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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post


It all sounds like hyperbole and expectation bias. People dont compare directly with unbalanced. They get their headphones balanced and because they're expecting improvements, thats what they hear. I only trust those who compare balanced and single ended DIRECTLY.

I have heard plenty of people who didn't hear a difference. If it's that subtle (and I have no doubt improvements would be slight), not worth it to me.


Well I did an A/B comparison of the HD650 on both the Mjolnir and the E09K... both fed from Gungnir, and there was definitely a significant difference. One might argue that it is the difference in amp quality... but being fully balanced is one of the quality things about Mjolnir (and other balanced setups) so the argument that Mjolnir is a better amp includes the fact that it is balanced.

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Edited by Cristello - 9/5/13 at 10:11am
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I think MLE is upset here, not about people making statements corroborating that balanced is better, but the unfortunately oft-used generalization that ALL balanced configurations are MUCH better than ALL single-ended options.

 

Of course, this generalization is far from the truth. Some single-ended amps may be better than even some fully-balanced ones. I, too, would prefer only direct comparisons in a controlled manner to validate any supposed claims of a balanced setup having definitive improvements.

 

There are theoretical benefits to balancing, but also pitfalls of equal weight.


Fair enough, I have very limited knowledge in this regard to comment, but I just wanted to share that in my experience in comparing them... my ears definitely noted a difference between the two setups that I have at my disposal.

 

However, I'd be interested in understanding what you guys would describe as a direct comparison in a controlled manner.

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Wonder if K712 beat Q701

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Edited by Cristello - 9/5/13 at 10:12am
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Wonder if K712 beat Q701

 

*crickets*

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Just got a pair.  Out of the box, they are yummy.  Dunno if anyone remembers the band "No Mercy."  I'm digging the Latin Dance Pop.


Edited by Uchiya - 8/29/13 at 4:43pm
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Curious, this is about the limit for brightness I can withstand from a headphone.  How does the HD800 compare?  If it's any brighter, it is definitely out of the question for me.  I'm driving the K712's from a SS setup.

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Brighter but on my rig not bright, like in harsh. Extremely revealing, although I like the bass better on the 712.
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Originally Posted by Uchiya View Post

Curious, this is about the limit for brightness I can withstand from a headphone.  How does the HD800 compare?  If it's any brighter, it is definitely out of the question for me.  I'm driving the K712's from a SS setup.

 

HD800 is definitely brighter. 

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I ended up purchasing a pair of K712 Pro because the midrange and bass body were what I want in an open headphone and the design changes made them easier to listen to for hours.

 

Found a few things to listen to:

 

Chris Jones'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-h6MoF7HLA

 

This is really nice too:

 

Benni Chawes'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=my1md-2TJzk

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I'm not upset. I'm just saying I don't believe in the head-fi hyperbole. I'm happy with SE, and I'm staying SE.
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

I wanna try the K712 Pro now. The Annie is my absolute fave balanced headphone, so if the K712 Pro improves on it... it may be worthwhile. Though I sure as hell wouldn't pay over $400 for it.

I find the MA900 to be closer to the HD650 than the Annie due to the sub bass lacking, mid bass being full and fun, rich mids, smooth treble. Very much like the HD650, though with MUCH more open soundstage, and better comfort.

 

The sony MA900 definitely sit in a category below the mid-fi HD650, K701, DT880, etc., IMO

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I said that.

I said it was a poor man's Annie, but with better comfort.

I have stated various times that the K70x is a more detailed/refined can.

But so is the HD800, and I'd still prefer the sound signature of the MA900, so it'd be the can I'd reach for more. Hell, the X1 is better, and yet 90% of the time, I still reach for the MA900.
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Wouldn't the MA900 be more like a poor man's HD650, in signature?

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