Wheezy Tech Hall of Fame

As I review products on the channel, some things stand out above the others. This page contains a selection of the, in my opinion, better products I have reviewed on the channel or have used and fully approve of.

New items will be added as time goes on. Items will also inevitably be removed in time as their place in the list no longer makes sense.

This list is very much a work-in-progress. It is quite untidy, I will be spending some time organising this in a better way.

Best Closed Back Headphones

  • AKG K371: https://amzn.to/2SWegeE

    • A superb Harman tuned closed back. Build can be a bit iffy.

  • AKG K361: https://amzn.to/37HqOMn

    • A slightly cheaper and slightly leaner sounding K371. Build usually better than K371 despite being made of cheaper materials.

  • Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro: https://amzn.to/32amtQu

    • Superb comfort, exciting sound signature with punchy bass and a bright treble. Built like a tank, true daily workhorse, user repairable.

Best Open Backed Headphones

  • AKG K712 Pro: https://amzn.to/3ayLacB

    • A fantastic all rounder. More of a flavour headphone with warm and coloured mids, and a bright-leaning treble. Great for music, movies and gaming.

  • Beyerdynamic DT 880 600 Ohm: https://amzn.to/2NTrbMw

    • A leaner and cheaper 1990 Pro. Tuned with linear bass and an old school bright tuning but excellent detail. Can exhibit colouration on some amps and can be very amplifier dependant. Many people prefer these on tubes.

  • Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro: https://amzn.to/2VNcaRy

    • Aggressively detailed but very bright treble. In some ways a grown up DT 880 with a better bass response. Built like a tank and pretty decent comfort, a bit high on the clamping force. Definitely a little over priced but it does have that bling factor. Don't buy unless you know you like Beyerdynamic treble or plan to EQ them. Make sure you know what you're getting into.

  • Hifiman Ananda: https://amzn.to/3j7XXqR

    • Refined reference sound with planar drivers

  • Hifiman Sundara: https://amzn.to/3hqlkvE

    • The best sub $500 mid-fi headphone. Period.

  • Hifiman HE-400i 2020: https://amzn.to/2L1ilOy

    • One of the best sub $200 headphones available. Highly recommended.

  • Sennheiser HD560S: https://amzn.to/37X8Mcj

    • The new benchmark entry level audiophile headphone. Probably the first true successor to the HD558 and HD598 but with a much more neutral tuning. Excellent tuning, staging, imaging and superb detail. Highly recommended.

  • Sennheiser HD6XX/HD650: https://drop.com/buy/massdrop-sennheiser-hd6xx

    • The old benchmark entry level audiophile headphone. Still an absolute classic. A must own.

  • Sennheiser HD558

    • Oldie but a goodie. Pick this up used, replace the pads. Excellent staging and imaging, good detail, sound signature more consumer orientated, bassier, warmer mids but also brighter treble than HD6xx/650. I wish they still made this headphone.

  • Sennheiser HD599: https://amzn.to/2SK0hdc

    • Warm mid-bassy sound. Decent staging and detail. Probably not worth full retail price but often on sale at a bargain price.

Best IEM's and Earphones (wired)

Best Bluetooth Headphone

Best for Gaming

  • AKG K712 Pro: https://amzn.to/3ayLacB

    • Soundstage kings with decent imaging. Comfortable and immersive. My goto for any open world titles and MMOs, Division 2, Assassins Creed for example. A superb all-rounder that allows you to fully immerse yourself in an environment.

  • Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro: https://amzn.to/32amtQu

    • Well built and durable and comfortable closed back with good sound stage and exciting sound signature. A true daily workhorse. If you need the isolation of a closed back but still need the detail and staging you don't get with many gaming headsets. This is the headphone to pick. Pick up the 80 Ohm version, best used with a headphone amp, any half decent headphone amp will do. Chances are your motherboard wont have the power to run these.

  • Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro: https://amzn.to/2VNcaRy

    • Superb for competitive shooters. Excellent imaging and decent staging. Bit expensive, but this is your bling option. Look for the TYGR 300R or DT990 for a cheaper alternatives. Its got that treble extension to accentuate movements and footsteps of your opponents and the imaging to help you pinpoint the location. Yes this does actually matter, my goto for games like Rainbow Six Siege.

  • Sennheiser HD599: https://amzn.to/2SK0hdc

    • A good budget option. Often on sale at a bargain price. Very comfortable and light. Decent staging and imaging. Perhaps a bit too warm for competitive shooters but excellent choice as a general gaming headphone.

  • Sennheiser HD558

    • Oldie but a goodie. Pick this up used, buy new pads. Excellent staging and imaging, good detail.

  • Sennheiser HD560S: https://amzn.to/37X8Mcj

    • Excellent tuning, staging, imaging and superb detail. More neutral leaning than 558/599 which makes them more suited to competitive gaming. Highly recommended.

  • Sennheiser (Epos) Game One: https://amzn.to/3mEAdfB

  • SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless: https://amzn.to/325gHkB

    • Wireless convenience, decent staging, excellent battery life, good mic. Wireless hub has line in and outs as well as optical. Very versatile headset. Probably my favourite "gaming headset" due to the pure convenience factor. A lot to be said for the lack of wires. Wouldn't be my first pick if you need the competitive edge.

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