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Hey everyone! This thread is for those who crave the wonderful sounds that lie in the midrange frequencies. Feel free to discuss anything midrange centric, such as IEM's, headphones, music, amps, DAP's, speakers, etc...

 

Please suggest more midrange centric IEM's, headphones, DAP's and AMP's so I can add them to the list! Thanks.

 

 

Midrange centric IEM's (Click to show)

Audio Technica ATH-CK100

 

Brainwavz M1

Brainwavz M3

 

Earsonics EM3 Pro

Earsonics SM2

Earsonics SM3

 

Etymotic MC3

Etymotic MC5

 

FitEar TG!334

 

Hifiman RE262

 

Klipsch Custom 3

 

MEElectronics A151

MEElectronics A161P

 

Monster MD Tributes

 

Ortofon EQ5

Ortofon EQ7

 

Phonak PFE w/ gray filters

 

Shure E500

Shure SE420

Shure SE425

Shure SE530

Shure SE535

 

Westone 4

Westone ES3

Westone ES3X

Westone ES5

Westone UM2

Westone UM3X

 

 

 

 

Midrange centric headphones (Click to show)

AKG K240

AKG K272HD

AKG K340

AKG K501

AKG K1000

 

Audeze LCD-2

Audeze LCD-3

 

Audio Technica ATH-2 

Audio Technica ATH-AD500/X

Audio Technica ATH-AD700/x

Audio Technica ATH-AD2000/x

Audio Technica ATH-ESW9

Audio Technica ATH-ESW10JPN

Audio Technica ATH-M40FS

Audio Technica ATH-W11JPN

Audio Technica ATH-W100

Audio Technica ATH-W1000

Audio Technica ATH-W2002

Audio Technica ATH-W3000 ANV

Audio Technica ATH-W5000

 

Beyerdynamic DT48/DT480

Beyerdynamic DT-531

 

Fostex T50RP

 

Hifiman HE-500

 

Kenwood KH-K1000

 

Koss ESP/950

Koss KSC75

Koss TBSE1

 

Pioneer SE500

Pioneer SE700 

 

Sony MDR-CD900ST

Sony MDR-F1

Sony MDR-R10

 

Thinksound Rain

 

Sennheiser EH350

Sennheiser HD580

Sennheiser HD598

Sennheiser HD600

 

Shure SRH440

Shure SRH940

 

Stax Omega 2 MK1

Stax SR-Lambda

Stax SR-X mk3

 

 

 

 

HiFiMAN HM-601

HiFiMAN HM-602

HiFiMAN HM-801

 

Midrange centric amplifiers. (Click to show)

Audio Valve RKV MK2

 

DNA (Donald North Audio) Sonett

 

EarMax Pro

 

TTVJ Slim

 

Woo Audio wa5

 

Yamamoto HA-02

 

Zana Duex

 

 

Links to other threads made for Bassheads, Trebleheads, Neutral lovers, V-shaped, and Soundstage lovers : 

The Basshead Club

The Treblehead Club

The Neutral Lover's Club

The Fun/V Shaped Club

The Soundstage Head Club


Edited by eyal1983 - 4/1/14 at 7:14am
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20.01.2013 - Added Audio Technica ATH-AD700 !

 

we really need to revive this old thread back to life guys, give me some more ! )

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20.1.2013

update #2: Sorting alphabetically

update #3: added Audeze LCD-3


Edited by eyal1983 - 1/20/13 at 1:19am
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Kewlbeans.

Some clarification items:

W3000 is ATH-W3000ANV, R10 is MDR-R10.

An item to add:
Koss TBSE1
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Koss TBSE1 added!

ATH re-arranged!

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afaik there is no "W3000" - there's only the ANV. There's an ATH-L3000, but I don't know anything specific about it.
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Basshead club now a midrange club......the headphone is i have on now is midcentric - sennheiser HD 449 


Edited by XxDobermanxX - 2/10/13 at 8:17pm
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21/1/13... updated)

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I'm not sure to what extent there's consensus on this, but in my experience the MEElec A161P was quite mid-centric. Some folks classify them as sweet, though, with enhanced bass to go with the mids. I didn't hear that, though that might have been a seal issue. In any case, this is one for consideration for the list. Anybody want to weigh in, one way or the other?

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well, they are almost mid-centric, as you can see from their FR graph.  

 

 

they are closer to mids, than to bass, V, treble, or balanced..

so yes, it got accepted!

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Ah, the infamous flat line chart for the A161, which they use to suggest that they're neutral. That chart is quite accurate, since Tyll at IF got a virtually identical set of measurements.

 

Normally, though, I've found that neutral-sounding headphones don't extend in a flat line to ~3kHz on compensated charts; they start a very gradual roll off right after 1kHz. That extra extension of the line is likely responsible for the perceived midrange bump. It's not an unpleasant sound by any means--I'm assuming those looking at this thread like a mid-centric balance (EDIT: gee, what was my first clue? rolleyes.gif), and I think if that's the case you'd be thrilled with the A161. I was quite surprised by it, though, since they didn't sound anything like I expected.


Edited by Argyris - 1/22/13 at 1:33am
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No love for midrange on headfi, anyone? 


Edited by XxDobermanxX - 2/10/13 at 8:26pm
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I think that bass and treble get more type because they're often novel, being the first things you notice once you upgrade to decent equipment. Also, as much as I love midrange, I've learned that a mid-dominant sound works no better for me than a brash V-shaped one does. The magic, IMO, is conveyed through the mids, but there has to be balance, or else (in the worst cases) it ends up sounding like an AM radio.

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Originally Posted by Argyris View Post

I think that bass and treble get more type because they're often novel, being the first things you notice once you upgrade to decent equipment. Also, as much as I love midrange, I've learned that a mid-dominant sound works no better for me than a brash V-shaped one does. The magic, IMO, is conveyed through the mids, but there has to be balance, or else (in the worst cases) it ends up sounding like an AM radio.

really? I always thought, if mids were perfect, vocals will sounds perfect

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Originally Posted by KamijoIsMyHero View Post

really? I always thought, if mids were perfect, vocals will sounds perfect

 

That's an extreme example I gave. Usually there's enough bass and treble to avoid that effect. That said, the usual convention that vocals and guitars exist in the midrange is a bit of an oversimplification. While the fundamental and more prominent/characteristic overtones of typical midrange elements are certainly in the 250 Hz to 4 kHz range, if you had a headphone which only produced those frequencies it would sound exactly like an AM radio. This is because the overtones from virtually all sounds extend right up through the treble, even if the instrument in question is usually thought of as inhabiting the midrange. Different frequency ranges are best thought to contain different aspects of a sound, not different sounds outright. You can certainly bring the mids forward by emphasizing the range around 2.5 kHz or so, since the portion of the sound that occupies this range is more apparent (i.e. much higher in amplitude) than the part that extends higher up. But the timbre of any given instrument or vocal is determined by the amplitude distribution across its entire frequency bandwidth, and too much extra midrange emphasis will throw off the timbre.

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