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post #1306 of 2093
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Originally Posted by thisjustanother View Post
 

if i do pick these up, would a dac/amp of the schiit magni/modi be enough to run these phones well enough, i dont want to spend even more on dac/amp on an already pretty expensive headphones.

Here's the thing. If you aren't planning on properly powering a headphone based on that can's requirements (meaning not just getting it to loud enough listening levels, but also picking something that will compliment its signature), especially one that is as expensive as an HD 700, then what's the point of buying it? You wouldn't buy a Porsche if you couldn't afford the 91 octane needed to run it, would you? It's the same thing here. I understand you don't want to spend more on an amp and DAC, but the bottom line is that having a decent one is the price of admission or else you've just blown $650 on something that you're not really fully utilizing. The good news is there are affordable amps and DACs out there that will do very well with the HD 700. A Vali/Modi stack will do very nicely in this circumstance and they are relatively inexpensive.

post #1307 of 2093
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Originally Posted by thisjustanother View Post
 

is 650$ for the hd 700s worth picking up? there are a few on ebay at this price and its pretty tempting to check out.

 

if i do pick these up, would a dac/amp of the schiit magni/modi be enough to run these phones well enough, i dont want to spend even more on dac/amp on an already pretty expensive headphones.

 

650 is the standard retail price for hd700s now in the USA. It's been set by Sennheiser USA and Todd from TTVJ reckons it won't go back up. With all the harsh feedback (imo unduely) they have fallen under by being the baby brother of the hd800, I reckon Sennheiser will release a hd750 or hd795 model at some stage for 1000 bucks. 

 

I know both ttvj and moonaudio (both headfi sponsors) sell them..so no need to go to ebay and pay postage man. 

post #1308 of 2093
Actually, I think current RETAIL on them is back up to $999.95 with street price being around $850. There are just some reseller that are still selling at the holiday street price of $650. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, though. Whatever the case, if you can find an authorized reseller doing it for $650, go for it.
post #1309 of 2093

Email Razordog first, as I read that some people were able to use Razordog's extra $100 off instant rebate bringing them down to $550 (even though it says it's excluded) which is a helluva deal.

post #1310 of 2093
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Originally Posted by smcginni View Post

I would really love to have a pair of HD800 and have really enjoyed them the few (short) times I've listened. Unfortunately, the amping requirements ($$$) and lack of portability kill the idea. If I keep the HD700, I'll add an iPhone cable (made from the Shure iem replacement cable) so that I can really work while plugged in.

Been listening to more on the iPad unamped (want to get "used" to the sound a bit before going to the amps) and do find it a little lean overall. I used the "Equalizer" app and added a +6db boost at 50Hz and -3db at 8KHz (to lower sibilance) and that worked nicely. I could certainly live with that as a portable solution.

I don't listen loud and still find myself 3 or 4 clicks from the top volume. It's true that the I-devices CAN drive the 700, but just barely. If you're a headbanger, you're gonna need an amp,plain and simple.

Just hit a few tracks on Norah Jones new CD which, like the John Mayer, felt pretty dark and muddy on my 650s (and really hard to like on my Monster Coppers) and it made much more sense on the 700. Also did John Williams score for "Memoirs of a Geisha" and it was extraordinary! The treble sparkle was just wonderful. Some genres will really shine on the 700s.

Beaver316- that's my thought. I got my 650 second hand and it has been a bargain for the price. The HD700 retail really is about $300 high in my opinion. Having said that, though, you pay if they're worth it to you and if you have the funds to work with. It's not the physical value of the can but perceived value to the listener.

I am curious on how you plan to use the Shure IEM replacement cable.  Can you provide some details???  Which cable? How do you terminate to fit into the HD700?  Thanks.

post #1311 of 2093

Are the ath a900x good for competitive gaming? I would be using them through the astro mixamp

post #1312 of 2093
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Are the ath a900x good for competitive gaming? I would be using them through the astro mixamp

 

They aren't on the same league. 

post #1313 of 2093
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Originally Posted by pdrm360 View Post
 

 

They aren't on the same league. 

what isint

post #1314 of 2093
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Originally Posted by xela3 View Post
 

what isint

 

Why did you post this here?

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Are the ath a900x good for competitive gaming? I would be using them through the astro mixamp

post #1315 of 2093
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Why did you post this here?

oops my bad I thought I clicked the link to mad lust envys thread

post #1316 of 2093
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Originally Posted by roguegeek View Post

Actually, I think current RETAIL on them is back up to $999.95 with street price being around $850. There are just some reseller that are still selling at the holiday street price of $650. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, though. Whatever the case, if you can find an authorized reseller doing it for $650, go for it.

 

Just going by what Todd said. Drew from Moon Audio also said he didn't know when the sale would end. So it's not a time sensitive one as you are suggesting. fingers crossed. 

post #1317 of 2093
Ok. So I want to make an iphone cable for the HD700. Here is what I think I need. Does this make sense?

Get one Shure iem replacement iPhone cable here.

http://www.amazon.com/Replacement-cable-Remote-connect-iphone/dp/B00G06F4RM/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=37ABMBS5OW8IT&coliid=I1PCL4L54J41RQ

With two of these

http://www.amazon.com/2-5mm-BLACK-PLASTIC-SCREW-HANDLE/dp/B00GWRCL5W/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=37ABMBS5OW8IT&coliid=I2EBLOJUOM5MD7

So basically take the iphone replacement cable,cut of the connectors and add the 2.5mm mono plugs. Will this work? Probably not the best sound quality.

Are there some dac/amps that work with iphone cables? Or is this just a big waste of time.
post #1318 of 2093
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Originally Posted by psonoda View Post

Ok. So I want to make an iphone cable for the HD700. Here is what I think I need. Does this make sense?

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With two of these

http://www.amazon.com/2-5mm-BLACK-PLASTIC-SCREW-HANDLE/dp/B00GWRCL5W/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=37ABMBS5OW8IT&coliid=I2EBLOJUOM5MD7

 

 

 

Those connectors will not fit, the outer collar needs major surgery.

 

 

Or you could get this. It's the cable for the HD212 but they are similar in shape to the ends on the HD700 oem cable.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Genuine-Replacement-SENNHEISER-HD212-Pro-Headphones/dp/B008JH9WRI/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1391706015&sr=1-1&keywords=sennheiser+hd212+cable

 

 

but in the end I ordered a pair of these.

 

 

http://www.lunashops.com/goods.php?id=3313


Edited by Rob80b - 2/6/14 at 9:30am
post #1319 of 2093

I wonder how the quality of the replacement cable's copper is...

post #1320 of 2093
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Originally Posted by streetdragon View Post
 

I wonder how the quality of the replacement cable's copper is...

 

Depends which replacement cable, Ross gave his impressions on a third party all copper cable.

 

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Originally Posted by Ross View Post
 

Just wanted to let people know about this cable for the HD700 available on ebay: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/NEW-Replacement-Audio-upgrade-Cable-For-Sennheiser-HD700-HD-700-Headphone-/261317123574?pt=US_MP3_Player_Cables_Adapters&var&hash=item3cd7b6ddf6&_uhb=1

 

I was looking for a good quality copper cable for the HD700. I found the sound of the stock HD700 a bit too peaky in the treble, and suspected it might be the silver in the cable. I replaced it with a Moon Audio Black Dragon, but that took it to the opposite extreme - flat  and dull sounding. Rather than spend big money on another expensive after market cable, I found this one on ebay for around $30. It arrived today. Initial impressions are that it is very well made and, more importantly, sounds really good. It removes the slight brightness of the stock cable while smoothing out the sound, but without the heaviness of the Black Dragon. So far I am quite impressed. I should add that I have no connection with the seller. 

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