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post #841 of 2340
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Originally Posted by M-13 View Post

 

So you started that thread? Just get the Spirit Pro and call it day. I pretty much live on Head-Fi and have auditioned cans left and right, and buying up more than I should, and the Spirit Pro is the most neutral and best Studio Monitor type of sound I have encountered. (IMHO YMMV, etc, etc)

 

Have you seen the Spirit Pro thread on Gearslutz?

 

I'm currently following these three threads (among others):

 

http://www.gearslutz.com/board/so-much-gear-so-little-time/508831-best-mixing-headphones.html

http://www.gearslutz.com/board/so-much-gear-so-little-time/638191-new-favorite-headphones-mixing.html

http://www.gearslutz.com/board/product-alerts-older-than-2-months/866266-focal-professional-launches-spirit-professional-headphones.html

 

Some people seem to prefer the Spirit Pro over the MDR-7520; but for others it's the contrary. Something that bothers me is that everyone seems to agree that the Spirit Pro is too small (is not truly circumaural).

 

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Originally Posted by zazex View Post
 

do some things better than any closed headphone I've ever heard

 

Some things? Such as?


Edited by Sinocelt - 2/2/14 at 4:14am
post #842 of 2340
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Originally Posted by Sinocelt View Post
 

 

I'm currently following these three threads (among others):

 

http://www.gearslutz.com/board/so-much-gear-so-little-time/508831-best-mixing-headphones.html

http://www.gearslutz.com/board/so-much-gear-so-little-time/638191-new-favorite-headphones-mixing.html

http://www.gearslutz.com/board/product-alerts-older-than-2-months/866266-focal-professional-launches-spirit-professional-headphones.html

 

Some people seem to prefer the Spirit Pro over the MDR-7520; but for others it's the contrary. Something that bothers me is that everyone seems to agree that the Spirit Pro is too small (is not truly circumaural).

 

 

Some things? Such as?

 

If the Spirit Pro is the same size as the Spirit Classic, I'd agree with the size concerns. Too small. Definitely too small. The 7520 is much more comfortable.

post #843 of 2340

Are the cups smaller than the SRH-840? I thought those were kinda shallow and not the most comfortable of fits.

post #844 of 2340
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Originally Posted by Sinocelt View Post
 Something that bothers me is that everyone seems to agree that the Spirit Pro is too small (is not truly circumaural).

Well... it's true, but also the pads do soften up significantly after a few days. They're circumaural for me anyway and I find them fairly comfortable. But as always YMMV, etc.

 

The reason I'm so impressed by them is that they're essentially amorphous: It's fast, then slow; it's got thundeing skull rattling bass and then is suddenly bass light; it's forward then laid back; soundstage is massive and then is narrow; imaging is off the charts and then suddenly not very good. Etc, etc.

 

I've never had a headphone more confusing until I figured out this thing was actually giving me what's on the recording without coloration. Up to now all my headphones have added their own flavor music speed (PRaT) and soundstage width and imaging, etc, but this thing doesn't, which is straight up weird and also very awesome. I would say it's a first among all the headphones I've tried/owned.

post #845 of 2340

Do any of you guys have the Hifiman RE-400 IEM? How do they compare to the 7520? I'm looking to replace my SE530 since the cable is starting to break. But I'm not willing to shell out a ton of bucks on IEMs, it's mostly for commuting and exercising and so on. And for airplane rides, as IEMs isolate much better than regular headphones.

 

The RE-400 sounds like it would be what I'm looking for in terms of sound signature, but I'm slightly worried it might be too bass light (from what I'm reading), so I'd really like to know how they compare in sound to the 7520. The other IEM I have in mind is the Yamaha EPH-100

post #846 of 2340
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Originally Posted by starfly View Post
 

Do any of you guys have the Hifiman RE-400 IEM? How do they compare to the 7520? I'm looking to replace my SE530 since the cable is starting to break. But I'm not willing to shell out a ton of bucks on IEMs, it's mostly for commuting and exercising and so on. And for airplane rides, as IEMs isolate much better than regular headphones.

 

The RE-400 sounds like it would be what I'm looking for in terms of sound signature, but I'm slightly worried it might be too bass light (from what I'm reading), so I'd really like to know how they compare in sound to the 7520. The other IEM I have in mind is the Yamaha EPH-100

 

It's definitely not as refined as the 7520. It's a good deal for $100. It's basically neutral, but I find the mids are a little too forward; the bass is nice and the treble polite. The isolation is definitely not as good though as some other iems, but the complys help. For me, It's the clear pick in the $100 category though. 

post #847 of 2340
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Originally Posted by imackler View Post
 

 

It's definitely not as refined as the 7520. It's a good deal for $100. It's basically neutral, but I find the mids are a little too forward; the bass is nice and the treble polite. The isolation is definitely not as good though as some other iems, but the complys help. For me, It's the clear pick in the $100 category though. 

Thanks, do you think if I shell out about 50 bucks extra I could get something significantly better? That really is the max I'm willing to spend on a new pair of IEMs.

post #848 of 2340
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Originally Posted by M-13 View Post
 

Well... it's true, but also the pads do soften up significantly after a few days. They're circumaural for me anyway and I find them fairly comfortable. But as always YMMV, etc.

 

The reason I'm so impressed by them is that they're essentially amorphous: It's fast, then slow; it's got thundeing skull rattling bass and then is suddenly bass light; it's forward then laid back; soundstage is massive and then is narrow; imaging is off the charts and then suddenly not very good. Etc, etc.

 

I've never had a headphone more confusing until I figured out this thing was actually giving me what's on the recording without coloration. Up to now all my headphones have added their own flavor music speed (PRaT) and soundstage width and imaging, etc, but this thing doesn't, which is straight up weird and also very awesome. I would say it's a first among all the headphones I've tried/owned.

btw how is the isolation of the pro... especially leakage compared to the 7520?

post #849 of 2340
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Originally Posted by grizzlybeast View Post
 

btw how is the isolation of the pro... especially leakage compared to the 7520?


Isolation and leakage is better than the 7520.

post #850 of 2340
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Originally Posted by M-13 View Post
 


Isolation and leakage is better than the 7520.

 

But if they didn't go around your ears, as it seems would be the case for many people, then presumably it would be worse?

post #851 of 2340
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Originally Posted by starfly View Post
 

Do any of you guys have the Hifiman RE-400 IEM? How do they compare to the 7520? I'm looking to replace my SE530 since the cable is starting to break. But I'm not willing to shell out a ton of bucks on IEMs, it's mostly for commuting and exercising and so on. And for airplane rides, as IEMs isolate much better than regular headphones.

 

The RE-400 sounds like it would be what I'm looking for in terms of sound signature, but I'm slightly worried it might be too bass light (from what I'm reading), so I'd really like to know how they compare in sound to the 7520. The other IEM I have in mind is the Yamaha EPH-100

I've heard the re-400 at a local meet.  To me it reminded me of the Etymotic sound, pretty clinical and nothing like a 7520.  Oh, and they did not fit well in my smaller canals.  And to me the Vsonic I mentioned kicks it to the curb, (uh oh, maybe I should tone it down, before I get flamed, but only by people who have heard both:eek:) I should say that I prefer it to the RE-400.  I also prefer the Vsonic to  many iems up to $200 and more.  That is to my ears.


Edited by bixby - 2/2/14 at 1:41pm
post #852 of 2340
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Originally Posted by Mike F View Post
 

 

But if they didn't go around your ears, as it seems would be the case for many people, then presumably it would be worse?

that is a common misconception. just because they go around the ears doesn't mean better isolation. 

 

amperiors

hd25's

spiderpowerforce

dt 1350's 

 

all have great isolation and actually have better isolation and less leakage than MOST of the headphones made.


Edited by grizzlybeast - 2/2/14 at 12:57pm
post #853 of 2340
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Originally Posted by Mike F View Post
 

 

But if they didn't go around your ears, as it seems would be the case for many people, then presumably it would be worse?


That could be Mike. I have no idea. What I can tell you is that my ears and head are not small. Never heard that in my life actually. I get the feeling once you try these you'll be impressed.

post #854 of 2340
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Originally Posted by M-13 View Post
 


Isolation and leakage is better than the 7520.

 

How can isolation and leakage both be better? Or do you mean the SP leaks better and isolates better? Or do you mean it leaks less than the 7520 and isolates better? Or does it isolate it's leakage better?

 

Damn, I gotta go take a leak now...

post #855 of 2340
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Originally Posted by Beagle View Post
 

 

How can isolation and leakage both be better? Or do you mean the SP leaks better and isolates better? Or do you mean it leaks less than the 7520 and isolates better? Or does it isolate it's leakage better?

 

Damn, I gotta go take a leak now...


Leaks less and isolates better. Leaking less is usually "better" for people.


Edited by M-13 - 2/3/14 at 1:23am
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