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post #17791 of 26190
Hi I'm a new member

I am not really an audiophile but I want to buy a good pair of headphones or speakers more of an all around purpose + playing games. Aesthetics is very important factor for me when buying. Current options that have really caught my attention respectively are the following beryedynamic dt 990, akg k712, and audioengine a5+. Beryedynamic dt 990 people around you can hear some sounds and you can also hear sounds coming from them base on the reviews that's quite bothering for me. Akg k712 I haven't seen a video review but is it similar to the beryedynamic?For amps how do you choose or know that it is suitable?
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What amp did you use/recommend for the Q701's and what mix amp did you use/recommend? I need to use voice chat often when I play.

 

I play xbox 360/ps3 (soon to bee the new console) with a set of Q701s directly from my astro mixamp pro but I find the sound is lacking in power. In all my research I kinda missed the point that the Q701s needed an amp to get everything out of them. I now run them threw my yamaha receiver with their "silent cinema" headphone technology. Its great for movies but know i'm losing positional audio for gaming. Tried this with and without the mix amp and same thing. I get more power and sound quality from my Q701s but lose positional audio. Should I just give up and get some ad700/ad700x's or maybe the MA900's? I really do love my AKG's and want to make them work with my setup. 

 

Surely you can run it like: mixamp > reciever (analog inputs) > Q701. 

 

Just use your receiver to double amp the mixamp for the headphones.

post #17793 of 26190
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Originally Posted by OreoChocolate View Post

 Beryedynamic dt 990 people around you can hear some sounds and you can also hear sounds coming from them base on the reviews that's quite bothering for me. Akg k712 I haven't seen a video review but is it similar to the beryedynamic?

 

Yes, K712s do this too.

 

All open headphones leak sound and have poor isolation.  That's why they're open.

post #17794 of 26190
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So... the reason I'm dropping out of the headphone game is because I'm gonna be paying for something for the next 2 years..., something I use a LOT more than headphones...



(image taken off google)

One of the very last two TOTL Panasonic plasmas HDTVs (they're no longer making any more plasmas after next month). The 60VT60.

I have been TV-less for a few months now, and while I wasn't ready to buy a TV just yet, I had no choice, since LED TVs are utterly inferior to plasmas, and with Panasonic's departure... only Samsung and LG are left, which are rumored to cease plasma production next year. I had to buy the last great Plasma before it went the way of the CRT.

Bestbuy has 2 years no interest, so I can take my sweet time paying it off...

With my shift towards that, I will probably only support the TV with a set of speakers or a soundbar in the later future, since I haven't been using my headphones lately, instead just using the built in TV speakers.
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Yes, K712s do this too.

All open headphones leak sound and have poor isolation.  That's why they're open.
Alternatives for the astro mixamp, I will have a hard time looking for it locally?
post #17796 of 26190
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They're no longer making any more plasmas after next month

 

Yeah, the slow death of plasma TVs is increasingly painful for me. I wish when I worked at Magnolia that I had the pay to afford the Pioneer Elite that we sold. I did get the top of the line Panasonic back then and it's still treating me well. Hopefully it'll last me into the coming of the affordable OLED displays. LCD still isn't up to snuff for me. We have one in the bedroom and it's nowhere near as natural in color as the plasma. And gaming on an LCD? Ha. No thanks.

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Just wondering if there is anywhere official to buy replacement pads for the annies? like is there an official AKG store or am I stuck finding second hand ones?

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That's a shame that plasmas are dieing off. 

 

I've almost bought one last time I went through a TV upgrade, but I couldn't find any under 50" that were also 1080p.  Now I see Panasonic finally came out with a 42" S60 with 1080p which would have worked, but it's too late as they're all gone now.  :(

 

 

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With my shift towards that, I will probably only support the TV with a set of speakers or a soundbar in the later future, since I haven't been using my headphones lately, instead just using the built in TV speakers.

 

Yuck.

 

I won't play an immersive single player game on TV speakers as I'm losing half the experience.  It's like playing a game at SD resolution.  I'll wait until I can play it on surround + headphones.

post #17799 of 26190
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LCD still isn't up to snuff for me. We have one in the bedroom and it's nowhere near as natural in color as the plasma. And gaming on an LCD? Ha. No thanks.

 

My LCD is pretty good.  I did research and got a fat one that doesn't use edge lighting so at least it has a more uniform black without flashlighting. 

 

Stil, LCD tech has a host of problems with motion and uniformity & black levels (both issues thanks to the backlighting).

 

 

Hopefully the next best tech (still OLED?) will start getting it's act together.

 

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Alternatives for the astro mixamp, I will have a hard time looking for it locally?

 

 

They're on the front page.

 

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Just wondering if there is anywhere official to buy replacement pads for the annies? like is there an official AKG store or am I stuck finding second hand ones?

 

Yes, you order them from AKG spare parts department.

Spare parts
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Phone:  +1 818 920-3279


Edited by chicolom - 11/8/13 at 10:07am
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Thanks!

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Stil, LCD tech has a host of problems with motion and uniformity & black levels (both issues thanks to the backlighting).

I had actually bought the Samsung F6300 LED set (I wanted a lighter, smaller set than the ST30 I sold), and brought it home. If you turn on the blur reduction to 10 (with judder at 0), you get motion that actually equals what plasmas do. The problem is, it introduces SO MUCH FRIGGIN input lag, that games are absolutely unplayable with those processings turned on. Once you turn on Game Mode, the input lag is VERY good, but then motion looks like absolute crap. the bland image quality was a turn off, so I ended up returning it two days later.

So I decided to look at the state of plasmas, and noticed that Panasonic was bowing out earlier than anticipated, so it pushed me to take the plunge before they were out of stock everywhere. I had nothing but a great experience with the ST30, I knew the Vt60 was the way to go. I would've bought the S60, but the lack of proper true 1080p/24 playback was a dealbreaker for me. Then I saw the ST60 which looked like the sweet spot for price and performance, but then I saw the atrocious input lag numbers, and it turned me off. The next one up was the VT60 which was comparable to their flagship in PQ, and had good input lag numbers (I don't notice the lag when in Game Mode).

With plasmas, you never have to worry about motion blur being atrocious. The VT60 is good without any extra processing, and perfect with just simple nudge of smoothing. The VT60 has a weak smoothing option, that enhances motion resolution to max, and doesn't add noticeable smoothing, until you set it to middle, or strong. Needless to say, I went to the Magnolia section, and ordered on the spot (helps that at the time of purchase, Best Buy had the best price, even compared to Amazon.)

I can't stand the glow of the blacks LEDs have, and their terrible off angle black level performance. Plasmas are so much better in this. The VT60 has amaaaaaazing blacks. Actually the Vt60 and ZT60 are the only two TVs to ever beat the Kuros TVs. I guess Panasonic's plasma division went out with a bang. The ONLY display to beat the VT60 and ZT60 in blacks is the Pioneer KRP-500m MONITOR. HDTV-wise, the VT60 and ZT60 are where it's at, with the ZT60 being a smidge better in bright rooms, and both being equal in light controlled rooms. Considering how well the VT60 does in bright rooms already, I don't see a reason to own the ZT60. It has inferior built in speakers, a lack of camera, and costs a hefty premium... you get less for more money.

The VT60 and ZT60 are probably gonna reign supreme until OLEDs start becoming affordable. Unless Samsung's last possible plasmas beat the VT and ZT60, nothing will stack up until OLED. LG has never been a true contender in plasmas (or any display type).
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 11/8/13 at 11:02am
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I see there a still a few straggler 42" S60s at Sears for "local" pickup.  I see some "new-in-box" ones for ~$350, which I would totally jump on if they're as good as the reviews.  The S60 is supposed to have lower input lag than the ST60, and the main picture quality con is that it sucks for daylight viewing (no anti-glare), but I do all my serious viewing at night so I wouldn't care.

 

Sucks that it's only local pick-up.  The closest one is 4 hours away. 

 

Hmm...


Edited by chicolom - 11/8/13 at 11:25am
post #17803 of 26190
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LG has never been a true contender in plasmas (or any display type).

A lot of the Korean 2560x1440 IPS displays use LG panels. LG panels are also used in some of the better Asus and Dell monitors. 

post #17804 of 26190

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post #17805 of 26190
I have a Sony HX-800 Edge LED, with a deep black panel.
Gotta say it compares quite well with my Panasonic plasma...
Not to mention plasmas start to hurt my eyes after some time x/
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