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post #1591 of 1822

I have listened to Musical Fidelity's amp and I like it very much.

 

If you'd like to hear what the cans really sound like, I'd get an O2. It's a bargain (~$120) but without the high-end casing.

post #1592 of 1822
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Originally Posted by francois13e View Post
 

Hello all,

 

This is my first post over here, so please give me a warm welcome !!!..............................

 

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What do you guys think ? What would be your recommendations considering my taste ?

 

Thanks !

 

Well a warm welcome to the HD700 thread Francois

 

Can’t comment on what DAC or the amps you’re considering as I’ve not personally tried them, all I can say is that I’m really content with my own set-up.

Running a Bryston BCD-1 and modified Rega P25 turntable though a Bryston BHA-1 balanced Head-amp I’ve yet to hear the aforementioned sibilance (except on badly pressed vinyl), and have great “punchy, dynamic” bass without a hint of muddiness with a properly delineated detailed sound stage in terms horizontal image placement (speaking from a speaker users viewpoint ) and depth (many phones can give you width and depth but the imaging, especially the central imaging will be disproportionately convex in size as I find with my HD580/600, AKG701s and Grado SR325i’s).

Basically if you find a source and amp that are neutral the HD700s are able to correctly throw back at you what ever is on the recording, therefore if its fuller with deep extended bass which pressurizes you’ll hear that and if its thinner that’s what you’ll get.

I also listen to “pop/rock, electro, acoustic, classic” and some jazz and find the HD700s have done a fine job with all genres.

There is a plethora of information available on these forums and elsewhere so take your time, from what I’ve read the Burson HA160 looks promising, the Lehmann Black Cube may be a bit too revealing and more SS in nature, but with your budget you should have no problems finding a setup to get the best from the HD700s that will reward you with the sound you are looking for, except in my case it was the reverse as I was looking for a phone to get the best from my source and amp and so far the HD700s have done just that.:smile:

 

Let us know how you make out, and again welcome to the forums.

post #1593 of 1822
I had not heard of the O2 till now... It seems like a very good reference amp to compare other sound signatures.
A very adequate suggestion, thank you!
post #1594 of 1822
Thanks for your input Rob80b !
The DAC I'll choose later on, but I the amp side I definitely think I'll want something with a warmer sound signature. Just not sure how warm yet!
If only there was some kind of chart with a note for each characteristic!
post #1595 of 1822
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Originally Posted by francois13e View Post

Thanks for your input Rob80b !
The DAC I'll choose later on, but I the amp side I definitely think I'll want something with a warmer sound signature. Just not sure how warm yet!
If only there was some kind of chart with a note for each characteristic!

We all have different preferences, expectations and ears, making user and professional reviews a confounding experience, choosing equipment will always be a compromise be it performance and or budget which makes this hobby an on going never ending experience, bonne chance. :D 


Edited by Rob80b - 4/7/14 at 5:50am
post #1596 of 1822
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Originally Posted by francois13e View Post

Thanks for your input Rob80b !
The DAC I'll choose later on, but I the amp side I definitely think I'll want something with a warmer sound signature. Just not sure how warm yet!
If only there was some kind of chart with a note for each characteristic!


You can always buy Bottlehead Crack and do a little DIY :smile:

post #1597 of 1822
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Originally Posted by Klots View Post
 


You can always buy Bottlehead Crack and do a little DIY :smile:

+1 and use warm tubes :)

post #1598 of 1822
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Originally Posted by francois13e View Post

.................... the amp side I definitely think I'll want something with a warmer sound signature. Just not sure how warm yet!
If only there was some kind of chart with a note for each characteristic!

 

A good rule of thumb when trying to make sense of the multiple opinions, it is normally safe but not necessarily always, to go with the general consensus.

For example with regards to any over emphasis to sibilance on the HD700s, with a 107 pages and 1596 post on this thread, the pro sibilance are vastly out numbered, in fact there are only a handful (not denying or refuting what they heard as they may have indeed heard what they heard :confused:), so when looking for appropriate equipment do not let a few negatives throw one off.

(It’s amazing how folks reiterate verbatim a negative or positive attribute without actually having never used the equipment and this then gets proliferated from like individuals to no end.)

 

On the other hand, you may read through a whole thread of positive opinions on a specific tube based amp but if you’re not a tube aficionado all the positives will not make it the amp for you and vise versa, this applies to every piece of equipment.

One has to have a fairly confident stance of what they want with regards to sound, laid back, upfront, revealing.......

Also a one off raving revue by an individual (myself included :o) will never tell the whole story, checking their other posts or a professional reviewers past equipment evaluations can give you much better insight on their personal preferences, being it neutral, warm,  cool, bass heavy, light and airy or focusing on the all important mid-range.

 

Lots of pitfalls along the way but most of us eventually get there.


Edited by Rob80b - 4/7/14 at 8:10am
post #1599 of 1822
I am in the process of buying a new headphone and I'd like to make you some questions...
I actually have a b&w p5 driven by a Asus xonar essence one but p5 are very uncomfortable with glasses.

I interested to the hd700 but I've never had the chance to try with my amp. I only tried in a big electronic store, driven by my iPod...

Does anyone use it with xonar essence one?

I listen to music for 8 hours a day (during work hours). 25% of the time from my computer and the remaining 75% I listen Spotify.

Does anyone use it with spotify? Is the listening acceptable or is it better to use a cheaper one?

Are they comfortable for a long listening period (with glasses)?
post #1600 of 1822
hd700's are quite comfortable with glasses. They really are about as good as it gets regarding comfort, in my opinion. I've also used them with multiple amps, including the hifi-m8 and fiio e12. The m8 is quite neutral while the e12 is on the warm side, and it sounds great withboth. This makes me feel like the hd700 is versitile enough to not be amp picky and sound good with a wide range of amps and different sound signatures.
post #1601 of 1822
You know the HD700 is open and will leak even at medium volumes? I don't know if you work near anyone else and how quiet your office is, but open might not the best choice for practical reasons.
post #1602 of 1822
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Originally Posted by Sonido View Post

You know the HD700 is open and will leak even at medium volumes? I don't know if you work near anyone else and how quiet your office is, but open might not the best choice for practical reasons.
Is it really so noisy?
I am alone in my office and is very quiet but I like to keep the door open... Will the people passing in front of my office hear me or is it not that noisy?
post #1603 of 1822
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Is it really so noisy?
I am alone in my office and is very quiet but I like to keep the door open... Will the people passing in front of my office hear me or is it not that noisy?
Depends how loudly you play your music. If your new to open headphones, try listening to any closed headphone and put it to what volume you normally listen to and then take them off and see how loud it is. It would be a bit louder than that. They may not hear it passing by, but they definitely will if they step in.
post #1604 of 1822

I found a good deal for the HD700 in an electronic store in the neighborhood. It was a display one, used for some months and for sale for a crazy price...
I did not resist and I bought it ;-)

 

Right now, I only tried with an iPad and they are impressive, compared to the B&W P5. 

I look forward to try them with the Xonar Essence ONE ;-)

post #1605 of 1822

Last night, I made a review / comparison of the HD700 with the HD800.

 

HD700... what a great headphone =)

 

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