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post #931 of 4937

This is one of the best reviews I have ever read!

Hopefully I can become as half rich as you by your age :D 

post #932 of 4937
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Originally Posted by rgs9200m View Post

Good points on amps. I actually get nice musically satisfying results on my old Headroom Max (original version) that I bought in 1999, a classic that I still have and I thank Tyll for.

I think used ones show up for a few hundred bucks sometimes.

I don't know why Headroom amps get ignored here, they really hold their own when I try them.

yes, and if i remember correctly, Tyll's recent amp measurements prove this out.

the good ol' headroom amp had amazingly low distortion.

way better than some contemporary amps.   *cough*  Burson  *cough*

post #933 of 4937
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Originally Posted by MHOE View Post

 

I don't think it is possible that O2 improves anything on the sound... Maybe what you hear is its improvement over other amps/DACs but it does not change anything itself. It is designed to be as neutral, stable and transparent as possible in this price category.

Hm, I'll have to give the O2 another careful listen then. I know it's designed to be very transparent, but I do recall it improving the soundstage/instrument separation.

 

 

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Value of beats Pro: F- biggrin.gif

Value? Yeah I don't think it's worth over $300. It sounds OK to me, but really the price tag is pretty hefty...as is the headphone itself with its super-heavy construction.

post #934 of 4937

http://www.head-fi.org/t/546715/a-plea-to-the-community-lets-standardize-the-way-we-describe-sonic-signatures

(see those two images in the main post)

 

Most probably the other amps are just not neutral, putting emphasis on or lowering certain frequencies in order to achieve something... It's like if you increase the bass, your perception of treble is going to change even though the treble frequencies themselves remain unchanged. Or if you have too much treble, you could think mids are not full enough - however, if you try to lower the treble with EQing, you are going to hear the mids differently, they will be more evident. Even small changes due to imperfect or just different design could influence your view on the sound, so those examples above are just a fragment of possible nuances.

 

 

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Originally Posted by miceblue View Post

Hm, I'll have to give the O2 another careful listen then. I know it's designed to be very transparent, but I do recall it improving the soundstage/instrument separation.


Edited by MHOE - 11/15/12 at 2:22pm
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Originally Posted by mmeetty View Post

This is one of the best reviews I have ever read!

Hopefully I can become as half rich as you by your age :D 


Not rich,  I just choose to spend my $$ on this instead of vacations, watches, new cars, etc., and my wife is pretty frugal too.


Edited by rgs9200m - 11/15/12 at 4:54pm
post #936 of 4937

Wow, just read this review. Good lord what an unreal amount of money, time, and effort put forth. 

 

First off thanks, seriously. You've officially made it easy for me to shop for my next headphones. Which are probably gunna be either the dt880s, he-500s, or senn 600s. This was an amazingly well put together review, and I would also like to say the level at which you were able to evaluate each of these is incredible, especially considering its from what I can see is completely true.(Im basing this off what I know, and I dont know the sound of many of the flagship models) 

 

This definitely needs to be stickied as one of the most important reviews/threads of all of head-fi. I think really youve completely narrow down all my headphone purchases, and now all I gotta do is find a similar review for amps.

 

Seriously, thank you for your time and effort.  

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Originally Posted by Deathdeisel View Post

Wow, just read this review. Good lord what an unreal amount of money, time, and effort put forth. 

 

First off thanks, seriously. You've officially made it easy for me to shop for my next headphones. Which are probably gunna be either the dt880s, he-500s, or senn 600s. This was an amazingly well put together review, and I would also like to say the level at which you were able to evaluate each of these is incredible, especially considering its from what I can see is completely true.(Im basing this off what I know, and I dont know the sound of many of the flagship models) 

 

This definitely needs to be stickied as one of the most important reviews/threads of all of head-fi. I think really youve completely narrow down all my headphone purchases, and now all I gotta do is find a similar review for amps.

 

Seriously, thank you for your time and effort.  

Thanks!!

post #938 of 4937
I'm staggered. eek.gif

As the others have said, this is an amazing work! Not just for the scope and scale, but how you maintained an objective view throughout over such a long period. For the cans I've owned your opinions ring very true.

This will be the primary reference for headphones on the Internet for a very long time I suspect - and one of the best reasons for those getting into this wallet debilitating hobby to come to head-fi.

Thank you for this. I doff my hat (after first removing my headphones) to you sir. Well done that man!
post #939 of 4937

Being the owner of only one single full-size headphone (Alessandro MS-1i) I am definitely impressed with the scope of the reviews.  I just wish I could hear some of those headphones ... maybe a trip to your studio in NYC!

post #940 of 4937
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Originally Posted by DavidMahler View Post

If the HD650 sells for less than the 600 where you are, I would say the HD650 is a better value, however if the price is below $400 USD for both models, I would give them both an A+ for value.

 

FYI, at current exchange rates, both are going for about 435 of your American Euros, delivered. 

 

+1 on the huge thanks for your time and effort :-)

post #941 of 4937
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hahah, I consider Joni Mitchell to be my favorite living artist.... guess I haven't been listening much to her lately.  But also, a lot of the great musicians in classical are women... Martha Argerich, Mitsuko Uchida, Anne Sophie Mutter, Marin Alsop to name just a few.


And you say classical isn't your favorite :P

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Originally Posted by Pudu View Post

I'm staggered. eek.gif
As the others have said, this is an amazing work! Not just for the scope and scale, but how you maintained an objective view throughout over such a long period. For the cans I've owned your opinions ring very true.
This will be the primary reference for headphones on the Internet for a very long time I suspect - and one of the best reasons for those getting into this wallet debilitating hobby to come to head-fi.
Thank you for this. I doff my hat (after first removing my headphones) to you sir. Well done that man!

Thank you

 

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Originally Posted by dgriffter View Post

 

FYI, at current exchange rates, both are going for about 435 of your American Euros, delivered. 

 

+1 on the huge thanks for your time and effort :-)

Thanks! At that price, I would give both headphones an A+ value rating

 

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And you say classical isn't your favorite :P

:) i think it has the most to offer simply because its been around longest and has evolved the most.  But much of the 20th and 21st greatest and most artistic music would not be classified under today's definition of "classical music"..... to me, bands like Genesis, Radiohead, The Beatles, and artists like Chick Corea, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk...... that's classical music in the 20th/21st Century to me.... or I should say, of a similar artistic value as traditional classical music. :D

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Originally Posted by DavidMahler View Post

:) i think it has the most to offer simply because its been around longest and has evolved the most.  But much of the 20th and 21st greatest and most artistic music would not be classified under today's definition of "classical music"..... to me, bands like Genesis, Radiohead, The Beatles, and artists like Chick Corea, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk...... that's classical music in the 20th/21st Century to me.... or I should say, of a similar artistic value as traditional classical music. :D

 

Oh, I haven't read anything like this before... I thought 100% of those "classical maniacs" around here just listen to classical music and ignore anything else, or at best call it "noise". B-)

post #944 of 4937

Simply phenomenal 

post #945 of 4937
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Originally Posted by MHOE View Post

 

Oh, I haven't read anything like this before... I thought 100% of those "classical maniacs" around here just listen to classical music and ignore anything else, or at best call it "noise". B-)


Well you'll find both types of classical maniacs.  The great classical composers (there aren't too many GREAT ones) were/are very special and for what they did/do they deserve the exceptional accolades they receive.  I think its really interesting though to hear great elements of music merged with modern-day "fads."  I believe that the principle things which make music "great" to a culture don't change, but it is the fads of the time which find new ways to make use of it.  A great composer/musician should be able to understand (even if just inherently understand) great classic musical ideas, and also the fads of their time and be able to make a unique statement by merging the two, and then sometimes adding something entirely new.  :)

To quote Duke Ellington: "There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind"

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