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  1. #51
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    Re: Headphones, got any favorites?

    I am really enjoying the Dennis Had headphone amp that I recently purchased. I believe I enjoy it even more than the Bryston that I had, and really liked (certainly better then the Teac, Benchmark, NuPrime, or T+A DACs being used as headphone amps). I enjoyed the Sennheiser HD800S's that I had and used with the Bryston. After getting the MrSpeakers Ether cans I found I never used the HD800S any more. They are as comfortable as the Sennheiser (much more so than the McIntosh and Audeze that I previously owned), but I felt the MrSpeakers were fuller sounding.

    I am waiting for a pair of Focal to arrive (hopefully later this week). I wanted another headphone that was different then the planner MrSpeakers, and these easily won our Audio Clubs can jam we held last month. So I have high hopes in having a second pair that I switch off and on.
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    Re: Headphones, got any favorites?

    My friend still has an R10 that he just can't seem to let go of, even though they sell for crazy money these days. He had 3 at one time, including "bass heavy" and "bass light" variants - a true fanatic! I owned one in the past, too. Between us we've had 5 different R10 units I think. I thought the last "Amazon special" models sounded best. Awesome soundstage, great natural tone, and simply amazing for large scale classical/orchestral music. Biggest soundstage I've heard from closed cans, but they were pretty leaky. Unfortunately, even the "bass heavy" variants lacked the slam and guts necessary for rock, especially hard rock and metal. Not a complete "all genre" headphone, and its detail retrieval has been exceeded by some other top cans.

    This friend really loves the HD800 with ECP Audio amps. The ECP gear has a very smooth, analog sound. I think he likes the HD800/ECP setup a bit better than his R10; it's certainly a better all-around setup (though I've yet to warm up to the HD800 - I still like the Qualia 010 much better). But his top favorite setups are still Sennheiser he90 Orpheus headphones into a T2 amp, followed by 009 into T2 (I reverse this, and prefer the 009 over Orpheus). I think the Qualia 010 beats MDR-R10 too, but the Qualias are incredibly polarizing for good reason.

  3. #53

    Re: Headphones, got any favorites?

    Quote Originally Posted by mulveling View Post
    My friend still has an R10 that he just can't seem to let go of, even though they sell for crazy money these days. He had 3 at one time, including "bass heavy" and "bass light" variants - a true fanatic! I owned one in the past, too. Between us we've had 5 different R10 units I think. I thought the last "Amazon special" models sounded best. Awesome soundstage, great natural tone, and simply amazing for large scale classical/orchestral music. Biggest soundstage I've heard from closed cans, but they were pretty leaky. Unfortunately, even the "bass heavy" variants lacked the slam and guts necessary for rock, especially hard rock and metal. Not a complete "all genre" headphone, and its detail retrieval has been exceeded by some other top cans.

    This friend really loves the HD800 with ECP Audio amps. The ECP gear has a very smooth, analog sound. I think he likes the HD800/ECP setup a bit better than his R10; it's certainly a better all-around setup (though I've yet to warm up to the HD800 - I still like the Qualia 010 much better). But his top favorite setups are still Sennheiser he90 Orpheus headphones into a T2 amp, followed by 009 into T2 (I reverse this, and prefer the 009 over Orpheus). I think the Qualia 010 beats MDR-R10 too, but the Qualias are incredibly polarizing for good reason.
    I did love my R-10's, and agree with your comments about the sound. I also agree with you in regards to the original HD800. I could not warm up to it either, and pardon the pun, but it was just too cold and sterile for me, even with warmish tube amplification. The HD800S version seems to have rectified that for the most part, with the headphone having a warmer, more full-bodied sound, while still maintaining amazing detail retrieval. It also seems to do all genre's of music justice. I am sure that other headphones may be better for just classical, or just rock, etc., but for an all-around can, the HD800S's are pretty darned good.
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  4. #54

    Headphones, got any favorites?

    Got myself a pair of the new Audeze LCD-2 Classic open backs a couple days ago. They have now corrected what they lost by introducing the Fazor elements.

    They’re not the most highly resolving on the top, but I am not a friend of biting highs anyway. They do however have the most yummy bass I have heard from a headphone, just like the originals. The top end politeness is easily corrected by driving them with a high quality headphone amp, in the range of 2000 mV Class A output power. They are nevertheless sensitive enough, so I can also just drive the directly through my MacAir to a very satisfactory end result.

    Compared them to the closed backs, and the highly acclaimed Focal Clears. I chose the Audezes for the most enjoyable overall presentation.

    Conclusion: Yummiest, creamiest bass ever. 100% non-fatiguing output. With the superb bass comes great and deep soundstage.


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    Re: Headphones, got any favorites?

    He lives!
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    Re: Headphones, got any favorites?

    Andrew: barely Headphones, got any favorites?.


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    HP rig: MacBookAir/ Tidal/ Auralic Gemini 2000/ Sbooster LPSU/ Audeze LCD-2 Classic + WyWires Red/ Shunyata HD/ Shunyata Hydra 2/ Shunyata Venom.

  7. #57
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    Re: Headphones, got any favorites?

    Headphones are obviously a very personal choice. A person on another forum prefers the sound and comfort of the Clears to the more expensive Audeze LCD-3.

    Only thing he didn't like was the Clear's standard cable, which he found to be too stiff and tended to kink.

    Hopefully, I'll have my new Clears next week.

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    Re: Headphones, got any favorites?

    I am really enjoying my new Clears! They are very different then my Ethers, but both deserve a place in my audio room (or loft library as I describe it).

    The Ether's might be a bit more airy (if that is a word), and very sharp over all in the mid upper frequencies. I always thought they were solid in the bottom end, until I heard my Focals. The Focals are all around excellent performers. Great sounding in every way, and probably more open then the MrSpeakers.

    Many times I have heard people describe the Focals as being comfortable. They are, but not even close to the MrSpeakers in this regards. The Ethers almost feel like you have nothing on your head, which I would never say about the Focals.

    I am enjoying having both headphones, but since getting the new Clears at least 90% of the time they are the ones I am listening to. One other thing... I very much disagree with whoever said they did not like the cables that come with the Focals. I find these to be fantastic. As good as most after market or "better" cables that I have seen. They also include whatever type of cable I would want, 1/8" for portable, 3 meter 1/4" and 3 meter 4-pin XLR. I find the cables themselves equivalent to many after market cable. Certainly as good as the $250 MrSpeakers DUM cable!
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  9. #59

    Re: Headphones, got any favorites?

    I'm not a deeply-involved headphone enthusiast, so I just go for a pair that sounds good while traveling or while doing light work at my desk. I recently bought a pair of Audio Technica ATH-DSR9BT Bluetooth headphones. These are the first wireless headphones I've owned. They sound great when playing music off my iphone from either the Tidal app or Tunein app. They support the 24-bit/48kHz Qualcomm® aptX™ HD codec. Though they are wireless, I think they more than hold their own against any other cans in their price range ($550). Here is a very good explanation of the technology: https://www.audio-technica.com/cms/h...d1a/index.html
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    Re: Headphones, got any favorites?

    Hiya

    I do love headphones but I personally prefer earphones. Are we allowed to share our favourite earphones instead? Hehe

    If I had to choose headphones then my current favourite would be the empyrean.

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    Re: Headphones, got any favorites?

    Welcome to the forum Phil, thank you for joining.
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    Re: Headphones, got any favorites?

    I recently sold my great sounding but incredibly heavy and uncomfortable Audeze LCD XC phones and bought a pair of MrSpeakers Aeon Flow closed 'phones. They sound great. While perhaps not quite as transparent and detailed as my HD800s, they provide much more isolation when the house is noisy (e.g. the washer/dryer is running, my wife is watching TV in the kitchen, etc.), and they are vastly more comfortable than the Audeze phones.
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    Re: Headphones, got any favorites?

    A headphone topic and no one mentions Beyerdynamic or Audio Technica. While I only use headphone when playing computer games or watching YouTube. These two brands are IMHO iconic. The ATH-AD700 I have is so comfortable. My girlfriend is very happy with her D990 edition.

    If my Audio Technica was to die, I would buy the current incarnation in a minute.
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    Re: Headphones, got any favorites?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mordante View Post
    A headphone topic and no one mentions Beyerdynamic or Audio Technica. While I only use headphone when playing computer games or watching YouTube. These two brands are IMHO iconic. The ATH-AD700 I have is so comfortable. My girlfriend is very happy with her D990 edition.

    If my Audio Technica was to