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Originally Posted by WakiDabeast View Post

 

I mean again only way the hd25 is bass head sufficient is with bass boost and that's quite a bit of extra bass, so m80 is about same as hd25 when comes to fulfilling that bassy void?


Have you tried HD25-SP (not HD25-1 II)?

 

 

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Originally Posted by ljokerl View Post


I would check out the Denon DN-HP700. Yes, they are DJ cans and not nearly as nice-looking as the Phiatons but they are way below your budget and quite balanced with plentiful bass impact.

 

The HP700s look interesting. You mentioned in your review that they could be a little hard to drive. Would I need a portable amp to use them with my Cowon J3? Also, are they closer in sound signature the etys or the CAL! ?
 

 


Edited by blackcoffeex1 - 11/30/11 at 11:27pm
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Originally Posted by Mad Max View Post

 


Have you tried HD25-SP (not HD25-1 II)?

 


I haven't heard the SP, and looking at that graph I think it's better that way. 

 



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Originally Posted by blackcoffeex1 View Post

The HP700s look interesting. You mentioned in your review that they could be a little hard to drive. Would I need a portable amp to use them with my Cowon J3? Also, are they closer in sound signature the etys or the CAL! ?
 

 



A portable amp would help but they sounded decent out of the J3. I think they are a bit closer to Etys than to the CAL but it's difficult to compare IEMs to headphones. 

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All I know is that one thing I never put much weight into when I was purchasing my first nice set of portable cans was comfort.

 

The HD25-II are pretty bad in this regard.

 

They just squeeze too much and you'll find yourself taking them off a lot to get a break.

 

Listen to me future buyers, when you're deciding on which cans to buy, always factor in comfort. 

 

Seems too much gets lost in isolation or sound quality.

 

Just a heads up.  Sure there are cans that are vastly superior in sound to others, but if you can't keep them on for as long as you'd like, then what's the point?


Edited by roker - 12/1/11 at 10:24am
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Any many respects I would actually rate comfort higher than sound quality.

post #2676 of 4545

I'm always amazed at the amount of detail you go into for every headphone you review. Thanks again for all your hard work - it's much appreciated :)

post #2677 of 4545

I have sold or returned several headphones I liked sonically but had to much comfort issues.

 
In fact I still have a pair of Bose in ears for their comfort and their non isolation even though sonically they are far behind most of my gear.
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Originally Posted by ljokerl View Post


I haven't heard the SP, and looking at that graph I think it's better that way. 

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I think you've said that before, lol.  I think Waki will like it.

 

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I impulsively purchased a pair of XB500s today after walking into Best Buy.

 

Here I was complaining about my budget, but with the headphones in front of me, I went for it.

 

Here's what I think:

 

It's a fantastic single purpose headphone.  I know it got a 6.5 on the joker scale, but I'll tell you comfort and bass wise, this thing is awesome, but in a "fun" sort of way.  No way am I going to do any critical listening with it.  In fact, on some songs it feels like I'm "backstage"

 

For Hip-hop/electronic, this thing is ace.  All this in a 50 dollar package, can't ask for much more at this price point.

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I got a refurb one for $15  a while back.  I really bought it for the pads but I found a pair of cheap xb700 pads a few days later.  I don't like the XB500's sound that much but they sure are comfortable.

 

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Originally Posted by Mad Max View Post

 


Have you tried HD25-SP (not HD25-1 II)?

 

 

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ive considered it but Ive heard the rest of the sound doesnt compare, and neither does the aesthetics, oh and I was hopping on getting a set with a better soundstage

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I got a refurb one for $15  a while back.  I really bought it for the pads but I found a pair of cheap xb700 pads a few days later.  I don't like the XB500's sound that much but they sure are comfortable.

 


 

admittedly, It's hit or miss on a lot of songs.  But it's nice when it gets it right.

 

I might just play around with it a bit more and get an xb1000.  It's a good way to introduce myself to the series.  I was under the impression that the XB1000s were going to at an MSRP of 179.99, but it's still sitting at 299.99 everywhere

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ive considered it but Ive heard the rest of the sound doesnt compare, and neither does the aesthetics, oh and I was hopping on getting a set with a better soundstage


They're pretty close in my opinion.  25SP has even more speed.  Soundstage is mildly worse than 25-1.

 

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Ok I'm giving the HP700s a shot. Thanks!

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the difference is only the color scheme and the true blood logo

 

 

 

because that serie about vampires is really bad.



Haha, yes. Agreed, can't stand them vampires. biggrin.gif

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