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I am looking for a second pair of headphones to complement and offer something different to Argon Mk3s.

 

So I was thinking of a pair of dynamic and open-backed headphones. Something good for classical music and comfortable. 

 

The Massdrop Focal Elex are pretty well reviewed but I would prefer to get something local I could listen to first. 

 

Any suggestions appreciated. 

 

 

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HD600/650 are intimate and a good compliment to the Argons.

Dt1990 Pro are well regarded too.

You can try the focal elear to get an idea of the elex if you like.

I'm quite jealous of your Argons.

Second hand hd800 is an option too if you're happy to buy used.

 

I have a HD6XX and find them amazing, they punch above their weight.

HD600 might suit classical more.

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Also Stax L300 is great for classical, a cheaper option is the Massdrop Koss ESP/95X

Edit: Sorry just realised you want dynamic headphones

Edited by Farpun
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That's great, thank you!

 

It doesn't have to be dynamic. Just thought since the Argons are planar I should try something else. I hadn't thought of electrostatics. I didn't realise you could get in to them at that price point. 

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I'm a big fan of the Grado sound, and I think it might suit you if you're looking for something to play classical. I own PS500e, purchased from Addicted to Audio (would recommend going there to listen to different headphones yourself, I believe they have a store in Adelaide and if it's anything like the Melbourne store, they've got a great selection to demo).

 

When I got my Grados, I had to decide between the Grados and Focal Elear, which I believe it similar to the massdrop model you're referring to. The Focal headphones were more comfortable, had a more liquidy midrange, which was really nice, but to me they sounded slightly veiled compared to the Grados. Great headphones, but they lacked the punch, clarity, dynamics and 'liveliness' of the Grados. It really depends what sound signature you're going for, and how important comfort is to you (I find the Grados much more comfortable with the large G cush pads).

 

You might also notice I've got my Grado PS500e's for sale on the classifieds (I'm getting out of headphones for the time being). I'm not trying to talk down the Focals or plug my own sale. The Focals were beautiful headphones and more comfortable than the Grados. Would definitely recommend hitting up some stores to demo them for yourself.

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Thank you. I'll head to addicted to audio and try some of these models out. 

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4 minutes ago, Bolts said:

Thank you. I'll head to addicted to audio and try some of these models out. 

Don't head there now... they have closed and are looking for new premises

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