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post #1036 of 4545
Thread Starter 

The big plastic blob where the two headbands join really hurts the look of them IMO. 

 

Not too impressed with K430 out of the box but maybe I've been spoiled by my HFI-15G and other decent sets. On the burn-in machine they go...

post #1037 of 4545

Bububu but Everyone on Amazon RAVED about the way they look... and sound.

 

And you know what that means...

 

Amazon Reviews - The ones you TRUST™

post #1038 of 4545

those mercury looks too weird for me. but those pads might fit the vintage cans you showed some time ago, maybe?

 

i found this image and wanted to share, is it only pads or did he made more holes in front of the driver?

 

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post #1039 of 4545

Anyone know where i can get a nice short cable to use from player to amp? preferably clothed, they last longer imo.

post #1040 of 4545
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Originally Posted by JamesMcProgger View Post

Anyone know where i can get a nice short cable to use from player to amp? preferably clothed, they last longer imo.



 

Single-sided or double?

 

 

 

 

btw.gif Has anyone seen this Amazon review for the Creative HQ-1400..?

 

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Originally Posted by Joshua E. Hunsaker View Post

I've had a laundry list of nice headphone and a couple very nice headphone amps alongside tons of interfaces, receivers and mixers that I've used with them.

Headphones owned:

AKG K-140
AKG K-141
AKG K-240 (2 pairs)
AKG K-701
Beyerdynamic DT 770 pro
Creative HQ-1400
Denon AH-D350
Fostex T-50RP
Koss PRO4AAT
Monster Beats (Circumaural)
Realistic Nova 20
Realistic Nova 40
Realistic Pro II
Sony 7506

Headphone Amps:

Antique Soundlabs MG Head OTL Mark III (w/upgraded tubes & tube dampers)
Oz Audio HR-4
Rolls 4-channel
Zero 24/192 DAC/headphone amp

The Creative HQ-1400 sounded better hands down especially in terms of overall balance and neutrality (no spry resonances, peaking or response abberations) than any of those other phones listed. The AKG K-701 was especially disappointing - etched and fatiguing. It seems like a whole lot of B.S. to state that a pair of $16 phones (!!!) can seriously take on a pair with a retail of a whole hecka lot more than that (I think like $350 for the 701's?) - I tried to convince myself for a long time after picking up the Creative's that the AKG's had (don't even get me started on the K240's, geez those things are awful sounding and people use them everywhere) more detail and a 'fuller' sound and more rich/seductive sound reproduction. But then I woke up and realized that I was just kidding myself. Every interface/DAC/headphone I used them with, the Creative's just presented music in a way that actually coincided most with what I would have heard in a tuned room with a very decent 2-channel stereo setup.

I have been using them now for years, sold even the Beyerdynamic DT-770s (now those phones did come very close, but there was some critical mid-bass weirdness that screwed up my mixes when I used them). Songs I have mixed on the Creative's came out better every time than any other set I have ever picked up, regardless of what I used to amplify them with. I still would die for a set of Grado GS-1000 (or PS series) phones, but were talking plunking down a grand vs. a 20 dollar bill. No question what I'll be using until I find something to top this. Funny story - I have a friend who purchased the Creative Auravana phones for $100 and then bought these and completely dumbfounded told me that the cheaper set (HQ-1400) sounded better. I had to laugh.

Creative really needs to fix the dismal plastic headband though - serious piece of junk that thing is (very well documented on most forums that they break like crazy). I had to use a hot glue gun to fix the like 3 complete breaks that developed. I suppose I'll have to just have to stock up on them at the current price but it is seriously annoying.

Seriously, just get a pair of them and put them up against your expensive studio sets and be prepared to feel foolish for having bought other stuff.



I found it interesting if not downright amusing but hey, I haven't heard them so who am I to judge? That review almost got me to pick up a pair... almost.

 

post #1041 of 4545

Joker can you or anyone else figure out if this are both JVC flats?

http://www.jvc.co.uk/product.php?id=HA-S155-E&catid=8

http://www.jvc.co.uk/product.php?id=HA-S150-E&catid=8

In my eyes, i think the second ones are more oval than the others. Soundwise i believe its the same thing. But amazon lists that they have ipod plug. (?)

Did apple invented a new kind of 3.5mm plug?tongue.gifcool.gif

post #1042 of 4545
Thread Starter 

Probably just means iPhone-compatible. The original iPhone had a severely recessed 3.5mm jack and many earphones/headphones simply wouldn't get both channels. Usually when you see iPhone/iPod plug it just means that the plug casing is skinny. Other than that they all look like flats to me; JVC changed the colors of the Flats again to match the new iPod line so maybe that's why the nomenclature has changed. Also, the 155 is listed as having a 0.4+0.7m modular cord which my 150 didn't have.

post #1043 of 4545

ljokerl,

 

I wish I could somehow convince you to bump the modded UR-55 higher on your list.

It's really the best sounding unamped headphone I've heard under $80 easily. It could very well be good competition for the Creative Aurvana Live!

They now can compete head to head with my modded SR-80. Yes, they're that good!

 

I think I saw  a pair on Amazon for $32. Not mine, but I doubt you'd be willing to mod them yourself due to risk.

If you thought the DHP-II was pretty good, wait until you try these!

 

They would lose a few points for comfort probably. What's most amazing about these after the mod is the soundstage. I don't know how it could be that good if you noticed how small those foam earpads are!

post #1044 of 4545
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Originally Posted by tdockweiler View Post

ljokerl,

 

I wish I could somehow convince you to bump the modded UR-55 higher on your list.

It's really the best sounding unamped headphone I've heard under $80 easily. It could very well be good competition for the Creative Aurvana Live!

They now can compete head to head with my modded SR-80. Yes, they're that good!

 

I think I saw  a pair on Amazon for $32. Not mine, but I doubt you'd be willing to mod them yourself due to risk.

If you thought the DHP-II was pretty good, wait until you try these!

 

They would lose a few points for comfort probably. What's most amazing about these after the mod is the soundstage. I don't know how it could be that good if you noticed how small those foam earpads are!


I wish the dang things would fit me better.

post #1045 of 4545

Decide my next uber-cheap purchase, Head-Fi!

 

 

 

Either the Inland 87050...

 

 

 

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Or the Creative HQ-1400...

 

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Help me my Head-Fi brethren - you're my only hope!

post #1046 of 4545
Thread Starter 

I thought the HQ-1400 was getting phased out with the introduction of the 1450 and 1600. Looks like the 1600 isn't available for purchase yet so I'd definitely take the 1400 over those Inland things.

 

@tdockweiler: hah, I wish I didn't have so many sets to review already but I'm up to about a dozen which is excessive even for me. Best part is, I won't have time for any of them for another two weeks.


Edited by ljokerl - 11/30/10 at 7:15pm
post #1047 of 4545
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Originally Posted by ljokerl View Post

I thought the HQ-1400 was getting phased out with the introduction of the 1450 and 1600. Looks like the 1600 isn't available for purchase yet so I'd definitely take the 1400 over those Inland things.

 

@tdockweiler: hah, I wish I didn't have so many sets to review already but I'm up to about a dozen which is excessive even for me. Best part is, I won't have time for any of them for another two weeks.



Any other suggestions for around $15-$20? Anything you've seen in that pricerange that looks interesting?

post #1048 of 4545

Since you are reviewing all these DJ cans I'm thinking about the Behringer HPX2000...

 

 

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I've only heard one other set of Behringer's (in fact I think I still have them laying about somewhere) and they didn't sound too hot but I dunno... These look pretty cool.

 

So between these and the Creative's what would you guys choose?

 

 

 

BTW This isn't life or death here. If these suck it's OK - I buy several cheapos every month. There's just so many out there now that I'm having a difficult time deciding what to get next.


Edited by Olimoronio - 11/30/10 at 8:16pm
post #1049 of 4545
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Originally Posted by Olimoronio View Post

Single-sided or double?

 

I found it interesting if not downright amusing but hey, I haven't heard them so who am I to judge? That review almost got me to pick up a pair... almost.

 

any i guess, i just need to replace my zune to portable amp, 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm cable, about 4 to 6 inches. something to last and look fu**ing pretty biggrin.gif

 

hey another review for those cans:

 

"It was a gift for my girl friend. But it did not work out. My girl friend did not care about audio quality, only her appearance. The high quality ear phones were too big and they messed her hair.
I kept the audio and changed girl friends."

 

either the gf must be terrible pr the HQ1400 must be awesome. i'd totally buy a pair but the only place i can find them are amazon used and the seller has 8% of bad reviews ...

 

any trustable place to buy headphones? (no ebay plz, i kinda dont like to use paypal)

 

btw the Aurana DJ sure looks sweet

 

CADj.jpg

 


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Originally Posted by Olimoronio View Post

Decide my next uber-cheap purchase, Head-Fi!

Jensen jf31 - they were the first set of can i bought, and as far as i remember they werent that bad. i used the headband for the fanken880's recently.

 

Jensen jf31

 

 

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Originally Posted by Olimoronio View Post

Since you are reviewing all these DJ cans I'm thinking about the Behringer HPX2000...

 

 

81La5O7S47S._AA1500_.jpg

 

 

I've only heard one other set of Behringer's (in fact I think I still have them laying about somewhere) and they didn't sound too hot but I dunno... These look pretty cool.

 

So between these and the Creative's what would you guys choose?

 

open-back Dj cans?

post #1050 of 4545

 

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Originally Posted by JamesMcProgger View Post

Quote:

Originally Posted by Olimoronio View Post

Single-sided or double?

 

I found it interesting if not downright amusing but hey, I haven't heard them so who am I to judge? That review almost got me to pick up a pair... almost.

 

any i guess, i just need to replace my zune to portable amp, 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm cable, about 4 to 6 inches. something to last and look fu**ing pretty biggrin.gif

 

hey another review for those cans:

 

"It was a gift for my girl friend. But it did not work out. My girl friend did not care about audio quality, only her appearance. The high quality ear phones were too big and they messed her hair.
I kept the audio and changed girl friends."

 

either the gf must be terrible pr the HQ1400 must be awesome. i'd totally buy a pair but the only place i can find them are amazon used and the seller has 8% of bad reviews ...

 

any trustable place to buy headphones? (no ebay plz, i kinda dont like to use paypal)

 

btw the Aurana DJ sure looks sweet

 

CADj.jpg

 


Quote:
Originally Posted by Olimoronio View Post

Decide my next uber-cheap purchase, Head-Fi!

Jensen jf31 - they were the first set of can i bought, and as far as i remember they werent that bad. i used the headband for the fanken880's recently.

 

Jensen jf31

 

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Olimoronio View Post

Since you are reviewing all these DJ cans I'm thinking about the Behringer HPX2000...

 

 

81La5O7S47S._AA1500_.jpg

 

 

I've only heard one other set of Behringer's (in fact I think I still have them laying about somewhere) and they didn't sound too hot but I dunno... These look pretty cool.

 

So between these and the Creative's what would you guys choose?

 

open-back Dj cans?


Well I could put a couple of Rean/Neutrik connectors on some left over cable that I have from an experamental pair of Maxell DHP ii's for $10 shipped. They are thin but covered with nice black braided sleeving. Just PM me if interested.

 

And yeah, open DJ cans. Look at the Amazon reviews and see how many complaints there are... "They leak sound horribly!!!"

 

Well, duh! lol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

btw.gif I just ended up getting those Cortex CHP-2500's. $38 with free shipping at J&R. They come with velour pads so if the bass is too boomy then I'll throw those on. If it could completely tame and level out the crappy bass of my JVC HA-RX700's I don't see why it wouldn't do the same with these.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh and one more thing. The phones I bought the other day - Merkury Innovations M-HR110...

 

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$14.99

 

 

 

Marc Ecko Unltd Pulse...

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$29.99

 

 

 

 

 

Might be worth it if that's real leather... if you want all that crap all over your phones that is. I'll stick to my black ones for half the price.


Edited by Olimoronio - 11/30/10 at 9:42pm
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