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I'm being bought some new headphones as a gift ("for being mostly wonderful" apparently).  I'm actually trying to talk her out of it, as there are more pressing concerns that require money...

Anyway  - the B&W P5s are the cans in question (to be used with an iPod classic (4gen).  I have a Fiio e5 too.

I know WHF only gave these 4 stars, but I really liked how they sounded (and looked) when I tried them (and I've always had a thing for B&W).

While I know the star rating is subjective, I would be grateful if your people could point me in the direction of anything else that exceeds the B&W, but costs less.

Was considering the Grado Sr125i, but haven't heard them.  I "think" I like how they look, but can't be sure...! 

Thoughts?

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Re: headphones

I think you should talk your wife into buying you the Grado sr80i's. They sound brilliant Big Smile

I even prefer the sound of my headphones when listening to Diana Krall, even though they only cost about 1/8 of my speakers, but that warm and emotive sound the headphones produce really suits her voice Wink

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Re: headphones

Agreed go down the Grado path, I swear by mine (saving up for a new pair!)

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So long as you can get the same use out of the open backed sound leaking Grados as the closed backed little sound leaking B&W, I too would go for the Grados.

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Re: headphones
Chokobolt:

I think you should talk your wife into buying you the Grado sr80i's. They sound brilliant Big Smile

I even prefer the sound of my headphones when listening to Diana Krall, even though they only cost about 1/8 of my speakers, but that warm and emotive sound the headphones produce really suits her voice Wink



Realised reading this that I haven't used mine for MONTHS (virtually the whole year maybe!) and had all but forgotten about them. Just popped them on and still.. .WOW.!
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