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post #4891 of 4947
Well, if they've been mesured without bending those bands to achieve a good seal, no surprise. Bend those bands adequately, and give them a fresh listen / measure.
post #4892 of 4947
You should do that for us.
post #4893 of 4947
But I'd like to note that tyll knows that not all headphones fit perfectly on all heads. Even headroom makes adjustments to get the best frequency response.
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Further, ear canals come in different sizes and shapes. And will even change with large weight loss or gain with the same person. So many things matter...

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Further, ear canals come in different sizes and shapes. And will even change with large weight loss or gain with the same person. So many things matter...
Do you think my ear canals look fat in these jeans? Lol!
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Do you think my ear canals look fat in these jeans? Lol!

Nah! They are just retaining a little water. Very attractive canals...not quite Venetian but kinda like South-Florida.
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Nah! They are just retaining a little water. Very attractive canals...not quite Venetian but kinda like South-Florida.
But have to see my canals twerk, when I've got my headphones rocking!
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But have to see my canals twerk, when I've got my headphones rocking!

 

SOMEONE CALL MY NAME? :wink_face:

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SOMEONE CALL MY NAME? :wink_face:

Yeah, now change it :biggrin:

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But have to see my canals twerk, when I've got my headphones rocking!

what a terrible word picture.....

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Kudos to DavidMahler for doing this superb comparison of 58 HPs.

 

Nowhere else I could find such a detailed and in-depth analysis of as many as 58 HPs in a single thread. Very useful and helpful for people like me who have recently entered into the world of head-fi. 

 

May I request you to do update the thread by including a review of Philips Fidelio X1 which are getting high praise in audiophile and music circles. 


Edited by shyamelge - 3/31/14 at 3:15am
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Kudos to DavidMahler for doing this superb comparison of 58 HPs.

 

Nowhere else I could find such a detailed and in-depth analysis of as many as 58 HPs in a single thread. Very useful and helpful for people like me who have recently entered into the world of head-fi. 

 

May I request you to do update the thread by including a review of Philips Fidelio X1 which are getting high praise in audiophile and music circles. 

 

If you'll note from the last several pages, David is actually selling off his collection now.

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+2 - only difficulty is choosing which headphone(s) to use as your standards for evaluating the amps and DACs! I guess the HD800 would be one of them, and personally I'd also like to see the T1, LCD-3 and HE-6. I couldn't imagine the time (and money) it would take to listen to the multitude of amps and DACs out there, even if it were limited to the so-called 'Flagship' models just like David did here.

 

Again, David, thank you oh so much for this treasure trove of information. I don't know how many times I've read it, but each time it still amazes me that you had the dedication, time and MONEY to do this! :)

 

And to those that keep asking David to add more headphones to the list - stop it! I don't think it's at all fair to ask him to spend even more time that he already admits he doesn't have. Even if he did have the time, the first step for those interested in a specific model should be taking up a collection and supplying David with a pair. And that's just to start... to continually update this is something akin to a full time job, so we should also be paying him a salary to do it. Enough said... just my ramblings from someone (like many) who really appreciates the effort that went into this.

 

Dale

I've been reading through this whole thread, and have just gotten to this post. As I've got near to it, I too had been thinking that it's extremely insensitive to ask, and even demand, as many have done, that David review various headphones, or even as some have done, amps and DACs. The time and expense would be crushing, but the added issue with the tinnitus he has described makes these requests that much more unfair.

 

Also, with regard to the Koss ESP-950s that keep coming up: Some time ago, before I had reached the point where David revealed his tinnitus issue, I had PMd him both to thank him for doing this and compliment him on his work, and also to suggest that he review the 950s, with the suggestion that he could borrow mine if I could borrow a pair of his (relatively inexpensive) headphones and a modest amp. This was before I had read any of the posts in which David writes that he believes he needs to own any headphones he reviews so he can have them available for comparison purposes later on. Some posts have suggested that if he ever did review the 950s, David should reterminate for use with a Stax amp, and others have suggested that he should review them stock with the Koss E/90 energizer. Personally, my belief is that if he were ever to review the 950s, which it now looks as though he won't get around to doing formally for this review, or if some other person reviews them, he or she should do both, as a read of the main 950 thread reveals that many people use the Koss amp, while many use one or the other of the Stax or Stax-compatible amps that are available. I am still using the Koss unit, with an upgraded power supply that I'm not convinced makes a difference, but am quite curious about the many tubed Stax-compatible amps, and would love to try one with an adapter. I'd find it hard to believe that it wouldn't make a difference.

 

Since these are my only full-size headphones, not counting my son's M50s, and I haven't heard many others in recent years, it's hard for me to compare to others. I do dearly love the 950s, and I greatly preferred them to anything else I heard around the time I bought them, including contemporary Stax models of 20 years ago driven by Stax amps of the day. But a lot has happened in 20 years.

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One things I have been wondering, Are Stax cheaper electrostats relativly close in performance to their flaghips? (I mean the same way as the HD600 is to the HD800, yet the prices differ a lot).

 

Ive been always Interested in Electrostats and I can get some used models with thier dedicated amps for rather cheap (207,307,407), but I wonder if the Performance gap is Similar to the price gap.

 

I also found a used Stax Sigma, but I am a bit afraid of all the issues I might run into.

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I have interest in that as well. I'd consider a 2170 system or similar just to try a Electrostat out if they perform up to standard with similar prices dynamic cans overall.

 

I think I'd need to buy imported and use a power transformer. My countries local dealer is an absolute rip off with Stax.

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