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post #2566 of 6486
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Originally Posted by Endcode View Post
 

I DID IT.
Used dynamat instead cause that's what I had lying around. Can definetly hear more power in the bass, but its still very nicely defined, as I feel the bass boost is in the lowest frequencies allowing the mikros to maintain its excellent PRaT. Listening to "Fotografia" by Yiruma, the mod gives a better sense of weight to the piano, but the articulation is still on point, with notes being able to soar and dive effortlessly. While the piano does seem meatier, it does sound like its in a larger room.
 

"Ivy" by I The Mighty, a very melodic hardcore band (more shouty than screaming, but more singing than either, it's pretty tasteful imo), it starts with a beautiful mash up of the drums and guitars, and with the mod everything sounds beautifully snappy and well defined, I can't get enough of this band to begin with, and the Mikros makes it a much more satisfying experience for me.

This mod also gives a much more grand sense of scale to large orchestra pieces. One worth mentioning would be "The Shadow of The Past" by composer Howard Shore. This song from the Lord of the Rings through this modded mikros sounds nothing short of epic. The sense of scale and emotion is chilling, making this song almost frightening to listen to in a dark room at night T_T

Still getting used to describing sound, but what I can say is that this mod is worthy of trying.

Great work Lors and Maxxx!

I agree with your [and Lors' prior] comments on what the mod brings to orchestral pieces, really delivering a big, believable and highly emotional scale from the music.  

Listened to Eric Kunzel and BPO, Star Tracks II, WOW!!  I had to force myself go to sleep after listening to Bill Conti's theme to The Right Stuff.  

Also, on Helmut Walcha's rendition of J. S. Bach's Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, BWV 548.  The pedal bass was beautifully dense, well-controlled and deep.  

I am going to keep the "original foam" mod for this pair until the headphones themselves break in--plus the silver cable.  But it just seems to get better and better.  

It even sounds great over the Burson HA-160 [LOL]!


Edited by pataburd - 2/28/14 at 4:53am
post #2567 of 6486

i have a few of erich kunzel/s cds which non of my bigheadfones can " lift it off" ...

as if the giant is asleep somewhat...sedated.

But this Mikros wakes it up brilliantly with minute details in depth, splendid !

 

 

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http://youtu.be/pNJrJYW-OMY


Edited by Lorspeaker - 2/28/14 at 4:53am
post #2568 of 6486
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Originally Posted by Lorspeaker View Post
 

i have a few of erich kunzel/s cds which non of my bigheadfones can " lift it off" ...

as if the giant is asleep somewhat...sedated.

But this Mikros wakes it up brilliantly with minute details in depth, splendid !

 

 

0000000000000000000000000000000000000000

 

http://youtu.be/pNJrJYW-OMY

+1

It looks like a Bruckner Weekend for me!!!

post #2569 of 6486

i reckon your silver cable will tie in nicely with the added bass + put the burson under control too :P

Not fam with Bruckner's music :tongue_smile:​...will go do some research.

 

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i am almost coming to the conclusion, that apart from it being airer...the vmoda cable is inferior to the stock mikros cable. i do like its 69inch length though. These many other cables are 4footers...

my neck is pulled to one side each nite. :rolleyes:

 

The stockcable on my IPAD, can give a movie theatre like sensation n clarity...on AVATAR

whereas the vmoda is just too dispersed towards outerspace, i strained to hear the Navi's snarling.


Edited by Lorspeaker - 2/28/14 at 5:23am
post #2570 of 6486

Lors,

The Burson is sounding better with the bass mod and the Teds cable.  But still has that SS veneer that just doesn't quite suspend my disbelief.

 

Bruckner's 4th ("Romantic") is a good place to start.

Claudio Abbado on DG.

Talk about a roller-coaster dynamics ride!!  You're gonna love this one.

But beware: Bruckner's symphonies usually last for about an hour.

 

*Edit: Actually just read that Abbado's second recording of Bruckner's 4th, with the Lucerne FO/Lucerne Festival Edition, got higher critical ratings.


Edited by pataburd - 2/28/14 at 5:54pm
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Burson oh burson..... i bought it twice over just to make a few pennies...waybackwhen. shhhhhhh.

 

 

ok thanks...i go search out this cd..and give it a ride.  thanks :)

 

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Edited by Lorspeaker - 3/7/14 at 9:17am
post #2572 of 6486
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Originally Posted by vlenbo View Post
 

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3. and the most gamebreaker of all, the sources

 

I belong to 2 and 3 as doctorjazz does. Some others here might be just bassheads who might be ignorant to plentiful bass, but there is also the chance that they're listening to terrible sources like out of a laptop, ipad, and such and such.

 

That is why I don't comment on how people perceive sound, it indefinitely varies.

 

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And, in trying not to sound like a know-it-all, I think this is where people should definnitely read more carefully through the read (which has a wealth of information) or when asking questions take time to really understand/digest the answers, because their buyers remorse would probably be a lot less. Also, the hold outs would probably more readily decide to pull the trigger or move on. Hell, it took me over 2 years of being a head-fi lurker just to upgrade from the Monoprice 8320s, and now having doing so I couldn't be happier with my two, going on 3, pairs of 90s, plus recent IEMs (though, I do plan on selling off most). 

 

Heck, I've mostly been quiet here lately waiting for my Meier to get here (taking longer to get to me from 4 hrs away than it took to even get in the USA), especially after hearing what the CAL2 originally sounded like out of the box. Heck, right now a person could get C&C BH and Mikros 90 for 150 USD after rebate and probably have most of their needs/wants filled. 

 

It's also worth noting that plenty of people, including myself, have even listed specific songs that pull out certain aspects of the 90s and seem to highlight its malleability. 

 

Lastly, I, too, want to give a big thanks to pataburd and predatorz for et4 hookup. Can't wait to get it. 

post #2573 of 6486

Yay, I got 'em!

 

First impression is some serious congestion with some stridence. Some hot-sauce burn should clear that right up.

 

Bass is lighter than my Alessandro MS1s with HM5 pads, which I wasn't expecting. If I need more bass from the MLs, I'll look at shoving whatever I've got in my drawers into them :D. 

 

Comfort is actually not bad once I take out my industrial piercing. That's a given, though. I've stretched them over one of my bookshelf speakers just to break that part in a bit more as well. 

 

So yeah, not exactly blown away, but I'll reserve judgment for when they've broken in.

post #2574 of 6486
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Originally Posted by Lorspeaker View Post

 

u wont believe what i just did ... plugged the stockcable into the ultrasone extention cable..

which inturn is plugged into the vmoda spare headfone socket at the cup which has a short V split cable 

 

Is this the ultrasone ext. cable you're talking about? http://shopworld.ultrasone.com/us/product.php?id_product=44

 

Also, can you be more specific about the vmoda part? I'm going to search their website for it or inquire about a spare/replacement part. 

post #2575 of 6486
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Yay, I got 'em!



 



First impression is some serious congestion with some stridence. Some hot-sauce burn should clear that right up.



 



Bass is lighter than my Alessandro MS1s with HM5 pads, which I wasn't expecting. If I need more bass from the MLs, I'll look at shoving whatever I've got in my drawers into them biggrin.gif



 



Comfort is actually not bad once I take out my industrial piercing. That's a given, though. I've stretched them over one of my bookshelf speakers just to break that part in a bit more as well. 



 



So yeah, not exactly blown away, but I'll reserve judgment for when they've broken in.


 



Oh yeah, right out of the box it can be horrifying for a little bit. I plugged in a brand new set yesterday, and I couldn't believe the difference. Be patient, feed 'em the hot sauce, and try not to judge them too quickly. It takes time....more than you think. smily_headphones1.gif Just when you think they have maxed out, they'll surprise you even more!
Edited by kevb - 2/28/14 at 6:26am
post #2576 of 6486
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Originally Posted by hatefulsandwich View Post

 

 

Bass is lighter than my Alessandro MS1s with HM5 pads, which I wasn't expecting. If I need more bass from the MLs, I'll look at shoving whatever I've got in my drawers into them :D. 

 

I've owned the SR60, SR80, SR125, SR225, the MS1 and the MS2 -- the Mikros 90 has A LOT more bass than all the Grados I listed.

 

You either have a defective pair or you are not getting a good seal (not putting them on right).   Did you perhaps stretch them too much?

post #2577 of 6486
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Originally Posted by elvergun View Post
 

 

I've owned the SR60, SR80, SR125, SR225, the MS1 and the MS2 -- the Mikros 90 has A LOT more bass than all the Grados I listed.

 

You either have a defective pair or you are not getting a good seal (not putting them on right).   Did you perhaps stretch them too much?

Midbass is more on the Grados

Subbass is more with Mikros due to subbass rolloff on the Grados

post #2578 of 6486
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Midbass is more on the Grados

Subbass is more with Mikros due to subbass rolloff on the Grados

 

If you have a Grado at hand, I'll take your word for it (which model, BTW).  From memory, the Mikros has more sub-bass than the MS2 (which I sold last August)...and both models have about the same amount of mid-bass (perhaps the MS2 had a little more).

post #2579 of 6486
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Originally Posted by kevb View Post
 
Oh yeah, right out of the box it can be horrifying for a little bit. I plugged in a brand new set yesterday, and I couldn't believe the difference. Be patient, feed 'em the hot sauce, and try not to judge them too quickly. It takes time....more than you think. smily_headphones1.gif Just when you think they have maxed out, they'll surprise you even more!
 
Beech please, I had the S500s :D. I know long burn-in. From what I've read, the Mikros have nothing on those devil carbon nanotubes.
 
I'm not worried, just open-box impressions here. I expect they'll sound great soon enough.
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by elvergun View Post
 

 

I've owned the SR60, SR80, SR125, SR225, the MS1 and the MS2 -- the Mikros 90 has A LOT more bass than all the Grados I listed.

 

You either have a defective pair or you are not getting a good seal (not putting them on right).   Did you perhaps stretch them too much?

 

It's not the done thing around here, but I put my HM5 pads over some L-Cush pads on my MS1s. They actually dig deep and have a very satisfying bass. Most people are adamant that pleather and Grado don't mix, but my experience couldn't be further from the truth.

 

I can always pull out the other pair of MLs to check if they're defective, but I highly doubt it. I'm well aware that these are finicky with placement, but I'm quite capable of putting them on and getting a seal. I think it's down to two things. A) The drivers need to loosen up a bit and B) The MS1s actually have very good bass when it isn't all leaking through the airy foam pads, but few people actually try anything other than Grado-sanctioned pads. No skin off my nose if no one believes that my MS1s currently have better bass than these. Including the sub region. 


Edited by hatefulsandwich - 2/28/14 at 6:43am
post #2580 of 6486
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Originally Posted by elvergun View Post
 

 

If you have a Grado at hand, I'll take your word for it (which model, BTW).  From memory, the Mikros has more sub-bass than the MS2 (which I sold last August)...and both models have about the same amount of mid-bass (perhaps the MS2 had a little more).

Nah just from what I remember

I've heard MS-1 and MS-Pro and remember them both being very punchy and exciting

Mikros 90's bass is a little more in-line with the music

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