Thank you for the nice comment (and also to everyone else who similarly left nice comments and encouragement--as well as creative critiques, as I am still very new to this video thing, and appreciate the suggestions, too).
JIGF, the DT1350 is not just a cosmetic change. I haven't spent too much time with the T50p, but don't remember being as impressed with it as I've been with the DT 1350.
Great comparison Jude. I have to say that in the very short time I had listening to your 1350, the bass and lower mid-bass didn't blow me away when driven by my Cowon S9, and I can definitely see why you'd recommend the Sennheiser for high energy music genres that need a very solid foundation. The Beyer sounded very good from what I recall with an acoustic track though. At some point I'll need to get a pair to compare to my HD650 on my HM-801 - see what a little more juice and refinement from the source can do for them.
Dave, first of all, it was great to spend time with you and Chris overseas last month. I'm sorry we haven't spoken since, so let's get back in touch very soon on the phone and/or chat.
Regarding the DT1350: Yes, I remember you being so-so about certain aspects of it. I don't have a Cowon S9, and didn't listen to it out of your S9 in Barcelona, so I can't comment on that combo. If I knew I'd be using it only via the built-in outputs of my portable devices, I might opt for the HD25 over it.
I'm a fan of both of these headphones, which is why I said "gun to head" in the video, as that's about what it'd take to force me to give one up for good. Two different flavors, but two different flavors I really enjoy.
Audio-Technica and AKG will certainly be covered in future episodes, so hopefully I can get to those specific models at some point. The likelihood of covering a modified K518 (or any modified model, beyond re-cablings) is pretty slim--I don't do much in the way of modding, as things I dismantle tend to get put back together with parts left over on the table.
LOL. I didn't think too many of you would actually get to the very end of the video. Joe saw that outtake from an obviously discarded segment of goofing around, and wanted to include it.
Several of you asked for it, so we're going to upload future episodes in HD, when the recorded video is HD. Again, we may occasionally use what's available to shoot (like a webcam from time to time, or even a phone, if that's all we've got at the moment), so there may be times when it's not HD (or at least segments of it are not HD).
The HM-801 will be looked at in one of these videos, sometime in the future.
I'm tapping on the HD25's cups now, and they feel like plastic to me.
Regarding the haircut. LOL, thanks. I'll tell my barber.
I think both are synthetic leather, but I'll let you know if I find out otherwise. (There are velour earpads for the HD25-1 II, but I didn't use them for this evaluation.)
Yes, the Fischer models have become quite popular in this community. I may visit Fischer products in a future episode, but there are no specific plans at the moment, nor have I heard any of the Fischer models yet.
Interesting. I spent a couple if hours at 32 ohms a few weeks ago and listened to a lot of phones including the two in this report.
Listening thru my diymod and Mseed Spirit amp in high gain, I found the DT1350's to be rather awful. No foundation at all..seemed really shrill. In retrospect, maybe they weren't on my ears properly. I much preferred the HD-25's, but I didn't find them to be a must have either.
The one headphone that I keep thinking about was the Fostex. Even unmodded I really liked what they were doing.
Though I don't expect everyone will like the DT1350 (or the HD25, or any other headphone for that matter), I feel very confident that "shrill" will not be commonly used to describe the DT1350 (though, of course, I do believe it sounded that way to you). Though it's possible it was at least partially due to unfortunate positioning over your ears, I'm unable to move it into any position over mine to the point where the DT 1350 becomes shrill. It doesn't sound like you were too thrilled with the HD25 either, even though you preferred it to the DT1350. Again, I'm one man with just this pair of ears and my preferences, so, to be clear to everyone, I don't presume my preferences to be any more valid (to those who aren't me) than anyone else's.
I'll try a stock Fostex again at some point (and maybe a Thunderpants if anyone locally has one). For planar magnetic headphones, right now what I have on hand is the HiFiMAN HE-4, HiFiMAN HE-6 and two Audeze LCD-2's--three models I'll definitely be discussing in future videos.
That's a circumaural headphone. Again, though, of the supra-aurals I've tried, these two are probably tops as far as isolation goes.
Enjoy it! Again, the one I had in the video was borrowed from a local friend, but I knew I had to have an adidas version of my own, so ordered one. It should be here in the next few days! (I also borrowed one from Sennheiser to use at CES, and fell in love with its looks immediately.)