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JVC HA-FX700 vs Monster Miles Davis Tribute

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I am currently looking to upgrade to either the JVC HA-FX700 or the Monster Miles Davis Tribute. I currently own both the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 and the Shure SE-210. The problem I have with my current headphones is that the Shures sound boring to me and are lacking in quality, while the M50 piss off my industrial piercing whenever I wear them for more than half an hour.  I am making a leap of faith and assuming that part of why I find the Shures boring is that they have a balanced armature, so I want something with a dynamic driver. 

 

Firstly I would like to know if either the FX700 or MMDT will be an upgrade over my M50.

 

I am currently leaning more towards the JVC  because their open back design intrigues me, and they seem to be the better headphone for my means. I am not a bass fiend, but given the range of music I listen to, good bass is a must. My BLUEBOX M50 seems to be close to what I would like bass wise, although I would not mind a bit more clarity or slightly less quantity than they provide.  Sound quality is a big must to me, I would also prefer something that sounds more real/natural, good instrument separation, and a decent sized sound stage.

 

The range of music I listen to is mostly (with youtube links):

 

- Punk i.e: The Menzingers, The Flatliners, Hot Water Music)

-Ska (i.e: Streetlight Manifesto, The Planet Smashers, Catch 22)

 

Although the FX700 seems to be everything I want, The MMDT is rather enticing with its lifetime warranty and that It's on sale right now for $150 on monster cables website. I don't know If I can warrant spending twice as much on the FX700.  Also note that I may eventually make a cmoy amp or buy one of those cheep fiio's, but assume that these will be used without an amp.

 

EDIT: the idea of MMDT  having slightly more forward mids is appealing to me because I find the mids in my ath-m50 to be a bit recessed

 

 

Please help me head-fi


Edited by nullPointerException - 2/29/12 at 6:44pm
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They will both be upgrades IMO. The MDT certainly has more bass than the M50, and the FX700 likely does as well though I no longer have my M50 on hand. Both the FX700 and MDT have great timbre, but the FX700 wins in that department, as well as having a significantly larger soundstage. The MDT was tuned to sound like a small jazz club apparently, so it's on the smallish side. Never sounds congested, though.

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They will both be upgrades IMO. The MDT certainly has more bass than the M50, and the FX700 likely does as well though I no longer have my M50 on hand. Both the FX700 and MDT have great timbre, but the FX700 wins in that department, as well as having a significantly larger soundstage. The MDT was tuned to sound like a small jazz club apparently, so it's on the smallish side. Never sounds congested, though.

 

 

Thank you for your help

 

Do you think that the advantages the fx700 has towards my tastes warrant me spending twice as much money?  Do you think that I would find the bass on the MMDT overbearing, or that it would take away from the rest of the music -- especially for bands that already output a large quantity of bass without the extra emphasis provided by the MMDT?

 

 


Edited by nullPointerException - 2/29/12 at 3:50pm
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Don't forget coupon code monstervday12 for an extra $20 off. I just ordered them for $130 however good they are for that price you seriously can't even think twice. Surely from all I've read they have to be worth $130 for goodness sake. I been reading this forum for years and signed up finally to help ya save $20.

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thanks dude

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Meh, screw it. The price for the MMDT is just too good, I can't justify spending more than twice as much money for the JVC HA-FX700 regardless that they fit my tastes a bit better. Guess I'm buying the mmdt, thanks.

post #7 of 15

I do think the FX700 will suite your tastes better as they sound more organic and has a much larger soundstage. But the Tribute is a steal with the discount on top of the discount. 

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I do think the FX700 will suite your tastes better as they sound more organic and has a much larger soundstage. But the Tribute is a steal with the discount on top of the discount. 


*Sigh*, if only they cost the same price, then I would not have this dilemma. Do you think a portable amp could open up the sound stage and make them sound more natural?

post #9 of 15

The MDT sound plenty natural. Just because they might not be quite as good as the FX700 in that department doesn't mean they're lacking. Not at all. They sound a lot more natural than say, the TF10.

post #10 of 15

Keep in mind MDT received a 8.9 SQ by joker, and an 8 for overall value.  Considering the sale price, the value is > 8.5.

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The MDT sound plenty natural. Just because they might not be quite as good as the FX700 in that department doesn't mean they're lacking. Not at all. They sound a lot more natural than say, the TF10.



 



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Keep in mind MDT received a 8.9 SQ by joker, and an 8 for overall value.  Considering the sale price, the value is > 8.5.

 

 

Thanks guys, I'm pretty sure I'm going to get the miles davis. I read somewhere that It likes power, so I fear that my sflo2 may not satisfy it. what do you guys think of a cheap amp like the ibasso t3, cmoyBB, or fiio e11? I'm leaning towards getting the cmoyBB because it is supposed to have a large soundstage.
 

 

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I decided to get the JVC ha-fx700 over the monsters, some other factors came into play that were negative enough to take away the benefits of the price:

1) the issues in build quality

2) they are being discontinued, and if I need to RMA getting trumpets, monster would give me the trumpets (which I don't want) when they are out of tribute stock

3) they said I would have had to wait 3 days to buy (and they will likely be out of stock by then)

4) What I really wanted were the JVCs, and with all the negatives, the price of the Monsters was not enough to buy me over

 

I think I will be happy with my choice

post #13 of 15

Excellent choice. It's amazing what the FX700 can do for an IEM. The only weak point for me, is the mids/vocals. If that's not at the top of your list, you'll probably be pretty happy w/them.

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Yeah, thanks. It's not the top of my list, but if I did find them lacking I could always buy a cmoyBB from john. CMoy's are both warm and not too expensive, so I am sure it'll help that out a bit 

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Yeah, thanks. It's not the top of my list, but if I did find them lacking I could always buy a cmoyBB from john. CMoy's are both warm and not too expensive, so I am sure it'll help that out a bit 



Sorry for late reply! I would opt you to get Fx700 too, I am too used to FX700's open presentation that the MDT can sound a tad too crampy for me >.< Guess my ears doesn't want a Small Jazz Club in their ears for now. And I think a warm amp will help alleviate FX700 for mid/vocals, like the iBasso D4 Mamba which i am using now, i pretty like the synergy, plus its not a very costly amp ^.^

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