Dynamic, Planar or Electrostatic

There are some pretty killer iems out there, but it’s more preference. Also yeah the timbre of estats has really turned me off most of the time

Sure, for 3x the price of real headphones with the same FR but open and with bass impact on the skin. :slight_smile:

All the best headphones ive heard of and that are reviewed are planars. There seems to be very few electro-stats out there. Dynamics seem like old tech.

I definitely wouldn’t call dynamics old tech. That would be like dismissing the wheel on a car as old tech and no longer wanted lol. I think that many totl tend to gravitate towards planar because it’s a middle ground between estat and dynamic

Also estat and the idea of planar have been around for awhile too

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I haven’t voted because I don’t have enough experience. I’ve hard all three…in fact, the Stax SR-204’s were my first major headphone purchase, but they have weaknesses, like no bass for anything but instrumental. I bought the HE-35x and HE-4xx and since getting the 4xx, haven’t listened to the 35x again.

How about “all of them”. :stuck_out_tongue:

Technology and how it reproduces the sound is what interests me the most, and I definitely don’t imagine myself with a “wall” of headphones like Zeos, so I want just one of each.

There’s also “balanced” IEMs, and a few rare headphones with AMT tweeters in them.
Yes, I want this too. No, I’m not rich. I’ve started “the cheap AF headphones thread” and “the too good for the price list”. So, yeah. Even the cheapest stuff is really, really interesting (Like KZ AS-06 full-balanced 3-drivers for 30$), and sounds really interesting too (I already have KZ ZS10 Pros – will give to a friend if I prefer the AS06).

Uh, corrected myself. I wrote “I want at least one of each”, but meant “just one of each”.


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Are you sure? You sure that’s not your mind giving you some hints? :thinking:

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> You sure that’s not your mind giving you some hints?

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Hahaha, maybe maybe :smiley:

The MrSpeakers Voce is probably the best can I’ve heard (after the Abyss Phi) - estat, moves air. But $8k w/ the right amp.

HD-600 and BH Crack an amazing budget choice

Then a pile of planars in my collection…

BTW, how come Ribbon and AMT technology didn’t get listed? In 10 years both will chop away mostly at planar dominance in the high end.

Probably because as you noted, they may take dominance in the future but right now it’s still mainly the big three imo. It’s fairly prevalent in speakers but really has yet to reach the commonality and affordability in headphones

Oh yeah, just being a wise guy.

And on the topic, I actually don’t know what driver type I enjoy the most, as I have a fairly varied collection

For sure, many riches…

yeh, you’d need one of those triple driver setups where you have dynamic, planar and estat / ribbon all together. found one yet?

that said, I would also be in the dynamic camp. I was floored by the Stellia more than I have any other headphone I’ve listened to. granted, I’ve only listened to one other summit-fi class headphone, the HE1000 V2.

With all three? Outside of an iem no. And the iem’s are very hit or miss

I know of multi-driver IEM’s…but multi-driver IEM’s that mix dynamic, planar and estat / ribbon? who? what? when? how much?

Well there are iems with an estat, dynamic, and ba which are interesting. Also iems with a piezo ba and dynamic.

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that’s cool. examples?