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post #691 of 1528
I'm sitting here listening to the cowboy junkies on my head-fi hf-2s thinking how perfect they are...I'm so glad I got the non-blurry first edition, not the blurry first edition...
post #692 of 1528
^
I give up
post #693 of 1528
now I'm listening to my recording of a gov't mule show from august 2000, and the bass is so perfect, I can hear individual strings, and that perfect tone, laying the foundation for warren's clear ringing guitar and matt's snare and cymbals...
post #694 of 1528
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Originally Posted by grawk View Post
I'm sitting here listening to the cowboy junkies on my head-fi hf-2s thinking how perfect they are...I'm so glad I got the non-blurry first edition, not the blurry first edition...
Could you post an amazon link of which one to get? The gold is beyond my reach. Just non-blurry would be fine.
post #695 of 1528
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Originally Posted by grawk View Post
I'm sitting here listening to the cowboy junkies on my head-fi hf-2s thinking how perfect they are...I'm so glad I got the non-blurry first edition, not the blurry first edition...
Well I haven't received mine yet so maybe mine will be the ultra perfect, everyone else's sound like poo, pair. :^)
post #696 of 1528
I'm just glad there's a pair of grados with the fast in you face sound that doesn't have treble that stabs the ear drum (rs1, sr325, et al). Perhaps when I'm older and my sensitivity to high frequency dies down I'll switch to the rs1.
post #697 of 1528
Thread Starter 
How come grawk, you have put your grados for sale but youkeep listening to them??
post #698 of 1528
I still love them, I just am willing to part with the grados to get JH13s, a new source, and a new amp

I mostly listen to speakers at home these days, and so I want great headphones for portable use. I'll either sell the ESP950s or the grados, and keep the other.
post #699 of 1528
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Originally Posted by grawk View Post
now I'm listening to my recording of a gov't mule show from august 2000, and the bass is so perfect, I can hear individual strings, and that perfect tone, laying the foundation for warren's clear ringing guitar and matt's snare and cymbals...
Warren and Matt would sound perfect in my grade school auditorium (you know, the one with the asbestos stage curtain).
post #700 of 1528
So I got these things yesterday around noon... I've listened to them for about 6 hours or so since. Last night a spent some time putting them head to head against the HF-1 for some fun (didn't compare them to the MS-1, it wouldn't even be fair). For the record... I don't believe in burn-in. Based on the reviews I've seen, my pair sits right in there as far as sound goes on "burned in" cans.

First off... these things are a ton heavier than the HF-1s. The cord is shorter (maybe a foot) and the cord is very stiff. They are not uncomfortable other than the cord doesn't cooperate yet . They feel very solid in the hands and on the head.

Sound wise, they are amazing.

Bass: The bass on these things is incredible. I heard (felt?) foot stomping on live acoustic recordings I only hear with a big sub. They go lower than the HF-1 and the bass is stronger overall without being overpowering. It's just there in force. Kick drums are super punchy, bass notes are easy to distinguish, and you can hear the LOW stand-up bass notes the HF-1 seems to ignore.

Highs: The highs on these sound perfect to me. When switching between the two, the HF-1 has a very sizzly super high frequency range (I have abnormally sensitive high frequency hearing up to the 23khz range... I hear like a 5 year old). The HF-1 seems to have a big push in that range so certain instruments or samples sizzle (not quite sibilance, higher frequency). The HF2 does not. The sound is still there, but it sounds far more natural. To be honest, I never noticed the problem in the HF-1 since it's so common in loudspeakers and headphones alike.

Mids: The two are very close in this area. They're Grados. Voices on the HF2 sound a little more natural, but It sounds more like it's related to the sizzle of the highs (read ssss's). Acoustic string instruments like mandolins, guitars, violins, etc. sound very close between the two.

Other: Instrument separation is definitely better on the HF2 and the soundstage is a little wider (although still mostly in my head). Everything just seems to sound more like it should.

Definitely fantastic headphones. My co-workers were making fun of my expensive purchase, until I put them on my bosses head.
post #701 of 1528
Thread Starter 
I am really enjoying how Hypocrisy sounds through this HPs!

BTW, I have updated the first post.
post #702 of 1528
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I am really enjoying how Hypocrisy sounds through this HPs!

BTW, I have updated the first post.
I'm also a big fan of Peter TÃĪgtgren, they will release their new album "A Taste Of Extreme Divinity" this fall.
post #703 of 1528
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Originally Posted by grawk View Post
I'm sitting here listening to the cowboy junkies on my head-fi hf-2s thinking how perfect they are...I'm so glad I got the non-blurry first edition, not the blurry first edition...
Do you have Trinity Revisited by the Junkies? Great performance & excellent sound quality/recording!
post #704 of 1528
Wow - currently listening to 'Stop' from James Gang's Yer Album - never heard the bass sounding so 'kick-a**' - looks like another late night cuz I just can't pry these HF-2's from my head
post #705 of 1528
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Do you have Trinity Revisited by the Junkies? Great performance & excellent sound quality/recording!
I do. It's too bad they felt the need to bring in Natalie Merchant.
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