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post #1366 of 2423

Can someone confirm this. When I play "Cosmic Love by Florence and the Machine" through a takstar pro80, without using an equalizer, in the first part, about 1 minute mark onwards, I hear an unbearable tambourine-like instrument that is very harsh. It's so harsh that the headphone sounds broken to me. Can someone test this out for me and confirm this? I think the youtube video will do if you dont have the track. Please, someone. Thank you.


Edited by lisagorbin - 1/22/14 at 7:31am
post #1367 of 2423
That's my main criticism with the Pro 80 - percussive sounds can be overly crisp and really fatiguing. Although that song you mentioned sounds fine to my ear. Also, I really hope the sibilance lessens soon. I have around 70hrs on these.

I tend to enjoy classic rock and (some) metal with these headphones.

edit: I'm going to just stick to using Sansa/E17 and formulate my impressions from those sources instead of the Mac Mini (which I can no longer trust). There are so many variables with audio...
Edited by badhorsie - 1/22/14 at 3:31pm
post #1368 of 2423

After one week of use, some impressions on the Pro 80:

 

First thing that caught my eye was the size, is 't small ! The earcups are small, the headband is small when not pulled out. I have to adjust the earcups till max to get it on my big head. Once it's on that head first thing I hear is... muffeled sound... it's like putting hearing protection on your head so good isolation ! And the first thing I feel is comfort. Even with the fake leather earpads.

 

Then I plugged it into my iPhone.... played a song from Dream Theater... begins with troath chanting, really deep, and ambient sounds. Bass was good, but it's the "open" sound which really surprised me. It's the widest sounding pair of headphones I (have) own(ed) !

Then the guitar came in with a very metal-like riff, sounded damn good ! The treble didn't bother me at all. randomly played some other songs on it and they all sounded really good on the iPhone.

 

But when I plugged it into my Macbook Pro's headphones out there it was... the treble peak :confused_face:

It's unbelievable how much difference there is in sound between the iPhone's musicplayer and iTunes on the Mac. Of course, on the Mac I can use EQ to tame that treble peak but I don't like using EQ.

 

Stereo imaging, on the other hand, is supurb on these. Nice instrument placement, good detail. Wide sound with lots of room and sounds outside of my head.

 

So overall a very decent pair of headphones.

 

The comparisment:

 

I've got another Chinese pair in the house, my Somic MH489, my favorite cans. How do they compare to the Pro 80's ? Well, they don't! The Takstar is open sounding, The Somic compact sounding. The Takstar is small sized, the Somic is huge. The Takstar is comfy, the Somic presses on my ears, not so comfy... but soundwise I still prefer the Somic. It's massive bass is so much fun and there's no treble boost.

post #1369 of 2423
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Originally Posted by badhorsie View Post

That's my main criticism with the Pro 80 - percussive sounds can be overly crisp and really fatiguing. Although that song you mentioned sounds fine to my ear. Also, I really hope the sibilance lessens soon. I have around 70hrs on these.

I tend to enjoy classic rock and (some) metal with these headphones.
 

I really hope the highs get tamer. Everything sounds good on these until you stumble on a track that has crashing, over sizzled highs.

post #1370 of 2423

EQ 8k-10k down about 2db and the sizzle goes away. Doesn't affect the sound negatively either.

post #1371 of 2423
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Originally Posted by Teska View Post
 

But when I plugged it into my Macbook Pro's headphones out there it was... the treble peak :confused_face:

 

 

Stereo imaging, on the other hand, is supurb on these. Nice instrument placement, good detail. Wide sound with lots of room and sounds outside of my head.

 

So overall a very decent pair of headphones.

 

They are really good. There is some depth along with the width of the soundstage.
The equalizer really helps on the treble but like you, im not comfortable using the equalizer.

post #1372 of 2423
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Originally Posted by bhazard View Post
 

EQ 8k-10k down about 2db and the sizzle goes away. Doesn't affect the sound negatively either.

Can you test out the track i mention without eq? I'm a bit concerned because it's "abnormally" screechy and harsh for me. I have a 25 year-old ears.

post #1373 of 2423
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Originally Posted by lisagorbin View Post
 

Can someone confirm this. When I play "Cosmic Love by Florence and the Machine" through a takstar pro80, without using an equalizer, in the first part, about 1 minute mark onwards, I hear an unbearable tambourine-like instrument that is very harsh. It's so harsh that the headphone sounds broken to me. Can someone test this out for me and confirm this? I think the youtube video will do if you dont have the track. Please, someone. Thank you.


I've tried that song from goear:

http://www.goear.com/listen/6cc7c63/cosmic-love-florence-and-the-machine

 

Laptop-->Fiio E07K-->Takstar Hi-2050

 

It sounds really compressed and low fi to my ears. Most instruments sound unreal. Don't worry about your headphones, I'm pretty sure they are simply reproducing most of the distortion present on that track.
Is often wise to avoid really compressed recordings, distorted bass can damage the drivers (except at low volume)

 

You won't have this kind of troubles if you pick albums with wide dynamic range.
Here you have a good database:
http://www.dr.loudness-war.info/

 

You should try the song First Breath After Coma from the album The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place by Explosions in the Sky. There you have similar instruments/sounds but well recorded. It takes the first 2 minutes before really starting.

 

Best Luck!

post #1374 of 2423
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Originally Posted by Me x3 View Post
 


I've tried that song from goear:

http://www.goear.com/listen/6cc7c63/cosmic-love-florence-and-the-machine

 

Laptop-->Fiio E07K-->Takstar Hi-2050

 

It sounds really compressed and low fi to my ears. Most instruments sound unreal. Don't worry about your headphones, I'm pretty sure they are simply reproducing most of the distortion present on that track.
Is often wise to avoid really compressed recordings, distorted bass can damage the drivers (except at low volume)

 

You won't have this kind of troubles if you pick albums with wide dynamic range.
Here you have a good database:
http://www.dr.loudness-war.info/

 

You should try the song First Breath After Coma from the album The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place by Explosions in the Sky. There you have similar instruments/sounds but well recorded. It takes the first 2 minutes before really starting.

 

Best Luck!

Thank you! So the album was poorly recorded. That's why the case was isolated to that song.

And also thank you for giving me that link, I was looking for tracks that are well recorded so I can enjoy my headphone more. I'll definitely check them out :)

About the damaging the HP because of compressed songs,im aware that at least 1/3 of my collection are compressed recordings. oh no :confused_face: 

EDIT: Checking the DR database, at least half of my collection.


Edited by lisagorbin - 1/22/14 at 11:41pm
post #1375 of 2423
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 Originally Posted by ljokerl
 

The look like a closed version of the Technical Pro HPT990, which I bought and returned due to mediocre sound quality. It looked great though and came with a metal case.

Looks like joker is not buying the hype :regular_smile : 

EDIT: i quoted that from another thread when i mentioned the takstar pro80


Edited by lisagorbin - 1/24/14 at 12:13am
post #1376 of 2423

What is interesting is what he buys instead ?, if Pro80 is bad for the money, I want to know where he buys his phones..

post #1377 of 2423
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Originally Posted by Claus-DK View Post
 

What is interesting is what he buys instead ?, if Pro80 is bad for the money, I want to know where he buys his phones..

+1, as long as these phones has been known as great value for money I think it's wrong to call it a hype.

post #1378 of 2423
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Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
 

+1, as long as these phones has been known as great value for money I think it's wrong to call it a hype.


+2. I really enjoy Takstar Pro 80, this pair sounds great to me, especially driven from Hisound Studio V.

I've sent my Pro 80 to a friend to gather his thoughts. He's looking for a headphone just for casual music and no way an audiophile, put it this way he hadn't even heard of the brand Sennheiser. I haven't told him the price of Pro 80, just handed him the case and said give these a try over the weekend. Lets see what he thinks. 

post #1379 of 2423

I let my friend listen to my mad dogs compared to another mate's beats and he said he preferred the beats. He said the mad dogs had no bass. Since then I stopped letting people listen to my cans unless they insist, then I'll tell them you probably won't like them. 

 

I like my PRO80s so much I'm considering getting rid of the Mad Dogs, since I've got several pairs of closed cans now.

post #1380 of 2423

I love my takstar pro80 too. and I have nothing against joker, it's just that I think he is experienced with headphones so i mentioned to him the takstars, just like what i do to my friends when i first listened to the takstars. then i found out that he found the sound "mediocre", which i thought was unusual because i rely on his reviews when deciding to buy a headphone or iem because i almost always agree to his reviews after i purchased the hp's and heard them.

And i meant nothing negative about labeling the takstars "hyped". I love my takstar pro80, and the cool case too :beerchug: 

edit: I'm not a native english speaker, i thought hyped just means intensively promoted or "built up", i just found out that it really has a negative meaning.


Edited by lisagorbin - 1/24/14 at 3:26am
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