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post #16 of 66
I agree with what you're saying, Snuf. I don't think the classes need to change, though. What would be useful would be a retail price listing for the major countries beside each headphone listing.
post #17 of 66
I think there should be a BAND 0.

<$20 headphones.

Surprising a lot of people i know are shocked when they hear that my earbuds cost cost more than US$10. Ok for full size cans they aren't surprised if it costs more than $50, but they raise an eyebrow, looking at me as if it's a real luxury (or waste of money)

Now most portable players come bundled with ultra-cheap headphones, when people go to replace most don't want to spend anything more than $20 (even if their player costs $200... <sigh and shrug>

Explain it to me and we'll both understand.
post #18 of 66

Re: Survey: Best in class headphones - in every price bracket

Based on my experiences. I haven't heard as many headphones as some of the other people here. For example, never heard Stax or Ety's (otherwise I'm sure they'd be on my list), and my experience of Beyers and the better AKG's is also very sketchy.

Some notable ones that I don't feel belong in the list that I have heard are most of the Grado line and the B&O earbud thingys.

Band A: US$ 0 to US$ 49

US$20 Koss KSC-50. They get a bad rap here, basically for not being '35s. While I agree with that criticism, they're much better than anything else one can get for US$20.

50,10 euro in Vienna, which is about US$45: Koss KSC-35. No comment needed.

Band B: US$ 50 to US$ 99

Probably about US$95 or so, I think: Sony 7506. Pointed towards these by John Dunlavy, they're not disappointing. Unless (as I do) you already own Sennheiser HD-580s, in which case they don't really make a compelling sonic argument for themselves...

Band C: US$ 100 to $US199

Senn 580. Need I comment further?

Band D: US$ 200 to $US 349

Senn 600
Senn 580 with Total AirHead

Band E: US$ 350 to $US 599

Senn 600 with TAH

I've not heard the big AKG's or Sony's, but I have heard the Orpheus. Honestly, I believe that the 580/600 is a higher-performance headphone for everything except for harpischord and low-intensity string or woodwind chamber music. So the average in the US$10k+ would be the Orpheus and the "above average" the 580/600 for me!
post #19 of 66
If its only the cans that we have heard/owned then wouldn't it be easier if a list of our equipment in our profiles were sorted by list price. (that would be the only hard part)
This is how the list is turning out anyway.
I doubt that someone would list a set of cans that he or she thought sounded really bad in their profiles.
post #20 of 66
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by kelly
Are Stax not in the list because they require an amp?
If I could respectfully refer you to "Note: Headphone-cable-amp combos can be listed - but obviously using the total cost of the combo." in the original post ...

Actually I have added some headphone-amp combo.

Nix
post #21 of 66
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by Snufkin
Another point worth mentioning;
Prices may vary from country to country - the HP890s are around $55US here in oz and the Beyer DT250-80/250, 770, 990, 831 and 931 all cost around $150US here as well.
Not to mention EU prices, which are similar.

Maybe we need a country specific list too
Quote:
Originally posted by kelly
I agree with what you're saying, Snuf. I don't think the classes need to change, though. What would be useful would be a retail price listing for the major countries beside each headphone listing.
Yes - excellent idea. But's lets get the list together first.

Nix
post #22 of 66
I would definitely put the Stax Omega II in the above $2000 category (I'm saying this without hearing it, but since it's often compared to even more expensive systems and considered by at least some to be the best...). I would also put the Stax Classic II in there somewhere though I'm not sure where exactly. US retail is like $1400 but Japanese retail is like $800 or less. I'm not sure if the Signature II is a significant upgrade or not but I do know personally that at $800, the Classic II is comparable to... well, certain $800 headphones.
(Prices include amp.)
post #23 of 66
Thread Starter 
One might expect Headroom's World of Headphones Tour to result in a few new additions to the list
post #24 of 66
Band A :
Sennheiser MX400 and 500
Band B:
Grado SR-60
Grado SR-80
post #25 of 66

Re: Re: Survey: Best in class headphones - in every price bracket

Quote:
Originally posted by citroeniste
Some notable ones that I don't feel belong in the list that I have heard are . . . . . the B&O earbud thingys.

So true. Putting those 'thingy's on the list would be like putting an advertisement up to take drugs, and misleading people who saw their pretty appearance to get them so they look cool (they're so bad for you, and you hate them, but you can't stop because you paid $160 for them . Yes, those thingys are indeed drugs. Except the addiction didn't really ever kick in for me with those shiny, B&O drugs . . .
post #26 of 66
Band D: US$ 200 to $US 349
Senn 600

Band F: US$ 350 to $US 599
Sony MDR-CD3000
post #27 of 66
Hello all--- here are my thoughts...

Band A: Less than US$ 20: Senn MX400 & 500

Band B: US$ 20 to US$ 49: Koss Porta & SportaPros,

Band C: US$ 50 to US$ 99: Sony V6, Grado SR60, Senn 497

Band D: US$ 100 to $US199: Senn 280, 590, Philips 890, Grado SR125, Etymotic ER6

Band E: US$ 200 to $US 349: Senn 580, 600, Grado SR325

That's as high as I go in the bands,unfortunately! Let's get the 125s added in there lads!
post #28 of 66
nicwix,
per your p.m. i'd be happy to give you my input, but remember i don't own the hd600 or any fancy home amps so my opinion is suspect, and i can only write about phone's i've heard myself.

Band A: Less than US$ 20
na
Band B: US$ 20 to US$ 49
sony ex70
sony e848
Band C: US$ 50 to US$ 99
sony v6
sony d66
sony e888
Band D: US$ 100 to $US199
sony cd1700
etymotic er6
Band E: US$ 200 to $US 349
na
Band F: US$ 350 to $US 599
na
Band G: US$ 600 to $US 999
na
Band H: US $ 1,000 to US $1,999
na
Band I: US $ 2,000 and over
na

i'll just leave it to the real headphone gurus here to fill in the more expensive options. i've never paid more than $150 for headpones myself.
post #29 of 66
Band B: US$ 20 to US$ 49
-Koss KSC-35

Band C: US$ 50 to US$ 99
-Grado SR-60

Band D: US$ 100 to $US199
-Sennheiser HD580

Band E: US$ 200 to $US 349
-Sennheiser HD600
-Etymotic ER4S

Band G: US$ 600 to $US 999
-Allesandro Grado Music Series Pro
post #30 of 66

cheep value cans

I dont know much but I do know that the sennheiser MX500 17.00 is a great buy also the koss KSC 35 35.00 and 15.00 at curcuit citi is a great buy and the koss porta-pro for 49.00 are a great buy pluss all these cans sound very good.
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