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post #16 of 35
Thread Starter 

Thanks  guys!

 

I'm gonna do some research on the Phillips Uptowns. Those simply look awesome, I just hope they sound as good as they look. 

 

Right now I'm torn between Sony 7506, Phillips Uptown, and ATH-ES7. 

 

I'm gonna try to narrow it down to the headphone that isolates the best, but also offers a good listening experience with BASS :)

post #17 of 35
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Originally Posted by Artie17 View Post

Thanks  guys!

 

I'm gonna do some research on the Phillips Uptowns. Those simply look awesome, I just hope they sound as good as they look. 

 

Right now I'm torn between Sony 7506, Phillips Uptown, and ATH-ES7. 

 

I'm gonna try to narrow it down to the headphone that isolates the best, but also offers a good listening experience with BASS :)

Oh interesting. Currently in the office with Uptowns on my noggin. smily_headphones1.gif There was a deal a bit back where a few lucky souls picked them up on an inventory clearing sale for $40. Been with them for a few days now and definitely have enjoyed them. 

 

Comfort is good so long as you're not working in a hot atmosphere, the pads are soft but the pleather can get warm. They sound great with rock as they are, went through Paramore and Thrice albums and enjoyed myself a lot. Using a Cowon J3 and EQed a slight bass boost and am currently very happily going through Brave Brothers' hip hop album. The cable is rather annoying, and the cups seem to fingerprint easily. I suppose it shares that in common with the ES7.

 

EDIT: Just thought about comparing the two since I've heard both. I'd give the edge to the Uptowns if you're only going to be using them in the office. It's a bit of a toss-up if you're allowed to take them home. I'm unfortunately quite OCD about scratches and so the ES7 is a nightmare to take care of for me, but otherwise I do prefer the ES7 for portable use. Uptowns are a bit weightier on the head and get really hot outside.


Edited by HideousPride - 9/11/12 at 9:44am
post #18 of 35
Thread Starter 

That's great to hear. You're making my decision easier. 

 

The only thing that I could do without is the audio controls and cheap looking wire, but can't really be picky when getting it for $100. I'm pretty sure if they added a nice cord, the price would have been significantly higher. 

 

I'm going be listening to whatever I buy from the FiiO E7 in the office. Audio quality wise, would you give the uptown the edge over ES7? I know it's subjective but where do you think the uptowns excel over the ES7s?

 

I have no plan to take home since I usually listen HD650 or D7000 at home. 

post #19 of 35

Have you looked into iems?

 

You might want to look into the bass section of ClieOS's multi iem thread, or flip through |joker|'s multi iem thread and look for the sub $100 bass ones. That isn't the sound signature that I go for, so I don't know them that well, but under $100, you might want to look at Brainwavz, and Meelectronics products, maybe the CC51.

ClieOS multi iem
http://www.head-fi.org/t/541204/concise-multi-iem-comparison-brainwavz-m5-added-sept-6th-2012

|joker| multi iem

http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-252-iems-compared-jvc-ha-fx40-and-ha-fxd80-added-09-05-12

post #20 of 35
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Originally Posted by Artie17 View Post

That's great to hear. You're making my decision easier. 

 

The only thing that I could do without is the audio controls and cheap looking wire, but can't really be picky when getting it for $100. I'm pretty sure if they added a nice cord, the price would have been significantly higher. 

 

I'm going be listening to whatever I buy from the FiiO E7 in the office. Audio quality wise, would you give the uptown the edge over ES7? I know it's subjective but where do you think the uptowns excel over the ES7s?

 

I have no plan to take home since I usually listen HD650 or D7000 at home. 

It's subjective to begin with and I no longer have the ES7s in my possession, so take this with a large grain of salt.

 

The ES7 really hit the sweet spot with their mids. Various kinds of pop, female vocals and acapella were all areas of great enjoyment where the headphones performed very well. I actually thought the bass on the ES7 was very nice. The headphones were fatiguing though, I probably did not wear them more than a few hours at a time at most. 

 

Uptowns I can actually talk about considering I'm listening to them right now. Coming from Senn 598s, the Uptowns sound is significantly darker. Rock has been by far the stand out genre for me on these. Detail is good, I don't feel like I've been missing out on anything. I'm running through a few bassy songs right now with EQ turned off. Bass is prominent and definitely a selling point. When you go lower into the sub bass and the thumps, I feel it hits a bit loosely and doesn't have quite the impact other headphones have provided me. On the plus side, it's not a murky loss of detail. Claps, snares and high hats are sharp and lifelike. I feel like there's a hump that colors the mids, but it's a fun coloration that really brings out the sound of electric guitars. Probably why rock is so enjoyable on these headphones.  Treble is relaxed and non fatiguing. They're a bit soft to my ears, and I generally EQ to bring them up.  

 

Hope this helps.


Edited by HideousPride - 9/11/12 at 1:04pm
post #21 of 35
Thread Starter 

Definitely helped. Thanks for the comparison. This is exactly what I was looking for. 

post #22 of 35

I prefer the ES55s to ES7, I have both.

 

The 7s are just a pain in the arse to wear,

the 55s sit on the ear perfectly, and matches well with the E7, which I have.

 

I think the 7s sound bigger, but the quality is no better than the great, underrated 55s

post #23 of 35

The JVC HA-S500 are also worth looking at. From the reviews found on this thread, they should be bassier and more detailed than the ES7's.

post #24 of 35

Creative Aurvana Live.

post #25 of 35

ATH-M50 are very versatile as far as the variety of genres that sound great with it, and are great for the money.

post #26 of 35
Thread Starter 

Thanks to everyone!

 

After weighing my options I decided to get the Phillips Uptowns. 

 

I should get them in a couple of days. I'll try to remember to come back and update this thread.

post #27 of 35

I don't think think you'll dislike the Uptowns at all, considering your other headphones especially.  I have a pair and they're perfect for my office and while working.  

post #28 of 35
Thread Starter 

Just got em a day early. 

 

Early impressions: 

 

- They are very good looking in person

- The cord does look and feel super cheap

- I feel like they have no low end, listening through my E7

- The highs are very good

- I miss the bass on my D7000

 

How long do these take to break in. I'm gonna play music over night for a week to see if they open up a little more. 

post #29 of 35

- They are very good looking in person Check, agree. How's the fit for you?

- The cord does look and feel super cheap Yup, very unfortunate.

- I feel like they have no low end, listening through my E7 Interesting! Is it because you're coming from the D7000? I feel like the bass is there, just not tight as I'd like.

- The highs are very good The non-fatiguing nature of the highs is very nice, can listen to them throughout the work day without that discomfort. Are they at a pleasant (loud enough) volume to you in comparison to the rest of the spectrum? 

- I miss the bass on my D7000 One of those you get what you pay for things unfortunately. >:

 

The headphones are certainly no Denons in regards to burn in time, it's been less than a week and I feel like they've settled down.

post #30 of 35

Quite frankly, you should have tried the Denon DNHP700s first... ;-)

But the Uptowns are definitely a good buy but yep, you will definitely be missing the bass (no burn in will bring/create that...)

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