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post #16231 of 29490
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Edit: Didn't see this thread originally, very bad form on my part. Sorry about that.

 

I am thinking of replacing my aging Sennheiser HD590s. I've very happy with them, but I think I have blown the right speaker.

 

What I like about the 590s:

  • comfortable, light weight and good fit for my head
  • good sound quality
  • worked fine in my Soundblaster X-Fi (discrete sound card)
  • worked fine in my Samsung Galaxy S2
  • Detachable 3 m cable
  • only 1 cable and 1 input to the headphones
  • 3.5 mm jack as standard, no adapter needed

 

What I don't like:

 

  • Slightly flimsy construction, very plastic-y, but this is probably why it's so comfy

 

So basically, I love these cans. I know some people don't like them but they have been my only headphones for 8-9 years now. I have replaced the cable several times, but last time it was kinda an ordeal getting a new cable and it was expensive.

 

Maybe I am naive but I have never felt I needed an amplifier to drive these headphones when using my computer. I have the main volume control in Windows set to 30% and Foobar2000 is set to -5 dB and when I watch movies I the media player set to 60-70%. I'd like some feedback on this point, too.

 

Any recommendations, bearing all this in mind?

 

Thank you. :)

 

The Senn HD 598 is probably the closest fit.  The less expensive HD 558 is also good.

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Thank yo ufor a valuable opinion. I know that it would be better to buy new headphones for the money, but the thing is that I owned HD 202 II before. When I plugged HD 429s, I expected a big improvement since 429s cost much more. The difference is not that big and whats more, if I set 24bit/96kHz to my line out on my laptop, it actually loses quality. Therefore I suspect that the soundcard is very very poor and can't even drive low-end cans like 429s properly. Correct me if I'm wrong please :)

post #16233 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Jan Roman View Post

Thank yo ufor a valuable opinion. I know that it would be better to buy new headphones for the money, but the thing is that I owned HD 202 II before. When I plugged HD 429s, I expected a big improvement since 429s cost much more. The difference is not that big and whats more, if I set 24bit/96kHz to my line out on my laptop, it actually loses quality. Therefore I suspect that the soundcard is very very poor and can't even drive low-end cans like 429s properly. Correct me if I'm wrong please :)

 

You should be able to hear the difference.  Find another source (e.g. CD player with a good quality recording on CD) and test them.

post #16234 of 29490
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You should be able to hear the difference.  Find another source (e.g. CD player with a good quality recording on CD) and test them.

 

Is it usually better to play a CD on a cheap laptop or a cheap CD player? I will try to plug it into a CD player and I'll try to find a 20-bit Mozart recording among my CDs. The difference is there, but it's not so apparent as I expected it to be.

 

EDIT: I've just tried Mozart's K.218 Allegro 20 bit recording and yes, there is a difference. Especially violins sound much clearer in 429s, and I also noticed a lot of background noise in 202s. However, I am going to try it with Def Leppard CD, which represents my music taste much better. I always knew that 429s do sound better than my 202 II, but as I said before, I think the difference will be much much greater when I plug them into E17 Alpen I ordered today.


Edited by Jan Roman - 7/9/12 at 2:33pm
post #16235 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Cotnijoe View Post

Hey guys! Can anyone explain what a balanced amp and dac is, and what it does to the sound? And for it to work...does the entire setup have to be balanced?


http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/balancedheadphones/one.html

 

I don't know how usefull it can be, but I asked myself the same question sometime ago  and found this site, hope it will be helpfull.

post #16236 of 29490

 Hey guys,

 

 Just throwing out a 'What would you do' situation to get some better idea of my next purchase. I'm looking for some advice as to which direction I should go (amp v. headphone). I presently have an E17 with markl modd'd D2000's and AKG CKS77's. The question is...

 

1. HifiMan HE-400 ($399) - Arguably a step up from the Denons (from what I've read, definitely a step up). Attracted to the (reported) colorfulness, bass capabilities, and airiness. Seems to be a steal at its price point. How well will the E17 power it though?

 

2. Schiit Asgard ($250) - Heard mostly good-great things, but pretty sure it would be overkill for my Denons/CKS77s. Would use my E17 as a DAC (possible, correct?). But would also probably leave me wanting to get a set of headphones that were more powerful/pair better with.

 

3. Maddog's Fostex TR50p (~$250) - Very interested in these from things I'm hearing. Just not sure if the E17 would power them well enough or that they would have the warmer, more colorful signature I am looking for.

 

4. ???? Suggestions - Maybe I'm heading in the wrong direction? I am continually looking to improve upon what I already have or upgrade (regardless of 'need'!).

post #16237 of 29490

O great gurus of Head-Fi,

 

Ive been going wide and far to find a decent pair of headphone for my mother. Taking to long to her taste she decided she will just go with the bose quietcomfort 15 (over-ear). Knowing Bose's reputation I kinda grinded my teeth a little.

 

I am in an odd situation. I am looking for decent/good headphone, Over-ear, closed/some isolation that DO NOT require an amp to drive off an Ipod. I have look everywhere that I may think and have scrolled MULTIPLE forum post to no avail.

 

I ask for wisdom.

 

 

P.S

Available in canada if possible.

post #16238 of 29490
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Originally Posted by deathzero34 View Post

O great gurus of Head-Fi,

 

Ive been going wide and far to find a decent pair of headphone for my mother. Taking to long to her taste she decided she will just go with the bose quietcomfort 15 (over-ear). Knowing Bose's reputation I kinda grinded my teeth a little.

 

I am in an odd situation. I am looking for decent/good headphone, Over-ear, closed/some isolation that DO NOT require an amp to drive off an Ipod. I have look everywhere that I may think and have scrolled MULTIPLE forum post to no avail.

 

I ask for wisdom.

 

 

P.S

Available in canada if possible.


What kind of music, how long listening sessions and what do you have to spend?

post #16239 of 29490

As the bose were 350$ I suspect she is willing to spend that much. 2-3 hours and for music choice, its pretty diversify, might as well consider everything.

post #16240 of 29490
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Originally Posted by deathzero34 View Post

O great gurus of Head-Fi,

 

Ive been going wide and far to find a decent pair of headphone for my mother. Taking to long to her taste she decided she will just go with the bose quietcomfort 15 (over-ear). Knowing Bose's reputation I kinda grinded my teeth a little.

 

I am in an odd situation. I am looking for decent/good headphone, Over-ear, closed/some isolation that DO NOT require an amp to drive off an Ipod. I have look everywhere that I may think and have scrolled MULTIPLE forum post to no avail.

 

I ask for wisdom.

 

 

P.S

Available in canada if possible.

 

Sony has a number of headphones that meet those requirements: MDR-V900HD,  MDR-Z1000 and (probably for just a bit more) MDR-7520.

post #16241 of 29490

These Sony one look kinda flimsy. I hope its jut in appereance.

post #16242 of 29490
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Originally Posted by deathzero34 View Post

These Sony one look kinda flimsy. I hope its jut in appereance.


Haven't heard that said of the Sony closed cans very much--if at all.  Even the much cheaper MDR-ZX700 is very well built.

post #16243 of 29490
Guys any recommendations for an analytical headphone with a good sound stage? I'm looking at the HD598 at the moment, but I'm wondering if there are any alternatives. Comfort is very important too.
post #16244 of 29490
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Originally Posted by flashce View Post

Guys any recommendations for an analytical headphone with a good sound stage? I'm looking at the HD598 at the moment, but I'm wondering if there are any alternatives. Comfort is very important too.

 

The AKG Q 701 (or K 702) is better, but you need to amp them.

post #16245 of 29490

YAH

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