What are your dream headphones?
Feb 27, 2020 at 4:33 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 33

JohnSample

New Head-Fier
Joined
Jul 18, 2017
Posts
8
Likes
2
Location
Midwest
I figured this would be a nice forum to put, as I have never heard these, but oh so I would want to.
MDR-XB500_3._V165073591_.jpg

Sony MDR-XB500 : I always wanted to feel bass below 20 hz. They appear lightweight and comfortable. I would imagine the sound is fairly transient and recessed in the presence band due to the distance of the ear from the driver. Back then, I would assume they could be found for about US $39 dollars. Today, only parts can be scavenged under that price. New old stock ranges from US $295 to even $395. To think that one guy who just bought these in bulk and put them in his closet could afford a new house with the sales he makes from these. I just feel bad each effort Sony makes will not top these.

41C6775607L.jpg

JVC HP-DX1000 : I have used JVC headphones a lot. The Gumy Plus is their best model. I have tried the HA-S160 Flats and the HA-SR185; both well-built but underwhelming headphones. There is no sub bass. The headphones I would want to save up for are the SZ1000 or the SZ2000, but when looking images of those I saw these. I cannot describe the aesthetic; it is like a premium headphone that looks like a stock headphone. It looks like something from Counter-Strike. A lot of headphones look boring no matter what they are made of, but these do the trick. Anything with wood means I am less likely to tinker with it. This is one headphone I would want to own based on looks alone.

41t94ND8phL._SY300_.jpg

Koss Pro4AA : I am convinced this is the most rewarding headphone by Koss. I have heard tales of how it was the premier studio headphone with great comfort and isolation. In the new millennium, Koss changed their materials a bit. Apparently it is not easy to power them and the oil cushion is gone. I would imagine on the right setup they sound exceptional. If music sounded the best on these in 1970s than it would be the king of headphones in my opinion.

J20512000000000-00-500x500.jpg

AKG K553 : The first time I saw them was in a video review. I instantly thought they would block a ton of noise out. Not only that, but also they would have great AKG sound quality. I would imagine these headphones would feel like quality in my hands. The style reminds me of the Sony MDR-XB450, but more premium.

77afe0bd-4f0d-4603-9152-137e19c8f315._CR266,75,750,750_PT0_SX300__.jpg

Monolith M560: This is it. I feel like this is the headphone that would convert me to planar. I also heard of this on a video review of the product. It can be used open or closed, and has a low price when compared to other planar headphones. I am convinced it is the best value in headphones in the United States. I do not own them, but I am sold.

These are the headphones I would want to own, but I am simply of low means so they are wistful cans to me, such is life. Which headphones would you like to own one day but may not ever? I thought this would be a fun idea for a post. Have fun with your picks!
 
Feb 27, 2020 at 9:00 PM Post #2 of 33

Spareribs

Headphoneus Supremus
Joined
May 24, 2006
Posts
5,604
Likes
566
Not really a dream headphone per se but the return of the legendary AKG K1000 but with improved bass and better comfort. That would probably be a huge buzz in the headphone community. They are the sound stage kings.

But Lately, I’ve been fantasizing of getting the original vinyl pressings of old recordings. That would probably be my first choice if I won the lottery.
 
Mar 1, 2020 at 11:19 AM Post #9 of 33

Kazz123

100+ Head-Fier
Joined
Aug 10, 2017
Posts
102
Likes
26
Location
Amsterdam
Sony MDR-XB500 : I always wanted to feel bass below 20 hz. They appear lightweight and comfortable. I would imagine the sound is fairly transient and recessed in the presence band due to the distance of the ear from the driver. Back then, I would assume they could be found for about US $39 dollars. Today, only parts can be scavenged under that price. New old stock ranges from US $295 to even $395. To think that one guy who just bought these in bulk and put them in his closet could afford a new house with the sales he makes from these. I just feel bad each effort Sony makes will not top these.

I just saw a used good condition type of listing for XB500 on Amazon UK for 99 pounds, in case you're interested. Never tried them myself but heard very good things.
 
Apr 5, 2020 at 8:11 PM Post #10 of 33

ekfc63

100+ Head-Fier
Joined
Apr 16, 2014
Posts
254
Likes
119
Location
Frozen North
Done.......

I'll never own them however...?....


Lovely photo. For me, the Utopias are the best looking headphones. Just gorgeous. I sold mine for Abyss 1266TC but still miss the Utopias.
 
Apr 5, 2020 at 9:16 PM Post #11 of 33

Hifiearspeakers

Headphoneus Supremus
Joined
Dec 7, 2017
Posts
2,616
Likes
3,116
Location
United States
I’m lucky enough to own my dream headphones. These are gorgeous to look at, comfortable to wear, and sound every bit as good as they look. I’ve owned many TOTL headphones like the he1000, he1000 V2, he1000SE, final audio d8000, LCD3, LCD4Z, Ultrasone Edition 15, Sennheiser 800 and Sennheiser 800S. And none of them can touch my ZMF Verite. They’re not the absolute best in any one category, but they do everything right. To my ears, they’re endgame good.

280136E9-CF58-4F4C-87DF-7130A8C36724.jpeg
DEA60A7A-D30B-45A4-8708-5812BA219480.jpeg
D388BAEB-2A4A-4BE1-923C-78A1249E3F9E.jpeg
 
Apr 5, 2020 at 10:52 PM Post #13 of 33

BobG55

Formerly known as Old Groucho
Joined
Jun 16, 2013
Posts
3,959
Likes
8,147
Location
🦞
Abyss AB 1266 TC
 
Apr 6, 2020 at 1:51 AM Post #14 of 33

474194

500+ Head-Fier
Joined
Apr 16, 2017
Posts
825
Likes
780
I'm just discovering I already have my dream headphones. I was trying to figure out what was wrong with me by not being interested in any modern try-hard mom and pop CIEMs. This is neutral done right and has yet to be replicated to this day. Purchased in 2004, cracked shell a month in and re-shelled a few years ago. Neglected all this time. Now that I finally have a worthy digital source because digital source matters big time, I'm starting to roll them out into production and use daily.

I'm a CIEM-only neutral-head. Re-introducing the Ultimate Ears Pro 10:

11210738.png



Here are some impressions by a Hall of Famer Legendary HF'er circa 2007 (Someone I highly respected):

11210213.png


11210228.png


cut.png


11210236.png


11210237.png


11210238.png


11212237.png


I'm trying to plant a seed for UE to release a 20th Anniversary UE PRO 10.

I went on cold turkey hiatus on this site from 2005 - 2017. In hindsight, picking up extra pairs of these would of been the optimal game play. These impressions are all new to me as I started rolling back the clock checking old threads when I figured out I was listening to some magic vodoo.
 
Last edited:

Users who are viewing this thread

Top