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Is the x1 a noticable improvement to astro a40 in soundstage and directional cues?
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Dayyyyyum! The K712 with Q701 pads (broken in) get HOT after a while! I think the K712 pads breathe better, the driver just creates more heat. I guess it could be a stronger magnet? Moving faster/harder, thus generating more heat?

Also the black Xbox 360 "elite"... After that HDCP update a few years back, I can't play DVD's in it. Now I know, having tried DVDs on multiple TVs and HDMI cables, today trying new components released last summer, that it probably is the Elite that doesn't support HDCP. Why would Microsoft break existing functionality???!? Any way around this, without buying a new system?



Change, it's pretty easy to make this into an AKG fan club, huh? smily_headphones1.gif
I bet that, side-by-side, the K712 is better. Maybe not enough to justify the $$$ difference at current prices, but the cost has a history of coming down.
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Originally Posted by Evshrug View Post

Dayyyyyum! The K712 with Q701 pads (broken in) get HOT after a while! I think the K712 pads breathe better, the driver just creates more heat. I guess it could be a stronger magnet? Moving faster/harder, thus generating more heat?

Also the black Xbox 360 "elite"... After that HDCP update a few years back, I can't play DVD's in it. Now I know, having tried DVDs on multiple TVs and HDMI cables, today trying new components released last summer, that it probably is the Elite that doesn't support HDCP. Why would Microsoft break existing functionality???!? Any way around this, without buying a new system?
 

Change, it's pretty easy to make this into an AKG fan club, huh? smily_headphones1.gif
I bet that, side-by-side, the K712 is better. Maybe not enough to justify the $$$ difference at current prices, but the cost has a history of coming down.

 

Well, considering I keep find myself going back to AKG... definitely! :k701smile:

 

Stock K612 vs K712? K712 wins

 

K612 (w/angled pads) vs K712? I would pay to see this matchup... :popcorn:

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Willing to bet it's more of sound signature preference, and not a technical one. Pretty sure the K712 is more refined and high end, if AKG is asking for a LOT more than the K612 goes for.
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

Willing to bet it's more of sound signature preference, and not a technical one. Pretty sure the K712 is more refined and high end, if AKG is asking for a LOT more than the K612 goes for.

 

The K702 pads on the K612 makes it more refined and high end than stock, IMO... which is why I think it would give the K712 a run for its money. Trust me, this is not sound preference that has me making these assumptions...

 

As I've mentioned, elsewhere... the higher price of the K712, i think, is due to aesthetics and accessories more than anything else. Memory foam pads, better headband, a detacheable option, an extra cable, better structure/housing, and a nice velvet bag. None of which come with the K612...


Edited by Change is Good - 2/26/14 at 9:30pm
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Originally Posted by Evshrug View Post

Dayyyyyum! The K712 with Q701 pads (broken in) get HOT after a while! I think the K712 pads breathe better, the driver just creates more heat. I guess it could be a stronger magnet? Moving faster/harder, thus generating more heat?

 

I always found the spring foam pads (Q701/K702) stayed a little cooler over time than the memory foam ones. 

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My A30s are coming in today. Here's hoping they don't sound like absolute piss.
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Sony needs to freaking add bluetooth support back in for other bluetooth earpiece/headsets/clip-ons for the PS4. The freaking PS3 has support for it, why doesn't the PS4 have any? I know the PS4 works on a later version of bluetooth which would render some older models incompatible, but jeez... not a single one except certified products?

 

My method of chat on the PS3 was simple, I only had 1 cable to the desk where my equipments are and that's the headphone cable, which is to the amp and to the TB DSS. I have a clip-on bluetooth headset which I just leave on my shirt and output chat audio to my headphones, it was a simple and easy setup. Why did Sony even took it away when a feature like this is... an ancient feature in today's standards.

 

Sigh.

 

/rant over

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Originally Posted by benbenkr View Post
 

Sony needs to freaking add bluetooth support back in for other bluetooth earpiece/headsets/clip-ons for the PS4.

 

 

At least Sony has some support for stuff like that. 

 

LOL at Microsoft ever doing anything like that.  :tongue_smile: 

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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

My A30s are coming in today. Here's hoping they don't sound like absolute piss.

They probably will, plan on sending them back.

 

A30s are nothing to write home about...

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I don't need it to blow my mind. I need it to be at least decent. What I heard from my A30s wasn't even mediocre. It was BAD. It's been a good while since I've heard a BAD headphone, and it doesn't line up with the impressions I've seen online, stating that some prefer the A30s to the A40s, sonically. The A30 I had sounded like some horrible knock off. The frequency response was quite inconsistent between the drivers. One had zero bass. The sound overall was incredibly thin as well. Seriously, AM radio type quality. I don't believe Astro purposely sold this A30, and I expect a good improvement with my fixed/replaced A30.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 2/26/14 at 11:27pm
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Thank you for this Mad Lust.  This is a minefield for relative newbies such as myself.  I nearly just gave up and settled for some A50's because it was easy but glad I didn't.  I definitely want Dolby Headphones so will be getting a Mixamp, it's a toss up between DT990 (250 ohm) and Fidelio X1.  My current reservations are, DT990:  reports of harsh treble and listening fatigue, wouldn't get the best out of them with the mixamp and I do not know if it's possible to have Dolby through the mixamp which is somehow connected to a DAC/AMP like the Mav Audio Tubemagic which I would import.  the plus side is the phones are about £118 comapred to £180 for the Fidelio BUT would require the extra AMP/DAC purchase thus negating this bonus.

The Fidelio seem to be held in high regard, I belive would be fine through the Mixamp as they are 50 ohm (may be wrong here) and thus would't really require the extra DAC/AMP purchase, Despite costing £60 more this would actually work out cheaper as no extra equipment needed.

I rarely listen to music through headphones and this will be purely for my PS4 gaming, not movies.

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Thread Starter 
I suggest the X1. Really.
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I was kind of hoping you'd say that!  Looking into it, I didn't realise there was standalone Dolby Surround processors like the Turtle Beach Earforce wotsit, thing is, it's only £30 less than the Astro  which will also amplify me, even if it's not the ideal amount but I'm sure I'll be happy.  Plus it's all in one so less wires.

Only previous equipment I've had was AT M50S and an E17 Fiio amp, found the headphones too uncomfortable though and my ears got hot.  Will keep an eye on the X1 as the price keeps fluctuating but I'll report back when I've got it all.

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Is x1 naticable upgrade over astro a40.....mainly soundstage and directional cues
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