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Headphone Inventory

Best Over-Ear Headphones
Audio Technica A900XLTD/W1000X
B&O H6 (Audi Edition)
ZMF v2/Vibro

Best On-Ear Headphones
Beyerdynamic T51p/T51i

Best Budget Headphones (which I strongly recommend)
Accidentally Extraordinary 51st Studios Wood (great sound, wood, great design, poor headband)
Beyerdynamic DTX 350p/501p (great sound when amped, good build, comfy ok)
Brainwavz HM5 (ok sound, comfy)
Creative CAL!2 (better sounding than CAL!1, comfy, need a new cable)
JVC HA RX-700 (great sound, plasticky)
M-Audio Q40 (great bass, fun sound, horrible cable)
NVX Audio XPT100 (ok sound, super comfy)
Panasonic RP-HTF600 (pros: fun sound; cons: poor build)
Puma Vortice (what a gem! sounds terrific!)
Skullcandy Aviator Paul Frank (nice design, not so good sound)
Sony MDR-7506 (balanced sound, poor build)
Yamaha HPH-MT220 (great sound, slightly heavy)
Zagg ZR-LE (wood, good sound when amped, thin cable)

Headphones which I think very highly of
AKG K550/K551
Aria Feenix
Audio Technica ATH-A900XLTD/ATH-W1000X
B&W P7
Beyerdynamic T51p/T51i
Bose QC25
Denon AH-D7000
Final Audio Design Pandora VI
Focal Spirit Classic/One S
Fostex TH900
Grado SR125e
Hifiman HE6/HE-560
M-Audio Q40
Master and Dynamic MH40
Philips Fidelio L2/X1
Sennheiser HD800/HD600/HD8 DJ
Shure SRH-1520
Sony MDR-7520/MDR-MA900
SoundMAGIC HP150
Stax SR-009
Sony MDR-Z7
Yamaha HPH-MT220
ZMF v2/Vibro

Overall impressions
Accidentally Extraordinary: 51st Studios Wood (pros: good sound, nice looking; cons: slightly veiled)
Aedle VK-1 (pros: good sound, great design; cons; poor fit)
AKG: K550 (pros: clarity, detailed, very comfortable; cons: poor fit for some, poor fit impacts bass), K545 (pros: good sound, looks; cons: less clearer than K550, smaller soundstage), 712 (pros: great sound, comfortable; cons: nothing), K845BT (pros: good sound, comfortable; cons: not as musical as K551), Y45BT (pros: small, light, comfortable; cons: poor sound), 812 (pros: good sound, transparency; cons: poor build, too ex, not worth)
Aria: Feenix (pros: great sound, design, wood; cons: a bit expensive)
Audeze: LCD-XC (pros: soundstage, great looks; cons: bright, heavy, very expensive), LCD-X (pros: good sound, soundstage; cons: needs proper amp, heavy, very expensive)
Audio Technica: A900XLTD (pros: good sound, looks, comfortable; cons: slight lacking in bass), ATH-OX7AMP (pros: good sound, light; cons: plastic, no rechargeable battery), ATH-TAD500 (pros: good sound, cheap; cons: plastic), ATH-W1000X (pros: great sound, looks, comfortable; cons: slight loose fit), ATH-M50X LE (pros: good sound, quite comfortable; cons: pads get hot, a tad heavy)
B&O: H6 (pros: good sound, comfortable; cons: weak bass, looks a bit cheap, expensive)
B&W: P7 (pros: good across all genres, build; cons: small cups, tight fit, expensive, funny treble that irritates after a while), P5 S2 (pros: good sound, build; cons: tight fit)
Beats: Studio (pros: good sound, quite comfortable; cons: slight veil, lots of plastic), Studio Wireless (pros: good sound, quite comfortable, wireless; cons: slight veil, lots of plastic)
Beyerdynamic: T1 (pros: good across all genres, comfortable; cons: needs a good amp, expensive, soundstage seems a bit too wide), DT990 (pros: great smooth sound, comfortable; cons: needs amping), T51p (pros: great sound, very comfortable; cons: expensive), T5p (pros: good sound; cons: treble, uncomfortable, quite high clamp force), DT1350 (pros: good across all genres, looks; cons: uncomfortable, high clamp force)
Bose: Q15 (pros: NC, comfortable; cons: build), QC20i (pros: incredible NC; cons: expensive), SoundTrue (pros: good sound, comfy; cons: expensive), QC25 (pros: NC, good sound, comfortable; cons: expensive)
Brainwavz: HM5 (pros: good sound, very comfortable; cons: build), HM9 (pros: good sound, comfortable; cons: build)
Creative: CAL! (pros: good sound, cheap; cons: build, small cups), CAL!2 (pros: good sound, comfortable; cons: poor cable)
Denon: AH-D7000 (pros: good across all genres, looks, comfortable; cons: expensive, cable), AH-D5000 (pros: great sound, looks, comfortable; cons: loose bass, cable), AH-D600 (pros: good across all genres, comfortable; cons: large, lots of plastic)
Final Audio: Pandora Hope VI (pros: incredible sound, build; cons: heavy, earpads too soft)
Fischer Audio: DBA-02 (pros: good across all genres; cons: build, weak cable), DBA-02 MKII (pros: good across all genres; cons: noisy cable)
Focal: Spirit Classic (pros: good across all genres, build; cons: ball+hinge design, expensive, poor fit), Spirit Professional (pros: good across all genres, build; cons: ball+hinge design, expensive, not as musical as Classic, poor fit), Spirit One S (???)
Fostex: TH900 (pros: good across all genres, gorgeous looks; cons: fragile cups, very expensive), TH600 (just a poorer version of TH900), TH500RP (pros: build, comfortable; cons: thin-sounding)
Grado: SR225 (pros: good sound; cons: weak bass, earpads get hot, uncomfortable), PS1000 (pros: good sound; cons: earpads get hot, uncomfortable, expensive), SR125e (pros: great clarity, light; cons: a tad bass light)
Hifiman: HE-6 (pros: good across all genres; cons: heavy, build, high amping needed, very expensive, uncomfortable with velour pads), HE-560 (pros: great sound, comfortable; cons: expensive), HE-400i (pros: great sound, comfortable; cons: a tad expensive)
Jaybird: Bluebuds X (pros: good across all genres; cons: not so good fit for exercising)
JBL: Synchros S700 (pros: good bass, build; cons: bass bleeds into mids, can't fit big heads, heavy, quite high clamp force)
JVC: HP-DX2000 (pros: good sound, good bass, build; cons: heavy, too big, expensive)
KEF: M500 (pros: good sound, design; cons: fit)
Kingsound: KS-H3 (pros: good sound, design; cons: expensive, needs amp)
Klipsch: Status (pros: great sound, build; cons: quite uncomfortable)
Logitech: UE9000 (pros: good sound, build; cons: heavy, quite uncomfortable, high clamp force)
M-Audio: Q40 (pros: great sound, looks; cons: uncomfortable, clamp force, cable), HDH50 (pros: good sound, good build; cons: monitor-like)
Master & Dynamic: MH40 (pros: look, build; cons: dark sounding, expensive)
Marshall: Monitor (pros: good sound, looks; cons: needs some tweaking to sound better, small cups, fit)
MartinLogan Mikros 90 (pros: great sound, build, cheap; cons: clamp force, fit)
MrSpeakers: Mad Dog (pros: good sound, soft pads; cons: a bit tight due to large pads, looks cheap, Alpha Dog (pros: good sound, build; cons: expensive), Prime (pros: great sound, musical; cons: expensive)
NAD: Viso HP50 (pros; good sound, looks, earpads; cons: a tad boring), Viso HP30 (???)
NOCS: NS900 Live (pros: great sound, build; cons: high clamp force)

Headphone Amp Inventory

Onkyo: ES-FC300 (pros: good sound, light; cons: fit)
Oppo: PM-1 (pros: good sound, build; cons: expensive, not as balanced as other orthos), PM-2 (pros: better sound than PM-1, build; cons: still expensive)
Pendulumic: S1 (pros: good sound, design; cons: small cups)
Philips: Fidelio X1 (pros: good sound, looks; cons: poor fit for big heads), Fidelio L2 (pros: good across all genres, looks, cable; cons: none), A5-Pro (pros: great sound, incredible build; cons: a bit heavy, not so impactful bass, expensive), SHP9500 (pros: great clarity, comfortable; cons: ear fatigue, lack of bass), M1MKII (pros: good clarity, punchy bass, comfy; cons: small soundstage), M2BT (pros: musical sound, detailed, smart design; cons: a bit expensive)
Pioneer: SE-MX7 (pros: great sound; cons: on-ear, plasticky, bass adjustment not effective), SE-MX9 (pros: great sound, good build; cons: a tad bassy, on-ear), SE-A1000 (pros: good sound; cons: filmsy), HDJ-2000 (pros: good bass, incredible build; cons: slight veil, heavy cable)
Plantronics: Backbeat Pro (pros: design, build; cons: not very good sound)
PSB: M4U2 (pros: good sound ; cons: build, lots of plastic, uncomfortable, high clamp force)
Samsung: Level Over (pros: good sound, comfortable; cons: low volume), Level On (pros: comfortable; cons: poor sound)
Sennheiser: HD800 (pros: incredible soundstage, comfortable; cons: picky with amp, expensive), HD598 (pros: good sound, comfortable, looks; cons: weak bass), Momentum (pros: good across all genres, looks; cons: small cups), Amperior (pros: good across all genres, looks; cons: uncomfortable), Urbanite XL (pros: great sound, punchy bass; cons: looks)
Sennheiser: HD-25 Aluminium (a better version than Amperior), HD-26 Pro (more analytical than HD-25 Aluminium), HD8 DJ (best DJ headphone from Sennheiser)
Shure: SRH1440 (pros: clarity, comfortable; cons: weak bass, lots of plastic), SRH1840 (pros: good sound, comfortable; cons: headband touches top of head), SRH940 (pros: great treble; cons: lousy build), SRH1540 (pros: good across all genres, looks; cons: doesn't sound like Shure anymore!)
SOL: Republic (pros: nothing; cons: build, too much bass)
Somic: MH463 (pros: good sound, cheap; cons: build)
Sony: MDR-1RBT MKII (pros: good sound, comfortable; cons: slight recess for vocals), MDR-MA900 (pros: good sound, light, comfortable; cons: build, lots of plastic), Sony 7520 (pros: great sound, comfortable; cons: heavy cable), MDR-Z7 (pros: great sound, comfortable, build; cons: could sound a tad more exciting), MDR-XB950BT (pros: good sound, comfortable; cons: too bassy)
SoundMAGIC: HP150 (pros: great sound, build; cons: headband not big enough), HP200 (pros: great sound, comfortable; cons: thin bass)
Stax: SR-009 (pros: good across all genres, build; cons: extremely expensive, heavy, high amping needed)
Superlux: HD681 EVO (pros: good sound, cheap; cons: nothing)
Symphonized: Magnum Premium (pros: look, good bass; cons: need treble boost)
Takstar: Pro80 (pros: good sound, cheap; cons: not for big head)
Ted Baker: Rockall (pros: good sound, build; cons: nothing)
Thinksound: On1 (pros: good sound, looks; cons: none), TS-02 (pros: good across all genres; cons: build, cable looks fragile)
Ultrasone: HFI, Pro, DJ, Signature, Edition (pros: bass, build; cons: colored sound, expensive), Performance Series(???)
V-Moda: XS (pros: good sound, small-form factor, build; cons: earpads too small)
Vertu: HP-1V (???)
Velodyne: vTrue (pros: good sound, design; cons: slight clamp force)
Yamaha: HPH Pro 500 (pros: good sound, clarity; cons: uncomfortable, clarity irritates you after a while), HPH-MT220 (pros: good sound, clarity; cons: slight heavy, dull design)
Zagg: ZR-LE (pros: good sound and looks, cheap; cons: filmsy cable)
ZMF v2: (pros: very musical, comfortable; cons: need a bass boost), ZMF x Vibro (pros: very musical, user-definable bass options; cons: expensive)

Source Inventory

iCan iDSD Micro
iCan Nano
iDAC Nano
Practical Devices XM6
JDS Labs CMoyBB v2.03
Electric-Avenues PA2V2

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