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post #46 of 77
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Originally Posted by 909 View Post
I would suggest the Sony MDR-CD3000s. An old favorite, not mentioned as much around here yet still worthy of serious consideration.

If that is true and that audiovideosale.net company really has the Sony CD3000 for $460, I am buying a pair next month, without question, no excuses, writing it in stone this moment. I don't care if my rent is late, those will be mine. I owned the CD1000 and they were some of the best full-size I had ever heard at the time (surpassed by the 3000 of course, not by leaps or bounds though, but enough of a difference to purchase the 3000 over the 1000 now).

And if AudioCubes really has OEM replacement drivers for the CD3000, that is even better.

Edit: So don't anyone take my pair of CD3000 away from me please. They also have the CD2000 for $204, which was released a year or two later, and might be better than the CD1000 but not the CD3000.
post #47 of 77
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Originally Posted by khbaur330162 View Post
Dang! Less than 2 hours and 43 posts already?! That's what you need to do to get help around here... It's all about what ya got in the bank, isn't it?
Heh. Nothing like starting off by saying you've got $2,000 in hand to spend to get people to start living vicariously through you.
post #48 of 77
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Originally Posted by IPodPJ View Post
If that is true and that company really has the Sony CD3000 for $460, I am buying a pair next month, without question, no excuses, writing it in stone this moment. I don't care if my rent is late, those will be mine. I owned the CD1000 and they were some of the best full-size I had ever heard at the time (surpassed by the 3000 of course, not by leaps or bounds though, but enough of a difference to purchase the 3000 over the 1000 now).

And if AudioCubes really has OEM replacement drivers for the CD3000, that is even better.
I wouldn't personally trust the website, but AudioCubes does have replacement drivers for the CD3000s (I believe Larry uses AudioCubes when he needs replacement CD3000 parts for his mods).
post #49 of 77
$460 sounds really expensive. I got a pair with brand new drivers installed, huge double deep Headphile wood cups, and nice recable for $480... It could use some new pads, and the box would be nice to have, but... dang.
post #50 of 77
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Originally Posted by khbaur330162 View Post
$460 sounds really expensive. I got a pair with brand new drivers installed, huge double deep Headphile wood cups, and nice recable for $480... It could use some new pads, and the box would be nice to have, but... dang.
Are you kidding? $460 for BRAND NEW CD3000s is a mind-boggling sexy deal If it were a trustworthy place I'd hit that deal in a heartbeat.
post #51 of 77
I've only read part of the first page of three, but guys, get off of exX08's ass. Seriously now, the hostility was unwarranted, even if your intentions are true. Due to the OP's budget, it's easy to expect recommendations of some of the better rigs. Some of those rigs are rare though, so and many of the owners of expensive rigs don't frequent the boards here. If nobody gave recommendations of things they don't own themselves, the OP probably wouldn't get as many helpful responses as he could.

Although I don't agree that you shouldn't give advice based on no experience, perhaps you should give information about your recommendation, like I do. Usually I respond with "I've heard that ____ fits your recommendations," and I elaborate. I haven't noticed anyone getting on my back over my recommendations.

Anyway, the point of my post is that any suggestion will help the OP. It's not like he'll just take one person's word and dish out $2000 just like that. I'm sure he's doing research on every single suggestion.
post #52 of 77
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Originally Posted by Azure View Post
Are you kidding? $460 for BRAND NEW CD3000s is a mind-boggling sexy deal If it were a trustworthy place I'd hit that deal in a heartbeat.
Agreed. Sorry khbaur... $460 for a brand new pair is a hell of a lot better than a used pair for $480, headphiled, with so-so pads.

He is in New York and the website says all items are brand new in box. If that is true, the first pair is mine... 2nd pair is yours, Azure.

Let's all keep the moral code here, guys... take a number and place in line.

Sony CD3000 potential owners of a brand new product:

1) IPodPJ
2) Azure
3) ??

post #53 of 77
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Originally Posted by kool bubba ice View Post
A lot of retailers sell on Audiogon..
I was reffering to an add for the 650's on Audiogon for $225. After reading through the rest of the posts in this thread, I now know that one I was referencing wasn't what you were originally talking about. I haven't seen any retail adds on Audiogon either, but maybe I just don't look at the right times.
post #54 of 77
My bad guys, lol. Dang though... that just seems like a lot of money to me. I'd really like to hear a stock pair one day though.

IPodPJ: Why is it that much of a better deal though? I mean the pads are what, $40? The drivers were brand new installed by Larry when the man I bought them from sent them in to get recabled. The wood cups were/are in pristine condition, and if I so wished, Larry has done custom headstrap jobs made of lamb skin. With a little bit of cash, I could replace the headstrap and pads to bring them up to basically a brand new Headphiled CD3K. Total cost? Idk, but I coucldn't imagine it'd be more than what it would cost you to do the same with the stock pair... Do they sound better stock or something?
post #55 of 77
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Originally Posted by IPodPJ View Post
The 95% sonically was mentioned once in a conversation I had with someone at Ultimate Ears, so it was at least that person's impression. I haven't heard the UE-10 (as it's very hard to audition a custom molded IEM). Regarding the Triple.Fi 10 pro beating the legendary 650 sonically? -- you would have to ask someone who has heard both of them with the same amps. The good thing about the Ultimate Ears triple driver IEMs (Triple.Fi 10 pro, UE-10 pro) is that they have been compared to Sennheiser sound signatures and known initially (before break-in, which some say doesn't happen on IEMs, but I arguably disagree --many threads on that, too--) to have that Sennheiser "veil". After about 25 hours of use on my Triple.Fi, that veil seemed to have lifted though, which was never an issue I had with the Super.Fi 5 pro (and I had 4 of them). The Triple.Fi is worlds better than the Super.Fi 5 pro, however.

If you are really looking for an IEM, the Triple.Fi 10 pro is certainly not a bad place to start, as it is one of the best IEMs on the market (only surpassed by it's custom-molded big brother). The sonic traits might be even closer if it weren't for the Triple.Fi's slight bass boost at 60Hz, which by no means adds too much bass... it's just perfect, strong and tight but not overbearing by any stretch. The highs are something to behold from an IEM, just mesmerizing. Search for the "Triple.Fi Impressions" thread if you want to know more.

Happy hunting!
The general consensus is that full sized headphones have the potential to sound better than IEM's, but preference is everything. I compared a pair of Shure E500's to my own HD 650's, and happened to like the Senn's better. To me, the one thing that the E500's did notably poorly on was the soundstage; the in ear design just doesn't leave room for an "expanded" sound, I guess. The E500's also seemed to have a lacking midrange, the bass was a bit boomy, and the highs were definitly rolled off as well... Of course, synergy is everything, and its possible that the X-Cans V3 I was using as a test amp brought out the great in the Senn's and the not so great in the Shures. Yes, I know that the OP wanted a closed headphone, but I think it would be worth while to at least demo an open phone, to see if the sound is to his liking or disliking
post #56 of 77
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Originally Posted by khbaur330162 View Post
My bad guys, lol. Dang though... that just seems like a lot of money to me. I'd really like to hear a stock pair one day though.

IPodPJ: Why is it that much of a better deal though? I mean the pads are what, $40? The drivers were brand new installed by Larry when the man I bought them from sent them in to get recabled. The wood cups were/are in pristine condition, and if I so wished, Larry has done custom headstrap jobs made of lamb skin. With a little bit of cash, I could replace the headstrap and pads to bring them up to basically a brand new Headphiled CD3K. Total cost? Idk, but I coucldn't imagine it'd be more than what it would cost you to do the same with the stock pair... Do they sound better stock or something?
It's the fact that it's a discontinued headphone. You'd get a BRAND NEW EVERYTING (COMPLETELY PERFECT case, paperwork, original box, headband, pads, cups, everything). The Headphile version may feel/sound better, but that isn't the point with a discontinued product. IIRC, a NOS pair of CD3000s went for ~$600-$700 on eBay a while ago.
post #57 of 77
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Originally Posted by Azure View Post
IIRC, a NOS pair of CD3000s went for ~$600-$700 on eBay a while ago.


Okay I'm done hijacking this thread. The OP has my apologies.
post #58 of 77
if you're going to consider triple.fi 10's, that could also leave room in your budget for a nice digital source... i know if i had all that cash, i'd get an iMod, hornet/tomahawk, ALO cable, and your IEM's of choice (triple.fi 10's are pretty super awesome looking, haven't tried em myself though.)

which would cost you 400 (imod) + 400 (triple.fi's) + 350 (hornet) + 140 (interconnect) = $1290USD. i sure do wish i had $2000 now...

(the only one of those products i haven't personally tried is the iMod, but my ipod sounds good enough so i can only imagine how a quite improved version would. looks beautiful too!)

good luck with whatever you buy. with all that money, i know whatever path you take will be a great one!

edit: and remember, absolutely everything is subjective. i disagree with m0t0xguy completely on the shure e500's soundstage for example- i think it's as good as you're going to get on a universal-fit IEM.
post #59 of 77
I would say don't go for just 1 pair of headphones, you aren't going to find perfection for yourself in 1 headphone, so maybe get the ue triple fi iem and get a headphone and an amp? Just an idea, I am completely unexperienced in headphones, but i have stalked these forums for about a month and it seems like no one is happy with just one headphone.
post #60 of 77
Getting yourself to a headphone meet may be the best idea to do when spending this kind of money. That way you'll be able to expose yourself to a lot of these headphones we're talking about figure out for yourself what kind of sound you like. Where are you located?
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