Apr 23, 2018900 views

Must-have headphones

If you could own only 3 headphones, what would they be? Okay, 5 headphones, if you insist!

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Having listened to just about everything (including the Orpheus HE-1) and have owned a bunch, the two most expensive ones I've ever owned being the Stax SR-007 and Audeze LCD-4, here is my list:

If I could own only 3:

1) Stax SR-009S
2) ZMF Ori
3) ZMF Eikon

Don't need any more than the first two though.
My top favorite headphone right now is the:
Technics EAH-T700 (currently own)

I'm really curious about:
Sennheiser HD 820 (maybe would like to own)

Headphones that I've listened to that I want in my collection:
Kennerton Odin Pale Moon Ebony (definitely want to own)

My current phones:
Oppo PM3

waiting on delivery - HD6XX and Audeze Mobius

Wish list - cost no object
Closed dynamic Senn HD820

I find in-ear and on-ear phone too uncomfortable. I would love to see a Massdrop HD82X.
Very cool list.
HD600... and that's it. I'm happy.
Focal Clear (Maybe Elex instead pending some comparisons)
Ultimate Ears UE Live

I think when I get those 2 I will be able to stop buying headphones altogether.

For now, thoroughly enjoying HD 6XX though.

What amp do you want to drive your cans with? Me, Apex Hi-Fi Pinnacle. I might add a portable one to the list at some point, but O2 on batteries works well enough for now.
My current 3 are:
Apple AirPods

If I could have any 3...
Apple AirPods

One dynamic, one planar magnetic, one portable.
Same here. I would want one dynamic, one planar, and one portable, if limited to 3.
Yup. My current setup is fine and is actually really good. I don’t see a need for more than 1 of each type. Maybe I should get an electrostatic headset next lol
Current Equipment
LCD 2.2 Pre-Fazor
CA Vega

Headphones I am aiming for:
The LCD 2.2 Pre-Fazor is Must keep, nothing can beat the messed up bass.
Changing my list.
If I could only have 3 from my current inventory
1. HD 800S for gaming and music
2. Bose QC 35 II for work and travel
3. Apple AirPod Gym/everyday carry

(In my current inventory: Hd 800S, DT1990 Pro, Fostex Purple Hearts, HD 6XX, HiFiman 4XX, Sony MA900, AKG K702, PXC 550, Bose QC 35 II, Apple airpods, PC363D)

If i could only have 3, any headphones:
1. Orpheus or more realistically stax/focal flagships
2. Bose QC 35 II
3. Apple Airpods
I'm more of a one-headphone-at-a-time kind of guy. I am enjoying my HD6XX but see myself realistically buying a Hifiman HE-6 in the future. Maybe an Elex if it evers comes back around. Though, my next purchase in the near future is most likely going to be a new DAC.
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Hm, my calculations arrived at a minimum of 6.3W for 115dB of headroom. Amp I'll be using is my Audio-GD HE-9, which can do about 7.2W and according to reviews can easily drive the HE-6. I also tried the headphone on smaller amps like the ifi Pro which does about 4.5W into them and the headphone already sounded better than a Focal Utopia.
Like I said: quick and dirty. I just calculated 120dB from innerfidelity measured sensitivity (or power for 90dB or whatever they call it) since that was the first number I could find.

It's still incredible what it takes to drive those things.
mine currently:
sennheiser hd600
audioquest nighthawks
sony mdr z7
audeze lcd x/ sennheiser hd800s
mrspeaker ether c flow/ sennheiser hd820
but id ditch the hd600 for hifiman edition x v2 and the mdr z7 for z1
Wish list (of those I've heard): Focal Utopia, Grado GS1000e, Audeze LCD-3
Wish list (those I'd buy without trying first if I had "mad money" and, if I didn't like them, I'd give them away): Senn HD800S, Stax SR-009, Senn HD820, Beyerdynamic T1 v2
Wish list (those I'm likely to buy in next few years): Beyerdynamic DT880 600ohm, HifiMan HE4XX, Grado SR325
Purchased (some not yet here): Senn HD630VB [listening with them right now--my current and likely long-term closed back go to], B&W P5 s1 (in need of repair or replacement--was my go to before the HD630VBs--best travel set I've had, as the 630s are bulky), Grado iGe IEM (only ones I've tried that I've liked for long-term listening quality and comfort--not a big fan of IEMs overall--and my go to when I need IEMs), Senn HD6XX (awaiting delivery), Senn HD58X (awaiting delivery)

If I had to pick a final five from all the above, conceding this choice is partly guesswork, I'd say:
Focal Utopia
Senn HD820
Grado SR325
Senn HD6XX
HifiMan HE4XX
for the variety of type (open/closed, dynamic/planar, low/high impedance). And my Grado iGe for the times I need to be "on the go".
I don't even wanna think about it... I'm already looking forward to headphones from the future ;)
Of my collection:
Massdrop x Focal Elex
Massdrop x Fostex TH-X00 Ebony
Massdrop x Sennheiser HD6XX

Of my wish list:
Stax SR-009
Focal Clear
Denon AH-D7000
Mr.Speakers Ether Flow
Sony MDR-R10
Of my collection:
Focal Utopia

Of my wish list:
Sennheiser HD 650
German Maestro GMP 400
Beyer-Dynamic DT 990
Denon AH-D2000
Fischer FA-002

I own these and they're amazing.