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post #406 of 1528
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Originally Posted by Teraflame View Post
Has anyone tried them with HD414 pads yet?
I have. On the HF-2, the pad gets stretched so tightly and becomes so thin that it feels as if the ear is being pressed directly into contact with the driver enclosure. To my ear, it's too close a proximity for a sound that I'd care to listen to. On the SR225 enclosures, the pad fit is not so tight, so the pad remains thicker and it feels and sounds perfect to me. On the HF-2, the TTVF Flat pad is the one that my ear prefers. Really well-worn, or squashed, bowls are also pads that I particularly enjoy on the HF-2. My personal favorites on the HF-2, though, are the TTVJ Flats.
post #407 of 1528
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Originally Posted by immtbiker View Post
Just received my HF1 HF2's today, and I gotta say with absolute certainty, that these cans sound completely awful right out of the box. The bass is bloated and overbearing, the mids are recessed and the highs are downright painful. The cable is too short and where they join they Y connector, both the left and right cables are pinched in an horrible way. The glue is another chapter in the novel, altogether. I'm willing to handle that with a grain of salt. It is what it is and one either has to eat crow or send them back.

With that said, I must point out that I am one of the biggest proponents of burn-in on this forum. I have owned many expensive but "junk pile bound" components that turn from Shrek to Prince Charming in just one hundred hours.
Many people here who's opinions that I trust totally have said that these HF-2's are a world class sounding headphone. I know that they will be. I'm looking forward to many future nirvanic hours of musical bliss with me and my new addition to my audio collection.

What's my point? My point is that if these headphones transition from trailer trash to Trump tower in the next 250-500 hours, then it should be regarded as the poster child to provide proof positive that burn-in is totally a factual process and anyone who doesn't believe in it, needs to take the ride from Red Hook to Rodeo Drive and come out of their cocoon.
A headphone changing from "trailer trash" to "Trump tower" from 250-500 hours of burn-in? That's ****ing nonsense.

I'm not sure any amount of burn-in is going to rectify the sound you already hear.
post #408 of 1528
I'm not reading too many good reviews on the hf-2s lately....hmmm?
post #409 of 1528
Perhaps, the FOTM status has faded...
post #410 of 1528
mine sounded great straight from the box clearly discernable from hf-1 I dunno what he means.
post #411 of 1528
yeah immtbiker...whadya gettin' at? Get to the point, dude and don't be beatin' round da bush?
post #412 of 1528
obviously the blurry ones are better than the "1" ones
post #413 of 1528
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Originally Posted by grawk View Post
obviously the blurry ones are better than the "1" ones
Can anyone say $1500 Head-Fi HF-2s?
post #414 of 1528
For $1500 I'd throw in my woodied hf1s
post #415 of 1528
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Originally Posted by grawk View Post
For $1500 I'd throw in my woodied hf1s
YGPM.
post #416 of 1528
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Originally Posted by Brighten View Post
YGPM.
That was fast! Lol! =)

Anyway, I've been trying not to visit this topic a bit. it only fuels my longing to recive mine.
post #417 of 1528
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Originally Posted by h.rav View Post
Perhaps, the FOTM status has faded...
nonsense... i just got it a few hours ago... and i've been enjoy it straight outta the box ... plugged into a plain jane amp ampin the line-out of an ipod too... certainly no fancy rig but man this is FUN!
post #418 of 1528
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Originally Posted by D_4_Dog View Post
nonsense... i just got it a few hours ago... and i've been enjoy it straight outta the box ... plugged into a plain jane amp ampin the line-out of an ipod too... certainly no fancy rig but man this is FUN!
Gotta agree. Mine arrived yesterday and sound good to me. Bass is fine, the mids are there and nothing harsh in the highs.
post #419 of 1528
I'm liking mine too, just posted a longer initial impressions thread but I'm certainly not complaining. Highs are 'strong' I would say but not to the point of harshness.
post #420 of 1528
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Originally Posted by Brighten View Post
A headphone changing from "trailer trash" to "Trump tower" from 250-500 hours of burn-in? That's ****ing nonsense.
OK.

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Originally Posted by Drumonron View Post
yeah immtbiker...whadya gettin' at? Get to the point, dude and don't be beatin' round da bush?
I'm sorry. Was driving all over the road?

My main point being, that aside from the cosmetic defects and less than stellar build quality, the sound of these (and most good headphones) sound pretty crappy out of the box, and that if people say these sound really good, then I'm eager to hear them after some time has been put on them. I have 15 hours so far and the highs are too painful for me and the bass is strong but all over the place. The mids are hiding behind the bass.

For those who are getting good results right out of the box, I see 3 possibilities. 1- They never heard a really good headphone (which I doubt is the case). 2- It's going to sound really incredible to them later on if it sounds good now. ...and 3- I received a pair that sounds really bad.

I can either leave them alone and bring them to local Head-Fiers to give a listen, or let them run for a week.
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