TOTL Open Headphone for a Bass Head?

Discussion in 'High-end Audio Forum' started by justb2, Jan 2, 2018.
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  1. justb2
    So I'll start this off by reiterating a bit of the thread title: I am a Bass Head. I like a solid and impactful bass slam. My home theater has 4 - 2 x 21" custom subwoofer arrays in it. I constantly crank the low end on the EQ of my RME ADI-2 Pro to +10db (depending on what I'm listening to). I listen to a lot of bassy music including R&B, Rap, Reggae, and Dancehall. I also like some Soul and Rock mixed in.

    My current go-to setup is my ZMF Eikon's plugged into my RME ADI-2 Pro in Balanced Mode. Sometimes, however, I feel like I wish I had a TOTL pair of open cans (I've got HD650's, HiFiman He400i's and 560s).

    So I've been looking at the LCD-3/4, Edition X/HE-1000 and Ether Flow. I read so many conflicting opinions on these that I don't really know what's up and what's down. It's tough for me to audition much of this stuff where I live (except the HiFiman's).

    I'm not at all pigeonholing myself to these few cans and am open to all suggestions.

    So what do you guys think? Can you help me zero in on one particular set that would suit me?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. wasupdog
    audeze all the way for bass slam. hifiman doesn't have as much slam but they're more open sounding. anything by mr. speakers would not even be in the running.
  3. Thenewguy007
    If you can afford it, the Abyss 1266 v1 would have the best bass slam by far from your list.
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  4. justb2
    Thanks for your replies! I looked briefly at the Abyss and was intrigued by it. I can't say I'm a huge fan of it's looks though. Why would you recommend the v1 over the newer Phi version?

    If I'm honest with myself, I'd love to keep this under $2500ish and don't have a problem buying used to do so. I know the LCD4 can be had used for around $2600ish and I'm fine with that.
  5. Thenewguy007
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  6. Mystel
    I agree with thenewguy007 here, the abyss has the best bass ive heard by far
    Used v1 can be gotten for around your budget
  7. justb2
    I understand that the Phi was meant to be an "upgrade" over the v1. What do you sacrifice with the v1 over the Phi?
  8. Thenewguy007
    The general consensus on the Abyss thread is that the bass dB was lowered a bit on the Phi (still very strong & authoritative bass). The midrange on the phi is more upfront & the treble is also not as sharp.

    Otherwise they seem to be close in sound signature.
  9. FangJoker
    Abyss or pre fazor Audeze.
  10. javertim
    I was very impressed with the way the Abyss Diana seemed to smack me right between the eyes with their bass impact when I heard them at CanJam.
  11. Whitigir
    Stax 007 MKI and a BHSE, or better, SR-009 and KG T2
  12. Oregonian
    I'm partial to the Pioneer SE Master 1 for my basshead fix with open headphones.............fed from my vintage amps they thump as much as any headphone I've tried (60 and counting)....
  13. stersa
    Pioneer SE Master 1 and Fostex TH900.—-


  14. DamageInc77
    TH900 is semi-open. Best bass on a dynamic headphones I've ever heard.
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  15. etnt
    The Atticus is more bassy than the Eikon actually, and in keeping with the ZMF sound sig, you might want to consider Auteur for open.

    Another option to try is Kennerton Odin.
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