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What can I do with my Samson SR850?

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Hi Head-Fi community,

 

In an attempt to improve my audio experience I went ahead and bought FIio E17 and Samson SR850. Sound quality wise it was definitly a big step up from my Xonar DX with cheap headphone. However, I ran into two issues,

 

* SR850 is so uncomfortable. My ears gets hot and sweaty just about 15 minutes. I see a lot of people recommend AKG-240 velour pads but it would cost me around $40 to get a pair from AKG. I'm not sure if spending $40 on a $50 headphone is a good idea. What do you think?

 

* For some reason when listening to high pitched music (such a vocaloid) or movies, some highs are "muddy" or "harsh" (I'm not good with description). it definitely doesn't sound comfortable. Is this part of SR850 sound signature?

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Originally Posted by trumpet205 View Post

In an attempt to improve my audio experience I went ahead and bought FIio E17 and Samson SR850. Sound quality wise it was definitly a big step up from my Xonar DX with cheap headphone. However, I ran into two issues,

 

* SR850 is so uncomfortable. My ears gets hot and sweaty just about 15 minutes. I see a lot of people recommend AKG-240 velour pads but it would cost me around $40 to get a pair from AKG. I'm not sure if spending $40 on a $50 headphone is a good idea. What do you think?

 

* For some reason when listening to high pitched music (such a vocaloid) or movies, some highs are "muddy" or "harsh" (I'm not good with description). it definitely doesn't sound comfortable. Is this part of SR850 sound signature?

The Samson SR850 (made by Superlux) & Superlux HD681, HD668B, HD669 and AKG K240/241/270/271 all use the same size ear pads.

 

This eBay seller sells generic ear pads ($16) for those headphones I listed.

http://myworld.ebay.com/wang_yifei?_trksid=p2047675.l2559

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The Samson SR850 (made by Superlux) & Superlux HD681, HD668B, HD669 and AKG K240/241/270/271 all use the same size ear pads.

 

This eBay seller sells generic ear pads ($16) for those headphones I listed.

http://myworld.ebay.com/wang_yifei?_trksid=p2047675.l2559


How is it? Is it comfortable?

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How is it? Is it comfortable?

I've never used the $16 no-name ear pads.

I was lucky enough to buy real AKG Velour ear pads for about $22 each (bulk purchase from Thomann in Europe)

 

I would assume the $15 ear pads are decent quality, but do not have as good a quality as AKG ear pads.

I would say to give the $16 ear pads a try.

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I've never used the $16 no-name ear pads.

I was lucky enough to buy real AKG Velour ear pads for about $22 each (bulk purchase from Thomann in Europe)

 

I would assume the $15 ear pads are decent quality, but do not have as good a quality as AKG ear pads.

I would say to give the $16 ear pads a try.

How would you rate SR850? I see that you also have one. Does it sound "muddy" or "harsh" for you too when listent to high pitched music/movie?

 

I also have the option to return this headphone for another one, with budget up to $150. If I do what open headphone would you recommend? I primairly listen to Asian-Pop/Rock and watch a lot of movie.

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How would you rate SR850? I see that you also have one. Does it sound "muddy" or "harsh" for you too when listening to high pitched music/movie?

 

I also have the option to return this headphone for another one, with budget up to $150. If I do what open headphone would you recommend? I primarily listen to Asian-Pop/Rock and watch a lot of movie.

The Samson SR850 are a good audio quality for their price range.

 

Refurb Audio Technica ATH-A900X, $130 plus tax & shipping.

(I paid $256 for new ATH-A900Xs)

http://www.rakuten.com/prod/audio-technica-audiophile-headphone-stereo-mini-phone-wired-40-ohm-5/227840139.html?listingId=269188747

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The Samson SR850 are a good audio quality for their price range.

 

Refurb Audio Technica ATH-A900X, $130 plus tax & shipping.

(I paid $256 for new ATH-A900Xs)

http://www.rakuten.com/prod/audio-technica-audiophile-headphone-stereo-mini-phone-wired-40-ohm-5/227840139.html?listingId=269188747


Comforts? And that one is closed headphone right? Any recommendation for open headphone?

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