What was the first pair of headphones that made you say HOLY CRAP?


#141

I do remember this. My friend Chase had the most epic Walkman. He was letting me listen to it on the bus ride on the way home. I dropped it, and it didn’t skip. Thing of legend, forget the model but it was a Sony discman with a locking hinge and built in belt clip and probably some outrageous color like yellow (whatever was “cool” at the time with athletic portable gear.)


#142

Dire straits are really good to listen to. Especially with your favourite headphones. I really like the guitar playing on most of his music.He’s a very talented singer/songwriter/musician.
-Paul-


#143

Senn HD580 paired with a valve amp did it for me.


#144

I had almost forgotten the Pro4A! They were great.


#145

Etymotic ER4Ps. 14 years old and still going strong. 4 months later a HeadRoom Total Bithead was the first headphone amplifier that made me say HOLY CRAP!


#146

Just a good old HD 600. It was the first pair of hi-fi headphones I ever tried or bought. My HOLY CRAP moment was listening to a song on my Audiophile playlist that I THOUGHT I knew. The HD600 made me realize I missed out on at least 20% of the incredible detail in the song.

It felt almost like the song was “slower” because of how much more detail I could hear.


#147

I would say the Fostex / Massdrop TH-X00. Bass like that was a revelation - emphasized in a very fun way, without being stupidly distorted. I got the HD600 around the same time, and I basically didn’t use it because I like the TH-X00 so much (at least for a while).

Over time I’ve definitely found its flaws, but it is still just about the most fun I can have with EDM.


#148

The Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro was the first headphone that really GRABBED my attention! Had more than a dozen holy crap moments with it in that first week of listening!


#149

As in an uphill struggle that is, right?


#150

So that’s maybe why the flagship Grado’s actually sound better than my SR80i?


#151

It’s the voice cioil.
Hand woundin Brooklyn.


#152

Any idea on how these compare to a HiFiMan 4XX? I keep seeing positive reviews/comments for the Oppo but they’re around $500AUD and I really don’t need another set of headphones…


#153

You had a good upbringing then haha when I was 12 I was in love my shitty vibrating skull candies.


#154

akg k26p in summer 2007


#155

I don’t have a 4XX to compare to the Oppos. I do have a 400S, which is kind of in the ballpark, but the 4XX as I understand it is equivalent to a 400i. Anyway, the 400S has more bass impact, but for classical music the Oppo is really excellent and the 400S can’t compare on detail and imaging. Both are super easy to drive.


#156

Grado SR60’s on a FiiO E6 listening to Eddie Vedder’s cover of Hard Sun.


#157

Yes! Proof that even budget headphones can make you say HOLY CRAP! In a good way.


#158

Yes! They had to be one of the best bangs for the buck of all time


#159

Blockquote

There’s just something about the Grado sound. Especially if you haven’t hear too many other headphones.


#160

Stax SR-3. An afterthought after purchasing a moderate audiophile system, Rappaport, Quatre, IM Fried speakers. The Stax blew away the Fried speakers KEF drivers quite easily.