What are the BEST audiophile headphones for vintage systems?

Discussion in 'Headphones' started by IGSTER, Feb 18, 2018.

  1. 50nstillhifi

    50nstillhifi Well-Known Member

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  2. KG_Jag

    KG_Jag New Member

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    For vintage equipment (1970's through the early/mid 80's) I suggest headphones rated at least 250 Ohms +/-.

    Will also need to know if having closed (more isolation & less sound leakage) or open cans are preferred.
     
  3. iamjaymo

    iamjaymo AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    My old Sansui AU-717 sure liked planar magnetics...MrSpeakers Alpha Dogs and my current ZMF Vibros absolutely thumped driven by the Sui!
     
  4. twiiii

    twiiii Addicted Member

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    If the headphone jack is being fed off the power amp you should have no problems. But if plan on using the headphone jack on a CD or DVD player, maybe a R2R, some times you might come up short with some of these newer low impedance headphones that require at least 10 db more power than older medium impedance headsets. In a few instances you need a separate headphone power amp module. Just familiarize your self with headphone specifications and you should be OK.
     
  5. the skipper

    the skipper Amateur Curmudgeon Subscriber

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    You do realize that "the best" is a purely subjective opinion, don't you? In any case, my Sennheiser HD-580's sound really great (to me) on an Marantz 2270.
     
  6. hatrack71

    hatrack71 distracted by everything

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    Beyerdynamics for comfort (second to NONE..period), Stax for overall performance. Those are my recommendations.
     

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