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post #166 of 182
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just out of interest, mshenay, what IS your profile picture? it makes me curious every time and my fingers are too tired to click it, I've been changing earbuds on my monoprice 8320s and replying to texts.

post #167 of 182
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just out of interest, mshenay, what IS your profile picture? it makes me curious every time and my fingers are too tired to click it, I've been changing earbuds on my monoprice 8320s and replying to texts.

MWAHAHAHAHAHA some one asked, makes me so happy

 

It's a Picture of the Joker, from the Batman Animated Series of the 90's episode 34 I think

 

The joker makes a fish in his image, and comments "it has my face" Batman does not think ppl will enjoy it lol

 

And FYI I took that SCREEN capture my self, the internet has copies of it as well but I cap'd mine by accident, and I do enjoy 90's Joker the best, the best mix of Sadistic Joker and Funny Joker! 

post #168 of 182

I saw a picture of some orange headphones and i wanted them. I found out later on that they were skull candies and i read some reviews about them.... lets just say they weren't gentle lmao

 

So i figured i wanted some nice sounding music with some aesthetics... HD 558's

 

I liked the look of the 598's better.. but i wasn't going to spend $100 extra just for aesthetics.. i'm not that rich.

 

I had some cheap headphones in the past... well mostly headsets. I probably had about 4 before i bought my 558's.


Edited by joshwalnut - 8/23/13 at 4:35pm
post #169 of 182

I was looking for some headphones. I was originally deadset on 'gaming' headphones I.E. the Razer Carcharias. I did alot of research and boom budget increase to £135 for ATH-M50s. Now I want moar. I need less recessed vocals.

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I was looking for some headphones. I was originally deadset on 'gaming' headphones I.E. the Razer Carcharias. I did alot of research and boom budget increase to £135 for ATH-M50s. Now I want moar. I need less recessed vocals.

HD558 or HD598 if you can get open headphones. Good value with great comfort and soundstage and mids. You can try the DT770 for closed headphones.

post #171 of 182
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I was looking for some headphones. I was originally deadset on 'gaming' headphones I.E. the Razer Carcharias. I did alot of research and boom budget increase to £135 for ATH-M50s. Now I want moar. I need less recessed vocals.

Depending on your budget I could suggest a thing or two, but if you don't want to spend a lot but still get an improvement, German Maestro GMP 8.35D is superior in every way to M50s. Also they are indestructible.

 

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HD558 or HD598 if you can get open headphones. Good value with great comfort and soundstage and mids. You can try the DT770 for closed headphones.


DT770 for not recessed mids? Those headphones sucks on mids, there is no mids, it is recessed as hell. Even with proper amping/powerful source. Sorry, nothing personal mate, but if he wants more mids, DT770 would be the last thing I would suggest.

post #172 of 182

Well it's not that recessed like some other cans but I guess you could say that it is still pretty recessed. Scrap the DT770 for that. I'm not too familiar with the closed headphone section though, what do you suggest?

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Well it's not that recessed like some other cans but I guess you could say that it is still pretty recessed. Scrap the DT770 for that. I'm not too familiar with the closed headphone section though, what do you suggest?


Well as I said, GMP 8.35D Studio Monitors are pretty good. Shure 940 is also nice but they are not very comfortable and build quality is awful. Around 150 euro, those are the only cans I liked their sound. In fact, I kept the GMP 8.35D and I used them until I got a totl ciem (SE5 way reference), now they don't have much use for me, thinking about selling them actually but I have a feeling like I am gonna miss them. They are like, HD600 but closed, comfortable and indestructible. You can't ask more from a can costs 160 euros only seriously. Too bad that it is not from a company like Beyer or Senn, not many people know them.

 

If he can go up to 300 euro range, Momentum's are really good, classical Senn house sounding BUT their ear cups are rather small, for most people they will turn into ''on ear'' cans and become quite uncomfortable. If his ears are small and if he can afford, I would strongly suggest Momentums.

 

EDIT: How could I forget? AKG K 550. Not the iDevice edition. Wonderful cans, wonderful sounding. Some say it is bass light but they are not bass light IMO, neither bass heavy. However they have their issues too. I would strongly suggest him to demo it before buying, ear cups can be too big.


Edited by AmberOzL - 8/26/13 at 4:03pm
post #174 of 182
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Well as I said, GMP 8.35D Studio Monitors are pretty good. Shure 940 is also nice but they are not very comfortable and build quality is awful. Around 150 euro, those are the only cans I liked their sound. In fact, I kept the GMP 8.35D and I used them until I got a totl ciem (SE5 way reference), now they don't have much use for me, thinking about selling them actually but I have a feeling like I am gonna miss them. They are like, HD600 but closed, comfortable and indestructible. You can't ask more from a can costs 160 euros only seriously. Too bad that it is not from a company like Beyer or Senn, not many people know them.

 

If he can go up to 300 euro range, Momentum's are really good, classical Senn house sounding BUT their ear cups are rather small, for most people they will turn into ''on ear'' cans and become quite uncomfortable. If his ears are small and if he can afford, I would strongly suggest Momentums.

 

EDIT: How could I forget? AKG K 550. Not the iDevice edition. Wonderful cans, wonderful sounding. Some say it is bass light but they are not bass light IMO, neither bass heavy. However they have their issues too. I would strongly suggest him to demo it before buying, ear cups can be too big.

 

 

isnt the momentum designed to be on ear? for me, it was definitely on ear and i think i have average ear size. and the k550, it sounds nice though may not be my preferred sound signature. the denon d600, next to it, sounds more musical. the earpads on k550 got my ears sweaty pretty fast when i was demoing them so i dont know if it would be comfortable for long listening sessions. if i remember right, the earpads are also not very thick so the ears may touch the inside of the earcup. the denon d600 is a more comfortable headphone though not sure if it is what thejesusguy is looking for. 

post #175 of 182

This is an interesting question, as I've been curious about fellow head-fi'er motivations. I've always appreciated quality and excellence, regardless of the form they take. A well shot photograph, beautiful architecture, an exquisitely crafted story, a car that drives like pure adrenaline. But - if I had to choose just one thing that drove me towards audio nirvana, it would be my love of film that exposed greater audio potential. 

 

While it certainly takes effort to build a home theater system, I've found that it's much easier to do vs. personal audio... there are just less variables in flux. For instance - most stereo speakers have an impedance of 8 Ohms, most mid-fi tuners decode the common audio/video formats and do a good job, video measurements equate to equitable performance, etc. Though you still have to evaluate, choose, and purchase capable speakers and television - one the whole, I find it to be a fairly straightforward process that yields consistent, predictable, and enviable results. Once assembled and calibrated, I can view a great film and revel in the emotional depth achieved by stunning visuals & a well orchestrated score. Now, consider that I'd like to achieve a similar level of detail, power, and crushing emotion via 2 channel stereo - outside my living room. Not so easy as it turns out. 

 

Armed with CD's or lossless copies - I searched for the right gear. Early on, I thought I had found it with some capable IEMs (etymotic ER-4s). However, I was searching for the richly technical, yet full-bodied sound that I had achieved at home - and while various IEMs were close - there was always a tradeoff. Thus - I expanded my search. Circumaural headphones led me towards quality amps and DACs. My familiarity with the Heil Motion Tweeter introduced me to the planar magnetic headphone. Through experiments, trials, home auditions, & limitless research I learned that you can squeeze a lot of value out of carefully matched, but inexpensive gear - and that not every high-end system satisfies my personal tastes. While I love the gear I've acquired, I'm driven by my desire to recreate the staggering emotional impact that only well reproduced music can. 

 

"An audiophile is a person enthusiastic about high-fidelity sound reproduction. Audiophile values may be applied at all stages of music reproduction: the initial audio recording, the production process, and the playback." (paraphrased from wikipedia)

 

Over time, my knowledge increases; my palate is continually refined. As long as I feel something powerful when I listen - I'm on the right path. 


Edited by the-kraken - 8/26/13 at 7:25pm
post #176 of 182

I know I am late in posting this reply, but I just recently joined Head-Fi.  I am 56 years old and have been listening to music since I was about eight years old.  I have come to appreciate many genres of music through the years.  I am not exactly sure what made me want to become an audiophile.........I have always loved music, and it one of the few things that I never get tired of.  I am the type of person who approaches hobbies with the idea of wanting to get the best I can from my experience.  Somewhere along my musical journey, I started recognizing the differences in sound projected by different stereo systems and also good quality headphones.   From there it was all down hill, and I made the decision that if I was going to immerse myself in music, I would do it in a way that sounded as good as I could possibly afford.

Simply put....I can't stand listening to music with sub-standard stuff.......it' just the way I am wired.  I'm sure a lot of other guys and girls are wired the same way as well.  It just makes sense to me that when you have a passion for something as great as good music, you want to hear it on the best avenue possible.  Good headphones and a great sound system make a significant difference....no doubt about it.

 

I must say that I really appreciate the question that was posed in this thread.  I had never really taken time to stop and think about why I am so discriminating in my listening.

It was honestly a pleasure to post a reply to this thread.


Edited by Scott860 - 9/22/13 at 8:36pm
post #177 of 182
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I know I am late in posting this reply, but I just recently joined Head-Fi.  I am 56 years old and have been listening to music since I was about eight years old.  I have come to appreciate many genres of music through the years.  I am not exactly sure what made me want to become an audiophile.........I have always loved music, and it one of the few things that I never get tired of.  I am the type of person who approaches hobbies with the idea of wanting to get the best I can from my experience.  Somewhere along my musical journey, I started recognizing the differences in sound projected by different stereo systems and also good quality headphones.   From there it was all down hill, and I made the decision that if I was going to immerse myself in music, I would do it in a way that sounded as good as I could possibly afford.

Simply put....I can't stand listening to music with sub-standard stuff.......it' just the way I am wired.  I'm sure a lot of other guys and girls are wired the same way as well.  It just makes sense to me that when you have a passion for something as great as good music, you want to hear it on the best avenue possible.  Good headphones and a great sound system make a significant difference....no doubt about it.

 

I must say that I really appreciate the question that was posed in this thread.  I had never really taken time to stop and think about why I am so discriminating in my listening.

It was honestly a pleasure to post a reply to this thread.

Welcome to head-fi Scott. It is always nice to see people from every age in here. Also, I like the way you described why you have become audiophiles. ;)

post #178 of 182
Welcome Scott! Is there a particular headphone/speaker than opened your eyes?
post #179 of 182
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I had no idea this would become a sort of welcome thread, but indeed welcome Scott :beerchug:

post #180 of 182

I remember why I decided to join the audiophile world.

 

It all started out one day last year, when my friend came up to me with his pair of SL150 (Souls By Ludacris), and boasted to me about how it was the best and such. Me, being someone with a competitor's spirit, decided I'd beat him at his own game. So, I did my research and stumbled across Head-Fi where I then later found things of better cost and quality! Such things, being my first pair of headphones, the V-Moda M80. I did my personal comparison between my headphones and his, and well...the M80's were the victor (My opinion). So from there, I decided to make a Head-Fi account to improve my audio capabilities, and later on, ventured into the world of portable amps and sources. 

 

Through this, I'm now sitting here with an unsatisfying wallet and bank account, and being addicted to this site, in which I want to stop. 

 

That was how I became an audiophile:)

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