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Headphones with the most forward AND HIGHEST QUALITY mids/ vocals

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What are your candidates when it comes to the most forward AND HIGHEST QUALITY vocals/ mids?


Edited by DrSeven - 2/18/13 at 4:25am
post #2 of 14

Sony MDR-1R have really forward mids. Some even think that they are too forward but I like it.
 

post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by Habu View Post

Some even think that they are too forward
 

that sounds interesting! maybe I should try these some time

 

I found the Sennheiser IE80 to have sometimes really forward mids

post #4 of 14

Forgot to add that Sennheiser Momentum and Mad Dog by MrSpeakers are also good candidates. Have not heard them though.

post #5 of 14
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are the momentum more forward than other sennheiser?

post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by DrSeven View Post

What are your candidates when it comes to the most forward vocals/ mids?

 

Does this mean anything more than "Which headphones have a bulge in the frequency response graph for the mids?" And if so, is there any difference between using such a headphone and applying a touch of EQ to one you already have?

post #7 of 14
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yeah thats what it means.. maybe I should also include that the mids should be hq and not only forward

post #8 of 14

Sorry, but I disagree about the Momentum. The mids are not really forward. The whole sound is almost perfectly balanced, with a slight veil on the treble.

Actually I disagree on the Sony MDR-R1 too. The bass and treble are more prominent, with a more 'V-shaped' sound signature. 

 

If you want 'forward' mids, you need something with an 'n' shaped sound (with rolled-off bass and treble).

Grados tend to have very warm mids and clear vocals, especially the RS1i. 

Also the AKG Q701 and K240 spring to mind.

post #9 of 14

Sennheiser HD 598 and the He-500 both have forward, high-quality mids for their price points. The MDR-1r mids are neither high-quality nor especially foward, they have an uneven response for vocals.

post #10 of 14
We all hear different but I find it quite interesting that you find Sony more v-shaped. I beg to differ though. I find mids forward and female vocals sound really good with these. Bass is right there with mids but treble is smooth and bit laid back. Imaging, soundstage and comfort are really good also.

Better mids? Yes He-500 (and even he-400) will definitely provide that.
post #11 of 14

+1 for Grado. 

 

Besides having very forward mids, they will complement your Senns very nicely.

 

I would forget the IE80; sounds very much like a well-EQ'd IE8.

post #12 of 14

Don't know what your budget is, but the most forward and highest quality mids I've heard from any headphone has been from the audio-technical w3000anv. And given your criteria, it's not even close. The he-500 has great slightly forward, great mids as well. But for mids that are very forward while maintaining reference quality, the AT's stands at the top.

post #13 of 14

Grado RS1i

post #14 of 14
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the audio techica is to expensive but the HE-500 and grado would be interesting then

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