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post #211 of 315
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Originally Posted by obobskivich View Post

Regarding the sensitivity thing - it's all mythological. The HD 600/650 are FAR more sensitive, the DT 880 is somewhere in the middle. The K701 are half as sensitive as the RS-1 - and that's it. I think the entire source of the myth is that back in the day people had very crappy amplifiers (headphone amps by and large haven't really improved, but thanks to TI and Maxim we have some SoC stuff that is really good) or drove everything raw from their iPods. And when you have a belief system that bases loudness/sensitivity/quality/etc based on relative volume control positions (which is bunk), the K701 become this unslayable dragon.
To be completely candid, my portable (which isn't an iPod) will drive the K701 all day, and they sound no better or worse than driven from a 200wpc amplifier (tell me I was underamping them with that!).
It's just one of those nonsense myths, like Grados only being for rock, or Bose being (simultaneously (I love Bose myths because they're so incoherent and foamy)) bass boosted and bass-less. rolleyes.gif

 

Sensitivity or driveability?

 

If the former I agree, if the latter I disagree. 

 

On that same note does anyone know how to calculate the amount of voltage/current swing any particular headphone will need for proper driveability? (I'm going to gather it involves sensitivity, impedance and a particular volume level.)

post #212 of 315
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Originally Posted by WiR3D View Post

 

On that same note does anyone know how to calculate the amount of voltage/current swing any particular headphone will need for proper driveability? (I'm going to gather it involves sensitivity, impedance and a particular volume level.)

 

Something like this maybe?

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/591301/loud-enough-volume-vs-fully-driven#post_8069174

post #213 of 315
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Originally Posted by WiR3D View Post

Sensitivity or driveability?

If the former I agree, if the latter I disagree. 

On that same note does anyone know how to calculate the amount of voltage/current swing any particular headphone will need for proper driveability? (I'm going to gather it involves sensitivity, impedance and a particular volume level.)

Ohm's Law will dictate voltage and current requirements (which = power, which Tyll has already measured) - none of the cans are very hard to drive, that doesn't stop myths from cropping up.

Kim,

Very clever. tongue.gif
post #214 of 315

The Sennheiser CX200 is ridiculously underrated.
 

post #215 of 315

Skullcandy Ink'd, seriously.

 

Decent sound, remote/mic, lifetime warranty, as well a large selection of colors, what more can you ask for $10?

post #216 of 315
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Originally Posted by GigaFi View Post

Skullcandy Ink'd, seriously.

 

Decent sound, remote/mic, lifetime warranty, as well a large selection of colors, what more can you ask for $10?

 

Shrieking banshees?

 

I did not have a good experience with my friend's Ink'd earbuds. I only listened to it once a few days after his purchase, and we both got the CX300s for $25 soon after which we agreed was a vast improvement. A few weeks later, he told me sound stopped coming out of one of the Ink'd drivers. Typical. I wouldn't even waste my time sending it back to Skullcandy.

 

This was 4 years ago, when I first took headphones more seriously.


Edited by mbamg - 9/8/12 at 1:09pm
post #217 of 315
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Originally Posted by roma101 View Post

Panasonic RP-HTX7 - those cool little retro cans. :) Anyone who wants a bassy, fun sound sig along with style should stray away from the likes of Beats, Wesc and Skullcandy and score a pair of these for $20-$30.

 

Just pulled mine out tonight to try out some full headphones with my Galaxy SIII --- fun fun fun! Forgot how much isolation these little guys provide, and how good they sound. Wheeeeeeeeee! beyersmile.png

post #218 of 315

skullcandy ink'd? arent those are the iems that doesnt have left/right balance? or was it one of the older models. i tried one before, im pretty sure it was ink'd, and it sounds like its terminated to mono...

post #219 of 315
Skullcandy Titans are a good budget bass heavy IEM. can be found for $20.
post #220 of 315
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Originally Posted by Rocko1 View Post

Skullcandy Titans are a good budget bass heavy IEM. can be found for $20.

I could also eat them and crap something better sounding - albeit momentary.

post #221 of 315

They were pretty popular here a while back, but then again, there really wasn't too much to choose from back then. I like them more than some of my MEElectronics stuff like the M9 and M16, but that doesn't say too much.

post #222 of 315
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Originally Posted by WiR3D View Post

I could also eat them and crap something better sounding - albeit momentary.


Do you own a pair? Well present something better for $20 with lifetime warranty. I would like to see what's out there.

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Do you own a pair? Well present something better for $20 with lifetime warranty. I would like to see what's out there.

I have not heard the Titans, but the Koss R/80 are around $30 and have a lifetime warranty, and are excellent sounding even compared to more expensive models. The less expensive KSC/75 are supposed to be exceptionally good too, but I haven't tried them out (they're clip-ons).
post #224 of 315
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Originally Posted by obobskivich View Post


I have not heard the Titans, but the Koss R/80 are around $30 and have a lifetime warranty, and are excellent sounding even compared to more expensive models. The less expensive KSC/75 are supposed to be exceptionally good too, but I haven't tried them out (they're clip-ons).

 

Do you know how the R/80's sound signature compares to the DJ100? I wonder if the R/80 and old TD/80 share the same drivers.

I prefer neutral or very slightly above neutral bass. Slightly forward mids are a bonus. If I don't like it I can at least use it's pads on my DJ100 biggrin.gif

So far the only cheap (under $50) Koss headphones i've liked are the UR-55, KSC75 and the Porta Pro somewhat. I miss the old TNT/55. I think that used the KSC35 driver perhaps.

post #225 of 315
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Originally Posted by tdockweiler View Post

Beyerdynamic DT-235

Very comfortable and can be made circum-aural with HD-202 pads. It's a bit ugly.

 

I don't know about that man. I have both and the 235's pads are larger than the HD202's. The 235's pads fit all the way around my ears while the HD202's don't (not even close), though you can fit the back half of the pads around the back of your ears while having the front half of the pads rest on the front half of your ears / earlobe area. In this sense they're about 50% circumaural while the 235's pads are about 90% circumaural and 100% if you have small to medium sized ears.

 

Also, the 235's pads are nice and comfy and are of relatively high quality while I found the HD202 pads to be about as bad as it gets when it comes to quality and comfort (the same goes for every other < $40 headphone I've tried aside from 235).

 

But I agree, so far of the cans I've tried the Beyerdynamic DT 235 would absolutely be my choice for the most underrated headphone. More here.


Edited by devhen - 9/19/12 at 10:05am
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