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@joker

I subscribed to this thread as well as your IEM's thread some time ago and visit them both on a regular basis, Keep up the great work Mike. The amount of time you put into this thread and the community helps make Head-Fi a wonderful place. I think I speak for the vast majority of members here when I say THANK YOU VERY MUCH


Thanks. I really don't mind honest feedback but sometimes it seems more inflammatory than necessary. I know most Head-Fiers appreciate the time put in beerchug.gif.

 

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Oh yeah, I forgot to ask.

 

I managed to have a listen to the Q40's you reccomended to me for a bass-heavy headphone with a removable-cable.

 

I was pleasantly surprised at the impressive detail.

And the Q40 does go quite deep......

  But, Call me crazy - there just wasn't enough impact and that heart-throbbing bass that I crave. 

 

I come from the SP51's extreme bass ports and the M31. I think I'm insane.

 

 

Are there any alternative brain-splitting bass head options with a removable cable?

Is the Q40 is good as I'm going to get for a $100 dollars?

If so, would increasing my budget to maybe... $150 offer me better  headache- enducing options?

 

Edit:

Also listened to the Denon D1001, not even this had quite the bass I craved..

 

Thanks very much.

 


Edited by NotSoSerious - 2/4/12 at 8:50am
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I managed to have a listen to the Q40's you reccomended to me for a bass-heavy headphone with a removable-cable.

 

I was pleasantly surprised at the impressive detail.

And the Q40 does go quite deep......

  But, Call me crazy - there just wasn't enough impact and that heart-throbbing bass that I crave. 

 

I come from the SP51's extreme bass ports and the M31. I think I'm insane.

 

 

Are there any alternative brain-splitting bass head options with a removable cable?

Is the Q40 is good as I'm going to get for a $100 dollars?

If so, would increasing my budget to maybe... $150 offer me better  headache- enducing options?

 

Edit:

Also listened to the Denon D1001, not even this had quite the bass I craved..

 

Thanks very much.

 



The M31 has a ridiculously large amount of mid-bass boost. I don't think the Q40 has enough impact to match it. Even the K181DJ might not have that much impact, but it does trade off some of the superb depth of the Q40 for extra punch. The Denon D1001 is basically a CAL!. It is not as bassy as the newer D1100. No removable cable on either Denon, though.

post #2899 of 4545

hmm thought you were rather hard on the o'neals, i think they do rather nicely out of the little shuffle with the impedance adapter added

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hmm thought you were rather hard on the o'neals, i think they do rather nicely out of the little shuffle with the impedance adapter added


The signature is really very inoffensive - just not thrilled with the clarity or detail levels in general but I did pay nearly $100 for them when they just came out. Did not try them with added impedance.

 

Philips already announced the follow-up, too:

 

http://mms.businesswire.com/bwapps/mediaserver/ViewMedia?mgid=306493&vid=1 (pdf)

 

post #2901 of 4545

aside from the differences in isolation and soundstage, and the similarity in score...how would you distinguish the sound of the sony mdr zx 700 and the superlux hd 668b ?

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aside from the differences in isolation and soundstage, and the similarity in score...how would you distinguish the sound of the sony mdr zx 700 and the superlux hd 668b ?



The MDR-ZX700 is warm, smooth, a little thick, and has slightly dull, somewhat rolled-off treble. The HD668B is none of those things - it's crisper and clearer, with a thinner note presentation, less impactful bass, and a cooler, brighter tone.

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Really? I thought it was fair. Overall SQ is about level with the Beats IMO.
 

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hmm thought you were rather hard on the o'neals, i think they do rather nicely out of the little shuffle with the impedance adapter added



 

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The signature is really very inoffensive - just not thrilled with the clarity or detail levels in general but I did pay nearly $100 for them when they just came out. Did not try them with added impedance.

 

Philips already announced the follow-up, too:

 

http://mms.businesswire.com/bwapps/mediaserver/ViewMedia?mgid=306493&vid=1 (pdf)

 



impedance pretty much always helps, plus the shuffle is a brightish source so good synergy.

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the phones were actually the HD 25 SP II DJ versions, but i STILL stand by my contempt. $95 should not give a headache like dentist drills. my K44s do a much better job of disappearing overall at 1/2 the price. i've never heard phones that sounded so offensive in their EQ short of something that came with a coby CD player or something.

 

even though i got the wrong model, the description mentioned nice bass extension where the SP IIs have literally less bass than a tiny pair of NHT superzero bookshelf speakers with 4 1/2" woofers. add a boosted treble to that, and they become downright unpleasant to listen to and there's NO rationalizing $100 phones sounding unpleasant.

 

my $25 sennheiser 202s were better at everything except speed and detail, but i'd still rather listen to those.

 

just as the OP was trying to share honest opinions, so was i. SP IIs are hideous sounding overpriced abominations to me. they really did give me a headache.

post #2906 of 4545

I think you meant to reply to this thread?

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Any chance of seeing the LP2s on here?

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Any chance of seeing the LP2s on here?



No plans at this time. IEM thread keeping me busy.

post #2909 of 4545

the Teclast T51 > TF10 has been my main rig for the last 4 months. but now I got me a cowon J3 and for some reason it goes great with the Vmoda M80 so Im back to on ears baby!

 

using BBE of course.

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the Teclast T51 > TF10 has been my main rig for the last 4 months. but now I got me a cowon J3 and for some reason it goes great with the Vmoda M80 so Im back to on ears baby!

 

using BBE of course.


I'm still liking mine as well - more so than any other portable I have except the HD25 and maybe my two Ultrasone Prolines (if those can even be called portable).

 

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