TOTL CLOSED HEADPHONE SHOOT OUT

Intro

This is one extremely long and exhaustive comparison, even after being truncated. You have been warned. Of course there are opinions of these out there already but I tried my best not to be influenced by them. The rest to follow is in my humble opinion. 

 

Your Mileage May Vary | Your Model May Vary | Your Machinery May Vary

 

Gear used: 

  • Ampsandsound Mogwai (various tubes)
  • Aune S7 (review unit)
  • SPL Phonitor E 
  • Wolf Ear Makoyi (review unit from Andrew of Wolf Ear Audio)
  • Audio GD HE-9 (some headphones were not used with this amp at all)
  • Kennerton Odin (**Loaner from my buddy Don) , HD6XX (modded) for reference
  • Metrum Pavane (AES)
  • Focusrite REDNET 3 
  • Various cables stock and aftermarket
  • Sony MDR-Z1R (SBAF loaner, MUCH THANKS!)
  • Fostex TH900
  • Mr. Speakers Ether C Flow**
  • Audeze LCD-XC **
  • Bass Modified Beyerdynamic T5P**
  • ZMF Eikon
  • ZMF Attcus

*Note on the ODD BALL – Modified Beyerdynamic T5P: “The only thing done to them is the added bass port on each cup… The bass could be tuned a bit as well with an extended port that is inserted into the hole… bass resonates at different Hz more or less” This is very random for me to include this headphone and I wasn’t going to initially until I found it very competitive in certain aspects. This is also encouraging to know that with a little DIY you can transform your headphones into something closer to what you like sometimes. 

     OVERALL TONALITY 

  • FOSTEX TH900 65%
  • ZMF EIKON 94%
  • BASS MODIFIED BEYERDYNAMIC T5P 74%
  • ZMF ATTICUS 90%
  • SONY MDR-Z1R 86%
  • MR. SPEAKERS ETHER FLOW C 85.5%
  • AUDEZE LCD-XC 85%

 BASS

  • FOSTEX TH900 97.5%
  • ZMF EIKON 94%
  • BASS MODIFIED BEYERDYNAMIC T5P 97%
  • ZMF ATTICUS 92%
  • SONY MDR-Z1R 89%
  • MR. SPEAKERS ETHER FLOW C 85%
  • AUDEZE LCD-XC 81%

 MIDRANGE

  • FOSTEX TH900 73%
  • ZMF EIKON 96%
  • BASS MODIFIED BEYERDYNAMIC T5P 77%
  • ZMF ATTICUS 94%
  • SONY MDR-Z1R 89%
  • MR. SPEAKERS ETHER FLOW C 81%
  • AUDEZE LCD-XC 87%

 TREBLE

  • FOSTEX TH900 63%
  • ZMF EIKON 90%
  • BASS MODIFIED BEYERDYNAMIC T5P 59%
  • ZMF ATTICUS 85%
  • SONY MDR-Z1R 88%
  • MR. SPEAKERS ETHER FLOW C 87%
  • AUDEZE LCD-XC 90%

OVERALL PERFORMANCE

  • FOSTEX TH900 89.4%
  • ZMF EIKON 93.2%
  • BASS MODIFIED BEYERDYNAMIC T5P 89.9%
  • ZMF ATTICUS 93.6%
  • SONY MDR-Z1R 81.4%
  • MR. SPEAKERS ETHER FLOW C 86.6%
  • AUDEZE LCD-XC 87%

INNER CLARITY/TRANSPARENCY

  • FOSTEX TH900 97%
  • ZMF EIKON 94%
  • BASS MODIFIED BEYERDYNAMIC T5P 91%
  • ZMF ATTICUS 92.5%
  • SONY MDR-Z1R 79%
  • MR. SPEAKERS ETHER FLOW C 92%
  • AUDEZE LCD-XC 94.5%

DYNAMICS

  • FOSTEX TH900 88%
  • ZMF EIKON 91%
  • BASS MODIFIED BEYERDYNAMIC T5P 98%
  • ZMF ATTICUS 95%
  • SONY MDR-Z1R 87%
  • MR. SPEAKERS ETHER FLOW C 69%
  • AUDEZE LCD-XC 72%

SOUND STAGE/IMAGING/SEPARATION

  • FOSTEX TH900 98%
  • ZMF EIKON 91%
  • BASS MODIFIED BEYERDYNAMIC T5P 93%
  • ZMF ATTICUS 92%
  • SONY MDR-Z1R 85%
  • MR. SPEAKERS ETHER FLOW C 82%
  • AUDEZE LCD-XC 91%

RESOLUTION/TEXTURE/DETAILS

  • FOSTEX TH900 91.5%
  • ZMF EIKON 93%
  • BASS MODIFIED BEYERDYNAMIC T5P 75%
  • ZMF ATTICUS 92%
  • SONY MDR-Z1R 91%
  • MR. SPEAKERS ETHER FLOW C 91%
  • AUDEZE LCD-XC 90%

TIMBRE/TONE QUALITIES

  • FOSTEX TH900 75%
  • ZMF EIKON 95%
  • BASS MODIFIED BEYERDYNAMIC T5P 92%
  • ZMF ATTICUS 96%
  • SONY MDR-Z1R 72%
  • MR. SPEAKERS ETHER FLOW C 93%
  • AUDEZE LCD-XC 86%

CONCLUSION

RANKINGS BY MERIT

  • 1. ZMF EIKON 93.5%
  • 2. ZMF ATTICUS 91.3%
  • 3. FOSTEX TH900 86.6%
  • 4. AUDEZE LCD-XC 86%
  • 5. BASS MODIFIED BEYERDYNAMIC T5P 85.7%
  • 6. MR. SPEAKERS ETHER FLOW C 85.5%
  • 7. SONY MDR-Z1R 85.5%

PRICE TO PERFORMANCE

  • ZMF ATTICUS $999 USD 100%
  • *BASS MODIFIED BEYERDYNAMIC T5P $699-$799 100%
  • ZMF EIKON $1299 USD 92%
  • FOSTEX TH900 $1299 USD 92%
  • AUDEZE LCD-XC $1799 USD 55%
  • MR. SPEAKERS ETHER FLOW C $1799 USD 50%
  • SONY MDR-Z1R $2499 USD 40%

To get the price to performance percentages I divided the number of what I believe they should be priced at with their current MSRP

ZMF ATTICUS –  999

BASS MODIFIED BEYER –  750

ZMF EIKON – 1199

FOSTEXT TH900 – 1199

AUDEZE LCD XC – 999

MR. SPEAKERS EHTER C FLOW- 899

SONY MDR-Z1R – 999

 

REVIEWERS PREFERENCE

1. ZMF ATTICUS

2. ZMF EIKON

3. MODIFIED BEYER T5P 

4. SONY MDR-Z1R

5. FOSTEX TH900

6. AUDEZE LCD-XC

7. MR. SPEAKERS ETHER C FLOW

0 Comments

0 Comments

%d bloggers like this: