In What Order Do You Rate The Best Phones
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This thread on the most overrated headphone made me wonder just what are the top five headphones? What does everyone think?Also what does everyoone think is the best headphone buy?
 
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Best headphone buy: Sennheiser HD-600

Best dynamic headphones IMO:

1. Sony MDR-R10
2. Grado HP-1
3. Audio Technica ATH-W2002
4. AKG K-1000
5. Sony MDR-CD3000
 
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Hi,

Best buy = Senn HD-580

Best headphones on my list:

1)Audio Technica ATH-A100Ti
1)Senn HD-580
3)Sony MDR-CD1700
4)Grado SR-225

Space here

5)Denon ATH-D950

The A100ti, HD580, SR225, and CD1700 are actually equally impressive. They have their strengths and weaknesses. Four of them are noticably much better sounding than the Denon.
 
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Best Buy : Sony MDR-CD1700
(new, in-box and for only $110... even if you weren't hooked on the sound when they retailed at $349... you can't argue with them at how much I paid
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Favourite 'phones...

1, Sennheiser HD565
2, Sony MDR-CD1700
3, Etymotic ER4P
4, Sony MDR-V6

<insert huge void here>

5, Sennheiser HD580 ~ may sound real good through a classy amp, and after a cable transplant ~ but come on Sennheiser, send us something that sounds great out of the box!!
 
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Best buy: Koss Portapro / Sennheiser HD 580

My favorite dynamic headphones:

1.a Sennheiser HD 600 (only when modified: foam pads removed, cable replacement)
1.b Etymotic ER-4S/X (with Fixup cable and some mods...)
3. Grado SR 325 (i like it, despite its coloration)
4. AKG K 501 (if only the bass was a bit louder...)
5. Grado SR 80

Out of competition: my 2 self-built electrostatics
 
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Best buy: Ety 4P + 4S adaptor

Favorite headphones:

1. Stax Omega II
2. Stax Lambda SR-404
3. Sony MDR-R10
4. Etymotic ER-4B
5. Grado HP-1

With honorable mention to the Beyerdynamic DT-931s and Sony MDR-V6, also part of my favorites collection.
 
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Best buy: Sennheiser HD-580

Favorites:
1. Sony MDR-R10
2. Sennheiser HD-600
3. Grado RS-1
4. AKG K-1000
5. Etymotic ER4P
 
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Best buy: Sennheiser HD-580

Favorite headphones:
1. Grado SR-200 (Look, I'm clairvoyant!)
2. Alessandro Music Series Pro
3. Sennheiser HD-600

(Going down...)

4. Modified Sony MDR-V6
5. Modified Koss KSC-35

NGF
 
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Best Buys:

1. Koss KSC-35 or PortaPro
2. Sennheiser HD 600/HD 580
3. Sony MDR-V6 with Beyer pads
4. Ety ER-4 series
5. Sennheiser MX 400/500 (only because IMO it's the best earbud on the market and it's under $20)


Favorite Headphones:

(Tie for 1st place, depending on the situation/mood/music)
1. HD 600 w/ Cardas cable upgrade
1. Ety ER-4S (or 4P with adapter)
1. AKG K1000
Then a big dropoff. I haven't yet heard the Grado HP series or the R10



Worst Buys (among the "good" headphones -- i.e., V700 and their ilk not included
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1. Sony CD1700
2. Grado RS1 (great headphone, just way overpriced)
3. Sony R10 ($4,000? Even on sale, $2,500? Maybe the greatest ever made, but still not worth the money to me)
4. Ety ER-6 (even though the ER-4 are twice as much, they're worth it)
5. CD3000 (sorry, just didn't like them)

[P.S. Remember, these are personal views -- nobody needs to attack me because I feel that $4,000 is a "worst buy" no matter how good it is. I personally just don't think any headphone is worth spending that much money on.]
 
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Best Buy: Sony MDR-V6 (Diminishing returns kicks in hardcore after the first $60.)

My favorite headphones (as of 10-19-02):
1. Stax SR-007 (Omega II)
2. Stax SR-404 (Signature II)
3. Sennheiser Orpheus
4. Joseph Grado HP-1000 (HP-1, HP-2 essentially identical)
5. Sony R10
6. Stax SR-303 (Classic II)
7. Sennheiser HD600 (Cardas cable upgrade)
8. Beyerdynamic DT931 (further audition pending)
9. Audio Technica W2002
10. Ultrasone HFI-650

I can read instructions but prefer Top 10s to Top 5s.
 
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<shakes head in amazement>

Apart from Tomcat, and myself... has no-one else heard the HD565s in a direct A/B to the HD580 and HD600s?
 
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I've heard the HD565 briefly, but I couldn't judge its performance reliably due to the less-than-ideal listening conditions (at a Tweeter store a year and a half ago, with a crappy receiver and distribution amp, and a crappy FM radio source).

Also, Gluegun owns a pair of the HD565s (but probably has never heard the HD580s or the HD600s).

Okay, I'll admit that I don't own many of the "best" headphones, but here is my list:

Best Value:
(tie) Sennheiser HD 600 and HD 280 PRO

My Personal Favourites:
1. Etymotic ER-4S
2. Sennheiser HD 600
3. Sennheiser HD 590

*insert gap here*

4. AKG K240DF
5. (tie) Grado SR-80
Sennheiser HD 280 PRO
Sony MDR-V6

Honourable mentions go to the Grado SR-60, the Koss KSC-35 and *gag, gag* the Sony MDR-A35G (all of which make even a crappy portable sound at least reasonably good).
 
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Quote:

Originally posted by Duncan
<shakes head in amazement>

Apart from Tomcat, and myself... has no-one else heard the HD565s in a direct A/B to the HD580 and HD600s?


sorry.
I really want to though. . .

Best buy: HD580s(oh look. . .
)

Favorites(not necessarily equal in quality)
HD600 w/ cardas
Beyer 250-80s
Orpheus
KSC-35s
 
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1. Stax SR-007 (Omega II)
2. Beyer Dynamic DT 931
3. Grado SR 325
4. Etymotic ER-4X
5. Sennheiser HD600 w/Equinox cable

Honorable mention:

Sony MDR-F1 and CD 3000
 
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Best Buy: Sony MDR-7506 (not for me, but you have to admit, they're great "entry level" headphones)

Favourites (edit -- in order):

AT W2002 (simply gorgeous, both visually and aurally)
HP-1000 (I want one)
Beyer DT-770 (yes, still -- comfy+isolation is a big plus)
AT A100Ti (just very balanced)
Senn HD600 (a classic, has it's faults, no doubt, but still nice when you want your ears to breathe)
AKG K1000 (great soundstage -- too ackward to wear to rate any higher)

Not positive about that order, though.
 
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