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post #196 of 1149
Well, after venting my views and displeasures reagarding this situation in another thread. I've given it some thoughtful consideration. My decision is to support this effort, and hope they sound good, confirmation sent.
post #197 of 1149
#49 in the house.

they sound pretty good so far, although i find that the I's don't come through clearly - almost as if they were absent.
post #198 of 1149
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Originally Posted by kelvinz View Post
my quick impressions is that the phones I have at hand (hd800/O2) are in a much higher league than the HF2.

I'm going to let my HF2 burn in a bit first and grab my ESW9's from work to make a more fair comparison
I have to agree. After spending the past few weeks with the HD800 I was severely underwhelmed when I tried the HF2 for the first time yesterday. I spent a few hours with them last night and this afternoon. There is no doubt that they are an excellent option at their price point, but to my ears they definitely are not the giant killers I was expecting from some of the reviews I've read. I've owned multiple PS1's in the past and still own an HP-1000 along with my HD800. Owners of the those two Grado models have nothing at all to fear about the HF2 possibly lowering their values. It has excellent tone, normal for a Grado, and is superb with vocals(specifically female) but it is definitely nowhere near as refined as the other two. I'm hoping break in brings something to the equation because right now something seems lost in the range where cymbals are played. It's like there is a smear/blur to the sound in that region that is really bothering me. Also, is it just me or are these new bowl pads slightly smaller than the bowl pads from a year or two ago? The pair on this HF2 is killing my ears and the bowls have never bothered me in the past.
post #199 of 1149
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Originally Posted by vcoheda View Post
#49 in the house.

they sound pretty good so far, although i find that the I's don't come through clearly - almost as if they were absent.
I'll be the first 1 to agree with you...

-HK sends
post #200 of 1149
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Originally Posted by subtle View Post
...Also, is it just me or are these new bowl pads slightly smaller than the bowl pads from a year or two ago? The pair on this HF2 is killing my ears and the bowls have never bothered me in the past.
Mmmm...donuts...g1000...donuts!

-HK sends
post #201 of 1149
I'm not too concerned with a cosmetic error. The sound is what matters to me.
post #202 of 1149
Maybe Grado & TTVJ can tie into a Formula 1 (F1) promotion and save face.
post #203 of 1149
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Originally Posted by subtle View Post
Also, is it just me or are these new bowl pads slightly smaller than the bowl pads from a year or two ago? The pair on this HF2 is killing my ears and the bowls have never bothered me in the past.
first thing i noticed. the bowls don't fit over my ears like my RS1. haven't compared, but they seem smaller.
post #204 of 1149
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Originally Posted by vcoheda View Post
first thing i noticed. the bowls don't fit over my ears like my RS1. haven't compared, but they seem smaller.
Interesting that subtle and yourself find the bowls a tad smaller, this was not mentioned when the original 20 received them at CJ. The big question is will they dethrone the RS1? Looking forward to more impressions especially against the RS1 while I am anxiously waiting.
post #205 of 1149
I think the HF2 is better than the RS1 by a fairly wide margin, though I'm not a huge fan of the RS1 in the first place. It's also better than the RS2, which I prefer to the RS1.
post #206 of 1149
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Originally Posted by vcoheda View Post
first thing i noticed. the bowls don't fit over my ears like my RS1. haven't compared, but they seem smaller.
Think it could be a case of new and firm pads vs worn pads which may be mushy and slightly out of shape?
post #207 of 1149
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Originally Posted by subtle View Post
I have to agree. After spending the past few weeks with the HD800 I was severely underwhelmed when I tried the HF2 for the first time yesterday. I spent a few hours with them last night and this afternoon. There is no doubt that they are an excellent option at their price point, but to my ears they definitely are not the giant killers I was expecting from some of the reviews I've read. I've owned multiple PS1's in the past and still own an HP-1000 along with my HD800. Owners of the those two Grado models have nothing at all to fear about the HF2 possibly lowering their values. It has excellent tone, normal for a Grado, and is superb with vocals(specifically female) but it is definitely nowhere near as refined as the other two. I'm hoping break in brings something to the equation because right now something seems lost in the range where cymbals are played. It's like there is a smear/blur to the sound in that region that is really bothering me. Also, is it just me or are these new bowl pads slightly smaller than the bowl pads from a year or two ago? The pair on this HF2 is killing my ears and the bowls have never bothered me in the past.
Can anyone else weigh in on the smearing/blurring in the cymbals?
post #208 of 1149
subtle, have you tried the HF2 with flats?
post #209 of 1149
Wow - more and more reviews indicate that the HF2s are positioned to dethrone the RS1s. I still have a few more weeks to wait, but it looks like the wait will be more than worthwhile. I can't get over how fortunate we Head-Fiers are to get such a sonic sensation at such a reasonable price. Bring it on!
post #210 of 1149
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Originally Posted by John D. View Post
Well, after venting my views and displeasures reagarding this situation in another thread. I've given it some thoughtful consideration. My decision is to support this effort, and hope they sound good, confirmation sent.
x2. I'm not going to suck up and think it's OK because it's a 'gift' or some such though, we're paying for these.

I'm with the perfectionists for whom it will always be something that pops in my head but since this will likely be my high-end headphone for a long time (I prefer speakers when possible) and I like the Grado sound I know I would have regretted cancelling.
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