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Yeah, it's a shame. I honestly think this headphone could sound very very nice.   I'm starting to think Sony got previous R10 engineers to work on the drivers, and then they asked someone else to slap the drivers into some sort of enclosure and just call it a day.   That would explain so well the disjointed feeling I had when listening to the Z7.
 Will give it a try one of these days when I get the HD800 in. I have been meaning to get one ever since the last meet, when I found out that my amp and DAC setup finally allowed me to listen to a stock HD800 without fatigue. That was amazing. I designed the amp to play well with the HE-560, and somehow, it was able to play well with HD800 as well. I still admire the HD800 for its technical superiority over the HE-560, and... IMO, it's probably the closest I'll ever get to...
 Yep. And since we've brought this back here, I think I'll provide some data on why I think the Z7's drivers have "potential". Here's the FR of the R10 as measured by the guy who measured the Z7 graphs that I used for the ports: And here is the frequency response of the Sony Z7 as measured by the same guy... although likely using a different compensation curves -> peaks are more/less pronounced If you ask me, I'd say... I'm seeing the same peak at around 3KHz, and also the...
 Well, I did get the chance to try Out Of Your Head at a meet at some point. I didn't quite like the way it sounded, but then... it was probably due to the noisy environment. To me, it sounded a bit... artificial, and not necessarily "real" or "holographic". I have heard the HD800 on systems that cause it to be holographic (Rag/Ygg combo), and yet the rig that I heard Out Of Your Head out of at the time couldn't convey that. As for the HE-560, I guess my frame of reference...
 Bright doesn't necessarily mean it's "transparent". For instance, the Audeze LCD-2 can hardly be described as bright, but yet it could be fairly transparent. On the other hand, something like the Ultrasone Edition 10 is bright... very very bright, but not transparent at all. It's kind of hard to convey this, but once you go and listen more to higher-end gears, then that "transparency" will start to make some sense. It's what people meant by "speed", "transient", etc......
  I would disagree... HE-560 even at stock would still have more bass extension and sound somewhat smoother, less strident than HD800. Modded HD800 simply sound warmer, and slightly smoother, but still not as smooth as HE-560, which can be a bit too silky at times. A modded HE-560, IMO, would only be behind HD800 in resolution, but would be superior everywhere else. Modded HE-560 essentially sounds like it has LCD-2/3 bass with HE-560 smoothness and midrange (but without...
Well, I have used my Z7 on a bus...   ...yeah, the cable was annoying.   Noise isolation is actually fairly good on a bus. The relaxed treble is actually quite welcome here, as I had to turn up the volume slightly more than usual to combat bus noise (and extra vibrations), but no fatigue set in. And bus was loud enough that no one else could hear what I was listening to.   In a completely quiet office, though, the Z7 does leak out some very faint music. Again... not...
Actually, since you brought this up here, I guess it might be easier to discuss it here. The Z7 has some design "problems" from my standpoint that goes beyond just "intended" engineering design philosophy. Perhaps my approach to a proper headphone design would be different from how those at Sony see it, but here are some of the pain points I saw from my perspective: 1) The structure indeed acts like a massive box of air to create the "subwoofer" boomy feel. But only if...
I'd hope so:http://hifiman.com/Products/?pid=205 And yeah, I have tried to run it balanced. More impact, but still not as clean/clear. I'm not asking for HD800 clarity, but at least it should be up to par with something like the Denon D5000/D7000, which are in the same price range. And still, I believe the Z7's drivers to be very capable. Sony simply mucked it up when they used the enclosure they did, and made the ear pads the way it is. The Z7 would have been a worthy...
I already did. Got the stock HE-560 cable lying around, so I rigged a replacement. The difference is still not enough to make up for what it's missing from the other 2 headphones that I have. In fact, it's marginally better than the stock cable. I love its tonal balance, but the Z7 is just not as technically inclined as the other 2 headphones for the time being, which is why I'm still trying to mod to push it...
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