Before someone tells me that these are all different price points, let me share that I’ve not only found diminishing returns in higher prices, but that I sometimes prefer cheaper headphones over more expensive ones… for example, I prefer listening to my TR-X00 over my Ether CXs. Currently this is what I have, ranked by preference (all running through THX789):
- Dan Clark Aeon 2 closed
- Hifiman Ananda
- Fostex TR-X00
- Meze Noir 99
- Mr Speakers Ether Cx
So… I’m looking for something to complement my setup. I’ll eventually sell a couple of my current headphones, but want to wait a bit after my next purchase before making a decision. As I look at my gear I realize I’m not immune to hype trains, so there’s a risk in asking, but what the hell… what should I buy next?
I was thinking the 2C because it contrasts the very detailed headphones I already have. By all accounts it’s a very “pleasing” and “warm” headphone, which sounds attractive.
The X sounded cool cause it brings low end without sacrificing clarity, from what I hear. In my mind, it’s a less aggressive foster… I enjoy clarity in a headphone, but maybe think it’s time to find something contrasting to what I have?
The Sendy is very much a function of me canceling my Drop order out of impulse. I wonder if it would add anything to my listening experience considering what I already have… I’ve read it can be a little redundant with the Ananda.
I’m also open to other ideas. Ultimately I want to either find a great, easy listening alternative to what I have, or the “next best thing” for my collection. I wouldn’t want to go above $1100, but could probably stretch by selling a couple of the later items on the list. Also, I have Xmas certificates totaling $275 on amazon, so I’d prefer to buy there if possible.
Also, if what I like isn’t apparent, I’ve liked V-shaped things, U-shaped things, flatter things like B&O H7s… these things have never really had much meaning for me. I listen to pretty much all genres except for hip hop. I like clarity, I like bass. I’m not a stickler for soundstage, nor dynamic.