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post #106 of 522
As another suggested, put some time in with the Denon reciever.
If possible, try other recievers or integrated amps. I'm looking around for a dedicated HP amp myself, but in the meantime I'm tinkering with recievers and such. Doing that has helped me separate what the headphones were doing vs. what the amp was doing. Speaker performance and heaphone performance can be very different from the same unit.
post #107 of 522
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Originally Posted by warpdriver View Post
1) lots to choose from, but I think my Headroom Micro Amp ($333) works great with the Denons.
2) Yes
3) It will be quite listenable. Don't let people scare you away from enjoying the D7000 plugged straight into a receiver. That's the way I enjoy movies (taking advantage of the receiver's headphone surround mode), and I find the Denon D2000/D5000 to be still enjoyable and dynamic. I'd expect the same with the D7000.
I'm sure it won't be bad, but why spend so much on a headphone if you don't want to give it a proper setup? Even an ipod LOD to a portable amp would sound better most likely.
post #108 of 522
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Originally Posted by Gu Sensei View Post
Cool! Glad to hear they arrived safely and the sound sig is agreeable. Nice album, too. I do not have the Shakedown Street HDCD, but you put me in the mood and I am bouncing along at the moment to my Blues for Allah HDCD, which also sounds stunning as well . Shows off the separation and transparency nicely. I will definitely get that Shakedown Street HDCD too. Are all their albums out on HDCD? I would like to beef up that part of my collection. Those two plus Terrapin Station and Dead Set are my favorites. I was certainly too young for their heyday but I managed to see them about half a dozen times during their MTV period in the late '80s. One-of-a-kind good fun.

Moved onto Dead Set now... I think the D7000s do percussion very very well. I will be the hi-def version of Rhythm Devils will be very nice.
I believe most if not all are out on Rhino HDCD. Yes they sound terriffic. I still haven't picked up Terrapin Station yet. You are right, the percussion is just fabulous on these D7000's.
I am very pleased so far with the sound of these phones. Thanks to all you guys for your comments and suggestions.
post #109 of 522
With all these glowing reviews about these headphones, is there anybody who does not like these headphones? Also, what would be the weakpoints of these? Looking to get these as my final solution to closed headphones, so just checking all my bases first thanks
post #110 of 522
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Originally Posted by kg21 View Post
I'm sure it won't be bad, but why spend so much on a headphone if you don't want to give it a proper setup? Even an ipod LOD to a portable amp would sound better most likely.
I didn't say don't get an amp. He asked if it will be listenable until he can afford an amp. It will be listenable....but he should get an amp eventually.
post #111 of 522
Thanks guys. Great responses. I think I'll use my receiver until I can get the right amp. I'm just getting back into listening to music on a more serious level and want to pace myself and do it right.
Thanks again.
post #112 of 522
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Originally Posted by nauxolo View Post
With all these glowing reviews about these headphones, is there anybody who does not like these headphones? Also, what would be the weakpoints of these? Looking to get these as my final solution to closed headphones, so just checking all my bases first thanks
If I were to dig really deep, and get down to tiny little nit-picks, the only items I can come up with are as follows:

The cord is too long and a bit stiff, and if not tended to properly it can become a tangled mess.

Would be nice if the soundstage was a tiny bit wider.

Would be nice if they isolated about -8 DBs more for a total of -15 DBs.

None of the above are even close to being deal breakers though...


Other than those very minor nitpicks, I really can't find much fault with the D7000s.
post #113 of 522
once this thing starts dropping in price I'm gonna get it for sure
post #114 of 522
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once this thing starts dropping in price I'm gonna get it for sure
It's already down to almost half of MSRP. I don't think it'll get much lower than this.
post #115 of 522
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once this thing starts dropping in price I'm gonna get it for sure
The D7000s are already an insane bargain at $550 - $600ish. If it drops much lower than that, it would be difficult to justify the existence of the D5000s.

So yeah, I doubt the D7000s are going to drop much further than they already have...

If you can find a pair at $550 ish, snag them and run away like you just stole something.
post #116 of 522
The 5k's are dropping in price as well. I had to really look hard back when I got mine for 420.00 USD and they are easier to find in that range now.
post #117 of 522
My early impressions are from an X-Fi soundcard, optically out to an E-Mu 0404 USB, to a Total AirHead.

The good: euphonic, musical sound; the bass is pretty good; the instrument separation is very good - can hear just about everything that is going on; I can hear texture and other details I've never noticed before; the headphone does appear to work well with all kinds of music; this is a great headphone for acoustic guitars; it definitely does drums well.

The bad: I am pretty sure that I need to get a better amp; I overrate headphones when I first get them.

To mmercer13: Unamped or barely amped (like out of the headphone port of the E-Mu 0404), the midrange is way too thin and the treble is quite a bit too bright. It is pretty bad. A receiver might have the same problem with it, given that. There is giant difference in presentation amped vs. unamped - amped, the sound is pretty thick and less clear, but more balanced. This is out of a budget portable amp, though.

edited to add: Forgot to mention that the bass extension is absurdly deep and powerful. Lower bass beats up my head sometimes, and I can feel it as low as the upper half of my upper body.

edit 2: Got mine from HeadRoom. Ordered last Thursday with 2-day shipping.
post #118 of 522
I wish J&R would hurry up and get them back in stock. I wonder where on the waiting list I am.
post #119 of 522
It sounds like there is a big difference between running the Total AirHead off of rechargeable batteries and running off the wallwart. There was an odd, omnipresent sound signature (not hollow, but something similar; I can't explain it) that the Total AirHead was putting on all the headphones I listened through it with rechargeable batteries. That signature is gone, leaving the headphones to do their thing.

I feel no need to upgrade my amp when listening from the wallwart. With the D7000 through the Total AirHead off the wallwart, it is like I am listening to a hi-fi 2-channel speaker system with a great subwoofer.

I have no more use for my Stax (or any other headphone).

edited: um, wow, classical music is killer on these.
post #120 of 522
Sweet. So these are your new 'primary headphones'?

I can't wait to hear them. Hopefully they'll ship before the end of the month.
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