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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 12:13 pm 
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I am considering buying my first set of headphones. I will try some out for both comfort and sound quality before I buy, but would appreciate recommendations as to what I should try. I'd like to keep it under $500 if possible. I Iisten mostly to classical music and like a natural and balanced sound, with lots of detail (I have a Bryston amp and Modwright preamp). Thanks for any suggestions.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:54 pm 
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Take a strong look at B&W P7'S. Just got a pair a few months ago and they are outstanding for the price range. Nice natural sound, great bass and quality made with real stainless steel and leather. For $399 you really can't go wrong. Just my opinion though, make sure you actually listen to whichever headphones you choose.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 9:08 pm 
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Whatever you buy, PLEASE stay away from garbage like Dr. Dre Beats and whatnot. If it's fashionable with the young kids-with-their-heads-full-of-mush, run away. But I probably didn't need to tell you that.

Stick to the major brands like Sennheiser, AKG, Grado, Audio Technica, Sony, Denon, Beyerdynamic, etc.

Not familiar with the newer entries into the headphone game but the B&Ws' that Tweeterhawg mentioned would be a good place to start. I see that Focal has thrown their hat into the headphone ring too.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 4:43 am 
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i have a P5 B&W and this sound is really great. Crystal highs, very dynamic.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 6:19 pm 
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For around $225.00 (auction site ) you can find AKG K 701 headphones - hard to top those headphones..


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2014 10:01 am 
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Grado and Beyerdynamic, along with B&W phones would be my top choice. I have the Grado 325is and love them. Beyerdynamic and the B&W I have auditioned have been great sounding and comfortable to wear. Don't forget to make sure the phones would or would not need a headphone to drive them.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 11:07 am 
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Thanks for the B&W comments. I have never had "real" headphones and I am kind of at a loss for a starting point.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:08 am 
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Audition Grado RS2i, SR325i, and SR60i. Don't shy away from the SR60i because of its low price-- some folks consider it virtually the equal of the SR225i in audio performance. After selecting a Grado, use it as a reference when auditioning other brands. You may find that you need to spend significantly more to match its quality with another brand.

But there are many outstanding headphones around, and for extended listening sessions, comfort is probably the deciding factor.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 2:31 am 
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Sennheiser HD600 are awesome Headphones under your budget limit, read some reviews on them online.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:27 am 
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I have to put a vote down for the HiFiMan HE-500's. Incredibly well reviewed and with the new model coming out can be found for $499 or less. They really do sound great but do like power.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 11:38 am 
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I've spent years on the headphone quest.
my humble opinion in that price range would be Senn HD600's. I have two sets of them.

AKG 701's are very nice also but I prefer the older 500's. You can find them used for peanuts. Then buy replacement pads from the 701 ($40) and you have my fav AKG headphone for probably under $200.

You might want to do a short test before buying anything.
I call it the Senn vs Grado test. Both are great phones but on opposite ends of the spectrum.
If you can try 600's and any mid level Grado - you'll know in minutes which you naturally prefer and then you can get into the specifics of which model in the line.

Best of luck on the quest!


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 9:21 pm 
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I got into HPs about a year ago. I have a Rogue Mag Cronus. It has a jack but there is some cross talk when other sources were on not that big of a deal I usually only play one source at a time anyway. When I was trying to figure out what I wanted the first thing I tried to determine was what style of HP I want on my ear. Touching my ear like pressing against it was uncomfortable and after 10 mins I was done.

So discovered cup designed HP that fit around the ear but not touching it. (cant touch this....yeah yeah) Any way once I figured that out then I just avoided HPs that did not fit the bill. Ended up with on pair of Senn HD 600 open and Audio Techniques ATH M50 closed. The Senn run at 60 or 70 maybe more ohms so it takes a little more power to drive them. They seem to like classical. The ATs are a easy load to drive. They seem to like rock and jazz. I ended up getting a Cute Curve head phone amp and up graded power supply. Its nirvana now its hours of listening pleasure no fatigue. There are tons of HP power amps most of them sound fine. If you want to get tricky about it get a tube HP power amp.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 9:06 pm 
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Based on your budget and musical preferences, I'd stay away from Grado and Denon. The AKG K7XX are excellent for classical as are the Senn HD600 and Beyer DT880. I'd definitely check 'em out!


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 10:20 pm 
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This is a great website for headphone reviews and test reports:

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/in ... -wall-fame

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The NAD Visio HP 50s are great and have won many awards, only $299.99, I really like them, much better than my Beyerdynamic DT880s.


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