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I do enjoy the sound of the X1 a bit more for my taste in music, but in the end, it's whether I'll keep the X1 for just music use and heavy action movies and games (which I still think the MA900 does well), or get some of my money back and apply it to something else like a desktop dac/amp (looking at the Nuforce Icon DAC which is new, amp/dac, and powerful, but no optical in).

Though I need a new TV/monitor, so I could go for that...
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All those are plausible options for you, my friend. If you find yourself using only one headphone over 90% of the time than why keep both? I'm at 60-40 with my MDs and Anniversaries. Though the last couple days I've been using the MDs 100% of the time. Anniversaries are sitting in a box waiting for a new home.

 

So how about now I'm venturing into looking at the HE500 to match my MDs (possibly Alphas in future). I'm thinking about saving the funds I get from the Anniversary and going that route in a few months. But then I will have to upgrade my equipment as well... sheesh! Doubt I'll do it... but it's a thought if the funds come around.

 

You heard the HE500?


Edited by Change is Good - 9/1/13 at 11:19pm
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Nah, the weight has always put me off. Now with my owning of the MA900, I'd probably be even more critical on headphone comfort. Comfort reigns supreme, and heavy headphones have no more place in my home. If it weren't an issue, I would've just been happy with the LCD2. I love that headphone's sound. But man, it's just not the most comfortable thing...
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 9/1/13 at 11:29pm
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I'm guessing it's comfort would be exactly the same as the HE400 on your review, correct?

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The HE400 is lighter in weight.

The HE-4 is even lighter and it's about as heavy as I'd like nowadays (it's actually incredibly comfortable).


I'd definitely go for the TV/monitor first, as the MA900 sounds great off the E17. The desktop amp/dac is more of a guilty pleasure that I have no real need for.

I'm trying to write in my review now. I just woke up, and I feel like finishing it up. Hopefully to send out the MA900 on Tuesday. I really don't want to now, lol, but I'll do it for you guys.


You might get spoiled by the MA900's comfort and decide to sell off everything else and be happy with just that. wink.gif

Seriously. Until Sony makes a higher end version of it, I do NOT see myself buying anything else that's heavier or even just a little less than godly in comfort. The X1 is quite comfy, and yet, next to the MA900, it may as well be mediocre.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 9/1/13 at 11:32pm
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Make sure I'm last on the list because like I've mentioned my hands are tied until mid month.

 

As for the HE500... I think subconsciously the size really is what's been putting me off, too. What would you do if you had the MDs and $300-$400. Would you keep them and get the K712 PRO or upgrade them to the Alphas. Pretend you don't have the Anniversary, ok? I think you're going to say you would just keep what you have if so tongue_smile.gif

 

Edit: and pretend you don't have the MA900 or X1 too tongue.gif


Edited by Change is Good - 9/1/13 at 11:35pm
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Bah, the MA900 has spoiled me. I'm of the type to wanna sell off everything and get the MA900 if I were in your shoes. It's left that kind of impression on me.

But if you're going by an SQ standpoint, I'd go for the K712 Pro, sell off the MD, or just keep them for closed applications.

I don't really have a need for closed headphones, no matter how amazing they are. IF I was gonna get a closed headphone, you know it'd be the D7000, or something REALLY portable with cloth/velour pads. In fact, I kind of really wanna get the Momentum on ears.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 9/1/13 at 11:49pm
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Yea those momentum on ears are nice. You check those new Onkyos I linked? Slightly V-shaped sound, also.

 

I sold my M500s a couple weeks back. Needed the funds...

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The Onkyos are on ear, closed and pleather. Insta-fail for me.


I think you're overthinking the improvement from the Annie to the K712. I have a feeling it's just not gonna be worth the money loss. But that's just me.

I still have the HP-800. No one is biting, so I may just give it away to the aunt, and ask for the SLYR back (actually have the Slyr at home atm). I feel I'll get use out of the SLYR once the PS4 comes out.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 9/1/13 at 11:53pm
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The Onkyos are on ear, closed and pleather. Insta-fail for me.


I think you're overthinking the improvement from the Annie to the K712. I have a feeling it's just not gonna be worth the money loss. But that's just me.

 

After an extensive session with the MDs I can see the peak in the upper mids chico is talking about... and has led me to prefer my MDs overall, now. If the K712 fixes that... then I can justify the loss. But that's just me... too tongue_smile.gif

 

It all started when I asked you which had the more forward mids... and coexisted with chico's further impressions.


Edited by Change is Good - 9/1/13 at 11:53pm
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That upper mid peak is still there. I dunno just how different that's gonna be. That's an AKG thing.

If I ever wanted the Annie again, I would've went for it. I would prefer the more intimate mids that it has over the more pushed back presentation. Hell, that's why I still prefer the HD650 over the Annies for it's mids. The HD650 is intimate and up close...
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 9/1/13 at 11:56pm
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Oh, I know it will still be there. What I'm saying is if the difference is subtle enough then I'm for the improvement. Even if its ever so slight.

 

But you're right. To someone who has had neither and is deciding which to chose... the differences won't matter unless they are basing their preferences off another headphone they have (which is in my case).

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The only thing I preferred on the MD over the Annie was the bass. That's it. There's just nothing I ever found wrong on the Annie. Ever. The only thing that interests me about the K712 Pro is that the pads are deeper. That is one thing I missed about the Q701 pads vs the Annie pads. Those deep pads are probably my favorite out of all the headphones I ever worn. If the Slyr's pads had a larger diameter, they'd probably be right there too.

Of course, if you don't own either, and it comes down to Annie prices, then and only then would I feel the K712 is worth it over the Annies.
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If I ever wanted the Annie again, I would've went for it.

 

It's all good, man. I'm sure they will sell soon enough.

 

I'm actually curious as to how big the soundstage on the Alpha Dogs is. If it's wide enough with a sense of air and pin point accuracy then there is no need for the K712 PRO. The bass adjustment on it will also allow me to sell my equipment and get a much stronger amp that is better suited for planars.

 

The bass adjustment will also be a plus when gaming and watching movies. Turn in up while watching a Sci-Fi thriller and tone it down when I feel like jumping in the battlefield.

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I hear the bass adjustment isn't going to be something you want to constantly mess with. It's gonna be a bitch to adjust on a frequent basis due to it not being easily accessible and adjustable.

As far as soundstage... I dunno. I love the MD, but I just don't see the soundstage ever impressing me on the AD. For a closed headphone, sure, but I have my doubts that it'll touch open headphone soundstage.

That and I just love an open headphone's breathable nature.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 9/2/13 at 12:04am
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