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post #586 of 4545
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Originally Posted by ldtboyl View Post

seeing that you've already heard both px200ii's and hd238's I have a question, how does the drums and cymbals on px200ii's compare to the 238's? I have the 238's and I like them compared to my px100ii's(which i'm planning to sell to buy px200ii). px100ii's mids sound incredibly FAKE on high pitched male voices, my god they make james labrie(Dream Theater) sound so homo!

I really like how the 238's render cymbals, that's the first thing I noticed from it then the guitars are nice too. good for rock.

do px200ii's work well for rock? I mainly listen to classic and prog rock (led zep, queen, pink floyd, dream theater, vai)

 

I have not heard the PX100-II unfortunately so I can't be sure but if you like the way the HD238 does mids and treble, the PX200-II is probably not for you. The 238 is thicker-sounding and blended better which works well for vocals. The PX200 is more separated and also has crisper cymbals which you may not like either. The two headphones are really quite far apart on the sound spectrum despite being portable Senneheisers priced around the $90 mark so if you really like the HD238 - stick with it. Maybe try amping it.

post #587 of 4545
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Added Aiwa Shellz 

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Good to see some Aiwa love in here!  My first "informed" headphone purchase was the HP-X122, a rather bulky supra-/circumaural portable that sounded quite nice for a $15 headphone.  It really is too bad that Sony pretty much let the brand die off not long (a few years?) after the acquisition.

 

I really appreciate your inclusion of clip-ons into the comparison.  I think all the review needs now is an Audio-Technica.  Hopefully someone will send you an EM700(Ti) or even the EW9 to evaluate someday.

post #589 of 4545

I agree with the Zino review. But I got it for $ 27 in the FS forum and merely use it as a walk-in-the-parks-phone. I love it!

 

I use it mostly for Jazz, Lo-Fi, Pop and Neo-Classical (Ikuko Kawai, Vanessa Mae, etc.). I love the bright sound of violins with these. I wouldn't have been angry if I had paid full price.

 

Edit: Actually I think you have the same problem I had at first, The Zino does fit most heads but the clamp is too weak for small heads (like myself). I thus unscrewed the (extremely durable) plastic middle headband piece and tossed it into boiling water to soften it up. I then pushed the ends together to get a nice round shape. After putting it in cold water to chill, I left it in the fridge over night. Since then it kept the round shape to increase pressure.

However, the plastic piece is still very forgiving and secures a comfortoble wear.

Most of all, the increased pressure removes a little treble and brings out the mids a bit. The sound doesn't feel hollow or metallic to me anymore:

"The biggest problem I have with the Zinos, though, is the metallic sound of the mids and treble, especially with hard rock and metal."

 

However, Rock & Metal fans should indeed look out for a warmer sounding can!


Edited by Ultrazino - 8/1/10 at 11:41am
post #590 of 4545

Just a quick question but any chance of getting one of the Fischer Audio headphones? Although the ones I'm looking at I'm not sure if one would really consider them portable..

post #591 of 4545

Hello, quick question:

I'm about to get the Denon AH-P372s since they are nicely priced as a temporary substitute for the Senn PX 200-IIs, which I plan to get once I get the $$. Is there a better option for this? Are the Denons small enough? (I need them to be portable, something as big as the Panasonic HTX7 won't do) Should I get another model?

 

Also, it would be awesome if you could review any version of the Sony V6, I'd love to see comparisons between other models and these classic cans.

 

Cheers.

post #592 of 4545
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Originally Posted by kjk1281 View Post

Good to see some Aiwa love in here!  My first "informed" headphone purchase was the HP-X122, a rather bulky supra-/circumaural portable that sounded quite nice for a $15 headphone.  It really is too bad that Sony pretty much let the brand die off not long (a few years?) after the acquisition.

 

I really appreciate your inclusion of clip-ons into the comparison.  I think all the review needs now is an Audio-Technica.  Hopefully someone will send you an EM700(Ti) or even the EW9 to evaluate someday.

 

You can thanks jant71 for risking his $15 on the Aiwas . I wasn't expecting much out of them and was therefore more surprised than he seems to be. At times it seems like we've made huge strides in the past 10 years in this hobby and then something like these Aiwas shows up and it all starts looking like baby steps. 

 

Audio-Technica clip-ons look great of course but the price tag of the EW9 is doing a great job of keeping me at bay.



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Originally Posted by Ultrazino View Post

I agree with the Zino review. But I got it for $ 27 in the FS forum and merely use it as a walk-in-the-parks-phone. I love it!

 

I use it mostly for Jazz, Lo-Fi, Pop and Neo-Classical (Ikuko Kawai, Vanessa Mae, etc.). I love the bright sound of violins with these. I wouldn't have been angry if I had paid full price.

 

Edit: Actually I think you have the same problem I had at first, The Zino does fit most heads but the clamp is too weak for small heads (like myself). I thus unscrewed the (extremely durable) plastic middle headband piece and tossed it into boiling water to soften it up. I then pushed the ends together to get a nice round shape. After putting it in cold water to chill, I left it in the fridge over night. Since then it kept the round shape to increase pressure.

However, the plastic piece is still very forgiving and secures a comfortoble wear.

Most of all, the increased pressure removes a little treble and brings out the mids a bit. The sound doesn't feel hollow or metallic to me anymore:

"The biggest problem I have with the Zinos, though, is the metallic sound of the mids and treble, especially with hard rock and metal."

 

However, Rock & Metal fans should indeed look out for a warmer sounding can!


$30 is a fine price considering that they compete well with PX100s, PortaPros, etc. And of course look much better than both. I did spend a lot of time listening to them while holding them in place and I don't think the problem ever disappears completely for me. I have an average-sized head and the Zinos are indeed quite fit-dependent for sound so I'm not sure what Ultrasone was thinking with the headband design. Interesting mod though.



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Originally Posted by rawrster View Post

Just a quick question but any chance of getting one of the Fischer Audio headphones? Although the ones I'm looking at I'm not sure if one would really consider them portable..


Are you looking at the FAA-04? And no, no plans for a Fischer portable yet. I don't think too many people own them around here. Would love to try the FAA-04/05, Oldskool, and maybe even a couple from the Galaxy line (the Crux looks interesting...).



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Originally Posted by padcat View Post

Hello, quick question:

I'm about to get the Denon AH-P372s since they are nicely priced as a temporary substitute for the Senn PX 200-IIs, which I plan to get once I get the $$. Is there a better option for this? Are the Denons small enough? (I need them to be portable, something as big as the Panasonic HTX7 won't do) Should I get another model?

 

Also, it would be awesome if you could review any version of the Sony V6, I'd love to see comparisons between other models and these classic cans.

 

Cheers.


The P372 looks much bigger in photos than it does in real life. It's a small headphone - around the same size as Skullcandy lowriders and Sony MDR-V150s. Plus of course they fold. For the money I don't think you could do better while staying in the same size/weight category.

 

Quite a lot of votes for the V6. I'll see what I can do after I post the next batch of write-ups.

post #593 of 4545

Aw man, I *just* traded my V6 away. I would have offered it for trades here had I known.

post #594 of 4545

I was thinking about picking up a pair of FA-003 or FA-004 but there's only a couple reviews of them from opinions that I am familiar with. Not too many people have them of course due to limited stock compared to the more popular models like say a M50 or anything along those lines.

post #595 of 4545

In terms of sound, the HD25-1 sound is similar to which iem?
 

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Originally Posted by kjk1281 View Post

Good to see some Aiwa love in here!  My first "informed" headphone purchase was the HP-X122, a rather bulky supra-/circumaural portable that sounded quite nice for a $15 headphone.  It really is too bad that Sony pretty much let the brand die off not long (a few years?) after the acquisition.

 

I really appreciate your inclusion of clip-ons into the comparison.  I think all the review needs now is an Audio-Technica.  Hopefully someone will send you an EM700(Ti) or even the EW9 to evaluate someday.

 

"You can thanks jant71 for risking his $15 on the Aiwas . I wasn't expecting much out of them and was therefore more surprised than he seems to be. At times it seems like we've made huge strides in the past 10 years in this hobby and then something like these Aiwas shows up and it all starts looking like baby steps."

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They were big way back when but I missed them. Then some NOS popped up so I grabbed a pair. The only real risk was the seller though they seemed legit. Seller is here...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290330307266&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT

I might buy another pair before they are gone for good.

 

 


 

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Originally posted by ljokerl
Would love to try the FAA-04/05, Oldskool, and maybe even a couple from the Galaxy line (the Crux looks interesting...).

 

 

The Crux is cool as well as the Gemini and Hyperion. If you look close the Crux is behind the neck. They show it normal style but you can see the earclips. The Gemini has 10-24,000 on the FR while the other two are 20-20,000. Wonder if they are better sounding as FA does give wider response listings for the better performers.

post #597 of 4545

The EW9 is 130 or so at amazon currently.

Also, i'd like a review of the EM7 (PM me and maybe we can work something out)

post #598 of 4545
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Aw man, I *just* traded my V6 away. I would have offered it for trades here had I known.

 

Well, I'm sure I'll be able to come by one eventually. Sonystyle used to have refurbs up once in a while for $39.99; don't know if they do that anymore. Guess I'll have to keep an eye on the page because they sell out minutes after hitting a deal site.


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Originally Posted by Nachash View Post

In terms of sound, the HD25-1 sound is similar to which iem?
 


In all aspects - none, really. IMO it would need to be some sort of weird combination of the Ety ER4, q-JAYS, and Hippo VB.
 

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Originally Posted by jant71 View Post

 

The Crux is cool as well as the Gemini and Hyperion. If you look close the Crux is behind the neck. They show it normal style but you can see the earclips. The Gemini has 10-24,000 on the FR while the other two are 20-20,000. Wonder if they are better sounding as FA does give wider response listings for the better performers.

 

Yep, which is precisely why I want to try the Crux. There are a couple of hi-fi clip-ons but almost no hi-fi street-styles. The Gemini definitely looks cool as well though if it was my money I'd be tempted to try the AIAIAI Tracks instead for a lightweight minimalistic portable.



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Originally Posted by slntdth93 View Post

The EW9 is 130 or so at amazon currently.

Also, i'd like a review of the EM7 (PM me and maybe we can work something out)


Will do 

post #599 of 4545

Very good review. An enjoyable read through. I especially like your impressions of the HTX7s, I've heard some very good things about them but reviews are few and far between. 

 

Perhaps you may be interested in reviewing Audio-Technica's SQ5s. You can get them on sale for $60 at Audiocubes for the time being. I imagine they're quite similar to the JVC Black Series, but I'm still curious how they compare. 

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Originally Posted by padcat View Post

I'm about to get the Denon AH-P372s since they are nicely priced as a temporary substitute for the Senn PX 200-IIs, which I plan to get once I get the $$. Is there a better option for this? Are the Denons small enough? (I need them to be portable, something as big as the Panasonic HTX7 won't do) Should I get another model?


Maybe JVC S650.


Edited by jung - 8/3/10 at 1:56am
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