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Really, that's totally the opposite of what I got.  Did you remove the whole tape and replace it with Micropore?  Then just leave one hole open?  I also put on velours.   I notice no bloat at all, nice and deep hard hitting bass and the mids/highs didn't change at all.

The soundstage is even a tad wider....Humm!!!!

No, I used a razer blade, cut a line between the holes and uncover one hole at a time. I could live with one hole uncovered but 2 or 3 holes uncovered sounded terrible to me. I eventually cover up 2.5 holes with electric tape and that's it. I didn't like the sound so I didn't feel like wasting time with other mods. I might go back and do those other mods  when I'm bored and there's nothing to do, but right now I have no interest in it.

 

I will do this mod one day. 

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Dubstep mod (koolkat) 

 

 

  1. Remove all the tape covering the 3 holes. Leave them uncovered.
  2. Spread out blue tack on the insides of the cup or on the back of the driver housing (refer to pics)

 

2011-09-27_13-36-54_202.jpg

 

That's it. 

 

By right, leaving the three holes open muddies up the sound due to the massive increase in bass but the blue tack helps to dampens the resonance in the chamber. The result is real heavy bass impact-wise (good for dubstep and similar genres) but it still has that edge in bass guitar. Without the blue tack, guitar sounds really blunt.

 

It's a reversible mod, so give it a go.


Edited by RoMee - 1/23/13 at 8:23am
post #23792 of 29490
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Originally Posted by K4Sait View Post




Thanks guys, i don't mind the sound leakage although i prefer it closed

In term of sound quality what is the best for me ?


From what i remebered, MA900 sounds more open, has wider soundstage, and smoother

post #23793 of 29490
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Originally Posted by eucariote View Post

 

In that case the two best options would be D7000 & LCD-2 bamboo.  D7000 do have deeper, more powerful and articulated bass than D5000.  They also manage to look better than D5000 and have the advantage of not being D5000.  But if she could tolerate an open headphone LCD-2 are technically superior to D7000 in every way.  Their bass is far more balanced and realistic and their mids are smooth, integrated and (ahem) present.  Their neutral presentation admittedly makes them a less 'fun' headphone, but for a lifetime investment, I think that she should go through the requisite brain burn-in and learn to enjoy their more natural sound.  Colored headphones get old fast imo, and they are not versatile for different types of music.  Over time the intensity of the D7000 made them more and more intolerable.  LCD-2 work the other way- they become more enjoyable the more you listen to them and everything else begins to sound like a funhouse mirror.

Mkay, any other reccomendations for even open headphones? IMO the denons are basically open to me lol. Any opinions of the Audio Technica ATH-W1000x? She loves the looks of them, and sound signature seems similarish, to the denons. 

http://www.head-fi.org/products/ath-w1000x

post #23794 of 29490

Hey guys, im looking for high End headphones at the moment. So far i own the LCD audeze Rev2, He-400, He-500, and 650's. 

All my headphones are drove from the source Ibasso dx100. I was currently looking at the Beyerdynamic T1 Tesla 600ohm, and Grado ps1000

I love dynamic sounding headphones which is why i love the line up head-directs headphones. I listen to Smooth Jazz, RnB Soul, and a little bit of alternative rock, like paramore. I did audition the Ps500 from grado and i was amazed at how they sound also :) even though they aren't dynamic

 

EDIT: My budget is $2,500 


Edited by Poetic - 1/23/13 at 8:48am
post #23795 of 29490
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Originally Posted by derbigpr View Post

 

 

Go for the higher end models only if you intend to invest a lot of money into the amps later.

 

As for HD600 / 650 / Q701.  I have both HD650 and Q701, and while both sound great, I'd say that you cant pick the best one. Now, I prefer the old K701 over both for a lot of music, like classical ,acoustic, vocal, chamber music, etc, and I think in terms of overall sound resolution, clarity, detail, soundstage, transient response, and simply how "high end" the sound is, K701 are above both of them. As for Q701's and HD650's, Senns have slightly more mid bass than Q701's, but less sub bass and less texture, in most cases you dont notice the difference. Mids have considerably more texture and detail on Q701's in my opinion. When a vocal sounds totally smooth and perfect on HD650's,  on Q701's you might notice the voice is raspy, rough, you might hear cracking, etc. thats not apparent on HD650's.  That is even more prounounced on the K701's. Highs on all three are about the same to me in terms of detail, clarity, sparkle, whatever you wanna call it. Its only a bit higher in volume on Q701's than on the HD650's, but dont think for a moment that HD650's have muffled treble. I though that before hearing them too, and I was shocked by how much treble they have. 

 

Soundstage on Q701's....hmmm..I dont like it. Its artificialy wide with no depth. HD650's have a smaller soundstage (still very big), but more 3D, with stronger center image.  Now K701's (old model, dont forget) have considerably larger, more airy and deep soundstage than either of them.

 

But at the end...what you have to remember, and prevent yourself from thinking otherwise, ALL of them sound very similar. When someone is describing differences between them, you might get a feeling like those differences are big. No, its small. Music will still sound almost absolutely the same, vocals will still be virtually the same, instruments the same, etc, etc.  Differences are minor, and you really cant go wrong with either.  To be perfectly honest with you, now that I have HD650's, Q701's, K701's and DT880's, the biggest thing that makes me choose which one of them I will listen to is the wearing comfort of a headphones...meaning, low clamping force, no painful sports, and very light weight,  and thats where K701 is again #1, then DT880, then HD650's

 

Thanks for your help.

 

This makes me a little bit nervous. I thought i'm gonna buy the HD650 or the HD600, but according to your explanation, its kind of a waste of money because they sound really similar...

 

What would you recommand sub $1000 with a darker/warmer (kind of like the HD650) sound?

post #23796 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Sleinzel View Post

 

Thanks for your help.

 

This makes me a little bit nervous. I thought i'm gonna buy the HD650 or the HD600, but according to your explanation, its kind of a waste of money because they sound really similar...

 

What would you recommand sub $1000 with a darker/warmer (kind of like the HD650) sound?

Under 1,000$ i would recommend The He-500 which sounds excellent from a tube or speaker amp. Audeze LCD 2 would be the closest if you have the money. Have you heard the He-400? they are excellent headphones and IMO blow's the 650's away. The HD650's are good headphones, but they can sound very boring and dry for some tastes. I would recommend the He-400 before the 650's or 600. The he-400 are easer to drive than those 2. They are very dark with a bit of sparkle in the treble. They are very fast headphones and can keep up with the beat of the music with excellent instrument seperation :)

 

EDIT: The He-400  are very athletic. and im sure anyone who has heard the he-400 would agree. I wouldn't call the He-400 perfect... but my god they are damn near it..


Edited by Poetic - 1/23/13 at 9:01am
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Hi

 

I'm looking for good Hi-Fi headphones, mostly for watching movies at home. Headphones should be closed or at least half-open

 

Current budget is around 250-300$

 

Headphones probably would be plugged directly in TV or in PC's internal soundcard (or. in best case, with soundcard like Creative Audigy 2), which means that, unfortunately, I will be unable to use headphones, which requires good amp

 

I would be thankful for any recommendations

 

Currently I'm looking onto Bose AE2. Feedback about how they are comfortable sounds promising. However, there isn't much feedback about how good they are for watching movies. Maybe I should look for something else?


Edited by ArmorDarks - 1/23/13 at 11:12am
post #23798 of 29490
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Originally Posted by RoMee View Post

No, I used a razer blade, cut a line between the holes and uncover one hole at a time. I could live with one hole uncovered but 2 or 3 holes uncovered sounded terrible to me. I eventually cover up 2.5 holes with electric tape and that's it. I didn't like the sound so I didn't feel like wasting time with other mods. I might go back and do those other mods  when I'm bored and there's nothing to do, but right now I have no interest in it.

 

I will do this mod one day. 


What's the head-fi community consensus on Refurbished headphones? Will they be a waste of time, or a mixed bag of luck/defectiveness.

I was considering some $27 HD428 refurbs for the sole purpose of just messing around with different mods. (then move on to higher level gear when the budget permits)

post #23799 of 29490
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What's the head-fi community consensus on Refurbished headphones? Will they be a waste of time, or a mixed bag of luck/defectiveness.

I was considering some $27 HD428 refurbs for the sole purpose of just messing around with different mods. (then move on to higher level gear when the budget permits)

Hey I picked up a pair of those refurbished HD428s on Ebay last week. They came with a defect in the cable by the plug that caused the sound to change. I contacted the seller (vminnovations) and he agreed to replace them if I shipped them back to him but he wouldn't ship me another pair until he received mine. Since this meant I would have to pay shipping I contacted Sennheiser as the HPs came with a 90 day manufacturer's warranty. They provided a return shipping label and will ship me the headphones in a week or two. They sounded really good when they weren't shorting out.

post #23800 of 29490
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

 
$330 maximum
post #23801 of 29490
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Originally Posted by punks15 View Post


Try Creative Aurvana Live/Denon D1000

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


Are you OK with an open can (they leak sound)?  If so, you should consider the Sony MDR MA-900.

I have not heard the Soundmagic.  It seems to have good review, although the number appears to be limited.

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Originally Posted by punks15 View Post


Ah yes MA900 is a nice choice too

Thanks guys, i don't mind the sound leakage although i prefer it closed

In term of sound quality what is the best for me ?

 

Open cans are generally better, except with regard to bass, because they provide a superior sound stage.

 

However, it is impossible to tell which is best for you without hearing the can in which you said that you were the most interested in your first post.

post #23802 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Poetic View Post

Hey guys, im looking for high End headphones at the moment. So far i own the LCD audeze Rev2, He-400, He-500, and 650's. 

All my headphones are drove from the source Ibasso dx100. I was currently looking at the Beyerdynamic T1 Tesla 600ohm, and Grado ps1000

I love dynamic sounding headphones which is why i love the line up head-directs headphones. I listen to Smooth Jazz, RnB Soul, and a little bit of alternative rock, like paramore. I did audition the Ps500 from grado and i was amazed at how they sound also :) even though they aren't dynamic

 

EDIT: My budget is $2,500 


With a $2,500 budget you should be posting at the Summit-Fi section of the forum.

post #23803 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Sleinzel View Post

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Originally Posted by derbigpr View Post

 

 

Go for the higher end models only if you intend to invest a lot of money into the amps later.

 

As for HD600 / 650 / Q701.  I have both HD650 and Q701, and while both sound great, I'd say that you cant pick the best one. Now, I prefer the old K701 over both for a lot of music, like classical ,acoustic, vocal, chamber music, etc, and I think in terms of overall sound resolution, clarity, detail, soundstage, transient response, and simply how "high end" the sound is, K701 are above both of them. As for Q701's and HD650's, Senns have slightly more mid bass than Q701's, but less sub bass and less texture, in most cases you dont notice the difference. Mids have considerably more texture and detail on Q701's in my opinion. When a vocal sounds totally smooth and perfect on HD650's,  on Q701's you might notice the voice is raspy, rough, you might hear cracking, etc. thats not apparent on HD650's.  That is even more prounounced on the K701's. Highs on all three are about the same to me in terms of detail, clarity, sparkle, whatever you wanna call it. Its only a bit higher in volume on Q701's than on the HD650's, but dont think for a moment that HD650's have muffled treble. I though that before hearing them too, and I was shocked by how much treble they have. 

 

Soundstage on Q701's....hmmm..I dont like it. Its artificialy wide with no depth. HD650's have a smaller soundstage (still very big), but more 3D, with stronger center image.  Now K701's (old model, dont forget) have considerably larger, more airy and deep soundstage than either of them.

 

But at the end...what you have to remember, and prevent yourself from thinking otherwise, ALL of them sound very similar. When someone is describing differences between them, you might get a feeling like those differences are big. No, its small. Music will still sound almost absolutely the same, vocals will still be virtually the same, instruments the same, etc, etc.  Differences are minor, and you really cant go wrong with either.  To be perfectly honest with you, now that I have HD650's, Q701's, K701's and DT880's, the biggest thing that makes me choose which one of them I will listen to is the wearing comfort of a headphones...meaning, low clamping force, no painful sports, and very light weight,  and thats where K701 is again #1, then DT880, then HD650's

 

Thanks for your help.

 

This makes me a little bit nervous. I thought i'm gonna buy the HD650 or the HD600, but according to your explanation, its kind of a waste of money because they sound really similar...

 

What would you recommand sub $1000 with a darker/warmer (kind of like the HD650) sound?


The LCD-2 seems like the natural choice.

post #23804 of 29490
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Originally Posted by ArmorDarks View Post

Hi

 

I'm looking for good Hi-Fi headphones, mostly for watching movies at home. Headphones should be closed or at least half-open

 

Current budget is around 250-300$

 

Headphones probably would be plugged directly in TV or in PC's internal soundcard (or. in best case, with soundcard like Creative Audigy 2), which means that, unfortunately, I will be unable to use headphones, which requires good amp

 

I would be thankful for any recommendations

 

Currently I'm looking onto Bose AE2. Feedback about how they are comfortable sounds promising. However, there isn't much feedback about how good they are for watching movies. Maybe I should look for something else?


I think that you are on the wrong track with the Bose.  In addition "no amp" and "no open cans" greatly limit your options.  Open cans can provide the sound stage that is so important for watching movies (among other uses).

 

Given your requirements, I would be tempted to stay under budget and get a CAL!, Sony MDR-V900HD or KRK KNS 6400 or 8400.

post #23805 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Pillman View Post

OK, I found out that I should be able to get a USB DAC to work with my tablet, so that leaves ~$350 for headphones.

Any ideas? Again I mainly listen to electronic stuff with a bit if indie rock, I'm looking for at least somewhat portable, closed over ear headphones and I'd like to avoid over powering bass. Thanks in advance.

My posts seem to be getting lost in the myriad of other posts lol. 

 

Here's where I am at this point:

 

-Most likely getting a FiiO E17

 

-I use 320 kb/s mp3s, but I might go to FLAC

 

-Closed over ear as I want to have minimal leakage

 

-Mostly electronic music (DnB/Trance/House/Dubstep etc) but i'm no bass head.

 

-$350 budget for the headphones if I do get the E17

 

Anyone have any ideas?

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