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in order of preference:
■ Sennheiser HD600 (silver screens) - Possibly the best dynamic headphones out there. Very natural mids, punchy and natural sounding bass. This is exactly how live music sounds to me.
■ Denon/Lawton Audio LA7000 - Sounds as beautiful as it looks. Wonderful allrounder that works with absolutely everything. Best bass I've ever heard, including the LCD-2 (which is cleaner, but the LA7000 has more "bite").
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■ Philips Fidelio X1 - a very neat pair of headphones, great combination of sound quality, wearing comfort and build quality. Primarily for low-volume listening, as the bass tends to be overpowering and medium/high volumes.
■ Sennheiser IE80 - I don't like IEM's, but they're useful when travelling.
■ Stax Lambda Signature SR-404 - Bass can be a bit boomy, but otherwise wonderfully smooth. Near-perfect midrange and treble (For instrumental music only, sounds unnatural with voices).
■ Audeze LCD-2 "Rev. 3" Bamboo - Technically great, but doesn't sound effortless enough. Heavy.
■ Beyerdynamic T1 (120Ω adaptor for use with SS amps) - One of my favourites, but a bit too treble-happy.
■ Sony MDR-Z1000 - Good, but unnatural midrange.
■ "Mad Dog" modded T50RP by mrspeakers - very clean sounding, very neutral, lacks some excitement.
■ Beyerdynamic DT250 (basically 80 Ohm version but with 250 Ohm drivers) - nice balanced sound and comfortable to wear. Excellent allrounder that also provides good isolation.
■ Fostex T50RP (modded) - Does everything well. Primarily used for watching movies.
■ Phonak Audeo PFE 112 - One of the few IEMs I can tolerate (comfort-wise). Great value.
■ Hifiman HE-6 - Didn't like them very much. Possibly insufficient amping. Extremely uncomfortable.
■ Kenwood KH-K1000 (modded) - Very colored, but fun sometimes. Great soundstage, excellent for movies.
■ Audeze LCD-2 Rev. 1 - Regret having sold them, better than the Rev. 2
■ Koss ESP-950 - sound-wise, close to perfection. Needs to be treated like a raw egg, unfortunately.
■ Philips L1 - Surprisingly good, but somewhat uneven sounding.
■ Sony MDR-SA3000 - Sounds very nice, like a cross between the K701 and DT880.
■ AKG K240 Sextett (LP) - Very fun sounding, but a bit muffled treble.
■ AKG K701 - Plastic enclosure, plastic sound.
■ Sennheiser HD800 - Too much treble in stock condition, but heavenly when equalized (-7db at 6.3 kHz, -4db from 8-12.5 kHz).
■ Sennheiser HD580 (black screens) - Sligthly less refined than the HD600, but more forward and just as enjoyable.
■ Denon AH-D7100 - see http://www.head-fi.org/products/denon-ah-d7100-music-maniac/reviews/7388
■ Westone UM3X - Where did the treble go?
■ Sony ZX700 - Nothing special.
■ Beyerdynamic DT1350 - Portable & great isolation. Sounds good for a small on-ear phone.
■ Grado RS1 (Vintage "B") - Great, but painful to wear for more than five minutes.
■ Grado SR325is - Same as RS1 (but even less comfortable!)
■ Grado SR60 - Same as RS1 (but not as great sounding)
■ Grado PS500 - probably the best Grado I've heard, different than the RS1 but on the same level overall. More balanced sounding, which is a good thing.
■ Sennheiser HD650 (silver screens) - Great, but not as balanced as the HD600.
■ Sennheiser HD600 (black screens) - Strongly regretted selling them, bought a new one.
■ Sennheiser HD595 - Good sound when amped properly, lacking when unamped.
■ Mapletree Ear+HD Super II - Miss it, sold only due to heat problems.
■ Woo Audio WA6 - Very underwhelming. Not recommended.
■ Stax SRM-313
■ ALO Audio the Continental V2
■ Koss E90
■ HeadAmp Pico Power
■ Meier Audio Corda Concerto - Neutral, drives everything.
■ Meier Audio Corda Headsix - alright, nothing special.
■ iBasso PB2
■ Audiolab M-DAC
■ Decware CSP2+ - Sounds coloured, but in a very enjoyable way.
■ audio-gd ROC SA - extremely powerful, but sounded grainy.
■ Little Dot MKIII - Useless.
■ LA Audio EQ231-G - 31-band analogue Equalizer. Essential in any audio system!
■ Rega RP3 turntable with Rega Elys 2 cartridge
■ Squeezebox Touch
■ Cypher Labs Algorythm Solo (original)
■ Apple iPod Touch, 4th gen, 32GB. I don't particularly like Apple products, but the Touch works well as a streaming device (using iPeng).
■ Yamaha CD-640 - alright
■ Cowon S9 32GB - Excellent once you get rid of the stock UI.
■ Cambridge Audio DAC Magic - Lots of features, but sounds a bit weird.
■ Marantz CD-6004 - Does exactly what a CD player is supposed to do. A bit expensive.
■ Cowon iAudio X5L 30GB - One of the best DAP's.
■ Audiotrak Dr. DAC2 DX TE
■ iPod Classic 6G - I can't stand iTunes. Otherwise a good player.
■ Smyth Realiser A8 (HDMI) - the single most impressive device in this hobby. Wish there was a portable solution for this.
■ iBasso DB2
■ Cowon J3 32+64GB - Excellent DAP, very strong battery.
■ Corda StageDAC - Great, especially the crossfeed feature.
■ Marantz CD63 MKII - Alright.
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Other Audio Equipment:
■ Main speaker setup: Vienna Acoustic Haydn speakers, Harman/Kardon HK680 amp, Sony CD-990 CDP
■ Desktop speaker setup: DALI Zensor 1's (EQ'd), Yamaha R-840/CD-640)
Classical (anything from Baroque to Modern); Rock, Jazz, Blues, Folk, Metal, Soul, Pop... Just about anything, really. Not a fan of electronic music though.
Favourites include, in no specific order:
Sonny Boy Williamson
Blind Willie McTell
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Qeens of the Stone Age
New Model Army
Johann Sebastian Bach
Multi-Purpose-"Workstation": HP Probook 6465b + Docking Station, Dell Ultrasharp 2412m