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Edited by Harijs - 1/11/13 at 8:10am
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Hello -

 

Great reviews of portable headphones!!

 

My wife gifted the SONY PIIQ MDR-PQ2 in Black/Neon Green for Christmas. She knows I like headphones/IEMs and recently started liking the neon green trim on backpacks/shoes; so she got it for me for the style alone. Amazon had favorable reviews, but I wanted to see what headphone enthusiasts have to say. That's when I came across your assessment on these and can't agree more! I like the balanced sound and the feather-light feel on the head (I also agree it needs a little bit more clamping force).

 

I use my iPhone 4S to listen and have the AMP app from Audyssey. Using the SONY MDR-ZX100 headphone profile makes them sound really good. Songza also utilizes the Audyssey equalizer program. Overall I am happy with the gift and will be using it often.

 

Keep up the great work!

 

Steve

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Originally Posted by esteebin View Post

Hello -

 

Great reviews of portable headphones!!

 

My wife gifted the SONY PIIQ MDR-PQ2 in Black/Neon Green for Christmas. She knows I like headphones/IEMs and recently started liking the neon green trim on backpacks/shoes; so she got it for me for the style alone. Amazon had favorable reviews, but I wanted to see what headphone enthusiasts have to say. That's when I came across your assessment on these and can't agree more! I like the balanced sound and the feather-light feel on the head (I also agree it needs a little bit more clamping force).

 

I use my iPhone 4S to listen and have the AMP app from Audyssey. Using the SONY MDR-ZX100 headphone profile makes them sound really good. Songza also utilizes the Audyssey equalizer program. Overall I am happy with the gift and will be using it often.

 

Keep up the great work!

 

Steve

 

I wouldn't be too surprised if the PQ2 and ZX100 shared components. The PQ2 seem to have been discontinued now but Sony seems to be moving in the right direction sound-wise. Glad you like them! 

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You might want to redo the price of Crossfade LP's its often 110 bucks now and can be easily snagged for 70-80 bucks.

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Joker...have you heard the Philips Downtown?

iv'e read great reviews about them both from Tyll Hertsens (of InnerFidelity)

and Cnet.com, so i bought them... but i'm ever so slightly dissapointed...

my IEM's of the same price range and below just sound better.
 

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I saw the downtown for $30 the other day (new) and I know that's a great price, I just don't really need them. Are they really that nice?

 

I was tempted to pick up the pair and sell them on here, but I know that's a no-no. I know there are probably some folks that would love them. If there is a moderator around, would it be okay if I did that for someone and sold them for exactly what it cost me (+ shipping)?

 

The same store also had some Citiscape Metros (I think) for ~$20.


Edited by scootsit - 1/16/13 at 3:00pm
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Sounds like a great deal, what store's that at?
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It was at Marshall's a week or two ago. I'm not sure if all stores have them.

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Interesting, guess I'll swing by the one I have nearby tomorrow, thanks for sharing.
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Originally Posted by tacobff View Post

You might want to redo the price of Crossfade LP's its often 110 bucks now and can be easily snagged for 70-80 bucks.

 

Thanks. Is the $110 a stable price? Don't want to have to change it back in a week or two.

 

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Originally Posted by Amitl View Post

Joker...have you heard the Philips Downtown?

iv'e read great reviews about them both from Tyll Hertsens (of InnerFidelity)

and Cnet.com, so i bought them... but i'm ever so slightly dissapointed...

my IEM's of the same price range and below just sound better.
 


Have not heard any of the new Philips cans. Tyll was impressed with some of the new-for-2013 offerings from them as well.

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Tyll says the Philips Downtowns have strong bass but i can hardly

hear any bass... i dont get it :|

i mean when Joker says the id America Sparks are bassy, i can totally understand

what he's talking about... same thing about the Klipsch S4...

i wish the Downtown had a stronger clamping force, if i push it against

my ears the sound is deeper but i just dont understand the excitement about these phones.
 

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Well you're comparing headphones with boosted bass to the downtowns which have a kinda flat bass response. Yes, its bass response has great extension, but it's not really boosted.

 

The problem with the IF review is that it describes the bass response as very good, good impact and extension. You could easily mistake that as strong (boosted) bass, which it doesn't have.

Did you take a look at the measurements? Imo they're easier to decipher than subjective reviews.

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Looking at the measurements, they seem bass boosted just because their treble is ridiculously rolled-off.

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Looking forward to your next review, ljokerl! With so many new closed portables out there, I think this is the single thread i'm looking forward to seeing updated the most! 

 

(Besides, trying them out myself is expensive. I like it much more when you do it for us! :)

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Originally Posted by ljokerl View Post

 

Thanks. Is the $110 a stable price? Don't want to have to change it back in a week or two.

 


 

yeah they've been 110ish for a while. It looks like they've stabilized between 80-120 bucks for about 3 months now.

http://camelcamelcamel.com/Crossfade-Over-Ear-Noise-Isolating-Headphone-Gunmetal/product/B003BYRGKY

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