i’ve to buy new headphones (closed) and B&W P9 seems very interesting to me.
I tried new ones, so not very reliable as a test, and i think they have a lot of potential (after doing the right burn-in hours). Opinions or alternatives in the same price range?
Metal, rock, blues and a bit of classical are the genres that i mainly listen to.
I’d have to agree. My SR-009s are the only HiFi component I’ve ever heard that I simply could not fault in any way. Not cheap, but actually a bargain compared with speaker based kit. Transparency, clarity, and neutrality are astounding.
FWIW, I think you could pick up a used pair of SR-507 and energizer for not much more than the price of a pair of new B&W P9 and easily under £1000 (the price of a pair of Beyerdynamic T5p 2nd Generation).
I have a pair of Bowers & Wilkins P7’s; they’re great for all genres, very comfortable, built extremely well, and don’t require a headphone amplifier to run. Though I’ve not heard nor handled the P9’s, I expect they’re an evolutionary step-up in material quality with a similar sound.
Where you intend to use headphones is an important consideration. B&W make great headphones if you have portability in mind, as they offer excellent closed-back isolation and can be powered easily by a smart phone. On the other hand, if your intent is to purchase headphones that will stay at home as a compliment to your existing hi-fi, there’s many alternatives to consider that cost less and perform better, but would in most cases require a proper headphone amplifier to drive them. They most likely won’t exude the same level of luxury and build quality as a pair of P9’s though, but that’s really where most of your money is going with a set of headphones like that.
One last thing to consider: What sort of sound signature do you prefer? Flat and neutral? Emphasized bass? Each headphone is tuned a different way, and some of them can even respond in different ways depending on the source they’re connected to.
They will stay at home and no problem adding a headphone amplifier. Suggestions?
I’d like an headphone (I dont know if these are the correct english terms ) racy, lively and detailed. Ok for the emphasized bass, but they do not have to cover the other instruments and voices that stand out naturally and clearly.
Last but not the least: wide 3D soundstage (i know, it’s much harder for closed headphones)