|Rank your cans|
Another headphone list yeah. Just a ranking of the sets I've been through and little list for you all to look to if you are ever in the market for something.
|1||Planning for Burial|
1) Audeze LCD 2(Fazor): Most fun and lively set of headphones I have. Walks on the line between analytical and pleasure listening to create the most refreshing and wonderful audio experience I have yet to come across.
|2||Fire On Fire|
2) HiFiman HE-400i: My go-to reference set of headphones. The neutrality and sheer honesty they deliver makes them extraordinary when I intend to listen to music for reviewing purposes. Only problem I have is with the horrendous stock cable which is short as can be and angled for some odd reason. But those quips are meaningless when the headphones as a whole are this fantastic.
Manifestation of Inner Darkness
3) MrSpeakers Alpha Prime (Sold): Best closed cans I have ever had in my possession. Sadly my amp that I had at the time was barely able to properly power the Primes. Even then, the Primes were absolute monsters in regards to bass and clarity. Despite the insane bulk of the headphones and equipment setbacks, they are indeed a wonderful piece of work.
5) Philips SHP9500 (Given away as a gift): It’s really odd to accept the fact that a 75 dollar pair of headphones could have better soundstage than cans that are nearly four to five times the price, but that is exactly the case of the 9500’s. These are, no question, the best bargain in headphones. While that statement may be contradicting the claim regarding the K7XX’s, these are the pair you must go for if 200 dollars is too steep for one’s budget. Even with the lack of luxurious materials, the comfort and build on the 9500’s are mind-blowing. Sound is great especially for the price, but the way the Philips execute soundstage and imaging is out of this world for their price point.
4) AKG K7XX: (SOLD)My “pick up and play” reference pair. Kinda acts as the middle man between the raw representation of the 400i’s and the joyous nature of the LCD 2’s. Plus, they are beyond comfortable and the lightweight build makes them my least fatiguing set of headphones, no questions asked. The pads do collect lint like no tomorrow and the build does feel questionable at times, but honesty you can’t do better than this for a set of headphones under 300 dollars.
|6||The Poisoned Glass|
6) Sennheiser Momentum Over-Ear [M2] : One of, if not the best, portable headphone on the market currently. Yes, the 350 dollar MSRP is insane and even then makes purchasing these debatable, but if you ever see a sale where these dip below 300 dollars, jump on the M2’s ASAP. Sound and performance is perfectly tuned for passive and non analytical listening and the build quality and looks are magnificent.
Dogs Blood Rising
7) HiFiman HE-400s (Traded for the K7XX’s): In short, great headphones but in the realm of planars, these are exceptionally underwhelming in regards of build. Yes you get sound well worth the 300 dollar asking price but the build quality here is noticeably sub par, with flimsy plastics, loose grills and cheap stock pads making the pair as a whole feel like knock offs rather than an official HifiMan product.
|8||Blood of Kingu|
Sun in the House of the Scorpion
8) Grado SR-80e: Treble beasts. Great fun to listen to but these guys need to be babied to high heaven as their build makes them very delicate. Comfort is an issue with all Grado headphones, and the foam material gets incredibly itchy and unpleasant to wear after only an hour of listening. In regards to sound, the SR80e’s are incredibly visceral and intense headphones to listen to, with great detailing paired with sharp yet enjoyable treble that really gets the adrenaline going. Honestly, I can’t really recommend these for what you pay, as 99 bucks is way too steep. However this is probably the Grado headphone to get if you insist on purchasing one of their products.
|9||Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine|
9) Audio Technica ATH-M50 (No longer have): My first true headphone and despite my great memories with it, it cannot even compare to many headphones around its price point. Detailing is phenomenal for what you pay and the bass is quite solid, but the way these headphones make music sound oddly artificial and without any soundstage negates all aforementioned praise. Plus comfort on these is quite horrendous, with the pads being made of material similar to the crappy padding you would find on headphones in school computer labs. They are not bad in the grand scheme of things, but just being alright could still make something eligible for being at the bottom of the totem pole.