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Bose is even worse than Beats since most people think they make the best headphones.  Well, at least here in the US...because in Europe I saw Sennheisers everywhere...I only noticed one or two Beats in a sea of Sennheiser (and a couple of other respectable brands).

hm here in Australia I don't see many people use Bose but Beats is like omnipresent and it really annoys me.

From what I've read Bose actually makes one of the best noise cancelling headphones out there and is (i think) well recognized by the audiophile community (QC15)

post #242 of 495

overrated: 

 

Vmoda m80 (who engaged the 'loudness'?  please turn it off ... and yes i own a pair)

 

Grado SR325is (ok, now the bass filter is engaged and the treble waaaaaaaay up!  ...  bought from a disappointed user for a serious discount.  and still own them.  gawd)

 

underrated:  Beyerdynamic DT1350 and possibly the Etymotic HF5. 

 

cheers.

post #243 of 495

Some more overrated and underrated cans in my opinion.

 

 

Underrated : KRK KNS 6400 .  Good and neutral sounding closed circumaural headphone.It's well balanced from lows to highs.Good and natural midrange for the price.Highs are clear,maybe slightly grainy,but not harsh.Lows are fine,lacking a bit of extension at the very low freqs.There was a mild midbass emphasis/reverbation (due to close design maybe),that improved after covering some of the holes on the earcups with some tape.

 

Overall quite good headphones,with somewhat lively and clear sound,but neutral and well balanced.Good soundstaging and imaging too.Musical sounding for sure.There are also very comfy and stable on the head.Easy to drive from portables.

 

Overrated : Their more expensive sibling,the 8400.I can't understand the general opinion that these are neutral....When I carefully tested them with same player and music as my 6400,I found them to have an unnatural fat midrange to bass coloration,making them sound weird and not good at all.I blame their plush pleather earpads for this and I wonder how they will sound with the (ok,lesser quality) 6400 pads.Or maybe something else went wrong when I tested them. 


Edited by john53 - 10/16/13 at 4:25am
post #244 of 495
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Fixed that for you, definitely not a headphone :tongue:

Beats are not even jewelry. just a plastic piece of sh*t! There are just too many people with really bad taste around to wear them.


You know I think since they've gone away from monster, the sound has gotten a bit better but the sound is still overrated.

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Underrated: AIAIAI TMA-1 Studio. Properly amped, these are some of the best cans for electronica if you're not a basshead. Great for artists like Autechre and Boards of Canada. The Klipsch S4 ii is also underrated for sound, build quality is lacking though.

 

Overrated: V-moda M100. I enjoyed the M80's sound, so I heard the M100 was a step up with a bigger bass response, and what I got was a very uneven headphone with a bloated bass response. It worked for bassier electronica, like Skrillex, but I'm not a big dubstep/EDM fan. Poorly designed earpads and iffy build quality (a friend's snapped at the hinge when folding it, it had gotten very rusty even though he never exposed it to water) didn't help.

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I will agree with you if you mean the AKG K701/2 with the bump on the headband otherwise, their products line are very comfortable to me smily_headphones1.gif

The K81dj were like a torture device :D 

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Originally Posted by BillsonChang007 View Post

I will agree with you if you mean the AKG K701/2 with the bump on the headband otherwise, their products line are very comfortable to me smily_headphones1.gif

 

   Originally Posted by blueangel2323 View Post

The K81dj were like a torture device :D

 

+1 for the K518LE (ouch)...fun little headphone though!

post #248 of 495
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+1 for the K518LE (ouch)...fun little headphone though!

I found them too boomy. I do have some basshead tendencies for my portable headphones but I prefer my bass deep down, with no emphasis above 200Hz. They sounded pretty good otherwise for the price though.

post #249 of 495
I think a lot of us here are making too many broad statements and judgements... As they say, "horses for courses."

It would be better to say "overrated in aspect X."

Example- for people who desire sound staging and detail, who have cash, the HD800 is a steal- to get that last few percent, we are talking Stax Omega prices.

Take the HE-500. People praise its detail retrieval- that aspect is way overrated. It is outperformed by headphones half its price. Its Fun Factor is quite underrated, though.

The difference with Grados and the LCD2s, is that nobody recommends them for people looking for neutrality. In this respect, they are NOT overrated, as nobody claims that they are good at a feature that they lack. Though, the LCD2's near cult following is a bit irritating, I will admit, However, I highly doubt that it isn't at least in large part, justified.

To truly earn the moniker of completely being overrated, sound, features, and aesthetics, you'd have to go as low as Beats, Bieber, and Triports. Arguably, also, the Abyss is, whose being priced as much as a a Stax 009, is unforgivable, and clearly its price was determined before they figured out how well it worked. That sales tactic of making it seem better than it really is due to artifically inflating its price (hello Kirby Vaccuum and Louis Vuitton, I'm talking to you!) does really annoy me.

Example of not overrated- wow, those Skullcandy or V-Modas, as a fashion statement, run the risk of being underrated, at least here on head-fi. They look awesome for their target demographic, and that's what they are for.


The M50's... My sister is very picky. She wants a durable, transportable (goodbye ATH-A700/900!) circumaural headphone that offers some isolation (that narrows things down a lot), fits people with small heads (goodbye K550!), has a flat [Clarification: I really should have said a not-recessed treble]frequency response (goodbye Shure 840!), is drivable without an external amp (goodbye DT770!), is neutral and not dark sounding (goodbye HD380!), isnt flashy (goodbye V-Moda!), isn't Sony (bad experience in the past), and is a firm max of 200 USD new with warranty from a place with a good return policy.

The M50, frankly, is by far the best fit, and to her, not at all overrated. See what I mean?

Now, maybe the most egregiosly underrated in pretty much every respect are the lower priced Koss or Monoprice offerings.
Edited by Chromako - 10/16/13 at 9:57am
post #250 of 495
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I found them too boomy. I do have some basshead tendencies for my portable headphones but I prefer my bass deep down, with no emphasis above 200Hz. They sounded pretty good otherwise for the price though.

 

Yep...they are.  Got them for free with an Amazon gift card and thought I'd use them as a cheap portable out of my Clip Zip.

 

May mod them and my HD428s to get some experience prior to trying mods on more expensive cans

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The M50's... My sister is very picky. She wants a durable, transportable (goodbye ATH-A700/900!) circumaural headphone that offers some isolation (that narrows things down a lot), fits people with small heads (goodbye K550!), has a flat frequency response (goodbye Shure 840!), is drivable without an external amp (goodbye DT770!), is neutral and not dark sounding (goodbye HD380!), isnt flashy (goodbye V-Moda!), isn't Sony (bad experience in the past), and is a firm max of 200 USD new with warranty from a place with a good return policy.

I wouldn't say that the M50 are any flatter in frequency response than the 840. The M50 are slightly v-shaped and the 840 are slightly mid-forward, so it's a give and take. If anything, the 840 are closer to what's traditionally considered "neutral" than the M50.

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Edited by Chromako - 10/16/13 at 9:39am
post #253 of 495
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Originally Posted by blueangel2323 View Post

I wouldn't say that the M50 are any flatter in frequency response than the 840. The M50 are slightly v-shaped and the 840 are slightly mid-forward, so it's a give and take. If anything, the 840 are closer to what's traditionally considered "neutral" than the M50.

She was quite unhappy at the Shure's recessed treble, which for her, made it seem wonky, and made the M50's seem balanced in comparison. She is more sensitive to recessed highs than mids, so we had to weigh things accordingly.

Good point, though.
Edited by Chromako - 10/16/13 at 9:39am
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She was quite unhappy at the Shure's recessed treble, which for her, made it seem wonky, and made the M50's seem balanced in comparison. She is more sensitive to recessed highs than mids, so we had to weigh things accordingly.

Good point, though.

I'm surprised she is okay with comfort, they clamp tight as heck and the pad leaches onto your ears for sweat. My ears gets dehydrated from how much I sweat. Other than that they are pretty decent headphones as a fun headphone, just wish I didn't give them away before I could buy some velour pads to swap out.

Underrated- esw9, just great for portable at home/hotel headphones. They get unnotice now that other portable are come out by the dozens.
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The esw9a gets good reviews and are not overlooked.  They're not underrated.

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