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post #916 of 1228

This isn't totally vintage, but is unbelievably from 1989!

Sony MDR-CD555, the recent ancestor of the MDR-7506 and V6.

 

It seems fairly rare - there's not much information on the internet about it, but it has the same solid metal plug as the later 7506/V6 and a very pretty dark pearlescent brown cable.

Sounds pretty damn good too.

post #917 of 1228
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This isn't totally vintage, but is unbelievably from 1989!
Sony MDR-CD555, the recent ancestor of the MDR-7506 and V6.

It seems fairly rare - there's not much information on the internet about it, but it has the same solid metal plug as the later 7506/V6 and a very pretty dark pearlescent brown cable.
Sounds pretty damn good too.

I saw that one. Almost went for it myself. Its not really an ancestor of the V6, the V6 came first. The CD line was Sony's "audiophile" headphone line back in the day.
post #918 of 1228
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I saw that one. Almost went for it myself. Its not really an ancestor of the V6, the V6 came first. The CD line was Sony's "audiophile" headphone line back in the day.

I'm pretty sure you didn't see THIS one. This one is in the mintiest of conditions - bought it today in a garage sale.

I can see why it's the audiophile line - it's almost like a neutral Grado.

post #919 of 1228
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I saw that one. Almost went for it myself. Its not really an ancestor of the V6, the V6 came first. The CD line was Sony's "audiophile" headphone line back in the day.

I'm pretty sure you didn't see THIS one. This one is in the mintiest of conditions - bought it today in a garage sale.

I can see why it's the audiophile line - it's almost like a neutral Grado.

Oh. Well I saw one on the 'bay. Curious coincidences.

post #920 of 1228
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Oh. Well I saw one on the 'bay. Curious coincidences.

If you see a nice one for going for very cheap I would snag it - it's just a very honest, polite (and slightly bright) sound. Could do with some sub-bass extension, but then you could say that about most headphones pre-2000.

There's one on evilbay right now for $90 or something... which is a beyond ridiculous.

 

I could've also bought a Sennheiser HD 465 'Expression Line' today for cheap, but it actually sounded a bit like poop, so I thought I'd rather keep the money. I know about the legendary Sennheiser 'veil' but these were just ridiculous and I would've ended up with something I probably couldn't sell on, or even give away. 

post #921 of 1228

I spent a big chunk of the weekend fixing up this K250.

 


Edited by GREQ - 10/21/13 at 6:30am
post #922 of 1228
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I spent a big chunk of the weekend fixing up this K250.

 

K250? Never heard of that model... pretty either way. 

 

Also I must know, what camera do you use, GREQ?

post #923 of 1228
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K250? Never heard of that model... pretty either way. 

 

Also I must know, what camera do you use, GREQ?

Yeah K250's pretty uncommon - borderline rare. 

It has almost the same baffle as the K241, and was probably part of an even shorter production run. Both have similar drivers (5 dots) and very similar sound sig. 

 

I shoot with a Sony A700, but the above shot is with my even older A100 + 35mm f/1.8 - also the photo is quite heavily processed.

Nothing special really. All cameras are pretty much the same TBH. It's the photographers that are different, plus I did my degree in photography so I'd just feel bad if I posted up a regular snapshot. :o 

Most of my other photos were probably done with a the A700 + Minolta 50mm f/1.4 or 58mm f/1.2.

post #924 of 1228
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Yeah K250's pretty uncommon - borderline rare. 

It has almost the same baffle as the K241, and was probably part of an even shorter production run. Both have similar drivers (5 dots) and very similar sound sig. 

 

 

How would you describe their sound?

Is there a sound resemblance with Sextett or K240 DF?

post #925 of 1228
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Originally Posted by Tiemen View Post
 

How would you describe their sound?

Is there a sound resemblance with Sextett or K240 DF?

 

Like I said, it's very similar to the K241 which is basically an early K240 Monitor (gold) with larger baffle vents.

There is a strong sound resemblance with the K240 family.

I've never heard the DF, but I borrowed a sextett for a few weeks once.

 

Compared to the K241, the difference is very slight. I think there is a tad more air and mid/high treble presence. Midrange is maybe the tiniest bit colder. Bass is about the same. There isn't much in it really.

Compared to the K240 Monitor (gold) the difference is again slight, but the K240 has a bit more bass and slam. I think I prefer the K250's air and detail over the k240's extra bass.... but the 'monitor' is kinda the runt of the family anyway. 

If my memory of the sextett is still worth anything I think the K250 has quite a bit more air and separation in the sound. Quite a bit less bass though. 

 

In a nutshell, the sound is somewhere around neutral, cold, airy, and very dry/tight sounding which is great for texture/detail but not so great for 'fun'.

I'm not certain yet, but I think it's got the biggest soundstage I've heard from the K240 family/variants I've owned/listen to and marginally superior instrument placement.

Also it's the hardest to drive, which surprised me a little considering the plethora of similarities - had to crank the amp up a little more than usual - for some quiet classical music I had to turn it up to nearly 3 o'clock!

Which brings me to my next point - this thing sounds great (almost perfect) with classical. 


Edited by GREQ - 10/21/13 at 12:17pm
post #926 of 1228

Thanks GREQ for the explanation.

I know you wrote that the K250 is similar to the K241, but I'm also unfamiliar with the K241 which seems to be rare too.


Edited by Tiemen - 10/21/13 at 1:07pm
post #927 of 1228
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Thanks GREQ for the explanation.

I know you wrote that the K250 is similar to the K241, but I'm also unknown with the K241 which seems to be rare too.

Hah! then I'll let you know that I can't wait to compare it to my Realistic Pro 50 (which is waiting for me in England).

 

Realistic Pro 50 is (according to most sources) a K250 made for the American (Radioshack) market - but my Realistic has Sextett passive diaphragms AND a different driver (not to mention the aesthetic differences).

Instead of diaphgragms, my K250 has 6 vents almost identical to the K241.

 

So either there are different versions of the K250 or they really aren't the same headphone.

 

It's also one of the few headphones AKG doesn't list in their product archive: http://www.akg.com/product+archive-1288.html so it's quite a mystery.


Edited by GREQ - 10/21/13 at 12:58pm
post #928 of 1228

Hey, you found the AKG archive back. I lost it. Thank you!

post #929 of 1228
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Hey, you found the AKG archive back. I lost it. Thank you!

Yeah, they took the archive down for quite a few weeks while they were updating the entire website. 

It only came back on recently.

post #930 of 1228

K 241 K 250 K 240 DF (modded)

 

I can't quite agree with QREQ regarding the K 250. I thought they had the smallest AKG soundstage I've heard, apart from the unimportant K 160. I also found my K 241 to have a midbass hump unlike the K 250, and I found the K 241 to sound exceptionally dry (in a nice way) while the K 250 to me sounded like a fun version of the DF.

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