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post #2491 of 9033
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Originally Posted by LoveKnight View Post
 

Oh just forget that comment. Possibly to his ears the HD600/HD650 are not dimensional because they were underated by some amps that he listened. To my ears high-end Sennheiser headphones have beautiful dimensions not the best but good (especially the HD800 has the best soundstage).

 

So you find the HD6xx soundstage more dimensional than of HD800 or x7xx, right? I definitely not, not even close...

 

From the Battle of the flagships article:

 

"

ON THE FENCE

 

SOUNDSTAGE: The HD650 exhibits an open sound. Yet its soundstage is not particularly wide. When comparing the soundstaging abilities of the HD600 and HD650, I find that the HD650's soundstage is, perhaps just a notch wider. In my opinion, the soundstage here is best suited for smaller ensembles, in my opinion.

"


Edited by emertxe - 10/7/13 at 7:05am
post #2492 of 9033

Hi.

 

Is there anyone who have tried the AD's with either the Fiio e12 Mont Blanc or the ALO National and can give any feedback on if it is a "OK" match?

 

i doe realize that none of these will bring out the full potential of the AD's but is any of the m good enough to actually use theme as portable headphones?

post #2493 of 9033
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Originally Posted by Lorspeaker View Post
 

I always wondered if there is a list of HEADFI reference songs that all reviewers could peg their listening to..and give their comments..

maybe a HEADFI REFERENCE CD..??  That should cut down one level of ambiguity,

 

Hello?

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/476089/head-fi-and-hdtracks-david-chesky-collaborate-to-assemble-a-headphone-system-test-album

post #2494 of 9033

Nice!  Sounds like I am not the only one who forgot about that.  I'll have to download it for reference.

post #2495 of 9033

Never tried the HD700/800 but to me the HD650 sounded very airy and open, not closed at all, anyway back on topic...

post #2496 of 9033

First off, thanks to Dan for allowing the AD's to go on tour. Overall, I think these are a home run. Bear in mind, these are initial impressions, not a full blown review! I look forward to reading those in the coming days/weeks.

 

+ Overall, great SQ. Balanced, "reference" type sound.

+ Fantastic treble. Really extended, without a trace of harshness.

+ Scales well with better amplification. Iphones need not apply.

+ Fit and finish on cups is beautiful.

+ Great method to plug the cables in. I found myself switching between the XLR/SE cables with ease.

+ Tunable bass port. I briefly tried this doing (2) 1/2 twists clockwise, and then reversing before packing the headphone back up. Made a subtle, but noticeable difference.

-  Just a touch bass light out of the box. I don't think I had a fit issue as I had a great seal.

-  Earpads are soft and comfortable but not 100% circumaural for me which prevent ultimate comfort. YMMV, I have slightly but not excessively large ears.

-  Included stand is too short, not sure I would have any use for it.

-  Tunable bass port is a great feature, but it would be even better if there was a way to register what position the headphone is in, in order to accurately adjust it.

 

Compared to HD800:

 - The AD held its own very well against the HD800. Not as big a sound stage nor the same ultimate level of resolution, but the fact that I could even compare the 2 is pretty impressive. In fact, it would not surprise me if the AD becomes characterized as a closed HD800. From memory, I think the AD sound stage is similar to HE500 and larger than HD650. Well done!

 

Compared to 7520:

 - Much larger sound stage, more out of head than in head.

 - Large "reference" type of sound vs a smaller, punchier sound.

 - Much larger and heavier, not suitable (for me) as a portable.....which is what I use the 7520 for.

post #2497 of 9033
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Originally Posted by dleblanc343 View Post
 

 

Wow, nice amp, Neumann's and headphones!

 

Thanks! I love me some Neumann's!

post #2498 of 9033

A closed HD800 sounds sickening to me.  What happened to that sweet Mad Dog timbre?

post #2499 of 9033
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Originally Posted by M-13 View Post
 

 

Wow another 7520 owner! (felt like I was the only one on Head-Fi)

 

I know, right?

post #2500 of 9033
The HD650's soundstage is nothing exceptional when put next to other open cans. If that's open and airy to you, then you surely haven't tested many open headphones. Even paired up with the SA-31 (known to have a wide, open soundstage), the HD650 was normal at best for an open can.

Bear in mind, I love the HD650, but comparing it's soundstage to anything remotely open/airy, the 650 is not gonna hold up.

Back to the AD, if the soundstage is comparable to the HD650, that's great...for a closed can. If it's bigger...then I'll be happy with the size.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 10/7/13 at 8:55am
post #2501 of 9033
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Originally Posted by third_eye View Post
 

Compared to HD800:

 - The AD held its own very well against the HD800. Not as big a sound stage nor the same ultimate level of resolution, but the fact that I could even compare the 2 is pretty impressive. In fact, it would not surprise me if the AD becomes characterized as a closed HD800. From memory, I think the AD sound stage is similar to HE500 and larger than HD650. Well done!

 

Thank you very much for the comparison! Not surprised about the soundstage being bigger than of HD650, really... ;) Still it's nice to know that it's at least somewhere on the level of HE-500... Very good for a closed-back headphone!


Edited by emertxe - 10/7/13 at 8:55am
post #2502 of 9033
I was never really impressed with the HD650's soundstage...ah well, just a few weeks of waiting left for the Tour Dogs to come.

Thanks for some of the first actual impressions and not speculation of the sound third_eye! smily_headphones1.gif
post #2503 of 9033
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Originally Posted by third_eye View Post
 

 

Thanks! I love me some Neumann's!

 

Me too. Exceptional imaging (depth) and tonality, imo the best deal for its price unless you go for the sub which is about 2,5k€ itself. 

:D

post #2504 of 9033
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Originally Posted by third_eye View Post
 

-  Included stand is too short, not sure I would have any use for it.

From the photos we've seen the past few pages, it seems like the issue with the stand can be alleviated by simply storing the headphones with the cables detached. Is this true, or did I just misinterpret a photo I saw somewhere?

post #2505 of 9033

Or retract the cups, or cut out that foam piece from the box that conveniently sits right on top of the stand... (I was thinking it should come pre-cut in the box and Dan could supply a piece of double sided tape for those who wanted to attach it)

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