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post #226 of 406
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Just an update for everyone:  The Maxell DHP-II are expected to arrive between August 12-17.  I hope they get here by the 13th though!  I will be back to let you all know how they are!  Stay tuned :)

post #227 of 406
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Originally Posted by Xombie11 View Post

I find it interesting that OP jumped on the Maxells just because of one man's opinion. A convincing man, I'll admit, but just one man--and one that doesn't take kindly to accusations and finds it hard to backup his claims. Despite the hundreds, if not thousands of satisfied users of the JVCs and the PortaPros, as demonstrated by a HUGE showing online, OP opts for the DHP-IIs. I've yet to find more than three favorable reviews of the Maxells, because NO ONE has them. In fact, if Amazon counts, I've seen more negative ones. 

 

I'm not saying the Maxells aren't any good, but for all we know, they could sound awful. I would take Oli's advice with a grain of salt. And I certainly wouldn't trust his opinion on how these are far "superior" to any of the other options out there; he hasn't taken the time to describe the actual differences in sound, other than the occasional cryptic "I'd throw ___ in the river, these are so good." This is just one perspective you're hearing from--the JVCs have dozens of threads out there, a "cult" following, and mods galore. I just think your $30 could have been spent more wisely. 



Someone's hurt...

 

Shucks, guys, you told me dudes like this didn't exist...

 

 

The JVC fanboy above must have forgot that it was one man - YES JUST ONE MAN - who originally hyped up the JVC's and called them the best dynamic headphones ever made...

 

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha... LMFAO OMFG you must be kidding with that BS hyperbole. I have a pile of budget headphones here that trounce the JVC's that I don't even deem worthy of mention on this forum.

 

Come to think of it if I had to listen to music on the JVC's I think I'd just stop listening. I'd just as soon hop into some punk teen's boommobile and have a go.

 

The JVC's cost me $30 and I really don't even think that they're worth that. I'll never listen to them again unless it's to compare them to something else. Let's face it - they're overhyped crap. I actually feel for each and every person that I see suckered into buying them.

post #228 of 406
Thread Starter 

ALRIGHT!  I am finally using the Maxell DHP-II right now!

 

(GO DOWN a couple of posts to see my initial impressions/review after 1-2 hours of use)

 

-trancetunes  (new owner and of MAXELL DHP-II..recommending them to anyone that wants to on-ear headphones and only has $30 usd).

 

Maxell DHP-II


Edited by trancetunes - 8/15/10 at 3:19pm
post #229 of 406

And it only took 228 posts!

 

Enjoy your cans, the first of many to come.

post #230 of 406

Good luck with your headphones. Hope you will get closer to audio nirvana.

post #231 of 406

Wow, Lot of responses. Many positive others frustrated. I'm glad to see many people have the same issue I have in that we cannot all afford expensive Headphone's. I love music and listen for detail within them from the beat of the drums to the strings of a guitar. When a pair of headphones can separate them and bury you in the sound then it's pure bliss.

 

  But not all of us can afford that type of setup, high end amp, senn's HD 800's or other combo's,  given todays poor economy and our individual priorities. So I find this thread very useful since it pulled so many people into the discussion. This whole push and pull of opinions actually enlightened me and educated me on many aspects of headphones that I failed to recognize. But we also have to give consideration to one's own hearing and tolerance for certain frequencies. 

 

 Many may toss in the frequent " I checked your profile and your setup and nothing is there so what do you know" line only encouraging an argument, but that does not mean I would not be able to appreciate a great set of headphones. My HD 497's that I purchased in a sale bin for $20.00 at Comp U.S.A. do not sound as detailed as a pair of HD 500A's that we had to purchase for our daughter's therapy. The 500's have ton's of detail on top. Not as much bass as I like but still very bright. But to use on an MP3 Player, not much there. So I needed to look for another type of headphone. But through many discussions here in the forums I purchased a small amp to use with my player and what a difference it made in both model's.

 

So what I have appreciated from H-Fi is that most of the time people have contributed good in put to help others join the HP club with threads like these. It's a positive that it was created. Face it we all started here just seeking good input to save time and money and it did not make anyone a fail. Did it? Hope to hear the review of the head phone's when they arrive.

post #232 of 406
Thread Starter 

Nicely said Majestic :)

 

Everyone, the initial review/first impressions for the Maxell DHP-II are below:

 

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Originally Posted by trancetunes

ALRIGHT!  I am finally using the Maxell DHP-II right now!

 

So far I am testing it with some hip hop/rap/baltimore club music because they are heavy bass genres and still touch the highs at the same time..

 

So what are my thoughts?  I am experiencing some intense high's through these headphones.  Remember, I am coming from no experience with headphones, but either way I have a feeling many would agree.  These headphones are really clear and "intense" on high sounds/frequencies (intense is the word that comes to mind).  Really clear sound (and maybe I feel they are "intense" because I am not used to listening to quality headphones!).

 

The bass can be well spread like thick peanut butter yet it manages to punch when you need it to..it's really clear at the same time (although I am sure the bass is clearer and richer on more expensive headphones..c'mon though, these are $30 usd).  No matter what you listen to it shows up and it does not overpower.  The bass always sounds like it has some depth to it (it doesn't disappoint--it's not shallow or lacking).

 

I'm not sure how to judge mids yet because I am so new to this..sorry.. I can tell you the highs and bass are showing up nicely, and with pretty good quality! :D

 

Overall I can tell you that anyone being introduced to their first pair of headphones, or wanting a budget set ($30 usd), will not be disappointed from the Maxell DHP-II.  If you want good bass, they have it.  If you want clarity on the highs, they have it.  Although I have nothing to compare these headphones to, I am really glad I got them.  Even though I am very aware there are better headphones out there as I use these headphones, they sound and feel like high quality for the price (others have said these HP's are comparable to $80-$100 range)!  Also, I am in the first hour of listening, and I am pretty sure they will get better with a little more usage.

 

Thank you so much everyone, couldn't have made the choice without this forum!  :)

 

-trancetunes  (new owner and of MAXELL DHP-II..recommending them to anyone that wants to on-ear headphones and only has $30 usd).

 

Maxell DHP-II


These really are a great budget pair for those who want that on-ear feel.. They block out outside sound surprisingly well for the price, and again, the bass sounds really awesome for price as well (as do the highs--really clear).


Edited by trancetunes - 8/23/10 at 11:02pm
post #233 of 406

You really need to listen to some more cans, trance. Out of all my cans these have some of the best and least irritating highs of them all. It is my favorite feature on them besides the amazing bass for the price. Maybe they just need a little more burn-in, I don't remember.

 

Anyway, glad you liked them. Enjoy the music, bro.

post #234 of 406

Hey, so I've been using these Maxell DHP-II Headphones for a couple weeks now and today, I noticed that the left headphone was significantly louder than the right. I'm pretty sure that's not normal considering how they felt balanced before; I think a wire is loose? There are many screws, and taking it apart may require some instructions. Any help? 

 

Also, to prevent something like this from happening in the future, what should I do? I always put these cans back in their pouch along with my iPod when I go out. Any tips on ensuring the safety of your cans?

post #235 of 406
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Originally Posted by s2Alex View Post

Hey, so I've been using these Maxell DHP-II Headphones for a couple weeks now and today, I noticed that the left headphone was significantly louder than the right. I'm pretty sure that's not normal considering how they felt balanced before; I think a wire is loose? There are many screws, and taking it apart may require some instructions. Any help? 

 

Also, to prevent something like this from happening in the future, what should I do? I always put these cans back in their pouch along with my iPod when I go out. Any tips on ensuring the safety of your cans?

 

Go to the store and complain.
 

post #236 of 406
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Originally Posted by Olimoronio View Post

You really need to listen to some more cans, trance. Out of all my cans these have some of the best and least irritating highs of them all. It is my favorite feature on them besides the amazing bass for the price. Maybe they just need a little more burn-in, I don't remember.

 

Anyway, glad you liked them. Enjoy the music, bro.


Yea, that could be it.. However, like I said, it could have definitely just been certain songs or settings on my winamp etc.. I haven't actually noticed it that much..

 

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Originally Posted by s2Alex View Post

Hey, so I've been using these Maxell DHP-II Headphones for a couple weeks now and today, I noticed that the left headphone was significantly louder than the right. I'm pretty sure that's not normal considering how they felt balanced before; I think a wire is loose? There are many screws, and taking it apart may require some instructions. Any help? 

 

Also, to prevent something like this from happening in the future, what should I do? I always put these cans back in their pouch along with my iPod when I go out. Any tips on ensuring the safety of your cans?


Wow.. Someone reply to this please..  This type of complaint is exactly what I have been scared of because so many users said the same thing when I looked for reviews.. I just don't see how it can happen out of no where, should I be worried?  :X   s2Alex, let us know what happens please!  I really don't see something like that happening to me as of right now..they sound really great so far and I haven't noticed any decrease in quality.

post #237 of 406

Should have bought the PortaPros, they have a lifetime warranty and are easier to transport safely. They also sound good enough to have a legendary status in this price class.

 

But this page is worth a bookmark if you want to look at other "affordable" headphones:

 

http://dealnews.com/Electronics/Audio-Components/Headphone-Deals-155.html


Edited by grokit - 8/16/10 at 5:25am
post #238 of 406

RX700?

post #239 of 406

(random double post)


Edited by Katun - 8/16/10 at 8:07am
post #240 of 406
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Originally Posted by s2Alex View Post

Hey, so I've been using these Maxell DHP-II Headphones for a couple weeks now and today, I noticed that the left headphone was significantly louder than the right. I'm pretty sure that's not normal considering how they felt balanced before; I think a wire is loose? There are many screws, and taking it apart may require some instructions. Any help? 

 

Also, to prevent something like this from happening in the future, what should I do? I always put these cans back in their pouch along with my iPod when I go out. Any tips on ensuring the safety of your cans?


I'm sorry to hear that s2Alex, but there is maybe nothing you can do.

I was looking on Amazon for these headphones because they slightly interested me and I definitely found them. Here they are:

http://www.amazon.com/Maxell-DHP-II-Digital-Full-Headphone/dp/B000VSBPEG

Check out some of the reviews. Most of them say it has excellent sound, which I don't doubt, but durability is a concern.

I don't want to necessarily warn off future buyers, just giving them a heads up.

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