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post #2326 of 4068

Hmmmn, mine in (rough) order:

 

1. Grado GS1000i

2. Beyerdynamic T5p

3. Audio Technica ATH-W3000ANV (new addition, loving their sound but may slip when shiny new toy status wears off)

4. Grado RS1

5. Ultrasone Ed 8

6. Audeze LCD-2.2

7. Sennheiser HD251-II

 

A fair proportion of my listening is portable though, which is probably why the closed headphones sit a little nearer the top.

 

Will get the Sig Pros next I think and see where they fit in, after that I would imagine I will probably be almost at the point where I will feel solid enough about my preferences amongst these to let a few go. Probably switch gears a bit and start looking at source gear more.

post #2327 of 4068
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Originally Posted by Focker View Post

Couple of changes on my end, as well...

 

1) Grado PS-500

2) Beyer T1

3) Beyer DT1350

4) AKG Q701

5) Grado SR80

6) Philips citiscape downtown


Yay Grado! I liked the PS-500 when I heard it at the last meet.
post #2328 of 4068
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Originally Posted by GREQ View Post

2 AKG K241   (possibly sextett drivers)

 

Probably not though. More likely that the 241 drivers were merely based on Sextett drivers; like the DF drivers that were probably based (and only that) on the K 241/250 drivers, etc.

post #2329 of 4068

I use my headphones for recreational listening as well as tracking and mixing at odd hours.

 

1. K 702: Extremely transparent and natural, huge soundstage, the best mixing headphones I've ever tried, enjoyable to wear, no obvious flaws. Made in Austria. Gigantic.

Recreational listening score: 9 Mixing score: 9.

 

2. DT 880: 250 ohms version. A close second. Pretty neutral but too "smooth" for mixing to me, extremely comfortable, made in Germany and build like a tank. Wish it had a detachable cable. No apparent flaws for listening, simply not as revealing as the AKGs despite having tighter treble and deeper bass.

Recreational listening score: 8 Mixing score: 8

 

3. SRH840: #1 in price/performance ratio. Very heavy-duty and versatile with a high-resolution sound. Made in... Probably China. Treble is slightly too "shouty" for long sessions. Great for tracking.

Recreational listening score: 7 Mixing score: 8

 

4. K 240: "Studio" version. Papery bass and inaccurate treble, but the most amazing mid-range at any price. Best looking headphone ever. I would like an Austrian example, but mine are of the newer Chinese stock.

Recreational listening score: 6 (due to being limited to mid-range centric genres) Mixing score: 5

 

I just exchanged my new DT 990s for DT 770s so we will see where those rank (the DT 880s were basically just a superior version of the DT 990s in every way).

 

The rest of the stuff in my signature: I didn't really love any of them so ranking them would be arbitrary.

 

Q-40: Too much bass to be usable for my home studio. Just a "fun" headphone with really cheap ear pads. A good choice for people who like extreme bass levels without scooped mids/harsh treble.

Recreational listening score: 6 Mixing score: 3

 

HFI-580: Excessive (albeit impressive) bass + painful spikes in the upper mid range. Literally made my ears hurt. Very "tinny" sounding. Nice build quality, though.

Recreational listening score: 4 Mixing score: 1

 

SR60: - Grado is to headphones what Harley is to motorcycles. You either get it or you don't. I didn't get it. Robbed all enjoyment from my music, fell off my head and sounded like a shower radio before finally breaking.

Recreational listening score: 3 Mixing score: 1

 

MDR-V500: No bass, harsh treble, tolerable but lo-fi mids, uncomfortable, fell apart from light use.

Recreational listening score: 2 Mixing score: 3

 

XPT100: Another version of the HM5/FA-003 + huge angled ear pads and all-black finish. Neutral, but very smothered/veiled and a somewhat... bBoring. Sounds "lo-fi" sound compared to competitors at the price like the SRH840.

Recreational listening score: 4 Mixing score: 6


Edited by machoboy - 10/1/12 at 1:28am
post #2330 of 4068

^^^ Wait, we were supposed to review them too?  I thought we were only supposed to rank them, lol.  wink.gif

post #2331 of 4068
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^^^ Wait, we were supposed to review them too?  I thought we were only supposed to rank them, lol.  wink.gif

People started adding some blurbs as to why they made their choices a few pages back, and it seems like a good idea. I don't know if I'd go as far as "full review" (that'd be HUGE) but with my most recent listy I put some insight as to WHY I made the choices I did. Like machoboy did. Strikes me as more helpful I guess.
post #2332 of 4068
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Originally Posted by obobskivich View Post

People started adding some blurbs as to why they made their choices a few pages back, and it seems like a good idea. I don't know if I'd go as far as "full review" (that'd be HUGE) but with my most recent listy I put some insight as to WHY I made the choices I did. Like machoboy did. Strikes me as more helpful I guess.

 

Oh I don't mind it, and I appreciate the time and enthusiasm (hence the wink and all).  It's just very amusing to see email notifications day after day that are nothing more than numbered lists.  Then all of a sudden, WHAM!  biggrin.gif

post #2333 of 4068
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Originally Posted by obobskivich View Post


People started adding some blurbs as to why they made their choices a few pages back, and it seems like a good idea. I don't know if I'd go as far as "full review" (that'd be HUGE) but with my most recent listy I put some insight as to WHY I made the choices I did. Like machoboy did. Strikes me as more helpful I guess.

 

 

I think warrenpchi was just joking.  

 

I really enjoy the mini reviews.

post #2334 of 4068

Other than the pending arrival of the DT 770s, I think the K 702s have pretty much concluded my headphone search for now, so consider that post my cornerstone Head-Fi contribution.

Since almost everything in that list was purchased within the last month I thought I would summarize the whole ordeal.

 

At least I'm stopping before I get into the Stax/HD800 type stuff. Now I have to spend money on a new computer...


Edited by machoboy - 9/29/12 at 7:06pm
post #2335 of 4068
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Originally Posted by warrenpchi View Post

Oh I don't mind it, and I appreciate the time and enthusiasm (hence the wink and all).  It's just very amusing to see email notifications day after day that are nothing more than numbered lists.  Then all of a sudden, WHAM!  biggrin.gif

Agreed. smily_headphones1.gif
post #2336 of 4068
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I think the K 702s and DT 880s have pretty much concluded my headphone search for now,
At least I'm stopping before I get into the Stax/HD800 type stuff. Now I have to spend money on a new computer...

Having both K702 & DT880 phones, I can say that the Stax/HD800 type stuff is at least 2 steps above them.

Yet, I still love my HD650 ad HD600's.

 

My favourite dynamic is still my anax moddded HD800

My favourite electrostatic is the 02 MK1.

The most addictive is the HE60.

post #2337 of 4068
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

Number 2 and below are bound to change at any time.

 

1.     HE-6

2.     HD800

3.     LCD-2.2

4.     T1

5.     Paradox

6.     AD2K

7.     HD650

8.     Q701

9.     D7000

10.   Mad Dogs

 

preproman,


how would you compare the Paradox & Mad Dogs? (sound, comfort, earpads, etc.)

which mod do you like better and which is the better value?

post #2338 of 4068
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Originally Posted by Bee inthe Attic View Post

 

preproman,


how would you compare the Paradox & Mad Dogs? (sound, comfort, ear pads, etc.)

which mod do you like better and which is the better value?

 

 

The Mad Dogs cost less.  But now LFF offers things like re cabling, custom paint jobs, different ear pads.  So the cost of these will go up but with justification.

 

Sound.

Totally different and it depends on what your looking for.  "IMHO"  The Mad Dogs are a more fun listen.  While the Paradox is more neutral across the board.  A little more bass in the Mad Dogs.  Paradox will give you the bass when the track asks for it - What ever the track calls for the Paradox will give it to you (a little on the unforgiving side)  The Mad Dogs are more forgiving so the track could be a bad recording but the Mad Dog will make it sound a little better than what it is.

 

Hope this helps.  I like both equally - to me they compliment each other.  I was worried I was going to have the same headphone being both of them started out as T50RPs.  Not so.

post #2339 of 4068

1.) AKG K514 MKII - Detailed, clear, revealing, fast, lively, and has a wide range compared to my other headphones. Has better bass, midrange, and highs than my other headphones. Never sounds muffled. My other headphones sound unnatural and like trash in comparison. Most comfortable headphones I own. The drawbacks is that they are finicky with their source, will sound too sibilant and the treble will be too harsh on some equipment. Great value for the money.

 

2.) Sony MDR-MA300 - Sounds good for the price, comfortable. Has a pleasing tone that is slightly strange and a bit on the warm side with rolled-off treble.

 

3.) BRAINWAVZ HM5 - Sounds like a more refined and closed version of the Sennheiser HD 555 to me. Sounds a bit better than my Sony's but their clamp and stuffiness makes it hard to enjoy. Treble is rolled-off. They sound boring and too tame; much like the Sennheisers I've tried. My experience with Sennheiser is that they are boring, lifeless, and occasionally sound muffled. Too expensive for their sound quality.

 

I'm still a amateur audiophile, but I'm finally realizing what my sonic preferences are.


Edited by kman1211 - 10/1/12 at 1:22am
post #2340 of 4068

Looks as though we had similar impressions of the HM5s/XPT100s. Lifeless for sure... As though the entire sound spectrum was forced through a funnel and you get to hear the compressed result.

 

I will dub them Communist Headphones. Their quest for equality across the frequency range became so extreme that no sounds were allowed to be unique and all of them eventually lost their will to live.

 

Sad story...

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