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post #16 of 27

Morning all.  Short time lurker, first time poster here.  This seems like a friendly place, so forgive my lack of knowledge !  Currently just using a set of JVC flats I bought for my daughter, but I need to move upwards...

 

I'm interested in wood over-ears myself.  I guess there's a good reason why musical instruments are made out of wood not plastic - but then again that's all about resonance and I'd think that's something we'd like to minimise ?  In the world of turntable/CD supports, wood is often seen as the material of choice. But if for no ther reason, then just for the look, as long as the sound isn't compromised.

 

Mrenard - I was also interested in Zardak's views on the ES-821EB, but am slightly worried because 1). he hasn't come back to you, 2). has also made another "the search is over" post and 3). more generally because these have the 40mm drivers, not the new improved 50mm one's that you mention.

 

But they are available for £40 including shipping on ebay and I'm inclined to give them a try for that. You can get them for $10 - $20 a unit from wholesaler website alibaba.com, but you need a 1000 minimum order !

 

Any thoughts ?

 

Mike

post #17 of 27
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Originally Posted by clrandall View Post

I've heard the akg k702s before but they're a little outside my pricepoint (Unless you guys can find something...) so I want something similar but maybe with more bass. I am a midrange junkie so don't care too much about bass but I enjoy the juicy yet hidden sound of my grados. Please respond quickly.

 

Try to get a used K702/Q on the FS forum.

post #18 of 27

+1 On the K702. Even people with super high end systems keep those things around and they are uber comfy.

post #19 of 27

i have moved on from the ESmooths, they looked really nice and a lot of people commented about the nice wood and the styling but ultimately i had to step-up to better sound-quality. My new headphone of choice is the Kicker HP541, it is rock-solid and outperforms all the lauded staple fare; i have done all the A/B tests many times over; these HP541s exceed the performance and quality of The audio-technica ATH M 50s, also the Shure 840's, and even the Sennheiser 580's and the Grado 125is and the Denon K5000s, these are the best headphones i have had in a long-long time. My rave review of them is over at the Kicker site. Good ole Americans, when they set their mind to something they certainly do get the job done. I use the 541s with a Go-Vibe Mini-Box-Amplifier which does a nice job of pumping up the volume and bring the music through loud and clear. And actually i use them for reference monitoring as well when i make music on the computer, they tell me exactly what's going on in the mix. Good-luck.

post #20 of 27

If you can find the K702s and can juice them properly I say go for that. Personally I have the 598s. They sound like they are for sure close to what you are looking for. They look sexy and classy too ^_~. With a little EQ bass boost( I know most stay away from it) you can add a touch of bass if you wanted. I use these for all genres with the exception of bass heavy music which I will be using my D5000s on. If you can get the 598s cheap ( I just bought my 598s 2 months ago. Wish I had seen that sale posted for 170 bucks) then get them. Heck I think they are worth the retail. The soundstage is great on them. No its not 350-500 dollars great but is amazing. I use it both for music and gaming soundstage and it works wonders. 

post #21 of 27

Thanks for the reply.  I ordered a pair of the Esmooths anyway and will report back.deadhorse.gif

 

Mike

post #22 of 27

modded HD558 = noticably cloudier version of HD598,rest exactly the same. hope i put the 2 of them into perspective for easy comparison^^

post #23 of 27
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Originally Posted by zardak View Post

i have moved on from the ESmooths, they looked really nice and a lot of people commented about the nice wood and the styling but ultimately i had to step-up to better sound-quality. My new headphone of choice is the Kicker HP541, it is rock-solid and outperforms all the lauded staple fare; i have done all the A/B tests many times over; these HP541s exceed the performance and quality of The audio-technica ATH M 50s, also the Shure 840's, and even the Sennheiser 580's and the Grado 125is and the Denon K5000s, these are the best headphones i have had in a long-long time. My rave review of them is over at the Kicker site. Good ole Americans, when they set their mind to something they certainly do get the job done. I use the 541s with a Go-Vibe Mini-Box-Amplifier which does a nice job of pumping up the volume and bring the music through loud and clear. And actually i use them for reference monitoring as well when i make music on the computer, they tell me exactly what's going on in the mix. Good-luck.

 

Lol.. You're the funniest troll on this forum because you do it in such a subtle manner. Nice work.

post #24 of 27

Have you ever considered that i might not actually be a troll? That is your evil thinking, not mine. Just because i have adamant and passionate opinions about headphones i like, that does not make me a troll. Accusations are very easy to make, plus that troll banner is bandied around far to much at people who think for themselves and don't agree like a zombie robot with everyone else. Was Einstein a troll for coming up with the theory of relativity. Morons like you are the type of mass-mentality monkeys who persecute and bully others for being different. Why don't you change your attitude and thinking.

 

Oh, so i get it, now i'm a 'subtle' troll. Get a life! 

post #25 of 27

each ear for his own

post #26 of 27
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Originally Posted by zardak View Post

i have moved on from the ESmooths, they looked really nice and a lot of people commented about the nice wood and the styling but ultimately i had to step-up to better sound-quality. My new headphone of choice is the Kicker HP541, it is rock-solid and outperforms all the lauded staple fare; ......

 

If you are enjoying the Kicker HP541, also take a look at the Monoprice 8323  (AKA Monoprice Premium Hi-Fi DJ Style)

 

They are the same headphone, just without the kicker badging but cost half the price ($25 US from monoprice).   I agree that they are a great deal, and outperform many of the $100 - $150 cans out there.  I cannot speak to how they compare against the 840s or M-50s, but as for the Grado SR125i which I do own, they are an open ear design and IMO are hard to compare as they provide such an indepth and critical listening experience.  I actually like owning both and switch between the 8323 and SR125 based on how I want to listen to my music.  Cheers!

post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by zardak View Post

Have you ever considered that i might not actually be a troll? That is your evil thinking, not mine. Just because i have adamant and passionate opinions about headphones i like, that does not make me a troll. Accusations are very easy to make, plus that troll banner is bandied around far to much at people who think for themselves and don't agree like a zombie robot with everyone else. Was Einstein a troll for coming up with the theory of relativity. Morons like you are the type of mass-mentality monkeys who persecute and bully others for being different. Why don't you change your attitude and thinking.

Oh, so i get it, now i'm a 'subtle' troll. Get a life! 

Not-so-subtle troll, actually. rolleyes.gif You come in all stirred up, slinging garbage and them claim others are being bullies? I predict your stay here will be a short one, pal.
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