Recommend headphones for Meridian Explorer 2

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Recommend headphones for Meridian Explorer 2
« on: 30 Aug 2017, 02:57 pm »
Open, on-ear, or over-ear designs for use with MacBook Air and Tidal.  Budget ~ $100 USD.

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Re: Recommend headphones for Meridian Explorer 2
« Reply #1 on: 30 Aug 2017, 08:25 pm »
I've been reading up on headphones in that price bracket and if were to pull the trigger
today I'd go with the Audio Technica ATH-M40X. If I come up with the scratch I'll go with the M50X.
M40 can be had for $99 and $150 for the M50X.

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« Reply #2 on: 31 Aug 2017, 03:56 am »
Without regard for sonic preferences... The Sennheiser PX-100 remains one of my favourites and is my recurring recommendation for a budget friendly open-backed headphone. In a full sized, there's the Senn HD559 (though you can probably find a used HD598 within budget as well). If you don't mind really really big, the Audio Technica AD700x or 900x is good as well.

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Re: Recommend headphones for Meridian Explorer 2
« Reply #3 on: 31 Aug 2017, 01:06 pm »
There was a Sony model in your budget that made a top 10 list of best headphones at a price, unfortunately, I am at work and can't remember that model.

Seems the Grado SR 60 or 80 are always in the running of good value cans but some comment not the best for long term listening.

I'm sure the price has gone back, I picked up a Hifiman Edition S for $149 on sale in July and love them.  I'm not sure if they have any over the ear in your price.  The bass and overall sound is tight and focused, more so than my Sennheser HD580's.

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« Reply #4 on: 31 Aug 2017, 03:46 pm »

Seems the Grado SR 60 or 80 are always in the running of good value cans but some comment not the best for long term listening.

I keep loving my Grados, long term listening-wise - their now discontinued older in-ears and their SR200's (replaced by the SR225i's.) So YMMV.

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« Reply #5 on: 31 Aug 2017, 05:16 pm »
Philips SHP9500 open over ear $72 on Amazon... After breakin they are very neutral, revealing, and comfortable. Until breakin they are somewhat brash, my breakin time was under 50 hours.

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Re: Recommend headphones for Meridian Explorer 2
« Reply #6 on: 31 Aug 2017, 10:31 pm »
Philips SHP9500 open over ear $72 on Amazon... After breakin they are very neutral, revealing, and comfortable. Until breakin they are somewhat brash, my breakin time was under 50 hours.
Doug

I can add a vote for the 9500 - one great bargain in headphones.

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Re: Recommend headphones for Meridian Explorer 2
« Reply #7 on: 31 Aug 2017, 10:57 pm »
Never heard them so trust the more experienced posters before me, but if you act quickly they are on sale for $50. Not sure if S9500 is a different model...??

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?sdtid=10475380&SID=2cafdc8a8e9f11e797791a5de5c8a3b20INT&AID=10440897&PID=1225267&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-cables-_-na-_-na&Item=N82E16826138190&cm_sp=

One review I looked at said they are a bit bright? Is that correct?

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Re: Recommend headphones for Meridian Explorer 2
« Reply #8 on: 1 Sep 2017, 01:24 am »
How do any of these recommended headphones match up (sound quality/drive) with the Meridian Explorer 2?

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« Reply #9 on: 1 Sep 2017, 12:35 pm »
Never heard them so trust the more experienced posters before me, but if you act quickly they are on sale for $50. Not sure if S9500 is a different model...??  One review I looked at said they are a bit bright? Is that correct?

After burn-in, mine had a very small peak at 4.5 khz, otherwise the treble was fairly neutral.  But the S9500 'S' model could be different.

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Re: Recommend headphones for Meridian Explorer 2
« Reply #10 on: 1 Sep 2017, 12:40 pm »
How do any of these recommended headphones match up (sound quality/drive) with the Meridian Explorer 2?

Anyone using the Meridian Explorer-2 would be wanting high resolution sound I assume.  Headphones like the M50x, the better Grados, the Philips etc. would give you the high resolution in the upper frequencies.  Bass resolution I don't know - it's a crap-shoot unless someone has tested the specific pairings.