In Reply to: Vintage Headphones? posted by HawkR on August 12, 2002 at 15:12:04:
A really good vintage headphone was the Audio Technica ATH-5. It's hardly ever talked about, but maybe my favorite "vintage" model.
If you can get a working model, the old Realistic (Koss/Radio Shack) Pro-1 was an excellent vintage model. The Koss Pro-4A/AA/AAA series always sounded "thick" (lacking transparency) to me, but maybe the most-famous of the vintage models.
Hi Todd, are the Realistic Pro, the same as the Pro 1 you are talking about. They are tan with brown pads, have "Koss" on them. Is there any market for and value in vintage headphones? By the way, do you, or anyone else remember the Superex Electrostatic headphones? They had a separate box with volume controls, which you hooked up to the speaker outputs. They sold for $100 in around 1972. I had a pair of the Superex, which I sold many years ago. I fried one of the pots, having them hooked up to my Crown D150. Soundwise, who knows? I still have a pair of the Realistic Pro, left behind by a former roommate.
Of course the PRO 4AA is the ultimate vintage headphone, maybe not in sound quality but in historic significance. It is on my "keep an eye out for list." Kloss also made an electrostatic headphone that was well thought of at the time.
Stax are probably the best sounding headphones but they wont be cheap. You better have good stuff in front of them. They are ruthlessly revealing.
Signet, AKG and Senheiser all made some very good headphones. I think that even Denon had a good set but I've never heard it (I've heard all the others that I've mentioned). My fathers Senheizers didn't age too well. Listen before you buy.
I currently use Grado SR60 headphones (not vintage). They sound very good. Don't get the SR40s to save a few bucks. They are vastly inferior. The SR60 is efficient enough to use with portables.
New AKGs are good also.
Hi Dave, yes I have owned a pair of Grado SR60 for many years. I am really not a headphone guy, just don't care for them. I wear glasses, which is one of the reasons that I don't like them. The Koss Pro 4AA, weighed a lot, very uncomfortable.
I wasn't really recommending the Kloss as being a very good headphone. It's its vintage heritage that I find interesting. I'd like to have a set as an occasional toy, but I'm not willing to pay new prices.
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