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post #736 of 2340
Yes, you can! The Sony plug has a fixed 3.5 plug with a screw on 1/4" adaptor.
post #737 of 2340
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Yes, you can! The Sony plug has a fixed 3.5 plug with a screw on 1/4" adaptor.

yay! thank you!

post #738 of 2340
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So, just to update grizzlybeast. Not sure if it's the burn-in of the pads or drivers or my brain, but the bass has decreased since my first impression. I would now say about 20% 15% less than the 7520. Still not bass shy IMO, but the perfect neutral amount with great extension, control and even slam when called for. But the decreasing needs to stop soon or they will go into the bass shy territory. Not yet though! I would still say they are 5% boosted from neutral, so still a good amount with nice body and detail.

 

For those interested, the pads are breaking in nicely. They're really soft memory foam and there is more room my ears as they shape around now.

 

I broke my exclusive mode rule and did a quick A/B with the 7520 last night, just for a few songs. The 7520s hold their own, and I'm getting the feeling I might ultimately prefer the 7520, but it's a close battle as the Spirit Pro is more neutral. Too close to call for now, but I want to give the Spirit Pro another week or two before final smackdown.

imo asking for the 7520 bass in another headphone is almost asking too much and unrealistic. 7520 quantity is not, but 7520 quantity and texture is. I have had the he500 and that has an acceptable quantity for me. he400/lcd2/7520 is ideal.

post #739 of 2340
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imo asking for the 7520 bass in another headphone is almost asking too much and unrealistic. 7520 quantity is not, but 7520 quantity and texture is. I have had the he500 and that has an acceptable quantity for me. he400/lcd2/7520 is ideal.


Yeah I agree. The 7520's bass is something very special. It's the first time I say "resolving bass" for a dynamic headphone. Normally when I think of bass being resolving of micro-details I think of the LCD-2 and to a lesser extent the HE-500. Almost all other headphones have a one-note sounding bass without much resolution. I would say the Spirit Pro is not terrible in this regard, probably better than average, but the 7520 has it outclassed in detailed/textured/resolving aspect of bass. The Spirit Pro does seem to either match or even beat the 7520 for midrange, upper-mid/ treble resolution. I won't know until the final smackdown but it's close for now and is definitely a worthy challenger in this regard.

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Yeah I agree. The 7520's bass is something very special. It's the first time I say "resolving bass" for a dynamic headphone. Normally when I think of bass being resolving of micro-details I think of the LCD-2 and to a lesser extent the HE-500. Almost all other headphones have a one-note sounding bass without much resolution. I would say the Spirit Pro is not terrible in this regard, probably better than average, but the 7520 has it outclassed in detailed/textured/resolving aspect of bass. The Spirit Pro does seem to either match or even beat the 7520 for midrange, upper-mid/ treble resolution. I won't know until the final smackdown but it's close for now and is definitely a worthy challenger in this regard.

 

Oh definitely. The 7520 sounds dark and shut-in by comparison.

post #741 of 2340
Is the 7520 darker and just as (or even more) resolving, or is it darker and less resolving?
post #742 of 2340
In my opinion the 7520 is more resolving and also darker in the sense that midrange is less up front. I would not use the word dark with either compared to many hp on the market.
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Would you guys consider the 7520 "basshead approved"?

post #744 of 2340
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Would you guys consider the 7520 "basshead approved"?
It has the best bass resolution of any sub$1000 headphone I have heard so far ( maybe besides lcd2 that has no midbass hump and is prob tighter and he500 but he500 has a slighlty wooly but really textured bass) but as far as quantity goes it is more satisfying than an he400.
What hp do you think is the minimum for a basshead? if i have heard it then i can let you know from memory how it compares.
also If u live in portland Oregon I can let u borrow the yamaha one of these days.
Edited by grizzlybeast - 1/27/14 at 10:35am
post #745 of 2340
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Would you guys consider the 7520 "basshead approved"?

Based on what folks here on head-fi call basshead cans, certainly not!

post #746 of 2340
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Based on what folks here on head-fi call basshead cans, certainly not!

well if the he400 is listed as a basshead can then it might be. But yeah you may be right. I personally don't consider the he400 or lcd2 basshead phones.


Edited by grizzlybeast - 1/27/14 at 11:46am
post #747 of 2340
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Would you guys consider the 7520 "basshead approved"?

If the music you're listening to will call for bass, it'll be there, trust me on that :) But it will not add bass when uncalled for and it will never ever drown out the rest of the frequency spectrum. It's very well controlled. So unless you really like it when a headphone only produces bass and performs mediocre in the rest of the frequency range, you just might like this headphone. But I'm sure there are much more 'bassy' headphones out there.

 

I personally really like the quality and quantity of the bass on the 7520. It's very tight, controlled, reaches deep, can be powerful when called for, and doesn't have as much of a hump in the mid-bass as some other headphones do (but still there). And it has plenty of sub-bass as well if you like that.

 

In the end though, our opinions are worthless to you. Give them a listen yourself, that's the only way to really know. Our opinions are all very very subjective :)

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Oh definitely. The 7520 sounds dark and shut-in by comparison.


For sure. The Spirit Pro is very open sounding, super airy (without any kind of harsh treble). I don't want to go with the hyperbole that it sounds like a open can, but it sort of does. Haha. I think it's a good complimentary can to own along with the 7520. Different takes on awesome studio monitoring sound and total legendary awesomeness (as Kung Fu Panda might say).

 

I've heard some basshead cans like the XB1000 and it's a crazy amount of bass. Like what the 7520 does times 10. So no, these won't be basshead cans, but it might be nice for a former basshead who now perfers neutrality. But if thundering crazy bass is actually in the mix then, yeah the 7520 will hang with the best bass cans and deliver a knockout punch.


Edited by M-13 - 1/27/14 at 12:08pm
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For sure. The Spirit Pro is very open sounding, super airy (without any kind of harsh treble). I don't want to go with the hyperbole that it sounds like a open can, but it sort of does. Haha. I think it's a good complimentary can to own along with the 7520. Different takes on awesome studio monitoring sound and total legendary awesomeness (as Kung Fu Panda might say).

 

I've heard some basshead cans like the XB1000 and it's a crazy amount of bass. Like what the 7520 does times 10. So no, these won't be basshead cans, but it might be nice for a former basshead who now perfers neutrality. But if thundering crazy bass is actually in the mix then, yeah the 7520 will hang with the best bass cans and deliver a knockout punch.

thats a really good way to put it and probably where I am at now. That sounds like me! I want to hear that xb1000 though one day. I just don't want to buy it. 

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Is the 7520 darker and just as (or even more) resolving, or is it darker and less resolving?

 

The 7520 gives you what's on the recording but I find it lacks some space, openness and depth. But that can be not a bad thing at times...some headphones resort to brightness to achieve those characteristics. Better to err on the safe side than become unmusical.

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