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post #61 of 98
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Originally Posted by zazex View Post
 

A condensed reply, at least for now

If you want more info, just let me know

 

I liked the HP100's very much, except the bass where to me

they lacked sufficient depth and impact.  But nice soundstage,

very good detail, and a clean, clear sound that was very

attractive.  If the bass was tuned differently, I certainly would

have kept them.

 

(no, I am not a basshead...)

 

 

The K550's sounded odd somehow - something weird with the

sound signature that's not easy for me to articulate.

 

When they sealed well, and were placed "just so", they sounded OK

although rather thin throughout the range. 

But getting a good seal was a tricky thing to do.  I noticed in

the relevant threads at the time I owned them that many others

commented on the fit issue as well. 

Good soundstage though for closed headphones. 

Pretty comfortable, too.

 

 

BTW - yes,, the 840's are heavy clunkers no doubt.

Still, though, as I posted above, I think they are quite

good closed headphones soundwise in their price range.

The set I had was well padded and pretty comfortable

despite the weight.  That was more than a year ago -

wondering if they're less padded now?  Anyway, if

you can't wear them because they're too uncomfortable,

that's that for that - they've got to go.  It's very rare for

headphones to become more comfortable over time

IME.

 

So, I think you're best looking away from these three.

 

I recommend that you try the new NAD HP50's, which

I like very much despite their strange appearance.

Excellent sound and good comfort (though, of course,

others disagree on that - you can take a look at their

main thread here:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/646735/nad-viso-hp50-another-superb-headphone-from-paul-barton/660#post_10222968

 

Another closed headphone I like: the Yamaha MT220's.

Not getting a lot of mention but very solid value IMO.

 

And then there are the very, very good Sony MDR-7520's

http://www.head-fi.org/t/682534/sony-mdr-7520/870#post_10236075

More expensive than the others mentioned here but well worth it IMO.

 

Finally, a couple I'm looking forward to hearing as they're getting

some very fine reviews here on Head-Fi and elsewhere:

The new Focal Spirit Pro, which at $349. seems to be

a great deal, and the AKG 545. 


After listening to the 840's last night I realized just how bad my K240's sound.

So now my priorities have changed.

 

I'm looking for the BEST headphone that is as HONEST as possible in the $300 $350 range. (open or closed)

If I buy an opened headphone I'll just get a cheap $40.00 closed headphone for recording.

 

I'm going to audition the NAD tomorrow along with a PSB M4U 1's (many sites consider it to be the best HP for $300.00)

 

I'll audition the Focal's when they come in in a few days but now that my budget has increased...what about the MAD DOGS?

There's a lot of love for them here and they ARE professional recording Fostex's.

post #62 of 98
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Originally Posted by Koukol View Post
 


After listening to the 840's last night I realized just how bad my K240's sound.

So now my priorities have changed.

 

I'm looking for the BEST headphone that is as HONEST as possible in the $300 $350 range. (open or closed)

If I buy an opened headphone I'll just get a cheap $40.00 closed headphone for recording.

 

I'm going to audition the NAD tomorrow along with a PSB M4U 1's (many sites consider it to be the best HP for $300.00)

 

I'll audition the Focal's when they come in in a few days but now that my budget has increased...what about the MAD DOGS?

There's a lot of love for them here and they ARE professional recording Fostex's.

 

"honest as possible"

We all seem to have our own sense of that

or belong to a group that shares one

 

The reviews I've read on the PSB M4U don't rate it nearly as well

as the HP50.  However, once you've heard both, you'll know more

than I about that because I've only heard the HP50's which I own

and like very much.

 

Mad Dogs?  Can't help you there,  haven't heard them

though of course I see them mentioned from time to time.

They so seem to have quite a rabid following ;-)

 

 

I'm not able at this moment to think of any open headphones

that I've seen consistently reviewed as 'honest..."

 

But, moving ahead regardless,

I highly recommend the AKG K712,

AKG Q701, Beyer DT880 250 ohm,

and the Sony MDR MA900.

 

I think the K712 is the most 'honest' of those

and of all the headphones I've heard in the

price range you mentioned.  There's a huge

thread on them here.  2nd would be the
Sony's.  The Q701's are a bit bass light,

and the DT880's perhaps have some

FR anomalies - but all around, they've

been my favorite open headphone all around

for many years.  Plus, they're amazingly comfortable

and very, very well made - mostly of metal.

In Germany, if that matters.

 

 

(The Philips X1 is getting a lot of adulation

from all around, but they're definitely extra rich

in the bass - still, great sounding headphones

if you like that sort of thing.  They have the most

bass of any open headphones I've heard.)

post #63 of 98

I'll PM, Zazex from now on so I no longer hijack this thread   :)

post #64 of 98

PM received, thanks.

post #65 of 98
Any US residents with the HP200 willing to trade their straight cable for the coiled cable of the HP100?
post #66 of 98
I just bought one of these babies off Amazon. Curious to hear how these will perform...
post #67 of 98

I'm very interested, let us know your impressions, please

post #68 of 98
Will do. I'll be comparing them to the K612 once it returns from tour...

Will be enjoying the HP200, hopefully, till then...
Edited by Change is Good - 5/8/14 at 11:31am
post #69 of 98
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Originally Posted by Change is Good View Post

Will do. I'll be comparing them to the K612 once it returns from tour...

Will be enjoying the HP200, hopefully, till then...

 

Change, any initial impressions so far ?

post #70 of 98
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Originally Posted by appsmarsterx View Post
 

 

Change, any initial impressions so far ?

 

Waiting on UPS, as we speak... :o

post #71 of 98

Okay, so far, I must say these remind me a lot if the SRH1840. The detail and imaging I'm getting with these are absolutely amazing. A bit bass light, for my taste, but is very well textured (something the 1840 lacked).

 

Also, I have some nice fluffy SRH1540 alcantara pads on 'em... :wink_face:

 

post #72 of 98
Maybe the alcantara pads make it basslight?
post #73 of 98

Not at all, these pads have a very similar sound effect to pleathers. These aren't your average velours...

 

When comparing to stock, the signature remains the same while sounding noticeably refined... with an extra touch of air...


Edited by Change is Good - 5/9/14 at 11:58pm
post #74 of 98
This thread needs to be revived. People have really been sleeping on this wonderful headphone smily_headphones1.gif
post #75 of 98
I m curious abt this hp. Just concerned about the bass. Does it scale well with bass boost?
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