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MaverickAH
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Mar 12, 2019
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I would think that this would be an almost impossible question to answer for most of us. Unless you only listen in one environment, you need multiple cans for different applications. Upwards of 50% of my headphone use is outdoors & I live in the NE meaning that I deal with all types of weather conditions. Am I going to take my hi-end open backs outside? Hell no! They may be the best I have but sometimes getting the best sound isn't the only consideration. Durabilty, portability & the ability to store safely are also important. Home: Quad ERA-1 Portable: Clear Tune Monitors VS-3 I guess that if I had to pick just one for all-around use, I'd probably take my Sennheiser PXC-550. They sound good, are closed back, portable, can be used wired or bt & their sound profile can be tailored with the accompanied app. I forgot to add that they also have good active noise cancellation.
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Mar 12, 2019
dcha12
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Mar 13, 2019
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I agree; which is why a good follow-up question might be "which 2 headphones would you keep?" The main thing is to have people take everything into consideration and see what you'd sacrifice/compromise on to have just that one headphone. Although that being said, I decided that for me I'd keep my hi-end open-backs and live without audio outside of the house (my heart made that decision).
Mar 13, 2019
TubeHead35
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Mar 22, 2019
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Think of it like the headphone police are coming and they say you can keep two sets and you had to pick .
Mar 22, 2019
psuKinger
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Jun 13, 2019
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Yep good follow-up question/point. I've got one "best" low-impedance headphone for hooking up to any source (laptop/desktop/phone etc) - Fostex TR-X00 Mahogany I've got one "best" headset with a mic - Sennheiser PC-37x I've got one "best" wireless/small form factor for business travel and walking around without a cord - Sennheiser HD1 on-ear And I've probably got two "best" higher-impedence, power-hungry, open-backs for at-home-tethered-to-the-amp, but if I had to pick one I'd pick Audeze LCD-2Cs. If you make me narrow that down to two I'm keeping: The Fostex TR-X00 for low-impedance (at the office) usage and my Audeze LCD-2C's for "best performance"
  • I don't game that much, and those HD1's (and maybe Bluetooth generically) just aren't very impressive/good...
If I have to narrow things down to *just one* as OP asked: I gotta keep the Fostex TR-X00's, because having a really high-quality comfortable pair of low-impedence cans is just more useful and versatile for me than something that *needs* amplification. I love the way those Audeze's (and my Sennheiser HD-6XX's) sound, but when I'm at home and *can* use them, they have to compete for my free time with a whole lot of my other interests (Home Theater movies, Sports fandom, Grilling, and last-but-not-least, just playing/spending time with my kids come to mind...) I can enjoy these Fostex's while doing things that I *have* to do, in addition to while I'm doing things I *want* to do... they're more versatile.
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