High end Headphone for Electronica and Pop
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Hello. I am thinking of buying myself an open high-end headphone.
It would be mainly to listen to electronic music, pop, r & b and hip hop.
My candidates are:
- Audeze LCD X
- Focal Clear
- Hifiman Ananda
What do you guys think? Many thanks!
 
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Focal Clear would probably be the safest bet. I've frequently heard about issues regarding manufacture variation for the LCD-X. Though if you buy new, I imagine Audeze has since resolved those issues.
 
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LCD-X has a huge mid-range scoop that makes it less synergistic with vocal heavy music like pop. But it's a stellar performer when EQ is applied to correct it. With EQ I would take it over the others. Without EQ, go for the Ananda.
 
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I really enjoy electronic on my clears. I’m waiting on a set of lcd-x, should be here next week. I expect they will sound very different from the clears. Audeze has a 30 day no questions asked return policy so it’s a very low risk.
 
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Focal Clear would probably be the safest bet. I've frequently heard about issues regarding manufacture variation for the LCD-X. Though if you buy new, I imagine Audeze has since resolved those issues.
I have owned both the X, XCs, and Clears. I agree about the Clears.
 
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Wow with all the love for the Clears I might have to give them a try too
They can be found open box for hundreds less than new. The black and red “pro” variant does better staying clean looking for longer.
 
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Hello. I am thinking of buying myself an open high-end headphone.
It would be mainly to listen to electronic music, pop, r & b and hip hop.
My candidates are:
- Audeze LCD X
- Focal Clear
- Hifiman Ananda
What do you guys think? Many thanks!
Are these your only choices?

If so, I would pick the LCD-X or the Ananda.
 
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You need tight and punchy bass with energetic mids and Audeze dont have that. Audeze sound = boring.
 
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You need tight and punchy bass with energetic mids and Audeze dont have that. Audeze sound = boring.
HE-500 does that.
 
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Focal Clears are a genuinely safe bet, with plenty of dynamic punch for the genres that you've mentioned. They're easy to pair with source gear, too.
 
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