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I'm not a new head-fier, but relatively new reviewer. As I have been writing reviews, eke2k6 mentioned that every reviewer has his/her preference, and knowing that preference might help the readers understand the review better.

 

I'll start with a brief intro about myself.

My name is Victor Kim, and you can call me Victor or Kim. I'm a Korean student that studies in MA. I've been into this hobby for slightly over a year now, and owned multiple headphones and iems. My first audiophile iem was SE215.

 

Source/Amp: AK100, UHA-6S.MKII, Modi, Clip Zip, GS3.

 

Here is a list of headphones/iems I've bought over the last year.

SE215 - SE535 - SRH940 - M-50 - AD700 - HD598 - X20 - DT1350 - UERM - V6 - H-200 - MDR7550

I was first a bass/mid head, than a mid/treble head, and now a neutral head.

 

So here is what I value in order of importance:

1. Smoothness

2. Clarity

3. Soundstage and Imaging

4. Detail

5. Extension

Honestly, I value all five of these a lot.

 

Overall sound sig that I enjoy is neutralish sound without big emphasis on any frequency. I really like sub bass and mids, as well as airy highs. Not so interested in quantity mid bass, but I'm interested in punchy mid bass.

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Here is a list of reviews I've done. Feel free to ask me questions about any reviews I've done on this tread.

 

Ultimate Ears In-Ear Reference Monitors: http://www.head-fi.org/products/ultimate-ears-in-ear-reference-monitors/reviews/8928

 

Beyerdynamic DT1350: http://www.head-fi.org/products/beyerdynamic-tesla-dt-1350/reviews/8968

 

T PEOS B-100: http://www.head-fi.org/products/t-peos-b-100/reviews/9212

 
 
 

 

Voxoa HD Wireless: http://www.head-fi.org/t/686221/new-voxoa-hd-wireless-headphones-thread-bluetooth-4-0-nfc-16-hours-of-battery

 

Sansa Fuze v2: http://www.head-fi.org/products/sandisk-sansa-fuze-v2/reviews/9691

 

Macbook Air(11,13)/Samsung Series 5: http://www.head-fi.org/t/684181/review-mac-vs-windows-laptop


Edited by kimvictor - 11/3/13 at 5:25pm
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First! j/k

 

How've you been Victor? I'm sure you've read all about the AD4627, but you should give them a try! I like them more than the OPA209 for my uha-6s.

 

Oh and I see that you bought the fiio cable. What do you think about it? I read Clieos' review on it and it seems like it's probably not better than the stock UE cable. Though it does look prettier...


Edited by thegunner100 - 8/13/13 at 7:48pm
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Hello!

[When reviewer meet reviewer xD]
First off, AWESOME! Nice set up you have! And am really happy to see more reviewers here! Reading people's review although you are not buying the products gives you a lot of benefits to me!

Anyway, just to do some sharing, here's my propriety in sound quality;
1) Transparancy
2) Mids
2) Detailed
3) Sub-bass, tight bass and neutral bass xD
4) Imaging
5) Instrumental Separation
6) Soundstage
7) Highs

I do not mind the highs being rolled off/dark actually xD

Billson smily_headphones1.gif
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Originally Posted by thegunner100 View Post

First! j/k

 

How've you been Victor? I'm sure you've read all about the AD4627, but you should give them a try! I like them more than the OPA209 for my uha-6s.

 

Oh and I see that you bought the fiio cable. What do you think about it? I read Clieos' review on it and it seems like it's probably not better than the stock UE cable. Though it does look prettier...

I've been doing fine. How's your summer going?

 

I am interested in rolling op-amps, but since shipping to Korea costs a lot, I'm waiting til I'm back in MA to order few op-amps from Nick.

What fiio cable are you talking about? I have a mini-mini cable from Fiio, but I didn't buy a ciem cable from them. I was thinking about buying them. Anyways, thanks for the heads up! I think I'll hold off buying a fiio cable.


Edited by kimvictor - 8/14/13 at 7:02am
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Originally Posted by BillsonChang007 View Post

Hello!

[When reviewer meet reviewer xD]
First off, AWESOME! Nice set up you have! And am really happy to see more reviewers here! Reading people's review although you are not buying the products gives you a lot of benefits to me!

Anyway, just to do some sharing, here's my propriety in sound quality;
1) Transparancy
2) Mids
2) Detailed
3) Sub-bass, tight bass and neutral bass xD
4) Imaging
5) Instrumental Separation
6) Soundstage
7) Highs

I do not mind the highs being rolled off/dark actually xD

Billson smily_headphones1.gif

Thanks! It really does help to know what the reviewer's preference is. I simply cannot bear dark sounding headphones, but many reviewers(including you) are fine with them. Anyways, let's keep more reviews coming!

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Thanks! It really does help to know what the reviewer's preference is. I simply cannot bear dark sounding headphones, but many reviewers(including you) are fine with them. Anyways, let's keep more reviews coming!

Haha that's mainly because I find better overall clarity to be better with darker headphones although sometimes lacking details xD

Billson smily_headphones1.gif
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I've been doing fine. How's your summer going?

 

I am interested in rolling op-amps, but since shipping to Korea costs a lot, I'm waiting til I'm back in MA to order few op-amps from Nick.

What fiio cable are you talking about? I have a mini-mini cable from Fiio, but I didn't buy a ciem cable from them. I was thinking about buying them. Anyways, thanks for the heads up! I think I'll hold off buying a fiio cable.

Today is the last day of my summer class! I'll be going to the art museum to do a mini-presentation on my art history paper on the Reliquary of Mary Magdalene

 

I thought you had the fiio ciem cable, since you posted pictues in the "Make the change—with one tiny wire.FiiO Headphone cable- RC-X will be in the market" album.  

 

HD650 is the limit for me, as far as dark sounding headphones are concerned. Anything darker than that sounds too mellow to me. For example, ASG IEMs; lots of people like them, but they're wayyy to dark for me.

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Today is the last day of my summer class! I'll be going to the art museum to do a mini-presentation on my art history paper on the Reliquary of Mary Magdalene

 

I thought you had the fiio ciem cable, since you posted pictues in the "Make the change—with one tiny wire.FiiO Headphone cable- RC-X will be in the market" album.  

 

HD650 is the limit for me, as far as dark sounding headphones are concerned. Anything darker than that sounds too mellow to me. For example, ASG IEMs; lots of people like them, but they're wayyy to dark for me.

Good luck!

 

Rin's measurements got me interested in ASG iems. I want to hear if they are as bad as Rin suggested.

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Haha that's mainly because I find better overall clarity to be better with darker headphones although sometimes lacking details xD

Billson smily_headphones1.gif

Interestingly, while I found darker headphones to be smoother, I find them to lack clarity.

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Good luck!

 

Rin's measurements got me interested in ASG iems. I want to hear if they are as bad as Rin suggested.

Yep, no treble at all... everything sounds kinda muffled or deadened(?) to me. Oh, and first time I actually saw measurements for the ASGs, wow!

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Yep, no treble at all... everything sounds kinda muffled or deadened(?) to me. Oh, and first time I actually saw measurements for the ASGs, wow!

I know. How terrible! Worse treble roll off than anything I've heard.

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Oh hey, I'm a new reviewer my self as well ^^ just doing the finishing touches to my 9 Testing songs now!

 

I also started out as a bass head ^^ 

 

Things I Value are

 

Decay- the change from high to low, a sound that lingers too long has bad decay and will be smoother but not as punchy or detailed [or clear] imo 

 

Highs- Smoothness, air and detail/decay

Mids- Punch, Push and Detail decay

Bass- Tightness and placement [I like deeper less forward bass]

Sound Stage /Imaging -2D and more importantly 3D placement

Dynamics- Changes in high to low [part of decay in a sense]

BUILD QUALITY

Utility- Fit Comfort and Ease of Use 

 

feel free to check out my blog [it links back to my Head Fi reviews] BUT I love reading reviews and I'd love some feed back on my own :D 

 

And I agree Darker headphones are usally warm and smooth, but lack decay and air in the treble 

 

As for the songs I test with [they are just as important]

 

Warning: Music (Click to show)

 

 

I have

Lisa Edkhal- Female Vocals, Mids and Sound Stage 

Move 恋し(Love) -Male Vocals, Mids Dynamics [I really like the Gusto in the Singers Voice]

 Modern Jazz Quartet- Reunion Blues (W)- Mids, Bass, Treble- 3D imaging, Sound Stage [this has a very cool bass and Cymbal riff. Bass in your right ear treble in your left. Warm Xylophone right in the middle. Drums and bass sound farther away than Xylophone [it's not forward in terms of Frequancy response but rather imaging!] 

HAYA Band [Mongolian Singer] Missing You- 2D sound stage, Mids and Dynamics- a really nice warm guitar in the right, and a equally warm Cello [interestingly enough my dt 990 really kills this song, as the Bass in the Guitar is WAY to strong... it's really overpowering the Punch of the mids]

Nu Tone- Mission Control- BASS and BASS? And MORE BASS and some treble Detail <3- Classic DnB Tune Keep it tight and it'll sound alright!

Anne Gastinel, Francois-Fredic Guy- [Beethoven: Cello & Piano Sonatas #2,4 & 5 in G Minor]- Treble, Dynamics, Mid Punch- Sound Stage 2D seperation.

3nd-Algorythm- fun rock tune, needs a balance of bass, mids and highs. Once again the Dt 990 is too bassy, and the mids lack punch. While the upper mids are drowned out[still a very fun song]

Seven [Binaural] Purple Bass Tighness and 3D Imaging, a really cool Binaural recording! Great for 3D placement, 

Benga- Evolution [Mids, and BASS] The wobble really needs a mix of good PUNCHY mids and DEEP bass, not to mention the song opens with a sweet mid heavy intro! Highs here are important as in PURE AGGRESSION, This Dub Step tune needs to b edgy, aggressive and TIGHT [things the DT 990 does like a dream] 

 

In addition I use my Modded w1000x out of my oDac- Matrix M Stage [LME 49990 op amp] as my reference headphone. And as always I use FooBar WASPAI Even, with 16 Bit lossless files <3 Through Coaxial cables :D
 

Personally I really enjoy doing reviews, heck I buy and return cheap headphones just to review them. And on a positive note, Tommorow I'm emailing a member of the Audio Technica Publicity staff on getting a review sample! So once I get through that, I'll be back here to share with you guys what all he asked of me, So you guys can get the chance maybe to do some reviews from a BIG company as well ^^, not to mention I have an AKG K550 and Ath A900x [I purcahsed my self] on the way too. So my Blog/Head Fi accounts are about to xPlode

 

Still, I'm glad you started this thread... I'd love to see what qualities you guys look for :D. And I shared as much about what I do, so if you see something you like you can copy. That's what I've found to work best for me. ^^ Non the less what a fun hobby we have! 

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Interestingly, while I found darker headphones to be smoother, I find them to lack clarity.

XD forgot to add smoother... What was I thinking last night xD but they do have better clarity, at least, from those that I heard like the UE6000, Momentum, RS220 etc
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XD forgot to add smoother... What was I thinking last night xD but they do have better clarity, at least, from those that I heard like the UE6000, Momentum, RS220 etc

Interesting. I guess I just prefer brighter phones.

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Oh hey, I'm a new reviewer my self as well ^^ just doing the finishing touches to my 9 Testing songs now!

 

I also started out as a bass head ^^ 

 

Welcome Mshenay! I wonder why thread like this didn't exist before.

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