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::UNBOXING THREAD::

Hello everyone,

Novice here. I bought these:

http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_26689_MB-Quart-QP-220-QP220.html

The MB Quart QP 220 Headphones. Supposedly MB Quart got sold to some Asian country and liquidated their stock. Maybe Sonic Electronix bought that shit up and now has a room full of these headphones - I DON'T KNOW but I got them for under $60 and that is outrageous.

Compare MB Quart with CharterOak and German Maestro Electronics. Someone can chime in on how they're related - basically the same stuff.

Here is a big-ass resource on MB Quart: http://wiki.faust3d.com/wiki/index.php?title=PMB_/_MB_Quart

So here we go...

 

 

quart_01.JPG

 

 

My first impression is that I can't believe how light they are. I was expecting "3 lbs" to feel much heavier.

I put them on - and they look bulky! I am going to try a couple different kinds of ear pads before I leave the house with them. You can get some replacements here:

http://www.german-maestro-shop.de/epages/61902279.sf/en_GB/?ViewObjectID=9241192

The 1/8 jack allows a 1/4 connector (included) to screw on! First pair of headphones I've had that did that.

I had recently bought a Fiio E5 Portable Amp for these, because I heard they were hard to drive. I plugged them into my netbook, with the E5 connected, and they still didn't seem loud enough!

 

So now I am trying with my iPod Touch... better, even without the amp. Can I blow these headphones?

 

 

quart_02.JPG

 

 

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I can hear Robert Smith breathing on this Cure album, that's pretty cool. So far there is not enough bass. It even sounds scratchy?

I put on a different album with a beat - it sounds pretty nice but I wish it could get louder. I think these ear pads are too big and open! I want my ear closer to the magnets.

When I put my hands on the cans and press them on my head it sounds a lot better.

 

 

quart_04.JPG

 

 

Pros:
Lightweight
Stretchy cord
Nice price

Cons:
Look bulky
Hard to drive
Not enough bass

Stay tuned for Part II where I buy three different kinds of ear pads from German Maestro and try them out. I don't know a lot about headphones so I will just field questions instead of guessing about stuff.

 

EDIT: Actually I've decided that Part II is going to be where I send them back and buy a slimmer pair with lower impedance and deeper bass. Maybe this thread could now be for recommendations..!


Edited by frostmine - 4/25/11 at 4:27pm
post #2 of 15

They're most likely being way under-driven, especially if you're hearing scratchy bass.  Bass usually suffers first from being underpowered.  I know these headphones are rated at 100 ohm, and certainly not intended for portable usage.

post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by R-Audiohead View Post

They're most likely being way under-driven, especially if you're hearing scratchy bass.  Bass usually suffers first from being underpowered.  I know these headphones are rated at 100 ohm, and certainly not intended for portable usage.


Yeah, definitely. A fiio e5 doesn't do it justice. 

post #4 of 15
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Hey can you recommend something different possibly? Something thin and closed and deep that an E5 will drive?

post #5 of 15

Are you a basshead? what about getting a different portable amp? 

post #6 of 15
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Maybe I am? I just want something slim-looking and deep-sounding.

 

I could invest in a different amp down the line, but I do need a portable pair of headphones. What about:

 

Sony MDR 7502

Audio Technica ATH-M2X

 

Would either of those do the job? I could spend under $100 on portable cans.

 

EDIT: I found out that the Sony MDR 7502s are pretty terrible. See the chart on this page: http://www.headphone.com/headphones/sony-mdr-7502.php


Edited by frostmine - 4/26/11 at 6:17am
post #7 of 15

Exactly how "thin" are you looking for? I also have a set of the Beyer DT770 - 32 ohm version. It can be powered relatively well out of an iPod alone (since it's only 32 ohms), so an E5 would easily output the necessary power to drive them fully. In my listening experience, they can keep up pretty well with even my QP400s. Definitely have got a lot of bass and are closed, perfect for a portable headphone. They are still a little bulky though...when in the case that Beyer sends with them, I can only fit the cans, my laptop, and maybe one or two other things in my backpack with me. They're quite a bit more expensive than the insane $60 you got the 220s for, but I really like them and it was worth the $193 I paid at B&H.

 

The DT770 sounds like something that might be up your alley, but I could be totally off on that.

post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 

Audio Technica ATH-ES55 also looks pretty cool..?

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Maybe I am? I just want something slim-looking and deep-sounding.

 



The Koss Pro DJ 100's come to my mind. They sound amazing for the price. 

post #10 of 15

Unfortunately the QP 220 is probably the least efficient of recent MB Quart phones, and is the model least likely to sound good through a media player or laptop. Even the Fiio E5 won't be up to it. It's not really a reflection of their quality; they're just designed to demand more power. They'll sound better through a home stereo's headphone jack, or a desktop headphone amp.

 

Incidentally, the "3 lbs" in Sonicelectronix description is the shipping weight, which includes wires, adaptors, display box, padding, and shipping box. The actual phones are less than half a pound, not including the cord.

post #11 of 15
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Gotcha, ardgedee!

 

Do you have a recommendation for a pair of portables that hasn't been mentioned?

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The Koss Pro DJ 100's come to my mind. They sound amazing for the price. 


Which is unfortunately another can that's hard to drive.
post #13 of 15
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I actually decided on the Sony MDR V6 - can someone tell me if they are too hard to drive?

 

EDIT: Should I burn them in at all?

 

EDIT: Here is a thread about counterfeit Sony MDR V6 phones: http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/510110/sony-mdr-v6-counterfeit-comparison-thread-w-pics

 

I am going to get them from Electronics Expo: http://www.electronics-expo.com/make-a-store/item/SONMDRV6/Sony/MDRV6/1.html

 

Found a coupon thread: http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/543378/40-off-most-stuff-at-electronics-expo-com

 

And here is one about iPod EQ settings: http://www.jlabaudio.com/ipod.php

 

Just listing some resources. Hope it is helpful for whoever searches this stuff next smile.gif

 

MDR_V6.jpg


Edited by frostmine - 4/26/11 at 7:17am
post #14 of 15

Phones in your price range tend to have idiosyncratic sound (it's kind of shame the Quarts aren't working with your equipment, because the Quart house sound tends to be pretty evenly balanced), so make a memo to yourself with what you like in terms of sound, and then start searching head-fi to see what models of headphone pop up often in relation to it.

 

I don't have any helpful recommendations, sorry. If you have to stay within the $100 bracket, you will probably do better by watching the for-sale forums here and get some decent bang for your buck with a little more seller accountability than you can expect on Ebay.

post #15 of 15

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Originally Posted by frostmine View Post

I actually decided on the Sony MDR V6 - can someone tell me if they are too hard to drive?

 


The advertised specs say it's 63 ohms (which is moderate impedance for headphones) and 106dB (efficient for full-sized phones). It's going to be easier for your iPod and Fiio to drive than the QP 220.

 

I can't guarantee this will sound good because I haven't tried them with a setup like yours, but in my experience with other full-size Sony cans, the sound isolation will be decent, and that means you'll be able to get good audible sound at lower volumes in noisy environments, which also helps with the listening experience.

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