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post #2851 of 18853
Originally Posted by thatBeatsguy View Post


All this talk about the Dolphins really make me want to buy a pair. That, and they look like a smaller, wired version of a Parrot Zik, which is really cool.

Sadly, i can't seem to be able to find them on TaoBao. Have any of you guys had any luck with purchasing these from TB?

I bought them from this TB shop  http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z09.5.0.0.sxeOSw&id=35072957883&_u=3nadsou490a

post #2852 of 18853
penonaudio has them still on offer for 99 usd, though only in white and blue (no champagne). I most definitely recommend them as a very good seller
post #2853 of 18853

It would be more practical if he buys them from TB because he's in China. It will only cost him 66 USD for the ocean blue and 60 USD for other colors. 

post #2854 of 18853
Originally Posted by airomjosh View Post

I bought them from this TB shop  http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z09.5.0.0.sxeOSw&id=35072957883&_u=3nadsou490a


post #2855 of 18853

are these dolphins better than onkyo headphones? these are 90$ on amazon, I'm pretty sure build quality will be better on onkyo but what about sound? did anyone compare those two?

post #2856 of 18853
I read some of the reviews which placed them close to the level of the sennheiser momentum on ears. the dolphins imo are at the level of the senn momentums, so I would I would imagine they are at least equal to the onkyos. sound signature wise however, they're clearly different: the onkyos are known for rather thin on bass, the dolphins are definitely not lacking in that aspect.
post #2857 of 18853
I pulled the trigger on a pair of onkyo I can give them a comparison to my pair of modded Dolphins later today.
post #2858 of 18853
Originally Posted by Netforce View Post

I pulled the trigger on a pair of onkyo I can give them a comparison to my pair of modded Dolphins later today.

that'd be great. :)

post #2859 of 18853
Originally Posted by Netforce View Post

I pulled the trigger on a pair of onkyo I can give them a comparison to my pair of modded Dolphins later today.

I am about to pull the trigger on one of these too. everything will hinge on your comparison!
post #2860 of 18853

Which onkyos?

post #2861 of 18853
Most certainly the Onkyo es-hf300/fc300. As far as I know Onkyo has only one pair of headphones available yet.
post #2862 of 18853

How much is 参加促销:? for the Dolphins?

Edited by Charliemotta - 5/3/14 at 9:44am
post #2863 of 18853
Yes, I meant hf300. Thanks peter smily_headphones1.gif
post #2864 of 18853

So got the onkyo few hours ago


Here are some comparisons and impressions between the modded dolphin and fc300


The dolphin's have some bass boost toward the sub bass and it is quite good, tight controlled and little overall bleed into the mids. I like my headphones bassy but don't mind if they aren't especially bassy/basshead headphones. The onkyo have quite a bit more emphasis towards the mid bass and I would call these some standard basshead headphones. It is rather tight and controlled as well and has overall more bass quantity than the dolphins. Though as a result of having more bass there is some bleed into the lower mids. Overall with bass I wouldn't say one is too much better than the other as they both focus on different things, the dolphins with sub bass and the onkyo with mid bass but certainly more. If I did have to lean one way I would say the dolphins for less bleed into the mids and slightly better control though that may be a result of having less bass quantity.



Both mids are quite fantastic both quite rich and fairly detailed on both. The onkyo as I mentioned I found had some bleed from the bass. Overall both are very competent in the mids, male and female vocals sound quite good. No real victors for me in the mids, maybe the dolphins.



In the treble there are some notable differences. As a result of the foam mod with the dolphins the treble became a bit more forward and while I don't mind that so much I did notice a bit more sibilance as a result. The dolphins overall became a brighter headphones and while I am quite used to it and can eq it down if a song is especially sibilant that may not be for everyone. The Onkyo on the other hand doesn't have an as forward treble but it is forward enough to really sound quite nice and detailed without sibilance issues. I have another pair of headphones that are quite bass boosted with a quite recessed treble, the phiaton ms 400, and those have a quite dark signature. The onkyo in comparison to the phiatons aren't a really dark headphone but aren't a really bright headphone so it strikes nicely in the middle. If I would have to say I prefer the treble of any I would say onkyo as they aren't as laid back to give a dark sound signature but isn't as forward to hit sinilance problems.



Had I not removed the foam from the dolphins this might of been a closer contest, but as I have this hands down goes to the dolphins. Soundstage after the mod has really improved and I have fallen in love with this headphone again. Even with my issues with the sibilance as a result of the mod I would handily do it again if I had to (though I wouldn't want to since that was a pain in the rear). The soundstage on the onkyo aren't especially small it is quite decent and nice. I just really would say the dolphins take soundstage quite handily.



The dolphins is over ear though my ears touch the inner cup slightly. I have used the dolphins at work without the foam mod and it gave my ears even less space and after a few hours my ears did end up a bit sore. The onkyo on the other hand is on ear though for an on ear ear the cup size is quite massive and isn't uncomfortable for the short time I've used them. My earlobe is touching all of the inner cup with the exception of the top and bottom of my ear lobes which touch the pads. I would imagine these would get uncomfortable quicker than the dolphins but I have only had them for a few hours and been taking them off and on a bit. So I would say overall comfort I would say go for the dolphins though I was moving some boxes outside in this dumb and hot California heat earlier with the onkyos and it wasn't too sweaty for me.



Both are quite good, companies did not cheap out on real crappy pads and though each are not real leather the pleather used works quite well. When I had the onkyo on earlier I missed a few calls from my mother and she was not too pleased about that. At work with the dolphins my boss has gotten upset a few times as he tries to get my attention while I had the dolphins on and I couldn't hear him. Overall I haven't really reached a conclusion between the two as I have only had the onkyo for a short time.



So the onkyo came with the headphones, some reading material, a plasticish bad and one cable. The dolphins came with two cables, a hard shell case, some reading material, and the headphones.



The dolphins have some nice metal parts and a lot of plastic materials. The onkyo is mostly plastic though really hard plastic and some metal parts here and there. It swivels really similar to a lot of other headphones. Both are built quite nice so no real conclusion on my part and really based on preference. The dolphins did have a bit of squeak in the left cup but I fixed it with some wd40.



Both are really evenly matched headphones, I would say in my opinion I like the dolphins more for it's bigger soundstage. The onkyo I would recommend for bassheads with a real good overall sound and real nice treble. The onkyo I got off amazon for $108 if you factor in tax but I am a prime member so I went for two day free shipping. The dolphins I got secondhand from bhazard and price to performance I would say the dolphins perform better with the mod though it does give a more forward treble and give some sibilance. The onkyo are a really great value and I would say they handily outclass my phiaton ms400 in nearly every category soundwise for my bassy headphone.


These are only my brief impressions of the onkyo and even without any form of burn in I did find the onkyo to sound quite good. Not a too big believer in burn in though.


tl;dr: dolphin sub bass based, foam mod removal = more soundstage, bit more sibilant, over ear

onkyo mid bass based, much bassy, beauty treble, on ear

post #2865 of 18853

Hope that helps those looking at the onkyo or the dolphins. I will be stepping out for a few hours but will be back if you got any questions/comments. :p

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