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post #31 of 238
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Wireless phones have improved

Just an update on my review of the supplied headphones with the unit.

I should have guessed that like any other headphones, these would benefit with burn-in. Well, I now use them 100% of the time with my DIR1000 and that is daily.

They have improved to the point where I prefer them over my CD3000s for film viewing. The effect of "being in a movie theater" is more palpable than with the other cans.

John
post #32 of 238
Hey, John,

which headphones give you the more palpable theater effect?
post #33 of 238
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After they were properly burned-in...I preferred the Pioneers....Bill Goody also had the same feelings when he demoed the setup here a few weeks ago.

John
post #34 of 238
Did u mention anything about battery life on the headphones? I dont see rated battery life on audiocubes
post #35 of 238
Well, I don't want the whole forum to toss tomatoes at me, but if the Philips version of Dolby Headphones are no good then I will buy the Pioneers.

If I don't get my Philips DH systems any sooner than November I WILL buy the Pioneers and end all this surround sound speaker fuss. I had it up to here, with moving speakers. Dolby Headphone surround means surround sound freedom. I am tired of waiting.

Thank You very much John Medeiros for your input.

I wouldn't even touch one finger on those over-priced sony phonies, your ears will probably shrivel just puting them on.

I've heard the 5.1 VSS for MDR-DS 5100. It sounds like a flat prison where the vocals seem to issue from your lips instead of away from your head. Everything sounds flat and lifeless no real directional sound just a loud sound added to a hazy annoying echo.

I've watched Pearl Harbor DH2 encoding on Palm DVD player with a quality headphone jack and the experience swallows up all your surroundings. Very comfortable, very enjoyable.

So John would you be able describe what makes the DH effect different between the two headphones? How does the wireless version even compete?
post #36 of 238

Have you tried DH with DVD-Audio

Thanks for the great review & follow up!
I can't wait for this kind of technology to become available and affordable! It's value for DVD movies is indisputable!

But what about music?
Have you tried the Pioneer DH system with a multichannel DVD-Audio source? If not, is there any way you can borrow a few to try report back?

Finally, what does CD music sound like with the DH processing switched off? Is the headphone amplification up to the task? With supplied wireless vs corded Senns?

We look forward to reading more from you!

Thanks,
Dave
post #37 of 238
All this Dolby Headphone talk has gotten me into the idea of getting a DH system rather than shell out for a home theater. Probably mostly for gaming, and occasional late night movies.

I have several Dolby Headphone questions. Along the lines of the DVD-A train of though, is there anything (or will there be anything in the near future) that will take an analog multichannel signal and output DH? And does anyone know if there are plans for standalone decoders without a built-in headphone system? (Even better would be no headphone jack and a line-out for an outboard headphone amp, but I can't see that appealing to most people). I don't see why I'd pay an extra $100 for headphones I don't need. Although if the Pioneers are that good, perhaps it's worth it.
post #38 of 238
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Re: Have you tried DH with DVD-Audio

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Originally posted by BAD Dave
Thanks for the great review & follow up!
I can't wait for this kind of technology to become available and affordable! It's value for DVD movies is indisputable!

But what about music?
Have you tried the Pioneer DH system with a multichannel DVD-Audio source? If not, is there any way you can borrow a few to try report back?

Finally, what does CD music sound like with the DH processing switched off? Is the headphone amplification up to the task? With supplied wireless vs corded Senns?

We look forward to reading more from you!

Thanks,
Dave
Hi Dave-
I tend to use the Pioneer system for DVD movie and concert viewing...I am not crazy about it for music listening. ..it's OK...but the sysyem was really made for Dolby Digital, DTS and Dolby Pro Logic listening. There is only one set of analog inputs, so any 5.1 or 6.1 signal must be fed to the optical digital input...so you cannot use it for listening to SACD or DVD-A tracks since they are 6 discrete analog signals.
John
post #39 of 238
Ah yes, of course!
Bring on the Firewire!
Thanks
Dave
post #40 of 238
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Originally posted by Bonkura
Did u mention anything about battery life on the headphones? I dont see rated battery life on audiocubes
Hi-

I get about 20 hours per charge..or 9-10 films worth. If it runs out in the middle of a film...just plug in a pair of corded phones in the headphone jack and you're good to go.
John
post #41 of 238
Quote:
Originally posted by JMedeiros
Hi-

I get about 20 hours per charge..or 9-10 films worth. If it runs out in the middle of a film...just plug in a pair of corded phones in the headphone jack and you're good to go.
John
20 hours eh, thats nice.

Looking forward to getting my hands on these prolly 2-3 weeks untill Ill have one to play with.
post #42 of 238
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Quote:
Originally posted by Bonkura
20 hours eh, thats nice.

Looking forward to getting my hands on these prolly 2-3 weeks untill Ill have one to play with.
One thing to point out. These turn off and on by placing them on your head...a certain position of one of the cups turns it on.

When you are not using them for awhile, place them on the hanger on the unit. I left mine lying in a chair for a day or so and the "trigger" cup was resting at an angle that kept it on for all that time (there is a little red "on"LED on the band but I had it facing down so didn't see it was on)....so it ran out of charge.

John
post #43 of 238
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post #44 of 238
John I'm beginning to see why you did prefer using your sony CD3000s. There a good backup for wired headphones when the wireless ones run out of batteries.

Trust me I'm already sold with buying these, thanks to your response.

If I don't get my Philips by the end of october I'm going to get the pioneers,

besides that, a couple years ago, I was talking to one of the experts at dolby on the phone, he prefered me wait for the SE-DIR1000C to come out and not pay for the theaterphone. He also said that the real geniuses there have managed to demo them out and were impressed, especially with the pioneers ability to render deep effects.

When using all the rest of the virtual systems none of them lasted more than a couple movies.

On the subject of bass: speakers vs headphones.

Do you think sometimes subwoofers exaggerate bass when it isn't necessary?

Sometimes with my headphones I can hear bass notes that go beyond the norm. It's really trippy. I keep putting them on and tak'n em off. Then on again to here the same exact bass signature under my feet. Incredible. I use the Optimus Pro155s. There very comfortable to wear for long sessions while playing music.
post #45 of 238
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Originally posted by sfxjames


Do you think sometimes subwoofers exaggerate bass when it isn't necessary?

Yes...it took me a few attempts to adjust the sub in my 6.1 sysyem so it gave me impactful bass for action films and still sounded natural when playing 2.1 channel music and more dialog based films. My two Infinity tower fronts have built in powered subs as well...so I can really play with the bass levels in the entire system.
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