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post #16 of 56
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Actually wow that EQ sounds really god. The normal 681's have a lot more bass then the f's so I didn't touch the low end much but dang.

 

now the only issue is comfort lol 

 

I still might get a pair of 500's in the future just because I'd cheap basshead pair just to see if I like it or not :P


Edited by Supertoaster - 6/27/12 at 7:43pm
post #17 of 56

Regarding the EQ, I'm running the 'phones through the 'phone jack of a regular stereo amplifier, which just happens to have  bass boost and tone controls that cut in at about the right frequencies (it's an old Sony amp if anyone's interested).

 

I have experimented with software based EQ, but haven't found any yet that aren't limited by the PC hardware (which for audio is rubbish). As an example, applying more than 6-8dB of bass boost via some software equalizers can actually cause the low frequencies to cut out, so you end up with less bass. The treble is not so problematic, so you may want to play around with the EQs on VLC, iTunes, Winamp and use this as a basis for setting up hardware EQ.

 

I'm looking at buying a graphic equalizer to use with the 'phones, but haven't decided on one yet.

 

Cheers

 

j.

post #18 of 56
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Is there any headphone with similar sound to the 681's that is more comfortable/compact? Anything below $100.

post #19 of 56

I really like the HD681, it's sound signature really suite me: big, deep bass, crystal clear, wide soundstage. As my knowledge, there are only 4 another headphone that have that sound quite similar to HD681: Fa-011, DT990, LCD-2, He-6 so you can go with the Fa-011, it's about 100$ used.

post #20 of 56
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Originally Posted by proid View Post

I really like the HD681, it's sound signature really suite me: big, deep bass, crystal clear, wide soundstage. As my knowledge, there are only 4 another headphone that have that sound quite similar to HD681: Fa-011, DT990, LCD-2, He-6 so you can go with the Fa-011, it's about 100$ used.

none of those you listed looked very portable or comfortable 

post #21 of 56

honestly speaking... i suggest you to save up to a larger budget before upgrading, since there is not many choices to upgrade to in this price range.

post #22 of 56
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what price range should I be looking at for an upgrade?

post #23 of 56
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Originally Posted by Supertoaster View Post

none of those you listed looked very portable or comfortable 

dt990 are one of the most comfortable headphones out there.

 

Well, if you are ok with the resolution and detail of your hd681 and just want a different sound signature, you don't really need to upgrade. Just sidegrade into a more fun headphone. You only need to upgrade if you love the sound signature of your current headphones and just want a better version of it. Seeing how you are already bored of your hd681, just sidegrade.

 

A couple sidegrade options are, koss prodj100 and panasonic htf600. These are still in your price range. One thing to note is that you are going to lose some soundstage with the pannies and koss, but they definitely are more warm, bassy, smooth, and fun than your hd681. Classical songs won't sound as good as on these as your hd681.

post #24 of 56
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dt990 are one of the most comfortable headphones out there.

 

Well, if you are ok with the resolution and detail of your hd681 and just want a different sound signature, you don't really need to upgrade. Just sidegrade into a more fun headphone. You only need to upgrade if you love the sound signature of your current headphones and just want a better version of it. Seeing how you are already bored of your hd681, just sidegrade.

 

A couple sidegrade options are, koss prodj100 and panasonic htf600. These are still in your price range. One thing to note is that you are going to lose some soundstage with the pannies and koss, but they definitely are more warm, bassy, smooth, and fun than your hd681. Classical songs won't sound as good as on these as your hd681.

Those beyerdynamics look very nice now actually. I might save up for a pair of those. Must have been sleepy looking at them before 

 

I also found these other beyerdynamics from the same lineup but cheaper, are they any good? 

 

http://www.amazon.com/product/dp/B000Y04OSU


Edited by Supertoaster - 7/3/12 at 2:42pm
post #25 of 56
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Originally Posted by dhL17 View Post

dt990 are one of the most comfortable headphones out there.

 

Well, if you are ok with the resolution and detail of your hd681 and just want a different sound signature, you don't really need to upgrade. Just sidegrade into a more fun headphone. You only need to upgrade if you love the sound signature of your current headphones and just want a better version of it. Seeing how you are already bored of your hd681, just sidegrade.

 

A couple sidegrade options are, koss prodj100 and panasonic htf600. These are still in your price range. One thing to note is that you are going to lose some soundstage with the pannies and koss, but they definitely are more warm, bassy, smooth, and fun than your hd681. Classical songs won't sound as good as on these as your hd681.

actually. I'm thinking about the pannies or koss. which do you think is better? 

post #26 of 56

If portability is not that big of an issue for you, you could try Takstar 2050. Those were perfect upgrade for me from my hd681+xonar dg. I haven't listened to them that much yet (still burning in). But even out of the box Takstar outperforms hd681. I've been very happy with hd681 but I like takstar way more. It's warmer and more fun sounding than superlux. Soundstage seems to be bigger and there is MUCH more bass. I never understood why people compliment hd681's bass. I find it lacking. Maybe I got a defective pair or something..

Bass isn't the only thing 2050 is better than superlux. I enjoy all my music more with it.. Vivaldi's four seasons has never sounded this good! If you like the Beyerdynamic look, takstar's design will suit you because it's design is very similar to beyer dt880. Takstar should be only slightly more expensive than hd681. On uk amazon hd681 is £26.23 and takstar £28.99. 

post #27 of 56
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Originally Posted by Beocord View Post

If portability is not that big of an issue for you, you could try Takstar 2050. Those were perfect upgrade for me from my hd681+xonar dg. I haven't listened to them that much yet (still burning in). But even out of the box Takstar outperforms hd681. I've been very happy with hd681 but I like takstar way more. It's warmer and more fun sounding than superlux. Soundstage seems to be bigger and there is MUCH more bass. I never understood why people compliment hd681's bass. I find it lacking. Maybe I got a defective pair or something..

Bass isn't the only thing 2050 is better than superlux. I enjoy all my music more with it.. Vivaldi's four seasons has never sounded this good! If you like the Beyerdynamic look, takstar's design will suit you because it's design is very similar to beyer dt880. Takstar should be only slightly more expensive than hd681. On uk amazon hd681 is £26.23 and takstar £28.99. 

Your 681 must be defective or it can be 681F, 681B. The Hd681 has very strong bass.

post #28 of 56
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Your 681 must be defective or it can be 681F, 681B. The Hd681 has very strong bass.

 

It is normal hd681 (red one) not F or B version. Weird....everything else feels fine with the headphone. If it was defective I would have imagined there would be more things wrong than just bass being thin. Hehhe...Maybe superlux was manufacturing hd681F and accidently put my version in red cups and sold it as normal HD681 :D  I just thought that is what good bass for (semi)open headphones sounded like and turned to my closed ace mp68(brainwavz hm3) whenever I needed more powerful bass. redface.gif

post #29 of 56
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accidental post 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Beocord View Post

If portability is not that big of an issue for you, you could try Takstar 2050. Those were perfect upgrade for me from my hd681+xonar dg. I haven't listened to them that much yet (still burning in). But even out of the box Takstar outperforms hd681. I've been very happy with hd681 but I like takstar way more. It's warmer and more fun sounding than superlux. Soundstage seems to be bigger and there is MUCH more bass. I never understood why people compliment hd681's bass. I find it lacking. Maybe I got a defective pair or something..

Bass isn't the only thing 2050 is better than superlux. I enjoy all my music more with it.. Vivaldi's four seasons has never sounded this good! If you like the Beyerdynamic look, takstar's design will suit you because it's design is very similar to beyer dt880. Takstar should be only slightly more expensive than hd681. On uk amazon hd681 is £26.23 and takstar £28.99. 

 

Where can I buy this in the US? Do I have to order it from the UK amazon? I can't find it anywhere and don't really want to use Ebay.

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Originally Posted by proid View Post

Your 681 must be defective or it can be 681F, 681B. The Hd681 has very strong bass.

My 681's had a load of bass when I first got them but they lost about 50% of it after they burned in. I used an EQ and lowered 8K and 16k a bit and raised 30 and 60 and now they have quite a bit more and sound funner. I have a normal red 681 as well.


Edited by Supertoaster - 7/4/12 at 12:06pm
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accidental post 


Edited by Supertoaster - 7/4/12 at 12:06pm
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