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post #1606 of 4545

ljokerl, could you please answer the question I asked a little earlier? Do you give a sneak peek listen to your phones before you burn them in? If so, do the Zino's seem to have more or less bass after burn in or does it remain about the same?

 

 

Thanks.

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Thanks again for the input! I'll definitely keep what you've said in mind. I may just end up getting the MS400 at some point, although I will still be looking for a good portable amp to compliment my current and future HP's. Any recommendations on a good amp that would benefit most headphones?


The portable amp forum would probably be a better place to ask but my mini3 is the most neutral and transparent entry-level amp i've come across.

 



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ljokerl, could you please answer the question I asked a little earlier? Do you give a sneak peek listen to your phones before you burn them in? If so, do the Zino's seem to have more or less bass after burn in or does it remain about the same?

 

 

Thanks.



Must've missed your earlier post. I am usually quite impatient with new phones so yes, I listen to them periodically as they burn in. However, I got the Zinos used and I really don't remember them being offensively bass-heavy. I think my HFI-15G has more mid-bass than the Zinos did.

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Yeah, the heavy bass is already gone. Now they're sounding bright and I can definately hear the metalic mids you were talking about. I think I liked them better before. 

 

I read a few threads and people were saying the metallic sound goes away after 400+ hours... I HATE BURN IN! I wish it was manditory for every company to put 400 hours on their phones before selling.

 

Grrr

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I'm with |Joker| there is plenty of bass with the Zino's but they don't seem to be completely overwhelming.  At least not to my ears.  I actually like my Zino's probably more than most people do.  The sound sig everything else about them just seems to be a good match for me.  Paired with my Walkman S639, they are great for me.  when I play hook them up to an Ipod though, they loose a little luster for me.  Not as lively and crisp.  The high end is borderline harsh, but quite crisp.  At times the bass in the Zino reminds me of the Edition 8.  Not nearly on the same level of quality or quantity, but sometimes the Zino kind of has the subwoofer feel to it.  Maybe a 50 watt sub as opposed to a nicely controled 400 watt sub!  tongue_smile.gif

 

The HFI 15G I think has more mid bass bump too.  I won't say much more about them as we are waiting to read the review.  I will say that I like my HFI 15Gs quite a lot.  My biggest disappointment with them is that you really need an amp to bring good life out of them.  That's always an issue for me because I don't like carrying amps with me and I'm seldomly ever sitting long enough to bother hooking up an amp.  Really looking forward to this next round of reviews! 

 

I'm guessing if the momentum keeps up perhaps later this year |Joker| will be taking a stab at the 2 new Marshall headphones.  The Major's seem to be gaining quite a bit more buzz than the Minor's at the moment. 

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Well, the bass that was all over the mids is gone. Still not sure what to think (and they're still breaking in) but they have a kind of rounded bass that doesn't exactly thrill me to death. I'm more used to sharp, snappy bass and that's what I prefer. Plus they seem kind of slow in general. I dunno, I think I'll stop listening until they break in completely or I might go nuts. If I still don't like them I'm transplanting the drivers.

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The HFI 15G I think has more mid bass bump too.  I won't say much more about them as we are waiting to read the review.  I will say that I like my HFI 15Gs quite a lot.  My biggest disappointment with them is that you really need an amp to bring good life out of them.  That's always an issue for me because I don't like carrying amps with me and I'm seldomly ever sitting long enough to bother hooking up an amp.  Really looking forward to this next round of reviews! 

 

I'm guessing if the momentum keeps up perhaps later this year |Joker| will be taking a stab at the 2 new Marshall headphones.  The Major's seem to be gaining quite a bit more buzz than the Minor's at the moment. 



Well, the HFI-15G is not very practical to start with since it doesn't isolate for beans frown.gif. However, I was using it last night (at home) with the iBasso D10 and I was really surprised at how much resolution and texture it's got to give. It really is a Senn PX100 'all grown up'. My PX100-II is currently out on loan but I'm looking forward to comparing the two as both need a bit of juice to clear up the veil and tighten up the bass.

 

I can't remember if I sent Marshall an email asking to try the Major or not... I have to start keeping track of these things. I certainly do try to contact all manufacturers that release interesting products on the off-chance that head-fi matters to them as a market segment but the response rate is around 20% for headphones (seems to be much higher for IEMs for some reason).

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OK have to say I just picked up a pair of Denon DN-HP700 and they may be the sleeper headphone I have been looking for! I won't say anything more until I have these burned in other than I am completely FLOORED at what I am hearing. A review and comparison will be forthcoming after these are burned in.

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Added the Dre Beats Solo and V-Moda crossfades, for those who wanted to see how they rank.
 

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OK have to say I just picked up a pair of Denon DN-HP700 and they may be the sleeper headphone I have been looking for! I won't say anything more until I have these burned in other than I am completely FLOORED at what I am hearing. A review and comparison will be forthcoming after these are burned in.



That sounds promising, to say the least wink.gif.

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Surprised with beats score, lol!

Better than koss portapro, who would expect that...
 

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Added the Dre Beats Solo and V-Moda crossfades, for those who wanted to see how they rank.
 

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OK have to say I just picked up a pair of Denon DN-HP700 and they may be the sleeper headphone I have been looking for! I won't say anything more until I have these burned in other than I am completely FLOORED at what I am hearing. A review and comparison will be forthcoming after these are burned in.



That sounds promising, to say the least wink.gif.

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Surprised with beats score, lol!

Better than koss portapro, who would expect that...
 





 



lol I was surprised when I saw that too.
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i think the portapros are heralded more for their 'decent sound quality at bargain-basement price' more so than just straight up sound quality

 

i'm kind of curious where the Beats HD Studio stack up now.. not in terms of value, but more in terms of standalone sound quality

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i think the portapros are heralded more for their 'decent sound quality at bargain-basement price' more so than just straight up sound quality 



x2 let's not get carried away. 

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Goes to show though how subjective everyones ears are. Personally I think the solos could not touch let alone be in the same league as the es7s when it comes to overall sq. Same goes for the ksc 75s for that matter. The solos have always sounded way too muddy and unbalanced to my ears. But anyway that's just mho.
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i think the portapros are heralded more for their 'decent sound quality at bargain-basement price' more so than just straight up sound quality

 

i'm kind of curious where the Beats HD Studio stack up now.. not in terms of value, but more in terms of standalone sound quality


+2. Shows how much I like the actual SQ of the PortaPros. And I can't be the only person who almost can't stand the KSC75s anymore - they just sound too muddy and unbalanced compared to the headphones i've been reviewing lately. 

 

I have the HD Studio for the next two weeks or so (courtesy of a fellow head-fier). They sound pretty meh so far but it could be my flu (though the HD25s still sound good for some reason). I'll wait until I'm well before passing judgment.

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Originally Posted by EraserXIV View Post

i think the portapros are heralded more for their 'decent sound quality at bargain-basement price' more so than just straight up sound quality

 

i'm kind of curious where the Beats HD Studio stack up now.. not in terms of value, but more in terms of standalone sound quality


+2. Shows how much I like the actual SQ of the PortaPros. And I can't be the only person who almost can't stand the KSC75s anymore - they just sound too muddy and unbalanced compared to the headphones i've been reviewing lately. 

 

I have the HD Studio for the next two weeks or so (courtesy of a fellow head-fier). They sound pretty meh so far but it could be my flu (though the HD25s still sound good for some reason). I'll wait until I'm well before passing judgment.


I've had the opposite experience. After going through my revolving-door of everything I've bought then sold, I went back to my neglected KSC75s, which haven't been used in maybe a year or two. Frankly, I was a bit shocked at how good these $15 clips sounded, even compared to all the $100-200 headphones I've been listening to. Sure, they're not the most detailed things out there, or the bassiest, or the crunchiest, but they have a very "fun' Grado-like sound signature and aggressiveness that I could probably live with if I ever had to ditch all my headphones and stick to something portable. I actually spent that evening listening to them, it was great. After that night I went out and looked into getting the partsexpress headband, since my clips were a little bit loose (these are four-year-old KSC75s, so this is to be expected).

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