Looking for Headphone recommendation under $1000

Discussion in 'Headphones' started by Mark 1234, May 26, 2018.

  1. Mark 1234

    Mark 1234 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I am looking for recommendation on a new set of headphones under $1000. I use them with a Pioneer SX-950 receiver and a 1200mk2. I have a pair of MrSpeakers Mad Dog's. I think they sound pretty good but could be a little more open with a touch more bass but not too much more. I listen to mostly classic rock and blues. Thank you!
     

     

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  3. Djcoolray

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    Sennheizer HD-650’s.....

    You can’t improve on perfection !!!
     
  4. nick_ville

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    I second the HD-650's, or Massdrop's HD-6XX if there is a drop available. I have a pair and they are quite nice to listen too. The bass is strong and clean, the mids and highs are very nice. Open back so there ambient noise can be an issue, and others can hear your music as well. I also have a pair of Audio Technica M50's which are very nice closed headphones, so better sound isolation. The newer M50x have a detachable and replaceable cable (so do the HD-650's for that matter).

    You may not have to spend the full $1,000 to get a great pair of cans. In fact, you could grab both that I mentioned for less than that. :music:
     
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  5. skraggs

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    If you're willing to spend $1000 and only intend to use your headphones at home, you have to do yourself a favour and check out the Audeze LCD2 ($995).
     
  6. keilau

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    I second the Sennheiser HD-600 or HD-650. But your Pioneer SX-950 receiver cannot drive it properly. Use the leftover money for a decent headphone amplifier. The Audio Technica HA-5000 is an excellent headamp, but too expensive at $1200. Some high end HA5000 clone in the $300-400 price range will work very well too.
     

     

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  7. cjpremierfour

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    I have never heard the Senn HD 650 but I do own the HD 600's. I have heard quite a few $1000 plus headphones and taking out the Pioneer SE Master1 Air out of the group, I can't say that any of them is worth the more than double extra cost. There is a new version of the 600/650 out called the HD 660S you may want to look into. I have read that it may use the HD 700 driver in the 600 / 650 frame / ear piece that makes for a flatter response.
     
  8. twiiii

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    I'll have to agree Sennheiser 650. I have heard them, they are quite nice and non fatiguing, which is important, I can remember when Stax earspeakers cost less than $1000. Mine did, but that was so long ago. Of course the amp to to power them was extra and would crush your over all budget.
     
  9. Mark 1234

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    Thank you all for the comments. I will keep thinking about it. I am really interested in the Mr Speakers Aeon Flow, open or closed. Seems like a lot of people prefer them to the 650's. Also it is interesting how many used pairs of 650's are for sale. I know they sell a ton but why so many for sale? It is rare to see a used Mr Speakers set of cans but they sell a lot fewer I believe?? Has anyone used the 650's with a vintage Marantz or Pioneer. My Mad Dogs are only 50 ohms compaired to the 300 on the 650's but I can barely turn the volume to 1/4 on the SX-950 so would thing they would not need a headphone amp..
     
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    Sony MDR V6. Stick some Beyer velour pads on them. No kidding. Invest the difference.
     
  11. cratz2

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    The 650s are extremely popular and many folks will simply buy three different models, compare them and sell two sets.

    The 650s are nice and non-fatiguing but they are quite a bit darker than the 600/700 and the historic Sennheiser sound.

    To buy them and forget about other options out there, they are a great choice for many. Compared directly to the 600s with new pads with a decent amp, I would never choose the 650s.
     

     

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  12. RJee

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    Masdrop has Got the 6xx (HD 650) on right now. Just $200, try them.
     
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