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The HF2 - Not as good as i had hoped

post #1 of 41
Thread Starter 
Listened to a friends today, he owns the local Hifi shop and recieved his last week. I only got around 40mins on them but i was left a little disappointed as was the owner.
I have been reading the 'reviews' of the HF2s that have appeared here so far, from them i was expecting a Grado that was less shouty than the 325 with better defined bass than an RS2 that had the mids of a PS1/1000.
Nope , imo they sit around the 325 level , they have areas that are better than the 325 , treble is cleaner and less sibilant, the Mids are VERY enjoyable, silky smooth BUT the bass was all over the place, similar to the SR60s.
Cranted they only have 100+ hours on them but that bass needs to calm down and get tighter.
I would rather have the HF2 than a 325 as i hate sibilant highs but the RS series is better.

Disclaimer - this is just my opinion.
post #2 of 41
What was the setup?
post #3 of 41
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by thechungster View Post
What was the setup?
It was CD from a Cambridge audio 740 to a Icon Audio headphone amplifier (cant remember model number , had a round window on the front). My SR225s sounded lovely on it!
The HF2 sounded good but the bass was totally muddling up the mids on some tracks, if the bass sorts itself out over time they would be amazing but it is a big shift needed.
post #4 of 41
Did you listen to it with bowls or with flats? I had a similar experienced at first, but the more I listen to them the better they keep sounding to me.

Edit: Coming from the sr225, my first impression on the bass of the HF-2 was that it was more punchy, had more body and more decay (and for decay I mean the time it takes for the bass to disappear). I also thought the highs were a bit sibilant, but it wasn't that, it was the pads and the headband that were pressing my ears too much, they pushed the headphones towards my head too much and I felt uncomfortable. Now that I found an excellent fit I get to like them more and more.

What is the serial number of his HF-2?
post #5 of 41
Hope this gets better responses than that other thread of yours, Mr. FOTM-killer.

As I disagreed with you there, I hope to disagree with you on this one!

P.S.: Would not this thread have sufficed for your input? Unless, of course, you were trying to stir up something.. *cough*

Without that small piece of history on the ADDIEM, I may have had worrisome second thoughts about my order at this very instant.. but putting two and two together I personally (just my opinion here) have decided to not invest much faith into your conclusions on headphones that receive overwhelming (granted, perhaps undue in sheer magnitude) praise. Nonetheless, indeed, it is indeed your opinion and I believe that you heard what you heard. Thanks for sharing!

P.P.S.: Are you on the waitlist?
post #6 of 41
What has worked for me re headband shape:
I start with forming the headband to accurately match the shape of my head.......then....bend both ends from aprox 3/4 to 1" point inwards to the head to ease pressure on the upper portion of my ears (particularly, since I wear glasses). After this, you may find you want to spread overall shape at the midpoint of the headband, but, it will generally ease by itself thru wear.
post #7 of 41
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Bullseye View Post
Did you listen to it with bowls or with flats? I had a similar experienced at first, but the more I listen to them the better they keep sounding to me.

Edit: Coming from the sr225, my first impression on the bass of the HF-2 was that it was more punchy, had more body and more decay (and for decay I mean the time it takes for the bass to disappear). I also thought the highs were a bit sibilant, but it wasn't that, it was the pads and the headband that were pressing my ears too much, they pushed the headphones towards my head too much and I felt uncomfortable. Now that I found an excellent fit I get to like them more and more.

What is the serial number of his HF-2?

It had bowls, i didnt see a serial number on it anywhere. Just that f1!
post #8 of 41
Thread Starter 
Guys dont make any decisions based on my comments, it was 40 mins on a practically brand new set of Grados, i am sure they will improve.
post #9 of 41
good to be honest. there's a reason why we have such a large variety of headphones to choose from. What might be good to one person's ears, might not be in another's. I wonder if the novelty effect of the HF-2 being limited edition might affect people's perception of it.
post #10 of 41
I know it was just your impressions, that is why I put it like that in my review/comparison thread.
post #11 of 41
astroid reminds of of Debbie Downer from SNL

Disclaimer - this is just my opinion.
post #12 of 41
Astroid - there is a serial # on three components of my HF-2. The serial is on the unlettered side of both L and R plastic blocks, on side of outer metal shell of the headphones, and inked onto the wood cups in the normal position under where the earpads rest. ............more traditionally, the RS-1 and RS-2 serial is located in only one position - on the earcup under where the earpads rest.
post #13 of 41
^And in the box.
post #14 of 41
I don't mind the thread. It was a civil post and objections are to be expected. As HF-2s hit more heads, we're bound to see less objective threads in the future. Thanks for your impressions, astroid.
post #15 of 41
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Originally Posted by Budley007 View Post
less objective threads
Not trying to start a flamewar or anything, but I'm curious...what do you consider an "objective" thread? Other than purely factual posts like "the HF-2s are sold out" and "the HF-2s have an engraving error", most things (positive and negative) said about the HF-2 are subjective.
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