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post #46 of 95

No offense to you other great reviewers but this is the best review I've ever seen. Awesome work. Please, Please, Please do more reviews like this. regular_smile%20.gif

post #47 of 95
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Originally Posted by h1a8 View Post

No offense to you other great reviewers but this is the best review I've ever seen. Awesome work. Please, Please, Please do more reviews like this. regular_smile%20.gif


Thanks for your kind words! I've written lots of reviews regarding other things before coming to head-fi so I'm pretty used at it. The main ingredient for me when writing a review is to stay as objective as possible, ie taking no personal preferences into account and saying things like "this best basshead can for sure, the bass is so super detailed and tight". Not every1 wants a "tight" bass response and then it's unfair to write in that way IMO, I just say it's "tight" and leave it at that. I think this is very important for a review.

 

I would gladly do more reviews but I lack headphones to write about. :p I've learnt what kind of sound I prefer now as well so I don't blindly need to buy a headphone and hope for the best, that's why I rarely buy any headphones today too. ATH-PRO700MK2 is possibly the only headphone on my interest list atm, if I see some good deal I might jump on it.


Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 6/8/11 at 8:48pm
post #48 of 95

Thumbs up man, quality review, beerchug.gif

 

I got the D1100's a few days back, absolutely loving them, I'm about to get the Sony MDR ZX700's to see which I prefer, even though I know I'll end up keeping both redface.gif

post #49 of 95

I just stumbled upon this thread in trying to decide whether I want to buy another Sony XB-series headphone or not.... and I have to say that "this is an amazing review!"  I absolutely love how you put your impressions in a slide scale.  Great job.

post #50 of 95

Hey, just wanted to let you guys know, after experimentation, I have made the D1100s MUCH, MUCH more balanced and IMO, better.  I took off the ear pads, and covered the bass ports at top with masking tape.  It makes them far more balanced and brings the mids forward.  If anyone else tries this out, tell me what you think.

post #51 of 95

Should have added the hfi 580 to the review </3

post #52 of 95

i got the xb 500 and loving them to the bone best headphone i have had compared to the my bass light shures.... they are just soo much more fun but they leek alot of sound, thx for all the help RPGWIZaRD and can and expect a small but decant review from me :)

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i got the xb 500 and loving them to the bone best headphone i have had compared to the my bass light shures.... they are just soo much more fun but they leek alot of sound, thx for all the help RPGWIZaRD and can and expect a small but decant review from me :)



nice pic.

post #54 of 95
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i got the xb 500 and loving them to the bone best headphone i have had compared to the my bass light shures.... they are just soo much more fun but they leek alot of sound, thx for all the help RPGWIZaRD and can and expect a small but decant review from me :)


I'm glad you're enjoying them. :)

 

post #55 of 95

im confused first you said the xb500 is most forward then at the end you say the D1100 has harsher highs? Did you mean in terms of soundstage, like in your ear?

post #56 of 95
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im confused first you said the xb500 is most forward then at the end you say the D1100 has harsher highs? Did you mean in terms of soundstage, like in your ear?


Yea, well the mids and bass are much more "in-your-face" on XB500 while D1100 has harsher highs it's still "distant" and relaxed sounding in terms of soundstage/positioning, it's like you're the center of the music on XB500 but it sounds like listening a bit from aside with the D1100, like it having slightly artificial soundstage which my ears doesn't enjoy the slightest, it's something that works best with classical recordings but for my taste it's disengaging signature, I want to "feel I wanna dance" to the music which D1100 doesn't give for me.

 

post #57 of 95

hmm:/ so it seems like the D1100 is gonna sound like the better sounding bose headphones, I mean I like a big sound stage, but I still wanna feel my music. how is the bass on the D1100, can you really feel it? I personally wasn't totally in love withe the XB700's. I felt like the lacked some of those dynamics I was looking for, honestly imo just sounded like an improved beats headphones, but still lacking the sweetness in some frequencies. I really want a headphone with booming thumping bass I can feel, and still have great *musical* mids and laid back treble would be nice. Been looking into the

 Pro700 mk2

v-moda crossfade lp2

v-moda m-80

Pioneer hdj2000 

D1100

Audio Technica WS55

and then some maybes - 

Skull candy Aviators or Mix masters

Shure 750

 

do you have a say on any of those ?

post #58 of 95
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hmm:/ so it seems like the D1100 is gonna sound like the better sounding bose headphones, I mean I like a big sound stage, but I still wanna feel my music. how is the bass on the D1100, can you really feel it? I personally wasn't totally in love withe the XB700's. I felt like the lacked some of those dynamics I was looking for, honestly imo just sounded like an improved beats headphones, but still lacking the sweetness in some frequencies. I really want a headphone with booming thumping bass I can feel, and still have great *musical* mids and laid back treble would be nice. Been looking into the

 Pro700 mk2

v-moda crossfade lp2

v-moda m-80

Pioneer hdj2000 

D1100

Audio Technica WS55

and then some maybes - 

Skull candy Aviators or Mix masters

Shure 750

 

do you have a say on any of those ?


I would say Panasonic HTF600 for $35. xD They are my fav out of the 10 or so headphones I've used up to $200 mark and they are the cheapest too! They are exactly what you described, well apart from possibly "thumping bass". I use a ZO with mine on lvl 6 out of 32 which enhances the bass to the point I want it to be but the headphones without using ZO amp have at least as much bass at M-80 if not slightly more but it's not as much bass as MK2, LP2 or D1100 (well quite close).

 

So I would say get a HTF600 + digiZoid ZO2 amp (for total around $135). This gets you music you feel with very thumpy but controlled bass and beautiful slightly warm musical quite forward mids and slightly laid-back treble and is among the most "engaging" headphones I've listened to, you can't sit still when listening to music with this combo, you just feel like dancing along to the music, the opposite what I felt with D1100 which is a very artificial / non-musical sounding headphone in my ears.

 

You seem to want a lot of impact in the bass which HTF600 and ZO have. The LP2 has also similar kind of signature, it's just more unbalanced than HTF600 in mids and highs, it has a peak in the upper mids and slight dip in the lower mids and highs are very rolled-off to the point I had to boost about 3 - 6dB in the highs on an EQ but yea they have a similar sound signature but HTF600 has better sound quality, more even mids and highs and slightly better controlled and less bass.


Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 12/19/11 at 5:54pm
post #59 of 95
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I would say Panasonic HTF600 for $35. xD They are my fav out of the 10 or so headphones I've used up to $200 mark and they are the cheapest too! They are exactly what you described, well apart from possibly "thumping bass". I use a ZO with mine on lvl 6 out of 32 which enhances the bass to the point I want it to be but the headphones without using ZO amp have at least as much bass at M-80 if not slightly more but it's not as much bass as MK2, LP2 or D1100 (well quite close).

 

So I would say get a HTF600 + digiZoid ZO2 amp (for total around $135). This gets you music you feel with very thumpy but controlled bass and beautiful slightly warm musical quite forward mids and slightly laid-back treble and is among the most "engaging" headphones I've listened to, you can't sit still when listening to music with this combo, you just feel like dancing along to the music, the opposite what I felt with D1100 which is a very artificial / non-musical sounding headphone in my ears.

 

You seem to want a lot of impact in the bass which HTF600 and ZO have. The LP2 has also similar kind of signature, it's just more unbalanced than HTF600 in mids and highs, it has a peak in the upper mids and slight dip in the lower mids and highs are very rolled-off to the point I had to boost about 3 - 6dB in the highs on an EQ but yea they have a similar sound signature but HTF600 has better sound quality, more even mids and highs and slightly better controlled and less bass.

yeah I mean I'll get an HTF600 with one other one, and maybe an amp maybe. Also I always though D1100 were bass head headphones, while the HTF600 were bassy, while the M80 were balanced with a touch more bass. I want this for portability though, so which out of those is best for portability, no including the HTF600. Oh also I don't like eqing :/ sorry. If I ever eq its on my ipod with bass boost, but that is VERY VERY rare. Oh actually also when I doing some gaming and I want some more footsteps. 
 

 

post #60 of 95

in terms of feeling that tickle ^^ how much of the d1100 will tickle your ears? In comparison to the xb500 and lp2.


Edited by WakiDabeast - 1/21/12 at 10:29pm
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