If You Can Only Have One Headphone...

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...what would you choose and why? Obviously, I'm speaking to those who have multiple headphones. The main rule of this post is that it must be a headphone that you own (bonus points for picture!). Also, in the context of this post, this would be the only headphone you would ever have! The headphone in question can be of any type: over-ear, on-ear, or IEM. For me personally, if I was being more rational about it I would pick the Sennheiser HD 6XX for its scalability, versatility (actually makes surprisingly good out-and-about headphones provided you don't mind the open-back), and ability to make everything sound good. However, I just don't love the HD 6XX like I love my LCD-3; its sound just hits all the right buttons for me.
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JoeyG13
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Jun 6, 2021
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While I love my LCD-3, I would probably upgrade to the ZMF Verite or Final Audio D8000 Pro. I have tried the LCD-4, but its soundstage feels a bit more intimate than my LCD-3 and just slightly less sweet in timbre.
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FreedW
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Jun 4, 2021
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AuralPro
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Jun 3, 2021
I went through a ton of headphones to find my ideal set. I have finally settled on the AKG K712 Pro. I'm not saying they are the best, but they tick off enough boxes for me to not feel the need to keep looking. They are easy to drive, and for me the soundstage is what I'm looking for. I tend to enjoy a brighter sound. That for me is why I have never felt a connection with the Sennheisers. I do however still enjoy a bit of bottom end and the K712 Pro's handle that well enough.
DrBiehl
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Jun 3, 2021
Sennheiser HD800. It has taken me a lot of time to fully fall in love with it and find the correct supporting gear for it. But now it's pretty much the only one I listen to. I have had HD600 OG, HD598, LCD-2, Verum One, Stax L300, Stax L700, and have tried 007 for a time. The one headphone to rule them all for me is the HD800 no question.
xhrisfu
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Mar 7, 2021
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DaveTBG
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Mar 6, 2021
While the HD6XX is a great choice, for a "one and only" headphone I'd choose the HD58X over it. The HD6XX may have a slight edge in performance under ideal conditions, but the premise here involves not having a second, easier to drive headphone for when you are using a lower powered source. I do prefer my HD6XX when it's plugged into a decent amp, but the HD58X is better when an amp isn't an option.
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bambony
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Dec 13, 2020
Sennheiser HD800 by a mile. I have AKG K702, Senn HD600 and HD240, Denon AHD-2000. HD800 is head and shoulders above the others in every way, especially with Sonarworks software to sure the 7K peak and provide even more extended lows.
Justindth
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Mar 8, 2021
What music do you listen to mostly? If you were only to listen to rock music genres would you still pick it?
DrBiehl
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Jun 3, 2021
I would. It's very amp picky but pair well with current source amps for a fuller sound. I listen to a lot of rock and the HD800 is still my one headphone to rule them all.
nick_t
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Sep 24, 2019
The answer for me its DT 770 pro 250 ohms. Why ? V shape fun and balance at the same time sound character changes along with amplification. It can be even transparent and nuetral but overall it has prominent bass, less spatial, transparent and detail. Its perfect for almost every situation and even for exercise and protable usage. Mod the wire to better cable for protable extension and the built is comfortable and closed back isolate noise outside. Not to mention nice soundstage for closed back. I would choose this over an expensive headphone in my arsenal if I have to choose one because its may favourite sound signature and overall sound heavily influence by amp/dac, applicable to multiple usage such as gaming and monitoring as well as desktop solution and protable usage as well such as music listening for all rounder genres.
jaxtrauma
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Sep 23, 2019
The QDC Anole V3 S gets my vote
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This is such a difficult choice, because I get in the mood for different sound signatures depending on what music I'm listening to. My jazz favorite is AKG K812. My rock favorites are Shure SRH1540 and Sennheiser HD650.
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