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Experience to be shared with 104 full-size, portable headphones and in-ears I have been using. Any questions related to following headphones are welcomed

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As described I tried a list of full-size, portable headphones and in-ears and I want to share with you guys. I am a bit lazy so I don't want to be the guy who is about to write a thread for hundreds headphones comparison. This thread is more like a Q&A type rather than something heroic. You can collect over 90% information about your target cans as hundreds of reviews are waiting for you online. What I am trying to do is to make up the last 10% uncertainty for you to make the decision. (buy it or not)

 

 

 

All the following headphones have been with me for at least 1 week to 1 month. Most of them are close-back cans. If not specifically pointed out, most of these headphones were running under Macbook or idevice+PHA-1. Actually among full-size headphones, only TH900, TH600 and Denon D5000 were driven by Fostex HP-A8. So I am not so responsible  for other full-size cans such as T70 and T5P. But the sound characters are there and won't be a night-and-day thing under any normal DAC/AMPs. As you know, both Macbook and PHA-1 are balanced and less coloured.

 

 

 

Now let's start from a list of 104 headphones......

 

AIAIAI

TMA-1 DJ

TMA-1 Studio Young Guru Edition

 

AKG

K451

K550

K551

K545

K267

K495

 

Audio Technica

ATH-PRO700MK2

ATH-ES10

ATH-ES700

ATH-W1000

ATH-W1000X

ATH-A900X

ATH-M50X

ATH-ANC9

 

Bang & Olufsen

H3

H6

 

Beyerdynamic

T50P

T51P

DT1350

T70

T70P

T5P

DTX501P

DT770 Pro 32Ohm

DT770 Pro 250Ohm

DT660

MMX 102

DX160

 

Bowers & Wilkins

P3

P5

P7

C5

 

BOSE

OE2

 

Creative

Aurvana Live!2

Aurvana In-ear 2

 

DENON

C300

C400

C710

D340

D600

D7100

D5000

AHNC800

 

FOSTEX

TH900

TH600

 

FOCAL

Spirit One

Spirit Professional

Spirit Classic

 

Final Audio Design

Pandora Hope VI

Heaven II

Heaven IV

Heaven VI

 

GermanMaestro

GMP 450

 

Grado

GR10

 

Harman Kardon

AE

CL

Soho

 

JBL

S700

 

JVC

SZ2000

 

Klipsch

X10i

Status

 

KEF

M500

M200

 

LINDY

HF-100

 

Logitech

UE 6000

UE 900

 

Monster

Inspiration

Ntune

 

Moshi

Vortex

 

NAD

VISO HP50

 

Nocs

NS900

 

Onkyo

ESHF300

ESFC300

IEHF300

 

Phiaton

MS 400

MS 500

 

Philips

L1

M1

 

Pioneer

HDJ2000

 

PSB

M4U1

 

Sennheiser

IE8i

IE80

CX 300-II

Momentum On-Ear

Momentum Over-Ear

Amperior

 

Sony

MDR-1R

XBA-H3

 

Thinksound

Ts02

Ms01

On1

 

Ultrasone

Signature Pro

Signature DJ

PRO2900

 

V-Moda

M100

True Blood REVAMP

Remix Remote Metal

Vibe

 

Westone

ADV Alpha

UM Pro 30

 

Yamaha

PRO500


Edited by Boyz2men - 6/18/14 at 5:36am
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Quite the collection.

 

What are you favourite picks and why?

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Thread Starter 

What a general question:etysmile: 

 

Most of 104 cans are worth mentioning though with various characteristic. But if you ask about my favourite ones, I would say a range of......

 

K545, ES700, W1000, T51P, T70, DT770 Pro 32Ohm, P5, C400, D5000 with TH900 ear pads, Focal spirit one, Focal spirit Classic, Heaven VI, GMP 450, HF-100, VISO HP50/M4U1, XBA-H3, On1, Signature Pro, Signature DJ.

 

K545                                  balanced and still wide soundstage close to K550

ES700                                sweet female vocal and strong bass

W1000                                sweet female vocal and sweet treble

T51P                                  all-round player

T70                                    clean & beautiful treble

DT770 Pro 32Ohm               widest soundstage for a close can. Yes I mean WIDEST

P5                                      warm vocal, punchy bass

C400                                  crystal clean mid & treble for an in-ear one. Increase a lot with a better DAC/AMP

D5000 w/TH900 ear pads     reduce bass amount, reduce the sharp of treble, given wider soundstage. Perfect level-up

FSO                                   great vocal, guitar and piano performance

FSC                                   soft, warm and smooth. Thick mid like chocolate

Heaven VI                          different vocal presentation like a poison

GMP 450                            typical right sounding can with wide soundstage

HF-100                               best value for me

VISO HP50/M4U1               nice vocal with nice indoor soundstage

XBA-H3                              not as sharp as ex1000, best in-ear for pop music

On1                                    best bass for portable headphones. Good clarity and soundstage.

Signature Pro                      balance, a bit aggressive and cool. Better value than ED8

Signature DJ                       bass-prefer version of S Pro with a bit less aggressive presentation and a bit narrower soundstage than S Pro but still fairly good.

 

 

I am talking more about sound characteristic rather than sound quality. Because I believe it would be the priority for most people to choose a pair of headphones especially portable cans and in-ears.


Edited by Boyz2men - 6/18/14 at 5:35am
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