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    Re: Best headphones/amps? Recommendations?

    I had around 7 pairs of headphones. They are like speakers all with their own flavor.
    My remaining pair was a Fostex Th-900 which was my best all rounder.
    That said headphones were ruining my hearing because you can crank it up so much without bothering anyone. It’s just too tempting to do. I find my spouse and neighbors are good deterrents to damaging dbs when running speakers.
    So......getting a motorcycle next Joe?
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    Ohhh forgot to say that Eddie Current 445 tube amp was my destination amp which I absolutely loved. My Chord Dave is an awesome headamp also.
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    Re: Best headphones/amps? Recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dguitarnut View Post
    I had around 7 pairs of headphones. They are like speakers all with their own flavor.
    My remaining pair was a Fostex Th-900 which was my best all rounder.
    That said headphones were ruining my hearing because you can crank it up so much without bothering anyone. It’s just too tempting to do. I find my spouse and neighbors are good deterrents to damaging dbs when running speakers.
    So......getting a motorcycle next Joe?
    Ha!

    I’ve had more than my share of motorcycles. While I dearly miss riding, I’m no where near as flexible as I used to be and have seen too many fatalities in my line of work. Maybe a convertible but no more motorcycles.
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    I have tried several headphones. Comfort along with good sound is essential for me. I do not like ear buds, they tend to irritate me pretty quickly. We also had our own CanJam at our audio club .

    We had a few Audeze, a very nice HiFi Man model, Mr Speakers Ether, etc. The Focal Clear ran away as the overwhelming favorite.

    I have owned McIntosh, Audeze EL8, Mr. Speakers Ether, KEF M500, Bose (who cares which model), Sennheiser HD800S, and Focal Clear. The Focal are my favorite....

    Most comfortable, Mr. Speakers, Sennheiser, Focal... most uncomfortable, Audeze, McIntosh, and anything in ear.

    Amps I have had a mid level Woo, a Bryston, and a Dennis Had... I also have had several DAC Headphone amps... NuPrime, Benchmark, T+A. Dedicated amp, my favorite was probably the Bryston and the Dennis Had was very good also, but the T+A seems to do really good, and I have not used headphones as much lately. Mostly use the cans with my portable Pono player. It drives the Focal perfectly. I also love the Focal package. Nice case and very good cabling, all types from 1/4", 4-pin balanced, and 1/8" for the portable. None of the others except the McIntosh came close in package.
    Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2; T+A DAC 8 DSD; T+A AMP 8; Audio Mirror SET 45s; KEF R700; AudioQuest Niagara 1000; Falcon Northwest Tiki; W4S Recovery; Oppo BDP-105; Technics ST-9030; Astell&Kern AK240; Ayres Pono; Focal Clear; Audeze iSine 10

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    Re: Best headphones/amps? Recommendations?

    Check out the recommended list from the site below. Find a few in your price range and then head over to a few shops to try them out with your collection of favorite tracks.

    https ://diyaudioheaven.wordpress.com/headphones/recommended-ones/ (gah, not enough posts to post a link)

    The site also has measurements.

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    Oh, and bring your listening chair too... you'll likely be spending hours

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    Went through a whole phase of various headphones and headphone amps including the Focal Utopia, Audeze LCD3, and about a dozen others... In the end I am extremely pleased and have trimmed my collection down to the my trusty Sennheiser HD600 and Woo Audio WA6 amp as my computer/desktop combo and ZMF Auteur Blackwood with PrimaLuna HP for more serious listening chair sessions. Tubes and high impedance headphones are the most pleasing combo to my ears.
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