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I've been negotiating with that problem as well, except I've also had to handle having large ears and seeing my options and choices diminish dramatically as a result.

 

In the end I've gone with the AKG K550—they'll arrive later this week. They have large earcups, effective isolation, wide sound stage, and detailed precision in the width and depth of the field. I wanted an all-round set of headphones for everything, but eventually I had to sacrifice on portability and go with the K550's. The Philips L2 were also a viable option as apparently they possessed a wide and deep sound stage yet isolated noise better than the X2 or other open-ear equivalents.

 

If you have small or 'regular' sized ears, the world is your oyster. Basically anything will be effective, especially ones with a renowned sound stage and neutrality to the signature. The NAD VISO HP50's and PSB M4U1's are an example of this. You mentioned the Momentums... they're supposedly very good headphones for a variety of styles, but I don't know how functional they would be as a gaming headset. I can't imagine the small earcups would be comfortable for lengthy gaming sessions.

 

You also should consider the Audio Technica ATH-A700X and A900X models.

Im pretty sure I fall into the small/regular size of ears and I know i have a smaller head than a lot of folks (wear size 7).

 

I dont live near any place where I can go and try these on so I have to try to figure out what i might like just from reviews and such.  For me the most important feature would be to be able to hear distinction between the sounds and have crisp sounds.  I think that something that allows me to listen to classical music I think would work well for me as for gaming I would like to hear everything as clear as possible over say, having a bass heavy headphone.

 

the issue i run into is that for every person who knows what they are talking about who likes a given headset, there is another person who is just as qualified who doesnt like it.  This is an issue because Im new to the premium headphone market and I dont have a lot of experience trying various models out and being able to interpriute a lot of the reviews other than "ok he liked it and it was clear" "ok he didnt like it because this other headphone had clearer highs".

 

At the moment I am leaning towards the X1s, but im just not sure about the openness.

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At this point in time, I'd really be interested in a wireless dac/amp. Fiio and NuForce already have wireless DACs... but they really need to do an all wireless setup, like the Mixamp 5.8... but audiophile level. I would love a wireless E17 with the power of the E12.

Sorry, just rambling. Just getting tired of clutter. Cable management is the future of audio for me.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 3/17/14 at 10:01pm
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So I know this was sort of covered in the guide, and has probably been asked, but.... DT990 Pro $140 on Amazon. Fidelio X1 $232. I am ready to buy. Is the Fidelio worth the extra $$$? If it helps at all, it is for "fun" gaming, I listen to classic rock, and I am probably going to hook up my Titanium soundcard with CMSS-3d to my Onkyo receiver via optical and use it for a DAC/amp.

 

Thanks!

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The X1 is a safer choice. The DT990 has some thin mids, and the treble may irritate you as they're very prominent.

Just...get the X1.

If beyer ever manages to revamp the 990s with less treble, and a little bit more mids, then it may be a better buy, since the bass is more articulate, and the positional cues are sharper.

This is probably the most asked question now. I get a LOT of pms asking between the two.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 3/17/14 at 10:27pm
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Gotta love it when people ask if fill in the blank is worth the extra $?? over fill in the blank... lol

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At this point in time, I'd really be interested in a wireless dac/amp. Fiio and NuForce already have wireless DACs... but they really need to do an all wireless setup, like the Mixamp 5.8... but audiophile level. I would love a wireless E17 with the power of the E12.

Sorry, just rambling. Just getting tired of clutter. Cable management is the future of audio for me.

Functionality wise, the A50 was perfect. It had the convenience and features I wanted out of a headset but overall SQ was lacking. Boomy bass, mediocre mic. The comfort was ok at best.

 

What I really want is a wireless version of what I use now, AKG K702 65th with Beyerdynamic mic. I basically wish I could take the SQ of the AKGs and Beyer mic and combine it with the A50. That would be the end-all, be-all for me IMO.

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How did you manage the Beyer mic on the Annies? pics?

Actually, I'm referring to non-gaming needs. Yeah, I'd love a wireless solution that surpasses the 5.8, but I'm just speaking in general head-fi terms, a wireless dac amp for music, etc. If a product like this ever exists, I'm betting it's not going to have chat functionality and virtual surround, unless it's made by companies like Astro, which aren't going for audio fidelity first.
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In other news... I went back to the KEF M500 as my portable. I was able to negotiate a good deal for a pair in the classifieds... and couldn't pass it up. Man, I hate this hobby... but love it at the same time! :biggrin:

 

 

These have a very nice soundstage for being an on-ear... first thing I noticed and remembered. Really glad these are back in my hands, because I was sad to sell them the first time.

 

Will try some BF4 with them at the end of the week... and report back with results...


Edited by Change is Good - 3/17/14 at 10:34pm
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Gotta love it when people ask if fill in the blank is worth the extra $?? over fill in the blank... lol


Thank you for your brilliant contribution.

 

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The X1 is a safer choice. The DT990 has some thin mids, and the treble may irritate you as they're very prominent.

Just...get the X1.

If beyer ever manages to revamp the 990s with less treble, and a little bit more mids, then it may be a better buy, since the bass is more articulate, and the positional cues are sharper.

This is probably the most asked question now. I get a LOT of pms asking between the two.

 

That's what I was concerned with, most reviews on the DT990 complain about the treble, but I see your scores on the DT990 are pretty close to what you rate the Fidelio. On paper for ~$100 it would look like the DT990 has a better price/performance ratio, but if I can't stand them for long sessions, there is no point. They have been described as "ear piercing". I wish I could find the Fidelios locally, usually I would  just go to Sam Ash or Guitar Center and pick it up. I don't see it in stock at any brick and mortar store.


I will order the Fidelio online. Thanks!

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:oChange, was it an addition, or replacement?

I went back to BB and tested the Momentum On Ear again. I actually think it'd be a nice headphone to have, and I think it's v shaped sound would actually work for gaming. What keeps me from getting them is that I test the regular Momentum next to it... and it's clear that I prefer the originals in sound. Just wish they had alcantara pads too. Sennheiser really should have aimed the On Ear to have the same frequency response as the Momentum, even if it wasn't as refined. The regular Momentum just sounds amazing. I hope they make a full over ear Momentum soon, not this sorta over ear.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 3/17/14 at 10:46pm
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Thank you for your brilliant contribution.

 

Glad I could help!!! :D

 

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Change, was it an addition, or replacement?

I went back to BB and tested the Momentum On Ear again. I actually think it'd be a nice headphone to have, and I think it's v shaped sound would actually work for gaming. What keeps me from getting them is that I test the regular Momentum next to it... and it's clear that I prefer the originals in sound. Just wish they had alcantara pads too. Sennheiser really should have aimed the On Ear to have the same frequency response as the Momentum, even if it wasn't as refined.

 

It was an addition to the collection, just my second time around with them (sold my first pair a while back). I inquired about them, and negotiated a deal I could not pass up in the classifieds. I just used the money I still had from my K545 refund...

 

I was very impressed with the M500 the first time, but my time with them was so short lived (needed funds) that I completely forgot they existed... and how awesome sounded. I've been in search for the perfect portable (for my taste) for so long, that I was glad I remembered about these. It really is relieveing because I was tempted to try the K545 one last time (hoping for a working pair). No need for that, now...

 

As for the Momentums, have you thought about getting the originals and just replacing their pads with Shure's alcantaras (if they fit)? I see them being sold on Amazon, now...


Edited by Change is Good - 3/17/14 at 10:51pm
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Because I know that would change the sound, and I've never heard any headphone improve with swapped pads, except the Mad Dog and HE400. I like things to remain stock, unless stock is horrible.

The same way I wouldn't want any miniature changes in the Momentum sound.
post #21823 of 27263
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Because I know that would change the sound, and I've never heard any headphone improve with swapped pads, except the Mad Dog. I like things to remain stock, unless stock is horrible.

 

True... but add the Q701 with Annie pads to that... and possibly the K612 with K702 pads (at least for me).

 

I say the swapped pads on the Mad Dog, however, is more credited to the pads themselves. Those Alpha pads do wonders for the 1540s...

 

Speaking of the MDs, has Dan contacted you about the MD Pros yet?


Edited by Change is Good - 3/17/14 at 10:56pm
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Nah, not yet. I kinda want a nice lengthy break from reviewing though.
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Nah, not yet. I kinda want a nice lengthy break from reviewing though.

 

Lol

 

Gawd I hope my K612 comes back, tomorrow...

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