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post #121 of 1490
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Originally Posted by grizzlybeast View Post
 

I used to hold the same position on soundstage. My thing was bass and then when I found everything I wanted in the lcd2... I wanted a little more soundstage. That desire snuck up on me. I am becoming wayyyy too picky.

 

all of it started with me trying to find a good headphone for vocals under 200

I own the LCD-2. And I love vocals; and the 7520 has beautiful vocals. Both male and female. So your search is done. LOL (not LCD-2 nice but it's very good)


You had the opposite experience as me in some ways. I started with the AKG Q701 as my very first full sized headphone. The width is insane. I enjoyed it for some time. I then added the HD650, D2000 with a smaller stages and didn't really mind it and realized the giant width is impressive for a short amount of time (a month or two) but not really helpful in enjoying music for me as I don't listen to pieces that need the width or depth. I DO think instrument seperation is important though.. I don't want them smearing into each other and imaging is neat to have as well. What I mean by imaging is instrument placement. But having width and depth is not critical for me. I'll take it if it's free like I said but I won't pay extra for it.

post #122 of 1490

yes you are right my search is done! I do like a little bit of width. LCD2 width is good enough  for me to be satisfied. But I just wanted to hear more as I have never had a really wide sounding headphone with strong bass, x1 or he500 coming the closest... IMO I like the lcd2 overall tons more.

 

The lcd2 having the best vocals, bass and smoothest sound I have ever heard from speaker or anything. 

 

But for me bro I am about to abandon this cause I am getting too obsessive. I am looking into the 7520 to be a decent all arounder and let go of the rest because financially for me I am not in the position to keep trying to fullfill these desires. IMO the lcd2 is amazing but not 600 dollars more than a momentum amazing even though I do think its price is set right.... Its hard to explain that the right way..maybe mixed feelings.

 

7520 it is. Especially since its scalable. I was looking at the mad dog but I don't think I will be satisfied with its mids, bass and detail over the 7520. Aslo its not as portable.

 

Seeing you post you had the sony and liked it somewhere though made me look into. It might have been the alpha dog thread.

post #123 of 1490
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Originally Posted by grizzlybeast View Post
 

yes you are right my search is done! I do like a little bit of width. LCD2 width is good enough  for me to be satisfied. But I just wanted to hear more as I have never had a really wide sounding headphone with strong bass, x1 or he500 coming the closest... IMO I like the lcd2 overall tons more.

 

The lcd2 having the best vocals, bass and smoothest sound I have ever heard from speaker or anything.

 

But for me bro I am about to abandon this cause I am getting too obsessive. I am looking into the 7520 to be a decent all arounder and let go of the rest because financially for me I am not in the position to keep trying to fulfill these desires. IMO the lcd2 is amazing but not 600 dollars more than a momentum amazing even though I do think its price is set right.... Its hard to explain that the right way..maybe mixed feelings.

 

7520 it is. Especially since its scalable. I was looking at the mad dog but I don't think I will be satisfied with its mids, bass and detail over the 7520. Also its not as portable.

 

Seeing you post you had the Sony and liked it somewhere though made me look into. It might have been the alpha dog thread.

For me it was a choice between the Alpha Dog and the Sony. I enjoy talking with Dan Clark of Mr. Speakers but I had to decide which cans will be the best for my needs. Having already heard the Alpha Dog at the RMAF  I got the Sony 7520 at B&H photo so that I can have return privileges if the Sony does not work out. For me I want headphones with great clarity like my Stax and in turn usually would have great instrument separation as well. The soundstage is very depended on the recording not as much with the headphones in my view. I have recordings that are very dry and I just use my J.River audio player software DSP Studio to open up the soundstage a bit. It is a workable solution to control the soundstage as needed.

 

P.S. There are a few photos here of the 7520 with the Alpha Dogs for some reason.


Edited by john57 - 11/9/13 at 12:15pm
post #124 of 1490

alpha dog would be nice but that is way too bulky of a headphone to be carrying around. A lot of software people recommend on here is not IOS compatible. I will have to research one. A good but not so affordable solution is the iFi iCan. It has bass boost and soundstage. But at 250 it is not the best option for me right now. I prefer hardware boosts over software. But in the case of the emotiva and the lcd2 the software didn't distort so easily. It might be the same with the emotiva and the 7520.

post #125 of 1490
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Originally Posted by grizzlybeast View Post
 

yes you are right my search is done! I do like a little bit of width. LCD2 width is good enough  for me to be satisfied. But I just wanted to hear more as I have never had a really wide sounding headphone with strong bass, x1 or he500 coming the closest... IMO I like the lcd2 overall tons more.

 

The lcd2 having the best vocals, bass and smoothest sound I have ever heard from speaker or anything. 

 

But for me bro I am about to abandon this cause I am getting too obsessive. I am looking into the 7520 to be a decent all arounder and let go of the rest because financially for me I am not in the position to keep trying to fullfill these desires. IMO the lcd2 is amazing but not 600 dollars more than a momentum amazing even though I do think its price is set right.... Its hard to explain that the right way..maybe mixed feelings.

 

7520 it is. Especially since its scalable. I was looking at the mad dog but I don't think I will be satisfied with its mids, bass and detail over the 7520. Aslo its not as portable.

 

Seeing you post you had the sony and liked it somewhere though made me look into. It might have been the alpha dog thread.

Of all the Mid-Fi cans I've tried (P7, M500, Momentum, 1R, H6, Z1000, Spirit Classic, L2) overall the 7520 sounded the best. Each headphone had perhaps one or two things which they really excelled at, but none of them are as balanced, smooth and detailed throughout the whole range as the 7520. To me, the 7520 works well with every genre I've thrown at it so far, which is classical, reggae, rock, alternative, EDM, latin, hip hop, jazz and everything in between (I also listen to a lot of music of which I have no idea in which category they fit :wink:).

post #126 of 1490

J.River is available for the Mac. You can check with the manufacture forums and others if you interested. Do not have a Mac OS to check this out.

http://yabb.jriver.com/interact/index.php?board=36.0

post #127 of 1490

^thanks just installed it

forgot about jriver

post #128 of 1490
Quote:
Originally Posted by grizzlybeast View Post
 

I used to hold the same position on soundstage. My thing was bass and then when I found everything I wanted in the lcd2... I wanted a little more soundstage. That desire snuck up on me. I am becoming wayyyy too picky.

 

all of it started with me trying to find a good headphone for vocals under 200

 

You simply can't have it all.....and that is what we will not accept and drives us mad, and keeps us searching for something that isn't there and will never happen.

 

We should be enjoying music....and the wonderful thing is that 90% of the headphones out there can provide that opportunity. But, like fools, we prefer to chase sonic perfection.

post #129 of 1490
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Originally Posted by third_eye View Post
 

Well, I just thickened the pads with cotton balls along the inside of the cups. While it did extend the space inside the cup and allow my ear to "breathe", it sounds pushed the bass into "boomy" territory and also made both the mids and highs edgier. It's an easy experiment, YMMV.


I'm trying this right now and it's definitely adding more space for my ears to breathe. But the clamping pressure has also increased a bit. But I'll give it a closer listen and compare back and forth between using cotton balls as padding, and without :) Not noticing a big sound difference right away though.


Edited by starfly - 11/10/13 at 5:58am
post #130 of 1490

Every week or so I take a very slightly damp (almost dry) cloth over the headband and earpads, and spend a minute or so working my fingers around the edges of the pads which has helped keep them about as thick as when they were new.

 

I also keep the headphones sitting "upside down" (cord on the right) which keeps the pads from touching when they're not in use, though I don't recommend this if you are concerned about how they look - after a year or so of doing this, the finish is starting to wear off and you can see the bare magnesium underneath. Best to rest them on a soft cloth I suppose.

Personally I don't mind though - as long as the functional part is not affected, I quite like the patina things develop over time that show their usage.

 

I wonder though, has anyone tried replacement pads for the MDR-75xx series headphones? I know someone contacted B&H and asked about the sheepskin 7506 replacement pads, but maybe they just assumed they wouldn't fit, rather than trying them?

 

And has anyone found a good, short, iOS-compatible remote cable? Most of the replacements I see now only have a single button.
I'd actually be happy to skip that if anyone finds the Z1000 short cable for sale though, as that will have the locking connector rather than just using a 3.5mm jack.

post #131 of 1490
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Originally Posted by starfly View Post
 


I'm trying this right now and it's definitely adding more space for my ears to breathe. But the clamping pressure has also increased a bit. But I'll give it a closer listen and compare back and forth between using cotton balls as padding, and without :) Not noticing a big sound difference right away though.


Good idea!

post #132 of 1490

Would like to know how well the MDR-7520 isolates outside noise? Being a closed headphone, it must do something. Can one hear people speaking with no music playing or at low listening levels?

 

Thanks.

Steve

post #133 of 1490
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Originally Posted by steveting99 View Post
 

Would like to know how well the MDR-7520 isolates outside noise? Being a closed headphone, it must do something. Can one hear people speaking with no music playing or at low listening levels?

 

Thanks.

Steve

 

I think the isolation is quite good. In an office environment, it does block out people talking even at low listening levels. I've also used this in airport lounges (works great), and on planes (not as much).

post #134 of 1490
Alright. Waiting for comparisons with the Shure SHR1540, the NAD Viso HP50 (Tyll's current favorite closed cans), and the Alpha Dog. :biggrin:
post #135 of 1490

I was thinking of getting the sony, yamaha mt220, and NAD to compare but I dont know....Im leaning on just the sony... it has the better specs overall. i want to hear that yammie though.

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