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A lot of measurements show the T50RP, modded or not, with a peak around 10KHz. This is even true of the Paradox. It's not a big peak, generally, but that could explain any sibilance or treble issues one is hearing. I tend to bump the EQ down a tiny bit in that region, and I think it sounds a bit better. YMMV

post #2927 of 6388

I always wanted to try the Stax pads but they are pretty expensive

post #2928 of 6388
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Imaging is great on the MDs and instrument separation is truly top-notch, but they really don't sound all that expansive. Going from a Grado to my MD makes me feel cramped.

 

This perfectly sums up my feelings. Although I think soundstage is most dependent on the recording, the MD's are of course a bit narrow compared to an open can.

post #2929 of 6388

May be grabbing the Mad Dogs with Stax Pads, would love a lighter LCD-2.. Not sure if I should sacrifice the smoothness of the mids though.. Elwappo99, would you get the Stax Pads if I'm not worried about money?

post #2930 of 6388
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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post

 

Stax

Love these pads  They're big and fluffy and softer than the MD pads. It's like a big memory foam pillow squeezing down. Not a lot of extra clamping force (I have a big head).

Bass is really great, much more controlled, and a little bit more transparent

Mids are about the same, but they lack the smoothness of the MD pads. 

Highs are much more present to the point of being on the verge of sibilant. Keep in mind the Stax pads have a much looser filter, so I'm not sure how this would affect the sound, but I feel like it would. Treble is much more present, but lacks the smoothness of the MD pads.

Soundstage is wider, but less focused

(Had this same result when I "lifted" the pads on the Denon D7000, would love to know if a denser filter would help :/  )

 

Brainwavz HM5/Fischer FA-003

Clearer bass, but not as clear as the Stax

Midrange and treble are much more pronounced but still lack the smoothness of the MD pads

Soundstage is wider, not as much as the stax, but still more than the MD pads. Still has a bit of focus loss

 

MD Pads

Bass less controlled and more in quantity,

midrange and treble recessed, but much smoother

intimate (i.e. closer in) sound, clear focus in the middle, more defined separation

In a somewhat strange note, I really like these pads for their heat distribution. They get warm, but also seem to dissipate it fast enough to not get too warm. 

Thanks for the impressions! I'm only wondering if the stax pads are really worth the extra $$ over the HM5 pads which are a fraction of the cost. (On that note, anyone know the cheapest way to get ahold of the stax?) Though, they do look very luxurious.

post #2931 of 6388
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Thanks for the impressions! I'm only wondering if the stax pads are really worth the extra $$ over the HM5 pads which are a fraction of the cost. (On that note, anyone know the cheapest way to get ahold of the stax?) Though, they do look very luxurious.

 

IMO on this application, SQ wise they became possibly sibilant to some listeners, and overall a detriment to the SQ on these headphones. Comfort they definitely win. 

post #2932 of 6388

Okay guys, I have a friend looking at buying the MD's. He has about $300-$400 for an amp. What the best amp in that price range?

post #2933 of 6388
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Okay guys, I have a friend looking at buying the MD's. He has about $300-$400 for an amp. What the best amp in that price range?

Lyr.

post #2934 of 6388
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Okay guys, I have a friend looking at buying the MD's. He has about $300-$400 for an amp. What the best amp in that price range?

Objective 2 or Mangi/Modi. I own the O2 (I'm selling one to get another O2) and it sounds very good.

post #2935 of 6388
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Lyr.

isn't the Lyr above that price range?

post #2936 of 6388
Sorry, got to get the dac also at that price of $300-$400.
post #2937 of 6388
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Okay guys, I have a friend looking at buying the MD's. He has about $300-$400 for an amp. What the best amp in that price range?

Open box EF-5 on amazon, 300 bucks. 100 left for an OPA upgrade and a better tube.

 

*nevermind, posted before I saw the dac post.

post #2938 of 6388
^^ the open box looks like a good deal. I haven't heard that amp personally.
post #2939 of 6388
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Lyr.

isn't the Lyr above that price range?

Only $50.

post #2940 of 6388

possibly the modni/magni?

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