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post #256 of 4545
There were two sets of MDR-V150 here a long time ago. Each one lasted only a week before wires snapped at the cups. Assembly might've improved, but they weren't anything special, a kind of artificial restrained sound. Little "breathspace"/air.
post #257 of 4545
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Originally Posted by theKraken11 View Post
Joker, do you listen to the HD25-ii's with the stock cable or something else?
I use the stock cable, yes. To be completely honest I've been using portable phones very little lately, and that includes the HD25. IEMs just work better outside and there's no way any of my portables can compete with the K601 for stationary use.

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There were two sets of MDR-V150 here a long time ago. Each one lasted only a week before wires snapped at the cups. Assembly might've improved, but they weren't anything special, a kind of artificial restrained sound. Little "breathspace"/air.
Ah, then they're as sturdy as they look. I think the only point of reviewing them would be as a statistical baseline, a point of comparison for the (many) who own or have owned the V150. Aside from that they don't interest me at all.
post #258 of 4545
Since the Creative Aurvana Live uses the same driver as Denon D1001 does that mean the review for Creative Aurvana Live will have the same score for Denon 1001?
post #259 of 4545
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I've only heard the D1001 briefly specifically to compare it to the CAL!. I could not detect any differences between the two during the short audition so I would expect the D1001 to score similarly with me, if not identically.
post #260 of 4545
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After a month without updates added two more cheap cans:

The "Woody" Kanen KM880 and the Panasonic RP-DJ120.

The next update will include the HD25 .
post #261 of 4545
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The next update will include the HD25 .
yay glad to see how it fares with other headphones :]
post #262 of 4545
How hard would it be for the KM-880 wooden cups to fit on some other headphones?
post #263 of 4545
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After a month without updates added two more cheap cans:

The "Woody" Kanen KM880 and the Panasonic RP-DJ120.
3.5/10 on sound for the Panasonic. I was thinking of trying the DJ120 out but bought a pair of Coby instead. I guess I made the right choice.
post #264 of 4545
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How hard would it be for the KM-880 wooden cups to fit on some other headphones?
Not very hard at all. The structure uses two plastic rods from the headband to go inside slits at the top of the cups. This allows for a bit of vertical tilting, though not much. I sold my pair to ourfpshero, who of course proceeded to mutilate them. He took pictures of the structure, though (thread here). You can see the assembly there pretty well.

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3.5/10 on sound for the Panasonic. I was thinking of trying the DJ120 out but bought a pair of Coby instead. I guess I made the right choice.
Yep, listening to the Cobys right now I will agree that you made the right choice. It's not that the Pannies aren't technically proficient - they are - they just sound very distant and uninvolving. The Cobys are a good step up, imperfect as they may be.
post #265 of 4545
Hey joker, how cool/possible/good of an idea would it be if you took the drivers from the KM-95/KSC75 and put them in the KM-880? It just looks so damn cool and REAL wood for $17?
post #266 of 4545
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Hey joker, how cool/possible/good of an idea would it be if you took the drivers from the KM-95/KSC75 and put them in the KM-880? It just looks so damn cool and REAL wood for $17?
Probably not a good idea with the KSC75 drivers - they are not meant to be placed in closed-back enclosures and they sound awful when sealed. And even if that were not the case, the KM-880 is designed for 40mm drivers. IIRC Koss KSC75/PortaPro drivers are 30mm in diameter. Same goes for the KM-95 - not big enough.

A possible candidate for a transplant wold be the Coby CV185 that Jant is referring to above. They use 40mm drivers and sound quite good for what they cost, definitely a full head above the Kanens. There are other headphones that use 40mm drivers - much of Ultrasone range, as well as the Shure 240/440/840, for example - but it wouldn't make sense to transplant those into the Kanens, unless of course you bought a broken set with working drivers for cheap.
post #267 of 4545
You couldn't possible mean these could you? 5.56???
post #268 of 4545
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You couldn't possible mean these could you? 5.56???
Yep, that's them. A bit pricy with that $8 shipping - J&R has them for $10 shipped. Or in different colors for $11.99 bundled with some Coby IEMs (thanks to jant for the tip). Judging from past Coby IEMs I've owned those are probably crap. But the headphones are as good as the JVC Flats sound-wise, or maybe a bit higher, with some rat shack foam pads.
post #269 of 4545
So 16.71 for the shell and 15.94 total for the cobys... So thats ~$32 for this. What do you think, would it be worth it? It seems like a fun project, but I don't have any experience with something like this. How doable would this be for a noob?
post #270 of 4545
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This would probably require some soldering unless you break apart the cobys to extract the drivers with the cabling intact. It could definitely be interesting if you are willing to risk the $30 just for fun. I doubt it would come out sounding better than what you can buy for $30, namely a PX100 or PortaPro.
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