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post #1171 of 1454

Yep, I'm definitely guilty of listening at high volumes! The highs are brittle and piercing at times. Worse when I get a poor seal with specs on. This only happens on a few tracks though and overall the sound is amazing and I'm stoked on them. 

I wonder what these cans would send like through a tube amp....maybe add a touch more warmth and round the edges............

post #1172 of 1454
They sound better with a warm source, my Ocean tube Amp sounds great as does my Audioengine DAC 1.
post #1173 of 1454
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Originally Posted by Scotshner View Post
 

Yep, I'm definitely guilty of listening at high volumes! The highs are brittle and piercing at times. Worse when I get a poor seal with specs on. This only happens on a few tracks though and overall the sound is amazing and I'm stoked on them. 

I wonder what these cans would send like through a tube amp....maybe add a touch more warmth and round the edges............

 

I picked up a HiFiMan EF2A and am playing with tube rolling now. It really sounds great. I can't comment on the DAC which I've heard is just so so. I'm using a different DAC. Great fun. Brian at razordog gave me a great price on one along with the K545's. I can't say enough good things about razordog.

 

The Ocean tube Amp and Little Dot are great choices from what I have read, too.


Edited by Painful Chafe - 2/10/14 at 2:50pm
post #1174 of 1454
Brian at Razordog is a class act for sure.
post #1175 of 1454

yessir, ordered mine from him today

post #1176 of 1454
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Originally Posted by Scotshner View Post
 

Yep, I'm definitely guilty of listening at high volumes! The highs are brittle and piercing at times. Worse when I get a poor seal with specs on. This only happens on a few tracks though and overall the sound is amazing and I'm stoked on them. 

I wonder what these cans would send like through a tube amp....maybe add a touch more warmth and round the edges............

 

That seems to have gone away as I used them, initially, I felt that they were a little edgy.  That's just me though. The treble isn't "smooth", but it's not edgy either to my ears. 


Edited by tinyman392 - 2/11/14 at 9:02pm
post #1177 of 1454
They smoothed out for me too. Less U shaped as well.
post #1178 of 1454

That's good to know, thanks. Do you attribute this to burn in/psychoacoustics then?

 

Playing about with some mixes on the 545’s I noticed they were really lacking in the top end when referenced on nearfields. I couldn’t add any more high end though without my ears crying. I didn't buy them to mix/produce with but would be nice if they were slightly less coloured at the top to allow for this option to some degree. S’pose I could just EQ a little off the top of the headphone mix!

 

I can live with the treble but not the poor seal. I sanded 2mm off my glasses legs and this leaves them at around 2mm but still not sealing fully. I can actually hear a V shape missing from the stereo field and can see a gap where the ear pad refuses to seal over the legs. My wife was laughing at me as I end up with my glasses sitting on top of the pads!!!

 

I have ordered the HP 50 to try as well...see if the extra clamp can get a better seal.

post #1179 of 1454
Hi All,
That guy who notoriously tends to venture off topic here.

When people say headphones are analytical, I don't understand how it can be too analytical. Surely the more detail the better?
post #1180 of 1454

Hmm I suppose it would be subjective depending on your personal listening preference and application.

 

If you have extremely analytical headphones with a fairly flat frequency response then they will highlight poor mixes and recordings and will also show up any colouring that your source and cables add to the audio. 

 

If you are listening for fun then this may well make your favourite song sound crappy and will be fatiguing after a shorter period of time as your ears will get pi$$ed off. Although well mixed, recorded and produced music should sound great! 

Alternatively, headphones with a fun sound will mask the flaws in your music and equipment, causing less strain on your ears. 

 

Analytical is good if you are making music and want to hear exactly what has been recorded without the headphones adding or subtracting from the sound. Or you are mad anal about sound.

 

Well that's how I see it anyways.


Edited by Scotshner - 2/12/14 at 10:03am
post #1181 of 1454
Thanks for the response
post #1182 of 1454

Can anyone compare these with the Onkyo es-fc300? I have those, love the sound (except could use a little more soundstage), but have to return them because of fit. 

post #1183 of 1454

I know there has been quite a lot of pad swapping discussion but I could not find anything on cables

I found the supplied cables OK for portable use but I wanted to try out these phones on my desk top gear and the cables were a little short

What to do ? I searched EBay and the webs for a skinny 2.5 mm plug but no luck

Then I noticed that Shure use a 2.5 mm plug on their SRH1440 cable so I ordered one to try out

Success , I had to file away the locking lugs but they are plastic so it was easy (make sure you protect the pin if you try this, I used heat shrink but tape would work)

Now I have a nice sturdy 2.5 meter straight cable no remote or mic

Out of my WA7 it sounds fabulous by the way

If any one wants to try it out just search Shure cable for the cheapest option available to you there is a straight one and a coiled version also an Oyaide

Part number is HPASCA1 2.5m

post #1184 of 1454
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Originally Posted by Dogmatrix View Post
 

I know there has been quite a lot of pad swapping discussion but I could not find anything on cables

I found the supplied cables OK for portable use but I wanted to try out these phones on my desk top gear and the cables were a little short

What to do ? I searched EBay and the webs for a skinny 2.5 mm plug but no luck

Then I noticed that Shure use a 2.5 mm plug on their SRH1440 cable so I ordered one to try out

Success , I had to file away the locking lugs but they are plastic so it was easy (make sure you protect the pin if you try this, I used heat shrink but tape would work)

Now I have a nice sturdy 2.5 meter straight cable no remote or mic

Out of my WA7 it sounds fabulous by the way

If any one wants to try it out just search Shure cable for the cheapest option available to you there is a straight one and a coiled version also an Oyaide

Part number is HPASCA1 2.5m

 

The BT model uses a 3.5 mm headphone jack on both ends.  Same drivers supposedly so there should be minimal change in sound. 

post #1185 of 1454
My orange set arrived from razordog without any issues. Haven't given them an extended listen yet but what I've heard so far is decent. Using my K712 pouch/bag to carry these in.


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