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Headphone Price Guide (*14/1/15*)

May 27th, 2012
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  3. Last Update: 14/1/15
  4.  
  5. Recommended Resources:
  6.  
  7. Concise Multi-IEM Comparison by ClieOS
  8. http://www.head-fi.org/t/541204/concise-multi-iem-comparison-hifiman-re-272-added-dec-27th-2011
  9.  
  10. Glossary of Terms
  11. http://www.head-fi.org/a/glossary-of-terms
  12.  
  13. Describing Sound Glossary
  14. http://www.head-fi.org/a/describing-sound-a-glossary
  15.  
  16. Headphone Buying Guide For Newbies
  17. http://www.head-fi.org/a/a-hopefully-helpful-headphone-buying-guide-for-newbies-by-boomana
  18.  
  19. Another Buying guide (official Head-fi article)
  20. http://www.head-fi.org/a/headphone-buying-guide
  21.  
  22. Frequency Response of Headphones
  23. http://www.head-fi.org/a/frequency-response-of-headphones
  24.  
  25. Gaming Headphone Guide
  26. http://www.head-fi.org/t/534479/
  27.  
  28. Massive Portable Headphone Review by IjokerI
  29. http://www.head-fi.org/t/433318/
  30. http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568
  31.  
  32. 50 Flagship headphone comparison
  33. http://www.head-fi.org/t/634201/battle-of-the-flagships-50-headphones-compared
  34.  
  35. Grado Modding Threads
  36. http://www.head-fi.org/t/560806/sr60-mod-part-ii (Standard Mod Discussion)
  37. http://www.head-fi.org/t/576717/grado-modders-go-magnum (Magnum Driver Discussion)
  38.  
  39. Useful people to talk to if interested in buying Grado mod parts
  40. http://www.martincustomaudio.com/ (Beautiful but expensive cups, worth every penny IMO)
  41. http://headphonelounge.com/ (Sells great headbands as well as some nice cables &
  42. cups)
  43.  
  44. Alternatively you can look at making some cups on your own with a lathe or you can sometimes
  45. find some ebay which are far cheaper and not as high in quality as what martin is producing but
  46. if you are only looking to upgrade some lower tier Grados for a fun project you may want to
  47. look there to find something to stain yourself.
  48.  
  49. If you are looking to make you're own headphones from the ground up or you want to upgrade your
  50. preexisting Grados with some better drives then you should go to http://www.symphones.ca/
  51. They have a sound signature very comparable to the PS1000i and it's only $120 CAD
  52.  
  53.  
  54. DACs and AMPLIFIERS
  55.  
  56. Most commonly the Fiio E10 (~$80) is recommended as a DAC/Amp combo as well as the "O2/ODAC"
  57. which is really O2 with ODAC or as I've recently taken to calling it, "O2+ODAC."
  58. ($285 at JDlabs.com or you can build your own for less with the parts they sell).
  59.  
  60. With the recent release of Schiit's Magni/Modi amp and dac (commonly referred to as the "Schiit
  61. Stack") at $200 (99 for each). There's been a lot of good reviews on them so far and when it's
  62. been compaired to the the O2+ODAC many can't tell the difference between them. Because of the
  63. Modi/Magni's better price and construction they're beginning to look like a better choice.
  64.  
  65. *Update* Here's a frequency response chart for the Magni and it's almost identical to the O2
  66. http://www.changstar.com/index.php?topic=734.0
  67.  
  68. The Modi/Magni is a really good combo for someone looking to save the extra $85 for the O2/ODAC
  69.  
  70. The UHA-6S.MKII by Leckerton Audio looks like a really good portable amp for $280 and would be
  71. great for someone looking for a more portable amp for their laptop or something similar.
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  74.  
  75.  
  76. Headphone Labeling:
  77.  
  78.  
  79. (B) - Bassy / Dark
  80.  
  81. (A) - Analytical / Bright
  82.  
  83. (V) - "V" Signature (Recessed mids)
  84.  
  85. (N) - Neutral
  86.  
  87. ( ) - Work in progress; to be determined
  88.  
  89. (?) - Announced headphones. Properties are speculation
  90.  
  91.  
  92. [_) - Open design
  93.  
  94. (_) - Closed design
  95.  
  96. (_)} - Needs amplification
  97.  
  98. (_)| - Good for gaming
  99.  
  100. (_): - Active noise cancellation or excellent passive isolation
  101.  
  102. +(_) - Exceptional value in category at price point
  103.  
  104. (_)# - May be difficult to obtain (Limited Production, Discontinued etc.)
  105.  
  106. (_)) - Beware of fakes
  107.  
  108. =(_) - Good for production/monitoring/professional use
  109.  
  110. ~(_) - Form over Function; questionable value
  111.  
  112. <(_) - Exceptional comfort
  113.  
  114. >(_) - Possible discomfort, research before purchase
  115.  
  116. W(_) - Wireless (Bluetooth, KLEER, receiver, etc.)
  117.  
  118.  
  119. You can quickly browse through the list by pasting in the desired label in a page search
  120. (ctrl + f)
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  125.  
  126.  
  127.  
  128. Over-ear:
  129.  
  130. $10 -
  131. $20 - (A) Sennheiser HD 201
  132. >(B) Monoprice 8323
  133.  
  134. $30 - (B) Panasonic HTF600
  135. (N) JVC HARX700
  136.  
  137. $40 - >[N) Superlux HD-681
  138. $50 - (N)} Sennheiser HD448
  139. <(B)# Sony MDR-XB500
  140. [N)| Samson SR850
  141. <(A)# Superlux HD660
  142. +=(N) Koss DJ100
  143. +=[N) Superlux HD668B
  144. $60 - (N) Shure SRH240
  145.  
  146. $70 - (B) Creative Aurvana Live
  147. (N) JVC HARX900
  148. =+(N) Sony MDR-V6
  149.  
  150. $80 - =(N)}# Fostex T50RP
  151. <(B)# Sony MDR-XB700
  152. (B): Philips Citiscape Downtown
  153. =(N) KRK KNS6400
  154.  
  155. $90 - >=(N): Shure SRH440
  156.  
  157. $100 - (B) Shure SRH 550DJ
  158. >[A) Alessandro MS1
  159. [A)} AKG K240 MKII
  160. (B) V-Moda LP
  161.  
  162. $110 - (A)| Audio Techncia ATH-AD700
  163. [B) Fischer FA-011
  164.  
  165. $120 - (N)| Audio Technica ATH-A700
  166. (N) Audio Technica ATH-WS70
  167. (V) Ultrasone HFI-580
  168.  
  169. $130 - =(N) AKG K272
  170.  
  171. $140 - ~(N) Skullcandy Aviator
  172. +=(N) Brainwavz HM5
  173.  
  174. $150 - =>(B) Audio Technica ATH-M50
  175. (V) Ultrasone HFI-780
  176. =(N) Ultrasone DJ1 Pro
  177. >[A) Grado SR125i
  178. (B) Shure SRH750DJ
  179. (B) M-Audio Q40
  180. =(N) Ultrasone HFI-680
  181. ( ) Philips Citiscape Uptown
  182. (N) Audio Technica A900X
  183. [A)} Audio Technica AD900X
  184.  
  185. $160 - (N) Fischer Audio FA-003
  186.  
  187.  
  188. $170 - =(N) Shure SRH840
  189. <=(V) Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80 ohm
  190. (B) Audio Techncica ATH-Pro700MK2
  191.  
  192. $180 - <(V) Beyerdynamic Custom One
  193. $190 - [V) Ultrasone HFI-2400
  194.  
  195. $200 - (N)} Denon AH-D1100
  196. <[B) Sony MDR-MA900
  197. >[A) Grado SR225i
  198. (N) Soundmagic HP100
  199. (B) V-Moda LP2
  200. (N): Logitech UE6000
  201. $210 -
  202.  
  203. $220 - (V) Ultrasone Pro 750
  204. $230 - <=[V) Beyerdynamic DT880 Pro 250 ohm
  205. <(?) Fischer Audio FA-003Ti
  206. <(?)# Fischer Audio FA-003Ti-W (limited edition woodcup version; Price TBA)
  207.  
  208. $240 - <=[V)}| Beyerdynamic DT880 600 ohm
  209.  
  210. $250 - >=[A)}| AKG K701/Q701/K702
  211. [N) Hifiman He-300
  212. ~(B) Phiaton PS 500
  213. =[N)}| Sennheiser HD598
  214. (V)) Pioneer HDJ2000
  215.  
  216. $260 -
  217. $270 -
  218.  
  219. $280 - =<[V)}| Beyerdynamic DT990 600 ohm
  220. $290 -
  221.  
  222. $300 - >[A) Grado SR325i
  223. =(N) Shure SRH940
  224. [N) Philips Fidelio X2
  225. (V): V-Moda Crossfade M-100
  226. [A) Alessandro MS2
  227. <[V) Philips Fidelio X1
  228. <(B)}# Sony MDR-XB1000
  229. (B) Sony MDR-1R
  230. =(N): AKG K550
  231. <[N) Philips Fidelio L1
  232. ~(B): Bose QC15 (Only for ANC, Wouldn't suggest otherwise)
  233. W(N): Logitech UE9000
  234. $310 -
  235. $320 - =[N)} Sennheiser HD 600
  236. $330 - (V)} Ultrasone Pro 900
  237. (N) AKG K551
  238. $340 - =(N)} Denon AH-D2000
  239. $350 - =[N)} Sennheiser HD 650
  240. [N)}D Sony SA5000
  241. (N) Beyerdynamic DT48
  242. $360 -
  243. $370 -
  244. $380 -
  245.  
  246. $390 - [ ) Audio Technica ATH-AD1000
  247. $400 - (N) Sony Z1000
  248. [N) Hifiman HE-400
  249. <(A)} Beyerdynamic T70
  250. =[N) Shure SRH1440
  251. $410 -
  252. $420 - [N)} Stax SR-207
  253. $430 -
  254. $440 -
  255.  
  256. $450 - [N)} Hifiman HE-4
  257.  
  258. $460 - [N)} Stax SR-307
  259. $470 -
  260.  
  261. $480 - (V)} Ultrasone Pro 900
  262. $490 -
  263.  
  264. $500 - +(N)}# Thunderpants by Smeggy
  265. >(A)} Grado RS2i
  266. $510 -
  267. $520 -
  268.  
  269. $530 - =(N)} Denon AH-D5000
  270. $540 -
  271. $550 - [V)} Ultrasone Pro 2900
  272. $560 -
  273. $570 -
  274. $580 - =[N)} Stax SR-407
  275. $590 -
  276. $600 - >[N)} Grado PS500
  277. =[N)} Audio Technica ATH-W1000X
  278. W[N) Senneheiser RS220
  279. $610 -
  280. $620 -
  281. $630 -
  282. $640 -
  283. $650 -
  284. $660 -
  285. $670 -
  286. $680 -
  287. $690 -
  288. $700 - >[N)} Grado RS1i
  289. [N)} Hifiman He-500
  290. [N)} Hifiman HE-5LE
  291. [N)} Alessandro MS Pro
  292. =[N)} Shure SRH1840
  293. =(N)} Denon AH-D7000
  294. =[N)} Koss ESP-950
  295. $710 -
  296. $720 -
  297. $730 -
  298. $740 -
  299. $750 -
  300. $760 -
  301. $770 -
  302. $780 -
  303. $790 -
  304. $800 - >=[N)}# Stax: SR-Sigma
  305. $810 -
  306. $820 -
  307. $830 - =[N)} Audio Technica ATH-W5000
  308. $840 -
  309. $850 -
  310. $860 -
  311. $870 -
  312. $880 -
  313. $890 -
  314. $900 -
  315. $910 -
  316. $920 -
  317. $930 -
  318. $940 -
  319. $950 -
  320. $960 -
  321. $970 -
  322. $980 -
  323. $990 -
  324.  
  325. $1000 - =[B)} Audeze LCD-2
  326. =[N)} Hifiman HE-6
  327. >=[A)} Grado GS1000i
  328. =[N)} Sennheiser HD700
  329. $1,100- =[N)} Stax SR-507
  330. =(N)} JVC Victor DX1000
  331. >=[N)}# AKG K1000
  332.  
  333. $1,300- <=[N)} Beyerdynamic Tesla T1
  334. =(N) Ultrasone Signuture Pro
  335. <(B) FOSTEX: TH600
  336.  
  337. $1,469- ~(N) Ultrasone Edition 8
  338. $1,500- =[N)} Sennheiser HD800
  339. $1,550- =[N)} Audio Technica ATH-W3000ANV
  340. $1,700- =[N)} Grado PS1000
  341.  
  342. $1,950- =[N)} Audeze LCD-3
  343. =[N)}# Grado HP1000
  344. <(B) FOSTEX: TH900
  345. $2,650- =[N)} Stax SR-007MKII
  346. $2,750- ~(V)} Ultrasone Edition 10
  347. $5,250- =[N)} Stax SR-009
  348.  
  349. $7,000 =[N)}# Sennheiser HE90 (Orpheus)
  350.  
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  354.  
  355.  
  356.  
  357.  
  358. On-Ear
  359.  
  360. $10 - +[N)| Koss KSC75
  361. (B) JVC Flats
  362. $20 -
  363. $30 - +[N))| Koss Portapro
  364. - [B) JVC HAS650
  365.  
  366. $40 - (B) Senn PX 100-II
  367. $50 - [N) Yuin G2A
  368. (B) Philips Citiscape Metro
  369. $60 - >(B) AKG K518
  370. $70 -
  371.  
  372. $80 - >+[A) Grado SR60i
  373. ~(A) Phiaton PS320
  374. W(N) Meelectronics AF-32
  375. $90 -
  376. $100 - >(B) AKG K181DJ
  377. >[A) Grado SR80i
  378. [N) Audio Technica ES7
  379. $110 -
  380. $120 -
  381. $130 - [A) ATH-EW9
  382. =>(N): Sennheiser HD 25-1 II Refurb (Dakmart)
  383. $140 -
  384. $150 - [N) Yuin G1A
  385. =>(N): Sennheiser HD 25-1 II Adidas Refurb (Dakmart)
  386. $160 - (B) Aiaiai TMA-1
  387. $170 - (V) V-Moda M80
  388. $180 - =>(N): Senn HD 25-1 II
  389. $190 -
  390.  
  391. $200 - W(B) Sennheiser MM-400
  392. $210 - =>(N): Sennheiser HD 25-1 II Adidas
  393. (A): Beyerdynamic T50p
  394. $220 - (A) ATH-ESW9A
  395. $230 - ~(B) Phaiton MS 400
  396. $240 -
  397.  
  398. $250 - (N) Audio Technica ESW9
  399. $260 -
  400. $270 -
  401. $280 -
  402. $290 -
  403. $300 - (V) Beyerdynamic DT 1350
  404. ~(N) B&W P5
  405. $310 -
  406. $320 -
  407. $330 -
  408. $340 -
  409. $350 - +(N): Sennheiser Amperior
  410. $360 -
  411. $370 -
  412. $380 -
  413. $390 -
  414. $400 - (B) Audio Technica ES10
  415. $410 -
  416. $420 -
  417. $430 -
  418. $440 -
  419. $450 -
  420. $460 -
  421. $470 -
  422. $480 -
  423. $490 -
  424. $500 -
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  431.  
  432.  
  433.  
  434. In-Ear:
  435.  
  436. $10 - (B) Monoprice 8320
  437. (B) Philips 3580
  438. (B) Meelectronics M6
  439. (N) Earsquake SHA
  440. (N) Xeport 3010
  441. (B) Brainwavz Alpha
  442.  
  443. $20 - (N) Meelectronics CX21
  444. (N) JVC FXC51
  445. (B) Soundmagic PL21
  446.  
  447. $30 - (B) Meelectronics M31
  448. (B) JVC HA-FX1X
  449. (N) Soundmagic PL30
  450. (B) a-Jays One
  451. [ ) Blox E2C
  452. (B) Xeport 5010
  453.  
  454. $40 - (B) Sony XB41EX
  455. (B) Meelectronics CC51
  456. (B) Soundmagic E10
  457. [ ) Yuin PK3
  458. ( ) Dunu DN-12
  459. ( ) Brainwavz M1
  460.  
  461. $50 - (B)# Xears N3i
  462. (B)# Monster Turbine Refurb
  463. (B) TDK EB900
  464. (N)# Xears XE200RO
  465. (N) Meelectronics A151
  466. <+(N) Vsonic GR06
  467. ( ) Dunu DN-11
  468. (B) a-Jays Two
  469. (B) a-Jays Four
  470.  
  471. $60 - (N) Brainwavz M2
  472. (N) Vsonic RO4Pro
  473. (N) Soundmagic PL50
  474. ( ) Yuin OK3
  475. (V) AudioFly AF45
  476. (B) a-Jays Three
  477. (A): Etymotic MC5
  478. (B) Fischer Audio Silver Bullet
  479.  
  480. $70 - (B) Fischer Audio Eterna
  481. (V) Fischer Audio Consonance
  482. (B) Beyerdynamic DTX 71 IE
  483. (B) Nuforce NE-700X
  484.  
  485. $80 - (A) Hifiman RE0
  486. (B) Hippo VB
  487. [ ) Yuin PK3
  488. ( ) Shure SE115
  489. (B) Phitaon PS-20
  490. ( ) Spider "Realvoice"
  491. ( ) Audio-Technica ATH-CK7
  492. ( ) Brainwavz M4
  493. ( ) Dunu DN-13
  494. (V) Ecci PR401
  495.  
  496. $90 - (A) Grado iGi
  497. (N) Brainwavz M3
  498. (N) t-Jays Two
  499. (B) Beyerdynamic DTX 101 IE
  500.  
  501. $100 - (B): Shure SE215
  502. (B) Phiaton PS-210
  503. (A): Etymotic HF5
  504. <(N) Westone 1
  505. (N) HiSoundAudio Crystal
  506.  
  507. $110 - (B) Sony MDR-EX510
  508. $120 - (N): Etymotic HF2
  509. $130 - ( ) Yuin OK2
  510. ( ) Clarityone C1
  511. (N) Fischer Audio SBA-03
  512. ( ) Fischer Audio Tandem
  513.  
  514. $140 - +(B) Klipsch Image X10
  515. (A): Etymotic HF3
  516. +(B) JVC HA-FXT90
  517.  
  518. $150 - +(N) Hifiman HE262
  519. (N) Creative Aurvana 3
  520. (N) Audio Technica CKM99
  521.  
  522. $160 - [A) Yuin PK1
  523. <(B): Shure SE315
  524.  
  525. $170 - (N) UE TripleFi 10
  526. (B) Monster Turbine Pro Gold
  527. <(N) Vsonic GR07
  528. (B) Future Sonics Atrios
  529. ( ) Audeo Phonak PFE112
  530. $180 - (A) Fischer Audio DBA-02
  531. (B) Radius W Pro DDM
  532. $190 -
  533. $200 - (B)# Sony MDR-EX600
  534. [B) Sennheiser MX980
  535. $210 -
  536. $220 -
  537.  
  538. $230 - <(N) Westone 2
  539. (N) ACS T15
  540. ( ) Yuin OK1
  541. $240 -
  542. $250 - +(N) Hifiman RE272
  543. (A): Etymotic ER4
  544. (B) Sennheiser IE7
  545. ( ) Radius HP-TWF21
  546. $260 -
  547. $270 -
  548. $280 -
  549.  
  550. $290 - (N)# Audio Technica CK10
  551. $300 - <(B) Westone 3
  552. (N): Shure SE425
  553. ( ) Ortofon EQ5
  554. (N) Grado GR8
  555.  
  556. ( ) Monster Miles Davis Trumpet
  557. $310 -
  558. $320 -
  559. $330 - ( ) Ortofon EQ7
  560. $340 -
  561. $350 -
  562. $360 -
  563. $370 - (B) JVC FX700
  564. $380 -
  565. $390 -
  566. $400 - (B)) Monster Turbine Pro Coppers
  567. (A)# J-Phonic K2 SP
  568. (B)) Sennheiser IE8
  569. (N) Shure SE535
  570. (A)# Sony EX1000
  571. ( ) Grado GR10
  572. (B) Monster Miles Davis Tribute
  573. <(N) Westone 4
  574. $410 -
  575. $420 -
  576. $430 -
  577. $440 -
  578. $450 -
  579. $460 -
  580. $470 -
  581. $480 -
  582. $490 -
  583. $500 - <(N) Westone 4R (same as R but with detachable cables)
  584. $1000 - ( ) Shure SE846
  585.  
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  592.  
  593.  
  594.  
  595. Custom IEMs (In-ear monitors):
  596. $1,000 >=(N): Ultimate Ears Custom In-Ear Reference Monitors (replaced the UE10 Pro)
  597.  
  598. $1,100 - >=(V): JH AUDIO: JH13
  599. >=(N):D ULTIMATE EARS: UE10 Pro
  600.  
  601. If you're spending that much money you should know what you're looking for
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