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  • Tibor

    Hello, I am thinking of getting myself a new home desktop head setup which will last for some years. So as a dac for pc I am thinking of Chord 2Qute (Hugo inside) and amp Violectric V200. Please tell me what do you think and maybe some other suggestions? Headphones I have are Fidelio X1, Aedle, AKG K7XX. I’ll will add some planars later, first I would like to have a proper rig, which will work with more headphones. Currently I am using Alo The PanAm. Thank you for your opinions. :-) Tibor

    • http://www.headfonia.com/ Headfonia_L.

      Sounds like a plan to me Tibor. Just one remark. once you have the olanars you will maybe want to go balanced, and in that case the DAC and V200 won’t help you. But very good setup indeed

      • Tibor

        It is a plan, it is 😀 My girlfriend doesn’t know yet

        • http://www.headfonia.com/ Headfonia_L.

          Second hand?

          • Tibor

            I don’t like second hand in these things, but well OK, so once you would like to sell yours, let me know :-)

            • http://www.headfonia.com/ Headfonia_L.

              hahaha, I only just bought it man! I understand though, I normally don’t do second hand either

  • fiasco1

    Do you have any plans to review the Sony NW ZX2 any time in the near future? Thanks!

    • http://www.headfonia.com/ Headfonia_L.

      Sure. Buy me one, ship it over here, wait a month and hop, review
      😉

      • fiasco1

        The short answer would be “No”.

        • http://www.headfonia.com/ Headfonia_L.

          That goes for me as well

  • DTSxJP

    Which amp is better for IEMs, JDS Labs CMOYBB V2.03, Fiio E11K or Fiio E12A?

  • Jonathan

    Dear Nathan/Lieven,

    I would like to ask for some recommendations for DAP pairings with the S-EM6. At the current moment I am using a 6th gen Pod Classic as my source and the Headstage Arrow 4G as my accompanying amp. I am currently looking at these three DAPs: iBasso DX90, Hidizs AP100, and the Fiio X3 2nd gen (of which I haven’t been able to find reviews).

    My current priorities are as follows (listed in order):

    1)bang for buck

    2)synergy with the S-EM6 (any hissing, impedance matching etc)

    3)Ability to scale with other higher end gear in the future.

    Which of the three would you recommend? Sorry for any inconvenience caused, and I eagerly await your reply.

    Thank you.

    Best regards,
    J

    • http://www.headfonia.com/ Headfonia_L.

      I would advice going the Cypherlabs route, especially when you’re going for higher end gear in the future. So a CLAS SOLO + Duet with your iPod classic. It’s the most reference and desktop quality portable setup I have. Yes, better than the AK240 solo.

      Bang for buck: DX90, but then you would still have an issue in the future. The DX90 is the quietest DAP though, a plus for iems.

      I wouldn’t recommend the X3

      • Jonathan

        Hi Lieven, thanks for your reply. I did a bit of research regarding the stack you suggested. It’s a little thick though…Is there a more compact option on the market?

        • http://www.headfonia.com/ Headfonia_L.

          Chord Hugo?

  • http://dalethorn.com dalethorn

    I just got my second B&W P7, but this time with Audioforge I can make a more accurate assessment of its sound. Basically it’s a little weak in ‘presence’ (3-6 khz) and a little distant (recess in midrange). The bass is better than I remember the first P7.

    • Haryanto Suryonoto

      Second P7? Wow! *thumbs up*

  • Xavier Hill Wilson

    Hey, is there any point in getting ciem if i can only spend around 450USD? What would you reccomend.

    • http://www.headfonia.com/ Headfonia_L.

      of course, check out Cosmic Ears CE4P!

  • Miles Jason Romain

    I’m using the Sennheiser HD 439 right now on my cell. Iv settled on the ibasso dx90 for my dap. My budget is about $400 for IEM’s. There are so many to choose from. Which ones do you recommend.

    • http://www.headfonia.com/ Headfonia_L.

      what music do you listen to? What sound do you want?

      • Miles Jason Romain

        All types. mostly rock, pop, hip hop. Deep bass, forward midrange, clear high’s

      • Miles Jason Romain

        All types but mostly rock, pop, hip hop. Id like deep bass, forward mids, clear highs.

  • Miles Jason Romain

    Would the Vorzüge Pure ii and my cell be a better combo then the ibasso dx90 ?

    • http://www.headfonia.com/ Headfonia_L.

      Not if you’re using your phone’s DAC

  • Alfred Tolentino

    Any experience with the Mcintosh D100?

    • Miles Jason Romain

      No, but I’m looking for something portable.

  • Miles Jason Romain

    The more reading I do the more confused I get so I will put my question this way. What is the best Amp/Dac combo for $800. I’m using Sennheiser HD439 until I can find some earphones that have a similar sound signature just better. If I use my cell as a source will it impact the sound quality?

    • http://dalethorn.com dalethorn

      Probably this: http://www.headfonia.com/cypher-labs-theorem-720-dac/

      Apple phones will limit quality to CD quality unless you use special apps that containerize hires tracks – not very convenient.

      • Miles Jason Romain

        I sure will thanks. I came across these two Daps. I was wondering what opinions people had on them compared to the Theorem

        http://www.ctcaudio.com/products/cayin-n6?gclid=CMj72eadwMQCFZGIaQodkQQAKQ

        http://www.headfonia.com/audiophile-dap-2-0-ibassos-dx100/

        • http://dalethorn.com dalethorn

          —Not replying to your question, just adding a question of my own. I have about 2300 songs on my Apple players, which I need to select randomly and very quickly, across genres and other categories. Playlists have little use for me when selecting this way, so I depend on the A to Z buttons on the Apple players to get somewhere very quickly. I read through the 2 links you posted, at the 3-year-old DX100 and the newer N6, and nothing was said about how to get to a specific song quickly. I want to mention also that the FiiO X3 I had was a disaster – not only was it not possible to get to something quickly, but startup access to the plugin card was at least 30 seconds, every time. So your requirements may not be like this at all, but at least these reviews should mention exactly what it takes to find a song, worst case.

          • Miles Jason Romain

            I liked the review on the Theorem 720. My concern is the issue with hiss when using sensitive IEM’s. Id like to use them at some point in the future. My question is what would I look for when I’m shopping around for IEM’s so I don’t buy a pair that are too sensitive ?

            • http://dalethorn.com dalethorn

              I did a size compare of the 720, Oppo HA2 (which I ordered), and v-moda Verza (which I use now). The 720 weighs 10 oz as compared to the other 2, which are about 6.5 oz each. The 720 is 29 mm thick, as compared to the other 2 (12 mm and 17 mm). So it’s not a pocket portable unless you have cargo pants etc. I’ll see if I can check the HA2 for hiss with some IEMs.

              • Miles Jason Romain

                Wow, the Oppo HA2 sounds great. How do you find the v-moda Verza ?

                • http://dalethorn.com dalethorn

                  The Verza is very good, a little dark (good) – no complaints. The HA2 arrives tomorrow, so I’ll compare it then. The only fair comparison I’ve done so far is the Verza to the Beyer A200p, which sound similar, but the A200p seems rougher, as though it has more distortion. I think the main thing dictating the sound of these amps with Apple players is the Apple digital out – it’s not great in resolution, but it’s very smooth – on the Verza anyway. Now with the Verza there is only one volume control – on the Verza, but with the A200p the player volume is linked to the amp volume, which may have to do with the inferior sound quality. So we will see when the HA2 arrives, allowing some burn-in time.

                  • Miles Jason Romain

                    I think my cell phone with Poweramp installed would be far better than an ipod or a dap. Can’t wait for the comparison

                    • http://dalethorn.com dalethorn

                      Yes, the music player makes a difference. Theoretically it shouldn’t, since it sends the raw digital data to the DAC, but somehow it does anyway.

    • http://www.headfonia.com/ Headfonia_L.

      Dale is right, check out the Theorem. Love it.

  • socks mk2

    Apologies if this is a bit wordy. I have a couple of questions for curiosity sake. I realize some of the questions can/will be effected by synergy with headphones and personal preference.

    1) Have you ever auditioned an Oppo HA-1 before?
    > assuming you have:
    2) What do you think of the HA-1 as a DAC compared to a RL Concero HD?
    3) What do you think of the HA-1 as an AMP compared to a Violectric V100?
    4) Do yo think the HA-1, being an AIO, is as good (or better/worse) than say a Concero HD + V100 pairing?

    I completely overlooked the Oppo HA-1 when I was looking at gear the other month. I purchased a Matrix Mini-i Pro (2015) and Violectric V100 and am enjoying what I’m getting from them. At ~$1300 USD for the Mini-i Pro + V100, I’m curious as to how the HA-1 performs at a similar $1200 USD.

    You can skip reading this last bit as it may be irrelevant if you’re familiar with the products mentioned above. If not, this is what I’ve noticed when comparing them: The key differences to me are the fact the HA-1 is an AIO, the HA-1 (and Concero HD) utilizes an ESS 9018 dac chip compared to the Pro’s ESS 9016, the HA-1’s single ended + balanced headphone in vs. the V100’s (2x) single ended only headphone ins, OSD information being displayed, HA-1’s bluetooth and USB in for iOS devices.

    • http://www.headfonia.com/ Headfonia_L.

      Reply to question 1: No, I have not.

      (makes answering all the other question redundant)

  • Miles Jason Romain

    Any chance of you guys reviewing the Cayin N6 ?

    • http://www.headfonia.com/ Headfonia_L.

      Yep. It’s on the planning

  • Tim

    Have you tried DT990 pro?

  • http://dalethorn.com dalethorn

    I got the Edifier H850 headphone from Massdrop early today (16 hours ago), and it’s just amazing. You can hold a Bose QC25 in one hand and the H850 in the other and see the incredible similarities. The Bose is a little heavier, feels more luxurious on the head, but the earpads are about the same for each headphone. The Bose sound is a little more neutral, but not by much, and given equal or better detail with the Edifier, the QC25’s background hiss, and the fact that Bose gets its near-neutral sound from a DSP, I think the Edifier is a better sound all-around.

  • Miles Jason Romain

    Any recommendations on 1) neutral sounding IEM’s under $500, And 2) neutral sounding portable headphones under $500 ? I haven’t decided which yet. Thanks

    • http://dalethorn.com dalethorn

      The Bose QC25 is neutral enough, but gets its neutral signature via its DSP, so that’s a guarded recommendation. The Adele VK-1 is very good, but may have comfort issues. The B&O H6 is fairly neutral but has an upper mids coloration – not offensive, but not perfect pitch either. The B&W P7 is close, having mainly a mid-treble recess that makes it a little distant. The Beyer T51p gets a lot of love here, but the cable is very thin and the sound a little treble-shy and uneven. The Shure 840 is fairly neutral but doesn’t have as much detail as these others. The Shure 940 has loads of detail, but may be too bright for some people, and it’s slightly bulky. The Senn Momentum is nice, but not flat in the upper treble – a little shy there. The Thinksound ON1 is good I think, but may be a bit too dark and bassy for some. Most of the others I’ve had (Beyer DT770 etc.) just aren’t neutral, and I think are too bulky, but some people like them anyway.

  • socks mk2

    Now that I have narrowed down my headphone and earphone collection to only my Fidelio X2, on occasion I do wish I had a more aggressive alternative for rock/metal when I want to listen to it that way. I’d want to avoid v-shape signatures, on-ear, in-ear, AKG (size/fit), Sennheiser (laid-back/slow), and harsh/hot treble (i.e. a DT990, Grado). As for detail/clarity, I wouldn’t rule out a headphone just for that depending on price. Not sure on closed back either.

    I think a T90 would be too piercing due it’s treble spike/peak. A T1 has a lesser treble spike/peak and I hear it’s aggressive, energetic and delivers a fast response. T1 might have good synergy with my Mini-i Pro + V100. I’ve never tried an ortho. The HE-400i, while not a flagship, might be worth a try despite less detail/clarity than the HE-560. Any suggestions to read up on or look into? I’m not in a rush to make a decision.

    • http://www.headfonia.com/ Headfonia_L.

      How about the HD600?

      • socks mk2

        I just recently sold my last two headphones. Those being the HD600 and DT990/600. The HD600 while being more neutral and having more treble presence than the X2, also felt more lalaid-back and less lively. Ultimately lacked energy I wanted I suppose. They also caused a hotspot. :/

        • http://dalethorn.com dalethorn

          Maybe the Shure SRH 940 or 1440 – both pretty aggressive and bright, but smoother treble than the Beyers.

          • socks mk2

            Thanks for the suggestions. A quick search for them sounds like they have potential to be good options as an alternative. I’ll have to do a more thorough reading up on them when I get time over the weekend.

            • http://dalethorn.com dalethorn

              The 940 review was posted here in 2011 (“The Detail Monster”), and the 1440 as near as I could tell from listening, was pretty similar, but better built for durability. The 1840, in spite of being measured nearly flat, had some recess in the low-mid treble, which I could get used to, but it goes the opposite way from where you’re looking. There were some good deals on the 1440 recently, but I haven’t seen a big discount on the 940 for 2 years.

              • socks mk2

                I’m pretty positive I’ll try for the SRH-940 in a closed back design. Open back, T1 is still the most likely. T1 vs T90, if I have learned anything, buy the one you want the first time; no buyer’s remorse that way. HE-400i may be too similar to the X2.

                I can probably overlook the hot treble to an extent for the raw emotion I’m wanting/looking for from my music collection. Laid-back just isn’t good for that kind of connection with all of the various sub-genres in both rock and metal. I can listen all day without fatigue on an HD600 and X2, but it’s more of a passive listen than an active one if that makes sense.

                The X2’s not bad by any means, I’d just like to be able to switch it up. Two (or three) headphones should do the trick. Open X2 for a laid-back, smooth, balanced, warm-ish, fun approach. SRH-940 for a closed back, isolating, potential on-the-go option even. T1 for an open back, aggressive, energetic, neutral to a point, treble-tilted option for when I want that emotion evoking response while listening.

                A large majority of my time is spent listening to hard rock, alternative rock, punk rock, nu metal, alternative metal, heavy metal, metalcore, post-hardcore and pop punk/rock. On occasion I’ll listen to electronic music (X2 delivers!) including edm, house, trance, dnb, electro, big room, etc.

                Thanks for suggesting the Shure options again. I would’ve never come across them on my own. ^^

  • Estou Farto

    I have a fiio e17 and i want a upgrade, i mostly use it with my iem’s (jvc fxt200 and my sennheiser 598), but i cant understand if i should get he JDS C5D or the ALO Island as they are the same price in my country. Could some1 help?

  • Estou Farto

    For some reason my question disappeared, so ill try again. i have a sennheiser 598 and iem jvc fxt200 and i currently have a Fiio E17 and looking for an upgrade and i saw the reviews on this site and i cant decide between the ALO Island and the JDS C5D, if some1 could help i would be thankful.

  • Kevin Setiadi

    need a dac/amp for my Audeze LCD-X. I’ve tried Grace Design M903 (nothing special imo), WA6 (hated it, too mellow), and Aurender Flow (it’s a good pairing, but I wonder if I can get a better sounding desktop dac/amp for the same price).

    What do you think of these dac/amps?

    * Chord Hugo
    * Cypherlabs Theorem 720
    * Burson Conductor Virtuoso
    * Alo Pan Am

    • http://www.headfonia.com/ Headfonia_L.

      Hugo is pretty darm good but it’s a lighter and very clear sound
      THeorem is always awesome with Audeze: good body and bass

      • Kevin Setiadi

        Thanks. What do you think of the Pan Am? I hated the WA6.

        All I want is a better bass impact.

        • http://www.headfonia.com/ Headfonia_L.

          I never liked the Pan Am. Especially it’s bass impact was too little for me personally

          • Kevin Setiadi

            I found a Conductor Virtuoso for sale with the same price as Chord Hugo. Which one would you recommend for LCD-X? I don’t really need portability, so sound quality is the only consideration.

            • http://www.headfonia.com/ Headfonia_L.

              Haven’t heard the Virtuoso

  • Marinater

    hi i’,m currently using a Brainwavz M4. After i got an ATH M50, i kinda feel indifferent about my M4.
    what IEMs do you suggest that have a similar sound signature to the M50, which this site refers to as the ‘monitoring’ type?
    my budget would be $100 or below.

    Thank you!

    • http://www.headfonia.com/ Headfonia_L.

      I’m not really aware of all budget universal IEMs, but maybe the Brainwavz M2 or one of Hifiman’s IEMs

      • Dave Ulrich

        I can vouch for the RE-400. However, I don’t like it as much when not connected to the HM-700 as they synergy is perfect.

  • http://dalethorn.com dalethorn

    I just got the AIAIAI TMA-2 modular kit. So exciting….

    • Gotti G.
      • http://dalethorn.com dalethorn

        What I see at that link looks like a prototype, but not the same, or not exactly. The official version won’t be released until Wed. 15 April, at which time I will post my video and text summary. It is pretty cool…

      • http://dalethorn.com dalethorn

        Video is online at youtube.

  • JoeP

    One of the things I see a lot in your reviews is “XX headphone is great, unless you like EDM/Trance or Fast Rock”
    My questions is are there any headphones which pop out as good for that type of music? Something that will be the opposite of my HD650’s, Looking for Full-sized around $500.
    thanks again for the hard work

  • Syed Hakimiey

    Quick question : Will Audio Technica IM50 IEM suits for rock, progressive, pop punk, alternative rock genres? like songs from this band, The All American Rejects, Hollywood Undead, MCR, The red jumpsuit apparatus, simple plan, good charlotte to tell some. I want to hear every instruments especially when lots instruments rumbling at the same time. Thanks

  • DTSxJP

    I currently use the iPod Nano 3G as the source with compact discs ripped to AAC 320. I have the Koss PortaPro and will eventually get the Xaiomi Pistions 3. I recently purchased the Fiio E11K and to my ears it’s a little muddy to me. So I was wondering if JDS Labs CMOYBB v2.03 would be a better option instead?

  • Carl A

    Greeting L,
    I just wondered if you could share your thoughts and give me the benefit of your experience using the iPod Classic (which I know you like) as part of a portable rig.
    I’ve just bought a new Classic and basically wondered what your recommendations would be regarding two or perhaps three options as good partnering amps/dacs to use with it?
    Ideally I’d like just one device to sit alongside it (but two could be considered if funds permitted) and for it to be a big step up from FiiO-level sq, but not too expensive. So I suppose I’m going to be looking to not spend more than say four, five hundred pounds or so.
    So if you could suggest a few options I’d really appreciate it. And do you think that my price ceiling maybe does limit (even though for me that’s a lot of money) my aspirations to be much better than FiiO level?
    Lastly, I’m looking for a new pair of headphones, one for home and one for out and about.
    The home one I’m thinking of is the Beyer T90 and I’ve read that they’re difficult to partner, equipment-wise? Thoughts of Classic + T90 = ?
    Many thanks for your time and considerations.
    Be well.

    • http://www.headfonia.com/ Headfonia_L.

      For the classic you have several options like Cypherlabs ‘clas solo’ or ‘Theorem’ and the Centrance Hifi-m8 (mini). Then there’s a whole bunch of options that require a cck for it to work with the Classic.

      T90 + Ipod directly is not advised, I would recommend a powerfule and warmer amp for it like the Duet or so many others.

  • nullified

    AK JR is around the corner, and ready for pre orders, any speculations?

    • http://www.headfonia.com/ Headfonia_L.

      On paper it doesn’t look that impressive and I don’t think it will be close to the 120ii and 240 sounder wise. Design wise I quite like it. We should be receiving a sample as soon as they’re available

      • nullified

        maybe the dx90 a better option?

        • http://www.headfonia.com/ Headfonia_L.

          see above

      • nullified

        how about a DX90? i heard so many things about it
        and one of my beloved audio shop uses DX90 as their reference audio source for headphone demo, so that’s gotta be something

        • http://www.headfonia.com/ Headfonia_L.

          We won’t know till I get it. I like the DX90 a lot

          • nullified

            at least iBasso has Paul who is the support on head fi, and he is active in the DX90, a brand with an active support really helps solve many things, better than some that just sells and thats about it

  • ro

    I have the Theorem 720 and love it, and will soon be trying out the Audeze LCD lineup. If more amp power was needed, using the Theorem as DAC source, which dedicated amplifier would you recommend to power LCD-2/X (and HD600) as well as other orthos? Would Burson SoloistSL be a good match with Theorem as source? (Doesn’t need to be portable.)

    While I appreciate how the Theorem drives my SRH1540 and HD600, I have tried a couple portable amp/DAC combos that provided a “fuller” sound but couldn’t match the Theorem’s sonic sweetness.

    I will try the LCDs with just the Theorem and will base possible purchasing decision on that combo, but good to know in advance how the setup could be enhanced later on.

    Also want to give a shout-out to Senn HD26 Pro, so far closest to what I’ve been wanting to hear unamped out of iDevices. I think it sounds better (“bigger” & clearer resolution) than latest Momentum 2.0 over-ear but totally loses out on sexiness.

    • http://dalethorn.com dalethorn

      My HD26 Pro was emphasized in the low treble and a little recessed above that – similar in some ways to the Momentum, which surprised me. But physically it was one of my all-time favorites.

  • Jonathan Carter

    What is the best PORTABLE amp for Sennheiser HD 650’s that is under 300$? I travel alot so i can’t always have a amp sitting at a desk. So i was wondering what the best portable amp would be. i have read alot and im just at a loss. I listen to alot of heavy music but i also enjoy classical, adele, and sometimes rap. Focus is on accurate sound! Help is very appreciated!

    • http://dalethorn.com dalethorn

      What is your source?

      • Jonathan Carter

        MY galaxy s5 phone, but if you recommend a duo that is still under 300$ I am all game to do that. I just need it to be portable and the more accurate and clear the better! :) I use krk monitor speakers at my house. But i do listen to heavy music, classical, adele, and minimal rap.

        • http://dalethorn.com dalethorn

          Oppo HA-1, the first DAC/amp that I’ve heard that’s under $300 that actually sounds good.

          • Jonathan Carter

            from what i can tell that amp isnt portable or under 300$ it looks like it is 1199$

            • http://www.headfonia.com/ Headfonia_L.

              HA-2

              • http://dalethorn.com dalethorn

                OOPSIE!!

              • Jonathan Carter

                Alright ty guys!

      • Jonathan Carter

        MY galaxy s5 phone, but if you recommend a duo that is still under 300$ I
        am all game to do that. I just need it to be portable and the more
        accurate and clear the better! :) I use krk monitor speakers at my
        house. But i do listen to heavy music, classical, adele, and minimal
        rap.

  • Scott Cameron Weaver

    What portable amp/DAC do you recommend to drive Future Sonics MG5Pro custom IEMs with source from an iPhone 6 and an iPod Classic (5.5 Enhanced)? I would like to run both sources through the DAC. Thanks!

    • http://www.headfonia.com/ Headfonia_L.

      Cypherlabs CLAS SOLO + Picollo/Alo Rx

  • http://www.headfonia.com/ L.

    Did you just really post a link to head-fi and asked for our help?
    The minimum would be to repeat your question here mate 😉

  • g.

    Okay, apologies, it’s a long post explaining my situation so I thought a link would be more convenient. I’ll copy paste here:

    My current heaphones are knock offs of Sony MDR V6, so I was looking into something decent. My budget is limited, and my choices are as well, because I live in Argentina, so many good cans might not be available, and buying outside the country is a nightmare (products stolen, having to pay huge fees to get it in,
    etc).

    So all I can do is browse local sites and compare prices there (in pesos). The main site is this: http://www.mercadolibre.com.ar/

    Since I don’t have much to go on in terms of experience, I browsed a post with recommendations in Head-Fi and searched for all those cans in the site I just mentioned. These were the ones I found:

    $185 http://articulo.mercadolibre.com.ar/MLA-485383585-koss-auriculares-ur55-studio-_JM
    $395 http://articulo.mercadolibre.com.ar/MLA-491354019-auriculares-koss-portapro-_JM
    $425 http://articulo.mercadolibre.com.ar/MLA-484864058-auriculares-phillips-oneil-the-stretch-red-sho956010-_JM Do these actually sound good? They seem gimmicky
    $477 http://articulo.mercadolibre.com.ar/MLA-487091477-auricular-cerrado-para-moviles-beyerdynamic-dt-235-_JM
    $477 http://articulo.mercadolibre.com.ar/MLA-484996413-auricular-beyerdynamic-dtx-300-_JM
    $888 http://articulo.mercadolibre.com.ar/MLA-485386840-koss-pro-dj-100-auriculares-estereo-profesional-dj-_JM

    Those are the ones I could find that fit within my budget (around
    $900 tops). Just for reference, the Sennheiser HD25-1 II cost over
    AR$2000 and the HD202 are around $300-400.

    I mostly listen to classical music, prog rock, and jazz (and Dawn of Midi, which I can’t put into a genre).

  • dalethorn

    Your selections include the very poorly made and easily broken Beyer DTX300 and the very well-made Philips Stretch. But to cover all the issues and the sound qualities would take a year. But only a year if all the reviews were in one place and condensed without any extra chat. On headfi you would have to read through all the many pages of commentary, so figure 2 years for that. Or — you could go to Amazon and click on the reviews, then sort by most recent first, and then you would be reading the reader/user reviews first and skipping the manufacturer house reviews which are nearly always posted first. That’s where you should start, and get your list down to your 2 or 3 best choices.

  • g.

    Thank you for the reply. There aren’t a lot of places where you can test a variety of headphones around where I live. I’ll go to a store next week but it’s safe to assume I won’t find all these options. I’ve also checked the headphones recommended here and most are either not available or way too expensive, with the exception of the HD202 and the Koss Portapro. I will check the amazon reviews as well.

  • dalethorn

    I think the 202 and Porta-Pro are both good for sound, but in my experience the Koss will need occasional repair.

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