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post #46 of 406

Just go for the JVC HA-RX700's. 

Once they are burned in, the sound improves and they sound great! 

post #47 of 406
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Originally Posted by Anaxilus View Post


OOooooo.....Those are the anniversary.  Actually the picture is wrong.  The model description is for regular portapros PORTAPRO, not the anniversary model PORTAPRO25TH.  I was about to jump on these for $29!  The Anniversary makes you look like a young Lord Vader.  


 

Actually, they're a special version for Best Buy. There are a few differences between them and the Anniversary. I was hoping for a coin... But a lot sexier than the blue ones.
 

post #48 of 406

Haha, actually I bought these exact headphones from Bestbuy.   You are right, they are NOT the anniversary PortaPros, but simply a black version of the original with a black cloth-sheathed cable.  The normally silver/chrome ring around the outer driver casing is also painted black.  As far as I know, only BestBuy carries this specific model.
 

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Originally Posted by Anaxilus View Post




OOooooo.....Those are the anniversary.  Actually the picture is wrong.  The model description is for regular portapros PORTAPRO, not the anniversary model PORTAPRO25TH.  I was about to jump on these for $29!  The Anniversary makes you look like a young Lord Vader.  

post #49 of 406

i have the HD202, 

the sound was okay as i bought it for just 30US$

but as time goes on, (+- 3 years)

the sound gets worse, the bass just bloated.

but i like the sound signature of that..

the koss KSC75 and the portapros are the best choices for that budget

post #50 of 406

I'm the poster from the DBI issues thread.  You guys are wrong, I am not the only one that got shafted.  This thread was started AFTER mine:

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/503008/i-ordered-dbi-pro-700-and-got-some-random-headphone

 

I didn't say the headphones are hard to drive; you guys inferred that.  I tried out of a uDAC, and out of a Sparrow, and it still doesn't impress me as much as others claim to love on this forum.  Some of the comparison headphones I was able to round up:

Beyer DT800 32 Ohm

AKG K27i

AKG K240 Studio

Ultrasone Pro 650

 

Also, I'm not trying to demean the DBI 700, as I am sure that those actually getting what they ordered are very happy.  But me, and some others (at least one), did not get that.  These headphones I have are very clear, but they are not $180-clear.  They don't, however, seem to be DBI 700's.

 

I have the Sennheiser HD201, and I don't recommend them.  If you are limited on budget, get yourself the Portapro, that I have tried at Best Buy and liked very much.  The Altec Lansing UHP606 is the same as the Ultimate Ears Superfi 4, but with a different logo.  People say the JVC are amazing, but I've never tried them.

post #51 of 406

So out of 87 transactions over the past 12 months, not one report of a bad DBI 700 from that seller you are worked up about.  I bought from Snapper just like you and my phones look just like the ones on DBI's website.  Listening to Hotel California from Hell Freezes Over right now.  Solid clarity on the strings, nice clear Bass from the Drums, good clean and present vocals w/ no sibilance, highs are bright and clear although w/ a bit of an etched quality.  It's early but its sounding like the most neutral headphone I have at the moment.  Sflo2-->FiioE5-->DBI700.  

post #52 of 406
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Originally Posted by discoscience View Post

Haha, actually I bought these exact headphones from Bestbuy.   You are right, they are NOT the anniversary PortaPros, but simply a black version of the original with a black cloth-sheathed cable.  The normally silver/chrome ring around the outer driver casing is also painted black.  As far as I know, only BestBuy carries this specific model.
 

2z5w2lx.jpg

 

 


 


Crap, now I might have to try them out.  Look badass!

post #53 of 406
Thread Starter 

Alright, it looks like I can narrow it down to three choices as of right now.

 

JVC HARX700

 

Koss PortaPro

 

Sennheiser 202/203

 

I've heard plenty of good about the PortaPro, but I am hoping some of you might have experience with the other 2 AS WELL as the PortaPro so you can tell me which one you feel has better quality.  Is there anyone out there, or that has already posted, that has tried these three out?  That would really help me make the choice at this point.

 

Thanks :)

post #54 of 406

I've heard sennheiser's offerings in that price range, including the HD202 and the HD457, IMO they are not in Koss PortaPro level.

I'd say you should put HD681 back on the list instead of the Sennheisers.

post #55 of 406
Thread Starter 

Okay, so let's make the list:

 

Koss PortaPro

 

JVC HARX700

 

Superlux HD681

 

Sennheiser 203

 

 

What is the best choice out of these?  Does everyone agree that I should just drop the Senn. HD 203?  Either way let me know which one of these is the best?  Thanks so much for continuing to help me with this choice!  :)  So far I've seen Koss PortaPro as the favorite.

post #56 of 406
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Originally Posted by shnitz View Post

I'm the poster from the DBI issues thread.  You guys are wrong, I am not the only one that got shafted.  This thread was started AFTER mine:

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/503008/i-ordered-dbi-pro-700-and-got-some-random-headphone

 

I didn't say the headphones are hard to drive; you guys inferred that.  I tried out of a uDAC, and out of a Sparrow, and it still doesn't impress me as much as others claim to love on this forum.  Some of the comparison headphones I was able to round up:

Beyer DT800 32 Ohm

AKG K27i

AKG K240 Studio

Ultrasone Pro 650

 

Also, I'm not trying to demean the DBI 700, as I am sure that those actually getting what they ordered are very happy.  But me, and some others (at least one), did not get that.  These headphones I have are very clear, but they are not $180-clear.  They don't, however, seem to be DBI 700's.

 

I have the Sennheiser HD201, and I don't recommend them.  If you are limited on budget, get yourself the Portapro, that I have tried at Best Buy and liked very much.  The Altec Lansing UHP606 is the same as the Ultimate Ears Superfi 4, but with a different logo.  People say the JVC are amazing, but I've never tried them.



What do $180 headphones sound like? And does that mean if I tape a $100 dollar bill on each side of my Portapro, they'd be $230 headphones and therefore sound better? Have you heard the DBIs? You can't really make assumptions if you haven't heard them.

And to answer the question in your thread, there is no way in hell that they could be Chinese fakes. The MBs are made in Germany anyways. Not to mention the profits would be minimal for an expensive frame like that. And we're inferring that they are the more power-hungry QP805s. If you  don't have an absolute PERFECT seal, they won't sound good either. If you're wearing glasses, take them off. Also, press down on the cups. You probably aren't getting a good seal.

 

Anyways, I've heard really good things from the HARX700, but I haven't tried them. The Portas have the most functionality though. You probably wouldn't want to lug the JVCs around.

post #57 of 406
Thread Starter 


 

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Originally Posted by Ishcabible View Post

Anyways, I've heard really good things from the HARX700, but I haven't tried them. The Portas have the most functionality though. You probably wouldn't want to lug the JVCs around.


That's not a problem, because I am not using these for portable use. :D

 

Either way I am still torn between PortaPro and JVC HARX700 right now.  I feel comfortable narrowing it down to those two so far.  Possible the Superlux HD681 if anyone else gives me personal experience.  If no one else has experience with them I am not sure if I will be comfortable getting them.  So for now, we're down to:

 

Koss PortaPro Specs:

 

  • Headphone Style
    Over-the-ear
  • Water-Resistant
    No
  • Noise Canceling
    No
  • Sound Isolating
    No
  • Magnet Type
    Neodymium
  • Frequency Response
    15Hz - 25kHz
  • Sensitivity/SPL
    101dB SPL/1 mW
  • Total Harmonic Distortion
    0.2%
  • Impedance
    60 ohms
  • Ear Cushions
    Foam
  • Connector
    3.5mm (1/8") stereo jack with adapter to 1/4" (6.3mm)
  • Cord Length
    4'
  • Coil Cord
    No
  • Folding
    Yes

 

 

 

JVC HARX700:

 

Tech Specs

  • HA-RX700 Stereo Headphone
  • 6.3 mm Adapter Plug
Manufacturer Victor Company of Japan, Limited
Product Type Headphone
Brand Name JVC
Product Model HA-RX700
Manufacturer Part Number HARX700
Product Name HA-RX700 Stereo Headphone
Manufacturer Website Address www.jvc.com
Driver Size 1.97"
Earpiece Design Over-the-head
Earpiece Type Binaural
Package Contents  
Form Factor Ear-cup
Wireless Technology Not Applicable
Plating Gold Plated
Minimum Frequency Response 8 Hz
Sound Mode Stereo
Operating Distance 11.48 ft
Impedance 48 Ohm
Maximum Frequency Response 25 kHz
Connectivity Technology

Wired

 

 

Looks like the JVC have more range in sound, but the Impedance is higher on the Koss Portapro...Not gonna lie, I'm not completely sure how to look at impedance, but obviously more range in frequency is better right?


Edited by trancetunes - 7/21/10 at 9:54am
post #58 of 406

Well...

 

Frequency responce doesn't really mean anything. It does, but more often than not it's not an indicator of how something sounds.

 

Impedance is the amount of current that's impeded...well that's not really important for now. What you're looking at doesn't really need ampage.

post #59 of 406
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Originally Posted by trancetunes View Post




What about the JVC HARX700? Aren't they better than the has700?

 

http://www.amazon.com/JVC-HARX700-High-Grade-Full-Size-Headphone/dp/B0013OWPV4/ref=pd_cp_e_2

better? Yes, but not as portable as the has700.  They are much bigger.  Both are awesome.  One is small and awesome, but not as awesome as the bigger one.  

pick your poison, the has700 is the best portable set for under 50$ that Ive ever used.  I do not consider the other JVC portable, its a lot bigger that anything "portable" that I own. 

 

 

post #60 of 406

There's some excellent reviews of these headphones on this forum. Have you read them? It will give you a better understanding of how each sounds and the pros and cons. You're going to get conflicting opinions about which one is best, so it's always better to do some reading and decide which one appeals to you.

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