's or a pair of Ultrasone Pro 2900's. They would be running through my desktops Asustek xonar essence STX soundcard. Any suggestions or thoughts?

post #2 of 6

he500 followed by the hd650/600.

 

take a look at this thread.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/634201/battle-of-the-flagships-58-headphones-compared-update-audeze-lcd-2-revision-2-6-4-13

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Originally Posted by AntonyImpey View Post
 

I've been looking at purchasing some high end headphones for a while now, but I can decide on what to get.
So, I'm wondering if you guys could help me solve my predicament. Initially I was looking at a pair of HD650's or a pair of Ultrasone Pro 2900's. They would be running through my desktops Asustek xonar essence STX soundcard. Any suggestions or thoughts?

 

Some questions that might help inform our suggestions:


Open / Closed / Don't mind?

 

What sort of music do you listen to?

 

How much to you value wearing comfort?

 

Even without knowing the answers, I'd second the HD600 / 650. For £500 you could get a HD600 and an amp and have a very nice setup indeed :smile:

post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 

I dont mind as they'll just be for home use anyway, so sound leakage isn't a problem.


I listen to various things, but I love Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, Pink Floyd, Etc.

Listen comfort wise, I'd prefer a comfy fit. Although, who doesn't at the end of the day :P

 

So you guys would recommend the HD650?

post #5 of 6

I'd personally recommend the HD600 over the 650 as it's got a slightly more neutral sound signature and so is more suited to a wider range of music genres (it's not like there's a huge difference between them, though)

 

Beyerdynamic DT880 is another option. 

 

The HD600 will be a bit better for classic rock, whereas the DT880 will be a bit better for Aphex / BoC.

 

Both are excellent with anything you throw at them though, really, and very comfortable.

 

I've never heard the HifMan HE500 the other guy suggested, but they have a good reputation (they are supposed to be pretty heavy to wear and quite hard to drive, though)


Edited by sinnottj - 3/31/14 at 2:20pm
post #6 of 6

I should also add that the HD600 is usually cheaper to buy than the 650, even though it's just as 'good' a headphone - another reason to recommend it!

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