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post #286 of 1559
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Originally Posted by jwong View Post
 

I don't understand the guy who complained about no bass? I hear plenty of bass. In fact, IMO it's about perfect. Thumpier headphones can be fun for some music, but the amount the 545 has strikes me as a great balance for an all-purpose set. I can see why it might even be too much for some, but I like it. The KEF M500 seemed a bit clearer and more neutral, but thinner and not as enjoyable to listen to for me.

 

Interesting. I don't find the M500's to sound thin at all, and I find them to be incredibly enjoyable to listen to. So when I read something like what you wrote above, it doesn't do anything to lessen my interest in the 545's, that's for sure!

post #287 of 1559
I had the exact same thoughts about the sound of the KEF as compared to the K545 as jwong. It's obvious the M500 is clearer and more neutral but I also like the K545 more. What's more, that little EQ tweak on my computer at work increased the clarity quite a bit.
post #288 of 1559
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Originally Posted by waynes world View Post

Interesting. I don't find the M500's to sound thin at all, and I find them to be incredibly enjoyable to listen to. So when I read something like what you wrote above, it doesn't do anything to lessen my interest in the 545's, that's for sure!
He said thinner, not thin. Thinner implies a comparison.
post #289 of 1559
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Originally Posted by Trunks159 View Post

He said thinner, not thin. Thinner implies a comparison.

 

Yup, I understood that. Ultimately like I said, his impressions don't lessen my interest in the 545's :)

post #290 of 1559
The kef sounds a little thin to me. Well, maybe thin isn't the right word. Perhaps just small. The statistics and facts don't really describe how the m500 sounds. It sounds like bookshelf speakers, which has its drawbacks. It s not thin, morso just different and hard to get used to.
post #291 of 1559
If the kef is like bookshelf speakers the m545 is like bigger speakers with their good points and drawbacks. While a liked the added detail of the KEF I love the immersion of the K545.
post #292 of 1559

I think immersion is a good word. I didn't mean to badmouth the M500, which are excellent headphones. They just didn't draw me in. I'm liking the K545 more and more here. I was just listening to some violin music and I'm not sure how to put it (being neither a bonafide audiophile nor a tonal wordsmith), but the same music I've heard before just grabbed me. The vibrancy of the tone just comes through so sweetly. It might be a bit of new gear infatuation, although honestly I'm more prone to new gear fault finding, but at the moment I'm really pleased.

 

BTW, I just tried on a set of HM5 pads I had lying around, and they work well. I'm not sure if they changed the tone much... I probably should have waited until I had a more solid mental impression of the stock pad sound. But they improve the comfort and sound great still. The seal is better, at least on my head. I had some Shure pads too, but they don't work because the lip on them isn't wide enough to hold them securely.

post #293 of 1559
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Originally Posted by Trunks159 View Post

The kef sounds a little thin to me. Well, maybe thin isn't the right word. Perhaps just small. The statistics and facts don't really describe how the m500 sounds. It sounds like bookshelf speakers, which has its drawbacks. It s not thin, morso just different and hard to get used to.

 

Ok well, I have never found that to be the case. But anyway, from what I'm reading the k545's sound awesome, and potentially better than the m500's depending on preferences, and hopefully I'll get to hear the 545's one of these days.

post #294 of 1559

Sadly I'll have to wait longer than expected for my k545 :(

In the meanwhile I'll try to grab other cans to make a good sido-to-side comparison. A friend of a friend have the v-moda m100 and I hope he let me listen at least a song. Another friend have the beyer dt 880. So I hope at least compare the k545 to both of those which I think is good as they belong to the same price range.

post #295 of 1559
Sorry to hear your having to wait to get the K545, I hope you get to try them soon.
post #296 of 1559
Doing some A/B testing of some IEM's this morning I realize how influenced I am by the K545 and how much they really are not a "portable K550". One of the IEM's I was listening to is a lot like the Shure 940 which is a bit brighter than the K550 but similar and I decided to try the K545 in comparison and there was definite lessening of upper register energy. So I will warn readers, if you prefer a bright sharp signature the K545 may not be for you, so you should try them out first if possible.

For me I have started to prefer a less energetic signature in the upper register (started with my modded Q701) so am very happy.

I have to say I am surprised by the lack of interest in this headphone?? I would have thought more people would be trying it by now considering it is now available from Razor dog as well as Best Buy. Surely it deserves as much attention as the new NOD headphone.
post #297 of 1559
I'd like the actually frequency graph of these.

I have a ton of cans with rolled off highs and I don't think I need another. Momentum, 1r, l1, ws99, etc have rolled off highs.
post #298 of 1559
Sorry I can't do a graph. I can say these don't seem rolled off like the 1R. When I say they are not as energetic it's more about the upper mids/lower treble than the upper treble and it about placement/emphasis versus actually not being there.
post #299 of 1559
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Originally Posted by Trunks159 View Post

I'd like the actually frequency graph of these.

I have a ton of cans with rolled off highs and I don't think I need another. Momentum, 1r, l1, ws99, etc have rolled off highs.

+2

 

I think I overdid it with those rolled off treble headphones. They are the more natural sounding headphones though. After the wonderful lcd2 I am now craving soundstage and highs... what the heck. I will never let go of bass though. 

post #300 of 1559
K, I know what you mean. I don't really like emphasized upper miss/lower highs. I'm really looking for a flat headphone, perhaps with the frequency graph looking like: (if you know a little algebra)
-1/5x when x>0
F(x)={ 0 when x<0

Sort of like that, with slightly emphasized bass/lower mids with the rest being flat. I guess I have open headphones for an even more flat response.
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