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post #46 of 66
Where the hell can you get the Cary alone for under $2000?
post #47 of 66
These rankings are based solely on the headphones I've heard. There are some gaps where I haven't heard any phones.

Band A: Less than US$ 20
Radio Shack vertical headphones 33-1133 verticals

Band B: US$ 20 to US$ 49
Koss Sporta Pros (KSC-35/55)

Band E: US$ 200 to $US 349
HD600 (I speculate I'd like the ATH-W100 better at this price point, but I've never heard them)

Band F: US$ 350 to $US 599
Sony CD3000

Band G: US$ 600 to $US 999
Audio Technica ATH W2002

Band I: US $ 2,000 and over
Sony R10!!!!

Notice there are no Grados on this list. Yuck!

markl
post #48 of 66
Here's my list of applicable bands. I've listed the prices I paid along with the source where possible. They are arranged in order of personal preference within the bands containing more than one phone.

Band B: US$ 20 to US$ 49
-Koss KSC-35 ($30)
-Sony EX-70 ($33--AAAPrice)

Band C: US$ 50 to US$ 99
-Sony E-888 ($68)

Band D: US$ 100 to $US199
-AKG-K501 ($118--Music Friends)
-Senn HD580 ($170)

Band E: US$ 200 to $US 349
-Ety ER-4P/S ($269--Headroom)
-Senn HD600 ($220--Meirer Audio)

Band G: US$ 600 to $US 999
-ATH-W2002 (Purchased used from Ross. I think the going auction price is about $800.)

Here's the same list in absolute order of preference:

W2002
Ety 4P/S
AKG-K501
Senn HD600
Senn HD580
Koss KSC-35
Sony E888
Sony EX-70

I gave the nod to the Etys over the K-501 because of their versatility. I actually prefer listening to the K-501.
post #49 of 66
hey, you're all right!
post #50 of 66
You got it , Neruda. My feelings exactly....whatever floats your boat....
post #51 of 66
Oh for the band 2k and over...

ARE YOU INSANE !!

Id rather buy good speakers
post #52 of 66
Quote:
Originally posted by Ctn
Oh for the band 2k and over...

ARE YOU INSANE !!

Id rather buy good speakers
If 2k worth of speakers sounded like 2k worth of headphone, I'd agree with you. Sorry. I have $3k worth of front (L and R) speakers and they're complete ass compared to $2k headphones... for music, anyway.
post #53 of 66
I dont care how good headphones are...they doesnt dont give the feel of speakers...

Then again...thats just me

With headphones closed or open it sounds like you are somewhat enclosed.
post #54 of 66
Hey, I have a better idea -- how about instead of "with amps", we have a "Class X, qualified", as in, it needs an amp. You know, just like Stereophile have class A, B, and C speakers with limited LF extension? I think it's an important enough point, because without an amp, the HD600, K401, K501, DT770 all would be rated differently...MHO...
post #55 of 66
Quote:
With headphones closed or open it sounds like you are somewhat enclosed.
True....

...except for the AKG-K1000.
post #56 of 66
The K501 is also somewhat of an exception. It sounds pretty open.
post #57 of 66
I have yet to find a pair of phones that competes with my speakers
post #58 of 66
Quote:
Originally posted by Ctn
I have yet to find a pair of phones that competes with my speakers
Some people will always prefer the speaker experience to the headphone experience, no matter the level of headphones, and no matter the level of speakers.

I appreciate speaker listening and headphone listening as two totally different types of listening, and do not necessarily prefer one over the other as a result. Both are generally able to do things the other can't.
post #59 of 66
Quote:
Originally posted by jude
Some people will always prefer the speaker experience to the headphone experience, no matter the level of headphones, and no matter the level of speakers.
I'm one of them. I'm still really fond of headphones though, as I use them for 90% of my listening.
post #60 of 66
Quote:
Originally posted by jude


Some people will always prefer the speaker experience to the headphone experience, no matter the level of headphones, and no matter the level of speakers.

I appreciate speaker listening and headphone listening as two totally different types of listening, and do not necessarily prefer one over the other as a result. Both are generally able to do things the other can't.
Indeed

I use my phones when I cant use my speakers (like out of the house or at night).

But Im not selling my 590s or 580s
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