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Sorry he closed his sale

 

Here is an ebay listing for $175 for an used pair. You can also search eBay for the mdr-ex800st listed by sellers from Japan. The MDR-7550 and the MDR-EX800ST are the same iems. 

 

The import charge is a bit high but its a good find! Thanks meng. You're like an ebay ninja :D

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The import charge is a bit high but its a good find! Thanks meng. You're like an ebay ninja biggrin.gif

 



For just 20 more bux you can get EX800ST... brand new.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=ex800st&_sacat=0
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Originally Posted by RedJohn456 View Post
 

 

The import charge is a bit high but its a good find! Thanks meng. You're like an ebay ninja biggrin.gif

 



For just 20 more bux you can get EX800ST... brand new.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=ex800st&_sacat=0

Yup looked at the link. It's actually 30 dollars cheaper than if I purchased locally. Great find! Are there any major differences with the japanese version? Packaging or cables wise?

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Yup looked at the link. It's actually 30 dollars cheaper than if I purchased locally. Great find! Are there any major differences with the japanese version? Packaging or cables wise?

 




ex800st
http://taiseiko.blog.so-net.ne.jp/2012-02-18

mdr 7550 international
http://erji.net/simple/index.php?t1182856.html
post #590 of 600

I've just ordered this from Amazon market place - for under $200. I'm interested in comparing them with my Hd25s for neutrality. 

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I've just ordered this from Amazon market place - for under $200. I'm interested in comparing them with my Hd25s for neutrality. 

I used the various reviews and impressions from other Head-Fiers and decided to get he 7550s last year.

 

As someone who had never spent more than $80 bucks on a pair of headphones, I was a bit leery. And when I first received them, they honestly didn't blow me away. They sounded only slightly better than my old Shure SE115s. But, as many people have suggested, I let them burn in for about 50 hours. The difference afterwards was pretty amazing.

 

Compared to my Shures, they definitely have a wider sound stage and well separated instruments. And when I heard the bass, my first reaction was, "OH! This is what people meant by tight, controlled bass!". Yeah, it's not as pronounced as a lot of headphones, but instead of being boomy and tiring, it sounds so much more precise.

 

I've basically switched to using the 7550s all the time, as I find them to be an excellent all-around IEM. About the only time I don't use them is if I want to listen to something that is naturally bass-heavy, like some EDM or Dubstep-ish music.

post #592 of 600

I used to own the westone um2s - relatively pricey iems - but i found the base to be muddy and not well defined (everything else was great). I really like the base of the senn hd25s and hopefully theses will have a similar nonboomy fast quality. i've read that the ex1000 cables improve treble - does anyoneknow if this is correct?

post #593 of 600
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I used the various reviews and impressions from other Head-Fiers and decided to get he 7550s last year.

 

As someone who had never spent more than $80 bucks on a pair of headphones, I was a bit leery. And when I first received them, they honestly didn't blow me away. They sounded only slightly better than my old Shure SE115s. But, as many people have suggested, I let them burn in for about 50 hours. The difference afterwards was pretty amazing.

 

Compared to my Shures, they definitely have a wider sound stage and well separated instruments. And when I heard the bass, my first reaction was, "OH! This is what people meant by tight, controlled bass!". Yeah, it's not as pronounced as a lot of headphones, but instead of being boomy and tiring, it sounds so much more precise.

 

I've basically switched to using the 7550s all the time, as I find them to be an excellent all-around IEM. About the only time I don't use them is if I want to listen to something that is naturally bass-heavy, like some EDM or Dubstep-ish music.


I have always been intrigued by the 7550s and it seems you have had it for some time. Would love to read your review and how its fared over the long run. Cheers

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I have always been intrigued by the 7550s and it seems you have had it for some time. Would love to read your review and how its fared over the long run. Cheers

Interesting question.

 

Upon unboxing the 7550s, my first impressions was, "Oh dear. These seem quite flimsy". Indeed, compared to my Shures which, quite frankly, are built like a brick **** house, they are rather delicate. I've basically relegated the 7550s to home use only—and I still use my Shures when I'm out, or at work, etc.

 

I use the largest silicone tip and their fit is quite good and very comfortable. I typically listen for 1-2 hours at a time, and there's no discomfort during or afterwards. They stay seated even when moving around. But admittedly, I don't do much more than walk around the house with them. I don't know how well they would fair in the outside world. Not just due to how they sit, but also due to the fact that they're ported. Which means they don't isolate as well as closed IEMs, and those ports let the wind noise in. Microphonics are OK, but compared to my Shures, they're not as quiet. Although, it's very minor and really only noticeable during quiet segments of songs while moving around.

 

I've had them for about 6-7 months now. They're still in perfect working order. No physical or sonic problems.

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Interesting question.

 

Upon unboxing the 7550s, my first impressions was, "Oh dear. These seem quite flimsy". Indeed, compared to my Shures which, quite frankly, are built like a brick **** house, they are rather delicate. I've basically relegated the 7550s to home use only—and I still use my Shures when I'm out, or at work, etc.

 

I use the largest silicone tip and their fit is quite good and very comfortable. I typically listen for 1-2 hours at a time, and there's no discomfort during or afterwards. They stay seated even when moving around. But admittedly, I don't do much more than walk around the house with them. I don't know how well they would fair in the outside world. Not just due to how they sit, but also due to the fact that they're ported. Which means they don't isolate as well as closed IEMs, and those ports let the wind noise in. Microphonics are OK, but compared to my Shures, they're not as quiet. Although, it's very minor and really only noticeable during quiet segments of songs while moving around.

 

I've had them for about 6-7 months now. They're still in perfect working order. No physical or sonic problems.


Yeah I figured as much, with regards to unsuitability for outside use. Thank you for confirming that for me. Mind going into a bit of detail about how it performs and how it is compared to your other gear?

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Yeah I figured as much, with regards to unsuitability for outside use. Thank you for confirming that for me. Mind going into a bit of detail about how it performs and how it is compared to your other gear?

No problem.

 

Currently, I do almost all of my music listening on a Sony ZX1. And prior to getting the 7550s, I was using the Shure SE115 for portable use and Klipsch Image One (first gen) for home use.

 

Compared to the 115s, the 7550s improve on just about every metric you can think of. The sound stage is probably the biggest difference. The 115s really do suffer from the old "it sounds like the music is playing inside your head" issue. The 7550s have a sound stage that I feel is at least the equal of my Klipsch—which are on-ear, 40mm driver headphones. The clarity and separation of instruments is also much improved over the 115s. Highs, mids and lows are all very controlled and I would say none overwhelm the others—it really does have a very straight forward, neutral sound.

 

A_recording did a nice comparison of the 7550s to the previous flagship model, the EX1000. Basically, his summary of the 7550s was, "Essentially the 7550 sounds like a EX1000 with a 3dB reduction applied on the high frequencies. This may not sound like much, but 3dB makes a significant difference in reducing the sometimes sibilant / shrill peak that the EX1000 has."

 

So, basically, they sound like Sony's flagship model, but the high end is reduced such that it becomes less shrill and tiring? Yeah, that pretty much sold me. Of course, there are a lot of people who consider the ZX1 to have a somewhat harsh high end reproduction. So perhaps the subdued highs of the 7550 match especially well with the ZX1?

 

I've never liked using IEMs for home use. I've always felt that on-ear headphones were far more convenient and had inherently better sound stage. Well, since getting the 7550s, I've relegated my Klipsch to use with my computer, and use the 7550s as my primary monitors. I feel that they have every advantage of a good IEM and a good on-ear headphone.

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Originally Posted by Conext View Post
 

No problem.

 

Currently, I do almost all of my music listening on a Sony ZX1. And prior to getting the 7550s, I was using the Shure SE115 for portable use and Klipsch Image One (first gen) for home use.

 

Compared to the 115s, the 7550s improve on just about every metric you can think of. The sound stage is probably the biggest difference. The 115s really do suffer from the old "it sounds like the music is playing inside your head" issue. The 7550s have a sound stage that I feel is at least the equal of my Klipsch—which are on-ear, 40mm driver headphones. The clarity and separation of instruments is also much improved over the 115s. Highs, mids and lows are all very controlled and I would say none overwhelm the others—it really does have a very straight forward, neutral sound.

 

A_recording did a nice comparison of the 7550s to the previous flagship model, the EX1000. Basically, his summary of the 7550s was, "Essentially the 7550 sounds like a EX1000 with a 3dB reduction applied on the high frequencies. This may not sound like much, but 3dB makes a significant difference in reducing the sometimes sibilant / shrill peak that the EX1000 has."

 

So, basically, they sound like Sony's flagship model, but the high end is reduced such that it becomes less shrill and tiring? Yeah, that pretty much sold me. Of course, there are a lot of people who consider the ZX1 to have a somewhat harsh high end reproduction. So perhaps the subdued highs of the 7550 match especially well with the ZX1?

 

I've never liked using IEMs for home use. I've always felt that on-ear headphones were far more convenient and had inherently better sound stage. Well, since getting the 7550s, I've relegated my Klipsch to use with my computer, and use the 7550s as my primary monitors. I feel that they have every advantage of a good IEM and a good on-ear headphone.


Sounds like all the goodness of the EX1000 without the downsides :)  Do you find it to be good for top40 music and bass heavy music? I mean does it do them justice? Thanks again for the breakdown and it seems like it is a little gem!

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Sounds like all the goodness of the EX1000 without the downsides :)  Do you find it to be good for top40 music and bass heavy music? I mean does it do them justice? Thanks again for the breakdown and it seems like it is a little gem!

Do I find it good for Top40 and bass-heavy music? Yes. Do I find it amazingly, outstandingly awesome? For bass-heavy music, no. Keep in mind, my point of comparison is the Klipsch Image One—which is by anyone's account, a mini bass cannon. So for anything like dubstep, or heavy metal, the Klipsch will make the 7550s sound a little lacking in bass. I would say the 7550s have a better all-around delivery of those genres. But if you want to smother yourself in bass, no the 7550s would not be a good choice.

 

That being said, I have heard reports of people putting tape over the ports and poking a pin hole in it. Supposedly this helps to boost the bass signature of the 7550s.

 

Overall, I would put it this way: if I lost my 7550s in a fire and my insurance company gave me $250 bucks to replace them, I would get another pair immediately. I wouldn't investigate any alternatives in that price range.

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Do I find it good for Top40 and bass-heavy music? Yes. Do I find it amazingly, outstandingly awesome? For bass-heavy music, no. Keep in mind, my point of comparison is the Klipsch Image One—which is by anyone's account, a mini bass cannon. So for anything like dubstep, or heavy metal, the Klipsch will make the 7550s sound a little lacking in bass. I would say the 7550s have a better all-around delivery of those genres. But if you want to smother yourself in bass, no the 7550s would not be a good choice.

 

That being said, I have heard reports of people putting tape over the ports and poking a pin hole in it. Supposedly this helps to boost the bass signature of the 7550s.

 

Overall, I would put it this way: if I lost my 7550s in a fire and my insurance company gave me $250 bucks to replace them, I would get another pair immediately. I wouldn't investigate any alternatives in that price range.


As long as the bass is balanced and the 7550s aren't bass anemic I should be theoretically happy with them :) I appreciate quality over quantity when it comes to bass but a little thump wouldn't hurt either for some of the EDM tracks. But I am listening to a lot more mellow and acoustic music as well. Cheers for the breakdown and I appreciate you taking the time to write about it. Cheers Bud. 

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I used to own the westone um2s - relatively pricey iems - but i found the base to be muddy and not well defined (everything else was great). I really like the base of the senn hd25s and hopefully theses will have a similar nonboomy fast quality. i've read that the ex1000 cables improve treble - does anyoneknow if this is correct?


I have an HD25 and 7550 to compare. I like them both for different reasons. The HD25 is a veritable classic great for studio/dj applications and as a pair of durable street headphones.

 

Compared to the HD25 the 7550 extends further down in the lows and is more articulate. It is also much more spacious than the HD25, and with that also comes detail within that space.
 

I would say if one likes the HD25 then I would think you would very much like the 7550.

 

The only thing I struggle from time to time is a balanced seal (both left and right channel). I have used comply tips inside of the sony hybrids with very good results, but I prefer the hybrids for their convenience. With the hybrids, it means often balancing the insertion between ears. But it isn't a huge deal. 

 

The MDR-7550 are an exceptionally clear headphone. They are up there with my 650s in clarity and may even have more detail in the lower end. The 650 sounds more natural and if I had to choose, is certainly a step up. Still, for all its great qualities, I use the 7550 as a home/studio headphone and works well for walks on calmer warm days. 


Even for watching movies/shows the 7550 is a treat.

 

I had a pair of EX600s, sold them and quite missed their presentation. The 7550 is more of the same but a step up for my listening preferences. 

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