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SONY MDR SA-3000'S FOR JUST 80 DOLLARS

post #1 of 37
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i live in the persian gulf and i just went to this high end reatail store and got me a brand new pair of mdr sa-3000's for only 80 bucks. I tried them on and everything sound great, cant believe it. Too bad they didnt have the 5000's though
post #2 of 37
Very nice deal! Its a bit of a troublesome headphone, but if you like it, its a great start. Just grab a nice tube amp to go with it to put out more mids/bass, and it should be excellent combo.
post #3 of 37
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^^ yer i heard its quite a fragile set and never thought id get one untill i saw the pricetag, I mean im not a huuugee audiophile and i currently own a set of mdr xd400' and theyre not bad at all. But seeming i could upgrade to better headphones without paying **** loads of money im pretty happy.

Ill be using the headphones mainly on a lap top but i know that wont let it reach its full potential but will it be loud enough to satisfy most people. Im guessing so and i hope im right, if not the hifi system i plug headphones into should do the job right?. And how much is a tube amp? and i know what a headphone amp but whats a TUBE amp?
post #4 of 37
tube amp = headphone amp with vacuum tubes in it. It depends on how high you want to go, I think the cheapest is around 100 bucks. If you are happy right now with it - stick to the way you are using it and save moneys for other good things in life.
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stick to the way you are using it and save moneys for other good things in life.
If only it was that easy!
post #6 of 37
I thought some store was selling the SA3000s for $80 dollars. I would jump on that right away. :P
post #7 of 37
I wouldn't even buy them for $80. They sounded way, way too bright when I heard them in person.
post #8 of 37
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Originally Posted by Duheed View Post
i live in the persian gulf and i just went to this high end reatail store and got me a brand new pair of mdr sa-3000's for only 80 bucks. I tried them on and everything sound great, cant believe it. Too bad they didnt have the 5000's though
I have a balanced pair of SA5000. They sound great but the body is thin & is pretty bright.. But with techno it's superb!
post #9 of 37
Great deal - enjoy!
post #10 of 37
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MMMM sadly i have returned them, whoever said theyre not even worth 80 was completely right. UTTER **** no bass whats so ever. I gave em back and and got me a pair of sennheisers hd495 and the cost me $95. BIG DIFFERENCE, now they sound amazing, bit too bassy but theyre good enough for now. Does well with my laptop seeming i cant be bothered with an amp. The next on my list would be the hd650's i rekon.
post #11 of 37
Its not quantity of bass that SAx000 serie is known for, and neither musicality, but brutal detail resolution from deepest bass to highs (especially highs I guess since its bit boosted). If you expected boosted, boomy and muddy midbass blur, you picked a wrong headphone as you found out.

*edit* This also means that if your source is crappy, and/or music you listen are badly produced or heavily compressed mp3, those Sonys show it all and sound like crappy.
post #12 of 37
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*edit* This also means that if your source is crappy, and/or music you listen are badly produced or heavily compressed mp3, those Sonys show it all and sound like crappy.
Heh, I did that too my roommate using Edition 9s - but he immediately recognized that his mp3s have crap bitrate. =]
post #13 of 37
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Ur right, but i like my bass and the sonys just didnt do it for me. Thing is i took my laptop to the store and they let me try compare all the headphones, 590, 495, and 650 and the sony's,
ALl the senns did brilliantly while the sonys, well i just tossed em to the side, they are **** compared to the senns. Sonys would be good if u listen to classical music i guess
post #14 of 37
Actually they eat nuts for classical... higher end Senns are one of the better performers with classical.

If you find your taste with Senns, enjoy. SA3000 is not a piece of crap, its just a very aggressive headphone that will bitch about everything in your system. Senns - fairly forgiving. Wish I could grab an SA3k for 80 bucks just to play with...
post #15 of 37
If you used them directly from laptop, you were most likely underamping them which only enhances the feeling of bass lacking. But it seems you have found the soundsignature you like. You can start saving money for HD650 based rig.


As much as I hate this clichee: Welcome to head-fi and sorry about your wallet.
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