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post #466 of 4945
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Had another good read, a few things that come to mind;
1. Sound quality rightfully isn't everything. For example the HE-6 drops "points" for its lackluster design, questionable build quality and uncomfortable nature, more so than other Hifimans due to it's price. This just further accentuates why this is one of the best reviews ever biggrin.gif
2. That David favors cold or analytical headphones only goes to show how natural, transparent and outright awesome the LCD2 and LCD3 really are, at #12 and #8 respectively.
3. The HE-500 really is the sweet spot for price/performance. I'd also like to see the HE-400 as I'd guesstimate it would make the top 30.
4. I'm buying an LCD-3 and blaming David if my wife finds out. biggrin.gif

I'm going to tell her. very_evil_smiley.gif

 

But yeah, its a really great review and helpful overlook. And I'm sure will be used for a long time for references. It's just when some people try and spoil the fun of debate with this kind of sarcasm annoys me. Makes me wonder why some peeps are on here.

"David, could you revisit your entire work. I don't think your esteem of my current headphone is high enough."

 

 

(plus I've been up all night with a teething baby... everything is annoying me this morning. Don't mind me ;)


Edited by LugBug1 - 11/4/12 at 1:06am
post #467 of 4945

@DavidMahler

 

Dear David,

first a very good summary of many good headphones!

 

Did you look for the new Jecklin Float

I miss it in your summary.

 

http://www.quad-musik.de/html/jecklin1.html
 


Edited by FritzS - 11/4/12 at 1:09am
post #468 of 4945
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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post

I'm going to tell her. very_evil_smiley.gif

But yeah, its a really great review and helpful overlook. And I'm sure will be used for a long time for references. It's just when some people try and spoil the fun of debate with this kind of sarcasm annoys me. Makes me wonder why some peeps are on here.
"David, could you revisit your entire work. I don't think your esteem of my current headphone is high enough."

Do and I'll let your wife know you saved for the LCD-2s by downsizing her birthday gifts tongue.gif

Yeah bro, have to agree, trying to stifle debate on a discussion forum is counter-productive and just a little bit silly. Who better to argue the case of a headphone than someone who owns and enjoys it compared to the competition?
post #469 of 4945

This has got to be the best review I have ever read on any audio forum in a long while. (Not to mention the impressive amount of audio gear)

Kudos to you David (same name, hehe :) ) for taking the time and effort (for those beautiful picture shots) for making this review. 

 

What's funny is that a large of percentage of the headphones you own (that I have heard and owned) from what you've written in your review is almost exactly word for word to my impressions and what I feel about them, especially all the Beyers, LCD2, Senns (except HD700 and Orpheus) reviewed, not to mention to hugely correct some of those out there, the HD800's are finicky about the amp and depending the amp your powering the can's from it can be a love and hate relationship, night and day difference. (Your description of how you stated their is a sonic difference of sound between the early production HD800's to a 10""" later model was the word I was looking for, as I stated something similar for my own HD800 review while ago).

 

Not surprised you find 010's overpriced and awful sounding, some say it's due to the pads, but Markl (og of markl mods) shared the same problem on one of his reviews (http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showthread.php?t=83868) as well as some others here at H-fi.

 

I've always wondered what the price for Todds 307A would be and thought it would float around the 3-4k region (too bad its out of my range atm) and great to know the signature of the amp too. 

 

But yet again, guess some out there would agree and disagree at the sametime (each to their own) awaits for Muppetface's massive review. lol


Edited by DefQon - 11/4/12 at 1:19am
post #470 of 4945
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Originally Posted by DavidMahler View Post

I'll make a list of all the headphones that I'd ultimately would like to include in order to make evaluation list even more complete.  At this time, I'm taking a break both from the writing and the spending:)  But I'd ultimately like to include the following headphones/earphones

 

Audio Technica: L3000

Beyerdynamic: DT990

Denon: AH-D7100

Grado: PS1

Grado: PS500

HifiMan: HE400

JVC: DX1000

Sennheiser: HE60 (Baby Orpheus)

Sony: CD3000

Stax: Sigma Pro

Taket H2+

 

Maybe also a few other in-ears as well....I used to own quite a few etymotics, other UE's and Sonys...

 

The problem is, within the next 5 years, i suspect there will be between 10-20 worthy addition new contenders and as such.... the project will never end:)



Edit: also the Koss ESP950


If you're going to add JVC, the FX700 is a great universal IEM that is worthy of consideration here. Also I would love to see the Lambda Pro mentioned in addition to the Sigma.

On a separate note, I was surprised to see that you thought that the HD600 scaled up well when driven in balanced mode, for myself that is one area where the HD650 pulls noticeably ahead of it's sibling.

I'm glad this will be a "living document"!

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Edited by grokit - 11/4/12 at 1:41am
post #471 of 4945
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Originally Posted by Darkbeat View Post


Do and I'll let your wife know you saved for the LCD-2s by downsizing her birthday gifts tongue.gif
Yeah bro, have to agree, trying to stifle debate on a discussion forum is counter-productive and just a little bit silly. Who better to argue the case of a headphone than someone who owns and enjoys it compared to the competition?

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Suppose a washing peg basket was downsizing a bit.... very_evil_smiley.gif

 

beerchug.gif

post #472 of 4945

Could be interesting read your opinon if you will have chance get MS-Pro/Magnum v4 both with ultimate mod. I think these could be possible best "Grado" headphone after HP2.

post #473 of 4945

David thanks for an awesome article this has to be one of headfi's

Magnum opus articles.

Really enjoy your insights into the differing high end headphones.

post #474 of 4945

Wonderful review and thread.  I have a few good headphones at home (including the RS1i) already, and don't want to keep spending all my money on gear, but I am thinking of getting one more - a can that will make me stop buying cans.  I was already eyeing up the HE-500, and this review has nudged me closer.  I'll need a nice new amp to go with it though...  Oh my poor bank account...

post #475 of 4945

Excellent review, possibly the best yet.

I was sort of hoping to see German Maestro among the brands , but I guess they're too obscure.

Thanks, man. 

post #476 of 4945
This is the most awesome review I've seen here at Head-fi
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This is the most awesome review I've seen here at Head-fi

 

 

Hey there AdobongKamote..

 

I don't remember my mother having twins  blink.gif

 

(Avatar)

post #478 of 4945
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Originally Posted by Darkbeat View Post

1. Sound quality rightfully isn't everything. For example the HE-6 drops "points" for its lackluster design, questionable build quality and uncomfortable nature, 

 

"points"  ha ha ha  That still doesn't take away from the FACT the HE-6 is better performing headphone. biggrin.gif

 

"The HE-500 manages to get very close to the performance level of a well -driven HE-6"

 

Close - But no cigar..  biggrin.gif

post #479 of 4945

Lots of work there, Thanks.

post #480 of 4945
Man, you're nuts. I would never attempt anything like this. I don't think I could do it with any degree of accuracy beyond very basic descriptions. I also think you're a bit nuts in some of your impressions, as they're pretty much the exact opposite of my own.

Regardless, I'm very, VERY impressed. I think this shows that you care about the hobby, and your enthusiasm is second to none. I can't imagine the amount of time you must have put into this - or money.
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