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Old 21st February 2019, 11:18 AM   #1
Ian Greenhalgh is offline Ian Greenhalgh  United Kingdom
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Default Good vintage headphones to look out fo

Hi folks

Looking for solutions for vintage (cheap!) headphones that will be good choices to match with DIY class A amps I'm building to experience somewhere close to hifi nirvana. .

Only pair I have so far is some Izumi CIS 330s and all I know about them is they are 8ohm, made in 1975 and the real leather is still lovely, very comfortable phones.

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Old 21st February 2019, 11:45 AM   #2
dBel84 is offline dBel84  United States
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seeing as you are in the UK, keep your eyes open for a set of original wharfedale ID-1's - These are the first first iteration of isodynamic ( planar magnetic ) headphones and sound surprisingly good with beefy amplification..dB
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Old 21st February 2019, 11:51 AM   #3
Ian Greenhalgh is offline Ian Greenhalgh  United Kingdom
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Cheers!
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Old 21st February 2019, 04:19 PM   #4
lcsaszar is offline lcsaszar  Hungary
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+1 for planar/ortho, I have a pair of vintage Technics EAH-820 and Peerless PMB-100, both sound magically.
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Old 21st February 2019, 08:53 PM   #5
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Other point of view. Why not a Pioneer Monitor 10 (first gen.)?
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Old 22nd February 2019, 04:52 AM   #6
Ian Greenhalgh is offline Ian Greenhalgh  United Kingdom
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So, I should look out for planar/ortho types, thankyou.

Not heard of those Pioneers, I shall look them up.
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Old 22nd February 2019, 11:44 AM   #7
dBel84 is offline dBel84  United States
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you can still find good planars relatively cheaply

I recently picked up a pair of Yamaha HP-1 in pristine condition for $100. The last pair of YH-2 I found were $40 shipped. People have found many planar/ortho type headphones in $5 bins at charity shops and garden sales. There is a huge thread on orthodynamics at the HeadFi forum. The pioneers are great, need a little loving but then so do most of the planars. Most of these will tolerate a little offset from a big powerhouse class A amp, if the amp has minimal offset ( <20mV) then looking at some of the old pro audio gear is well worth it. Sennheiser HD580/600 are still excellent , Beyerdynamic DT990/880 etc , many more to choose from. You can even pick up some of these new for < $200 (depends on your barr of "cheap")

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Old 22nd February 2019, 09:07 PM   #8
Ian Greenhalgh is offline Ian Greenhalgh  United Kingdom
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Cheers guys, this is the sort of info I need. Sadly where I live there are no thrift stores so I'm limited to ebay.

These the phones I have collected so far, only the Izumis are vintage:

Izumi CIS-330 – 8 ohms

Phillips SHP2000 – 32 ohms

Behringer HPS3000 – 64 ohms

Sony MDR-XD100 – 70 ohms
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Old 23rd February 2019, 02:27 AM   #9
Keetesyflush is offline Keetesyflush  United States
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I am a huge fan of the Sennheiser HD540. There are a couple revisions but I own the Reference II and they’re superb on tubes and anything with power, much like newer Sennheiser cans. I picked mine up for about $40usd.
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Old 23rd February 2019, 07:25 AM   #10
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You can buy Sennheiser HD 540 Ref for as little as Eur 25 on Ebay.
My set is more than 30 year old, I use it daily, and prefer it to my HD 650
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