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post #3301 of 7842
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

It's simple for me. If I can't wear it without having to think about how it's bothering me, I don't want it.

I LOVED the LCD2 (basically the best sound I've heard for my taste, after the D7000), and I HAD to sell it. The discomfort was always a factor, even the vegan version with foam headband swap.

I demoed the LCD2 a couple months ago from Cable Company. Really fell in love with their sound signature, but nothing I could do would give relief from their clamping force and leather earpads that were very stiff.  Tried stretching them out over several days using some thick books. My wife tried them on and had this extremely pained look on her face. She couldn't wear them for more than a couple minutes and said that if I bought them,  for sure she wouldn't ever use them, and couldn't understand how one would spend that kind of money and settle for that level of discomfort (obviously she is not an audiophile:smile:. ) I still think about them, though.

 

Comfort wise, very happy with my Paradox. I have not read too much about how the Paradox compares with the AD, just some mentions here and there. I would assume they sound more similar than not, being that the apparent goal for both headphones was a neutral sound signature, and  using the same driver......

post #3302 of 7842
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

As for when I talk about mids/vocals, I don't test that with my EDM, actually. I DO listen to more than just those genres of music, you know. Lol. One of my fave test tracks is 'Skylar Grey - Words'

Everything in "Words" is very processed.   There may not be anyone who knows what is the "correct" (original or intended) freq balance on that track.

 

The upside of using test tracks that we like, is that it is not painful to play them over and over. :o  But it is good to have some reference point from which to be able to say that equipment is bright or dark, even if it is only one track.

 

Buying gear that has the sound we like is essential - but that is different from reviewing gear.

post #3303 of 7842
That's just one of my fave tracks, regardless of whether it's processed or not. I love her vocals on it, and I can test how recessed some midranges are with it.

I'm not anal about whether something is processed or not. Voices will still be within a certain range, etc.

Another one I like is Evanescence - Hello.

Again, I don't just listen to EDM. Who the hell ONLY listens to one type of music? I love all kinds of music.

Unless there's just people that think headphones can only be reviewed with 'non-processed' music, or whatever nonsense they wanna come up with...

Having used so many headphones, I'm pretty sure I've gotten the hang of what kind of frequency response a headphone is putting out at least the girst of the lows, mids, and highs... but anyone is free to argue that my taste in music is so poor that I don't know jack squat.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 10/22/13 at 12:58pm
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What is the difference between XLR and SE in terms of SQ on AD?
post #3305 of 7842
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

It's simple for me. If I can't wear it without having to think about how it's bothering me, I don't want it.

I LOVED the LCD2 (basically the best sound I've heard for my taste, after the D7000), and I HAD to sell it. The discomfort was always a factor, even the vegan version with foam headband swap.
So, neither of the new Audeze will be of the slightest interest to you?
post #3306 of 7842
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Originally Posted by koolas View Post

What is the difference between XLR and SE in terms of SQ on AD?


IMO, from the HP standpoint, there's no difference in SQ.  Just 2 different connection options for people with either type of amp.

When it comes to amp, there could be some subjective improvements.

post #3307 of 7842
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Originally Posted by deafanddumb View Post

So, neither of the new Audeze will be of the slightest interest to you?

I'd love to try them to see how they sound like, but I personally wouldn't buy either even if I had unlimited funds. I don't like heavy headphones enough to keep them.
post #3308 of 7842
Hey MLE, since weight is a major issue for you I was wondering if you have listened to the Th600 and how those compare to the AD...and yes I realize they are completely different beasts. Thanks!
post #3309 of 7842
Nah, I didn't sign up for the demo. I did own some D7000s though. The comfort could've been better, but they were comfy enough (i'm just really strict with comfort), so I assume the TH600 is too.

My time with the AD isn't up yet. I'm last on the list.
post #3310 of 7842
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post
 


IMO, from the HP standpoint, there's no difference in SQ.  Just 2 different connection options for people with either type of amp.

When it comes to amp, there could be some subjective improvements.


I concur.

post #3311 of 7842
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Originally Posted by koolas View Post

What is the difference between XLR and SE in terms of SQ on AD?

Nada.  Zilch.

Now my balanced speaker taps offer more juice, but the SE hp out of my receiver has more than enough to drive the AD's.  But I doubt seriously I could tell them apart in a blind test.

 

Don't get me wrong, I like balanced.  It looks cool, and I will have a completely balanced headstation around the first of the year.  But that is strictly an expression of vanity.  Objectively, it's a waste of money. But man, I like the look and feel of a balanced rig and the whopping 7 watts of power I will get.

post #3312 of 7842
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Originally Posted by swspiers View Post
 

Nada.  Zilch.

Now my balanced speaker taps offer more juice, but the SE hp out of my receiver has more than enough to drive the AD's.  But I doubt seriously I could tell them apart in a blind test.

 

Don't get me wrong, I like balanced.  It looks cool, and I will have a completely balanced headstation around the first of the year.  But that is strictly an expression of vanity.  Objectively, it's a waste of money. But man, I like the look and feel of a balanced rig and the whopping 7 watts of power I will get.

What setup are you putting together? 

post #3313 of 7842

A quick note on delivery:

 

We're currently out around 8 weeks, which is a bit slower than planned.  The culprit was getting the yield up on our paint.  We started with about a 10% acceptance rate which really slowed us down, but we're now at nearly 100% and have a large volume of cups in hand and even more coming early next week.  

 

The "bad news" on delivery timing is that to ensure highest quality I am inspecting and listening to all units before we ship them.  I leave tomorrow for the Tokyo headphone show and as a result this week only a few are trickling out.  But production is ramping now and production will continue while I am out (we're working 6 day shifts so there will be a LOT of phones awaiting my return for the final QA check.  Next week we expect to ship a large number of phones and I anticipate we will get into to mid-September orders within the next two weeks and by end of month be at less than a 5 week backorder.  

 

Thanks for the patience!

post #3314 of 7842
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Originally Posted by Byronb View Post
 

What setup are you putting together?

Nothing astounding.  I'm getting an Oppo BDP-105 as a graduation present for my BA.  30 years after I dropped out of college, I finally got my Schiit together. :biggrin:

 

Speaking of which, I am seriously considering the Schiit Mjolnir for the amp, but nothing is really decided yet.

 

This will probably hold me over for a few years.  Around the time my wife retires from the Marine Corps, I intend to have a Stax SR-009 and accompanying amp.  Or whatever the stat-of-the-art can is at that time (the pun is intentional)

post #3315 of 7842
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Originally Posted by koolas View Post

What is the difference between XLR and SE in terms of SQ on AD?

 

Shouldn't be much of a sonic difference between the two connection types. Measurements and such is a different story and theoretically balanced is better than SE. As far as amps and dacs go, that is a different story as well.

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