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post #256 of 844

Count me as a DT1350 fan!  Got a pair last month along with Audio-Technica ESW9 to choose between them for my Christmas present. With 100 hours of A - B comparison, the DT1350's won and have become my favorite headphone!

 

But I'm keeping both. Here's why. I find the DT1350's awesome and super precise but, as others have mentioned, they are source finicky. I listen to digital and analog, older and newer recordings, and many genres of music. I found the DT1350's sound superb with the lucky subportion of my music collection that is well recorded/engineered/balanced, and either so-so or not-so-good with lesser recordings. When they sound great, though, they're really amazing. I've had jaw-dropping moments listening at a new level of fidelity with some music I've had for ages, but never sounded so good, such as Stanley Clarke's self-titled 1971 album (especially his upright bass sound!), Jacques Loussier's Play Bach albums (50+ year-old jazz recordings), and Thom Yorke's 2008 album The Eraser (on which the track 'Black Swan' makes a demonstrative case for the super fast dynamics and deep bass extension of these cans!). 

 

Some well-recorded hip-hop (Kanye West) and electronica (The Knife) work well. A majority of my albums and music files, however, don't pass muster in terms of source quality on the DT1350's, especially where deeper bass extension or dynamic range is lacking.

 

Although the ESW9's sound less precise, a bit boxy and more colored in comparison, they are nonetheless quite charming, more flattering, and way more forgiving musically with less-than-perfect sources, so they pick up the slack, especially with lossy digital audio that the DT1350's would spit up.  Turns out the ESW9's work great for casual listening and don't hurt my ears (the fleshy, dangly protrusions on the sides of my head that have been getting crushed in long listening sessions by the vice-grip clamping force of the DT1350's) as much, so comfort is another plus. Both have very good midrange, which, at the end of the day, is where I focus most of my music attention. And both work great across genres, with the AT's having the advantage on mid-bass prominent music like dub, dance and rap and for dealing with surface noise on vinyl.

 

For my comparison, music output has been via an iBasso D10 Cobra, Minibox-D, iTouch 2 (direct or analog line-level out to amp) and iPhone 5 (direct, with a FiiO E3, or digital output from Apple Airport Express by optical digital cable to iBasso D10 DAC).

 

I just ordered a little Digizoid ZO 2 with hopes of occasionally beefing up the low end on some of my music that lacks sub bass for the DT1350's.

 

As a disclaimer, I'm fickle with headphones and have had quite a few favorites as disparate as Shure SE530, Etymotic ER4 (which started me on this quest a dozen years ago), headbanded Yuin G2A, Senn 280 and cheapo Koss PortoPros. 

 

I find the isolation of the DT1350's great. They don't insulate against airplane noise nearly as well as the SE530's--sort of apples and oranges, comparing cans and IEM's, but I'll still be taking the SE 530's for air travel and keeping the DT1350's in my laptop bag.

 

Also, I initially tried out the Bose AE2i circumaurals together in the audition. Though quite comfy, I sent the Bose back as it was readily apparent they weren't in the same league sonically as the very good ESW9's and excellent DT1350's.


Edited by tobor8man - 1/8/13 at 7:03am
post #257 of 844

Count me in too!!!

 

I just got my (2nd Hand) dt1350 @ e-earphone Tokyo Akibahara last week...for just 12500yen !

(with the 2nd Hand Go Dap Unit 4.0 for 8900yen)

 

The best on-ear headphone and as good as my W4R.

 

It is just sound of heaven from DT1350 <--- iBasso T5 <--- iRiver AK100.

 

 

700

post #258 of 844
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Originally Posted by tobor8man View Post

 

I just ordered a little Digizoid ZO 2 with hopes of occasionally beefing up the low end on some of my music that lacks sub bass for the DT1350's.

 

 

 

I agree with the fickle observation.  While working well with my ALO amp, they sound as good or better with an inexpensive Digizoid/Clip+ set up, esp. for non-classical/jazz music.  I think the DT1350's plug is a big as the entire source set-up!

post #259 of 844

these were $237 over the holidays....now back to $299 at BHphoto..

 

Alex

post #260 of 844
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Originally Posted by adydula View Post

these were $237 over the holidays....now back to $299 at BHphoto..

 

Alex


Yep! I got them for far, far less than $300 over the holidays.

 

While they're not perfect, they're the best closed cans I've yet heard.

post #261 of 844

I have LCD2's, Grado 325is, and AKG Q701's....but I am really wanting to try these cans ....I hope the good deals will come back soon!

 

Alex

post #262 of 844
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Originally Posted by adydula View Post

I have LCD2's, Grado 325is, and AKG Q701's....but I am really wanting to try these cans ....I hope the good deals will come back soon!

 

Alex

 

I've not heard the LCDs yet, but among the 1350s, Grado 325s and Q701s, there's only one pair that I still have :)

post #263 of 844

I have been lurking for a while as I transitioned from the Beyer T50p to the DT1350s.  I could never get past the female vocal coloration that haunted the T50p even though I was impressed by the frequency extremes. After reading feedback here, I decided to try the DT1350, and boy am I glad I did.beyersmile.png  Gone is the midrange problem without losing the bass extension and very clean treble. I predominately use these at work with an iBasso D-Zero to get the isolation and the pair with high-bit AAC or lossless is an excellent value. 

post #264 of 844
Haha honestly mate the ESW10jpns haven't had much head time with the DT1350s around. Neutrality, extension and dynamics matter more to me than any particular sound signature. These are cans that will be just as relevant several years down the road.
post #265 of 844

I only want to share the pleasure the DT-1350 gives me. Listening to them from ODAC --> Meier Quickstep they sound so full and rich. The bass is punchy and tight. Voices and instruments have great separation and resolution. Just true listening pleasure! 

post #266 of 844
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Originally Posted by rasmushorn View Post

I only want to share the pleasure the DT-1350 gives me. Listening to them from ODAC --> Meier Quickstep they sound so full and rich. The bass is punchy and tight. Voices and instruments have great separation and resolution. Just true listening pleasure! 


Indeed, its amazing what this little guy produces.

post #267 of 844

I had totally forgotten that I have these, probably only have about 25 hours on my DT1350 since last Easter, when I bought themhappy_face1.gif

 

 

 

Sounding real finenormal_smile%20.gif


Edited by spkrs01 - 3/19/13 at 8:18am
post #268 of 844
I have a pair in the mail. Should I get an E07k or will the iPod touch be enough?
post #269 of 844
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Originally Posted by SouthernBoy View Post

I have a pair in the mail. Should I get an E07k or will the iPod touch be enough?

Straight out of the touch, you should be fine but then again, it responds well to an amp. While you're figuring out the amp, you can still enjoy it straight out of your touch.
post #270 of 844
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Originally Posted by SouthernBoy View Post

I have a pair in the mail. Should I get an E07k or will the iPod touch be enough?

Straight out of the touch, you should be fine but then again, it responds well to an amp. While you're figuring out the amp, you can still enjoy it straight out of your touch.


I've gotta say, the 1350 is sensitive enough, the E5 seems to be more than enough amp for me. The output is buffered, so there is more than sufficient current. It's flat (there is a tad bit of bass roll off), has an incredibly low output impedance and really sounds great. Nwavguy tested it, and it performed better than the E6. It would seem that the early E5 had a CMOS based opamp. I took mine apart and it's definitely not CMOS based. It certainly outperforms any CMOY, and I really think it is all you need for the 1350.

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