Best Headphone under 1k$?

thomask

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I had enjoyed using SoundMAGIC E11C while out of town for 3 weeks on May.



But I also got HIFIMAN SUNDARA from Amazon 10 days ago to compare it with SoundMAGIC E11C .

Although I will keep SoundMAGIC E11C for travel, I enjoy the sound from HIFIMAN SUNDARA much better.

It sound open and balanced.

I use Chord Dave to drive it.



Now my question is whether there is any headphone under 1k$ which will sound significantly better than HIFIMAN SUNDARA.

I wish to get transparent and open sound out of it with just enough tight bass.

Of course, if it provides wide and deep soundstage, it will be better.

I do not wish to get bright sound.



Can anyone recommend best headphone under 1K$?

thanks in advance

Thomas
 

the sound of Tao

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Hi Thomas,
Not sure of the current US pricing but I do love the Audeze range with its big organic rich bass signature for day in day out headphone listening. It is a good match for the Chord signature.

Also beyond that if you go across to headfi there’s plenty of info on good headphone matches for Chord as that is where all the Chord dave tt2 and m scaler headphone listening dudes hang out.
 
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Hi Thomas,
Not sure of the current US pricing but I do love the Audeze range with its big organic rich bass signature for day in day out headphone listening. It is a good match for the Chord signature.

Also beyond that if you go across to headfi there’s plenty of info on good headphone matches for Chord as that is where all the Chord dave tt2 and m scaler headphone listening dudes hang out.
Thanks a lot for your kind input.

https://www.amazon.com/Audeze-LCD-2-Classic-Headphone-Leather-Free/dp/B078922QVD

Audez LCD2 classic is one of the headphone that I consider auditioning through Amazon.

It is easy to return to Amazon if I do not like it.
 

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It’s good... I recently thought about upgrading to the Audeze 4z but reality is I only listen to hp fairly occasionally and the LCD2 is good enough to live with... or you can take our usual audiophile route and eventually talk yourself up to totl Empyrean or Audeze ;)
 
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Best headphone under $1k (and I'm not joking) is this:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00001P4ZH/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_xGN.Cb6M4HBY3

The main knock on it is somewhat boomy bass, and somewhat rolled treble (but not overly dark). It's really good. The Sennheiser HD800 is now under $1k and can be modded to eliminate the 4k treble peak, making it my personal favorite. But could I live with only the Porta Pro? Yes. So price vs performance gives it the nod.
 

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Under $1k the Focal Alegia cans are hard to beat.
 
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I’ve been enjoying my Ananda for a while now and find them very close to the older HE1000 and pack enough punch for me in the bass dept. I also prefer the oval shape of the cups over round cups, just feels more natural. They are $1 under $1K but you may find them cheaper if you search.
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I am playing Hotel California(Eagles) and Play the music of Simon & Garfunkel (Royal Symphony Orchestra) through Amazon Music using my Galaxy Note 4.​
Somehow Sundara seems to sound better through Note 4 than Dave.​
I am using 10ft extra extension line to connect from Dave to my listening chair.​
That may be why.​
I can enjoy music through Sundara and Note 4 combination.​
Tomorrow I will receive Hifiman RE 800S earphone.​
It will be interesting to compare between Hifiman RE 800S earphone and Sundara headphone.​
 
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I’ve been enjoying my Ananda for a while now and find them very close to the older HE1000 and pack enough punch for me in the bass dept. I also prefer the oval shape of the cups over round cups, just feels more natural. They are $1 under $1K but you may find them cheaper if you search.
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I appreciate your recommendation of Ananda.

The only thing is that Ananda cost 2and half times of Sundara.

Sundara driven by Galaxy Note 4 using Amazon Music or Youtube sounds musical enough.

As I know Ananda has a good refutation, I may order it to compare with Sundara.

https://www.rtings.com/headphones/tools/compare/hifiman-sundara-vs-hifiman-ananda/589/670


My plan is to get reasonable one under !K$ now and after two years of experience, then I will upgrade to top headphone above 2K$.

I have 41 years of high end audio history but newbie to high end headphone.

Thus I need time before getting to know what I want with headphone.
 
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I have a decent laptop.

Dell Inspiron i7559-7512GRY 15.6 Inch UHD Touchscreen Laptop

It is interesting to compare the sound of Hifiman Sundara with Dell and Galaxy Note 4 through same source of Amazon Music and Youtube.

I played Hotel California(Eagles, Amazon) and Scottish Fantasy played by Joomi Kang(Youtube).

It sounds slightly more focused with Galaxy than Dell.

On the other hand, it sounds more relaxed with Dell than Galaxy.

Thus it is almost tie between them.
 
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I've recently acquired the Focal Elex and the Beyerdynamic DT 1990. Like them both but if I had to pick I prefer the Beyerdynamic. Both are in the $500 to $700 range.

The DT 1990 is more analytical while the Elex is more fun, forward sounding.
 
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A few years back I was on the same search and landed here: https://www.mrspeakers.com/

I ended up grabbing the highly rated Alpha Prime headphones which were just under a $1K. This particular model is now end of life and no longer offered but I am very impressed with the sound they create. I drive mine with a Benchmark DAC1 and its a stellar combination.

Maybe you'll find something you like there also
 

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