Phiaton PS 500 Primal Series Headphones Sweepstakes

Register to win one of eight pairs of Phiaton PS 500 Primal Series Headphones (MSRP $299) Stereophile is giving away.

According to Phiaton, The PS 500 Primal Series headphones offer listeners "a soaring level of concert-hall sound quality, unmatched performance, and a high level of comfort. Phiaton Primal Series headphones are designed for those who appreciate the classic yet somewhat exotic look and feel of supple leather and leather-grade trim."

Keeping with this philosophy, the PS 500s feature hand-made, genuine leather outer cup housings and extra-plush ear cushions for comfort and a snug fit. These headphone also feature Phiaton’s 40mm Titanium Driver technology. "This combination of sound isolation and audiophile-grade music reproduction is ideal for listening to any type of music, from classical and jazz to hip-hop, rock and pop." Click here for more info.

To enter the sweepstakes, all you need is an account on If you don't already have one, click on the link labeled "register" at the bottom of this announcement or "Create new account" in the right column. Then, enter a username and a valid e-mail address, and click on the "Create new account" button. A message will be automatically sent to the e-mail address you specified, which will include a link to activate the account.

The final step (and only step for those who already have an account) is to log in and leave a comment right here on this announcement—any comment will do, as long as it's not profane or spam. Then, after the sweepstakes closes March 1, 2011, eight lucky commenters will be chosen at random to receive the prizes. So post a comment, and good luck!

For complete sweepstakes rules, click here.

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DcConnelly's picture

I've never had nice headphones. These look like a good pair to start with!

jba's picture

would be sweet to win!

keithes's picture

Hope I WIN!!

warren schrick's picture

Sometimes, I just enjoy the solitude and pleasure of listening to music with a pair of excellent headphones. They will be put to good use if I win them.


joeyblack's picture

gimme, gimme, gimme

tdenaples's picture

To win would bring sweet music to my ears!

AlexGoesBwarh's picture


mikeyax's picture

I'd love to have these!

Tomstx's picture

I don't deserve something this nice really, but I'm willing to change.

linneamae's picture

Thanks, Stereophile, for having this contset! I hope whoever wins the drawing will enjoy the cans. Music is the real reason to own any great piece of gear. Good luck, everybody!

johnmotex's picture

Count me in!

Atane's picture

The headphones look nice. Wouldn't mind a pair myself. Great job of social media interaction! I hope other hifi mags are taking notice.


misterthews's picture

I could really use a pair of headphones!!!

goldbug75's picture

Can you email me my new headphones?

nocturnal cat's picture

This is not a want but a need the neighbours are tired of late night listening

Johnny Baby's picture

I should have had an account long ago, but what a nice occasion to make one. Now gimme those!

rapier84's picture

Doing most of my listening with headphones. Have studio classics like 7509HD. Very interested in what these sound like :)

Jxmatranga's picture

Can't wait to hear them.

Dolph's picture

My first post!

Vancelot's picture

About five years ago, I had to sell my Michele turntable, with the Oyster mm cartridge, my Carver amp., acr 32 Musical Fidelity pre-amp, Musical fidelity DAC, B&W Matrix 804's McIntosh sub, MIT interconnects et al. The only replacement I now have is discs stored on my MAC computer. I need the headphones, not winning is not an option.(the only other thing that I ever won was a cheap ring from a Crackerbax Jock, but Melanie Haber got that...or was it Betty Jo Bioloskie...Susan Under hill, we used to call her NANCY!!!)

TheBeave250's picture

Hook me up!

ajedesign's picture

I'm feeling lucky enough to win these babies.

plus3audio's picture

i think. cant waIT TO WIN.mi think

the1sweetie's picture

Have HD600's, recently got into IEM (using Monster Turbines), amazed at difference in experience. Phiatons would make cool gift for wife with iPad.

fmichinaga's picture

I can do this. I can want to win these cans.

jaguardoc504's picture

Look Sweet, look good in my office )

RyanSil's picture

I would LOVE to win!! :)

Heavylifter's picture

Count me in!

tubamuirum's picture

Please send new ears to go with them

Ola Harstrom's picture

... and timetravel...

denochs's picture

oh boy!

sauerball's picture

always need new ones

jhm3's picture

The open backs I have now let in noise and disturb others! Quiet is the word!

headphone_guru's picture

8 sets of these bad boys? That's pretty awesome - can't wait to hear how they sound! :-P


Emlost's picture

I'd love the chance to compare these to my HFI 2400s.

blue lander's picture

I'd love a pair of headphones like that. I'm enjoying my Alessandro MS-1's, but these look like an upgrade

MT_Guy723's picture

I've always loved my KOSS Pro-4AT headphones for both performance AND wearing comfort. I wouldn't mind having a 2nd great pair of headphones like these.

I've never heard of Phiaton before this so I hope I win just so I can experience a product with the description this one carries.

Welly Wu's picture

I hope that I win. I would like to write a review of these Phiaton PS 500 Primal Series Headphones on Head-Fi.Org. Thank you.

musicisideas's picture

Hope I win a pair!

FLAshfan's picture

New cans - that would be awesome!

Don Rittgers's picture

I sure could use these headphones, as it would allow me to listen to my system later at night and not disturb my wife! I really want to win.

appanana's picture


Andrew Murray's picture

Love to audition these.

BudgetAudiophile's picture

These are exactly what I'm looking for to give my 4 yr old budding audiophile! This kid is already a big fan of the Beatles, Miles Davis, Broken Bells, The Drive-By Truckers & Yo Gabba Gabba! And he's a vinyl lover to boot! He wants to listen to records all the time. He'd love a pair of headphones like this to continue his audiophile education!

Grateful Ed's picture

I need a set of headphones. Good luck to everyone.


bitpuddle's picture

I could use a new set of cans.

Jaime-Lynn's picture

I could sure use these, probably on a daily basis.

OrionPax's picture

The Phiaton MS 300 are by far my favorite pair of headphones while traveling. I can't even begin to imagine what the PS 500's sound like.

93ASP's picture

Thanks for the contest!

Daniel71's picture

I hope I win a set of Phiaton PS 500 Primal Series Headphones because I bought my wife a set of the Phiaton PS-400 headphones and they are great and I need a set for myself!

earlmanley's picture

Hope I don't lose

whyme's picture

yes please

donvon1's picture

deserve something special!!! Thanks in advance for the gift! I can already see them on my head!!

nmpaulcp's picture

I could really use a new pair.
I hope I win!!!

themohawkadmin's picture

Could use some new headphones. Hope I win!

cwsiggy's picture


funkymas's picture

I wanna win some beautiful headphones!

MatthewSTL's picture

I will listen to Abner Jay on these beautiful headphones.'s picture

These looks likes some sweet cans. Keeping my fingers crossed...

David Bailey's picture

I really need new headphones :-)

tommyv985's picture

Yes Please!!!

BRIK_FACE's picture

I've been sick in the hospital since February the 5rd with a rare blood disorder (Wooooo!!). Worst part is my headphones crapped out on me a few days ago... well one side did. please help.

rhart's picture

Oh, I'll win.

rrp's picture

for some lovely phones.

bleho's picture

memememe!! :]]

Freddy's picture

Great looking headphones. They probably look better around my head.
Hope I win me a pair.

debitsohn's picture

i never win, but this time i hope i do! never tried phiatons yet.

Shike's picture

Greetings and good luck everyone.

thundeer's picture

would like to have one :)

zborbaski's picture

One of the few...

SteveS's picture

Love the large earcups!

dmann's picture

Lemme at em!

George58's picture

Hope I win.

MediaMitch's picture

I hope it's me. I would look awesome in those (at home, alone, in the dark).

mwsteel's picture

I have headphone jacks and headphone amps and I would love to hear these Great Looking Cans.

superswede's picture

Need to replace my aging Sennheiser HD580's. Luckily the Phiaton's include a mini-jack. My McIntosh C46 preamp only accomodates mini-jacks. Why Mac chose this input jack is way beyond me.

ak47's picture

Everyone Loves something for free.

ralphW's picture

Because I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.

Lance Saint Paul's picture

Winning is Everything!

texanalog's picture

Wish me luck!!!

gregsgoatfarm's picture

And so I need some new headphones badly. Buds don't cut it.

TStarGermany's picture

I admit I never heard of that manufacturer/brand before, I can just hope that these headphones do live up to their promises, because I've been disappointed by so many other headphone models in the past.

The looks of the headphones are better than on the picture above, the cup housing is covered with (real?) leather, the overall built quality also seems much better than in the foto above.

SirAngus's picture

Can they sound better than my 580's. I'll let you know if I win.

EddieF22's picture

Nice headphones to win!

junior2oo's picture

I can almost hear the perfect music quality now! Can't wait to see if I win.

sonicthedog's picture

My wife is wanting some new 'phones and these would be perfect, so there would be two winners!

philofthepresnt's picture

hey look guys I won my first sweepstakes!

rawrster's picture

Thanks for the opportunity to win these!

laomagua's picture

I do want one, count me in

katsu127's picture

love to try one of these.. hope i win!

JanMarek's picture

I need to headphones.

khughes44's picture

Best of luck everyone!

lonzie41's picture

nice !!!!!!

Steve Eddy's picture

Aw what the hell.


bifr0st's picture

hope I win

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TooLoudASolitude's picture

Thanks for the contest.

benjam26's picture

These looks awesome! Thanks for the contest!

condensensation's picture

It must be the sound of winning...or perhaps my headphones now are playing tricks on me.

IgAK's picture


Well, you asked for one to be left. Ok, ok, I'm curious about these. Unlike the fellow "hopping to win", I can sit still for some good news.

Derek88's picture

This is a nice way to get some more participation on the site. Those Phiatons look quite interesting at that price point.

Robran's picture

Thanks for the opportunity!

AlexBluRhythm's picture

Would love to win of course. Headphones are my favorite things.

grafton's picture

Like so many others I am enjoying the possibility of winning these!

wax's picture

does anyboy ever win!!!

silvana's picture

I need new headphones!

heliman's picture

Yup, I'd love em!!

matthra's picture


blotter56's picture

I hope I win. I could use a new set of headphones.

charlessanders's picture

Looking to score some cans!

MostlyHarmless's picture

Gimmie some headphones, please.

lucidstupid's picture

not to sell my pair on eBay.

rsgladwin85's picture

Definitely wouldn't argue with a pair to try out. I'd love to see how the compare to my Grado RS2i's. Send em my way.

new2dc83's picture

Those are some sexy headphones there. Too bad I'm too poor to purchase them. :(

gabidanpremier's picture

Wow, that's a cool idea, I want one !

bigandtall's picture

These cans look amazing. I'd love to get a chance to try them out!

damnegy's picture

It would be so great to get to try those, I am really interested in Phiaton's lines !

JohnBal's picture

I'd love a good pair of headphones. I hope I'm lucky.

janostradamus's picture

I'll take 2 please

videocrew's picture

Pick me!

wingzz's picture

I would really like to win these

headphonic's picture

nice contest thanks

bintucson's picture

Hope to be a winner as well.

rbijok's picture

I too will be reducing everyone else's odds of winning, while increasing mine from impossible to improbable.

getgross's picture

Always love to get something I'll use for free!! Thanks for the opportunity.

ccollard's picture would have to be me. Why? Because I am awesome and I could put all 8 sets of headphones to use! All 8? Yep- one for each day of the week plus a backup for rainy days!

gregoire's picture

I'll let you know where to send them!

Ahae's picture

Hook me up!

DZetye's picture

Could use another pair of Headphones

Inman29's picture

New phones, yeah!

fdawg4l's picture

My Sennheisers are getting old and the Grados I've been eying look like they'll sound great to me but annoy everyone around me. Help!

rosiemaxx's picture

i LIKE FREE STUFF,AM UNDESERVING AND UNLIKED. The ideal headphone listener.

DavidNighorn's picture

Those headphones should sound great!

mdconnelly's picture

Count me in! They sound cool! (or at least I hope so ;-)

hcazoo's picture

Would really upgrade my listening experience!

tjoel's picture

Chicken Dinner

157TWL's picture

I own a pair of these headphones. Needless to say, the comments below are my opinions only, and should be taken as such.
Sensitivity: very sensitive, easily driven by any device.
Sound: “bloated” bass with not much “weight”. The tonal balance seems to be on the bright side with the high and mid bass overpowering the midrange. Very "colored" and "boomy".
Comfort: very comfortable. They are smaller than they appear on the picture though.
Perceived build quality: consistent with the expectation in this price range.
Perceived value: very low. There are far better phones in this price range.
Overall impression: disappointment.
Best use: with a musical instrument, such as a digital piano, there a tonal “neutrality” may not be as important as a long-term wearing comfort and good sensitivity.


piedmont_audio's picture

These would be a nice birthday present.

stargazerg's picture

NICE phones!

observer's picture

yes, I'm in

gsuen's picture

I usually prefer open back headphones but would really like to try these out.

wayne bruce's picture

Greetings youngsters, I'll be 72 in June, but still enjoy great music (not rap crap) and would love to win a set of your wonderful headphones.
Can't wait to listen to Sam Cooke on a set.
Have a great life and enjoy each day.
Wayne Blankenship

rkellerman's picture

Right now I have a pair of Sennheiser HD 202s which sure could use upgrading (although they are nice for the price :)

redclayhalo's picture

Count me in!

Kevin's picture

Wow...concert hall sound + leather earpads! Sure gets me thinking of replacing my scratchy old Sennheisers!

Mr. Gramophone's picture

What magnificent telephones.

andreway's picture

Please let me win!!!

eruetz's picture

I guess I'll try them out if I win.

infrabass's picture

I'd really like to win these!

Harry Lilleniit's picture

Would love to have these!