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Old 9th February 2008, 08:28 PM   #1
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I currently have a pair of Sony MDR-V600's, but I am looking to upgrade. So, tell me what you use, and why you like them. I'm also interested in what others you've tried and didn't like and why you didn't like them. I'm basically hungry for opinions and information, so feed me! Hehe My price ceiling is $600.00...

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Old 9th February 2008, 08:43 PM   #2
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I'm still very happy with a 25+ years old Beyer DT990Pro.

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Old 9th February 2008, 08:46 PM   #3
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I have no answer for your question, but back when we had a store that stocked about every headphone ever made, I listened to a bunch. They had a lot of Sony's, and I found the MDR-V4 that I still use, better than most. No doubt your V600s are pretty good. My only real complaint is that every so often the fake leather ear pads have to be replaced, with shipping costing more than the pads. It's also hard to have really extended bass from a non-sealed headphone. IMO, if you're going to spend more than a couple hundred bucks, throw out the budget and get good electrostatics. That's the only design I've listened to that's way superior to about every dynamic. Also, if you don't already have one, build a good headphone amp to take advantage of the good phones.
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Old 9th February 2008, 09:05 PM   #4
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STAX Lambda Pro or 404.
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Old 9th February 2008, 09:11 PM   #5
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I've used the Sony 600's, and I think the cheap Grado SR60's better them in just about every area. They're a little on the "hi-fi" side, and not nearly as "warm" as I like, but for $60 they're a steal. They easily beat my 240M series.

I find that sealed headphones have monotone bass that reminds me of a car I drove in high school with a cheap subwoofer in the back. In this I totally disagree with Conrad above.

I've listened to some of the (non-Stax) electrostatics and they were amazing. However, they were extremely uncomfortable and the cups had deflated a certain amount so they didn't sit on the head well.

An acquaintance of mine walked into a shop last month and told the kid at the counter that the AKG 701's were selling for $(ridiculously cheap) on ebay, and the kid matched the price. I tried them out and wow. But you'll need some serious hardware to drive them. (He using them in a professional setting). I think the needledoctor has them for $450. They are highly reviewed.

A decent source for info is, they are relatively honest about what the products can and can't do, for a store.

*Just to fulfill my compulsion: It's "your" headphones. You're = you are.
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Old 9th February 2008, 09:30 PM   #6
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MB Quart "Quart Phone 95"
Click the image to open in full size. they look the same as these.
15 - 27.000 Hz 300 Ohm 96db and very comfortable.

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I'm happy with my Sennheiser 580 headphones. I drive them off the speaker terminals of a Akai receiver that has a graphic display for repeatable bass and treble settings. I wired them up through a precision voltage divider in order to approximate the volume setting that a speaker would need. That's pretty handy for voicing speakers, just go from A to B (speaker to headphones) and back again and again to get an idea where the speakers response is different. I've never felt the need to far anyway

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Old 9th February 2008, 10:43 PM   #8
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Sennheiser HD 650...they are extremely smooth and clear, without the mid-HF peaking found in many headphones. Downside for them is that I think the upper bass is too retrospect, I probably should have bought the less expensive HD 600's.
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Old 9th February 2008, 11:26 PM   #9
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Hi Justin,
I corrected the spelling in the title.
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Old 9th February 2008, 11:49 PM   #10
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Originally posted by Cal Weldon
Big speakers are better than little speakers. Great big ones are best.

And the best big ones are great!

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