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azoth
post Dec 17 2012, 16:25
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Hi All,

I've optimised my headphone search into a metaphorical cul-de-sac sad.gif

I've viewed the graph comparisons, read the subjective listener impressions, viewed (but not listened to) models instore and generally spent far too much time trying to make an informed decision about my first set of proper high end headphones.

I've owned rather nice IEMs (Phonaks, Hifimans, Shures), swapped a few headphone amps and spent far too much time reading audiophile blogs. Then I got a bit bored of the fanboyism and went off in search of something sensibly priced, well built and neutral.

I'm looking for a pair of neutral, highly detailed headphones for general home listening, primarily for prog metal, post rock, electronica, classical (modern composition) and world music. Basically anything featured in The Wire magazine. I'm not a bass head an didn't rate Sennheiser Momentums, Sennheiser Amperiors and UE6000s (passive mode) when I tested them out recently - too much booming bass. Having said that I do like well defined, articulate bass, just in intended quantities, not boosted because its the current trend.

Right now I intend to power my headphones with a Minibox E+, but in the near future I want to get an O2 / ODAC combo - a chain that ensures that I hear my music without colouring, exactly as the recording engineer intended. So the final piece of the puzzle is which pair of headphones to get. Based on my neutral / detailed requirement I've been gravitating towards the Sennheiser HD600, but there's something that makes me balk at spending 300 quid on a 16 year old headphone which used to cost a hundred quid+ less a few years ago. I understand the benefits of driver matching, the amazing sound signature, etc but I'm wondering if for the money I can do a bit better.

I've also considered the Hifiman HE-400 and HE-500 series, though the 500s are getting very pricy and I'd rather not spend THAT much on headphones. Although buying the 500s via Head Direct's ebay store makes the price a bit more palatable. Basically I'd say top end of my budget is about 400 if I can get away with it (though spending less is of course welcome).

Am I missing anything for consideration ? Or have I covered all the bases ? Someone considered Beyer DT880s, but they have non-removable cables and I figure that being able to swap cables means being able to fix parts of the headphone that fail.

Your advice is much appreciated.

Azoth
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extrabigmehdi
post Dec 17 2012, 17:03
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QUOTE (azoth @ Dec 17 2012, 15:25) *
I've been gravitating towards the Sennheiser HD600, but there's something that makes me balk at spending 300 quid on a 16 year old headphone which used to cost a hundred quid+ less a few years ago.


Sennheiser is a brand that became a bit too popular. It's way too much hyped, often recommended by people that have no clue of what are other offerings from other brands. So, off course Sennheiser raise prices. Sennheiser also create new models, in order to justify even bigger prices, but the improvements can be controverted, I saw lot of bashing regarding the 1000$ hd700.

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Someone considered Beyer DT880s, but they have non-removable cables


You know I got a hard lesson with the srh940. They come with removable cables. But cracks appeared on the headband,
and according to many review, they'll break soon or later. So in that case , having removable cables doesn't matter much.
The beyer have reputation of good build quality , just take care of them.


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I've also considered the Hifiman HE-400

An affordable orthodynamic headphone , I'd try them if I could.

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I'm looking for a pair of neutral, highly detailed headphones for general home listening, primarily for prog metal, post rock, electronica, classical (modern composition) and world music.

You might look at head-fi too.

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- azoth   High end headphone advice needed !   Dec 17 2012, 16:25
- - extrabigmehdi   QUOTE (azoth @ Dec 17 2012, 15:25) I...   Dec 17 2012, 17:03
|- - azoth   QUOTE (extrabigmehdi @ Dec 17 2012, 16:03...   Dec 17 2012, 17:16
|- - extrabigmehdi   QUOTE (azoth @ Dec 17 2012, 16:16) I...   Dec 17 2012, 17:33
|- - azoth   QUOTE (extrabigmehdi @ Dec 17 2012, 16:33...   Dec 17 2012, 17:41
- - Carledwards   All things considered, the HD600 really is a good ...   Dec 17 2012, 18:25
|- - Nessuno   If you feel like opting for an IEM, my advice is f...   Dec 17 2012, 19:12
|- - azoth   QUOTE (Carledwards @ Dec 17 2012, 17:25) ...   Dec 17 2012, 20:33
|- - extrabigmehdi   QUOTE (azoth @ Dec 17 2012, 19:33) QUOTE ...   Dec 17 2012, 21:01
- - gregs1104   I have many of the popular brands here--from Cheap...   Dec 18 2012, 09:45
- - azoth   Would 240 be a reasonable cost for a brand new HD...   Dec 18 2012, 10:58
- - evereux   I'm gobsmacked at the price hike of the HD600....   Dec 18 2012, 11:26
|- - azoth   QUOTE (evereux @ Dec 18 2012, 10:26) I...   Dec 18 2012, 14:04
|- - extrabigmehdi   QUOTE (azoth @ Dec 18 2012, 13:04) Are th...   Dec 18 2012, 20:34
|- - azoth   QUOTE (extrabigmehdi @ Dec 18 2012, 19:34...   Dec 18 2012, 21:26
- - Porcus   I own a pair of ER-4's. They don't reach 2...   Dec 18 2012, 21:26
|- - mzil   QUOTE (Porcus @ Dec 18 2012, 16:26) I own...   Dec 18 2012, 21:56
||- - Porcus   I guess the OP will only be satisfied by the lack ...   Dec 19 2012, 02:35
||- - mzil   QUOTE (Porcus @ Dec 18 2012, 21:35) ...th...   Dec 21 2012, 01:19
||- - Nessuno   QUOTE (mzil @ Dec 21 2012, 01:19) QUOTE (...   Dec 21 2012, 09:13
||- - Porcus   QUOTE (mzil @ Dec 21 2012, 01:19) QUOTE (...   Dec 21 2012, 16:37
||- - mzil   QUOTE (Porcus @ Dec 21 2012, 11:37) Oh, y...   Dec 21 2012, 17:38
||- - mzil   QUOTE (mzil @ Dec 21 2012, 12:38) Oddly t...   Dec 27 2012, 04:31
||- - mzil   QUOTE (mzil @ Dec 26 2012, 23:31) QUOTE (...   Dec 27 2012, 22:58
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (Porcus @ Dec 18 2012, 15:26) I own...   Dec 20 2012, 14:21
- - sorabji   Hifiman HE500's are very good, save the peak @...   Dec 18 2012, 21:50
- - azoth   Thank you all for your replies, you've given m...   Dec 20 2012, 11:52
- - AndyH-ha   My experience is based on the HD600 set I own. May...   Dec 21 2012, 09:35
|- - extrabigmehdi   QUOTE (AndyH-ha @ Dec 21 2012, 08:35...   Dec 21 2012, 14:06
- - Mach-X   One thing to remember - music is mixed to be playe...   Dec 27 2012, 09:58
|- - johnb   QUOTE (Mach-X @ Dec 27 2012, 09:58) ...   Dec 27 2012, 10:43
|- - Nessuno   QUOTE (Mach-X @ Dec 27 2012, 09:58) ...   Dec 27 2012, 12:09
- - markanini   Diffusie field EQ doesnt really adress Mach-X conc...   Dec 27 2012, 14:47
|- - Nessuno   QUOTE (markanini @ Dec 27 2012, 14:47) Di...   Dec 27 2012, 19:20
|- - markanini   QUOTE (Nessuno @ Dec 27 2012, 20:20) In f...   Dec 27 2012, 20:04
- - Stop the Noise   I've owned a number of different cans over the...   Dec 28 2012, 05:31
- - Nessuno   QUOTE (Stop the Noise @ Dec 28 2012, 05:3...   Dec 28 2012, 18:51
- - Stop the Noise   QUOTE (Nessuno @ Dec 28 2012, 12:51) QUOT...   Dec 28 2012, 22:58
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