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post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 

My current setup sounds brilliant but mids and bass could be better/prominent.

 

Audiophilleo > Anedio D1 > Burson HA160 > AKG 702

 

I feel it could just be the AKGs therefore I'm looking for advice on what headphones to get next (<$1000).

 

Cheers!

post #2 of 23

 

Nice setup man - definitely the headphone as there is no chink that rig smile.gif

 

Perhaps a Grado RS1i or HD650 would be a nice polar opposite

post #3 of 23
Thread Starter 

I hadn't thought about going up the Grado chain until your reply. I actually like the Grado sound and I've had a pair for SR80s from early 2000s and they still get some tune time. At the end of the day I just want to get lost in some Floyd guitar riffs.

post #4 of 23
LCD2 , it's under 1000. smily_headphones1.gif
post #5 of 23
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Originally Posted by eugenius View Post

LCD2 , it's under 1000. :)


Well this is an interesting choice. Burson is well known by its synergy with Audez'e


Edited by fabio-fi - 3/2/12 at 6:35pm
post #6 of 23
Thread Starter 
I have never heard the LCD2s. Can anyone describe what to expect going from 702s to LCD2s?
post #7 of 23
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Originally Posted by nkbg View Post

I have never heard the LCD2s. Can anyone describe what to expect going from 702s to LCD2s?


 Huge polar swing again - probably one of the furthest actually.

 

 The LCD-2 will have very little sound stage compared to the 702, especially in terms of width, it will also

 sound quite mid centric compared to the K702 - general signature like the HD650 is very non fatiguing,

 bass is big, bloomy and detailed and the highs are very, very tame - too tame for some (me included)

 

 It's a very nice headphone and I totally understand those who fall in love with it, however - the fit is a

 stickler for many, it's a clamper, particularly where the inner cup meets the jawline, at 500 grams it

 can also test anyone's neck muscles.

post #8 of 23

T1 would be the most natural upgrade IMO if you can get it for around $1k. Synergy with the Burson isn't the best either. Do you have to spend that much though - the HD650s could fit the bill and they sound wonderful with the HA160.

post #9 of 23
Thread Starter 

Haha, no I don't *have* to spend that much!

post #10 of 23
Thread Starter 

Gwarmi, Thanks for your insight. I really do enjoy the spaciousness and comfort of the AKGs but, they just don't sound "rich" to my ears, you know milk vs. 2% vs. non-fat - the AKGs are the  2% when I'm craving for some ice-cream L3000.gif

post #11 of 23
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Originally Posted by nkbg View Post

Gwarmi, Thanks for your insight. I really do enjoy the spaciousness and comfort of the AKGs but, they just don't sound "rich" to my ears, you know milk vs. 2% vs. non-fat - the AKGs are the  2% when I'm craving for some ice-cream L3000.gif



 LCD-2's and HD650's certainly do offer a full fat, thick sound - heck, the LCD-3's top them all in that respect but they also come with a Beluga caviar price tag!


Edited by Gwarmi - 3/3/12 at 2:20pm
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by nkbg View Post

My current setup sounds brilliant but mids and bass could be better/prominent.

 

Audiophilleo > Anedio D1 > Burson HA160 > AKG 702

 

I feel it could just be the AKGs therefore I'm looking for advice on what headphones to get next (<$1000).

 

Cheers!

 

Hifiman HE-500

 

End game.

 

Very best,

post #13 of 23
Thread Starter 

Hifiman HE-500 are on their way! atsmile.gif

post #14 of 23

Hmm... interesting choice. I just upgraded my setup, but I have been thinking I'll upgrade to the HE-500 and HA160 a couple years down the road. (Or, of course, new versions.)

 

Give an update when you get your HE-500s: I'd like to know what you think!

post #15 of 23
Thread Starter 

HE-500s showed up yesterday morning.

 

Here are some very initial impressions. I'll update again in two weeks.

 

• First off, Audiophilleo + Anedio D1 + HA160 did not sound good to my ears.

    • HA160 seems to sounds harsh and grating.

• Audiophilleo + Anedio D1 sounds good.

• on the other hand Audiophilleo + HA160D sounds really really good.

    • HA160D doesn't have the decay of D1 but sounded like music none the less.

• bass like I've never heard before.

• clarity like I've never heard before, it takes a while to recover from the shock :)

• they make AKG K702 and Q701 sound like a toy, although AKGs have a wider soundstage.

 

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