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Hey all.  I just bought a pair of 200$ cans (Sennheiser HD25-1 II-edited: I had the wrong model down) due to my dad's recommendation with grad money.  I was going to go for the 60i's, but he steered me away and said these were much better.  I love them, but when I read reviews, and my dad talks about them its like they are talking in a different language.  Just thought you guys could help point me to something that would get me started on the right track to understanding head-fi mumbo jumbo :).

 

Thanks Ahead!


Edited by gidgiddonihah - 7/7/12 at 11:00pm
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Hey all.  I just bought a pair of 200$ cans (Sennheiser HD25-II) due to my dad's recommendation with grad money.  I was going to go for the 60i's, but he steered me away and said these were much better.  I love them, but when I read reviews, and my dad talks about them its like they are talking in a different language.  Just thought you guys could help point me to something that would get me started on the right track to understanding head-fi mumbo jumbo :).

 

Thanks Ahead!

I definitely agree with your dad on this one.  Which terms would you like help with?  List please wink_face.gif

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I’d advise read up on some articles under WIKI section. Simply select most viewed articles and all you need should be in 1st few pages.

 

Here are couple of examples:

 

Glossary Of Terms

Describing Sound A Glossary


Edited by 88King - 7/7/12 at 4:11am
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I’d advise read up on some articles under WIKI section. Simply select most view articles and all you need should be in 1st few pages.

 

Here are couple of examples:

 

Glossary Of Terms

Describing Sound A Glossary

Yeh use these, 88King just beat me to posting the links to these.

post #5 of 9

Your dad seems awesome. It's kind of ironic, you looking for old-school Grados and he talking about the hip HD25. They are fantastic for a fun signature.

Follow the WIKI link, if there's something you're not understanding let us know - for example, if you didn't understand what a dark sound was, I might recommend getting an equalizer and turning down everything above 4kHz.


Edited by LizardKing1 - 7/7/12 at 6:22pm
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The links 88King gave out is about the best you'll get.  We can't really describe audio like we can visuals.  We know what red is, but we really can't describe a sound objectively.  Instead, we steer towards figurative language to describe audio.  We find words that describe how the sound "looks" like and use those words instead.  An audio description is nothing more than a trillion and one metaphors with the simile added in there somewhere. 

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Thanks for all of the replies!  I have been looking over the wikies that were linked and it has pretty much every term my dad has used about them. 

 

Another two questions:

 

1.) Does anyone here use Spotify?  If so, how does it sound on the 320kbps setting?  Just wondering if it is worth spending 10$ a month as it wouldn't be if it didn't sound like a 320kpbs MP3 :).

2.) Are these headphones I should consider an amp for later down the road?


Edited by gidgiddonihah - 7/7/12 at 11:26pm
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Oh, another question: I am not getting what soundstage is.  The definition on the Wiki wasn't clear to me.  Can someone explain it in a different way?

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Another two questions:

 

1.) Does anyone here use Spotify?  If so, how does it sound on the 320kbps setting?  Just wondering if it is worth spending 10$ a month as it wouldn't be if it didn't sound like a 320kpbs MP3 :).

2.) Are these headphones I should consider an amp for later down the road?

 

I found Spotify is great way for discovering new music and 320kbps is as good as you can get from streaming service. You could always purchase higher quality music you want to keep it for your own collection.

 

I can’t answer your amp question as I do not have the HD25, but personally I found the components make the most difference goes something like this: headphones --> source --> amp. IMO I’d not worry about amp too much, if you want to get one, I’d set aside at most $100 for an amp to pair with the HD25.

 

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Oh, another question: I am not getting what soundstage is.  The definition on the Wiki wasn't clear to me.  Can someone explain it in a different way?

 

Soundstage for me means I can perceive the sound in 3D, I can imagine size of the environment where the recording was made and the placement of different instruments.

 

Here is an article from Sterophile worth reading; even if its a long way round to answer your question.


Edited by 88King - 7/8/12 at 3:08am
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