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post #2026 of 2297
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Originally Posted by wallaby1170 View Post
 

I'm hearing the opposite of a v shaped signature on the XS.  The midrange sounds slightly more forward than the bass and the treble.  Vocals really pop on these little cans.  I'm listening to Indie Rock which may be the reason why the XS doesn't sound v-shaped to me.  


During my time with them I was listening to mostly hip hop and big hair rock. These are not the cans for that imo.

post #2027 of 2297
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Originally Posted by elvergun View Post
 


I would rank the DT1350 above the P7 in sound quality (have not heard the HP50 or the H6)...but I don't think he was grading them on SQ alone. 

But he did. On the basis of sound quality alone he ranked the DT1350s 8th.

 

I'm curious as to why there is such a huge discrepancy between your opinion and MH's opinion. Is it because the fit was so uncomfortable (especially with glasses) as to make all music unenjoyable for MH? Also, wouldn't glasses interfere with obtaining a sufficient seal (so the headphones wouldn't sound as they were meant to sound)?


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Originally Posted by YOUCANNOTDENY View Post
 

But he did. On the basis of sound quality alone he ranked the DT1350s 8th.

 

I'm curious as to why there is such a huge discrepancy between your opinion and MH's opinion. Is it because the fit was so uncomfortable (especially with glasses) as to make all music unenjoyable for MH? Also, wouldn't glasses interfere with obtaining a sufficient seal (so the headphones wouldn't sound as they were meant to sound)?

The sound quality of the DT1350s I owned was very good actually. But since hearing another 3 pairs, none really sounded like mine (or each other for that matter). So I had to temper my scoring as a result. The comfort was pure torture for me if I wore glasses (which is 90% of my waking hours)...another reason I had to ding them for overall scoring.

 

On the subject of beyerdynamics, I just picked up a pair of T51p's and holy moly...what an improvement (sonically and with regards to comfort). I will definitely add these to my review/rankings after I get to know them better. As well, I've got a pair of K545s coming in (thanks to dweaver) and Music Fidelity  MF-100s (thanks to Beagle). Add the Monster DNA On-Ears, I'm quickly falling behind with 4 new headphones to add. :o

post #2029 of 2297
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post
 

The sound quality of the DT1350s I owned was very good actually. But since hearing another 3 pairs, none really sounded like mine (or each other for that matter). So I had to temper my scoring as a result. The comfort was pure torture for me if I wore glasses (which is 90% of my waking hours)...another reason I had to ding them for overall scoring.

 

On the subject of beyerdynamics, I just picked up a pair of T51p's and holy moly...what an improvement (sonically and with regards to comfort). I will definitely add these to my review/rankings after I get to know them better. As well, I've got a pair of K545s coming in (thanks to dweaver) and Music Fidelity  MF-100s (thanks to Beagle). Add the Monster DNA On-Ears, I'm quickly falling behind with 4 new headphones to add. :o

Oh OK I see. I just became a bit skeptical when I saw that a pair of Monster headphones were ranked above a pair of beyerdynamics in audio quality.

post #2030 of 2297

Never forget that all reviews and comparisons are subjective. I know for a fact what I like isn't going to be appreciated by everyone and as much as I try to be objective it is very hard to not be more positive about the things I like or conversely negative when I find something unpleasant.

post #2031 of 2297
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Originally Posted by dweaver View Post
 

Never forget that all reviews and comparisons are subjective. I know for a fact what I like isn't going to be appreciated by everyone and as much as I try to be objective it is very hard to not be more positive about the things I like or conversely negative when I find something unpleasant.

 

Correct. I've learned since starting this journey around the same time MH started is that it takes more than perceived sound quality to make you like a headphone. There are many factors which is why I really appreciate the standings and the work MH put in his rankings.

post #2032 of 2297
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Originally Posted by wallaby1170 View Post
 

I'm hearing the opposite of a v shaped signature on the XS.  The midrange sounds slightly more forward than the bass and the treble.  Vocals really pop on these little cans.  I'm listening to Indie Rock which may be the reason why the XS doesn't sound v-shaped to me.  

no generally my findings are the same as yours

 

its not really all that v shaped tbh

 

there is elevated bass its a bit more linear across the bass but no where near basshead level (i could even go as far as to say their a bit bassy, just a bit) the midbass there is a slight elevation so i think it ever so slightly bleeds into the lower mids but soo smooth

 

mids generally are what stand out for me, their forward, more so on the female >male but never overbearing at all

 

the treble is decently extended (id say just short of what i really like, i like a more extended and sparkly treble) but more laid back compare the the mids and bass but still articulate nonetheless, never harsh or siblant

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Originally Posted by YOUCANNOTDENY View Post
 

Oh OK I see. I just became a bit skeptical when I saw that a pair of Monster headphones were ranked above a pair of beyerdynamics in audio quality.

Had the DT1350s sounded more consistently, I would have put them ahead of the Monster 2013 Studios (which aren't that bad actually). Good news is that I got to hear 4 pair of T51p and they all sounded pretty much the same....and way more comfortable with improved sonics. I am very impressed so far.

 

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Correct. I've learned since starting this journey around the same time MH started is that it takes more than perceived sound quality to make you like a headphone. There are many factors which is why I really appreciate the standings and the work MH put in his rankings.

Thanks!

post #2034 of 2297
MH you'll need to take your glasses off to get a good seal with the K545. (At least that's been my experience). I prefer them to the momentum. Agree with you on the T51p, they sound very good and are very comfortable for an on-ear.
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MH you'll need to take your glasses off to get a good seal with the K545. (At least that's been my experience). I prefer them to the momentum. Agree with you on the T51p, they sound very good and are very comfortable for an on-ear.

 

That's not very heartening....I need my glasses to read (my preferred hobby when I listen to music)...that was a big drawback of the DT1350s for me. Hopefully these turn out better. :o

post #2036 of 2297
If you have thick arms they might be a problem. I wear my glasses with the K545 all the time with no issues but I do have flat thin arms on my glasses.
post #2037 of 2297
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If you have thick arms they might be a problem. I wear my glasses with the K545 all the time with no issues but I do have flat thin arms on my glasses.

Thanks for the heads up! Hopefully they'll be ok. But for the purposes of this loaner, I'll do my critical listening without my Buddy Holly replica glasses. :p 

post #2038 of 2297
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Originally Posted by Tom22 View Post

 i currently own the xs and actually posted a review up on youtube

would love to hear your thoughts, the channel is really new! and i'm still working out the kinks
Tom, I picked up a XS from Amazon Warehouse. I haven't had much time to try it out, but I think you nailed the sound signature in your video review. Vocals are definitely brought forward compared with other in-ears I have tried, and the bass is punchy and tight. Not the most refined sounding headphone, but very fun and comfortable.
post #2039 of 2297

Amazing thread, thanks!

Is there a chance you will add the Audio Technica ATH M50x? They look like another great portable headphone.

post #2040 of 2297
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Originally Posted by SDBiotek View Post

Tom, I picked up a XS from Amazon Warehouse. I haven't had much time to try it out, but I think you nailed the sound signature in your video review. Vocals are definitely brought forward compared with other in-ears I have tried, and the bass is punchy and tight. Not the most refined sounding headphone, but very fun and comfortable.

Thanks for checking it out, i agree their not the most refined but their refined enough while retaining some fun, while being smooth and never fatiguing. I absolutely gushed at the vocals! Both sound amazing but female vocals especially, with that warm bass. I sit back and just melt
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