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post #1486 of 5021
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Listening to this:

 

with the W3000ANV and the 307A this morning.  

It sounds so good! I love how the W3000ANV makes jazz sound.  It's a phenomenal jazz headphone!

post #1487 of 5021

^^ Nice ^^ I love a bit Wynton

post #1488 of 5021
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^^ Nice ^^ I love a bit Wynton

I'm comparing it with the HE400 now.  Listening to Mendelssohn Violin Concerto as performed by Kavakos

post #1489 of 5021

Could you add JVC DX1000 and Sony MDR 1000EX in the near future? :)

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Could you add JVC DX1000 and Sony MDR 1000EX in the near future? :)


Would it change anything with your own perception of these phones?

It's a phenomenal work that David did here but it's just a reflection of his own hearing, liking and such.

For instance he put Raffinatos to the very bottom of the list. I mean seriously, worse than HFI-700 and DT-770?

Before introduction of HD-800 they were trumping any dynamics in production and even after some still prefer them over Senns, which cold be quite boring at times.

They do have quirks like sensitivity to amplification and especially fit as come quite loose out of the box and require some headband bending. After that is taking care of, to my liking they are vastly superior to HD650, SA5000, K701, DT880/600ohm, and ATH-AD2000, but do I care about the place they have in David's chart, not really.

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Edited by Andrew_WOT - 12/2/12 at 1:55pm
post #1491 of 5021

poor W5000 LoL

post #1492 of 5021
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Could you add JVC DX1000 and Sony MDR 1000EX in the near future? :)

I've been considering adding the JVC DX1000:)

post #1493 of 5021
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I've been considering adding the JVC DX1000:)

 

Yes, please :)

post #1494 of 5021

Incredible review! You tested this extremely comprehensively, but what really makes this valuable is that you were able to concisely sum up hours upon hours of work into clear and succinct reviews. I'm also glad that despite the thread title, you didn't feel bound to only test flagships, but instead just went with prominent models that would be more relevant to the consumer.

 

I'll be interested to see how you rate the HE-400's. I was leaning towards getting them over the Sennheiser HD650's, but after reading this review and coming across a good deal for the Senns I went with those instead. Can't say I regret it one bit, though, they have their own set of advantages over the HE-400's.

post #1495 of 5021

David, your list is not complete until you review the Sennheiser HD201. You must compare it to the Orpheus. Please heed the alignment of the Jovian moons and ensure there are no cats within a 5km radius. This will translate to near optimal performance from the HD201. If you can time your listening sessions to coincide with solar flares of a certain magnitude and the birth of Tibetan triplets you will hear the HD201 at its absolute best. Also, with your preference for piercing treble, make sure you have lots of ice on hand. Strategic placement of said ice in specific zones south of the navel will blow your mind, especially when wearing red underwear.

post #1496 of 5021
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Incredible review! You tested this extremely comprehensively, but what really makes this valuable is that you were able to concisely sum up hours upon hours of work into clear and succinct reviews. I'm also glad that despite the thread title, you didn't feel bound to only test flagships, but instead just went with prominent models that would be more relevant to the consumer.

 

I'll be interested to see how you rate the HE-400's. I was leaning towards getting them over the Sennheiser HD650's, but after reading this review and coming across a good deal for the Senns I went with those instead. Can't say I regret it one bit, though, they have their own set of advantages over the HE-400's.

Thank you! And you shouldn't regret it one bit:)  I love the sound of the HD650! 

 

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David, your list is not complete until you review the Sennheiser HD201. You must compare it to the Orpheus. Please heed the alignment of the Jovian moons and ensure there are no cats within a 5km radius. This will translate to near optimal performance from the HD201. If you can time your listening sessions to coincide with solar flares of a certain magnitude and the birth of Tibetan triplets you will hear the HD201 at its absolute best. Also, with your preference for piercing treble, make sure you have lots of ice on hand. Strategic placement of said ice in specific zones south of the navel will blow your mind, especially when wearing red underwear.

hahaha I've been planning to do do a comparison of playing two iphone speakers (one on each ear) and comparing it to the Orpheus and the SR-009 as well.  The one advantage of the former is that its easy to listen to two songs at once!  Beat that Stax!

post #1497 of 5021

Thank you Mahler for this monumental project.

 

The review makes it look like the HE-6 is only a small step from the HE-500. I'm kind of dissapointed the flagship grade HPs don't go that much higher than the mid-end cans which cost half...

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Thank you! And you shouldn't regret it one bit:)  I love the sound of the HD650! 

hahaha I've been planning to do do a comparison of playing two iphone speakers (one on each ear) and comparing it to the Orpheus and the SR-009 as well.  The one advantage of the former is that its easy to listen to two songs at once!  Beat that Stax!

David, i was just about to buy the HE-400 but now you're making really wanting to buy the iPhone speakers. two of them is pretty expensive, but i think for quality, the price is justified.


@ Marvin7

Sort of like computer processors don't you think? The ones costing $1000+ (Black Edition, Unlocked Multiplier, Etc) are only 5-10% better than $200-300 priced CPU's. Then again, you would have it better there in the computer world because you can make both worth more/bang for buck (overclocking) while in the audiophile world, these don't overclock.

So i believe the price should be where its at. (except the orpheus) cough cough.
Edited by cssarrow - 12/3/12 at 8:18am
post #1499 of 5021

How big of a step-up would you say headphones such as the Orpheus, SR-009, and the R10 are compared to mid-tier headphones such as the DT 880/990, K701/702/Q701, and HD600/650?

post #1500 of 5021
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Thank you Mahler for this monumental project.

 

The review makes it look like the HE-6 is only a small step from the HE-500. I'm kind of dissapointed the flagship grade HPs don't go that much higher than the mid-end cans which cost half...

The HE-6 is a jump from the HE-500, but I would be dishonest if I were to say that the jumps are usually reflective of the price difference.  In high end audio, just like high end anything else, the jumps in quality are usually not reflective of what you pay for.  But it's to HifiMan's credit that their $400 and $700 have fared so well.  It actually allows me to appreciate the HE-6 even more.

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