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So... recently found an incredible deal for Sennheiser PX-100ii. Always heard that those things sound amazing for the price... so I just couldn't resist when I saw them for $40. Honestly... easily the best sound I've heard for that price. I was very impressed with how full they sounded considering how small and 'flimsy' they looked. They certainly maintain the Sennheiser HD 5xx + HD 6xx series sound signature... laid back, warm, smooth but very open and amazing soundstage. Serious bang for the buck.

On to the real bit...

Was over @ my parents place to have dinner with them for Easter. Was listening to the phones when doing some work. My dad comments on how they look a bit 'feminine' (cause they're the white ones... it was the only ones available). I tell him that the sound is incredible... and encourage him to try. I knew that he would not be disappointed... he's a bit of a speaker kinda guy and really it's sorta his fault that I grew up learning to appreciate good sound. He was certainly impressed which led another family friend who was over to try it, they were both amazed at how full the sound was from something so small... particularly the lack of obvious distortion in the bass. My dad's friend was so impressed he was immediately convinced to look up the same deal to get them biggrin.gif . To top it off... my mother then strolled over and tried them too. She loved them so much, I just decided to gift them to her as an early Mother's Day gift... 2 birds with one stone... in more ways than one wink.gif .

Sorry to be a party pooper, but sometimes I think that I must have dud pair of PX100II's. When I ab them with the similarly priced AKG K403's and when I switch to the 403's, it is like a serious veil has been lifted across the FR spectrum. The bass becomes clear and tight, no more bass bleed into the mids, the mids become forward, lush yet detailed, and the highs are sparkly and extended.

I read lots of very positive reviews about the PX100II's though, so it must be my pair (or my ears).

Anyway, if you ever get a chance to check out the K403's, please do. Only $30, and pretty darned great imo:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/AKG-K403-Closed-Back-Mini-Headphone-Black-/371041680325?pt=US_Headphones&hash=item5663cebbc5
The 3+ yr old px100 I tried sounded pretty veiled and bassy. I liked my koss ksc-75 a little more but they'd likely be good complimentary budget headphones.
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The reason I don't get negative reactions with my denons is because I bring my fiio e07k, and let them listen to their own music with them. They can turn the bass and treble to whatever they want with it (i usually see +2 treble and +8 bass)

This way you still get the good quality, and quantity, and they will finally admit they sound better than beats.
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Anybody actually tried the Skullcandy aviators? Listened to them for a while and decided I'd buy a pair for my girlfriend ($40 shipped like new). They're a very well-rounded sound.
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Anybody actually tried the Skullcandy aviators? Listened to them for a while and decided I'd buy a pair for my girlfriend ($40 shipped like new). They're a very well-rounded sound.

 

I have. Hated them. I literally turned down a free pair. 

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The 3+ yr old px100 I tried sounded pretty veiled and bassy. I liked my koss ksc-75 a little more but they'd likely be good complimentary budget headphones.

 

My understanding is that the older PX100 is better than the PX100II. But yeah, I like my ksc75's much better than the PX100II's. And surprisingly I am liking these AKG K403's even more - stronger bass, and the mids are more up front resulting in a very full, balanced and natural sound to my ears. Maybe it's just the signature for me, but I'm impressed. It doesn't hurt that I found them for $20 at Winners here in Canada (in comparison, the KSC75's are usually $30 here).

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I have. Hated them. I literally turned down a free pair. 
Why?
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Why?

 

They just sounded like a mess. Like I was listening to them through a pillow. And I don't know who decided those goofy triangular earpads were a good idea, because they just made the things feel awkward as hell on my head. I didn't like them at all. Aviators or the Navigators. 

 

I've tried a bunch of the big box "fashion" headphones, and the good ones (to my ears) are the DNA On-Ear, Beats Mixr, and the Sol Republic v12. The v12 are worthless if you wear glasses, though, and between the other two it's basically a matter of what you listen to. The DNA are more all around and the Mixr are excellent for hip hop and electronic. I have really fond memories of them both.

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They just sounded like a mess. Like I was listening to them through a pillow. And I don't know who decided those goofy triangular earpads were a good idea, because they just made the things feel awkward as hell on my head. I didn't like them at all. Aviators or the Navigators. 

I've tried a bunch of the big box "fashion" headphones, and the good ones (to my ears) are the DNA On-Ear, Beats Mixr, and the Sol Republic v12. The v12 are worthless if you wear glasses, though, and between the other two it's basically a matter of what you listen to. The DNA are more all around and the Mixr are excellent for hip hop and electronic. I have really fond memories of them both.
I agree with your view on the Mixr and DNA. The Navigators are HORRIBLE. I really liked the Aviators and think they'd be a better all-rounder than the DNA. The pads seemed comfortable to me.
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I agree with your view on the Mixr and DNA. The Navigators are HORRIBLE. I really liked the Aviators and think they'd be a better all-rounder than the DNA. The pads seemed comfortable to me.

 

WAIT. Dangit, I'm sorry guys. I got the Navigator and Aviator backwards. I've only tried the Aviators as a demo pair at Best Buy and I don't really trust those. The Navigators are the ones I listened to off of my own device.

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WAIT. Dangit, I'm sorry guys. I got the Navigator and Aviator backwards. I've only tried the Aviators as a demo pair at Best Buy and I don't really trust those. The Navigators are the ones I listened to off of my own device.
Yeah the best buy demos are always crap. The Navigators are SOOO bad.
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The reason I don't get negative reactions with my denons is because I bring my fiio e07k, and let them listen to their own music with them. They can turn the bass and treble to whatever they want with it (i usually see +2 treble and +8 bass)

This way you still get the good quality, and quantity, and they will finally admit they sound better than beats.

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Originally Posted by SomeGuyDude View Post

I have. Hated them. I literally turned down a free pair. 

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Originally Posted by SomeGuyDude View Post

They just sounded like a mess. Like I was listening to them through a pillow. And I don't know who decided those goofy triangular earpads were a good idea, because they just made the things feel awkward as hell on my head. I didn't like them at all. Aviators or the Navigators. 

I've tried a bunch of the big box "fashion" headphones, and the good ones (to my ears) are the DNA On-Ear, Beats Mixr, and the Sol Republic v12. The v12 are worthless if you wear glasses, though, and between the other two it's basically a matter of what you listen to. The DNA are more all around and the Mixr are excellent for hip hop and electronic. I have really fond memories of them both.
it also helps that denons can thump a bit when nudged depending on the model... I would have sold the free pair, and you're forgetting your favorite big box fashion item... The m-100's! I like my friends 2013 beats studios, and the n-tunes. My favorite fashion cans are n-tunes, m-100's (never heard em. Just seen them in pictures. Such beauty. Puts apple products to shame. HTC one m8 is the only electronic that looks as good as the m-100 imo. The iPhone 5s's looks are worse than my Lumia 925 imo. The HTC one looks better than my 925.) beats studio 2013... Come to think of it, here's the monster products I like. Crystal tears, DNA, n-tunes, and diesl vektr's. And then there is the subject of beautiful cans, and not just fashion headphones... But back on topic!!
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I don't really count the M100s as a "big box" item considering they're only available at Brookstone. You're not gonna find them at your average mall or in Wal-Mart and Best Buy. Stylish, yes. Big box? No. 

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Picked up a pair of HE-400's a few months ago, and I've gotten some pretty great reactions. I'll generally throw on some tunes that I think the person might like, and then just wait for a giant smile to creep across their face. Works every time. That's when I have them listen to something they're familiar with, and then they really can't believe what they're hearing. Nine times out of ten I do this un-amped (as I currently don't own a battery-powered amp), but the reactions are even better when being run off of my O2/ODAC combo.
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The topic of this thread goess off and off, off and off, off and off..

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The topic of this thread goess off and off, off and off, off and off..

Except for the post literally right above you.
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