- Jul 21, 2018
- The Neitherlands
Is there a headphone I should buy right now to make testing more meaningful? I have HD-650, Hifiman HE400i, Grado SR80 (?), Sony MDRV6 (?), Drop Ether CX. I also have a Sony and Harman headphone whose model numbers escape me but did the best in Harman controlled listening tests.
HD650 is the headphone to compare to as it is the most measured headphone out there and most folks have heard one or own one.
Very little pinna activation so will measure pretty much the same on FP. Small driver, not angled.
HE400i large driver, not angled. Substantial pinna activation but different from most others.
Grado SR80. On ear good candidate because of this. very little pinna activation, small driver. resonances in the area of interest to check a test rig.
Sony MDRv6. Studio standard, small driver and small pinna activation.
When you want to test for weird pinna activation the K712 is fun and a good headphone. Strangely enough the K702 with similar build but has very different pinna activation.
There is little point in buying headphones that only few people have if the goal is to get feedback on results vs reports.
The K371 is cheap, nice to own and should be close to Harman. Consider this a reference to Harman and is measured with different rigs.