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Haha I thought I did (looks stunning, isolates more than HD25, full of details and bass extends deep.... lol wow I just kinda sold myself there for a minute tongue_smile.gif).... BUT.... it's way too expensive for me right now, and I'm a bit hesitant because I've read things about the timbre being off and it sounding sterile. That's a bit disappointing. There's nothing I love more than great timbre/tonality and a lush full sound. I'd love to still audition them though so I can judge for myself and hear that sweet midrange everyone is talking about. smily_headphones1.gif


 

It's an acquired taste and the DT1350 for all it's pluses I agree it won't work for all music. That being said you got two good headphones  and the M-80 isn't anything to sneeze at and same goes for the HD25. Enjoy then they're great gear beerchug.gif


Edited by DigitalFreak - 10/19/11 at 8:14pm
post #2477 of 4545
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Originally Posted by roma101 View Post

Haha I thought I did (looks stunning, isolates more than HD25, full of details and bass extends deep.... lol wow I just kinda sold myself there for a minute tongue_smile.gif).... BUT.... it's way too expensive for me right now, and I'm a bit hesitant because I've read things about the timbre being off and it sounding sterile. That's a bit disappointing. There's nothing I love more than great timbre/tonality and a lush full sound. I'd love to still audition them though so I can judge for myself and hear that sweet midrange everyone is talking about. smily_headphones1.gif


To my ears, the DT1350 desperately needs well recorded music with room/studio/hall acoustics to bring some of that reverb needed for a sense of realness, otherwise it just doesn't feel right.

 

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Hey, I wanted to say thanks for making this thread, it's completely amazing.

 

I bought a pair of Numark PHX USB headphones for my boyfriend based on the information in the OP, but he thinks they're uncomfortable. He says the pads are too shallow, and the speaker is pressing against his ear, which is pressing against his head. Are there some good alternatives (or possibly less shallow replacement pads) in a similar price range (sub-$80)? Thank you!

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Originally Posted by Charoncaori View Post

Hey, I wanted to say thanks for making this thread, it's completely amazing.

 

I bought a pair of Numark PHX USB headphones for my boyfriend based on the information in the OP, but he thinks they're uncomfortable. He says the pads are too shallow, and the speaker is pressing against his ear, which is pressing against his head. Are there some good alternatives (or possibly less shallow replacement pads) in a similar price range (sub-$80)? Thank you!



Creative Aurvana Live. Was $60 on amazon earlier this week. Thinner pads than PHX but deeper cups so they should work.

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anyone think the hd25 is sibilant.. because it seems so to me. Any suggestions? amp? cable? I was thinking of buying this cable http://www.recordcase.de/en/spare-cord-for-sennheiser-headphone-hd25-1-5m-black-40180-sb15.htm

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A cable will not fix sibilance. Did you try the other pads? You might also consider the HD25-13 which has a subdued treble compared to the HD25-1.

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Really? My research says different :/ and I don't think Ill go with the hd25-13, I love the Adidas theme too much XD. Also, how will burn in help? I've only listened to them for like 15 hoursish. Should I burn them in with more sibilant songs, or just the standard frequency sweep and white noise and such.

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Creative Aurvana Live. Was $60 on amazon earlier this week. Thinner pads than PHX but deeper cups so they should work.



Thanks for the suggestion, that's actually at the top of my list because he has a cheaper model of creatives, and he seems to like the way they fit. I didn't realize they were so cheap right now.

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Really? My research says different :/ and I don't think Ill go with the hd25-13, I love the Adidas theme too much XD. Also, how will burn in help? I've only listened to them for like 15 hoursish. Should I burn them in with more sibilant songs, or just the standard frequency sweep and white noise and such.

 

I compared the HD25-1 and HD25-13 back to back and found both the bass and treble of the HD25-13 more lean, but more linear, more controlled and better extended. 

 

 

I'm personally not a big believer in burn-in beyond the few minutes or so required for new driver material to loosen up. 

 

Something you could try would be to replace the regular foam circle under the earpad with something a little denser like a felt. It will attenuate the entire spectrum overall, but the highs a little moreso. 

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Thanks, glad it's been useful! Can't really go wrong with any of those but I still like CAL! the best at $59.

Just got the CAL! and it sounds great, but I think there's just something wrong with me, as I constantly read about how comfortable the CAL! is but have the same problem with basically every closed set of circumaural headphones where my condyle, or the joint in the lower jaw, gets pressed so much that it gets super sore. Previous to the CAL! I had bought the JVC HA-S700 and had the same issue and had to give them away. Same with other headphones I've tried at stores. I think it's time for me to give up on that pursuit. Bah.

 

I guess from my original decision between the PX200-II, MDR-V6, ZX700 or the CAL!, the PX200 might suit me best?

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Just got the CAL! and it sounds great, but I think there's just something wrong with me, as I constantly read about how comfortable the CAL! is but have the same problem with basically every closed set of circumaural headphones where my condyle, or the joint in the lower jaw, gets pressed so much that it gets super sore. Previous to the CAL! I had bought the JVC HA-S700 and had the same issue and had to give them away. Same with other headphones I've tried at stores. I think it's time for me to give up on that pursuit. Bah.

 

I guess from my original decision between the PX200-II, MDR-V6, ZX700 or the CAL!, the PX200 might suit me best?


The ZX700 and V6 are heavier than the CAL! and will clamp a little harder so I don't think they will work if the CAL!s do not. I guess that leaves the PX200-II, assuming you are comfortable with supraaurals, or maybe some of the slightly larger ones like the Beyer DT235.

 

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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

 

I compared the HD25-1 and HD25-13 back to back and found both the bass and treble of the HD25-13 more lean, but more linear, more controlled and better extended. 

 

 

I'm personally not a big believer in burn-in beyond the few minutes or so required for new driver material to loosen up. 

 

Something you could try would be to replace the regular foam circle under the earpad with something a little denser like a felt. It will attenuate the entire spectrum overall, but the highs a little moreso. 


I'll definitely try the felt thing, and what do you think about the cable will it make a difference?

 

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I don't believe in cables making a difference either beyond basic shielding requirements and microphonics.

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Originally Posted by DigitalFreak View Post

 

It's an acquired taste and the DT1350 for all it's pluses I agree it won't work for all music. That being said you got two good headphones  and the M-80 isn't anything to sneeze at and same goes for the HD25. Enjoy then they're great gear beerchug.gif



Thanks dude - yeah, they both definitely continue to impress me in their own different ways. I don't think I'll ever be able to let go of my HD25s haha. What genres do the DT1350 excel in or are at least acceptable for in your opinion? I love all-rounder 'phones but I might snag a pair just to compare with the rest. I hear they're not that great for metal, which is fine by me as I don't listen to a lot of metal. But I do listen to alternative rock, synth new wave (Depeche Mode, The Cure, New Order etc.), lot of 80's stuff, little hip hop and r&b, and I listen to... well a little of everything. It would definitely bother me if I didn't at least try them (which explains why I have the amount of headphones I do lol).

 

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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

To my ears, the DT1350 desperately needs well recorded music with room/studio/hall acoustics to bring some of that reverb needed for a sense of realness, otherwise it just doesn't feel right.

 



Yeah, I'm sure. I hear they are very transparent to recording along with source, so I'd imagine  everyone's experience with them is a little different now that I think about it. Like slightly different flavors of the same headphone. My source is ALAC --> DiyMod with a P51, which is rather warm and lush so I wonder if it would give more body to the DT1350 in that regard.  

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