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    Re: Best headphones/amps? Recommendations?

    I value speed and transparency for my headphone listening, and detest a lot of the "extra bass" headphones that seem to be popular now. I love IEMs, although the customs don't fit as well after a few years. My current favorite is the Campfire Audio Andromeda Gold SE.

    Senn hd650 is where a lot of us started liking headphones. (TBH, I listened to a pair of those Sennheiser, or Koss?, headphones {the ones with the orange foam against your ear} as a kid from my Dad's McIntosh Pre-amp)

    There are much more revealing headphones, especially when paired with good amplifiers. However, great sound can be had with one of the DragonFly dac/amps, and whatever headphone you like (well perhaps now with the HD650)

    My current sets (different locations, and different requirements)

    Blue Hawaii Special Edition + Stax SR007/Mr Speakers Voce -> extremely revealing, and full range, very comfortable - obviously my favorite
    Focal Utopia + Violectric V281 -> no tubes at my work office, I run these with balanced wiring - very nice, a bit heavier than the stats, no complaints
    Focal Elegia + CEntrance HiFi M8 XLR -> workstation, need closed headphones here - great for youtube, and some music when I get a chance to sit there.

    But, go get lost at Head-Fi, and be sure to check out their for sale threads. There are many great headphones are sold after a short while, when a new "favorite of the month" comes out.
    Amp : McIntosh MC60 (from my Dad - reconditioned/retubed)
    Digital : Bricasti M12, Oppo 203
    Analog : Technics SL1200G, DIY K&K Audio Maxxed Phono Amp
    Speakers : Zu Audio Druid V + Zu Audio Undertone
    Headphone : BHSE + Voce

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    Re: Best headphones/amps? Recommendations?

    My pix are HIFiMan he1000 v2 and se which I prefer to Audeze lcd-4 and focal utopia. I actually like clear better. Have tested these in my review pursuits.

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    Re: Best headphones/amps? Recommendations?

    If you enjoy IEM, if you get a chance take a spin with the Audeze LCD-i4. I found that standard headphones drove me crazy after a while; weight, bulk, etc. Normal IEM bother me because they normally don't feel comfortable. The LCD-i4 are one of Audeze's flagship models and perform as such. They sound wonderful with my Astell&Kern portable and I can wear them for hours in comfort.
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    Re: Best headphones/amps? Recommendations?

    I'm ordering the Hifiman HE-1000se and a Chord Hugo TT2.
    Best headphone rig ever owned yet coming from Hugo 2 paired with Kennerton Odin.

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    Re: Best headphones/amps? Recommendations?

    Mike just sent me a set of Focal Utopias - my wife's Christmas present to me. I plan on using them with the Pass Labs HPA-1 once I get everything else set up.
    Sincerely,

    Joe



    Amps: Pass X260.8s *** Pre-Amp: Pass XP22 *** Headphone Amp: Pass HPA-1 *** Speakers: Magico A3ís *** Magico A3 Grills *** Headphones: Focal Utopia *** Digital: Luxman D-08u SACD *** Aurender N100 Streamer *** Power: Shunyata Hydra Alpha A12 Power Conditioner *** AQ NRG Edison 20 *** Cables: Shunyata *** Rack: Bamboo SVT Qarasphire *** Accessory: Russ Andrews Cable Elevators

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    Re: Best headphones/amps? Recommendations?

    The Stax SR-009 with a "DIY" T2 amp has been one of the top standards in high-end headphones for a while. The DIY T2's performance greatly exceeds that of even the excellent Headamp Blue Hawaii SE, and a KGSShv Carbon. But, sourcing a good T2 builder/build, and keeping it running is quite the journey. Requires a lot of patience, and money - the T2 cost usually breaches 5 figures. Short of that, I've been most impressed by the HiFiMan Susvara. Even out of a relatively modest amp - a Headamp GS-X Mini ($6K + 2K = 8K total, roughly half the cost of the all-out Stax setup) - I felt it got within 97-99% of the performance of the 009 + DIY T2. It beats the 009 + BHSE, and I'm sure even better Susvara amp pairings could be found given more amp budget than 2K. In my mind, the Susvara easily dispatches the Focal Utopia, Stellia, and Meze Empyrean in overall sound quality. I'm not a fan of all aspects of HiFiMan's build quality, but I can't fault the sound.

 

 
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