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post #1126 of 4545

I just picked up a pair of PX100-ii today. I've been missing the PX100, and I've been curious how the sequel improves on the first one. First impressions (comparison from memory)...

Sound: the bass is a tiny bit louder and kicks harder, mids a little more laid back but a bit cleaner, highs the same. Running a frequency sweep, I think the highs on the ii are maybe a bit less wobbly. On fast bass heavy songs, the bass tends to bleed a bit into the mids. Other than that though, it just adds some emphasis to the midbass. Soundstage feels maybe a tad wider, but I might be imagining it.

Build: a bit thicker, it just feels nicer in your hand. The one sided cable is also a nice change. Folds up just as tiny as before. I miss the hard case though.

Comfort: If the PX100 rated a 10 on Joker's scale, this one is a 9.5 because it's just a smidge heavier. The clamp feels a bit stronger, but as these are new I'm sure that will loosen up. Otherwise, it just melts away and you forget it's there.

 

Verdict: They had a winning formula and didn't mess with it. The build is much improved, and the sound is tuned slightly towards the bass which is what the major demographic listens to anyways (though to be honest the sound signature is similar enough that it might actually be identical and it's just the placebo effect talking). The price is up a bit, which puts it into competition with a lot of good cans, but I would not hesitate to recommend these to anyone. If you already have the PX100 though, no need to upgrade.

post #1127 of 4545

Welp, finally got my Merkury's today...

 

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First of all they look MUCH better in person than they do in pics. They actually look quite cool if I do say so myself. Though now I'm thinking that the white ones look even better... Oh well.

 

Haven't listened to them yet but I am quite impressed with the build quality so far. They are supra-aural which I thought would be a bad thing because most of the square-ish-padded supra-aurals that I've tried have been uncomfortable. Well, these aren't. They have nice thick cushioning with soft pleather and even though they are supra-aural they are still pretty big pads that cover most of your ears. Not uncomfy at all. As you can see they have a braided sleeving covered cord (always a nice touch) and the frame seems very durable.

 

Will, post again with my initial impressions of the sound soon.

post #1128 of 4545
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Originally Posted by Olimoronio View Post

Welp, finally got my Merkury's today...

 

First of all they look MUCH better in person than they do in pics. They actually look quite cool if I do say so myself. Though now I'm thinking that the white ones look even better... Oh well.

 

 


 

well they do look better in this picts than the ones in the ads, actually they look quite good. i hope the sound is pleasant because they sure have the look i'd like in a pair of "casual" portables. gotta love those braided cords indeed.

 

btw:

Real and Stupid Sensitivity: 106dB 3dB <=== WTF?
(1mw @ 1kHz)
Frequency Response: 10Hz - 20kHz 3dB
Bass Enhancement 5Hz - 200Hz +5-10dB
Fantasy Response: 1Hz– 100kHz Whatever! <=== WTF?

Transducer: 50mm Dynamic
(Neodymium)
Impedance: 32 Ohms ( 15%)

 

and

 

Sensitivity: 100dB ±3dB
(1mw @ 1kHz)
Frequency Response: 10Hz - 22kHz ±3dB
Fantasy Response: .001Hurts - 12GHurts <=== WTF?
A Good Caning
Transducer: 50mm Dynamic
(Neodymium)
Impedance: 32 Ohms ( 15%)

 

all from Audio Equiation website....

post #1129 of 4545
Thread Starter 


Quote:

Originally Posted by faideelah View Post

How long do headphones last compared to IEMs? Every pair of IEMs i owned(<$40) has broken on me within 9 months. I'm trying to get a decent pair of phones without it crapping out on me. Also, how do the AKG K81DJs compare to the ATH-ES7 in terms of portability/sound/price? The one downside I already see for the K81DJs are the long cord, although everything else seems like its a step better than the ES7 according to your review


Just like with IEMs, it depends on the particular headphone in question as well as how you treat them. The K81 is pretty sturdy and really has very few downsides aside from the fit. The ES7 has slightly smaller cups but doesn't collapse for transport/storage. I prefer the sound of the K81 to the ES7 - it's a little boomy and the bass hits very hard but it gets certain details (e.g. timbre) right while the ES7 struggles. Both are fun-sounding headphones but the ES7 was definitely not up my alley.

 


Quote:

Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

I just picked up a pair of PX100-ii today. I've been missing the PX100, and I've been curious how the sequel improves on the first one. First impressions (comparison from memory)...

Sound: the bass is a tiny bit louder and kicks harder, mids a little more laid back but a bit cleaner, highs the same. Running a frequency sweep, I think the highs on the ii are maybe a bit less wobbly. On fast bass heavy songs, the bass tends to bleed a bit into the mids. Other than that though, it just adds some emphasis to the midbass. Soundstage feels maybe a tad wider, but I might be imagining it.

Build: a bit thicker, it just feels nicer in your hand. The one sided cable is also a nice change. Folds up just as tiny as before. I miss the hard case though.

Comfort: If the PX100 rated a 10 on Joker's scale, this one is a 9.5 because it's just a smidge heavier. The clamp feels a bit stronger, but as these are new I'm sure that will loosen up. Otherwise, it just melts away and you forget it's there.

 

Verdict: They had a winning formula and didn't mess with it. The build is much improved, and the sound is tuned slightly towards the bass which is what the major demographic listens to anyways (though to be honest the sound signature is similar enough that it might actually be identical and it's just the placebo effect talking). The price is up a bit, which puts it into competition with a lot of good cans, but I would not hesitate to recommend these to anyone. If you already have the PX100 though, no need to upgrade.


Thanks for that, it's approximately as I suspected. I'm actually glad Sennheiser focused on fixing the PX200 instead of messing with the PX100. Bullet dodged redface.gif

 



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Originally Posted by JamesMcProgger View Post

Real and Stupid Sensitivity: 106dB 3dB <=== WTF?
(1mw @ 1kHz)
Frequency Response: 10Hz - 20kHz 3dB
Bass Enhancement 5Hz - 200Hz +5-10dB
Fantasy Response: 1Hz– 100kHz Whatever! <=== WTF?

Transducer: 50mm Dynamic
(Neodymium)
Impedance: 32 Ohms ( 15%)

 

and

 

Sensitivity: 100dB ±3dB
(1mw @ 1kHz)
Frequency Response: 10Hz - 22kHz ±3dB
Fantasy Response: .001Hurts - 12GHurts <=== WTF?
A Good Caning
Transducer: 50mm Dynamic
(Neodymium)
Impedance: 32 Ohms ( 15%)

 

all from Audio Equiation website....

 

Erm... that's a little out of character for equation audio - they're supposed to be a serious studio gear supplier. Still made me crack a smile for some reason so thanks.

 

Fun factoid (don't know why I know this) - they use automobile paint on their headphones to prevent peeling or weathering. I believe the orange color on the RP-15 and RP-21 comes right out of the Lexus catalog.

post #1130 of 4545
I have another random question: What makes a headphone "DJ" headphones? Is it the ability to swivel the cups?
post #1131 of 4545

Well, straight out of the box with no burn in and compared to the Coby CV185's these seem really rolled off in the highs and the leading edge on transients seems very rounded. The overall sound is veiled. I've modded enough phones that I realized the reason(s) for this right away.

 

See this stuff circled in the pic..?

 

 

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Looks kind of like foam, don't it? Well, it's not - it's that same horrible, sound-robbing cloth material that half the manufactures of budget phones seem to be using these days. It is anything but acoustically transparent. It's too thick, and it's woven too tightly. So turn the pads inside out and cut the crap out.

 

Now it sounds a little better but still rolled off... all the same problems really just less of it. So take a look at the lens...

 

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No holes in the middle to let highs escape! Why oh why would they do this? Oh well, another day another mod...

 

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Now there it is... the highs, the sharp edges that were missing... all there now. The stage is a little relaxed and laidback compared to the Coby's but that's fine with me. NOW I like them only slightly better than the Coby's and that's only after modding. So unless you're into modding or just want the pretty frames for something else I'd have to say get the Coby's instead. No mods necessary, they're less expensive and they sound good for a cheap phone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOT RECOMMENDED (If they transform magically with burn in I'll let you know but somehow I highly doubt it)

 

post #1132 of 4545

Olimoronio, cant you have something in your hands (head) for more than 1 hour without tearing it appart? tongue_smile.gif

............. i like to do the same... at least just to "take a look inside" biggrin.gif. wish you better luck with your next headphone in your list. (im waiting for the creative's)

 

I forgot the RP15MC "Baby Pros" states this:

Gerber Rate: Better after the nap

 

Lexus orange paint in my head ... how do you know such things?

 

@faideelah: i know a few "dj" cans without the hability to swivel, so i'd say is up to the manufacturer to name them like that (?) or portability maybe.

 

post #1133 of 4545
Thread Starter 


 

Quote:
Originally Posted by faideelah View Post

I have another random question: What makes a headphone "DJ" headphones? Is it the ability to swivel the cups?

 

I think at some point in the past that was true but now it's just the manufacturer deciding to call something a 'DJ' headphone. It's the same as automobile nomenclature - at some point in the past 'GT' actually meant something but now manufacturers just slap it on whatever they want to mark up. 

post #1134 of 4545
Quote:
Originally Posted by JamesMcProgger View Post

Olimoronio, cant you have something in your hands (head) for more than 1 hour without tearing it appart? tongue_smile.gif

............. i like to do the same... at least just to "take a look inside" biggrin.gif. wish you better luck with your next headphone in your list. (im waiting for the creative's)

  


Nope. What must be done must be done.
 

post #1135 of 4545

Skullcandy Lowriders

 

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Sentry HO401

 

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Hmmm...

post #1136 of 4545

I bought the lowriders some time ago ........ rolleyes.gif

for my brother, i havent try them but sure will next time i go home . they cant be as bad as ppl say here, right? popcorn.gif

post #1137 of 4545
Quote:
Originally Posted by JamesMcProgger View Post

I bought the lowriders some time ago ........ rolleyes.gif

for my brother, i havent try them but sure will next time i go home . they cant be as bad as ppl say here, right? popcorn.gif


 

No, they aren't that bad. And if the Sentry's are the same then they are a pretty darn good deal @ $9

 

Just a word of warning: You may be tempted to take of the hard felt like on the JVC HA-RX*** or the Koss UR40's but DON'T DO IT. This is the first phone that I've encountered that sounds better with that felt than without. Without it they just turn into super bright treble monsters.

 

Check out what this guy has to say about them.

 

Now, I personally think that guy took one too many hits off of whatever he was smoking but they don't sound half bad... really.


Edited by Olimoronio - 12/9/10 at 7:48pm
post #1138 of 4545

Dont worry i wont, since they are not mine anyway biggrin.gif

 

But now i'm more decided to borrow them for a night.

 

BTW

Joker, would it be OK with you if i post your photos of the RP15 in amazon? i wrote a small review there because they had only 3 ( 4, 2 and 1 stars...) i felt bad because i really like them. if not, its OK, i would take my own :D, and if yes, thank you.

edit: i did , let me know if take them down, i think i'm taking mines soon anyway

 

Oli, are you gonna try the sentry's?


Edited by JamesMcProgger - 12/9/10 at 8:17pm
post #1139 of 4545

Which of these portables [Studiophile Q40/EP3070/Numark PHX Pro] has the most clearance between the ears and the pad? And would like to know if there's much of a difference between in this regard in these. James uses the JBL reference wireless headphones over the FX700s and was thinking of doing the same with one of these. thanks in advance. 

 

 

 

post #1140 of 4545
Quote:
Originally Posted by JamesMcProgger View Post

Oli, are you gonna try the sentry's?



 

Nope. Not now anyways. I already have two pairs of the Skullcandy's and I'm pretty sure the Sentry's are the same.

 

I chose these as my dark horse beater phones...

 

 

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They look cool IMO and a lot of these companies that can't seem to make good full-sized phones to save their life seem to be able to create some pretty good minis.

 

Besides, LOOK... they're DJ phones!!! lol


Edited by Olimoronio - 12/9/10 at 9:22pm
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