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post #331 of 7128

ALSO, could be this! Its just with some tracks and I think its also bothering me just because/when I´m fixating on it

 

m17xr2b, what dac are you using?

post #332 of 7128
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Originally Posted by zenpunk View Post

Well, they are pretty revealing cans which are tuned with a treble tilt so if the recording is sibilant that is what you get. Listen to better recordings or just swap cans. wink.gif

That's what I'm doing at the moment etysmile.gif

figured out that mp3 quality (which I normally don't use) is extremely bad but it happens also with some wav tracks. than it could be the recording quality

post #333 of 7128
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Well, they are pretty revealing cans which are tuned with a treble tilt so if the recording is sibilant that is what you get. Listen to better recordings or just swap cans. wink.gif

Agreed.  In most instances, I've located the sibilance in the source, it's just more pronounced with these phones.

post #334 of 7128
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Originally Posted by ALSO View Post

Agreed.  In most instances, I've located the sibilance in the source, it's just more pronounced with these phones.

what would you suggest as change for me?

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what would you suggest as change for me?

In my case, I'm using a decent DAC/amp, a Fostex HP-A7, which pairs well with Sennheiser, and since both the phones and amp are new, I can't make many upgrades for some time.  I'm still burning in my 700s, but like you am noticing the sibilance on some files.  But after switching phones, and listening to different tracks, I'm discovering that much if not all of it was always there--I'm just noticing it now with these more revealing phones.  Assuming there's nothing wrong with your 700s and amps, or any of the connections, then it's possible you'll have to be selective with your listening choices.  I've noticed more sibilance in older recordings, jazz and classical, esp. if playing from lossy files.  I've been seeking our some pristine recordings, quiet vocals or piano to listen for sibilance, and finding that the hissing is not in the headphones but in the recordings.  I'm not sure if this is helpful in your case, but I understand your concern.

post #336 of 7128
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Originally Posted by ALSO View Post

But after switching phones, and listening to different tracks, I'm discovering that much if not all of it was always there--I'm just noticing it now with these more revealing phones.

Thx for your reply! Tried that and I couldn't agree more! I compared the most sibilant songs to other cans and after the sibilance was revealed by the HD700 I heard it even with my HD650 ( not as pronounced as with the 700 but still obvious), what I never expected!

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Thx for your reply! Tried that and I couldn't agree more! I compared the most sibilant songs to other cans and after the sibilance was revealed by the HD700 I heard it even with my HD650 ( not as pronounced as with the 700 but still obvious), what I never expected!

It's pretty remarkable and exciting how much is revealed, but is forcing me to rearrange in reconstitute my archive.

post #338 of 7128

There is few albums I absolutely adore that I can't listen with the HD700, The Strokes -Is this It, is one of them. The better your system become the more you start detecting faults in poor or average recordings you used to enjoy with run of the mill headphones. 

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Originally Posted by zenpunk View Post

There is few albums I absolutely adore that I can't listen with the HD700, The Strokes -Is this It, is one of them. The better your system become the more you start detecting faults in poor or average recordings you used to enjoy with run of the mill headphones. 

True!  I'm also finding that I enjoy listening to things that just sound good on the 700s.

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I  completely agree that getting a better system also helped me enjoy and discover music I didn't used to listen to before so it is all good..biggrin.gif

post #341 of 7128
Has anyone tried the HD700 on a Woo Audio WA6 with Sofia princess.
post #342 of 7128
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Originally Posted by DrSeven View Post

Thx for your reply! Tried that and I couldn't agree more! I compared the most sibilant songs to other cans and after the sibilance was revealed by the HD700 I heard it even with my HD650 ( not as pronounced as with the 700 but still obvious), what I never expected!

 

I've had a couple songs (out of 35 hours of listening) that were sibilant as well and the first thing I did was compare with the HD650 and found the same thing.  The sibilant spots were still there just not as obvious.  I chalk it up to a poorly recorded song.

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I'm picking these up to replace a set of K702 65th Anniversary editions, which all told are pretty nice. The 65s cost me about $429, I bought the 700s for $730 from Crutchfield. I've only had the opportunity to listen to the 700s alongside the 800s for about an hour total, but I really liked the 700s a lot more. I think I spent maybe 10m of that hour listening to the 800s feeling like I was obligated to give them another shot and then another and then another. On the other hand the 700s were immediately enjoyable and if I'd had $1k on me I probably would have bought on the spot.

Anyway, waiting on those 700s now, going to spend a day ABing the hell out of them with the 65s and will keep whichever feels best. I'm just hoping my little amp is up for the job with 300mW at 150 Ω.

I've read that the 700s do well with tubes, and I have a few to try ... are any of you guys amping with tubes and if so do you have a favorite with them? I have a variety of 6DJ8/6922/7308/Cca types & looking for one with the best synergy. I'm hoping they go well with an Amperex PQ or Telefunken Cca.

EDIT: One more thing, I see a lot of people griping about the price tag & I agree $1k does seem excessive. Is $730 for these an OK deal or still too much (mine are refurb, but there was no tax or shipping.)
Edited by toschek - 2/12/13 at 6:34pm
post #344 of 7128

Congrats on the purchase! I'm sure that you're real going to enjoy them!

I prefer a tube amp with the HD700 and have had luck with Amperex PQ's in the Schiit Lyr. I've also heard good things about the Telefunken Cca's. I'm sure your amp will drive them to adequate levels.. every once in awhile I use the Audioquest DragonFly which drives them loud enough but the Lyr adds great dynamics and authority. Which amp are you going to be using?

Whatever the price is, is it worth it to you? $730 sound like a screaming good deal but I'm in Canada. I have no regrets on the $1K I paid for mine. I'm really enjoying them long after the the bill has been paid.

 

 

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Originally Posted by toschek View Post

I'm picking these up to replace a set of K702 65th Anniversary editions, which all told are pretty nice. The

Anyway, waiting on those 700s now, going to spend a day ABing the hell out of them with the 65s and will keep whichever feels best. I'm just hoping my little amp is up for the job with 300mW at 150 Ω.

I've read that the 700s do well with tubes, and I have a few to try ... are any of you guys amping with tubes and if so do you have a favorite with them? I have a variety of 6DJ8/6922/7308/Cca types & looking for one with the best synergy. I'm hoping they go well with an Amperex PQ or Telefunken Cca.

EDIT: One more thing, I see a lot of people griping about the price tag & I agree $1k does seem excessive. Is $730 for these an OK deal or still too much (mine are refurb, but there was no tax or shipping.)
post #345 of 7128

My E9 puts out around 317mW into 150Ω and they sound fantastic, so you shouldn't have any problem.

 

I think $730 is fantastic deal.  Sennheiser should price them: HD650 for $350, HD700 for $700, and HD800 for $1400.  I think they would sell more HD700's at that price, they wouldn't be so close to the HD800 then.

 

Edit: I also feel the LCD-2 should be around $600 not $1000


Edited by brokenthumb - 2/12/13 at 7:21pm
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