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My bad. NEW flagship to compete with what's been out in the recent years.

 

Just as Sennheiser needed to bring out the HD800 after discontinuing the Orpheus systems, huh? And speaking of which:

 

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The first few times I heard the HD800 it was all off some opamp garbage and they sounded terrible.  Give them a good amp and they truly shine... 

 

Prior to the HD800 there wasn't a whole lot of choice out there.  Never liked the R10 all that much (too bloody colored), the HP1000 is a one trick pony and the comfort is horrible, HD600 is astounding for the price but a bit dull and that was it really.  A SR-Lambda or LNS more than holds its own against all of those.

 

This kind of surprised me, really. The don of the Stax Mafia himself, actually giving praise to a dynamic driver headphone? Now I really have to try the HD800...but what constitutes a good amp for it, anyway?

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The Orpheus was never meant to be sold like a typical headphone. It was apparently a task given to the engineers to build the best sounding headphone in the world, not one meant to be consistently sold, etc.

FWIR, the K1000 doesn't stack up to the competition these days. Not only that, but it's been discontinued for ages. It's about time for AKG to step back into the game.


I've heard nothing but great things about the HD800 (if articulation and detail retieval are your aim), but I do hear that it has a peak at 6khz that keeps them from being true god level. Ironically, the same problem the K701 has...

I think I'd like to give the K701 another chance, as I'm in the mood for some highly detailed, airy headphones. the MA900's soundstage really brought me back to the AD700 days.

K701, SRH-1840, HD800, Alpha Dogs, Stax 764327864798749803249
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And the hunt goes on!!!
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You know all the AKGs, the lower ATs and a few others. You're more than familiar with this level. I think it's rather time to go for the HD 800 and the K812, at least with a loaner program.

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Well, I want to listen to some, not buy. My next purchase is gonna have to be something that stays with me, like a TH-900...


But I'm speaking of what ifs. Right now, I can't afford a damn thing.
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I think I'd like to give the K701 another chance, as I'm in the mood for some highly detailed, airy headphones. the MA900's soundstage really brought me back to the AD700 days.
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Well, I want to listen to some, not buy.

 

When it comes time for me to move on from the T90s (which will be when I can spring for the HD800s) I can send you them before I sell them.  They have a whole lot of air, detail, and soundstage. 

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Yeah, Beyer is at the very top in soundstage and imaging. I wish the T90 would have less zingy highs and better mids. It would be a standard recommendation among the K7xx. 

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Sounds good Chico. Been a while since I've heard a brighter/detail oriented headphone.
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Yeah, Beyer is at the very top in soundstage and imaging. I wish the T90 would have less zingy highs and better mids.

 

Which would be...HD800?

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Well, the T90 is really no comparison....no chance at all. I had a longer post directed at you about it, maybe it went unnoticed under other discussions. 

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Well, the T90 is really no comparison....no chance at all. I had a longer post directed at you about it, maybe it went unnoticed under other discussions. 

 

No, I saw it.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/534479/mad-lust-envys-headphone-gaming-guide-updated-9-2-2013-sony-ma900-added/16980#post_9827449

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Ah ok, it's definitely time for the HD 800 then. Which of the three are you planning to keep?

 

Will you upgrade your DAC? (I wouldn't in the beginning)

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Ah ok, it's definitely time for the HD 800 then. Which of the three are you planning to keep?

 

Will you upgrade your DAC? (I wouldn't in the beginning)

 

 

I would guess either the X1 or K712 (If I don't have to sell them ALL to afford it).  I don't suppose you've heard either?

 

I think the K712 would have more overlap with the HD800 while the X1 would sound less like the HD800, with its more emphasized bass.  But I really like the K712.  :\

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I posted some X1 gaming impressions here, sometime at the beginning of the year when the amazon.it offer started the craze. For the price I found it really good but the one-noty bass put me off in the end (+non-removable pads) and the highs while thankfull non-fatiguing aren't very detailed. It was 200€ though and that's still unbeatable imo.

 

The green Q701 I had a few days ago brought me back to the K701 memories (which I had for more than a year). While the AKG Soundstage is wide, it's pretty oval with not much depth and phantom center is lacking/diffuse. So in in terms of "huge", yes, they will overlap. Personally I would get something closed or special like the Fostex to complement rather than something "similar". Maybe Alpha Dogs turn out to be pretty good. 

 

Imo multiple headphones should complement each or contrast more. 

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I really enjoyed all the reviews. This has to be one of the most detailed group of headphone reviews in every price range available. Congrats. Now I'm about to purchase a set of headphones and I'm torn between the MA900s and the Fidelio X1s. I really like the price/performance ratio of the MA900 but The X1s seem to be much better built and I do have the money for them. It's just that I don't want to spend almost $100 more for a very little increase in quality (soundwise). I'm going to use the headphones mainly for gaming (more non competitive), movies and music. My sources would be my gaming PC with a SBZ sound card and an HTC One as my portable music player. What would you recommend?? Thanks

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