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In my opinion... R10:)

 

followed by:

 

HE90

SR-009

Edition 10

Edition 8 Limited Edition

Jade

 

probably in that order

 

 

I have to say David, i am both surprised and disapointed that you didn't include Grado's PS1000's box in your list, not only are these wonderful boxes assembled by hand by skilled workers, but it's clear that Grado didn't skimp on material quality as they use only the best cardboard and airfoam available in the manufacturing process, i guess you don't like pizza that much wink.gif

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I have to say David, i am both surprised and disapointed that you didn't include Grado's PS1000's box in your list, not only are these wonderful boxes assembled by hand by skilled workers, but it's clear that Grado didn't skimp on material quality as they use only the best cardboard and airfoam available in the manufacturing process, i guess you don't like pizza that much wink.gif

HA! The New Yorker in me loves Pizza.  I admit the obvious, that in their price class, Grado has the least impressive packaging that I've seen.  I still say that this is opinion because for a certain group of people, their lack of sophisticated package may leave some with the impression that the customer is paying less for the fancy exterior and more for the craftsmanship.  You can't please everyone:)

I do think it would benefit Grado to redesign their packaging with their next flagship.  A simple thing like packaging can leave an impression.  It's like a person who dresses well.  Often it doesn't mean anything, but the initial impression is that the person has their act together.

post #1353 of 4961
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Definitely will do!  I'll probably directtly compare them against all the hifimans, Audeze and Sennheisers on my list, and then I will probably take out the SR-009, the T1, DT880, R10 bass light and heavy and TH900.  If the comparisons start to yield very strange results, I may end up having to compare them to a lot more too.

 

 

I'm eagerly waiting for your comparison between the HE-400 and the HD600/650! Any ETA on that? popcorn.gif

post #1354 of 4961

Dear David,

 

from what i read on headfonia

i think sennheiser at least done 1 revision on HD650/600

 

from a black to silver driver, this changes happen on early 2007..

hope this help...

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I'm eagerly waiting for your comparison between the HE-400 and the HD600/650! Any ETA on that? popcorn.gif

A little less than a month probably.  I plan to have two new headphones added by Christmas:)

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Dear David,

 

from what i read on headfonia

i think sennheiser at least done 1 revision on HD650/600

 

from a black to silver driver, this changes happen on early 2007..

hope this help...

Hey thanks! I have heard quite a few pairs (both drivers). maybe I should change the revision status.  I know someone who owns both pairs and doesn't find them to sound different tho.

post #1356 of 4961
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Dear David,

 

from what i read on headfonia

i think sennheiser at least done 1 revision on HD650/600

 

from a black to silver driver, this changes happen on early 2007..

hope this help...


you know what, I changed it:) thanks!

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you know what, I changed it:) thanks!

 

 

Do you know which revision is the HD600 and HD650 you reviewed?

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Do you know which revision is the HD600 and HD650 you reviewed?

I bought my HD650 and first HD600 in 2006 I believe.  I got a second HD600 in 2009.  I don't recall any differences between the two models.  The one I used in this review was 2009.


Edited by DavidMahler - 11/27/12 at 7:34am
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Hi David!
I suppose the chance of the other headphone being the HE-5LE is small to none, right?
post #1360 of 4961
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It's not the HE-5LE :(

 

if i find a good deal on it on the used market, i may consider it.  But I don't anticipate spending any more for a while.

post #1361 of 4961

I've been so very impressed with the Ultrasone Signature Pro. David, any chance you'll lay your ears on that anytime soon? I might even entertain sending mine to you. And your involvement in this thread is impressive. We are grateful. 

post #1362 of 4961
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I bought my HD650 and first HD600 in 2006 I believe.  I got a second HD600 in 2009.  I don't recall any differences between the two models.  The one I used in this review was 2009.

 

 

So your HD650 being from 2006, they'd be a pre 2007 revision model. I'm not sure either what changed in both models in 2007, but I've seen that "revision" aspect being mentioned many times around here. I had the HD600 from 2010, so they were the revised model like yours, I guess...


Edited by putente - 11/27/12 at 8:19am
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They certainly are very colored

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The dt990s have got to be one of the worst headphones I have ever heard. My ears cant stand even 5 seconds of their sound before they start to ring. I literally get tinnitus after listening to a few seconds of the dt990s. the irony is that my current favorite is also a beyer... The DT250-250.

 

I think you guys are exaggerating a bit here. DT990 does have emphasized treble - I can hear that too. But it has a very smooth and high quality treble at the same time - I don't find it harsh, except on low quality recordings. The emphasis can be cured quite easily with mild equalizing or by listening at lower volumes. Apart from the bass and treble emphasis, I find DT990 to be a superior headphone to the more popular DT880 with a more natural midrange, better dynamics and sharper imaging. I understand that DT990 is not neutral, but is it also not natural? That's arguable IMO - I often felt that DT880 didn't have enough bass weight, for example, and made some music sound a bit anemic. I also found DT880 lacking transparency in the midrange, even though it is flatter than the DT990 there - I could hear less focus and detail in the mids with DT880. Highs are about equal in quality on both IMO, but DT990 is more open sounding while DT880 is a bit boxy by comparison. So even though DT880 is more neutral in balance, that neutrality is achieved at the expense of some detail, soundstage and dynamics IMO and I feel that an EQ'ed DT990 is a better compromise. But to each their own of course.

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They certainly are very colored

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The dt990s have got to be one of the worst headphones I have ever heard. My ears cant stand even 5 seconds of their sound before they start to ring. I literally get tinnitus after listening to a few seconds of the dt990s. the irony is that my current favorite is also a beyer... The DT250-250.

 

I think you guys are exaggerating a bit here. DT990 does have emphasized treble - I can hear that too. But it has a very smooth and high quality treble at the same time - I don't find it harsh, except on low quality recordings. The emphasis can be cured quite easily with mild equalizing or by listening at lower volumes. Apart from the bass and treble emphasis, I find DT990 to be a superior headphone to the more popular DT880 with a more natural midrange, better dynamics and sharper imaging. I understand that DT990 is not neutral, but is it also not natural? That's arguable IMO - I often felt that DT880 didn't have enough bass weight, for example, and made some music sound a bit anemic. I also found DT880 lacking transparency in the midrange, even though it is flatter than the DT990 there - I could hear less focus and detail in the mids with DT880. Highs are about equal in quality on both IMO, but DT990 is more open sounding while DT880 is a bit boxy by comparison. So even though DT880 is more neutral in balance, that neutrality is achieved at the expense of some detail, soundstage and dynamics IMO and I feel that an EQ'ed DT990 is a better compromise. But to each their own of course.

I don't necessarily agree with donunus's opinion.  I like the DT990 very much.  I was just commenting on his experience, that the DT990 is a colored headphone, its certainly not neutral.  So obviously, the DT990's colorations are not for him.  However, my experience with the DT990 has been far more positive than his, but not quite as positive as your own.  I still like the DT880 more, and I've always found the DT880's midrange to be more to my taste.

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Originally Posted by DavidMahler View Post


They certainly are very colored

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Originally Posted by donunus View Post

The dt990s have got to be one of the worst headphones I have ever heard. My ears cant stand even 5 seconds of their sound before they start to ring. I literally get tinnitus after listening to a few seconds of the dt990s. the irony is that my current favorite is also a beyer... The DT250-250.

 

I think you guys are exaggerating a bit here. DT990 does have emphasized treble - I can hear that too. But it has a very smooth and high quality treble at the same time - I don't find it harsh, except on low quality recordings. The emphasis can be cured quite easily with mild equalizing or by listening at lower volumes. Apart from the bass and treble emphasis, I find DT990 to be a superior headphone to the more popular DT880 with a more natural midrange, better dynamics and sharper imaging. I understand that DT990 is not neutral, but is it also not natural? That's arguable IMO - I often felt that DT880 didn't have enough bass weight, for example, and made some music sound a bit anemic. I also found DT880 lacking transparency in the midrange, even though it is flatter than the DT990 there - I could hear less focus and detail in the mids with DT880. Highs are about equal in quality on both IMO, but DT990 is more open sounding while DT880 is a bit boxy by comparison. So even though DT880 is more neutral in balance, that neutrality is achieved at the expense of some detail, soundstage and dynamics IMO and I feel that an EQ'ed DT990 is a better compromise. But to each their own of course.

 

I agree with you Pianist. After EQ'ing that treble spike from the DT990, I loved those headphones (at the time), especially their bass response.

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