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    Posted: 30 May 2019 at 12:02pm
Forgive me, but I am a newbie on this site, and not very IT savvy.....

I have just acquired the Accession MC phono amp and the Solo Ultra-Linear DE Headphone amp, and am super-impressed.  Of course, this has exposed massive weaknesses in my existing old and cheap headphones, so the next stage of my high-end journey is new headphones....

I would welcome all recommendations to down-select some for trial.  I am open to consider both open-back and closed-back headphones, and would welcome thoughts on which is better.

As to budget, I would consider over £1000......

Some potentials are as follows, but I am very open to other suggestions.

Audeze LCD2 or LCD3
Focal Clear (any experience of Focal Stelia?  Probably outside my budget, but how good are they?)
Fostex (maybe TH 900 Mk 2?)
Grado GS1000e Statement or PS1000e Professional?

All help gratefully received....

many thanks,

Richard
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Hi Richard,
I can't comment on the headphones on your list as I haven't heard them, but if you're spending
over £1000 you must give the black Sennheiser HD800S a listen.
They are quite 'vivid' sounding with tremendous detail, dynamics & scale on a good recording.
They also sound involving at low levels.
The silver HD800 are worth a listen too - but are a bit brighter with slightly less well defined bass.

Should also mention the old HD540 ref 2 which are also excellent - worth seeking out used.

All these are open back & can be heard by anyone else in the room depending on volume level.
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Much obliged indeed....

I shall add these to the list.  I see that the HD800S are supplied with an XLR4 balanced cable.  Is it possible to convert or adapt this to a standard 6.35mm jack, and not lose quality?


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You're welcome Smile.
I haven't investigated the '800's balanced connection as they're also supplied with a standard 6.3mm jack plug.
I seem to recall reading in a review somewhere that the jack connection was preferred over the balanced for sound quality.

 
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hi Richard,
   I concur with Rich that you’ve got to at least try the HD800S. My personal feeling was that they were more to my taste than the HD800. I use the Focal Elear with my Solo ULDE and I’m extremely happy. I stepped up from the HD600 and I think they’re a big, big leap ahead. 

I also run a Ch**d M**o for laptop listening, and I can safely say the ULDE extracts a great deal more from them. A terrific pairing!

I tried the Clear and didn’t think they were worth the extra spend, though. I’d love to get my grubby mitts on the Utopia! 
Happy hunting! 
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Hi Mick,
Most grateful for your thoughts.  Clearly I need to add the Sennheisers to my list.  Also, interested in your comments on the Focal Elear compared with the Clear......  I have a good budget, but there is no sense in spending money unnecessarily.....

For all based in UK who may read this post, I found what appears to be a great headphone dealer, assuming they actually have all of these headphones in stock.....  May have to pay them a visit....

Thanks, Mick....

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I’m not sure how prices compare for you. Here in Australia the Elear can be had for $1,000. The Clear is more than double at $2,199. It’s very obviously a better headphone than the Elear, especially if you want the extra midrange clarity and evenness of response.
The HD800S is $1,895 and does the resolving Sennheiser thing brilliantly. It’s truly wonderful.  However, I really enjoy the Focal sound.
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