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post #406 of 1454
Alright, ill be going to best buy to audition these. It'd be nice if I had a Frequency graph to help with eq! Probably Saturday.
post #407 of 1454
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Originally Posted by Trunks159 View Post

Alright, ill be going to best buy to audition these. It'd be nice if I had a Frequency graph to help with eq! Probably Saturday.

Is it too soon to ask for frequency graph? @.@
post #408 of 1454
I don't know how to make those kinds of things myself, hopefully someone with that skill will make some at some point.

I look forward to your impressions Trunks159.
post #409 of 1454

I recently bought the 1r but the but the bass just feels too loose. I had considered getting the k550 before, but had decided against it because of the treble problem and the long non-detachable cord. Now that I saw the k545 i am having second thoughts. Is the bass on the k545 a lot tighter than the 1r? And is the k550 treble problem completely gone?

post #410 of 1454

The bass is much deeper on the K545 compared to the K550 but is nice and tight and gets better when matched with the right amp or amp/dac. The treble is not as bright as the K550 and to me is just right. In comparison to brighter phones I still own I much prefer the K545. Again the treble improves with the right amp or amp/dac.

 

I think it's telling when one of the early buyers sent the K545 back because they preferred their K550 more. It shows that the K545 is it's own headphone and not just a more portable K550.

 

I have owned the 1R twice (1 stock and 1 I did the dynamat mod to in the hope I would like it better but while it helped the bass it made the upper mids/lower treble to sharp) and the K550 once, I sold them all because of the issues mentioned. The K545 answers all of the concerns I had. I can easily lose myself in my music for hours with these.

post #411 of 1454

Thanks for the reply! Does the k545 have more/less treble than the 1r? And which one is more detailed in the treble?

post #412 of 1454
I think the K545 extends more and is more detailed.
post #413 of 1454
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Originally Posted by dweaver View Post
 

The bass is much deeper on the K545 compared to the K550 but is nice and tight and gets better when matched with the right amp or amp/dac. The treble is not as bright as the K550 and to me is just right. In comparison to brighter phones I still own I much prefer the K545. Again the treble improves with the right amp or amp/dac.

 

I think it's telling when one of the early buyers sent the K545 back because they preferred their K550 more. It shows that the K545 is it's own headphone and not just a more portable K550.

 

I have owned the 1R twice (1 stock and 1 I did the dynamat mod to in the hope I would like it better but while it helped the bass it made the upper mids/lower treble to sharp) and the K550 once, I sold them all because of the issues mentioned. The K545 answers all of the concerns I had. I can easily lose myself in my music for hours with these.

Sounds great, I still think dynamat modded 1R is a hell of portable phones from portability, look and SQ perspective. Dynamat fixes loose bass for sure, but I honestly haven't noticed any increase in treble region, at least not in offensive way, HD800, T1, and K550 are much brighter there.

 

BTW, MDR-7520 while sharing some great merits of 1R signature, have the tightest bass you can imagine, plus overall SQ as well as build is up a good notch or two. They are quite portable as well, only not foldable. Just another option to look at. They could be end for the game closed phones for you.


Edited by Andrew_WOT - 12/6/13 at 7:50am
post #414 of 1454
I am not sure why the modded 1R bothered me but it just came across as harsh.

I bought the 7520 but switched to the 940 as I was swayed by it's expansive sound and detail. I suspect I didn't give the 7520 enough time though. From what remember it did have deep full bass that was well controlled and a warm lush midrange. The treble seemed a bit laid back especially compared to the 940. But I have since found the 940 type treble to much. I would say the K545 is some where in between in regards to treble and not quite as warm a midrange but close. If you still have the 7520 I will be interested in your comparison though as I am going strictly from memory here.
post #415 of 1454
I think that the mdr 7520 is a little bit out of my price range. I would have to sell my 1r used. I really interested in the k545 because I can get it for 200 and I can probably get at least 170 out of my 1r. And it isn't just the bass that bothers me, I really want a bigger soundstage. I am going to be using these headphones for a long time and want the best quality possible for my money. I don't plan on buying anymore headphones for a few years after this. I'll probably wait a little while though, just till the k545 price drops and I can get one used or open box. I might try the dynamat mod in the meantime and if that makes them sound good enough I might not need to upgrade. But I really want a bigger soundstage smily_headphones1.gif thanks! Oh and one more thing, I'm not actually a huge fan of the 1r looks, I find the all black k545 to look substantially better which is another reason for me to buy it.
post #416 of 1454
Sounds like a good plan Starset. BTW if you live in the US apparently the Magnolia section in Bestbuy's have the K545 on demo so you can hear them before buying as well.
post #417 of 1454
I'll have to visit best buy then! Thanks for the heads up!
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So I went to best buy today and what did they have on display?... two headphones that I have been dying to hear the akg k545 and the p7. Now I have to hear the l2...not available yet and unfortunately bestbuy doesn't have philips hp's

 

My longtime favorite portable headphone was the momentum and since replaced/bested by the sony mdr 7520 and yamaha hph mt220.

 

I was expecting the k545 to be smashed by the p7.... Not the case at all

 

The k545 held its own in everyway. It does have a much more flimsy feel than I thought but the mids are great, the bass is adequate and tastefully done. Timber went to the p7 with a slightly larger soundstage.

 

the k545 had better instrument seperation, bass response, and soundstage with similar  mids but slightly less emphasized. This is all from a short listen but I was really surprised how much I preferred the k545 to the momentum. It was like a no brainer type of preference, not even close. I preferred it to the psb as well. I well never repurchase a momentum.

 

But to be honest the p7 sounded a tad better but it wasn't that noticeable at first. The p7 had better timbre, similar imaging, more depth, and was captivating in instrument presence. Both sounded similar in the bass with the p7 sounding tighter a little. Neither have the bass interfering with the rest of the fr. It did not however sound 150 dollars better... not even close. maybe more like 50 dollars better. So given a choice and a budget I would go with the k545. The k545 was the easy choice of all the headphones that were on that specific display.(since the p7 was mounted on its own bowers and wilkins display). But that p7 is no joke. Also I preferred the fit of the p7. The p7 build though with the small metal headband extension felt loose.

 

the k545 looks cool. When I saw the k550 I was like whoa those are the coldest looking headphones ever made. Not so with the k545 which barely caught my eye. The black is very low profile.... so low profile that I barely noticed it and kept staring at the k545 letters to reassure myself that it was the new hp. The other colors would pop out im sure but they didn't have em.

 

Also since I am rocking out to the jvc dx700 at home I the k545 would make the better choice.

 

The k545 cups were a lot smaller than the k550 but my ears fit well inside. The pads were very soft. The fit was odd at first, you have to adjust the headband snug to the head for the top of the cups to fully seal the ear. 

 

The k545 is definitely an improvement over the k550 sonically, it is tons more natural and when compared to other headphones with good mids it doesn't take the back seat. It was very clear as well. 

 

I think overall though I prefer the yamaha hph mt220 and sony mdr 7520 to both in a lot of ways.


Edited by grizzlybeast - 12/7/13 at 4:45pm
post #420 of 1454
Glad you liked the K545. Also if the P7 had it's own display, was it using it's own demo or were you able to connect your own portable and music for testing.

I liked the styling of both headphones and do think the P7 will fit more ears. I understand the K545 feeling flimsy but have had mine for over a month now with zero issues and they have been worn on several different sizes of heads at work plus have been shipped in my cloth lunch box with no issue, so think they are pretty sturdy.

I completely agree with your assessment on value. The P7 while nice just didn't sound or feel like it was worth the extra $150.

I actually think you will find as you use the K545 if you buy them that they manage subtle music amazingly well and that they scale exceptionally well with higher end gear.
Edited by dweaver - 12/7/13 at 4:48pm
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