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German MAESTRO - Appreciation Thread - Page 4
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Man I am nowhere near a seasoned audiophile or anything but these are my humble impressions:
I can tell that acoustically, the 8.35d hp's benefit from the alpha pads. Its like you can hear what it looks like it would do which is:
- Provide space from the ear so the sound doesnt feel as sharp or upfront and a little airier.
- Bigger softer pads providing better acoustic value, as the sound travels through the pads it is able to breathe and not get trapped so I hear more details. I bet the pads of the philips x1 is what helps it in this aspect so much.
- The bass is slightly more textured but just as strong and slightly more felt.
- less isolation but not marginally as they still keep their outstanding isolating value.
Other headphones usually dont have pads as flat as the german maestro 8.35.d. I wasn't expecting to notice the difference. I do prefer them sonically with the alpha pads but I don't think these are the home for the alpha pads for me because my main use for them is portable and studio recording. Both areplaces where I don't need alpha pads. Portable use would make me scared of trashing 60 dollar pads in everyday use. These are definetly the everyday use kind of headphone. For studio use they do best without the pads as well because sessions can get sweaty.
Edited by grizzlybeast - 7/26/13 at 1:25pm
Though the alpha pads look bigger than the 8.35d cups, they take a little stretching to get on because of the circumference of the cups plus a different shape; oval vs circle. It kinda makes me cringe doing it. I hope they go back to normal when I get some t50's.
Edited by grizzlybeast - 7/26/13 at 9:47pm
No, as far as I know there's only one Headfi-er who compared the two. His (short) impressions are here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/406658/the-german-maestro-gmp-8-35-d-monitor-in-the-studio-serious-about-audio-indeed/330#post_7934107
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Lol, that looks an awful lot like my headphone and desk...
Nice combo with the alphapads grizzly!
I also tried this, and I did found that the sound was improved. The thing about the alpha pads: they are meant to make the maddogs sound a bit more V-shaped. And this is what they do with the gmp's too. The sound becomes much warmer (especially compared to the ovals), much nicer timbre, however there is a peak at around 10khz which induces sibilance, bad. The gmp 8.35D has fairly loud treble for my taste, and the alpha pads made them a bit too sharp for me. Which could be fixed pretty easy with EQ, but I sold the alpha pads nonetheless
But man, does the gmp 8.35D look luxurious with the alpha pads...
Before I got the GMP 400 I found a few reviews online (not on head-fi) and I'm really surprised that none of them mentioned the bass. These are commonly compared the DT880 and HD600/HD650 and I'm surprised that I never heard it mentioned that they have more bass than either of those cans do. They also have more bass than the K712. It isn't too much bass but I consider the bass on those 3 'phones to be quite neutral so in comparison the GMP 400's bass definitely sounds north of neutral. I actually expected them to be a bit bass-light based on the descriptions I've read and the fact that there is virtually no clamping force and the cups are attached to the headband via elastic strings. Yet there's a remarkable amount of bass impact! If you want something similar to an HD600 or HD650 but you need more bass, the GMP 400 should be right up your alley.