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no problem. i just happened to be starting right at mine. tongue_smile.gif

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Fixed. I advise everyone to NOT use those adapters, as they can put a lot of strain to 3.5mm inputs.

Guys, let me know of any other problems with the review of if I need to expand on some things. I'm going on little sleep AND I have to go to work soon. Tonight won't end well. Lol.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 7/18/13 at 5:49pm
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Having just picked up the X1's to compare to the DT 990 Pro 250, I'll just add my two cents to MLE's excellent review.  I have to admit, I was skeptical of the X1's, having recently bought the 990's and being quite impressed by them.  But the X1's truly do surpass the 990's in every way.  They sound better, are more comfortable (by far in my opinion) and are the best looking headphones I have ever seen.  I thought that the 990's did bass well for open headphones, but my goodness do the X1's do it better.  It's amazing that you can raise the sub bass and actually feel something there - and I mean in the 30Hz range.  This is probably due in part to the 50mm drivers as compared to the 45mm drivers on the 990.  The treble is definitely not as harsh as the 990's, but still present and wonderful.  As far as gaming goes, explosions finally sound the way I've been wishing they would.  If you have the original DSS, turn Dolby Headphone on, add a hint of the bass enhancer, and you'll be in gaming heaven.  I paid $100 more for the X1's than I did for the 990's, and they are more than worth the premium.  I don't feel like I ever need to look for something else.  I think MLE gave the 990 Pro's a 9/8/8.  I've only listened to music and gamed with the X1's for about 6 hours so far, but in comparison to that, I would give the X1's a 9.5/8/9.5 - couldn't be happier.
 


Edited by ethan7000 - 7/18/13 at 7:08pm
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Great review MLE!

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I thought that the 990's did bass well for open headphones, but my goodness do the X1's do it better. 

This is probably due in part to the 50mm drivers as compared to the 45mm drivers on the 990.

 

I doubt the actual driver diameter has too much to do with it.  AD700's have 53mm drivers and their bass is pathetic (no offense AD700).

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Ya, could be a number of factors
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Excellent review - very thorough and well articulated MLE!  One of these days I'll get to try the X1 out...

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There are quite a few things I messed up in. I'll fix it tomorrow.

Thanks guys. Chico, totally stole your image. For the horde!
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 7/18/13 at 8:31pm
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I just got some HD 598s and so far they are great for everything I want them to do. They are a neutral headphone but leave a lot of room to equalize to the sound you like. They're great for music, too.

 

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Here, I don't think this is necessarily equivalent to a "best case scenario," but here's a video sample so you'll just hear the difference:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnpLUlD20z8&sns=em

Here's a sample with SBX: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVuck0NrXV0&sns=em

 In the Battlefield video and the Mirrors Edge videos CMSS3D by far sounded the best with the HD598s and SR850s. Even the Dolby just didn't seem to provide as much positional accuracy to me, but that might also have to do with the brighter treble on CMSS3D.

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MLE,
Just gotta say, great review, and way to really sell the idea of ultimate headphone again. I don't know how you manage to make each new headphone sound revolutionary, but you do, even if they have a few flaws you point out. You know I love the Q701s... and I've been enjoying the easy connectivity of my M-100s... Your Fidellio X1 review makes the new headphones sound like the best of everything.

You could be the Billy Mays or Steve Jobs of Headphones, you sell their benefits pretty convincingly.
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I just got some HD 598s and so far they are great for everything I want them to do. They are a neutral headphone but leave a lot of room to equalize to the sound you like. They're great for music, too.

 In the Battlefield video and the Mirrors Edge videos CMSS3D by far sounded the best with the HD598s and SR850s. Even the Dolby just didn't seem to provide as much positional accuracy to me, but that might also have to do with the brighter treble on CMSS3D.
I know what you mean, but the guy who posted that video seems to go out of his way to use pretty extreme settings on everything but CMSS-3D... Did you watch any of the videos posted by Fegefeuer after my post? Those are much nicer, though expect a real card to sound even better during gaming, than in a YouTube sample.

Don't get me wrong, CMSS-3D is great for positional accuracy when configured well, but don't knock the other DSPs yet.
Edited by Evshrug - 7/18/13 at 10:01pm
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It's pretty easy to make every new review sound like the headphones are completely worthwhile, when they really are. Also helps that practically all of my recent reviews have been of some truly stellar headphones, like the SR407, LCD2, Annies, etc.

You best believe, if I dont like something, you'll know... *cough*A50*cough*...
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It's pretty easy to make every new review sound like the headphones are completely worthwhile, when they really are. Also helps that practically all of my recent reviews have been of some truly stellar headphones, like the SR407, LCD2, Annies, etc.

You best believe, if I dont like something, you'll know... *cough*A50*cough*...

How did the the SR-407's imaging compare to that of the Q 701 for gaming? I just ordered a new SRS-2170 (amp + earspeakers) from Japan for $590 USD and I'm eager to try it out for gaming in comparison to my 8-bump headband K 701.

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The SR407 is like a Q701 on steroids, but the AKGs still have better soundstage and better positional cues. Still, the SR407 sounds so effortless, it still makes for an incredible gaming can.
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The SR407 is like a Q701 on steroids, but the AKGs still have better soundstage and better positional cues. Still, the SR407 sounds so effortless, it still makes for an incredible gaming can.

Ah okay. Good to know! I'm stoked to hear how it sounds for gaming.

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The SR407 will be incredibly agile, and brighter than the Q701. The mids won't be as forward, but everything sounds incredibly clean.
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