Sennheiser HD580 & ZMF Aeolus (with suede pads)
Sennheiser HD580/600 (for mid-tier headphones)
Focal Elex (for higher-end headphones)
Sennheiser HD800 SDR with EQ profile
1) Soekris 1541 DAC paired with a Massdrop THX 789 AAA Amplifier
2) SMSL SU-8 v2 DAC paired with a JDS Atom Amplifier
On the Go
Onkyo DP-X1 & Phone
I am a French audio enthusiast who got into headphones a few years ago, after buying a pair of HD650.
They instantly blew me away, compared to the rather poor gear I used to have prior to that. It made me curious about the market and other headphones I wanted to try.
I have bought most of these headphones in used condition within Europe, using platforms such as Head-fi or Ebay.
Personal top 5 (among what I’ve owned)
ZMF Aeolus (with alternate pads)
Hifiman HE-6 (modded)
Top 5 under $500
Sennheiser HD580 & HD600
Koss ESP950 (with Vesper pads)
5 headphones I want to try