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Like I said, the Cortex and Prodipe use the same housing - they should weigh pretty much exactly the same. The Superlux is lighter IIRC. All are equally comfortable but if I had to pick I'd go with the Superlux.

 


Hmm ok than i probably go with either the cortex or prodipe :D since the sennheiser HD201 does a good job of being a treble headphones

 

post #3047 of 4545

For anyone interested, the K81DJ's are going for 31.81 on amazon at the moment. Shipping's 9.99 though:

http://www.amazon.com/HARMAN-K81DJ-Closed-Back-Folding-Headphone/dp/B000BDD56W/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1333766711&sr=1-4

 

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Added Skullcandy Mix Masters

 

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(A19) Skullcandy Mix Master: Skullcandy’s flagship offering, developed in collaboration with American DJ Mix Master Mike.

Skullcandy Mix Master Mike.jpg

Build Quality (8/10): The design of the Mix Masters is flashy, but functional. Skullcandy / MMM logos are overabundant and glossy plastics are used throughout, making the Mix Masters a fingerprint magnet, but the hinge and headband design allow them to look rather sleek on the head compared to most DJ sets. They don’t have the solid feel or wear-resistant finish of most Pro-oriented headphones but the competition doesn’t carry Skullcandy's lifetime warranty, either. In addition to a carrying case, cleaning cloth, and 1/4" adapter, the Mix Master comes with two cables - one for studio applications and one for use on the go. The heavy-duty studio cable is coiled and features threading on the headphone end for secure attachment. The portable cable is straight, ~4.5’ in length, and features an iPhone-compatible 3-button mic/remote unit. Other features include a dual-state mute button – a feature I’ve previously only seen on Noise Cancelling headphones – as well as a unique feature dubbed ‘Cue Control’, which automatically mixes stereo into mono when one of the earcups is rotated for single-ear monitoring.

Comfort (7.5/10): Perhaps the most striking design feature of the Mix Masters is the padding – the earcup pads are extremely soft and the smooth black imitation leather is offset nicely by white stitching. Headband padding is generous as well and the headphones are designed for a snug fit. Clamping force is slightly above average but the cups articulate in all directions to accommodate different head shapes and sizes. Unfortunately the pads are a little too soft for the depth of the earcups – my ears press against the hard plastic grilles and long-term comfort isn’t what it could be. Using a bit of cotton to bolster the pads from below helped, making the Mix Master comfortable for hours.

Isolation (7/10): When it comes to isolation the Mix Master behaves more like a semi-open headphone, blocking out less noise than most DJ-oriented circumaurals. It doesn’t leak too badly and should isolate well enough for use while commuting but definitely won’t work on a plane or subway.

Sound (8/10): The only Skullcandy products I’ve previously owned were their sub-$100 in-ears, and the Mix Master - happily - doesn't sound like any of them. It is a forward headphone with hard-hitting bass and prominent mids. In a word, the sound of the Mix Masters is aggressive. The bass is solid, with good depth and decent definition. Punch is plentiful – the Mix Masters hit harder than the Sennheiser HD25s and V-Moda M-80s. The low end certainly is intense but could stand to be a little quicker – the resolution isn’t nearly as poor as with the Beats by Dre Studios but it loses out to the other higher-tier DJ cans in my collection. Still, the Mix Master sounds neither boomy nor muddy while delivering more than enough impact for any application.

The midrange of the Mix Masters is also forward and comes across emphasized nearly as much as the low end. The balance keeps the tone neutral, preventing significant bass bleed and suppressing almost all of the warmth one would expect with such heavy bass. The detail level is surprisingly good, accentuated by the forward positioning of the midrange and the somewhat compressed dynamics of the headphone. Both detail and clarity are superior to the best mid-tier sets such as the Beyerdynamic DT235 but don’t quite keep up with higher-end sets like the Sennheiser HD25-1 and Ultrasone HFI-780.

The lower treble of the Mix Masters is prominent enough but the response rolls off gently at the top. Overall balance is actually rather good and the tone is close to neutral. The Mix Master doesn’t exaggerate sibilance but the notes are a little hard-edged and lack the refinement of higher-end sets like the Ultrasone PRO 750. The resolution is better than that of consumer-oriented headphones such as the Phiaton MS400 but not quite up there with the Ultrasones or the Sennheiser HD25, either. The Mix Master was clearly designed to work well with modern recordings – a purpose that suits it very well.

Because the sound of the Mix Master is so forward and aggressive, the soundstage appears below average in size and lacking in depth. The Mix Master is resolving enough not to sound congested but all of the spatial cues are delivered upfront. The poor depth is reminiscent of the Phiaton MS300 and Sennheiser HD25 but even the HD25 - which is not exactly known for soundstaging prowess - is on the whole less forward than the Mix Master. Part of the problem are the mediocre dynamics of the Skullcandies – great for pushing detail into the foreground but not so good for realistic imaging. That said, coupled with the extreme efficiency of the Mix Master, the presentation and compressed dynamics actually compensate for the average isolation of the headphone and allow them to work better in noisy environments.

Value (7/10). (MSRP: $299.95; Street Price: $300) There is no getting around the fact that Skullcandy's Mix Master is a pricy proposition - at $300 it is dearer than many popular DJ and studio-oriented offerings from established Pro Audio brands, but then it is one of the most feature-rich products out there. Built-in mute functions, Cue Control, and ambidextrous cable input are all excellent additions for DJ use, and then there is Skullcandy's lifetime replacement warranty - something no competitor can match. The Mix Master also has the makings of a great mainstream headphone, producing plenty of quality bass and meshing well with modern recordings. It is one of the most efficient full-size headphones I’ve tried, reaching dangerous output levels easily with a portable player, and compensates for its average noise isolation with aggressive sound delivery. In terms of absolute audio quality, it doesn't quite stack up to expectations set by the price - the overall balance is quite good and the bass impact, clarity, and detail levels don't disappoint but soundstaging is a weakness, hindered in large part by mediocre dynamics. Still, the Mix Master is the first celebrity-endorsed headphone I can listen to all day and is easy to recommend for professionals interested in its unique feature set and consumers with pro audio aspirations.

Manufacturer Specs:
Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz
Impedance: 19 Ω
Sensitivity: N/A
Cord: 4.5ft (1.4m), I-plug or 5’ (1.5m) Coiled, L-Plug, single-sided (ambidextrous), detachable
Space-Saving Mechanism: Flat-folding, collapsible

The full Mix Master review, complete with more photos, can be found here.

 

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I was wondering if anyone could help me out. I was wondering if the fa-004 sound significantly better with an amp. I'm actually looking at the brainwavz hm3, but from what I've read they are essentially the same thing. I just needed to know if it would be fine to use them right out of my iphone 4.

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Great write-up as always Joker!!!

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I was wondering if anyone could help me out. I was wondering if the fa-004 sound significantly better with an amp. I'm actually looking at the brainwavz hm3, but from what I've read they are essentially the same thing. I just needed to know if it would be fine to use them right out of my iphone 4.


It'll be fine with an iPhone 4 - FA-004 is pretty efficient so the HM3 should be as well.

 

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Great write-up as always Joker!!!


Thanks!

 

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its cool to see skullcandy becoming more audiophile oriented.

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Thanks Joker. Ordered the HM3 off of Amazon a couple of hours ago. I can't wait to see how they compare to my old HA-M750 that I just gave to a relative. I actually picked those based on this thread as well.

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Thanks Joker. Ordered the HM3 off of Amazon a couple of hours ago. I can't wait to see how they compare to my old HA-M750 that I just gave to a relative. I actually picked those based on this thread as well.



Good to hear - hope you like the HM3 better!

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Thanks for the extensive review. It has been a good read!

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The Pro700MK2 is not a particularly good headphone- it is sonically inferior to the m50s in all regards and very uncomfortable, IMO.  Don't waste your time or money.

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Love your reviews, I base all purchases off of them and I'm yet to be disappointed. Well if the skullcandy mix masters(150$) and v-moda m80's(125$) were only 25$ apart, (v-moda 25$ cheaper) (150-125) which would you buy? Thanks in advance.
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Or how bout same price?
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Love your reviews, I base all purchases off of them and I'm yet to be disappointed. Well if the skullcandy mix masters(150$) and v-moda m80's(125$) were only 25$ apart, (v-moda 25$ cheaper) (150-125) which would you buy? Thanks in advance.


The relative scores in the thread should tell you that - none of them are price-sensitive aside from the "value" category (which is not in the table and not factored into the average). 

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Wow, ljokerl, that's a thing of beauty there, a real tour de force. Thank you for that!

 

I haven't been on Head-Fi in ages, and recently decided I needed to upgrade my portable rig, which was ATH-ES7s--nice but not fantastic, fun but very colored. Based on your review, I just got myself the ATH-M50s, and so far, they're exactly what I was looking for as a cost-effective upgrade.

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