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post #10456 of 23131

For 400 I don't want to.  Only if someone lends them to me.

 

I could be putting the 200 from soon to be ODAC/O2 sale and another 200 for them, but I rather save up for LCD-2.

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Thread Starter 
It's better than the HE-400 which costs the same... that's how I justify it.
post #10458 of 23131

I'm not quite as 'Mad' as you, so I won't be selling anything currently or buying anything and reselling it until I get the LCD-2.  :P

post #10459 of 23131
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Lol, trust me, I wouldn't wanna be me. XD

But I hope you're able to hear it at some point. The biggest reason I'd get the Annie over the LCD2 is the soundstage, weight, and comfort, in addition to the incredible sound they put out. The more I A/B with the HE-400, the more I realize the bass is actually almost comparable. It's crazy. At one point I forgot which one I was listening to when I was listening to music, and was laying down.
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Eh, I would love to try the Annies, but it's just too expensive...The Beyers were too much for me already, but I still bought 'em in the end and I'm very happy. Although, I'm looking for something else on the same level the 990s, because the HD555 just don't do it anymore for me...They've lost all the magic and just can't compare with the Beyers. :(

 

I'm still on fence about the Fidelio X1 which I could get for a very low price, but I don't know...The Q701 is an option too, but the price is still pretty steep where I live. And then, there's there's the amp issue. I would love to get something better than the E9/E7 combo, which is been great, but I know I could get more from my headphones with a better amp. Meh...

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Your amp is fine. I'd upgrade the source first. Trust me. The E7 is the weak link. I still enjoyed the E9K's (which should be the same sonically as the E9) sound recently even next to my SA-31. That was testing the 600ohm 990s too.

The X1 is going to be my next headphone (once it's on Amazon here), as I have a feeling I'm not gonna keep the HE-400. That damn Annie really screwed with my plans. Headphones aren't allowed to have bass, mids, clarity, large soundstage, extreme comfort, featherweight all at once!
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 1/5/13 at 8:13am
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So, I was set on getting the DT 990 Pros.  Then you had to go and get the Annies, Mad.  Based on your reactions, I'm really, really tempted.  The price is a bit tough to swallow compared to what I was going to spend on the 990s, though.  If I do decide to get them, I'd have to readjust funds from other planned expenditures, including cancelling a pre-order for the Hot Wheels 1:18 scale Ghostbusters Ecto-1A (yeah, I'm a geek) which is supposed to release later this month (maybe I'll get lucky and the release will be pushed back again).  Don't make me regret passing on Ecto MLE! wink.gif biggrin.gif

 

But I do have a question.  I ordered the Magni last week.  If I'm remembering correctly, earlier you told someone the Magni would be better for the Q701s than the E9k.  Would it be safe to assume that the Magni will be fine with the Annies as well?

 

Thanks!

post #10463 of 23131
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^You know you all want to. wink.gif

 

I've got this bookmarked > http://camelcamelcamel.com/AKG-K702-65th-Anniversary-Edition/product/B00A8LZ5GU

 

But I need to wait for some spending money to accumulate first.   Plus I don't want to sell the Q701 without having a chance to compare the two first to see the differences.


Edited by chicolom - 1/5/13 at 9:48am
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Do the Annies have removable earpads?

post #10465 of 23131

Well, screw it. I am buying the Annies.. Has to make a good set of first headphones right?

 

Now onto an amp..
 

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Do the Annies have removable earpads?

 

Yes, most higher end AKGs have pads that twist off with a bayonet lock.

post #10467 of 23131
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Originally Posted by chicolom View Post

 

I've got this bookmarked > http://camelcamelcamel.com/AKG-K702-65th-Anniversary-Edition/product/B00A8LZ5GU

 

But I need to wait for some spending money to accumulate first.   Plus I don't want to sell the Q701 without having a chance to compare the two first to see the differences.

 

Camelcamelcamel is such an excellent site!  I use it whenever I can.

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Kidding me? Do they even come with a headphone jack? I will check them out though.

 

That was a joke reply, as I'm sure you've noticed by now...though Stax actually does make portable electrostatic IEM systems in the form of the S-001 and the new S-002. I'm going to have to try one of those at some point, though the S-002 is way out of my price range.

 

Alternatively, you could try a full-size headphone and an SRD-P loaded with batteries, but at that point, you're seriously compromising portability due to how big the SRD-P is compared to the amp portions of the S-001 and S-002 systems.

 

The K1000 takes the term "earspeakers" quite literally, in that they're meant to be driven right off a speaker amp/integrated receiver. It's a similar case for any electrostatic headphone system bundled with a simple transformer box instead of a direct-drive amp, which is why I haven't sent my Stax setup off to MLE to review yet. No point doing so if he lacks the required sort of amplifier to make it work.

 

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^You know you all want to. wink.gif

 

It'll be tough to tempt me with that price. I could get another SR-Lambda with SRD-7/SB for that much, with a little searching on the usual places.

 

But the bigger problem is that I just don't have that much. Maybe I should've held off on the PS3...nah, I wanna play some Yakuza already.

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You know, I'm been lurking/posting in this thread for over two months and I still don't know what it is that I want in a headphone. Being a novice in the audiophile scene that is to be expected to a certain extent I suppose. Recently I thought about it and what I want the most is the following:

 

1. Great comfort (because if I'm going to be wearing this for a lot of time, this is a given)

2. Wide soundstage (for both music and gaming)

3. quality headphone (but not too expensive..;))

4. I don't know how much bass or sub-bass I want but at least something sufficient enough to service the games, music and movies or tv shows I'lm likely to watch.

  • Bachata: Prince Royce, Hector Acosta etc.
  • R&B Tank, Alicia Keys, Luther Vandross
  • Soul: Adele
  • Rap (Old School, East Coast sounds like The Message, as well as Things like Mind Blowin' from The D.O.C.)

 

*As a general note, I want headphones that will help separate the vocals from the actual instruments. Often times I find that the low-quality earphones I use just mesh the sounds toguether. Even the speakers on my PC do so. I Imagine a large sound stage will help alleviate this issue. I also imagine it will be good for "cinematic" games like Bioshock where I would like to be immersed in the atmosphere.

 

5. It doesn't really matter whether it is closed or open. I imagine if I'm invested in whatever I'm doing enough I'll most likely won't be paying attention to whatever is around me even if it is making a lot of noise. As long as it is sufficiently comfortable.

 

...That's about all I can think of for now. If you guys have any suggestiongs let me know. So far I seems to like the fidelio X1 but that's not possible at the moment. I PM someone who might sell them to me at a reasonable price and not the $419 they go for (plus tax I imagine) in accessoryjack.com. I also have an affinity for the he-400s, but either way I'm going to have to wait until late Jan. which is when I get my balances on order.

post #10470 of 23131

Same boat I was in.. It would make me feel better if you coughed up the dough for the K702 Anniversaries.
 

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