NOTE: As a natural continuation of this SBAF thread, due to a significant progress made, new IN QUEST OF NEUTRAL HEADPHONES topic intends to track my audiophile journey focused on neutral(ish) headphones further. The new thread focuses on reviews accompanied by measurements. TOPIC DESCRIPTION OK, what would you say about trying to join forces in order to collectively list and discuss headphones that in SBAF view could be considered as neutral(ish) sounding? In simple terms, by 'neutral' I mean subjectively as true to the source as possible with headphones, ideally also confirmed objectively (e.g. by measurements). This, from my current understanding, in practice involves a suitable balance/combination of frequency response, distortion characteristics, internal construction/damping and possibly other parameters too. I would not expect any definite answers but rather a summary of valuable points of view, maybe even a useful dataset if enough people vote. This thread attempts to somehow go around lack of widely accepted definition of ''neutral-sounding headphones' by focusing on personal experience (personal takes on neutrality) of a large group of members of (IMHO) highly knowledgeable headphone forum. Yes, this is not a scientific study. Without further ado, I would suggest the following format of this thread: GOALS: Provide short info regarding any potential candidate you personally heard. Your impressions (for either a brand new candidate or already nominated headphone) will be added to the second post of this thread. Do not forget to also point out all other headphones that you consider neutral(ish) according to your personal listening experience in the voting poll associated with this thread. NOTES: As of now, primary focus of this thread is on over-ear or on-ear headphones in their stock form. Stock form = the way headphone can or could be acquired by a regular being. IEMs or DIY modded headphones (only one mod per headphone) are allowed but will be carefully assessed prior acceptance. Prior acceptance, the following conditions need to be met: First-hand impressions from the person that nominated the headphone At least one set of comparable measurements available online 7 days after initial nomination, higher amount of positive/confirming opinions is required compared to negative/doubtful ones. (Liking a post that either confirms or declines particular nomination is considered as a reaction too.) Votes in the poll can be changed later-on by the voter to account on potential shifts of opinion over the course of time. Pricing tiers are only informative, for those interested in purchasing. They do not have any significance to the poll, your personal opinion on how those headphones sound does. I reserve the right to request a specific comment from 'SBAF Staff' members when in doubt about whether to include a particular headphone to the poll, or not. (Will try to use this option as infrequently as possible. Potential use cases: headphones recently released to the market, headphones with rather controversial impressions or measurements, DIY modded headphones, ...) I am continuously updating the second post of this thread as well as the voting poll. Lets keep this thread growing! DISCLAIMER: Yes, I know, I am a rando who joined just few days ago... Still, I feel a thread like this has a potential to become a useful resource, with the core value being a fact all people can provide their recommendations either in written form or simply by multi-voting. Please try to judge the thread itself rather than its author if possible.