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Originally Posted by sfwalcer View Post
 

Initial impressions of these Martin Logans was WOW!!! COLOR ME IMPRESSED!!!

 

What immediately jumped out at me was the lushness and sweetness of the mids and along with the crazy nice extension of the treble. For anyone that has heard/ read-up on the ATH ES700s you will know that I along with many ES700s owners praise their sweet forward and lush mids to no end. Welp not only is the mids of these Logans exactly as lush as that of the ES700s but that quality can also be applied to their treble as well. :blink: SWEET BABY JESUS the mids and treble of these are soooo nice that even that hyperbole is an under statement!!! Excuse me while I compose myself, what I mean by sweet is that these Logans will get your head bobbing (contemplating)/ feet tapping (working out) due to all the nuances and micro details they render. Therefore not only are they easy on the wallet due to their low price but is beneficial for the well being of your mind, body and soul as well. :tongue_smile: These Logan is akin to something like a flour sifter in which meticulous renders all the finest aspects of the music right down to the smallest micro details and presents them to you in a ever so refined fashion yet without being overly dry, dull, lifeless, boring, or analytical.

 

Also for anyone that has owned/ heard the Beyer DT-250 you will know what I am talking about. The DT-250s have a really clear, sweet, easy on the ears non fatiguing sound that is really engaging albeit hard as hell to drive due to the 250 ohm impedance. You can literally listen to those DT-250 all day long without listen fatigue and the same could be said about these Logans, but even more so because they not only sound great even on low volumes but is MUCH MUCH easier to drive as well. Therefore not only do they have that amazing mid range lushness/ sweetness as those ES700s but is sweet sounding across the entire spectrum. It bests the Beyer DT-250s not only because these Logans sound even more 3D, sound faster, along with bucket loads of crazy high resolution micro details with amazing clarity but they sound more realistic in their musical rendition to boot. The instrument and micro rendering on these Logans is so realistic sounding that it is surreal and that is no over statment. Bar none their realism is the best I heard from ALL the headphones as well as iems to date which even bests that of the VSonic GR07 BEs natural/ organic presentation, but the BEs is still overall better textured.

 

So here's the rub, the bass. Bass quantity is pretty similar to the ES700s, whereas it is kinda "soft" hitting/ sounding in the ES700s, the bass of these Logans is snappy, tight, and quick. Therefore it MIGHT sound anemic/ thin as vlenbo posted but it is really not that bad. In fact hip hop sounds amazing with these despite the lack of quantity. Even the sub bass (yes these does have sub bass presence) of these Logans extends pretty deep, but instead of a visceral throaty deep sound that ones feels from those amazing audiophile bass iem/ cans when do right, they are more of a hard snap sounding type, kinda like someone that can snap their fingers pretty damn loud. Therefore, what it lacks in quantity is made up in quality and the best way to put it is this

Sweet.  The Mikros 90's tonality/tonal balance is exceptional.  This is a primary point of departure between the MLs and every other pair of "detailed" cans I have owned, including the HE-6.  It is the difference between, for example, hearing the strings of a guitar simply "vibrate" and hearing them "resonate" with the music/timbre/harmonics completely intact and faithfully delivered together with the fine detail of the mechanical vibration.  The Mikros 90 are a "value added" product.  Not only do they beat the other detailed headphones at their own game, but they add/restore a real sense of musicality unlike every other product I have owned or heard. 

 

So, it was not HYPE, after all.  You state that what was previously relegated to HYPE in fact falls short of the Mikros 90's sonic actuality.  That's one for the Head-Fi record books.  Or do you also answer to the name, Master Hype?  : ) 

 

You will be the official Head-Fi Poster Child for the Mikros 90.


Edited by pataburd - 2/7/14 at 4:56am
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How's your custom cable coming along Pat?
post #948 of 6486
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Originally Posted by nehcrow View Post
 

I'd like to hear a comparison to the NADs and Ultrasone Pro 900 if possible, mate :)

I haven’t spent enough time with HP50 to get a full impression. Initial impression though, the bass on both Mikros and HP50 are well extended.

While HP 50 has more bass quantity, Mikros dose a little bit better in term of bass definition. Mids, quality wise, are about the same on both headphone with Mikros has a slightly more forward presentation.

Both headphones do have a very clear and very detailed highs; however, I feel that, the highs on Mikros are slightly more extended.

With that being said, I feel that both are very good headphones and are very well worth their asking price.

P.S. In term of overall presentation, both do a better job than Pro 900. I'm currently in the process of selling my Pro 900.


Edited by YEYimeh - 2/7/14 at 6:48am
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Originally Posted by Cagin View Post

How's your custom cable coming along Pat?

No word back, yet.  The cable builder also bought a pair of the MLs, so he might be comparing silver and copper prototypes.  And he is probably being blown away by the Mikros 90.  I will write him a reminder today.

Am waiting for the FiiO RC MH1 to show up at my door, and to do the shoot-out with the Pipeline.  Based on what I have read so far, I am not expecting the FiiO to defeat the Pipeline, but who knows?  Based on what Master Troll reported about his experience with the FiiO's colorations, it doesn't sound like a direction I want to go in with the Mikros 90.


Edited by pataburd - 2/7/14 at 5:51am
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Originally Posted by YEYimeh View Post
 

I haven’t spent enough time with HP50 to get the full impression. Initial impression though, the bass on both Mikros and HP50 are well extended.

While HP 50 has more bass quantity, Mikros dose a little bit better in term of bass definition. Mids, quality wise, are about the same on both headphone with Mikros has a slightly more forward presentation.

Both headphones do have a very clear and very detailed highs; however, I feel that, the highs on Mikros are slightly more extended.

With that being said, I feel both are very good headphones and are very well worth their asking price.

P.S. In term of overall presentation, both do a better job than Pro 900. I'm currently in the process of selling my Pro 900.

Add the PRO 900 to the list of "Giants Slain" by the Mikros 90!

 

KEF M500

HifiMAN HE-6

Ultrasone PRO 900

 

R.I.P.

 

LOL (not really)


Edited by pataburd - 2/7/14 at 5:45am
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Up until midnight again.

 

Music:

Bob James/Earl Klugh: Cool (WB).  Demanding bass tracks handled with ease.  Subterranean bass, brilliant electric piano and delicate string coexist in a wonderfully resolved musical tapestry.

Kentucky Headhunters: Pickin' on Nashville (Mercury/Polydor).  Bright (Mercury) recording, but came off well with the Mikros 90.  Growling and driving, some real git down backwoods metal!.

Supertramp: Greatest Hits (A&M).  Best I've heard.  One of my "reference" discs.

Dionne Warwick: Her All-Time Greatest Hits (WB).  Early recordings, Dionne's voice very brassy, but later ones sound more controlled/polished.  "Window on the World" superb.

Antonio Carlos Jobim: Girl from Ipanema/various artists.  Wow!  Sarah Vaughn's phrasing on "Quiet Nights" is alone worth the price of the disc.  But every cut was delicious and delightful.  Shirley Horne's "Once I Loved" gave me the shivers.  Joao Gilberto's "Meditacao" was the closer, though.  This album has never been rendered better.  


Edited by pataburd - 2/7/14 at 6:10am
post #952 of 6486

Order Placed!
Coming in on monday......
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post #953 of 6486

i loved my deceased Pro900, it was so well tuned on my setup i prefer it to the newer ultrasone.

 

All i can say is that this Mikros90 is an excellent stock can to buy for 90bucks...

u can tweak the cables the pads the soundchain until u get delirious sound to your taste.

I am tweaking mine with whatever pads/cables lying around the house..to some effect !

 

These "giantkillings" are personal to some extent...my HE 6 is safe with me.

But having the MikrosAmbassador selling his does draw attention.

...enuf for me to pull the trigger..lolz.

 

 

I am listening to THE LAST SAMURAI on the MIKROS on very LOUD VOLUME...

the effect is ETHEREAL 

post #954 of 6486

What are you guys waiting for?  Stock up your ML Mikros 90 while it is still available.

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" i should pick up another mikros90 as a backup 5yrs down the line? " - Why's not ? I am thinking about stocking up the ML Mikros 90 for Xmas presents...The best $90.00 gift to whom they deserve... No need for the Black Friday deals.  :biggrin:

post #956 of 6486
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Originally Posted by Lorspeaker View Post
 

i loved my deceased Pro900, it was so well tuned on my setup i prefer it to the newer ultrasone.

 

All i can say is that this Mikros90 is an excellent stock can to buy for 90bucks...

u can tweak the cables the pads the soundchain until u get delirious sound to your taste.

I am tweaking mine with whatever pads/cables lying around the house..to some effect !

 

These "giantkillings" are personal to some extent...my HE 6 is safe with me.

But having the MikrosAmbassador selling his does draw attention.

...enuf for me to pull the trigger..lolz.

 

 

I am listening to THE LAST SAMURAI on the MIKROS on very LOUD VOLUME...

the effect is ETHEREAL 

To be fair, I decided to sell my Pro 900 because of my recently brought NAD VISO HP50.
I found that Pro 900 did compliment Mikros 90 really well.
However I preferred the overall presentation of the HP 50 more and I feel that HP50 did a lot more "right" than the Pro 900.


 


Edited by YEYimeh - 2/7/14 at 9:07am
post #957 of 6486
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Originally Posted by Lorspeaker View Post
 

i loved my deceased Pro900, it was so well tuned on my setup i prefer it to the newer ultrasone.

 

All i can say is that this Mikros90 is an excellent stock can to buy for 90bucks...

u can tweak the cables the pads the soundchain until u get delirious sound to your taste.

I am tweaking mine with whatever pads/cables lying around the house..to some effect !

 

These "giantkillings" are personal to some extent...my HE 6 is safe with me.

But having the MikrosAmbassador selling his does draw attention.

...enuf for me to pull the trigger..lolz.

 

 

I am listening to THE LAST SAMURAI on the MIKROS on very LOUD VOLUME...

the effect is ETHEREAL 

I really enjoyed my (deceased) HE-6, too.  But I am missing them less and less as the Mikros 90 continue to delight me more and more.

 

The Mikros 90 serve as exacting diagnostic tools in your gear train, as you noted.

 

Agreed.  Giant-killings are subjective, but I will leave "PRO900" on the corporate tombstone.

 

Hours down the road . . . the MLs will/should sound even better.

 

Glad to see the Mikros 90 getting some well-deserved recognition/appreciation here on the Fi.

 

I ended up pulling the Raytheon 6SN7GTs.  One of them was failing, and getting terribly microphonic/noisy.  Put back the 2x Tung-Sol 6SN7GTB, which I have come to enjoy in the power stage.  Tonight, the Mullard takes the driver seat.  

post #958 of 6486
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Originally Posted by pataburd View Post
 

Sweet.  The Mikros 90's tonality/tonal balance is exceptional.  This is a primary point of departure between the MLs and every other pair of "detailed" cans I have owned, including the HE-6.  It is the difference between, for example, hearing the strings of a guitar simply "vibrate" and hearing them "resonate" with the music/timbre/harmonics completely intact and faithfully delivered together with the fine detail of the mechanical vibration.  The Mikros 90 are a "value added" product.  Not only do they beat the other detailed headphones at their own game, but they add/restore a real sense of musicality unlike every other product I have owned or heard. 

 

So, it was not HYPE, after all.  You state that what was previously relegated to HYPE in fact falls short of the Mikros 90's sonic actuality.  That's one for the Head-Fi record books.  Or do you also answer to the name, Master Hype?  : ) 

 

You will be the official Head-Fi Poster Child for the Mikros 90.

*cough* the re700s too, *cough* *though it is to a lesser extent due to smoothing*


Edited by vlenbo - 2/7/14 at 9:18am
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Damn, need a link  that can ship to Oz

post #960 of 6486
I should've grab one when they were $60.
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