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Hopefully i will get to everyones questions in the past few days:)...

 

 

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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

Fidelio x1?

I probably won't be adding this to the evaluation, but i would consider it. At this point I would probably need to sell off gear to fit new gear.  I am out space and close to out of $ :)

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Originally Posted by Wyd4 View Post

Wow.
Thanks for taking the time to write such a detailed response.
I am potentially moving from a very easy set of headphones to listen to so I have some reservations.
The Momentums are a great pair of headphones but I don't know, they leave me wanting more.
I feel like the highs are almost dulled and the bass seems to 'thud', though it is no slouch in the bass department.
I also find the cups slightly small on the senns.

Hope I am making the right choice

The Momentums and HE400 are such different headphones.  The Momentums are a travel partner and sound great (IMO) for casual smart phone listening.  When I was sent a demo pair from Sennheiser I was really impressed with the overall build for the type of application it was designed for.  I also thought it resembled the AH-D1100 sonically, which is a headphone I enjoy.

 

The HE-400 is portable compatible, but not really a similar type of portable.

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Originally Posted by toronto8 View Post

So the reversion 2 eliminated this issue?..wondering is the warranty transferable to the next owner?.

Yes the warranty is transferable, and I feel that the recent versions alleviated the issue (even if not quite eliminated) because they use metal connectors rather than wood.  That was typically the achilles heal of the wood.  The Bamboo may have a higher success rate with regard to cracking, but it may also be that the bamboo has only been made with the metal connectors as opposed to the rosewood which has a bit more design history.

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Originally Posted by jincuteguy View Post

For the OP, did you have any chance getting the DT 990 Pro (250ohm) and DT 990 (250 or 600ohm) and have it added to this comparison collection? Also, did u ever buy the M-100? Any help would be appreciated.

I used to own the DT990 250 ohm, and a coworker of mine uses a DT990 32 ohm at his desk.  I think the headphone has a lot of good qualities.  It is a very exciting balance, even if its not quite entirely natural to my ears.  But overall, I still think the overall resolution is very good.  Haven't used the M-100.

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Originally Posted by toronto8 View Post

So the reversion 2 has fixed the cracking issue?..I love the look of the Rosewood more than the Bamboo...

I would say so, for the most part.

 

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Originally Posted by rb2013 View Post

If anyone has a spare $22K laying around - a Sennheiser Orpheus HE90/HEV 90 set just listed over at Audiogon.

 

 

https://app.audiogon.com/listings/over-ear-sennheiser-orpheus-he90-hev-90-set-matching-pair-rare-and-original-2013-07-10-headphones-germany

It's amazing how often they come up considering theres less than 300 systems in existence.

 

 

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Originally Posted by 3X0 View Post

That's why I'm really interested to see what David Solomon's take is on the HE60 relative to the HE90 (for obvious reasons wink_face.gif).

I keep meaning to code this.  The HE60 really adds some perspective I think because its very very good. 

 

I've had some recent work and commissions that have stopped me from having any free time.

 

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Originally Posted by Wyd4 View Post

Hi there,

Here is a can of worms...

 

HE-400 or Grado rs2i.

 

I know they are completely different phones.

However both are within my price range and I have never heard either in person.

Where I live you can probably look around and find demo's for Beats (or stab yourself in the ears if preferred) and MAYBE some other rappers brand.

 

I am looking to replace my Sennheiser Momentums as discussed in previous posts (I think).


In any case I listen to a broad range of music.  Primarily Metal/Rock, but to throw a potential spanner in the grado works, electronic including 90's trance, Happy Hardcore etc etc.

I also listen to classical and acoustic from time to time, however I am not going to complain if  my classical is ever so slightly off if the above is somewhat satisfied.

 

Generally speaking I like a bass capable headphone.  By that I don't mean a muddy horrible sound (enter Beats), but I like it to be strong enough. 

I believe both of the headphones above a capable in that regard.

Other than that, I basically want a phone that is fairly balanced sound.

 

I was going to get the HE-400's hands down days ago, however I want to make sure I cover all bases before I go outlay up to $500 on a set of headphones.

Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer :).


Scott

I say HE-400, but it will depend on your listening pref.  Both are in the review so I won't comment on the sonic differences here, but I obviously like the HE-400 more:)

 

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Originally Posted by rparmar View Post

Just became a member here and want to thank you for this insane review. Though I am sure the pleasure was all yours!

 

I will never be able to afford even one item from your list but thank goodness I somehow manage to enjoy music despite this limitation!

Thanks!  But wait.... not everything in the review is $$$, some very good values in there.  And those models are very important.

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I know this has been already asked before, and probably even by me, but I'd love to see the JVC DX1000 on that ranking.
 

I heard the DX1000 at a meet recently and I may not have given it a fair shake, but I wasn't taken quite so much.  The owner really loved them though.  It's extremely difficult for me to judge a headphone at a meet.  A little easier when the headphone is closed, but still hard.  Some headphones grow on me over the course of several listens.

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

I would respectfully request that the Maddog be added if and when possible. IMO it's one of the best values in the game. 

I know a lot of people wish for this to be on the list.  If I continue to add into next year, I will probably add this, but I don't think I'm going to add much more.  

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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

Would actually like to hear David's experiences and thoughts on the different driver technologies.

From the sonic perspective, Electrostatics have a clean/fast sound and generally sound more transparent to me.

I like the way R10's drivers sound and they are probably the closest non-electrostatic to sound closest to electrostatic.  The dynamic transducers have more weight in their sound and often have a more visceral bass impact.  The planar magnetics seem have a lot of the characteristics on both sides of the fence, impact and speed, but I think there are obviously some dynamic and some electrostatic which trump the best planar magnetics that i've heard.  I would have written more  on this matter but i need to give my hands a rest for now lol

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The Dogs are in the post...1st HP I've bought in years!
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Hi David.
Thanks again!!!!
In the end, rather than getting the he400's or the grados, I bought the lcd2s. Revision 1 though to my untrained ear I think will still sound fantastic.
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Those are a lot of headphones you have got up there :P

Amazing write up , if anybody is interested in getting the 009's they are on sale :P 

 

http://www.pricejapan.com/front/e_main_page.php - 3400 (You can't beat that you just can't :P)

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Originally Posted by MrTechAgent View Post

Those are a lot of headphones you have got up there :P

Amazing write up , if anybody is interested in getting the 009's they are on sale :P 

 

http://www.pricejapan.com/front/e_main_page.php - 3400 (You can't beat that you just can't :P)

 

Heavily back-ordered on factory.

It may need 4 months or more to be shipped after your order.

( We shipped recently SR-009 to the customer who ordered it on April 14.)

 

Ouch...

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Well at $2k less than sticker, I would assume they are getting destroyed with orders. :P

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Originally Posted by GoldfishX View Post

 

Heavily back-ordered on factory.

It may need 4 months or more to be shipped after your order.

( We shipped recently SR-009 to the customer who ordered it on April 14.)

 

Ouch...

Better late than never :P

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Hey, it's cheaper than the Abyss... cool.gif

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does anyone else want to upgrade from a M50/SR325i to a Stax/Audez'e setup after looking at this thread? I want to sell all my headphone equipment and refresh to something hifi now L3000.gif

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Better late than never :P

 

Amen to that!  :)  

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Extraordinary review! A very enjoyable read. It helped me make up my mind on originally getting the HE500 (4 months ago) then later I got the LCD2 Rev 2. I have had fair number of cans on this in the past, though the LCD2 rev 2 has hit pure audio nirvana for me.

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Go electrostatic, and don't look back - unless you really want to.

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Go electrostatic, and don't look back

True dat.

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Just found this thread after reading tons of "appreciation" threads/posts and have realized that so many people essentially regurgitate, almost verbatim, what the OP has written, and then pass it off as an original thought.  Some of the posts are literally word for word, without quotations or reference to the OP.  This is why I don't read reviews for movies before I see them, easier to keep an open-mind that way and then you know that your critique is honest, unbiased or less biased, and truly your own thoughts and feelings.  Unfortunately I have no way to demo any headphones, so I have to rely on other people's reviews.  

 

But I digress, I wonder where the OP ranks the TH-900 value wise now that they have dropped down to $1500.  Really surprised he ranks them so poorly.  Would have guessed they would have at least been in the top 20, sound quality wise, based upon everything I have read.


Edited by Meremoth - 7/28/13 at 3:11pm
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Originally Posted by Meremoth View Post

Just found this thread after reading tons of "appreciation" threads/posts and have realized that so many people essentially regurgitate, almost verbatim, what the OP has written, and then pass it off as an original thought.  Some of the posts are literally word for word, without quotations or reference to the OP.  This is why I don't read reviews for movies before I see them, easier to keep an open-mind that way and then you know that your critique is honest, unbiased or less biased, and truly your own thoughts and feelings.  Unfortunately I have no way to demo any headphones, so I have to rely on other people's reviews.  

 

But I digress, I wonder where the OP ranks the TH-900 value wise now that they have dropped down to $1500.  Really surprised he ranks them so poorly.  Would have guessed they would have at least been in the top 20, sound quality wise, based upon everything I have read.

 

well they're already pretty high up there. only headphones that surprise me are the hd 600 and 650 being higher, but then again he put dt 880 over PS1000 and D7k as well. he might have just ranked them low because of the fact that they're really bassy which isn't normal for a high end headphone, and cause they where $2000 and could be seen as overpriced by alot of people. but besides the hd 600/650 being ranked higher, everything else makes sense. i feel the other headphones on top of them are better in terms of technical performance.


Edited by Dubstep Girl - 7/28/13 at 3:18pm
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