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Originally Posted by eems90 View Post

Oh, fyi, I've owned Sony XB500, and currently own ATH-M50s, D2000, ATH-Pro700Mk2, FA-004.



I'm looking to replace XB500, which were really comfortable for my big ears and was great for portable use. 



Just on fit alone I would say to look at the uptown. I wanna say the pad diameter and shape is similar to that of you M50 but the cups are MUCH deeper and the drivers are angled back to allow even more space for your ear to fit in there. The sound isn't gunna super bassy like the XB (I don't own any XB) but from what I have heard the uptowns are a nicer sounding HP than the XB. Especially if they can be found for $65 dollars like the ones I got.
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No it's totally okay to bump you question if you don't get an answer. Usually if I or TwinQY seem to ignore a post it is because we don't have a good answer for it and we are hoping each other will pick it up (or some other head-fi'er will pipe in). I have never heard those and if TwinQY didn't pick it up I am thinking he hasn't either.
First idea is for you to go to Joker's IEM Review's in the OP of this thread.
Second is describe the sound you are looking for and what you listen to and one of us can try to recommend something that matches your needs.
EDIT: SCRATCH ALL THAT SEEMS H2O PICKED YOU UP ^ WHILE I WAS TYPING... THERE YOU GO.

Thanks to both of you guys. i placed my order soon after. i really appreciate it!
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Thanks to both of you guys. i placed my order soon after. i really appreciate it!

You're most welcome. enjoy your new earphones.
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Seems my post got washed away in the Black Friday Chaos.  No worries. 

 

Here it is again, sorry for double posting - just want to make sure it's possible to actually have my buddy buy them from in Tokyo (wouldn't have a clue as to where) before I order them myself (damn shipping fees!) and if there's any key differences between the B and Z, though I think it's mostly aesthetic.

Unless of course you fine gentlemen can direct me to where I can buy it in North America >_>

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After reading around I think I am most certainly going to try out the JVC HA-S500s.   I actually purchased JVC's HA-FX1Xs when they were 50% off few months ago and I've been pretty impressed with the bang for my buck since, so I'll give the HA-S500s a shot for sure. Which ones should I be going for, JVC HA-S500-B or Z? That is, are there key differences (besides price or if there is any such difference) that make that much of an impact?

 

Also, I see they need to be purchased from Japan.  A buddy of mine is actually going to be in Japan for a week starting a few days from now.  Tokyo, to be precise. How would he go about picking them up?


Edited by HelpWanted - 11/23/12 at 11:07pm
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Originally Posted by HelpWanted View Post

Seems my post got washed away in the Black Friday Chaos.  No worries. 

Here it is again, sorry for double posting - just want to make sure it's possible to actually have my buddy buy them from in Tokyo (wouldn't have a clue as to where) before I order them myself (damn shipping fees!) and if there's any key differences between the B and Z, though I think it's mostly aesthetic.


Unless of course you fine gentlemen can direct me to where I can buy it in North America >_>

Unless there is some huge sonic quality of the color gunmetal vs the color bronze there is absolutely zero difference between the two besides color biggrin.gif

In terms of picking one up I couldn't help you there. Couldn't imagine it could be real hard to find at a decent electronics store. Sounds like you should get yourself a good deal since they are only available in the US via import which is costly.

But no there is no diff. Just pick the color you like best of the two.
Edited by Doc-holliday - 11/23/12 at 11:12pm
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Originally Posted by TwinQY View Post

What's your budget? I think the M80s have got that smooth, rich, warm mids thing going. Can't think of any others off the top of my head, but I'm sure there's some...


Thanks for replying TwinQy. Sorry for all those typos...was typing in the back seat. Anyway, my budget is about $150 - $200. I'm not sure what brand is this M80s you mentioned, can you specify? Thanks.

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Thanks for replying TwinQy. Sorry for all those typos...was typing in the back seat. Anyway, my budget is about $150 - $200. I'm not sure what brand is this M80s you mentioned, can you specify? Thanks.

Vmoda.
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Thanks, H2OFidelity.
 

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Thanks for replying TwinQy. Sorry for all those typos...was typing in the back seat. Anyway, my budget is about $150 - $200. I'm not sure what brand is this M80s you mentioned, can you specify? Thanks.

 

Yeah, like H20 said, the V-Modas. And seems to fit in your budget as well!

 

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Originally Posted by eems90 View Post

Hi everyone,

 

I'm looking for a headphone with short cords that I can use throughout the day.

Also, I would like circumaural headphones that are comfortable for my big ears.

The most I'm willing to spend is around $100.

 

Thanks!

 

HD449 are often found on sale/clearance at that price. The Jaycars have very deep, large cups as well.

 

Speaking of big ears, Doc and his elephant ears might finally see some competition from you!

 

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Originally Posted by bobjohnson201 View Post

yea i do, and it was just a general question, not exactly slated to the ones i had in mind.  is TRRS just a headphone jack or..?

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phone_connector_(audio). So yeah, pretty much.

 

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That seems great, and the 440s are available at a local store, so I think I'll go try them out tomorrow or so. Out of curiosity, do you have any opinion on the SRH240s? They're a bit less expensive, but does that come at a high cost in sound? Thanks so much :)

 

They aren't very good. Kinda blunt, but that's how I felt. Not really having to do with the price I guess, they're just mediocre through and through. 

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Aren't the Frogbeats C4 around 700? They're located in the UK, so I'd imagine that'd make shipping easier. I was going to get a pair myself.

 

Universal-wise, try a W4. I like them a lot for classical and postmodern. Pretty sensitive as well. Jump on the 30% Earphonesolution deal! (Shipping to Europe doesn't look too bad)

Thanks. The Frogbeats C4 look interesting (while being slightly too costly - 720€ plus shipping and casts, but at least I shouldn't have to pay import fees on those) - should I be concerned about the 25 Ohm impedance compared to the 15 Ohm of the V6s? The deal on the W4s seems to have ended, sadly.

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Thanks. The Frogbeats C4 look interesting (while being slightly too costly - 720€ plus shipping and casts, but at least I shouldn't have to pay import fees on those) - should I be concerned about the 25 Ohm impedance compared to the 15 Ohm of the V6s? The deal on the W4s seems to have ended, sadly.

The impedance on both are pretty low to the point where it shouldn't matter much. The THANKS2012 coupon still works for me here though (yes, it is a coupon). I think it's up until the 25th. 


Edited by TwinQY - 11/24/12 at 12:20am
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Not better than the MTPC or the X10, just less bassy. The MTPC border on excessive (quantity-wise, it's probably already past that, but the quantity of mids balance it out enough) as do the X10. Both are still good IEMs. The choice between the W2 and GR07 come down to these things: do you want the leaner, but still slightly warm yet balanced signature of the W2 that aims not to offend and be as musical as possible without being too coloured, or do you want the full(er)-bodied sort of balance that the GR07 provides. They are both pretty much even in terms of technical proficiency.

so if i wanted to go in the route of more bass than the w2's/gr07's would you say the MTPC or X10?  how are the mids and highs on the MTPCs and X10s? or something else?


Edited by bobjohnson201 - 11/24/12 at 10:35am
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I may have more money burning a hole in my pocket than I have good sense.  I'm shopping for headphones even though I already have an HD650 and an XCan V3 amp that I dearly love.  I simply can find nothing wrong with this combo.  It suits my sonic sensibilities exactly.  So why am I shopping?  I need something portable, low impedance, that I can drive with my iPhone while I'm working out on my exercise bike.  I dont necessarily need IEMs since I don't jog, but i don't rule them out if they're the best match for me.  I've used Ety ER 4ps in the past and liked them well enough, though they did tend to make my ears sore after an hour or so.

 

Anyway, I already have some PX100-iis that I like using during my workouts, but i'd like something a little better sound-wise.  I have also gotten addicted to the iPhone mic and remote that's is inline with the Px100s, but I'd be willing to give it up since my workouts are only an hour long, tops, and I only occasionally get calls during them.

 

I've narrowed the list down to the DT1350s or the Amperion, or perhaps the IE80s, Weston W4 or the Shure SE535,  but I have to admit that I'm not really looking for a closed heaphone.  I work out at home so sound leakage isn't a problem  Are there any open headphones that are low impedance?  I figure I need to stay with supra-aural because I can't fathom sweating in headphones like the new Sennheiser Momentums.  Picturing myself working out with some Momentums on my head just seems laugh out loud ridiculous. 

 

I'm a little leery of in ear phones because when I tried out my old ER4ps the other night, they sounded very detailed, but having all of the sound in my head just seemed to be missing something for me.  Still, I'm willing to give it a shot because IEMs have changed a lot since I got the etys.  Plus, I wear glasses and IEMs would work well for that.  Long listening sessions with my HD650s require me to take off my glasses.  I can listen for hours in those without glasses on. but I have to admit that it would be nice to be able to listen to music *and* see at the same time. 

 

I'm willing to spend up to $500.  I prefer fast, tight bass if I have to make a choice of that versus deeper bass.  I listen to *lots* of epic trailers during my workouts.  Things like Two Steps from Hell or the Immediate.  I also like fast intense things like Juno Reactor or Infected Mushroom.  For non-workout listening though, I'm all over the map...ambient electronica (Solar Fields, M-Seven, H.U.V.A. Network), classical (Richard Strauss' Four Last Songs with Kiri Te Kanawa through my HD650s makes me swoon), bluegrass, pop, chamber music, metal...you name it.  FWIW, I remember auditioning some speakers years ago using the album Canteloube: Chants D'Auvergne with Dawn Upshaw singing.  OMG...she was *right there* in front of me...the sound was so open, so immediate...so *alive*.  Any headphones or speakers that can do that without giving me ear fatigue...will make me weep with joy.

 

FWIW, I listen to mostly 320kps mp3s.  I also stream at that audio quality from spotify or amazon music storage service.  FWIW, I have some of the same songs in a playlist on both services and they sound different.  Amazon seems to be more bass heavy and I can't say that I like it.  Bassy songs like Fatum Plebis by Immediate have too much bass from Amazon's service and it muddies up the mids in my opinion.  I don't know why, but from Spotify, the same quality setting is less bass heavy and I prefer it sonically.  I bought the album from Amazon (digital purchase), so my local copy has the same boomy sound signature.  Anyway, given that it's possible for things to be too bassy for me, I figure I need to find some headphones that don't enhance bass any further.  FWIW, I can stand the song on my HD650s though, because the extra heavy bass from Amazon doesn't obscure the mids as much on those headphones as on my little PX100s.  Nevertheless, I still prefer the less bassy spotify version of the song. 

 

Ok...this was a long request for help, I know.  But I'm seriously spinning my wheels.  I think all of the options I've narrowed things down to are good, but I don't know if I've missed something.  Plus, I can't test anything out locally since I live in a very rural area.  Ergo, I have to read what people say about the sonic signature, timbre, or soundstage etc and try to deduce which pair would work best for me given my preferences.  So far, I'm leaning toward the DT 1350s or the more expensive Shure SE535s with the iPhone cable. 

 

thanks in advance for any advice. 

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I have ordered and received the sony mh1c , I didn't listen to it yet,since its in its burn-in period. Hope It pleases my taste.

Coming back to my next IEM, which I want to buy and my criteria :

- budget less or <=$200

- Natural sounding iem

- Wide soundstage(orchestra like feeling),instrument should be well seperated.

- Sibilant free

- Mainly used for sound engineering, future study purpose

-  Flat and balanced sound throughout all spectrum

 e.g, bass should be rumbling when called for,at the same time the vocals should be crystal clear and crisp, treble should be sharp and bright without any harshness or sibilant

- I don't listen to autotuned songs much, more of natural instruments being used .

Ar rahman, Beethoven, Mozart, timbaland, simon & garfunkel, carpenters, elvis presley, abba, the beatles,

- Overall the sound quality and details should be on top-notch .

 

Thanks...

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I have ordered and received the sony mh1c , I didn't listen to it yet,since its in its burn-in period. Hope It pleases my taste.

Coming back to my next IEM, which I want to buy and my criteria :

- budget less or <=$200

- Natural sounding iem

- Wide soundstage(orchestra like feeling),instrument should be well seperated.

- Sibilant free

- Mainly used for sound engineering, future study purpose

-  Flat and balanced sound throughout all spectrum

 e.g, bass should be rumbling when called for,at the same time the vocals should be crystal clear and crisp, treble should be sharp and bright without any harshness or sibilant

- I don't listen to autotuned songs much, more of natural instruments being used .

Ar rahman, Beethoven, Mozart, timbaland, simon & garfunkel, carpenters, elvis presley, abba, the beatles,

- Overall the sound quality and details should be on top-notch .

 

Thanks...

 

Sounds exactly like the GR07. Natural sounding (very balanced), soundstage has good width and depth, timbre is fantastic for your music, pretty much top notch. I'd also suggest the ER4/HF5 if you want that really flat sig with amazing separation. 

 

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Originally Posted by bobjohnson201 View Post

so if i wanted to go in the route of more bass than the w2's/gr07's would you say the MTPC or X10?  how are the mids and highs on the MTPCs and X10s? or something else?

 

Mids on the MTPC are forward, lush and rich. The highs manage to be prominent as well, but not excessive or peaky. It's a weird experience, imagine everything incredibly forward, mixed together like some sort of musically orgy, and still somehow managing to sound good. Can't remember what the X10 sounded like though. Just remember that it was pretty fun (for me).

 

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Originally Posted by cecirdr View Post

I may have more money burning a hole in my pocket than I have good sense.  I'm shopping for headphones even though I already have an HD650 and an XCan V3 amp that I dearly love.  I simply can find nothing wrong with this combo.  It suits my sonic sensibilities exactly.  So why am I shopping?  I need something portable, low impedance, that I can drive with my iPhone while I'm working out on my exercise bike.  I dont necessarily need IEMs since I don't jog, but i don't rule them out if they're the best match for me.  I've used Ety ER 4ps in the past and liked them well enough, though they did tend to make my ears sore after an hour or so.

 

Anyway, I already have some PX100-iis that I like using during my workouts, but i'd like something a little better sound-wise.  I have also gotten addicted to the iPhone mic and remote that's is inline with the Px100s, but I'd be willing to give it up since my workouts are only an hour long, tops, and I only occasionally get calls during them.

 

I've narrowed the list down to the DT1350s or the Amperion, or perhaps the IE80s, Weston W4 or the Shure SE535,  but I have to admit that I'm not really looking for a closed heaphone.  I work out at home so sound leakage isn't a problem  Are there any open headphones that are low impedance?  I figure I need to stay with supra-aural because I can't fathom sweating in headphones like the new Sennheiser Momentums.  Picturing myself working out with some Momentums on my head just seems laugh out loud ridiculous. 

 

I'm a little leery of in ear phones because when I tried out my old ER4ps the other night, they sounded very detailed, but having all of the sound in my head just seemed to be missing something for me.  Still, I'm willing to give it a shot because IEMs have changed a lot since I got the etys.  Plus, I wear glasses and IEMs would work well for that.  Long listening sessions with my HD650s require me to take off my glasses.  I can listen for hours in those without glasses on. but I have to admit that it would be nice to be able to listen to music *and* see at the same time. 

 

I'm willing to spend up to $500.  I prefer fast, tight bass if I have to make a choice of that versus deeper bass.  I listen to *lots* of epic trailers during my workouts.  Things like Two Steps from Hell or the Immediate.  I also like fast intense things like Juno Reactor or Infected Mushroom.  For non-workout listening though, I'm all over the map...ambient electronica (Solar Fields, M-Seven, H.U.V.A. Network), classical (Richard Strauss' Four Last Songs with Kiri Te Kanawa through my HD650s makes me swoon), bluegrass, pop, chamber music, metal...you name it.  FWIW, I remember auditioning some speakers years ago using the album Canteloube: Chants D'Auvergne with Dawn Upshaw singing.  OMG...she was *right there* in front of me...the sound was so open, so immediate...so *alive*.  Any headphones or speakers that can do that without giving me ear fatigue...will make me weep with joy.

 

FWIW, I listen to mostly 320kps mp3s.  I also stream at that audio quality from spotify or amazon music storage service.  FWIW, I have some of the same songs in a playlist on both services and they sound different.  Amazon seems to be more bass heavy and I can't say that I like it.  Bassy songs like Fatum Plebis by Immediate have too much bass from Amazon's service and it muddies up the mids in my opinion.  I don't know why, but from Spotify, the same quality setting is less bass heavy and I prefer it sonically.  I bought the album from Amazon (digital purchase), so my local copy has the same boomy sound signature.  Anyway, given that it's possible for things to be too bassy for me, I figure I need to find some headphones that don't enhance bass any further.  FWIW, I can stand the song on my HD650s though, because the extra heavy bass from Amazon doesn't obscure the mids as much on those headphones as on my little PX100s.  Nevertheless, I still prefer the less bassy spotify version of the song. 

 

Ok...this was a long request for help, I know.  But I'm seriously spinning my wheels.  I think all of the options I've narrowed things down to are good, but I don't know if I've missed something.  Plus, I can't test anything out locally since I live in a very rural area.  Ergo, I have to read what people say about the sonic signature, timbre, or soundstage etc and try to deduce which pair would work best for me given my preferences.  So far, I'm leaning toward the DT 1350s or the more expensive Shure SE535s with the iPhone cable. 

 

thanks in advance for any advice. 

 

Impedance shouldn't be everything. I mean, look at the HE-6...

 

Doc can tell you about the DT1350s, so I'll mainly stick with the IEM suggestions. I understand how the ER4P can be a bit soundstage lacking. I would cross out the SE535 if you really want that tight bass, and stick with the W4. They would be the IEMs I'd say that has a very similar sound signature with the HD650 (midbass bump,  warm, lush, mid centric, with the treble gradually decending). The presentation is also much wider than the Etys, with fantastic imaging. Bass goes fairly deep, and are pretty forgiving for low-quality stuff. They are also my favourites for classical, metal, ambient. Good deal on these (30% off with thanks2012 coupon) on Earphonesolution right now as well, only until tomorrow though, so best that you jump on them now if you're getting them. I got my pair last Black Friday sale as well.

 

Somehow, I agree with you about the Amazon music thing. They must do some weird track normalizing or something,  

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