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Most revealing detailed headphone under 500$
goodkeys
post Apr 9 2013, 20:47
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This forum has already been a great help in deciding on what I really need. Of course I could post at other hifi- or headphone-forums. But there advice is often highly biased and often leads to recommendations of thrice the price. Anyway.

I'm looking for a headphone for under 500$. I use it to listen to classical music, and I'd use the amp of my Blue Sky eXo2 monitor system. What I'm looking for: very detailed, analytical, revealing headphones with an as wide as possible yet accurate stage. And all this with an as neutral as possible FR. I've already listened to the AKG K701, which I like, but they were unbearably uncomfortable. The HD600 on the other hand was less detailed and more forgiving to my ears. Also the stage was not as wide as with the AKGs. One thing I noted with the AKG: while the stage was nice and wide, the sounds seemed to come from behind me. Are there any headphones that can create a room in front of the listener?

Might the Beyer DT-880 be an option? Any other models? Bear in mind that I want to be able to exactly locate every instrument in the mix. And the phones should reveal bad mixes, not colour them to sound nice...
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post Apr 10 2013, 08:24
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I'm happy with my KRK KNS 6400s, and since they're sub-100$, I could get even more CDs and bandcamp music. smile.gif


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- goodkeys   Most revealing detailed headphone under 500$   Apr 9 2013, 20:47
- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (goodkeys @ Apr 9 2013, 15:47) This...   Apr 9 2013, 21:02
- - testyou   You are mentioning colours in your post; this is h...   Apr 9 2013, 21:09
- - eahm   I liked the HD280 better than the HD380. One of m...   Apr 9 2013, 21:18
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (eahm @ Apr 9 2013, 16:18) I liked ...   Apr 10 2013, 16:30
|- - eahm   QUOTE QUOTE For that price get the HD650: http://w...   Apr 10 2013, 17:27
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (eahm @ Apr 10 2013, 12:27) QUOTE Q...   Apr 11 2013, 12:57
- - LithosZA   QUOTE I liked the HD280 better than the HD380. +1 ...   Apr 9 2013, 21:32
- - DVDdoug   QUOTE (goodkeys @ Apr 9 2013, 12:47) ...w...   Apr 9 2013, 21:34
|- - goodkeys   I know that the HD600/650 would be a save bet. How...   Apr 9 2013, 22:19
|- - MikeFord   QUOTE (goodkeys @ Apr 9 2013, 14:19) I kn...   Apr 9 2013, 23:18
- - Satellite_6   Perhaps try the AKG K 601's for a wide sound s...   Apr 9 2013, 22:21
- - Porcus   Analytic and revealing? How much Stax can you get ...   Apr 9 2013, 23:18
- - extrabigmehdi   The srh940 are revealing, but don't have a wid...   Apr 10 2013, 01:50
- - goodkeys   Then the SRH940 might be my go-to portable phones....   Apr 10 2013, 07:37
- - markanini   No contest, Etymotic ER4.   Apr 10 2013, 07:53
- - Kohlrabi   I'm happy with my KRK KNS 6400s, and since the...   Apr 10 2013, 08:24
|- - extrabigmehdi   QUOTE (Kohlrabi @ Apr 10 2013, 07:24) I...   Apr 10 2013, 13:11
|- - Ed Seedhouse   QUOTE (extrabigmehdi @ Apr 10 2013, 04:11...   Apr 10 2013, 23:53
|- - Mach-X   QUOTE (Ed Seedhouse @ Apr 10 2013, 18:53)...   Apr 11 2013, 11:09
- - Satellite_6   Well certainly avoid IEM's and HiFiMAN. :...   Apr 10 2013, 14:43
- - goodkeys   IEMs and closed are not really an option for me. T...   Apr 10 2013, 16:52
- - IgorC   I had prefer HD 650 over 701 because the self-adju...   Apr 10 2013, 18:00
|- - MikeFord   Maybe not make a single leap to a high end canal p...   Apr 10 2013, 19:35
- - markanini   Or the Etymotic HF series, can be found for ...   Apr 10 2013, 22:10
- - goodkeys   I prefer the K701s sound over the K550. I'm ho...   Apr 11 2013, 10:43
- - markanini   Sorry but I've never heard anyone define sound...   Apr 11 2013, 11:14
- - Kohlrabi   Re "soundstage": https://en.wikipedia.or...   Apr 11 2013, 11:41
|- - copperblue   QUOTE (Kohlrabi @ Apr 11 2013, 10:41) Re ...   Apr 11 2013, 12:36
- - skamp   I do remember hearing differences between closed b...   Apr 11 2013, 12:43
- - stephan_g   Note that ATH-M50s are not all created equal. Appa...   Apr 12 2013, 17:09
- - goodkeys   Thanks for all the infos guys. Lots to think about...   Apr 14 2013, 10:24


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