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post #16 of 80

At least Maxvla left the RS1 out of the list.

post #17 of 80
Haven't heard it so it's not in my list.
post #18 of 80

Oh I thought that it was so because you considered it high-end.

post #19 of 80
Nah the list was all the Grados I've ever heard, none of which are high end, IMO.
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Originally Posted by DaveBSC View Post

WASAPI mode sounds noticeably better to me. There's more to it than just bit-perfect or not. Otherwise there would be no difference between Foobar and JPlay. In actuality, the difference is considerable.

Sir, I do believe your brain is playing tricks on you. Have a friend switch it back and forth. See if you hear a difference smily_headphones1.gif
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Originally Posted by tme110 View Post

if you're not in exclusive mode then any number of random windows sounds.

Disable them smily_headphones1.gif
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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post

Topic guys!

Since someone mentioned me, I do still reckon the Magnums are excellent, especially in value.  It's probably easier to list what they don't do well than what they do: Big soundstage, isolation and long-listening time comfort.

What would you suggest for getting a taste of soundstage? Sennheiser? I'm fond of the HD 598 aesthetic. Could use an excuse to look for one.
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Originally Posted by devouringone3 View Post

Full Magnum upgrade, making use of your MS2i cups, is the next headphone on my buying list.

I plan on loving them very much!

I will ask for black anodizing of all the metal parts, including Magnum buttons.


*Okay no... it's only the second headphone on my buying list. Right now someone has just planted a seed in my brain and I have a desire for a vintage RS1, which I never had until a week ago, dang!

Should look awesome! Glad to see you around. I've heard good things of the vintage rs1
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Well I figured if the OP wants to derail his thread he can. I took it to pms right away tongue.gif

Yeah, I'm terrible about that :-/ just always excited to talk to anyone about anything
post #21 of 80
Too bad, I just sold my HD598 or I'd have let you hear them. Their soundstage is nothing particularly special but it's not bad either.
post #22 of 80
After seeing what modding does for the T50RP I'd love to see what the Magnums can do. Too DIY'd out at the moment to make some myself, but hopefully a pair shows up at the LA meet.
post #23 of 80
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Originally Posted by chrislangley4253 View Post

Sir, I do believe your brain is playing tricks on you. Have a friend switch it back and forth. See if you hear a difference smily_headphones1.gif


Have you listened to JPlay, or are you just simply asserting that all differences are placebo with no evidence? Try it, the demo is free.

 

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Originally Posted by chrislangley4253 View Post

What would you suggest for getting a taste of soundstage? Sennheiser? I'm fond of the HD 598 aesthetic. Could use an excuse to look for one.


HD600s with a sufficient amp and source. I haven't tried the 598s yet. Basically though, other than the distance of the drivers from your ears and their angle it's more due to the frequency response -- recessed mids will give the perception of soundstage, for example. Assuming good headphones, a good amp and source will add to that.

 

post #25 of 80
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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post

Too bad, I just sold my HD598 or I'd have let you hear them. Their soundstage is nothing particularly special but it's not bad either.

Darn. I just love the look.
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Originally Posted by DaveBSC View Post



Have you listened to JPlay, or are you just simply asserting that all differences are placebo with no evidence? Try it, the demo is free.

No, I have not. I can't comment on the difference between players. But there is no difference between foobar with or without wasapi (in the proper conditions which are easy to obtain and withold) way away way OT. Lol
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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post


HD600s with a sufficient amp and source. I haven't tried the 598s yet. Basically though, other than the distance of the drivers from your ears and their angle it's more due to the frequency response -- recessed mids will give the perception of soundstage, for example. Assuming good headphones, a good amp and source will add to that.

Tell ya what. That's my next pair of phones. Gonna wait and follow along voldemort likely obtaining a nice dac and a stronger desktop amp and then I will check out HD 600 and 650, when I get the chance.

Unless you feel a gamma 2 dac and an O2 is enough to do them justice. I don't.. I might polish off one of the few vintage amps laying around my dad's house too. ;-)

Now, my turn to go OT, any idea on the sound stage in orthos like the he500? cuz that has caught my eye. Simple solution, own them all.
Edited by chrislangley4253 - 4/3/12 at 8:46am
post #26 of 80

 

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Originally Posted by Draygonn View Post

After seeing what modding does for the T50RP I'd love to see what the Magnums can do. Too DIY'd out at the moment to make some myself, but hopefully a pair shows up at the LA meet.


I'll be at the meet and can bring my pair of V4 Magnums along -- although they are not "full Magnums" in that they are housed in wood rather than the aluminum sleeves. I'd be glad to send them down a couple of weeks early as well if you want to demo and you can return them to me at the meet. 

 

FWIW, I have owned three pairs of headphones that are typically considered "summit-fi". The Magnums completely demolish the Edition 8. I prefer the LCD-2 to the Magnums, although I can see someone preferring otherwise due to tonal balance. Lastly, the HD800 is a clear step above the Magnums, IMHO. 

 

 

post #27 of 80

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Originally Posted by Chefguru View Post

Have you heard the Joseph Grado hp1000(i)? Outside of the hp1000 and maybe the ps1 (original), I pretty much agree.


I would agree with Chef.  I've heard the entire Grado lineup, including vintage RS1s, and nothing can touch the HP2 and PS1.  I've owned multiples of each in the past, some sounding noticeably better than others, but eventually I steered away from Grado towards the HD800 and then on to the LCD2.

 

Upon first making the dive in to audiophile headphones I believe the Grado sound does more to enamor new users than any other house sound.  With time, experience, and exposure to more of the brands the headphone world has to offer I have noticed the majority eventually migrate away from Grado.  The only two models I would ever consider owning again are the ones I mentioned above, but their rarity and the price that goes with that make them easy to avoid, as does the fact that I have discovered superior sounding headphones.

post #28 of 80

The important ones are the LCD-2.2 and T1 (plus some other random ones).  I have all the different pads but still only use the standard 325 pads - to me it's what the magnums were made to be used with.
 

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Originally Posted by chrislangley4253 View Post
What all have you out them up against and what cups do you have? The cups are real important. Aluminum is pretty nice. But wood is all over the place, including nicer than aluminum, if done right ;-). I'm not sure a headphone more natural sounding really exists. Maybe, just maybe, with loooots more money.. but, for this price. I don't believe it will be beat for a long time, if ever.


 

post #29 of 80
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Originally Posted by chrislangley4253 View Post

Now, my turn to go OT, any idea on the sound stage in orthos like the he500? cuz that has caught my eye. Simple solution, own them all.


I see you used to have some T50RPs but don't anymore.  With the right mods their soundstage will probably destroy the HD600's.  That's what my T50RPs did my HD650's soundstage despite the T50RPs having the handicap of being almost completely closed.  After a few mods the only advantage the HD650s had were being slightly less fatiguing for long term listening and I sold them.

 

Also, recently saw this about the LCD-2, HE-500, and HD800.

post #30 of 80
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Originally Posted by Questhate View Post


I'll be at the meet and can bring my pair of V4 Magnums along -- although they are not "full Magnums" in that they are housed in wood rather than the aluminum sleeves. I'd be glad to send them down a couple of weeks early as well if you want to demo and you can return them to me at the meet. 

I'd love to try them out, thanks. Looks like the meet is going to be pretty big.
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