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post #91 of 160

Ok. I have only 5 hours of listening with these, but I could not help myself to keep from posting a quick follow up.  First I ran some low frequency sweeps and long full spectrum frequency burn in tracks from the XLO Reference Tone Cd.  This is what I usually do when I ever get a new pair of cans.  I then played a high frequency tone sweep and then let them sit for about 5 minutes then started jamming.  For my curiosity on how these would perform on acoustics, against the original Tma-1, I put on a 24-bit 192khz recording of The Eagles, "Hotel California" with eq flat from my Asus Xonar Essence St sound card, and using J River Media Center in Wasapi - Event Style Mode.. and no doubt.  I could already tell these were more neutral and more "acoustic friendly" headphones than that of the original Tma-1's.  But ever since then I have been listening to electronica and ambient music.  Listened to Boards of Canada's, "Music Has the Rights To Children."  Never had such a fun time listening to this album.  And I have heard it a lot.

Based on value alone, I love both earpads this time around.  I am using the pleather ones for their wonderful comfort, but i think the Foam ones isolate a bit better, but a touch less comfortable IMHO. I still prefer the pleather so far.  I think the extra 50 bux is justified.  The new pads I would have dropped $25.00 on alone.  And the more neutral sound makes all the difference with more varieties of music.  I have not stumbled upon one genre I did not like, or love, so far.  Great job, AIAIAI!!!!

post #92 of 160

Did anybody see these?

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/AiaiaiTMA1Studio.pdf

http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/AiaiaiTMA1.pdf

 

The TMA-1 graph corresponds to what I heard when listening to them. No bass! mad.gif Very different looking down in that area than the graph provided by Aiaiai. I know you can't compare graphs made by different people, but the discrepancy appears to be pretty large. I guess Tyll's dummy head couldn't get a good seal either...

post #93 of 160

I'm getting plenty of nice bass off my studios :D
 

post #94 of 160
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Originally Posted by ekolite View Post

I'm getting plenty of nice bass off my studios :D
 

 

I did expect to get more

post #95 of 160

What are you using to drive them, and which earpads do you primarily use?  I find them plentiful in bass with the protein foam earpads, even though it took me a bit to get used to them.  I find the pleather pads drown out a bit of sound IMHO, but feel nice to wear.  I get great bass from a Asus Xonar Essence ST Sound card with eq flat in (Hi-Fi Mode) and also get awesome results using an older Panasonic cd player with MASH.  I would personally avoid very cheap amps with these cans.


Edited by ekolite - 7/2/12 at 4:43pm
post #96 of 160
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Originally Posted by ekolite View Post I find the pleather pads drown out a bit of sound IMHO, but feel nice to wear.

+1

post #97 of 160
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Originally Posted by ekolite View Post

What are you using to drive them, and which earpads do you primarily use?  I find them plentiful in bass with the protein foam earpads, even though it took me a bit to get used to them.  I find the pleather pads drown out a bit of sound IMHO, but feel nice to wear.  I get great bass from a Asus Xonar Essence ST Sound card with eq flat in (Hi-Fi Mode) and also get awesome results using an older Panasonic cd player with MASH.  I would personally avoid very cheap amps with these cans.

 

I have to admit having only used the CLAS + C421 setup (BB on), but still, I just expected more bass after having read all those crazy AIAIAI comments

post #98 of 160

These are extremely easy to drive. An amp is not really a big concern.

post #99 of 160
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Originally Posted by Ultrainferno View Post

 

I have to admit having only used the CLAS + C421 setup (BB on), but still, I just expected more bass after having read all those crazy AIAIAI comments

I think it was because that's a really bright sounding amp

post #100 of 160
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Originally Posted by ekolite View Post

I'm getting plenty of nice bass off my studios :D
 

 

This is likely because you're hearing mid-bass at around the 100 Hz mark. smile.gif

post #101 of 160
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Originally Posted by SONIC BOOM View Post

I think it was because that's a really bright sounding amp


C421 - 2227 bright? Waw

post #102 of 160

Edit: "I would personally avoid very cheap amps with these cans." - I am just saying to try to use a decent source that's all.  As all headphones will benefit from, but these I don't know they can be a little moody with different sources.  I personally wouldn't use it straight from iPod, but that's me.

post #103 of 160

I am really surprised there are not that many positive comments posted on here.  My expectations may have been different, I wasn't expecting more bass, I was expecting a more flat listening curve when it came right down to the music.  There is something in the Studio's sound I love that feels very honest to whatever you throw at them.

post #104 of 160

To clarify, my comment about no bass earlier was referring to bass extension, not overall quantity. redface.gif

post #105 of 160

I am use to studio monitor sound as all of my loudspeakers have been 2-way designs. So that may be a welcome insight on why I like the studios so much?  I think what they do they do very well.  I hear bass extension.. not as much as some others in the range, but I like listening to these better.  Nice tight bass with good balanced mids and highs.

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