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Comparable wired headphones to wireless headphones?

Hi all,

So I spent a lot of time researching and landed on the Shure Aonic 50 for my first foray into nice headphones.

I WAS thinking I was going to go wireless. Then as I started examining how I was listening at home and I think I may want to go wired. My question is not really a recommendation for wired headphones per se...

But if I'm going to spend $400 on headphones, am I getting better audio quality out of $400 wired cans because they don't have all the electronics of a $400 wireless set? (Noise cancellation is not important to me) Another way of looking at it is could I spend less money on wired headphones to get the equivalent audio quality I would be getting out of a pair of $400 wireless ones?

Does that make sense?

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Wired will be better period. Several Choices for 400. I'm a fan of Sennheiser. I have the 650HD cans. I like them a lot. I also have the 800s, but those are way expensive and I can tell you for the cost the 650s are 90% of the 800S cans. Invest in a 15ft grado extension cord and you'll have plenty of room to move around if you are using these in the living room for music and movies. My headphones are open back which is my preference. Others may chime in for closed back options. You might head over to and sift through that site. Many reviews posted there of all makes of headphones and headphone amps. Headphone discussions on AVS is an after thought.

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In terms of pure sound quality wired will usually be better than wireless. As someone who owns a few wireless (jabra 85h, sennheiser momentum true wireless, sennheiser hd4.50btn) and wired (quite a few but some notable ones are the akg k7xx, sennheiser hd 6xx, akg k267, fostex th-x00, sennheiser ie80, sennheiser urbanite XL, optoma nuforce hem4 , ue 900s,1more triple driver and etc) the wired ones always sound better than the wireless ones by quite a bit of a margin, even when comparing at different price brackets, say the 1more triple/senmehsoer momentum iem vs momentum true wireless or sennheiser urbanite vs jabra 85h. The question is, are you willing to sacrifice sound quality for a little bit of convenience? That's only a call you can make.

In terms of recommendations, kind of depends on what kind of music you listen to as well as the sound profile you tend to like (to give content to my recommendation, I tend to like slightly brighter ones and like to listen to edm and rock). I would strongly recommend the akg k7xx, they sound extremely great, very open and airy,and they are extremely comfortable. They are a little harder to drive though (so to simplify to make them sound louder). The user above also makes a fairly decent recommendation, the sennheiser hd 650 (hd 6xx at drop essentially) are highly rated ones. They do sound darker though (slightly veiled imo) and they are kind of uncomfortable (the headphones clamp force is strong so kinda uncomfortable to wear,but this will be different person to person).

Personally I would strongly recommend the akg k7xx but again depends on what you like and listen to, if you give a bit more context could help a bit more.

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The Drop Sennheiser HD6XX are HD650s with a shorter cable--and they cost significantly less (so if that is the route you choose, save some money and get the Drop version).

The AKG K7XX are also a good value (and more comfortable, though I don't mind the HD6XX--I have both in the house). They have different sound signatures, however.

If you are willing to go to your max budget, I'd suggest looking into the HiFiMan Sundara. Or, alternatively, the HiFiMan Deva. It is less expensive than the Sundara by about 100$, has wireless Bluetooth capability with an amp that plugs into the cable socket, but also works as a passive, wired headphone. The review on suggests its very close in SQ to the Sundara for less money. Worth checking out. Might be a "best of both worlds" situation.
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