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Was transfixed...entranced by the tall tall waves n waves of violins playing the closing number in THE LAST SAMURAI;

the music swaying from left to right..right to left...back n forth...ascending...descending...ohhh myyyy..

this Mikros has a way of enveloping the sound around me...amazing little can.

 

REckon i am at say 60/70%% of its potential...hmmm...

burn ins...a better cable...tube amps...

polishing this diamond...

what joy.

post #962 of 6486
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Originally Posted by sfwalcer View Post
 

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

 

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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.....

 

 

Nice review Sf! 

 

Regarding the V-Moda cable...

 

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^ Ok a rough take/ quick update on the V-Moda cable. They seem to make the Logans sound slightly airier/ softer in presentation which gives off a sense that you are listening to a set of open back portables.:blink: All the original characteristics are still intact so the crazy lush 3D-ness of these Logans plus the added air just further "opens" up their sound and is more even easy on the ears/ has less fatigue.

 

The stock cable is punchier/ tighter/ sharper/ and more crisp and combined with that crazy nice treble extension can be slightly fatiguing for longggg listening sessions, so the V-Moda is an good alternative for even more relaxing sound outta' these Logans.

 

 

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^ It fits so well it is not even funny. Perfect fit and not only are they even more "neutral/ airier" than the stock cable, they are feather light and soft. It's long but weights like literally NOTHIN'. LoL

 

Seems to be build like a tank despite its weightlessness. Like all fabric covered cables there will be some slight microphonics when rubbed against your clothing but with the music on, you can't hear a thang.

 

 
 
Assuming I get the 90's, I wonder if I should also get the V-moda cable. As you know I'm getting one for the T50RP's, so maybe I should just snag 2 (sounds like an easier solution than that pipeline cable that needs to be modified I think).

 

Anyway, thanks again for those excellent impressions!

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Wonder if my Cardas HPI would fit the Mikros like it does in my HM9? or I might have to shave it down a bit. It is 9mm max width of the plug sheathing. Appreciate the help. Not that I still won't get them esp. if Newegg puts them at $60 again anytime soon :)  Tax refund is due in a couple of weeks.

post #964 of 6486
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Originally Posted by Lorspeaker View Post

 

Was transfixed...entranced by the tall tall waves n waves of violins playing the closing number in THE LAST SAMURAI;

the music swaying from left to right..right to left...back n forth...ascending...descending...ohhh myyyy..

this Mikros has a way of enveloping the sound around me...amazing little can.

 

REckon i am at say 60/70%% of its potential...hmmm...

burn ins...a better cable...tube amps...

polishing this diamond...

what joy.

It's difficult to gauge what % improvement remains.  After about 300+ hours, the only limiting factor with the Mikros 90 seems to be upstream gear.  They will scale up like no other cans I've ever tried.

They might be the Hope Diamond of headphones in the rough.


Edited by pataburd - 2/7/14 at 12:58pm
post #965 of 6486
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Originally Posted by jant71 View Post
 

Wonder if my Cardas HPI would fit the Mikros like it does in my HM9? or I might have to shave it down a bit. It is 9mm max width of the plug sheathing. Appreciate the help. Not that I still won't get them esp. if Newegg puts them at $60 again anytime soon :)  Tax refund is due in a couple of weeks.

Mikros 90 access hole is designed for a 1/4" or 6.5 mm input plug barrel diameter.  

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Mikros 90 access hole is designed for a 1/4" or 6.5 mm input plug barrel diameter.  


Thanks for the quick reply and the nice impressions btw, pata!


Edited by jant71 - 2/7/14 at 12:14pm
post #967 of 6486
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Assuming I get the 90's, I wonder if I should also get the V-moda cable.

 

Assuming there will be any 90s left when the guys on the fence finally decide to buy one...since the Hoard is strong with this thread.
 
 
 

 


Edited by elvergun - 2/7/14 at 12:43pm
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Btw, if the 90's have as much bass as my AKG K240 Sextetts, I'll be happy.

post #969 of 6486
What the hell. There are going to be a sole 3 or 4 of you are going to purchase every single pair of Mikros 90s so you can "stock up" as if a sort of headphone apocalypse were on it's way, specifically targeted at un purchased Mikros 90s. Leave one for me!
post #970 of 6486
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What the hell. There are going to be a sole 3 or 4 of you are going to purchase every single pair of Mikros 90s so you can "stock up" as if a sort of headphone apocalypse were on it's way, specifically targeted at un purchased Mikros 90s. Leave one for me!

 

 

LMFAO  :L3000:

post #971 of 6486
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Originally Posted by Kbman View Post

What the hell. There are going to be a sole 3 or 4 of you are going to purchase every single pair of Mikros 90s so you can "stock up" as if a sort of headphone apocalypse were on it's way, specifically targeted at un purchased Mikros 90s. Leave one for me!

The equation: the hoarders' "Shell-Shocker" stockpiles + Mikros 90 pulled off the market + the Law of Supply and Demand = x.  

You fence-straddlers will pay dearly for your lack of decisiveness!!

:confused:

post #972 of 6486
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Thanks for the quick reply and the nice impressions btw, pata!

You're welcome, Jant71

Let us know if you go with the Cardas HPI.  

It looks like some "whittling" might be in order, though, before the MLs will accommodate it.

Hopefully the FiiO RC MH1 will be waiting for me at the door when I get home.

We need a Mikros 90 cable compatibility checklist.

Can't wait for the HeadphoneLounge UPOCC silver and copper cables!

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Originally Posted by pataburd View Post
 

The equation: the hoarders' "Shell-Shocker" stockpiles + Mikros 90 pulled off the market + the Law of Supply and Demand = x.  

You fence-straddlers will pay dearly for your lack of decisiveness!!

:confused:

 

 


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Excess demand is created when price is set below the equilibrium price. Because the price is so low, too many consumers want the good while producers are not making enough of it.

post #974 of 6486
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Originally Posted by elvergun View Post

Assuming there will be any 90s left when the guys on the fence finally decide to buy one...since the Hoard is strong with this thread.

 

I have a buddy in the US who will be snagging them for me when he can today. Beyond that, it's beyond my control :)

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Originally Posted by pataburd View Post
 

You fence-straddlers will pay dearly for your lack of decisiveness!!

:confused:

 

Haha

 

I'm sitting here, listening to my Mikros 90s, and all I can think is...

 

 

...who sat on the fence for far too long...:basshead:

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