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post #466 of 5805
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Originally Posted by slfan View Post
 

It's really odd how people have such polarizing opinions about them

 

 

Not really.  Most of the people who actually bought them seem to appreciate their sound.  The negative reviews came early and are mostly based on quick auditions at noisy retail stores.

post #467 of 5805
It takes about a full minute to actually hear the goodness that comes out of these. They must conform to your ears first.
post #468 of 5805
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Originally Posted by elvergun View Post
 

 

Not really.  Most of the people who actually bought them seem to appreciate their sound.  The negative reviews came early and are mostly based on quick auditions at noisy retail stores.

 

Not to mention that they're highly sensitive to poor recordings.  These definitely sound different listening to FLAC vs mp3, and any flaws in the recording pop right out.  They also mark the first time that I've been able to clearly distinguish compression in a file.  So if the listening station used standard retail mp3s (128, 96, or, God forbid, 48 kbps) or whatever portable source the listener was on was stocked with mp3s to save space, that could also color perceptions pretty heavily.

post #469 of 5805
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Originally Posted by doctorjazz View Post

I'd be interested if you come up with a cable that fits well.

Doctor,

My cable will be made to size specification, i.e. with a 1/4" diameter input plug barrel diameter.  2 meters in length.  UPOCC silver and/or copper cable.  I'll let you know when the cable(s) is(are) in and give you contact information if you want.  

 

The Pipeline, to me, brings about a marked improvement over the stock cable.  If anyone is going to spend some serious time with the Mikros 90 and wants to unleash their true potential, replacing the stock cable (for me) would be a given. 

 

Also, I wrote Martin Logan and asked if they could enlarge that access hole to the headphone input to accommodate more after-market cables.  Just another 1/8" or 3.2 mm would allow for a lot more cable choices, I think.  

 

Am also thinking about petitioning ML to keep the Mikros 90 on the market.  Maybe if enough of us Head-Fiers appeal, they will not pull the Mikros 90.  Losing the Mikros 90 would be, I think, ultimately a loss to the H-F community.

post #470 of 5805
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Originally Posted by pataburd View Post
 

Doctor,

My cable will be made to size specification, i.e. with a 1/4" diameter input plug barrel diameter.  2 meters in length.  UPOCC silver and/or copper cable.  I'll let you know when the cable(s) is(are) in and give you contact information if you want.  

 

The Pipeline, to me, brings about a marked improvement over the stock cable.  If anyone is going to spend some serious time with the Mikros 90 and wants to unleash their true potential, replacing the stock cable (for me) would be a given. 

 

Also, I wrote Martin Logan and asked if they could enlarge that access hole to the headphone input to accommodate more after-market cables.  Just another 1/8" or 3.2 mm would allow for a lot more cable choices, I think.  

 

Am also thinking about petitioning ML to keep the Mikros 90 on the market.  Maybe if enough of us Head-Fiers appeal, they will not pull the Mikros 90.  Losing the Mikros 90 would be, I think, ultimately a loss to the H-F community.

I'd petition for!

 

Only problem is their marketing.  No one would even buy these cans if not for you guys, let alone heard of them.

post #471 of 5805
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Originally Posted by Trunks159 View Post
 

I'd petition for!

 

Only problem is their marketing.  No one would even buy these cans if not for you guys, let alone heard of them.

True.

These are not on the market in Europe or Asia, either, where I think they would attract many users.  

I don't think they should pull the Mikros 90.  In my opinion, ML has the makings for a true audiophile grade "classic" set of portables here.  Upgrade the cable and put the MLs on your best source/amping gear and they will go head-to-head with some of the best out there IMHO.

post #472 of 5805
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Originally Posted by Trunks159 View Post
 

I'd petition for!

 

Only problem is their marketing.  No one would even buy these cans if not for you guys, let alone heard of them.

 

Haha...their marketing people need to hire some has-been rapper and convince people that the Mikros reproduces sound they way the artist intended (and maybe we will also get a bright green cable).

post #473 of 5805

Now that I think about it...we live in a crazy world.

 

 

You release an excellent, reference class headphone with little fanfare (you just rely on your company's excellent reputation) and the world completely ignores it. :blink:

 

 

You release a crappy headphone, but you make it look pretty and you hire someone to endorse it, and you end up with a successful product.  :mad:

 

 

 

 

And then people complain that corporations are screwing the consumer...it seems to me that the masses are getting exactly what they deserve.

post #474 of 5805
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Originally Posted by Trunks159 View Post

Round 3:

Sound wise, the adjustment is difficult. Some songs they sound beautiful, and some I can't stand because of that treble and detail boost.
Can you clarify which songs sound beautiful and which sound unbearable?  Is it the source, genre, recording, etc.?  Can you pinpoint where/why the distinction exists.

One thing that sounds great is the violin. With other cans, you just hear the tunes of the string. These reveal the percussion, the resonance, the weight driving the string. I'm not into the violin but it's interesting.
Nice description of the Mikros 90's resolution capability.  I think that tonally, not just "mechanically", the Mikros 90 resolve extremely well, too.  For me, it is the subtle tonal shading and otherwise hidden dynamic contrasts that the Mikros 90 reveal which sets them apart from just about every "detail-oriented" headphones I have heard.

Keep us posted.  It's good to hear you confirm what we, too, have been observing and discussing about the Mikros 90. 

I have had the MLs for over two months now and I still can't wait to get home and listen to them for an hour or two or more.  Just as surprising and enjoyable a listen--maybe even more so--as those first giddy hours out of the box.  That tells me that the novelty has not worn off because there was no "novelty" to begin with with the Mikros 90.  These are the real deal, and somehow (for me) just seem to keep sounding better and better, maybe not so much now in terms of brand new discoveries, but in terms of solid, consistently musical and enjoyable performance.  I cannot and could not say that for any other headphones I've worn over the last 20 years.

 

BRAVO!  Martin Logan! 


Edited by pataburd - 1/24/14 at 1:12pm
post #475 of 5805
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Originally Posted by elvergun View Post
 

 

Haha...their marketing people need to hire some has-been rapper and convince people that the Mikros reproduces sound they way the artist intended (and maybe we will also get a bright green cable).

We can just unleash you, elvergun! :smile_phones:

Seriously, I am hoping that this thread will keep expanding, and that we can get more Fiers to weigh in on the excellence of these headphones.  Given enough time, testimonials and exposure, the Mikros 90 should establish a self-sustaining market.

Hey, can we try to get together and start a petition here on Head-Fi?  Maybe I can get a googledocs form going out there, we can get signatures and pass it along to ML.  Or maybe we just inundate poor Scott Gribble with letters that he forwards to the marketing folks at Martin Logan.  (Sorry, Scott!)


Edited by pataburd - 1/24/14 at 1:08pm
post #476 of 5805
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Originally Posted by elvergun View Post
 

Now that I think about it...we live in a crazy world.

 

 

You release an excellent, reference class headphone with little fanfare (you just rely on your company's excellent reputation) and the world completely ignores it. :blink:

 

 

You release a crappy headphone, but you make it look pretty and you hire someone to endorse it, and you end up with a successful product.  :mad:

 

 

 

 

And then people complain that corporations are screwing the consumer...it seems to me that the masses are getting exactly what they deserve.


My thoughts exactly!

post #477 of 5805
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Originally Posted by elvergun View Post
 

Now that I think about it...we live in a crazy world.

 

You release an excellent, reference class headphone with little fanfare (you just rely on your company's excellent reputation) and the world completely ignores it. :blink:

 

You release a crappy headphone, but you make it look pretty and you hire someone to endorse it, and you end up with a successful product.  

 

And then people complain that corporations are screwing the consumer...it seems to me that the masses are getting exactly what they deserve.

2x

 

It really is an injustice to Martin Logan and all the R&D that went into this design, the way the Mikros 90 got off to a rocky start.  Hopefully ML can regroup and get this product out worldwide, and Head-Fi can be a part of that.  And I am so proud of this American (well, US) design that runs circles around most--if not all--the rest out there.  (Austria, Germany and Japan, you are all on notice: the gauntlet has been thrown down.) 

 

(Pause to sing The Star Spangled Banner)

 

Can't wait to get home and listen to the Mikros 90 make sweet, sweet music, music, music.   :smile_phones:


Edited by pataburd - 1/24/14 at 1:08pm
post #478 of 5805

^ Alright you punks just ordered these for $88 shipped. They better live up to Da' HYPE or else. :evil:

 

I AM A WEAK SOUL!!!:deadhorse:

post #479 of 5805
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Originally Posted by sfwalcer View Post
 

^ Alright you punks just ordered these for $88 shipped. They better live up to Da' HYPE or else. :evil:

 

I AM A WEAK SOUL!!!:deadhorse:

surprised you didn't order the pistons lol.

post #480 of 5805
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Originally Posted by vlenbo View Post
 

surprised you didn't order the pistons lol.

LoL, i kinda already know where those Pistons are at exactly at sonically, so don't need them. Plus i got a set of DUNU DN1000s coming in this week from a trade. hoho :veryevil:

 

These fugly cans if they live up to the hype has A LOT mo' potential than those lowly Pistons, and for not THAT much more. $88 shipped with no taxes is a pretty sweet price for them. Hope i get them soon though, cuz it seems to be on back order or some 'ish but it is fulfilled by amazon so no biggie. :atsmile: 

 

 

 

edit: Plus there seems to be some folks here that are season vets and knows what they are talking...... or they are complete mental cases. :rolleyes: 


Edited by sfwalcer - 1/24/14 at 2:01pm
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