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I'm not ljokerl but just want to chime in and say that I prefer the shure srh440s over the hd25 or the srh840


 

Good to see you here Don!

 

It's interesting to that at least some people prefer the SRH440 to more expensive cans like the HD25-1 II. I really like the sound I'm getting from it, but I can't listen to it for much longer than an hour due to fatigue. And this is with the SRH840 pads, which I think tamed the highs a bit. Maybe I'm just sensitive to the highs. Come to think of it, from reading the reviews, the HD25 might be even brighter. Still, its reputation for being great headphones for rock, and durability that could potentially survive a nuclear holocaust makes it very interesting. I guess I'll just have to audition it to know for sure.

 

And ljokerl, I know it's been said many times, but this thread (and the huge IEM comparison thread) is a great resource for people like me who don't have much experience with different headphones. Different people hear things differently, but it never hurts to hear/read the opinions of someone who has tried such a wide array of cans/IEMs.


Edited by HK-47 - 11/1/11 at 5:01pm
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I wouldn't say that the hd25 is brighter than the 440s. They surely are more aggressive though. The hd25 doesn't extend as much on top. Basically the hd25 behaves more like a grado with less extended highs while the 440 sounds more like a bright sennheiser :)

 

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Hmm. Does the HD25 come with a carrying case or anything? Been looking to get new portable headphones. They don't fold right?


The limited edition version came with a canvas-type zippered case instead of the usual spare pads. 

 



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Can they survive in a backpack with 20-30lb of textbooks, a laptop, etc? If so I'm sold

 

If you put them on top they should be fine. Rugged as they are I don't think I would drop 30lbs worth of books on any headphone unless I really didn't like it.

 



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Originally Posted by HK-47 View Post

 

And ljokerl, I know it's been said many times, but this thread (and the huge IEM comparison thread) is a great resource for people like me who don't have much experience with different headphones. Different people hear things differently, but it never hurts to hear/read the opinions of someone who has tried such a wide array of cans/IEMs.

Thanks, glad it's useful.
 

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so would you compare the d1100 to the qc15's as an audiophile version of them. Seeing that they have an over emphasized sound stage, and they have a lot of bass and sparklyish highs? I'm considering buying these in a couple months, too early to think about it though XD, but I just might replace my M50's with them, who knows. 

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So how big are the HD-25-1 IIs exactly? Say compared to the ATH-FC700s, which I'm using at the moment.

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They look similar in size.  FC700 will be "slimmer".

 

FC700's proportions look very similar to ESW9.

 

Main reference is the mini plug, as it uses the standard 3.5mm TRS as so many other headphones.


Edited by Mad Max - 11/1/11 at 10:51pm
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Originally Posted by WakiDabeast View Post

so would you compare the d1100 to the qc15's as an audiophile version of them. Seeing that they have an over emphasized sound stage, and they have a lot of bass and sparklyish highs? I'm considering buying these in a couple months, too early to think about it though XD, but I just might replace my M50's with them, who knows. 



I haven't heard the QC15. The description sounds about right, though.

 

My Bose Triport AE was a lot more balanced than the Denons are. 

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Originally Posted by Mad Max View Post

They look similar in size.  FC700 will be "slimmer".

 

FC700's proportions look very similar to ESW9.

 

Main reference is the mini plug, as it uses the standard 3.5mm TRS as so many other headphones.


 

Great. So would the HD-25s be a better buy than the ES7 or ESW9? For someone who likes a balanced or mid/high-centric sound signature.

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For mid-centric I would pick the ESW9 over the HD25.

post #2530 of 4545

OH yeah I forgot I might be able to get teh ae1 for like dirt cheap from a friend ^^


Edited by WakiDabeast - 11/2/11 at 11:54am
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oh hows the ae1 soundstage?

post #2532 of 4545

 

I was wondering what the difference between sound quality was between the Philips Oneil Stretch headphones and the Sony XB500? I heard the XB500 at best buy and thought they were great but I'm not sure if they are better than the Philips ones? Could you please give me your opinion? I'm a newbie!

 

 

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Not much competes with the xb500 in terms of bass int hat price range so if you liked that about them, just go ahead and pick up a set.  BB isnt the cheapest place though.

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Yea I know best buy isnt all that cheap but I like the whole surround sound thing going for them. Im also looking at the Philips SHO9560 (stretch) headphones. They have the removeable cord, and seem to block out sound pretty good too. Which would you pick? The philips can be had for about 40$ and the xb500 for about 50

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For mid-centric I would pick the ESW9 over the HD25.


They're both more bass than mids, and ESW9 doesn't do anything better than HD25-1 other than looks and can fold flat.  7509HD is more mid-centric.

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