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Rank the Headphones that You Own.

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by yikes, Mar 17, 2005.
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  1. hatrack71
    Of the ones I currently own, ranked in order with all factors considered:
    1. Beyerdynamic T70 (250 ohm)
    2. Beyerdynamic DT-880 Pro (250 ohm)
    3. HifiMan HE-400- These are heavy and uncomfortable. Otherwise I really like the sound- no extreme faults
    4. KingSound KS-H1- I am certain these would be higher up the list but I currently have no way of listening to them
    5. AudioTechnica ATH-M50- a little bass heavy but actually enjoyable on reduced bass setting. These are my portables and I definitely want to upgrade
  2. Lehcs
    Grado 225e
    Vsonic GR07
    Sennheiser 558
    Unfortunately the comfort rankings are the exact opposite.
  3. sikki-six
    1. Audeze LCD-2 rev 1
    Best overall balance and instrument separation. Great for music production too. Awesomely flat and deep bass.
    2. Sennheiser HD600
    Better mids than the Audezes and a very balanced freq. response - well suited for music production as well.
    3. Denon D2000
    Lots of fun with huge bass, that doesn't harm the overall tone. Quite bright too - these (and LCD-2s) are the phones to wow the non-headphiles.
    4. Sennheiser HD650
    These used to be nr.1, but LCD-2 did lots of things better. Now, that I'm not used to them, they do sound kinda dark.
    5. Beyerdynamic DT770 80ohm
    These were my 1st pair of serious phones. These are basically my choice for drum & guitar tracking now. Very durable design, comfy too. Sound quality is a step below the rest.
  4. wahsmoh
    1. Alpha Dog - This thing has some serious control. That is the best word to describe the Alpha Dog. You get a very full sound with good depth of soundstage for a closed headphone with deep bass extension. The imaging is very spot on and musicality makes it less noticeable that the headphone is closed when comparing to the openness of say a DT880 or HD800. Instrument separation is also very good for a closed can. Sounds more like music is coming through a portal or wormhole directly to my ears than listening to dynamic drivers that generally lack this planar/electrostat realism on the mid-fi level.
    2. DT880 - has a wider and airier soundstage than Alpha Dog, also the cups are round which lends itself to this quality. it just doesn't sound as full in the midrange or bass. Also there is more noticeable distortion on instrumentally busy tracks than my Alpha Dog. I would say the treble response of the DT880 is leaning more towards bright than neutral but with the right tubes it can be mellowed out a bit.
    3. Bose QC25 (okay I use this one only for airplanes so it's sort of unfair)
  5. dL.
    Factoring in build quality, ergonomic and comfort along with sound quality:
    1. Sennheiser HD800
    2. Sony MDR-Z7 + Kimber
    3. Sennheiser HD700
    4. Focal Spirit Professional
    5. AKG Q701
    Factoring sound quality only:
    1. Sennheiser HD800
    2. Focal Spirit Professional
    3. Sony MDR-Z7 + Kimber
    4. Sennheiser HD700
    5. AKG Q701
  6. kman1211
    An update to the list. Sorta flip around due to tube changes, etc. Rankings may change due to tube/system changes.
    1.) AKG K712 Pro: These things finally sound right, some reason they are now the most natural sounding and easiest on my ears of all my headphones. Fantastic dynamics, soundstage, imaging, clarity, transparency, tonality, timbre, and speed. 
    2.) Sennheiser HD 650: Laid-back and slightly dark sounding while retaining great resolution and simply gorgeous mids. Sounds a bit condensed compared to the AKGs. A bit more comfortable than the AKGs to me. 
    3.) Beyerdynamic DT 150: Extremely well-balanced and has even better mids than the HD 650 with bass that reaches down low. Highs are neither bright or dark and the sound is more dynamic than the Senns. A bit more aggressive than the HD 650 but not what I consider an aggressive headphone, a bit more spacious sounding than the HD 650. Problems are some closed-back stuffiness and the somewhat odd fit.
    4.) Sennheiser HD 600: Similar to the HD 650 but a bit leaner in the bass and slightly more airy and not quite as resolving. More natural tonality and timbre than the HD 650. Ranked 4th largely due to how similar it's tonality and timbre is to the K712 while not being as spacious and resolving as the K712.
  7. swickedyawtasti

    DAC - Fiio E17k

    - Samsung Galaxy Note 4
    - sony nwz a series

    1# Sony xba-h3 (Favourite IEM)

    2# akg k451 (Best bassy over ear)

    3# Soundmagic e30 (gym IEM)

    4# Sony xba-h1
    5# Sony Mdr-nc13 (Noise Canceling)
    6# Soundmagic e10

    Looking at the Shure SE425 for riding my motorcycle as it sits flush with the ear?
  8. Mr Rick
    Philips X2s ...Fun sounding all rounders
    Sennheiser HD 650s........Rock, Blues.
    AKG 712's.... Jazz, Vocalists
    Beyerdynamic DT 880 / 600 Ohm....Classical
    Sennheiser HD 598s...... Movies, TV
  9. takato14
    1: Sansui SS-100: Perfect midrange, well extended in both directions, extremely airy and open, gloriously transparent and smooth, gorgeous, not comfy
    2: Pioneer Monitor 10-II (modded): "Audiophile bass cannon": capable of bigger bass than Beats with less distortion than the LCD-2, upper ranges do not suffer/aren't lacking, enormous soundstage, extremely comfortable
    3: Toshiba HR-810 (modded): Ridiculous transients and control, very smooth, bass can hit hard despite being a stat/electret, a more "fun" tuning than the SS-100 but a bit closed-in sounding, gorgeous, not comfy
    4: KOSS PortaPro: Good all rounders, nice and airy, very clean and clear, could use less bass distortion, not the most comfortable thing
    to give a sense of scale relative to modern high-end gear, I'd rank the Sennheiser HD600 just barely above the PortaPro if I still had it due to comfort, less bass distortion, and soundstage
  10. HarleyZK
    Because its hard to rank with so many cans, the order could change a bit between them later down the track.
    I listen to artists/bands from the following genres:
    Metal (thrash, black, grind, death, power, symphonic, doom)
    Rock (alt, post-rock, progressive, hard rock, Jrock)
    Punk (crust, power-violence, hardcore)
    Electronic (psy-trance, psy-ambient, house, Drum n Bass, big beat, trip hop)
    Old school gangsta rap
    Jazz fusion, smooth jazz, bebop jazz, free jazz
    games, movie soundtracks (e.g Skyrim, Deus Ex, Mass Effect, Heavy Rain, Batman, LoTR)
    Kpop & Jpop
    Alpha Dog
    ZMF Vibro
    Sig DJ
    Feenix Aria
    Grado Bushmills
    Worst (not like the Bushmills are not good or anything, not to disrespect their sound quality)
    Been interested to try the LCDX, HE6, K812 and Enigma Acoustics Dharma down the track. I guess it'd be natural to ask why I don't own a stat, I'm a bit apprehensive due to the humidity and heat where I live right now - as silly as that is
  11. mikey1964
    With the arrival of the Grado GS1000i, I may have to re-visit my previous ranking. So far, I like what I've been hearing from the GS1000i....transparent, great vocals, width soundstage, surprisingly good bass extension for an open can with sponge pads.
  12. 396629
    Sorry but forgot about the Griffins so had to find a place for them in the list. I think they are amazingly good for what they are (£29.99 !!!!).  Almost a mini DT150. 
    So natural and smooooooooth as silk. Try them and be suprised.
    PS Not to be confused with the Woodtone in ear possibly the darkest sounding thing since the Goldring GX200. pretty dull really.
    Edit. do have the seemingly ever popular PortaPros which would come in some way behind the Form2s
  13. NotaLefty
    From best to worst:
    1) Stax SR-007 MKII
    2) Sennheiser HD800
    3) Audeze LCD-2.2F
    4) Hifiman HE-560
    These are my top 4 favorite headphones. My issues with them are as follows:
    1) Stax - stupid difficult to find amplification at a sane price.
    2) Sennheiser - Lack of bass extension, "one-note" sounding compared to the electrostatic and planar headphones.
    3) Audeze - Maybe a touch too dark, but it works with some genres. Way too uncomfortable (weight + headband bumps).
    4) Hifiman - Sounded alright, but it was nothing special. Lacked the weighty sound that the other headphones were able to produce. 
  14. Ishcabible
    ZMF Blackwood: I have a review up for them and even though I don't have a pair at the moment (waiting for an upgrade), I still feel like I'm missing something with everything else.
    Modded Darth Beyer: I opened them up and there was nothing but cotton balls but after some damping, they can still rattle but don't sound half bad with anything with vocals anymore
    OPPO PM2: They'd be fantastic headphones if I had nothing to compare them to, but since I do, they sound lacking a little bit in everything.
    AKG K271: The second pair of headphones I've ever bought. With some J-Money pads they combine their very capable midrange and now have some nice bass.
    Hifiman RE600: Fantastically warm, but after a while they're a bit tiring.
    Master and Dynamic MH40: They're the best modern portable headphones I've used, which means next to nothing because I've hated most portable headphones. Their bass is kind of muddy, only made muddier with amplification for some reason. Their midrange is fine, but there's a random dip in the transition from the midrange to the treble that's similar to why I hated the M50. On the upside, they're easily the most durable headphones I have.
    ^NotaLefty, what do you think of the SR007's bass? My problem with the Stax I've tried (SR-009, Lambdas) was that while the bass was there, it didn't feel real. Rather, it felt diffuse rather than visceral like with dynamic headphones.
  15. NotaLefty
    The SR-007 bass is in between the HD800 and LCD-2 in terms of presence, with slightly more than the HE-500. It is not as visceral or tight as the HD800, but there is a healthier amount of it and I prefer the presentation of the SR-007 overall.
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