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post #61 of 4892
Here's some pictures of my silver-front Matrix M-Stage. Yes, my place is a mess.









On the stool rungs are: DT990\250 Pro, DT880\250 Pro, ATH-AD700, and obviously there's the AKG K701 up top. The audio interface on my desk is an E-MU 1820, and there's also an Astro Mixamp on the right. The phone is my new Motorola Droid, which I love.
post #62 of 4892
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Here's some pictures of my silver-front Matrix M-Stage. Yes, my place is a mess.









On the stool rungs are: DT990\250 Pro, DT880\250 Pro, ATH-AD700, and obviously there's the AKG K701 up top. The audio interface on my desk is an E-MU 1820, and there's also an Astro Mixamp on the right. The phone is my new Motorola Droid, which I love.
Nice pics!

Can I borrow them and use on my eBay listing?
post #63 of 4892
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Nice pics!

Can I borrow them and use on my eBay listing?
Oh, absolutely! Feel free to use them however you'd like.
post #64 of 4892
I like how you use the chair as a headphone stand lol
post #65 of 4892
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I like how you use the chair as a headphone stand lol
I love that stool too.
post #66 of 4892
So would you think this amp would be a good match for K702s?
post #67 of 4892
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So would you think this amp would be a good match for K702s?
User Brandon7s posted earlier that he is liking it with his 701s (which are the same thing). Perhaps he will post more when he gets more listening time in. I am actually rediscovering my 702s lately with this amp. I know the 701/702 has had a backlash of goodwill from this forum lately, but darned if it isn't one of my favorite headphones at the moment. And I have a lot to choose from.
post #68 of 4892
project86 -- in your original post you said some of the recordings used in your review you consider reference quality. May I ask which ones?
post #69 of 4892
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project86 -- in your original post you said some of the recordings used in your review you consider reference quality. May I ask which ones?
Sure! I realize that "reference" is sort of a loaded word.... I consider my L3000 "reference" quality although they do not compete with some of my others some areas, like soundstage, midrange detail, and tippy-top high end extension. So with that definition of "reference" in mind, I'd answer:

Ernie Watts - Unity (XRCD): One of the best sounding redbook CDs I have ever heard.

FIM Audiophile Reference IV (SACD): Various artists and genres but almost all are pure gold. Of particular note is Yang City Variations by the Jing Ying Soloists, The Look of Love by Jacintha, Lover's Tear and The Swan by Theresa Perez, and Canon in D by the All Star Percussion Ensemble.

Nils Petter Molvaer – Khmer: Another of my favorite redbook discs of all time. Amazing low frequency extension and drums of all types, and of course that trumpet...

Legends of Jazz Showcase (Blu-ray): Contender for the title of best concert disc ever. Recorded in a studio, you get the best of both worlds - live performance and great recording. I neglected to mention, but rather than use my otherwise excellent sounding Samsung BD-1200 (which would limit me to the standard 640K LPCM track) I played this one on my Oppo BDP-83SE, using the lossless TrueHD track downmixed to 2 channel through the analog outs. Chris Botti, Ramsey Lewis, Chick Corea.... so many outstanding performances.

Classical Sampler (XRCD import): Can you tell I really like XRCD? This has a bit of everything from Haydn to Bach, Beethoven to Copland, and it all sounds wonderful. I've got a bunch of classical SACDs and DVD-Audio discs but I keep coming back to this lowly redbook title.

That's about it for the great sounding stuff, the rest fall somewhere between pretty good and just "meh". I hope that answers your question.
post #70 of 4892
Hi. I have ordered them over ebay and currently expecting delivery. So far very quick shipping and hope the speculation and reviews are true. Will update on my impression after receiving them.
post #71 of 4892
AAH! Brandon! I have those exact ones: The AD700s and the DT990 Pros. I like the mids and soundstage of the AD700s, and I like the bass impact of the DT990 Pros. Would the K70xs and the M-Stage be a good fit for me?
post #72 of 4892
Hey folks. Unfortunately I haven't had a lot of time to listen to my new amp much recently, as I'm scheduled for an 8 or 9 day workweek, and something else always seems to come up when I'm home from work... The good news is that I'm getting a bunch more burn-in time with my K701s, and the M-Stage as well. Not that I put a lot of stock in burn-ins, but I figured it couldn't hurt. Plus, I like to be sure that the amp is performing solidly without any issues, ans Project86 said in his first post.

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AAH! Brandon! I have those exact ones: The AD700s and the DT990 Pros. I like the mids and soundstage of the AD700s, and I like the bass impact of the DT990 Pros. Would the K70xs and the M-Stage be a good fit for me?
Seems like your headphone journey was similar to mine. I started out with the AD700, and quickly found them to be too thin on the low-end, but I loved their mids and soundstage. I then tried the DT990\250 Pros, and while they have wonderful bass and very good highs, the mids were definitely too recessed for my tastes. I then bought the K701, and they were exactly what I was looking for. - If you took those two headphones, the DT990 and AD700, and somehow melted them together in a way that would still produce sound , I think you would get the K701.

One of the things I didn't like about the AD700s was how they sounded awesome on acoustic music, like Kings of Convenience, Alisson Krauss, Nickel Creek, etc.. but they sounded so bad with rock stuff like Dredg, Coheed and Cambria, Jimmy Eat World, Foo Fighters, etc. The K701s sound great with everything I throw at them. Honestly, I even enjoy Massive Attack on these things.

Actually, just today I gave my AD700s to my brother (I know, I'm so nice. ), because I just couldn't find a use for them anymore. The K701s do everything better. The DT990 Pros I AM keeping though. There is something so dang fun about these phones, in my opinion. Especially with movies and games (though I still prefer my K701s for those most of the time). The DT990s definitely have their uses, and the mood to wear them hits me frequently enough that I can justify keeping them.

Oh, and this is a bit unrelated but I just ordered the ATH-M50s. Looking forward to trying those suckers out! I needed a closed pair of cans, and those seem to be the best on the current market for recording/mixing.

So, to answer your question Marximus: yes, I think the K701s and the Matrix M-Stage would be just about perfect for you, considering my own experience with your current upgrade path. I was first worried that the K701 wouldn't have much more bass than the AD700, but that's not the case. It has a good bit more, and the sound is a lot more full altogether. I the mids aren't as forward as the AD700, but they ARE more natural sounding (and definitely more forward than the DT990s). The highs are also less shrill. I haven't found a song with the K701+M-Stage that produced painful highs yet, while I have noticed a few on the DT990, and many on the AD700.

Once my weekend hits me on Wednesday-Thursday I will try to do some good ol' fashion A-B testing with the K701, DT990 Pro, and my DT880 Pro. (By the way, I don't recommend the DT880 Pro.. I honestly feel that the DT990 does everything better, at least from my limited listening time with the DT880s). I would like to use some songs that Project86 has mentioned, but the only disc that he has which I have is Sufjan Stevens - Illinois (which is awesome) so I'll probably pick some choice songs from that and then pick some other random songs that I know very well, which others might have heard.
post #73 of 4892
I went to the 32 Ohm Audio store in Portland yesterday and tried both the stock and ALO-recabled versions of the K701. I was blown away by the recabled ones, less so by the stock version. Admittedly, I used my iPod for some of the comparisons, but the recabled ones sounded surprisingly good out of it. I was equally blown away by the difference recabling will do. When I first listened to them, I thought, "Who thought these were bass-lite?" The authority and presence of the lower registers was very nice.
post #74 of 4892
Excellent write up. I took the plung and ordered on the 24th. You're such a good salesman Do you think this would work well with HD650?
post #75 of 4892
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Excellent write up. I took the plung and ordered on the 24th. You're such a good salesman Do you think this would work well with HD650?
Thank you. It is certainly not my intention to be a salesman. If I like something, I review it and share why and how I like it. That's what this forum is all about!

I think this amp is great for Sennheiser: HD580/600/650/800 all sound extremely good with it. I know Senn has used the original Lehmann in many demos, so there really must be some "synergy" going on there.
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