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post #4381 of 4505
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Originally Posted by maricius View Post

This isn't a request of sorts but here are what could be the best (and reasonably priced) headphones I'd like to see here. I believe they all fit one requirement or another. Please do consider these if you ever get the chance to hear/review/borrow them:

Circumaural:

Philips Fidelio L2
Focal Spirit Classic
Focal Spirit Pro
Sony MDR-7520
Yamaha HPH-MT220
NAS Viso HP50 (I hate the design though biggrin.gif)

Supra-aural:
Aedle-VK1
Sennheiser HD25 Aluminum
Sennheiser Amperior (I find it noticeably differenr from the HD25 Alu)
KEF M500 (Don't forget the M200 for your monster of an IEM thread)
Onkyo ES-HF300
Beyerdynamic T51p


I'll add more when I can think of more!! As far as I know, these are the best values in the portable realm. Good luck joker and I love both monster threads!!
 

Don't forget the newly launched Focal Spirit One S either! :P There was a Spirit Classic user possibly slightly prefering the Spirit One S even if Spirit One S is cheaper and is targeted more towards portable use due to slightly emphasized bass response, it comes with BETTER pads than Classic/Pro and it even comes with a sexy carrying case. Sounds like a deal to me, check this review: http://headmania.org/2014/07/04/focal-spirit-one-s-review/

This headphone if any, seems to shout "bang-for-buck" all over it.


Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 7/16/14 at 12:49am
post #4382 of 4505
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Originally Posted by RPGWiZaRD View Post
 

Don't forget the newly launched Focal Spirit One S either! :P There was a Spirit Classic user possibly slightly prefering the Spirit One S even if Spirit One S is cheaper and is targeted more towards portable use due to slightly emphasized bass response, it comes with BETTER pads than Classic/Pro and it even comes with a sexy carrying case. Sounds like a deal to me, check this review: http://headmania.org/2014/07/04/focal-spirit-one-s-review/

This headphone if any, seems to shout "bang-for-buck" all over it.

Just read the review and yeah!! I think it may be worthy of notice.

post #4383 of 4505
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by maricius View Post

This isn't a request of sorts but here are what could be the best (and reasonably priced) headphones I'd like to see here. I believe they all fit one requirement or another. Please do consider these if you ever get the chance to hear/review/borrow them:

Circumaural:

Philips Fidelio L2
Focal Spirit Classic
Focal Spirit Pro
Sony MDR-7520
Yamaha HPH-MT220
NAS Viso HP50 (I hate the design though biggrin.gif)

Supra-aural:
Aedle-VK1
Sennheiser HD25 Aluminum
Sennheiser Amperior (I find it noticeably differenr from the HD25 Alu)
KEF M500 (Don't forget the M200 for your monster of an IEM thread)
Onkyo ES-HF300
Beyerdynamic T51p


I'll add more when I can think of more!! As far as I know, these are the best values in the portable realm. Good luck joker and I love both monster threads!!

*I almost forgot!! Check out the Jays V-Jays. It's the best ultraportable I've had the pleasure of listening to.*

 

Sigh... if only there was enough time to check out all the headphones. There's many more I'd personally want to add... ATH-M50X, Momentum, couple of Sony's new sets. Even some of the less expensive sets I tried at CES this year seemed very promising. Just never got a chance to re-visit them. 

post #4384 of 4505

Joker , have you tried the skullcandy crusher with that built in amp ?

post #4385 of 4505
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Originally Posted by suman134 View Post
 

Joker , have you tried the skullcandy crusher with that built in amp ?

 

Sorry, walked by it at a store the other day without a second look. All I own from Skullcandy is the Navigator. 

post #4386 of 4505
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Originally Posted by maricius View Post

This isn't a request of sorts but here are what could be the best (and reasonably priced) headphones I'd like to see here. I believe they all fit one requirement or another. Please do consider these if you ever get the chance to hear/review/borrow them:

Circumaural:

Philips Fidelio L2
Focal Spirit Classic
Focal Spirit Pro
Sony MDR-7520
Yamaha HPH-MT220
NAS Viso HP50 (I hate the design though biggrin.gif)

Supra-aural:
Aedle-VK1
Sennheiser HD25 Aluminum
Sennheiser Amperior (I find it noticeably differenr from the HD25 Alu)
KEF M500 (Don't forget the M200 for your monster of an IEM thread)
Onkyo ES-HF300
Beyerdynamic T51p


I'll add more when I can think of more!! As far as I know, these are the best values in the portable realm. Good luck joker and I love both monster threads!!

*I almost forgot!! Check out the Jays V-Jays. It's the best ultraportable I've had the pleasure of listening to.*

Please don't forget about the V-moda XS which is one of if not the best in terms of portability based on my research(basically opinion of others).

post #4387 of 4505
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Originally Posted by ljokerl View Post
 

 

Maybe not THAT boosted, but more so than any other non-IEM headphone I currently have here.

 

I agree that some of the DNA variants looks great. I wonder if the DNA Pro will have more color options in the future. Somehow I doubt it - I don't think the brighter-sounding full-size set is going to be Monster's bread and butter.

 

I tried the Pro just recently, it sounded as if the DNA Pro has some really tiny drivers in an oversized housing, as far as the bass, at least until trying them with my Stepdance or one of my desktop amps.  Like the drivers can't move enough air.  Neither my Samsung Galaxy or J3 did well with the headphone alone.  I noticed the treble and upper mids boost, but it is indeed not that much, the average guy probably wouldn't notice that easily.  I wouldn't have noticed it right away until maybe after a couple of albums of listening, but since I have HD25 as well, it was immediately noticeable upon comparing.  M80 and K545 have more boost.

 

I find it quite odd that Monster designed it to be more power hungry.  You'd think that they would stick to efficient drivers like the rest of their line up.  And I think the drivers are ~40mm?  Which is also odd.  40mm or smaller are the ones that hardly benefit from amps, generally.  I haven't figured out yet how to remove the earpads to check out the interior design and look at the driver size.

 

Anyway, it is quite a nice headphone.  Bonus points for the comfort and standard 3.5mm TRS cable detachment.  Very lovely midrange.

 

 

I think you might like HD7/8.  You might not enjoy HD6's bass veil.  Senn's best closed-backs to date in a number of ways - they're kind of colored-sounding, however.

post #4388 of 4505
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Originally Posted by Mad Max View Post
 

 

I tried the Pro just recently, it sounded as if the DNA Pro has some really tiny drivers in an oversized housing, as far as the bass, at least until trying them with my Stepdance or one of my desktop amps.  Like the drivers can't move enough air.  Neither my Samsung Galaxy or J3 did well with the headphone alone.  I noticed the treble and upper mids boost, but it is indeed not that much, the average guy probably wouldn't notice that easily.  I wouldn't have noticed it right away until maybe after a couple of albums of listening, but since I have HD25 as well, it was immediately noticeable upon comparing.  M80 and K545 have more boost.

 

I find it quite odd that Monster designed it to be more power hungry.  You'd think that they would stick to efficient drivers like the rest of their line up.  And I think the drivers are ~40mm?  Which is also odd.  40mm or smaller are the ones that hardly benefit from amps, generally.  I haven't figured out yet how to remove the earpads to check out the interior design and look at the driver size.

 

Anyway, it is quite a nice headphone.  Bonus points for the comfort and standard 3.5mm TRS cable detachment.  Very lovely midrange.

 

 

I think you might like HD7/8.  You might not enjoy HD6's bass veil.  Senn's best closed-backs to date in a number of ways - they're kind of colored-sounding, however.

 

Veiling is a big no-no for me these days but coloration I often don't mind. Guess I should add the HD8 to the "want" list.

post #4389 of 4505

Hi,

 

Would you possibly consider adding reviews of V-Moda XS and Beyerdynamic Tesla T 51 P anytime soon, please?

 

Thanks!

post #4390 of 4505
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Originally Posted by Louis8ball View Post
 

Hi,

 

Would you possibly consider adding reviews of V-Moda XS and Beyerdynamic Tesla T 51 P anytime soon, please?

 

Thanks!

 

I'd love to review them but it won't happen anytime soon - don't have either one on hand and lots of other stuff in the pipeline. 

post #4391 of 4505

What about the B&O Form 2. One of the original portable phones and still going strong after more than 30 years, looking and sounding good. A timeless classic ?


Edited by godbluff - 8/5/14 at 7:53am
post #4392 of 4505
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Originally Posted by ljokerl View Post
 

 

I'd love to review them but it won't happen anytime soon - don't have either one on hand and lots of other stuff in the pipeline. 


I'd love to read your opinions about the Martin logan Mikros 90 they seem to be outstanding according to many reviewers

post #4393 of 4505
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Originally Posted by godbluff View Post
 

What about the B&O Form 2. One the original portable phones and still going strong after more than 25 years, looking and sounding good. A timeless classic ?

 

Strangely, never come across a B&O product in the wild. 

 

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I'd love to read your opinions about the Martin logan Mikros 90 they seem to be outstanding according to many reviewers

 

Came very close to getting these but it didn't work out. Might try them in the future.

post #4394 of 4505

 

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Originally Posted by ljokerl View Post
 

 

Strangely, never come across a B&O product in the wild. 

 

Not quite sure what was meant by this but they were certainly more popular in the 80s and 90s heyday of Walkmans and Discmans. I think they are sitll worthy of inclusion in this post. Not a case of style over substance which some B&O products are alleged to be.

They sound a little like their contempories, the PortaPros (which I also have). Less bass and more clarity. Like the Koss ultra light weight and comfortable to wear for hours in any climate. Don't leak too much but offer little isolation so you can interact with people around you  The only thing I can fault on them & I must admit its quite a big flaw is they don't fold at all ! However they are comfortable and discrete(at least in black) to wear around the neck.

These can be had for about £50, now that the Form 2i with Apple remote was released, or less than double the price the price of PortaPros in the UK. Which I think isn't bad for such stylish, iconic (they were were displayed at MoMA in New York) and more than decent sounding phones

I love mine anyway.


Edited by godbluff - 8/8/14 at 8:49am
post #4395 of 4505
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Originally Posted by Mad Max View Post

I tried the Pro just recently, it sounded as if the DNA Pro has some really tiny drivers in an oversized housing, as far as the bass, at least until trying them with my Stepdance or one of my desktop amps.  Like the drivers can't move enough air.  Neither my Samsung Galaxy or J3 did well with the headphone alone.  I noticed the treble and upper mids boost, but it is indeed not that much, the average guy probably wouldn't notice that easily.  I wouldn't have noticed it right away until maybe after a couple of albums of listening, but since I have HD25 as well, it was immediately noticeable upon comparing.  M80 and K545 have more boost.

I find it quite odd that Monster designed it to be more power hungry.  You'd think that they would stick to efficient drivers like the rest of their line up.  And I think the drivers are ~40mm?  Which is also odd.  40mm or smaller are the ones that hardly benefit from amps, generally.  I haven't figured out yet how to remove the earpads to check out the interior design and look at the driver size.

Anyway, it is quite a nice headphone.  Bonus points for the comfort and standard 3.5mm TRS cable detachment.  Very lovely midrange.

I had the same impression of it when I tried it in store... Didn't think about using an amp however. They are hard to drive? Odd.
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