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post #4696 of 5343

Just pulled the trigger on the fxz200, I bought them off a legit looking (hopefully im right) shop on Amazon for close to $185. Could I have gotten them cheaper if I would have ordered them off off Amazon.JP? I would have had to register for that tenso service so im not sure how much that would have set me back. 

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Originally Posted by hi-fi amateur View Post

Funny, I actually have the BE's but I find them lacking a bit in impact. Maybe I am being a bit unreasonable with my demands but I want something that hits really hard. Guess you could say I've been spoiled by bass heavy monitors like the Klipsch S4 and Senn CX300. Besides, I find the MK2 (I own it) and BE too similar in sound, I would like something different. Too be fair, the BE's are nowhere near fully burned in but from what I've read the fxz200 still has more bass. Correct me if I'm wrong.

The fxz200 should indeed hit harder in the bass, but good points. Besides the fxz200, all I can think of is the sennheiser ie80, but yoi would be hard pressed to find those under 200 new outside of Europe.. and otherwise, if you need to go a little cheaper, the fxz100 may be an alternative?

FYI: I found both the sennheiser IE7 and IE80 to have more impact than the cx300 and to vastly better in all respects.

Edit: just saw your post, congrats. Good deal, using tenso would have cost you approx the same, with the risk of customs hitting you with duties.. smily_headphones1.gif
Edited by Exci - 5/20/13 at 9:58pm
post #4698 of 5343
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Hey audiotech, check out my initial impressions of the UE600 a few posts up.  I think that - paired with your ZO2 - the UE600 might be okay for you.  I certainly don't think you'll find them too bright or harsh up top, nor would I say that they are lacking in detail in the highs.  At $50, they are such a steal.

thanks, warren. really appreciate your efforts in trying to help
post #4699 of 5343

I'm pretty new to head-fi.  I had a pair of V-moda M80s and they got stolen at school when i put down my backpack.  

I really liked the sound on my M80s especially the Mids and highs.  I listen to a bunch of alternative music like imagine dragons.

I was kinda wanting to try something new in the 100-200 dollar range but i may just end up getting another pair of M80s.  

I'm just looking for any advice y'all can give me.


Edited by jfletcher68 - 5/20/13 at 11:08pm
post #4700 of 5343
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Originally Posted by warrenpchi View Post

Hey audiotech, check out my initial impressions of the UE600 a few posts up.  I think that - paired with your ZO2 - the UE600 might be okay for you.  I certainly don't think you'll find them too bright or harsh up top, nor would I say that they are lacking in detail in the highs.  At $50, they are such a steal.

thanks, warren. really appreciate your efforts in trying to help

 

Anytime!  smile.gif  Don't get me wrong, I'm still keen on getting my ears wrapped around a UE900.  But in the meantime, this serves as a nice counterpart to my UE700.

 

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I'm pretty new to head-fi.  I had a pair of V-moda M80s and they got stolen at school when i put down my backpack.  

I really liked the sound on my M80s especially the Mids and highs.  I listen to a bunch of alternative music like imagine dragons.

I was kinda wanting to try something new in the 100-200 dollar range but i may just end up getting another pair of M80s.  

I'm just looking for any advice y'all can give me.

 

Honestly, if you enjoyed them, I'd stick with the M-80.  There really isn't anything else in that price range that does everything it does any better than it does it.  Plus, they're pretty cheap right now.  You can get the white or True Blood ones for only $130 at Amazon.

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Anyone tried the TDK MT300 or EB-750?  I have read a limited number of glowing reviews on those out of Canada.  I was seriously considering the JVC FX40s.  However, I'm apprehensive about the treble on those.  One review I read on Amazon preferred the MT300 over the FX 40.  They are supposed to perform way above their price range.

 

Thanks.


Edited by slowpickr - 5/21/13 at 4:44am
post #4702 of 5343

Hello All,

after reading occasionally, more or less intense on headfi (this is how I get my fio e10 and Sennheiser hd600s J ) I require your personal guidance/advice for a new pair of portable headphones(in ear monitors) because I don’t like my cx300 IIs(on that topic later on more) and I found the sheer amount of in ears just overwhelming while doing research on my own.

Upcoming a view impressions about my currently used headgear.
Maybe it helps you to understand my current listening habits. J
Sorry in advance, that I wrote so much :D.
English could be a little bit rough from time to time because it’s not my native language, sorry for that, too
J

 

What I am listening to?

40%- Orchestral Cinema music (e.g. Hans Zimmer, John-Williams, Howard Shore, Michael Giacchino, etc.)
40% -Pop/ RnB/Mainstream (e.g. Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Madonna, etc)

15%-“fidelity singers” (e.g. Katie Melua and Chris Jones, etc.)

5% other genres (e.g. rap, rock, indie)

 

So far I own:

 

HD545 reference
HD555
HD600
CX 300 II addidas.
AKG K 272 HD
Grado: i grado

Which do I use the Least/most?:

 

- HD545 reference:             Not used very often (I find them (a bit) too bright and hard to drive)


- I Grado:                          Overall pretty good, but I do have headphones which can (almost) do everything equal or better than the I

                                          I grados can, so I don’t use them not very regularly, but I like them.

   Could use a little bit more bass / reach further down and the comfort is just bad for me.

 

- The K272HD:                  I wanted to know how good a midpriced closed headphone can sound. I like them quite a bit, but I miss 

                                         a little bit of mids and the airy feel of the open back cans. But they are overall very good :). Especially the

                                         (kick)Bass is great. Could use a little bit more sub bass. 

                 

- HD555/HD600:              My main pair of Headphones for listening at home.

                                         I use the hd555s mainly for the PC and the HD600s if I want to listen to music 

                                         more seriously via my amp, if that makes any sense to you :D. 
 

                                     What I like about the Sennheiser HD600:

- Hours of listening without any fatigue.
- Quite neutral but not too cold or lifeless. (it has still a certain “warmness” to it)
- Nice speed (attack) in the bass section
- Enough bass quantity for most music types( I guess especially the quality compensates the rolled off bass for me/ i  

  didn´t notice the rolled off bass in a negative way, so far )
- Good soundstage and (for me) very good instrument separation.
- Nice timbre for vocals


Where is room for improvement with hd600s?

- Very rarely while listening to modern, bad recorded pop music (like Madonna’s latest album) they are a tad too bright, but overall I found them not too bright, so i guess this is not a real concern J.
But i feel to note,  that I never had this  feeling with the hd555s which I own since late 2006

 

The main problem: What I don’t like about my  cx300 IIs (addidas version):

 

I am using them directly out of the ipad mini while commuting via bus/train/tube.

I don’t know exactly why but I just don’t like them but I do know that they are getting in trouble especially if I am listening to orchestral cinema music.
It sounds to me too confused and washy like the headphones are just not up to it.
Stage isn’t too good, either.

Second big complaint is, that Vocals and especially Instruments (or in short, the overall representation) just sounds often just wrong(a little bit hollow I would guess)
Maybe it´s because of that there is a certain thickness(?) in the mids, because of the boosted bass, but I am not certain about this being the root of all problems.

I am still a little bit surprised, because I do have quite a view senns. and I do like them a lot and these in ears are just…. Yeah.

Note: In general I don’t find the boosted bass too much even though I wouldn’t describe me as a Bass head.
So it has not necessarily to be an especially “bass light” headphone but it shouldn’t be too much.

 

So I am looking for portable headphones which are: (If i am not having a wrong selfimpresion about my listening habits :) )

- in ear monitors
- up to the task of representing orchestral cinema music.
  (Stage instrument separation? It has not to be as good as the hd555s or hd600s, I know I have to do some compromises)
- Does cover my other aforementioned types of music as well.
- Is not a pair of in ears which are especially bass light.
- Are not too harsh in the highs, either (=> Not known for being especially bright)
- Does cost at max 200$ (Less is better, I am a student)
- Are available in Germany or UK, preferably in Germany.
 

Thank you very very much in advance for your help J

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Hey guys,

Been a lurker on these forums for quite a while, wanted to ask for some advice on my next purchase redface.gif

 

Currently Own, ranked according to my preference:

 

Ultimate Ears Triple.fi 10 Pro > Sennheiser IE8 > Audio Technica ATH-CK90Pro > Audio Technica ATH-CK100

 

I mainly listen to: Soft Rock, Piano and some J-Pop.

 

Budget: $850 Max, preferably around the $500 mark.

 

Any suggestions would be appreciated!

 

Thanks <3

post #4704 of 5343

Hello all, will you kindly help me out to choose a new pair of IEM?

I have read the last pages of the thread but with little luck.

My previous earphones were AKG Q370, but i lost them about one year ago. I honestly don't remember clearly how they sound, but they did not sound bad. The main problem was that the small tips were too small and the medium to large were too big, so i could only have bad sound or good sound with them popping out every five minutes...

I have been using for the past six month a pair of AKG K240MKII, but now i started to go to work by bike again and i really can't use them as portables atsmile.gif

 

So, what am i looking for?

I would like a warm sound

I mostly listen to pop, very mild rock, soundtracks and italian music (Beatles, Mika, Cremonini, Jovanotti, Battiato, De Gregori, De Andre, Zucchero, Battisti, Venditti, Adele to say a few)

I believe that the mids should let me feel the singer, and not look at him from far away

I can go as high as 150$ (and as low as free biggrin.gif )

As a plus, not required: 

i would love if the could play a great piano sound

inline mic / controls

 

I will feed them mostly Flac or high bitrate MP3 when possible, but i still have some older track in 128 kbps. From my phone (now Nexus S)

I can also think about getting a low priced portable amp if needed

 

Thanks a lot,
Andrea.

 

EDIT: Forgot to say, right now i am leaning toward the Shure SE215


Edited by esse09 - 5/21/13 at 6:47am
post #4705 of 5343
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Originally Posted by BlueMountain View Post

 

So I am looking for portable headphones which are: (If i am not having a wrong selfimpresion about my listening habits :) )

- in ear monitors
- up to the task of representing orchestral cinema music.
  (Stage instrument separation? It has not to be as good as the hd555s or hd600s, I know I have to do some compromises)
- Does cover my other aforementioned types of music as well.
- Is not a pair of in ears which are especially bass light.
- Are not too harsh in the highs, either (=> Not known for being especially bright)
- Does cost at max 200$ (Less is better, I am a student)
- Are available in Germany or UK, preferably in Germany.
 

Thank you very very much in advance for your help J

 

FWIW, I owned the CX300 and hated every bit of it compared to the Shure E2c I also owned back then. For the same reasons you state as well (and it took me a long time before trying another dynamic driver IEM because of that).

 

Back on topic. Actually the Ortofon eQ-5 would IMO really fit the criteria, except that some people find them a little bright. Having said that, the HD600 isn't the darkest sounding senn either and the ortofon in a way shares a similar sound signature. Take that with a grain of salt, of course, as the HD600 is a fantastic headphone and the eq5 an IEM with all its limitations.

 

Soundstage wise the eq5 is nice. Moreover, it's quick, in my opinion not harsh on the highs, has excellent instrument seperation and, due to the Moving Armature driver, an ample amount of bass. Mids are fantastic and have a little weight to them, which you will probably like given your preference for the Sennheiser sound. They're detailed though and easy to drive, though may hiss a little depending on the source (as they have a rather low impedance). I'm pushing your budget here though; order them at Musikhaus Korn in Germany, but make sure to e-mail them to ask if they can match the price of Amazon Japan (~150 EUR, including Tenso forwarding service for shipping and custom duties). They won't match, but will settle for 179 EUR (I know, because I e-mailed them when I was shopping for my eq5!). 

 

Other options I can think of would be the TDK BA200 or the TDK IE800. TwinQY has the BA200 and the eq5, but he seems to be on holiday. If you're not in a hurry, I'm getting my IE800 next week so should be able to do a direct comparison between the IE800 and eq5 for you.

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Been a lurker on these forums for quite a while, wanted to ask for some advice on my next purchase redface.gif

 

Currently Own, ranked according to my preference:

 

Ultimate Ears Triple.fi 10 Pro > Sennheiser IE8 > Audio Technica ATH-CK90Pro > Audio Technica ATH-CK100

 

I mainly listen to: Soft Rock, Piano and some J-Pop.

 

Budget: $850 Max, preferably around the $500 mark.

 

Hi Biyoujo, welcome (officially) to Head-Fi!  smile.gif  Sorry about your wallet of course... redface.gif

 

Seems to me like you're slowly progressing out of the V/U shaped signature.  I would suggest taking a look at the UE900.  It has certainly garnered enough fans around here that I myself have been forced to get it (it's not here yet though).

 

As an alternative, my Grado GR8 would also fill the bill for you nicely as it is quite balanced for the most part.

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So I am looking for portable headphones which are: (If i am not having a wrong selfimpresion about my listening habits :) )

- in ear monitors
- up to the task of representing orchestral cinema music.
  (Stage instrument separation? It has not to be as good as the hd555s or hd600s, I know I have to do some compromises)
- Does cover my other aforementioned types of music as well.
- Is not a pair of in ears which are especially bass light.
- Are not too harsh in the highs, either (=> Not known for being especially bright)
- Does cost at max 200$ (Less is better, I am a student)
- Are available in Germany or UK, preferably in Germany.

 

Back on topic. Actually the Ortofon eQ-5 would IMO really fit the criteria, except that some people find them a little bright. Having said that, the HD600 isn't the darkest sounding senn either and the ortofon in a way shares a similar sound signature. Take that with a grain of salt, of course, as the HD600 is a fantastic headphone and the eq5 an IEM with all its limitations.

 

Soundstage wise the eq5 is nice. Moreover, it's quick, in my opinion not harsh on the highs, has excellent instrument seperation and, due to the Moving Armature driver, an ample amount of bass. Mids are fantastic and have a little weight to them, which you will probably like given your preference for the Sennheiser sound. They're detailed though and easy to drive, though may hiss a little depending on the source (as they have a rather low impedance). I'm pushing your budget here though; order them at Musikhaus Korn in Germany, but make sure to e-mail them to ask if they can match the price of Amazon Japan (~150 EUR, including Tenso forwarding service for shipping and custom duties). They won't match, but will settle for 179 EUR (I know, because I e-mailed them when I was shopping for my eq5!).

 

While I haven't heard any Ortofons, I would second the recommendation of a moving armature with a balanced signature for your needs.  I personally would have recommended the Grado GR8, but it would have involved breaking out of your budget.  So the Ortofon would seem to be a very good choice for you.

 

BTW Exci, have you ever had a chance to compare the Ortofon MAs to the Grado MAs?  I'm wondering if there's any appreciable justification for the price differences, especially as I am somewhat interested in a GR10 down the road.

 

Oh and before I forget, welcome to Head-Fi BlueMountain!  smile.gif  Sorry about your wallet. redface.gif

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Hi Biyoujo, welcome (officially) to Head-Fi!  smile.gif   Sorry about your wallet of course... redface.gif

Seems to me like you're slowly progressing out of the V/U shaped signature.  I would suggest taking a look at the UE900.  It has certainly garnered enough fans around here that I myself have been forced to get it (it's not here yet though).

As an alternative, my Grado GR8 would also fill the bill for you nicely as it is quite balanced for the most part.

I always forget about the Grado GR8 & GR10 - you just don't hear very much about them on head-fi. What you do read is generally praise. I suspect that's because they are rather expensive, use different technology and they are much harder to find than the more typically recommended Shure, Westone, etc in the $300+ price range. It also probably doesn't help that they don't *look* like $300 IEMs... tongue.gif
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Hey Andrea, I'm so glad that you asked today instead of yesterday.  The new toy I got last night allows me to answer this with much more precision.  I would suggest that you take a look at the UE600.  My initial impressions from yesterday can be found here, but I'm sure there are other more-detailed reviews around.

 

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The main problem was that the small tips were too small and the medium to large were too big, so i could only have bad sound or good sound with them popping out every five minutes...

 

Yeah, AKG is notoriously stingy with the tips.  Anyway, the UE600 comes with five different sizes of silicone tips ranging from XS to XL, as well as Comply foam tips, so you should be all covered.

 

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I have been using for the past six month a pair of AKG K240MKII, but now i started to go to work by bike again and i really can't use them as portables atsmile.gif

 

Now that I think about it, the UE600 isn't entirely dissimilar from the K240, albeit you're not gonna get nearly the same staging and imaging.

 

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So, what am i looking for?

I would like a warm sound

 

Check.  The UE600 certainly is that.  smile.gif

 

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Originally Posted by esse09 View Post

 

So, what am i looking for?

I believe that the mids should let me feel the singer, and not look at him from far away

 

Absolutely no problem here.  smile.gif

 

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Originally Posted by esse09 View Post

 

I can go as high as 150$ (and as low as free biggrin.gif )

As a plus, not required: 

inline mic / controls

 

They're on sale at Amazon right now for only $50.  If you want iDevice controls, that UE600vi is only $14 more at $64.  smile.gif

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As an alternative, my Grado GR8 would also fill the bill for you nicely as it is quite balanced for the most part.

It also probably doesn't help that they don't *look* like $300 IEMs... tongue.gif

 

No, they definitely don't.  Were it not for the name on the side, they could easily be mistaken for $3 jellybean IEMs from China.  But that's not the worst part... I have a serious gripe with them regarding accessories... particularly the lack of a case.  Not only is there no hard case, there's not even a cloth sack.  In fact, there isn't even a dime baggie.  Serious Grado, what the eff?

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