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    Best headphones/amps? Recommendations?

    Iím possibly thinking about getting a new pair headphones. These are so foreign to me. The choices seem bewildering.

    My wants are sweet and musical. Have not decided about tube vs solid state amp with the headphones.

    What do you use?
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    Re: Best headphones/amps? Recommendations?

    Hands down Abyss AB-1266 Phi CC. With the right amp you may spend less time with your speaker system.

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    Re: Best headphones/amps? Recommendations?

    I’ll check them out. Thank you.
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    Focal Stellia with Chord Hugo 2.
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    Head-Fi.org is the place to be for anything headphones.

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    Re: Best headphones/amps? Recommendations?

    Great, thank you.
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    Re: Best headphones/amps? Recommendations?

    "Best" is in the ears of the beholder, as with all things audio.

    The following are considered among the contenders for state of the art, with more arriving all the time, like the Stellia mentioned by Mike:

    Headphones:
    RAAL Requisite SR-1a
    Stax 009; 009s; 007 MkII
    Warwick Sonoma; Aperio
    HiFi Man Shangri La, Shangri La Jr, Susvara
    Abyss 1266 Phi TC
    Meze Empyrean
    Focal Utopia, Clear
    Sennheiser HD800; 800S; 820
    ZMF Verite

    Amps:
    Apex Pinnacle
    Blue Hawaii SE
    EAR HP-4
    Benchmark AHB (depending on the headphones)
    LTA Z10E
    Headamp GS-X Mk II
    Simaudio 430 HA
    Stax SRM-T8000
    Woo Audio WES; WA5; WA33; WA234 (mono)
    Jon

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    Re: Best headphones/amps? Recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by VT Skier View Post
    "Best" is in the ears of the beholder, as with all things audio.

    The following are considered among the contenders for state of the art, with more arriving all the time, like the Stellia mentioned by Mike:

    Headphones:
    RAAL Requisite SR-1a
    Stax 009; 009s; 007 MkII
    Warwick Sonoma; Aperio
    HiFi Man Shangri La, Shangri La Jr, Susvara
    Abyss 1266 Phi TC
    Meze Empyrean
    Focal Utopia, Clear
    Sennheiser HD800; 800S; 820
    ZMF Verite

    Amps:
    Apex Pinnacle
    Blue Hawaii SE
    EAR HP-4
    Benchmark AHB (depending on the headphones)
    LTA Z10E
    Headamp GS-X Mk II
    Simaudio 430 HA
    Stax SRM-T8000
    Woo Audio WES; WA5; WA33; WA234 (mono)
    Excellent List,
    I highlighted what I've owned if you need any feedback on those.....
    Earth
    Wilson Benesch Eminence (On Order)/Torus, CH Precision (Full Stack), Grand Prix Monaco V2.0/Triplanar U12/Ortofon Century/Viv Rigid Float CB9/Ortofon SPU Mono, Zensati Zorro, Artesania


    Earth
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    Martin Logan Masterpiece Renaissance ESL15A, Technical Brain TB-Zero/Int, Channel D Lino C, VPI HW-40/Fatboy/Transfiguration Proteus D, Neodio Origine S2, Zensati Authentica


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    Focal Utopia Headphones, Benchmark DAC3/HPA4, Kef LS50, Danacable

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    Re: Best headphones/amps? Recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by annapolis Raider View Post
    Excellent List,
    I highlighted what I've owned if you need any feedback on those.....
    That’s awesome. I’m still in research mode. I’ve traditionally hated to wear headphones but it’s becoming more relevant as time goes on. Also having a somewhat portable system might be a wonderful luxury.
    Joe

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