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I'm sensitive to sibilance as (I can't stand the Sennheiser Amperior/HD25-i-ii and Ultrasone headphones in general) well and I don't have a problem with the SRH940.

I understand, great then. How are the Shure 840 in comparison? In case i don't have enough to buy the 940. Also I'm guessing that the Akg K701 doesn't have any sibilance problems aswell since you recommended it.

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Need advise on a DAC for the following system:

 

Computer --> DAC (to be bought) --> Naim Nait 5i --> Harbeth p3esr

 

I will be visiting the UK soon (I live in Holland), where Richer Sounds seems to be selling a wide range of dacs a lot cheaper than here. Hence, I would like to have made my mind up by then and take a nice dac with me back home. I do not want to spend more than necessary on the dac so I am looking at dacs with basic functionalities, though from quality producers. The choices so far are:

 

DacMagic 100: 240e

Vdac ii : 215e

rPac : 160e

rDac: 300e

Hrt Music Streamer ii +: 300e

 

All DACs are within budget; however, if the difference in soundquality between, for instance, rPac and rDac is marginally, then I will be going for the cheap option. However, as you might have noticed, the rest of my setup is (lower)high-end at around 3500e, so I do not want the dac to be the weak link over a hundred euro more or less.

 

What to do?

post #23688 of 29491
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Are the LCD2s going to be a good step in from the senn hd650s?

 

I have nothing against my senns but I do wish they were a little more in-your-face. Will the LCDs satisfy this?

 

The other serious contender is the T1 - I don't have an amp anywhere near good enough to play with the HD800s.

 

I like that you said the LCD2s have 99% of the sound of the LCD3s, I'm happy to save $1000 if I can!

 

I've compared LCD2 and HE500 to Senn HD600 (don't own HD650) and preferred the first two in every way.  HE500 are more silky and colored, and their sound, particularly the mids, is immediately and dramatically better than HD600.  After that comparison I put away the Senns and never used them again.  While I find LCD2 technically better than HE500, they are more neutral and nothing really jumps out.  Their sound is not as soft as the HD600 but I would not describe them as in-your-face at all.  Haven't heard the T1, sorry.

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Can anyone recommend me a headphone based on my following preferences:
 
  • full-size
  • closed back
  • minimal sound leakage
  • 'good' noise reducation
  • very comfortable
  • robust
  • strong clamp
  • good build quality
  • durable earpads
  • flat cans preferred
  • one-sided cable preferred
  • detachable cable preferred
  • without amp still okay
  • at least 50mm driver

 

Genre: Progressive only

 
$330 maximum
 
Examples I have found are AKG K 550 and Audio Technica ATH-A900x, any other headphone or an opinion on the ones I have found for me?
post #23690 of 29491

After returning the Focal Spirit One, I am in the search for new headphones. I got the AT ath-50's and well they are on my head from when i get home till i get into bed. I looked up a pair of Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro Limited Edition. I would like a pair of closed overear ones, the Spirits where to small so must be in m50's size or bigger. I've listened to DT 990 Pro 250 ohm at a friends with my dac/amp Fiio E10 was not overwhelmed by that sound. Are the DT 770 Pro LE better sounding, should be easier to drive them, or should i go for something else?

post #23691 of 29491

Thanks for your input. Yes, I'm only considering closed cans only. Any thoughts about the AKG K267's. Hard to know since they just came out and are hard to get.

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All three of those as full sized open or semi-open cans, so it's a bit like comparing apples to oranges.

The 1350 is bassier than the 880 and 598 and more balanced and neutral-ish than the 990.

The 1350 has excellent isolation from outside sound and does not leak sound.  The other three don't isolate well and leak sound.

The open cans have superieor sound stage to the closed 1350.
post #23693 of 29491
I need a balance between quality and the ability with which they can be used with portable devices. The other factors aren't as important although I would prefer a pair of semi-open cans.
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To the community, how do Bose headphones compare to other makes when at the same sort of price?
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To the community, how do Bose headphones compare to other makes when at the same sort of price?

I have the QE15s and had the QE2s / 3s.


Fantastic noise cancellation. They are also incredibly comfortably. I strongly recommend them for less than ideal listening conditions. The sound is good. The bass is punchy. But it lacks some range / clarity and the bass will distort at high volumes. 

 

I find my significantly cheaper ATH-M50s or my Grado 325is do a better job of the actual music! With the grados its quite a significant difference, but they are uncomfortable!

 

Really you should tailor your headphones to your preferences / listening environment!


Edited by MightyChimp - 1/21/13 at 11:10am
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I'm sensitive to sibilance as (I can't stand the Sennheiser Amperior/HD25-i-ii and Ultrasone headphones in general) well and I don't have a problem with the SRH940.

I understand, great then. How are the Shure 840 in comparison? In case i don't have enough to buy the 940. Also I'm guessing that the Akg K701 doesn't have any sibilance problems aswell since you recommended it.

I actually haven't listened to the SRH840 in detail unfortunately. From what I've read in SRH840 vs SRH940 comparisons, the SRH840 sounds more balanced with more weight in the lower-frequencies, while the SRH940 is a very analytical headphone with a treble tilt. The SRH940 does get fatiguing to me, not due to sibilance, but probably from the higher frequencies. And yes the K 701 doesn't have sibilance issues either, and its treble response isn't nearly as fatiguing as the SRH940.

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Originally Posted by Doubting View Post

Need advise on a DAC for the following system:

 

Computer --> DAC (to be bought) --> Naim Nait 5i --> Harbeth p3esr

 

I will be visiting the UK soon (I live in Holland), where Richer Sounds seems to be selling a wide range of dacs a lot cheaper than here. Hence, I would like to have made my mind up by then and take a nice dac with me back home. I do not want to spend more than necessary on the dac so I am looking at dacs with basic functionalities, though from quality producers. The choices so far are:

 

DacMagic 100: 240e

Vdac ii : 215e

rPac : 160e

rDac: 300e

Hrt Music Streamer ii +: 300e

 

All DACs are within budget; however, if the difference in soundquality between, for instance, rPac and rDac is marginally, then I will be going for the cheap option. However, as you might have noticed, the rest of my setup is (lower)high-end at around 3500e, so I do not want the dac to be the weak link over a hundred euro more or less.

 

What to do?


That's OT.  This thread and section of the forum is full sized headphones.

post #23698 of 29491
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Originally Posted by Nick Hale View Post

I need a balance between quality and the ability with which they can be used with portable devices. The other factors aren't as important although I would prefer a pair of semi-open cans.


The 880 and 990 are too big for portable use.

post #23699 of 29491
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I actually haven't listened to the SRH840 in detail unfortunately. From what I've read in SRH840 vs SRH940 comparisons, the SRH840 sounds more balanced with more weight in the lower-frequencies, while the SRH940 is a very analytical headphone with a treble tilt. The SRH940 does get fatiguing to me, not due to sibilance, but probably from the higher frequencies. And yes the K 701 doesn't have sibilance issues either, and its treble response isn't nearly as fatiguing as the SRH940.

 

X2.  SRH840 also have a smaller soundstage that with the mid-bass hump makes them sound a little closed-in.  I prefer the 940 mostly for this reason.

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Originally Posted by miceblue View Post

I'm sensitive to sibilance as (I can't stand the Sennheiser Amperior/HD25-i-ii and Ultrasone headphones in general) well and I don't have a problem with the SRH940.

I understand, great then. How are the Shure 840 in comparison? In case i don't have enough to buy the 940. Also I'm guessing that the Akg K701 doesn't have any sibilance problems aswell since you recommended it.

I actually haven't listened to the SRH840 in detail unfortunately. From what I've read in SRH840 vs SRH940 comparisons, the SRH840 sounds more balanced with more weight in the lower-frequencies, while the SRH940 is a very analytical headphone with a treble tilt. The SRH940 does get fatiguing to me, not due to sibilance, but probably from the higher frequencies. And yes the K 701 doesn't have sibilance issues either, and its treble response isn't nearly as fatiguing as the SRH940.


No--the 940 is much more balanced and neutral.  The 840 has a mid bass hump and somewhat recessed highs, which probably explains why you like it/might like it  better.

 

Most find the 940 to be a great headphone for all those who favor a neutral presentation.  It is very detailed, but not cold.  Those who prefer bumped up bass with not like it.  To my ears it has fantastic mids.  Those who hear a treble tilt may be listening for and missing more bass.

 

On the other hand, some (not me) have found the AKG K/Q 70x line to be sibilant.

 

Bottom line: when you are talking "fatiguing" and "sibilant" in the context of these cans, it's a very individual thing.  The best that can be done is to ID the size and shape of the bell curves on each of these issues for each of these cans.  If you can't listen yourself, you will at least get an idea of how these are heard by the headphone community as a whole.

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