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post #1981 of 2525
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In my opinion the Focal Pro is better than the Classic (see Tyll Hertsen for a good comparison of the Classic and Pro).I would prefer it to all in your list but haven't heard Thinksound. It's the organic 'analogue' sound I love.

 

I have both the Focal Spirit Pro and Spirit Classic. 

 

I won't say that one is "better" than the other. Both are excellent headphones and you won't go wrong with either. The Classic is more musical while the Pro is more energetic and neutral.

 

I have spent a long time auditioning the B&O H6, P7, NAD HP50, PSB M4U2 and the Focal is my pick by quite a margin. The only let down is the comfort. B&O H6 still reigns king in terms of comfort.

post #1982 of 2525
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Well, I was able to pick up a brand new beyerdynamic A200P portable amp/dac and I gotta say, wow! A worthwhile improvement on just using my iPhone straight and it's small size is worth the extra gear. It bypasses the iPhone's DAC and the amp is pretty powerful...it can drive my H6s with plenty of headroom. The LCD-XC sounded stupendously good too!

post #1983 of 2525
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Well, I was able to pick up a brand new beyerdynamic A200P portable amp/dac and I gotta say, wow! A worthwhile improvement on just using my iPhone straight and it's small size is worth the extra gear. It bypasses the iPhone's DAC and the amp is pretty powerful...it can drive my H6s with plenty of headroom. The LCD-XC sounded stupendously good too!


Just read a review.  It looks interesting...but it is freaking expensive.

post #1984 of 2525
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You'd surprised the greater population (outside of head fi) continues to recommend it on a daily basis. On many of the "well known review websites cnet, trusted reviewers, and all over on youtube. I always hear ppl asking for the m50s in a local headphone shop, its well regarded on those "website"

I actually agree on the Zoros HD having owned the non hd version and felt its sq to punch above its weight, its styling and build is a different story

Have u tried the zoros yourself? Is that y u disagree? Or is the style off putting blantantly copying beats, which is a normal reaction i find

^ +1! The ZoroHD is a great pair of headphone except that they are copying the Beats design which kind of look boring. But in all honesty though, I don't see myself using the ZoroHD much. Not that they sound bad or whatsoever, it is the comfort issue I have and soundstage is just lacking in comparison to what I have. Nevertheless, they sound great and no need of amping. If Noontec can design their very own design, without copying anyone, I'm sure they can attract a lot of Head-Fi'ers. Also with a bit of soundstage but maybe I am just asking too much from an on-ear xD
post #1985 of 2525
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Do you have any experience with the other headphones in this thread which you could possibly compare the XS to? I like the style of V-MODA headphones, but the sound and clamping force of the M-100's just wasn't for me.

 

I'm still in the process of getting acquainted with the sound signature of the XS because I have only had it for a couple of days.  First impression of the XS: LOUD!!  I can't get over how much sound comes out of such a small headphone.  For the past hour I did a very quick comparison between the XS, P7, Focal Spirit Classic, HP50, Martin Logan Mikros 90 using a MacBook Pro (unamped) playing mostly Indie Rock and Alternative music (Modest Mouse, Arcade Fire, The Weepies, Atlas Sound, etc).  The XS even though the smallest, was the loudest of the bunch.  The XS sounded like it had more bass than the others although it is very close between the XS and the Focal Spirit Classic.  I would say the Focal Spirit Classic is the warmest sounding, ultra smooth.  

 

Overall I prefer the sound signature of the HP50 because it sounds the most balanced.  The XS is the most fun but the treble is just slightly soft, but it is very easy to manually adjust with the iTunes eq.  When I used the Treble Boost preset on the XS, it made the XS sound too thin, so just a slight boost about +2 db on 8k and 16k worked for me.  Sometimes I also manually boost the treble on the Focal Spirit Classic using the same setting.  The Mikros 90 sound signature kind of sounds similar to the P7 although the bass seems to sound more controlled on the Mikros 90, it's not boomy.  I find the MIkros 90 not to be as bright as the P7.  The P7 seems to have a slight U shaped sound signature making the vocals sound distant especially if there is a lot of bass and treble on the particular track I am listening to.  

 

In terms of comfort: HP50 > XS > P7 > Spirit Classic >>>>>> Mikros 90.  To be fair the Mikros 90 only have about 6 hours on them.  I almost returned the Focal Spirit Classics because I initially thought they sounded too veiled.  Over the past few weeks I have become accustomed to their sound signature.  The Classics are the least fatiguing headphone in my collection.  

 

I'm no audiophile by any means but I hope I gave you a little insight.  

post #1986 of 2525

I bought a XS for my friend last year (from ebay), he said it is loud, too. Mine is Syllable Bought from DX.

post #1987 of 2525
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I bought a XS for my friend last year (from ebay), he said it is loud, too. Mine is Syllable Bought from DX.

 

But the XS just came out, like 2 weeks ago???

 

I just got the XS and they are quite good. The M100 from Vmoda had a very strong clamping force and had too much bass for me. The XS is perfect. Plus you get the build quality and customization of the M100 in a very very small package.

post #1988 of 2525
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But the XS just came out, like 2 weeks ago???

 

I just got the XS and they are quite good. The M100 from Vmoda had a very strong clamping force and had too much bass for me. The XS is perfect. Plus you get the build quality and customization of the M100 in a very very small package.

 

He could be that very time traveller man.

post #1989 of 2525
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Just read a review.  It looks interesting...but it is freaking expensive.

I guess that's relatively speaking...but I got this for $250Cdn brand new from an authorized dealer. Not bad IMO.

post #1990 of 2525
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I guess that's relatively speaking...but I got this for $250Cdn brand new from an authorized dealer. Not bad IMO.

 

Tru dat. I was expecting to see that it's a $1000 dac or something! But, head-fi has warped my perception of "freaking expensive" lol

post #1991 of 2525
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Tru dat. I was expecting to see that it's a $1000 dac or something! But, head-fi has warped my perception of "freaking expensive" lol

For portability I try to keep things under $400. Chances of losing or dropping gear is much higher on the go than at home.

post #1992 of 2525
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In terms of comfort: HP50 > XS > P7 > Spirit Classic >>>>>> Mikros 90.  To be fair the Mikros 90 only have about 6 hours on them.

 

Fwiw, the clamping force of the stock Mikros is pretty intense. But the headband can withstand some serious bending, which greatly reduces the clamping force and increases the comfort. They will never be as comfortable as those others, but it helps a lot. I can wear them for hours without issue.

post #1993 of 2525
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For portability I try to keep things under $400. Chances of losing or dropping gear is much higher on the go than at home.

 

Yup, that's why I only go out kayaking with my clip zip lol! The rest of the time out and about, it's my Colorfly C3/C&C BH combo, which adds up to $200, so not much less than your nifty A200P. But someday I'll be wanting to trade that combo in for a single portable dac/amp with equal or better SQ. I had been thinking of the X5, but things move along quickly. Now there's the D90. And you've put the A200P on my radar (thanks!).

post #1994 of 2525
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Originally Posted by waynes world View Post
 

 

Yup, that's why I only go out kayaking with my clip zip lol! The rest of the time out and about, it's my Colorfly C3/C&C BH combo, which adds up to $200, so not much less than your nifty A200P. But someday I'll be wanting to trade that combo in for a single portable dac/amp with equal or better SQ. I had been thinking of the X5, but things move along quickly. Now there's the D90. And you've put the A200P on my radar (thanks!).

The A200P is really amazing...it can power my LCD-X and HD800s pretty well for a portable device. Hardly as good as my main rig, but good to know that the headroom is there if you need it. But with IEMs and portable headphones like the H6s, HP50s and Mikros, it sounds very good. The small form factor is a big bonus too!

post #1995 of 2525
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post
 

The A200P is really amazing...it can power my LCD-X and HD800s pretty well for a portable device. Hardly as good as my main rig, but good to know that the headroom is there if you need it. But with IEMs and portable headphones like the H6s, HP50s and Mikros, it sounds very good. The small form factor is a big bonus too!

 

Very cool indeed. This youtube provides a pretty good overview fwiw:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dSu7-WXTSk

 

When mobile, are you using it with your phone? If so, how are you keeping them together?

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