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Originally Posted by JxK View Post

Heh. Hopefully, should the TMA-1 live up to expectations, you can sell all three cans.


That would require me buying a TMA-1 and I don't know if that will happen at $200. That's more than twice what I paid for my HD25 ><.



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WTF! Are these not the mdr-xb500 housings? I don't see the bass reflex ports though. Question of the day is.... Who copied who? Do these actually sound decent?

 

Apparently theres a Skullcandy Inspired version..... My god these things are ugly!

 

 

They are certainly inspired by the XB500 but they are not the same housings. The Subjekts are a hair smaller (every dimension is maybe 10% less than with the XB500) and a lot lighter. Much of the XB500 is metal while the Subjekts are all-plastic. The housings also have this rubbery texture (at least my white ones do) that I rather like. Sound-wise they are more balanced than the XB500s but a touch less resolving overall. Not worth the $80 MSRP by a long shot but these often sell closer to $25 which is reasonable if comfort is priority #1. I should also add that those strain reliefs are indeed pink, as is the 3.5mm L-plug.

 

 


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Hey ljokerl, Olimoronio here. I just wanted to let you know to hold off on those Coby's you were thinking of getting. I just ordered a pair the other day and I can at least let you know if they're junk or not. Also, those full-sized Coby's I was recommending - well if you remember I took back my recommendation for them because they actually seemed to lose bass and become anemic with break-in. Not recommended,

  

One last thing - I noticed that you said you were going to review a bunch of hi-end DJ phones well why not throw a budget DJ phone into the mix? The Numark HF 125's are interesting. I really don't know why they call them DJ phones 'cause no self respecting DJ would ever use them but they are definitely fun and punchy with very powerful bass... Not boomy but powerful. If I had one major complaint it would be that they are a tad bright but that can be resolved with a simple mod or two. They run about $15 online.


Thanks, I'm still curious about the Cobys. And I do actually have the Numarks on my list already since I liked the 'flagship' PHX Pro quite a bit. Good phones -  hopefully I find some time to post the review soon.

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http://assets.head-fi.org/7/78/784f2308_untitled.bmp

 

oh wow! even the union between headband and phone and the headband itself, is just like the XB500

and the flat cable too :O is this usual?

 

 

btw i went for the Equation Audio RP15, i sacrificed comfort for sound, i believe. will see if i did right or chose my other option, one of the JVC in some weeks from now.

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hows the es7 comfort with the hd25 ear pads? i use the es7 housing with a different (orthodynamic) driver and the comfort is really bad. with the senn pads on, u still feel uncomfy on the ear or just the top part of the head? im thinking about adding a headstrap and hd25 pads to the es7

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Originally Posted by JamesMcProgger View Post

oh wow! even the union between headband and phone and the headband itself, is just like the XB500

and the flat cable too :O is this usual?


Yes, the Subjekts are a stylistic copy of the Sonys right down to the flat cable - not at all unusual though it is more common for both manufacturers to simply source the same housings from the OEM (see Panasonic RP-DJ120 vs EarPollution Nerve Pipes) rather than one copy another with a brand new design. I have another 'replica' in my possession as well - the EarPollution Throwbax (see Panasonic RP-HTX7)

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hows the es7 comfort with the hd25 ear pads? i use the es7 housing with a different (orthodynamic) driver and the comfort is really bad. with the senn pads on, u still feel uncomfy on the ear or just the top part of the head? im thinking about adding a headstrap and hd25 pads to the es7


The improvements are marginal with HD25 pads and they can affect the sound (though I don't know if that still applies to your modded pair). Yes, I still found the ES7 uncomfortable with velour pads. Have you tried stretching yours over a stack of books overnight? I managed to loosen my set up a little by doing that every night for a week but still not enough for them to be considered 'comfortable'.

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lol, i have the same throwbax as yours, and unfortunately have also opened it to fit my modded driver. its good because its circumaural, bit it clamps to much and the pads is so bad, so i bought the fake es7 instead.  bending the es7 overnight would also decrease the pressure inside the ear pads and decreases the bass on my phone. i don't want to be bias, but my modded phones is seriously good for a portable can ( being 32 ohm orthodynamic driver. i've tried b&w p5 , senn hd25 and beat, none have the clarity and the sparkle treble. the bass is fast, but not much. you should try make one your own, look for sfi driver smily_headphones1.gif. the only thing is i have yet to find a comfy donnor headphones that produce enough bass. on my es7, if i press against my ear, the bass is perfect and lower than my k701 ( talking about quantity here). do you know any other way to improve the comfort of es7? I love their look.

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lol, i have the same throwbax as yours, and unfortunately have also opened it to fit my modded driver. its good because its circumaural, bit it clamps to much and the pads is so bad, so i bought the fake es7 instead.  bending the es7 overnight would also decrease the pressure inside the ear pads and decreases the bass on my phone. i don't want to be bias, but my modded phones is seriously good for a portable can ( being 32 ohm orthodynamic driver. i've tried b&w p5 , senn hd25 and beat, none have the clarity and the sparkle treble. the bass is fast, but not much. you should try make one your own, look for sfi driver smily_headphones1.gif. the only thing is i have yet to find a comfy donnor headphones that produce enough bass. on my es7, if i press against my ear, the bass is perfect and lower than my k701 ( talking about quantity here). do you know any other way to improve the comfort of es7? I love their look.


I've been working with those drivers for months and I will NOT stop until I get some decent bass out of 'em.

 

Next up - more than one driver per cup - that ought to do it!

 

Some guy in that giant ortho thread put four in each cup! I think I'll start with two and go up from there. If it takes more than three then they're just not worth the bother IMO.
 


Edited by Zerostackers - 10/16/10 at 12:43am
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I've been working with those drivers for months and I will NOT stop until I get some decent bass out of 'em.

 

Next up - more than one driver per cup - that ought to do it!

 

Some guy in that giant ortho thread put four in each cup! I think I'll start with two and go up from there. If it takes more than three then they're just not worth the bother IMO.
 


perfect seal is essential. i have experienced this by sticking 2 layers of weatherstrip and lots of cotton fill before putting the pads on, but not until i press it firmly on my head. The bass can be really deep, and it also help the mids, which made the sfi mids on par with the k701 (the mid of sfi is a little bit thicker). ATM it is impossible to get deep bass normally, without pressing or getting uncomfortable

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So ljokerl, why do you ignore those Nippon America's from Mat Electronics? They are really quite good, man.

 

What do I have to send you a pair to get a review up in here or what?


Edited by Zerostackers - 10/16/10 at 1:17pm
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Originally Posted by Zerostackers View Post

So ljokerl, why do you ignore those Nippon America's from Mat Electronics? They are really quite good, man.

 

What do I have to send you a pair to get a review up in here or what?


 

Being busy, mostly. I've got a couple of interesting sets in my possession so I'm plenty occupied. tdockweiler was kind enough to mail his Koss DJ100 to me also so I'll be busy with that for a little while as well. Btw the link you posted for the Nippons is broken.

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Originally Posted by Zerostackers View Post

So ljokerl, why do you ignore those Nippon America's from Mat Electronics? They are really quite good, man.

 

What do I have to send you a pair to get a review up in here or what?


 

Being busy, mostly. I've got a couple of interesting sets in my possession so I'm plenty occupied. tdockweiler was kind enough to mail his Koss DJ100 to me also so I'll be busy with that for a little while as well. Btw the link you posted for the Nippons is broken.


 That's weird, it isn't broken for me. Try this...  If not here's the full URL you can just copy and paste: http://www.matelectronics.com/acatalog/Mat_Electronics_Headphones_10.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Frank, I was in Kmart today looking for some spray paint and I took a gander at their headphones like I always do at any place that sells them. Well, the only interesting thing that they had and that I don't already own is a pair of Maxell HP-550-F's. Well, I got them home and they sounded pretty bad so I threw some orthos in there AND THEY WORKED AND WORKED WELL! The cups on these are small so there's very little area that needs to be pressurized, and perhaps even more importantly, the earpads have really small holes. These have bass and sound nice. Out of about 2-dozen foster phones these are the best results I've gotten so far... and I haven't damped the drivers or done any other mods to them yet.

 

One thing I'm going to do for sure is to take them down to the hardware store and find some screws with the same size head as the cheesy fake, plastic chrome ones on the Maxell's and replace them with real ones. If I can find some with a shaft small enough to screw in then great. If not I'll just use a Dremel tool to cut off the shaft and glue them in with epoxy.


Edited by Zerostackers - 10/17/10 at 1:42am
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 That's weird, it isn't broken for me. Try this...  If not here's the full URL you can just copy and paste: http://www.matelectronics.com/acatalog/Mat_Electronics_Headphones_10.html

 



That brings up the whole headphones listing but when I click on the Nippons I get:

 

 

 

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Error: The specified product (reference CD-5000) has just been removed from the catalog. Please return to the catalog and continue shopping. If you press the Refresh or Reload button on your browser, the removed products will no longer be visible in the catalog. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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It's a glitch in the site. I tried it on some other phones and got the same results. I'm sure they'll have it up soon enough. You really ought to try them out. They are definitely contenders for the Flats and the Coby's.

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lol I just thought - "Hey, I'll just send him a pair if he can't get them at Mat." Then I remembered I did a search for them and Mat Electronics is the only place I could find that sells them.

 

Oh well, hopefully they come back up. I really like them.


Edited by Zerostackers - 10/17/10 at 1:55am
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Theres a lot of Metal in the XB500? I'm wearing them right now and they are mainly plastic.

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