Hi Guys, This is a short summary of my headphone journey so far. I’m a noob myself but I’m slowly gaining some experience with what’s out there and this may be helpful for those new to the hobby. I have listed below the headphones I’ve tried in chronological order and my verdicts. They were plugged in straight into my laptop unless mentioned otherwise. 1. Alessandro MS-1: My first can, tweaked version of the Grado SR-80i. I was coming from Apple earbuds so these blew me away. Looking back they were cheaply built and not very refined but they sounded fun with most of my music. Verdict: Don’t buy unless funds are extremely limited. Save up for something better otherwise you’ll sell and lose money to upgrade later anyway. 2. NAD Viso HP50: The universally great reviews convinced me to splurge for this one. Weird uncomfortable headband design. How can they mess something so simple up? Even the cheap Grado leather band is much better. They sounded decent with good detail but also flat and lifeless to my ears. No fun at all coming from my MS-1s. Verdict: Don’t buy, the headband design will be uncomfortable for many people, feels weird on the head. There are many other better options. 3. Grado SR-225e: After being burned by the NAD purchase I ran back to Grado. Fortunately for me the SR-225e were a better version of my MS-1s in every way and I was very happy for a few months. I swore that I would stick with Grado from now on. Contrary to what I’ve read elsewhere the low impredance Grados improved significantly with a proper amp. I used a Violectric V90. Verdict: An economical entry intro to the Grado sound. Don’t buy, Grados are not very well balanced and there are much better options. 4. Beyerdynamic T90: Nice build quality and comfort. Treble heavy ‘thin’ sound which I hated. Using the Violectric V90 did almost nothing to change this. I returned these the very next day. Verdict: I won’t be going near Beyerdynamic anytime soon. The T90’s are widely available in the UK for 50% off MSRP and I think I know why..... 5. Oppo PM3: Nice design and build quality. Very good sound with excellent mids and bass. Listening to these cans made me understand what I was missing with my Grados. Unfortunately the highs were not present enough for me and this was the fatal flaw and I returned them. Verdict: Excellent entry into Headfonia by Oppo. Recommended provided you are ok with the recessed highs. Try before you buy. 6. Sennheiser HD600: My latest purchase is where I should’ve started this journey. Well balanced, good design with oval earcups that fit well over the ears. Cheap feeling plastic construction but I don’t care as long as they last. The only problem was that the can was a bit bright sounding to my ears and the treble hurt my ears on some tracks. Maybe it has something to do with the Oppo-HA2 amp/dac that I used with it but I’m exchanging it for an HD650 hoping that the slightly darker sound signature will suit my ears better. Verdict: Easy recommendation at around $350 street price. Treble sensitive ears may not like them. What’s Next? 7. HD650: I’ll get these in a few days. Plan to use them with a Schiit Valhalla 2 8. Fostex TH900: I’ll get these in a few days. Plan to try them with a Benchmark DAC1.