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What Over Ear To Get?

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by m coupe, Dec 20, 2012.
  1. M Coupe
    Hi All,
    First Post. I am a long time audio nut.  I have had the likes of Levinson, Classe, JM Lab and etc... for my 2 channel needs.  A few years ago, I settled in on my Revel Salon, Jeff Rowland, Transparent set-up and love it.  In that time, I found that having a wide/deep/accurate sound stage matter a ton to me.  Also, I hate overly analytical/bright set-ups (I am sensitive to forward sounding systems).  I would say my current system is somewhat tube like as I do like liquid like mid-range.  That may not be reference, but it is what my ears like.   Hopefully that gives you a take on my priorities.
    That being said, I stumbled on this site because I needed a good set of in-ear phones for my weekly plane travels.  I ended up with a set of Shure 535SE Limiteds with Baldur MKII cables and think they sound decent.  I am still getting used to the location of the soundstage but I guess that goes with in-ear headhpones. 
    I am now thinking I might want a set of Over the ear headphones for my home use when I don't want to turn my stereo up in the evening and wake my family.
    What might you recommend?  I am not in a hurry but intrigued as to what you might think would get me close to what I am listening to with my 2 channel setup.
  2. MalVeauX
    Depending on how you define "overly" bright, here's some suggestions:
    Open back:
    Hifiman HE-400
    Beyer DT880
    Sennheiser HD600 or HD650
    Ultrasone HFI 2400
    AKG Q701
    Sony MA900
    AudioTechnica AD900
    Closed back:
    Mr Speakers Mad Dog
    Beyer DT770 or Custom One Pro
    AKG K550
    AKG K167
    Sony MDR1R
    AudioTechnica A700X or A900X
    Denon D600
    Brainwavz HM5
    Sennheiser Momentum
    Very best,
  3. AaronR
    If I were to upgrade my Sennheisers to another Sennheiser, I would go with these http://www.head-fi.org/t/141830/sennheiser-hd650-review. Do you have a price cap?
  4. HeadphoneBONS
    If I could post in every thread recommending the Sennheiser HD 518's I would. They are especially fit home use because of their open-back design, which tends to leak a little sound in favor of better soundstage (not enough to wake anyone up unless you're maybe sitting right next to them ! ) Soundstage is an interesting sound effect where it feels as though the vocals of the artist stick out right in front of you. Also they are amazingly comfortable and I can wear them for hours without my ears feeling mucky. The padding is flush and won't wear down easily like with some cheaper headphones. They have a wonderful dark sound with pronounced bass that hits hard at all the right times without cutting too much into anything else. Please at least consider taking a look at them and I would also recommend the Fiio E6 amp to go with them and the L9 shaped line out dock to connect your ipod/iphone if you have one, as the built in amp of most apple products are pretty substandard for what higher end headphones have to offer.
    Really the only weakness of the HD 518's are their lack of versatility. They are not on-the go headphones. 
  5. M Coupe
    Thanks all. In response to the questions-
    1. Reference neutral is fine with me but Attenuation of treble drives me crazy in a bad way. For example, my Rowland mono blocks sound tube-ish and I love them. Even the venerable old levinson no. 27 had a dark sound I enjoyed when on a budget. But Bryston/lexicon drive me out of a room. Make sense?

    2. Budget... Less than 3k I guess

    Again, I really appreciate the help!
  6. MalVeauX
    In that case:
    Sennheiser HD650
    Audeze LCD2
    If you get an adapter or cable made for the LCD2, you can use it right out your current speaker amp(s).
    Very best,
  7. M Coupe
    The Audeze LCD2 and 3 seem promising.  Thanks for the tips. 

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