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post #1396 of 2110
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Originally Posted by Jon-LF View Post


Haha not meaning to "feed the trolls" but am I the only one who finds the T1 flat and neutral?

That's my impression of it as well. :)

post #1397 of 2110
Just got my hd700's today ($520 on amazon...sweet!!), and was able to listen for about 45 minutes. As I pressed the play button on my samsung note2> fiio e12 I half winced expecting to hear sharp peaky treble and sibilance, and what do you know the over exaggerating, comment-without-hearing, trolls of head-fi were wrong again!

Nothing but tight, accurate, detailed, smooth, non-fatiguing, WARM sound waves coming through the most comfortable headphones I have ever worn.

I really was expecting treble reminiscent of the he400 which i found very sibilant and unnatural, but to my suprise the he700 is aggressive and has extended treble slightly north of neutral, but it is NOT offensive by any means.

Midrange is smooth, and not at all recessed. I wouldn't quite call it "lush", but also not dry. The midrange is fairly liquid and very smooth.

Discriptive words that come to mind are SMOOTH, DETAILED, WARM but with clear & extended treble at the same time.

These are also very sleek and low profile, especially compared to my he400s. VERY comfortable, and very stylish in my opinion. They are actually slightly more comfortable than my maddogs with alpha pads due to weight, velour, and smaller pads on the hd700s.

I will be getting a centrance hifi-m8 to pair with these next week, and i will hopefully post some impressions then.

Again these are initial impressions, but so far I am very impressed, and these are making a strong case to be the best headphones i have ever heard.
post #1398 of 2110

Don't assume that people who criticise the HD700 are trolls.  Based on the gear you have listed, you lack a frame of comparison to top flight cans to see the HD700's weaknesses clearly. But unless Sennheiser has drastically improved their tuning in later batches, you'll notice the upper midrange drop leading into treble spikes eventually. Whether that bothers you or not will be due to your frame of comparison and preferred listening volumes.

post #1399 of 2110
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Originally Posted by kernel8888 View Post

Just got my hd700's today ($520 on amazon...sweet!!), and was able to listen for about 45 minutes. As I pressed the play button on my samsung note2> fiio e12 I half winced expecting to hear sharp peaky treble and sibilance, and what do you know the over exaggerating, comment-without-hearing, trolls of head-fi were wrong again!

Nothing but tight, accurate, detailed, smooth, non-fatiguing, WARM sound waves coming through the most comfortable headphones I have ever worn.

I really was expecting treble reminiscent of the he400 which i found very sibilant and unnatural, but to my suprise the he700 is aggressive and has extended treble slightly north of neutral, but it is NOT offensive by any means.

Midrange is smooth, and not at all recessed. I wouldn't quite call it "lush", but also not dry. The midrange is fairly liquid and very smooth.

Discriptive words that come to mind are SMOOTH, DETAILED, WARM but with clear & extended treble at the same time.

These are also very sleek and low profile, especially compared to my he400s. VERY comfortable, and very stylish in my opinion. They are actually slightly more comfortable than my maddogs with alpha pads due to weight, velour, and smaller pads on the hd700s.

I will be getting a centrance hifi-m8 to pair with these next week, and i will hopefully post some impressions then.

Again these are initial impressions, but so far I am very impressed, and these are making a strong case to be the best headphones i have ever heard.

 

 

 

Congrats.  They are some incredible headphones.  Enjoy them.

post #1400 of 2110

@kernel8888 The HD700's are definitely nice and people who criticize them may also own them. I own them and like I said, definitely a nice pair of headphones, but there is some sibilant/treble harshness in it that can be treated with a proper tube amp.

 

And yes, they are comfortable :)

post #1401 of 2110
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Originally Posted by kernel8888 View Post

I will be getting a centrance hifi-m8 to pair with these next week, and i will hopefully post some impressions then.
I order a hifi m8 lx last weekend during the sale. Mine is expected to come in April tho.
Very excited to hear your impressions and ccomparisons. I have a note 3 and e12, also e18 hrt microstreamer and some others. M8 is a huge step budget wise for me. Keep us updated!
post #1402 of 2110
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Originally Posted by XVampireX View Post
 

@kernel8888 The HD700's are definitely nice and people who criticize them may also own them. I own them and like I said, definitely a nice pair of headphones, but there is some sibilant/treble harshness in it that can be treated with a proper tube amp.

 

And yes, they are comfortable :)

I’m running all solid state and never heard any “sibilant/treble harshness” over the three weeks I had mine, and believe me I did put them through a torture test, so it may be amp/source dependent.

For music I’m using a Bryston BCD-1 balanced to Bryston BHA- 1, which is a very neutral set-up so overall I found them very coherent with excellent evenhanded tonality top to bottom.

Now what may be interesting is that I sent mine to Sennheiser to check for a slight channel imbalance between drivers just over three weeks ago and have been informed that they will be installing two new drivers, so I’m curious if they will sound the same, hopefully they will because from what I’ve experienced so far I wouldn’t change a thing.

post #1403 of 2110
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Originally Posted by kernel8888 View Post

Just got my hd700's today ($520 on amazon...sweet!!), and was able to listen for about 45 minutes. As I pressed the play button on my samsung note2> fiio e12 I half winced expecting to hear sharp peaky treble and sibilance, and what do you know the over exaggerating, comment-without-hearing, trolls of head-fi were wrong again!

Nothing but tight, accurate, detailed, smooth, non-fatiguing, WARM sound waves coming through the most comfortable headphones I have ever worn.

I really was expecting treble reminiscent of the he400 which i found very sibilant and unnatural, but to my suprise the he700 is aggressive and has extended treble slightly north of neutral, but it is NOT offensive by any means.

Midrange is smooth, and not at all recessed. I wouldn't quite call it "lush", but also not dry. The midrange is fairly liquid and very smooth.
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Again these are initial impressions, but so far I am very impressed, and these are making a strong case to be the best headphones i have ever heard.

 

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Originally Posted by shultzee View Post
 

 

 

 

Congrats.  They are some incredible headphones.  Enjoy them.

 


Ditto!


Edited by Rob80b - 2/21/14 at 5:03pm
post #1404 of 2110
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Originally Posted by kayza View Post



I order a hifi m8 lx last weekend during the sale. Mine is expected to come in April tho.

Very excited to hear your impressions and ccomparisons. I have a note 3 and e12, also e18 hrt microstreamer and some others. M8 is a huge step budget wise for me. Keep us updated!

 



Yea I was going to do that sale but i found a used one to buy as i am too impatient to wait until april. Will keep you updated.
post #1405 of 2110
Yea i don't have a problem with people being sensitive to harsh treble, but it seems some comments have been (IMO) overexaggerated to the point that they are very misleading. But hey, this is head-fi. If a phone is bright, harsh, or sibilant, thats fine to say so.

Comments made on these forums persuade and guide people in making hundred/thousand dollar purchases, so I think that honesty is important, regarding both good and bad traits.
post #1406 of 2110
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Originally Posted by Rob80b View Post


Ditto!

I keep hearing you gush about the HD700, but when are you gonna take the leap to the HD800? ;) Jon-LF and roguegeek have already. Do not fight the urge! :p

post #1407 of 2110
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Originally Posted by Sonido View Post
 

I keep hearing you gush about the HD700, but when are you gonna take the leap to the HD800? ;) Jon-LF and roguegeek have already. Do not fight the urge! :p

I am not a trader, I swear! Just to be clear, I have not turned by back on the HD 700. The deal on the HD 800 was just too hard to pass up and it's merely meant to supplement my collection. I love the HD 700 too much to ever get rid of it.

post #1408 of 2110
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Originally Posted by Kyle 491 View Post
 

Don't assume that people who criticise the HD700 are trolls.  Based on the gear you have listed, you lack a frame of comparison to top flight cans to see the HD700's weaknesses clearly. But unless Sennheiser has drastically improved their tuning in later batches, you'll notice the upper midrange drop leading into treble spikes eventually. Whether that bothers you or not will be due to your frame of comparison and preferred listening volumes.


Everyone has different ears, and respond to different headphones... differently. Peaks in particular are hard to generalize; a lot of people in this thread have no problems with the HD700 while a lot of others do.

 

However, when you say something more overarching, like the T1s are "very warm"... there's only so much you can deviate from the general consensus.

post #1409 of 2110
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Originally Posted by Sonido View Post
 

I keep hearing you gush about the HD700, but when are you gonna take the leap to the HD800? ;) Jon-LF and roguegeek have already. Do not fight the urge! :p

Hi Sonido

 

One step at a time, the HD800s are very good and I’ve auditioned them a number of times but most of my serious listening is through my speaker set-up so not really a priority and not exactly what I was looking for. I already had a few AKGs, Senns and Grados on hand but reading a number of reviews they made reference to the fact that the HD700’s had a very speaker like presentation so I was very curious if they would bridge the gap for the times when I would be relegated to headphone listening.

It only took a day or so to really get what Sennheiser accomplished with the HD700s and then I was hooked as the overall sonic does emulate my Dynaudios Special 25s more than any phone I’ve so far had the chance to listen to, their perspective with regards to staging, tonality and bass a I mentioned before make them the speaker mans headphone, more so I feel than the HD800s.

Overall though headphone listening has a very different perspective to a speaker set-up so it comes down to what ones reference point is/was, but for the first time in over forty years of using phones in the studio or at home I really feel IMHO that Sennheiser is on to something and was able to somewhat successfully bridge the gap between the two perspectives with the HD700s, some will get it, some won’t.

 

post #1410 of 2110
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Originally Posted by roguegeek View Post

I am not a trader, I swear! Just to be clear, I have not turned by back on the HD 700. The deal on the HD 800 was just too hard to pass up and it's merely meant to supplement my collection. I love the HD 700 too much to ever get rid of it.
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