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post #1726 of 2079
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Originally Posted by asderferjerkel View Post

I got bored waiting for frogbeats etc to restock, so I've just ordered from GD Audiobase instead. I know there are loads of horror stories but a few people have told me recently that they only took about 3 weeks to arrive. Hopefully all goes well!

 

Depending on where you are, it can take less then that or little bit more, GD Audiobase is very inconsistent with the ship times, I honestly think for most that got massive delay's is because Dimitri didn't bother posting the parcel's out on time not to mention add up the custom's delay in Russia.....anywho good luck.

post #1727 of 2079
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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post

Got them in today.
Well, they do have a lot of bass, way too much. I listened as much as I could before hitting the EQ and cutting everything below 130Hz by 4-6dB. That helped a lot, I could finally hear details in the mids. These really do have a lovely tone, when you aren't drowning in bass.
Oh, and the earpads... my ears are large, mini-satellite dish sized, and I have to say these are rather painful. For me they're more like on-ear rather than over-ear. I can only wear them for an hour at a time before the soreness gets to be too much. Even my Grado bowls are better than this. frown.gif
Edit: Oh, and how do the earpads come off these things?

 

While I really like the Philips "Uptown" headphones, their pads sound the same - size wise.  For some people, they'll have to perform a little ear movement to get the pads on and over their ears.  However, they are constructed of memory foam, so the pressure and pain is really not a big issue.  Interested in the Fischers, though - but, seeing that post on how each batch is so inconsistent does concern me a bit.  But, I guess that's what "living on the edge" means when one is searching for champagne on a beer budget.  We have to look at the cost and realize what we're really getting, I guess.

post #1728 of 2079
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Originally Posted by wje View Post

  Interested in the Fischers, though - but, seeing that post on how each batch is so inconsistent does concern me a bit.  

Yeah the first early batches that LFF had and I bought were more like what I describe as the "golden batch", the wooden housing wasn't stained too dark and you could still see the red colour underneath the stain, the cables were coiled but the only slight aspect that wasn't so great was the foam disc that sat between the driver and earpads didn't have a circular coin sized hole cut out in the middle (not a big deal really, one can do it themselves). 

 

The later batches were dark and almost in black colour, had straight cables, drivers was inconsistent because a lot people had sibilance and harsh treble problems. Unsure what's the 011 builds and sounds like now, shame the build quality on these suck though, glad I'm modding mine.

post #1729 of 2079
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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post

 

The later batches were dark and almost in black colour, had straight cables, drivers was inconsistent because a lot people had sibilance and harsh treble problems. Unsure what's the 011 builds and sounds like now, shame the build quality on these suck though, glad I'm modding mine.

 

I guess the Ruskies don't have policies against going to work with vodka in their system.  Such a shame.  eek.gif

post #1730 of 2079
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Originally Posted by wje View Post

 

I guess the Ruskies don't have policies against going to work with vodka in their system.  Such a shame.  eek.gif

lol. You should email Dimitri in regards to that. wink.gif

post #1731 of 2079

So I sold my FA-011s a long time ago, but am thinking about getting something that would replace them. Have you guys found a headphone that has as nice bass, but is more transparent and within $400?

post #1732 of 2079
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Originally Posted by Szadzik View Post

So I sold my FA-011s a long time ago, but am thinking about getting something that would replace them. Have you guys found a headphone that has as nice bass, but is more transparent and within $400?
HE-400
post #1733 of 2079
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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post


HE-400

 

Interesting. Must look into it.

post #1734 of 2079

But DefQon said he couldn't tell much difference between a properly amped LCD2 and FA-011.  Clearly the answer is to get FA-011 with a really good amp.

post #1735 of 2079
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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post


HE-400

 

I'll second that recommendation.  Keep in mind, Magick Man is also an individual who has spent time with the HE-6 by HifiMAN.  Its loftier price ($1,299) is something that may keep many of us from ever even trying it.

 

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Originally Posted by TMRaven View Post

But DefQon said he couldn't tell much difference between a properly amped LCD2 and FA-011.  Clearly the answer is to get FA-011 with a really good amp.

 

To me, a "good amp" would mean using the speaker taps off of an integrated receiver as opposed to a boutique amplifier.  However, one will have to be quite cautious with the volume level to ensure they don't push the Fischers too far, given their more efficient design.

post #1736 of 2079
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Originally Posted by TMRaven View Post

But DefQon said he couldn't tell much difference between a properly amped LCD2 and FA-011.  Clearly the answer is to get FA-011 with a really good amp.

 

No I said I couldn't tell much difference from a blind testing perspective between a stock LCD2 and a heftily amped FA-011, re-read my previous post and don't change what I said. Not to mentioned my FA-011's are modded (driver and housing).

post #1737 of 2079
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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post


HE-400

 

Since when did the HE-400's have decent sub-bass rumble without bleeding into the mids? Aren't the HE-400's a fraction of the cost (and performance) of its bigger neutral brother HE-6?

post #1738 of 2079
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Originally Posted by wje View Post

 

To me, a "good amp" would mean using the speaker taps off of an integrated receiver as opposed to a boutique amplifier.  However, one will have to be quite cautious with the volume level to ensure they don't push the Fischers too far, given their more efficient design.

 

Using an integrated power amp a 1986 JVC amp which was around mid-range to high end back then. Yeh with power amplifier's you have to becareful with the volume because they can almost drive any kind of power hungry headphone's easily. 

post #1739 of 2079
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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post

Since when did the HE-400's have decent sub-bass rumble without bleeding into the mids? Aren't the HE-400's a fraction of the cost (and performance) of its bigger neutral brother HE-6?
They're solid, mostly transparent cans with nice bass, they have nice extension below 30Hz. IMO, they're the best you can get for $400 and I noticed no bleed like you're talking about, the FA-011s are much, much worse for that.

HE-400s are a completely different critter than the HE-6, but then HiFiMAN wasn't aiming at the same buyers either.
Edited by Magick Man - 5/14/12 at 1:21am
post #1740 of 2079
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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post

Yeah the first early batches that LFF had and I bought were more like what I describe as the "golden batch", the wooden housing wasn't stained too dark and you could still see the red colour underneath the stain, the cables were coiled but the only slight aspect that wasn't so great was the foam disc that sat between the driver and earpads didn't have a circular coin sized hole cut out in the middle (not a big deal really, one can do it themselves). 

 

The later batches were dark and almost in black colour, had straight cables, drivers was inconsistent because a lot people had sibilance and harsh treble problems. Unsure what's the 011 builds and sounds like now, shame the build quality on these suck though, glad I'm modding mine.

Frogbeats and GD-Audiobase seem to be suggesting that the latest batch is natural wood (though the latter are selling the red ones too). Anyone know how they compare to the previous batch?

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