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post #1156 of 1529
To bad, you might be able to ask them to test before they ship, it's less hassle for them and for you...
post #1157 of 1529

I may just do that, because as I keep testing these I am absolutely loving what I'm hearing from the right cup. As for the crinkling, I noticed its the pads' plastic hooks causing it... so that part, at least, is not a housing issue. Scratch that, tried some different pads and its definitely a crinkling sound within the housing during adjustment.

 

I also figured out the issue with the Asgard 2. It's not the amp, nor the headphone... it's the cable not connecting correctly to the 1/4 inch adapter. I have to twist it for it to work. I would assume that's a connector issue within the cable, itself... both cables at that.

 

Still, the left earcup is defective, regardless if I fixed the other issue. I'm going to ask razordog if they are willing to do an exchange where they test it before shipping, as you suggest. I'm also going to ask if he'll cover the return shipping. If he does both... then I will give these another chance.'

 

The right cup really sounds AMAZING, though! I know these are the portable I've long been searching for (just ask @waynes world how many I've gone through lol)... so lets hope things go well. I will report back....


Edited by Change is Good - 2/8/14 at 4:46pm
post #1158 of 1529

I bought a black pair from Razordog last week no sound problems but there is a cosmetic defect on the metal disk on the back of the left cup

Since I am in Australia and it does not effect sound quality I won't worry about it

Seems like quality control at the factory is a little lazy

In my case it is a small dent in the edge of the metal disk , it is not something I would expect Razordog to pick up but the person who assembled the headphone must have seen it and just not bothered

From a design point of view it would appear form has won over function

They look great the proportions are perfect but this has caused the pads to be very narrow

Seal is vital with these headphones lose it and the bass vanishes like magic

Narrow pads and light clamping makes it very easy to break the seal

Forget about wearing glasses even thin wire type arms lift the pads too far

Apart from that they are great , the sound is top class straight out of my ipod

post #1159 of 1529
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Originally Posted by Change is Good View Post

 

The right cup really sounds AMAZING, though! I know these are the portable I've long been searching for (just ask @waynes world how many I've gone through lol)... so lets hope things go well. I will report back....

 

And you know they are going to sound TWICE as good once you get both drivers working properly. I think you're set lol!

post #1160 of 1529

Razordog is replacing these and covering return shipping. Very classy of Brian, indeed! Will report back when I get my replacement...

 

*crosses fingers*

post #1161 of 1529
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Did I mention... I have some alpha pads on hand to try on these?!? :popcorn:

I had some as well but didnt even bother because they are a bit small compared to the alphas.

 

hey having these and the 1540's would you say the 1540's are a level up in sq?

post #1162 of 1529
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Originally Posted by Dogmatrix View Post
 

 

Seal is vital with these headphones lose it and the bass vanishes like magic

Narrow pads and light clamping makes it very easy to break the seal

Forget about wearing glasses even thin wire type arms lift the pads too far

For the record, I wear plastic framed glasses, arm thickness about 7mm, & I have no problem with seal (or comfort).  

post #1163 of 1529
I have wide arms on my glasses that are not very thick and have zero seal issues.
post #1164 of 1529

I could not get a good seal over the wire arm of my glasses , it would settle after a couple of minutes but there was still a notable loss of bass response

Fortunately  the arms are very flexible so I just pass them above the top of the pad, problem solved

post #1165 of 1529

Does anyone hook these up to he PC? If so what Config.Setting you guys set the PC to e.g Speaker, Quadtraponic, 5.1 or 7.1


Edited by MidNighTempest - 2/10/14 at 12:43am
post #1166 of 1529
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Originally Posted by tinyman392 View Post

I know someone was having issues with driver flex with their K545. I do want to chime in that I do have that issue as well with my K845. I should note, however, it isn't as severe as it doesn't happen when I put the headphones on, but if I were to push on them while I had them on, they'd click. It's driver flex, but it shouldn't damage the drivers as they tend to be designed to flex and unflex.

These have a nice warm sound to them that is very pleasing and lush. Treble quality is definitely up there as well. However, they do walk the line of sibilance on sibilant tracks.

I wish I still had the HP50 to compare. The sound is very similar. I feel treble quantity is very close between them. The K845 has a bit more impact and boom to the bass while being tighter overall. The mids on the K845 seem slightly sweeter in contrast.

 

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Well, my black K545s arrived and let's just say...


 

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They are defective... left earcup isn't working properly out of multiple sources. And to make matters worse, when plugged into my Asgard 2, it sounded like music was playing inside of a tin can. So disappointed.... just emailed razordog about a return.

 

:(

I was having driver flex in the right cup. It was happening everytime I adjusted the cup. I sent them back to Amazon and got another set. Same again in the right ear, crinkling but not as severe and not really occurring as often. The clamp on the new set is much stronger too hmmm!

I have searched the net and could not find a lot on driver flex on full size cans. At this price I expect my headphones to be made to a certain standard and drivers to be built to match. The pressure needed to make the crinkle seems to be more than the pressure needed when reproducing music at high volumes so over time this must create an imbalance in the drivers. I don't think anybody has sat an flexed drivers for hours to see how SQ is affected but if I'm paying $300+ on cans I want to keep for years I'd rather not take the chance. Both drivers should react exactly the same.

post #1167 of 1529
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Originally Posted by Scotshner View Post

I was having driver flex in the right cup. It was happening everytime I adjusted the cup. I sent them back to Amazon and got another set. Same again in the right ear, crinkling but not as severe and not really occurring as often. The clamp on the new set is much stronger too hmmm!
I have searched the net and could not find a lot on driver flex on full size cans. At this price I expect my headphones to be made to a certain standard and drivers to be built to match. The pressure needed to make the crinkle seems to be more than the pressure needed when reproducing music at high volumes so over time this must create an imbalance in the drivers. I don't think anybody has sat an flexed drivers for hours to see how SQ is affected but if I'm paying $300+ on cans I want to keep for years I'd rather not take the chance. Both drivers should react exactly the same.

Anyone who has used IEMs knows about driver flex. Fortunately, in my 5 years of using IEMs that flexed, NONE have died on me for that reason. The ONLY time a driver will be damaged by driver flex is if it cannot flex back as was the case with some Focal Spirit One full-sized headphones. I had a defective set, they were replaced with a non-defective set. Both pairs flexed. Driver flex can be natural in ANY pair of headphones, I've gotten it in full-sized cans quite often. A driver is designed to be flexible and be able to move (the issue with Focal's was that is was too stiff and didn't flex back, a rare case actually). As I've stated, unless it has physically damaged the driver already, driver flex is no issue.
post #1168 of 1529
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Anyone who has used IEMs knows about driver flex. Fortunately, in my 5 years of using IEMs that flexed, NONE have died on me for that reason. The ONLY time a driver will be damaged by driver flex is if it cannot flex back as was the case with some Focal Spirit One full-sized headphones. I had a defective set, they were replaced with a non-defective set. Both pairs flexed. Driver flex can be natural in ANY pair of headphones, I've gotten it in full-sized cans quite often. A driver is designed to be flexible and be able to move (the issue with Focal's was that is was too stiff and didn't flex back, a rare case actually). As I've stated, unless it has physically damaged the driver already, driver flex is no issue.

Hah, well what can I say I'm a pedant who craves symmetry!!! 

post #1169 of 1529
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I'm really liking these. But at higher volumes, the treble can be a bit much. I should have my HP50s in a few days to compare. These are almost perfect but I do listen to it loud, so I might prefer the NADs. I've heard the treble is a little more subdued and have a warmer signature. Hopefully not to warm though.

Really looking forward to hearing your opinions on the HP50. I have the same problems with the highs on the 545 but it's not a dealbreaker.... 

post #1170 of 1529
The thing about the 545s is the sound perfect at lower volumes. But, I listen a bit louder than I probably should and the highs can get a touch harsh.
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