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post #76 of 81

i am settling down to both recabled Q701 n hd600....

the improved clarity n more intimate soundstage at midprice is certainly satisfying enough for me...

n try not to think about the expa(e)nsive hd800 and T1.

 

havent tried the shure 1440/1840, but given my favorable experience with the 940...in some respect,

i think i will look into these oneday.

post #77 of 81
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Originally Posted by wolfetan44 View Post

Could I get a Stax setup with a DAC for $550 used?

Maybe. The SRS-2070 and SRS-2170 systems were/are ~$800 new. There's also the Koss ESP/950 system which dances between $600 and $1000 (depending on what, I do not know - just watch Amazon). That's amp + 'phones. Source is extra - spend as much as you see fit, personally I like older gear because it sounds good and can be really cheap. But I don't have a huge "physical media" collection to deal with, so most all of my usage is from a computer (and a top-tier soundcard is only around $200, and that's really "high end" - a good soundcard can run you around $50-$60).

I think $550 isn't unrealistic, but you'll do some looking. If you went up to $1000 it'd be absolutely no problem to go brand new though. FWIW. smily_headphones1.gif
post #78 of 81
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Or just get a Hifiman HE-500wink.gif

 

If someone is seriously inclined they can, but it's spending more money with little difference IMO.

post #79 of 81
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Are there any headphones that sound almost similar to HD800 or T1 but cost between $500-$1k since ASR felt that both these headphones should be around this price range?

 

I never saw this thread until now.

 

To answer the question: I wouldn't say any other headphones sound "similar" to either the HD800 or T1. Every headphone has its own unique sound.

 

But to answer the secondary question of better-value headphones, I'd suggest these alternatives:

- Audeze LCD-2 r2

- Audio-Technica AD2000

- HiFiMan HE-400

- Shure SRH1840

- Stax SR-507

 

There are also what I personally call "average" headphones like the AKG K70x, Senn HD600/HD650, Beyerdynamic DT880, Sony SA5000, etc, that are pretty good and not grossly overpriced like the HD800 and T1 are. Sonically, the HD800 and T1 are better than their respective predecessors, but the jump in price far exceeds the jump in sound quality, IMO.

 

I'd recommend reading these other reviews I wrote to get additional context with the Audeze headphones:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/594426/mini-review-audeze-lcd-3-vs-lcd-2-r2-sr-007-et-al

http://www.head-fi.org/t/548875/review-audeze-lcd-2-r1-r2-hifiman-he-6-stax-sr-507-stax-oii-mki-bhse-et-al

 

Or if you don't need full-size headphones, a custom IEM might be a solution. If I didn't already own the JH Audio JH13, I'd be interested in the Ultimate Ears IERM.


Edited by Asr - 9/17/12 at 12:01am
post #80 of 81
Asr, that was a good read, thank you for the reviews smily_headphones1.gif
Edited by reddragon - 9/17/12 at 11:36am
post #81 of 81
I found the. Q701 be similar to the t1 ,they felt softer,the housing is actually and the driver material also, they are revealing and even more open as is the encloser, large open cups not angled drivers, sony new reference professional monitors are said to be better then there predissisor wich is $1400 and they are under 500. A real chance to acquire Sirius tech.,for less money. They are closed though do sound very open and light are not as open as the akg being closed physically ported though.
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