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Overrated - Grado sr60.  Aggressive sound signature with narrow soundstage, uncomfortable foam pads.

 

Underrated - Philips shp3000, Dynamic deep bass with smooth mids and no spikes, sweet natural highs, good soundstage, semi-open, very cheap.

Philips shp5400/5401, airy soundstage, very clear mids and highs, fast and quite deep bass.

Philips uptown, strong and deep bass, nice warm mids, clear highs, wide soundstage for closed headphones.

Yamaha hph200, very detailed, fruity, lively and balanced sound, very clear across the frequency spectrum, good bass for open cans.

post #332 of 495
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Originally Posted by Star2806 View Post
 

Overrated - Grado sr60.  Aggressive sound signature with narrow soundstage, uncomfortable foam pads.

 

 

 

 

 

You will burn in hell for uttering such blasphemy.  :wink:

 

 

Seriously, don't do it again. :mad:

post #333 of 495

Overrated:

"crystal clear treble", "clean mids", "hard hitting bass", "laid-back", "warm sound", "synergy"

(the usual marketing bullcrap that shapes our sound experience expectations)

post #334 of 495
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Originally Posted by xkonfuzed View Post

Just yesterday i ordered the Denon C300. Basically a basshead version of the c400, I've heard a lot of good things about it. I'll see how it goes. 
Please let me know how they sound cause that would be the only grip I have with the 400's is the lack of bass but they are very reference so it just seems like it lacks bass where infact it's just rite. After using this phone for a few days when I now go back to pretty much any other phone I have makes them sound really muddiesh in comparison. Like the er4p's I have. Yes they ain't as clear as the s version I know ,, but after putting them on after the 400's I was like ,,ewww no!! Lol IMO they are very uncoloured ! I really don't understand why they don't get more love on this site. Isn't that what most audiophiles strive for.. Neutral , unclored sound ,, and this is just my opinion smily_headphones1.gif happy listening
post #335 of 495
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Originally Posted by elvergun View Post
 

 

You will burn in hell for uttering such blasphemy.  :wink:

 

 

Seriously, don't do it again. :mad:

+1! The Grado at times, can be a hate it or love it kind of headphone. I have hardly heard anyone hating it though I would I understand why specially if you come from Sennheiser 

post #336 of 495

I got the C300 from the groupon deal for 50 bucks. It is quite good, double 11mm dynmic drivers pushing bass into your ear drums. Very high bass quality and sub extension. More bass quantity than my XB500. Overwhelming bass though, so unless you listen to the right genres of music, it may be too much for many. I definitely think it's under rated, especially at the current prices. 

post #337 of 495
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Originally Posted by BillsonChang007 View Post

+1! The Grado at times, can be a hate it or love it kind of headphone. I have hardly heard anyone hating it though I would I understand why specially if you come from Sennheiser 

I've heard the SR60i, and I thought it was an amazing price/performance headphone. But the RS2i, is a totally different experience for me. I hated it with an irrational hatred and lost any interest in trying higher end Grado cans afterwards.
post #338 of 495
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Originally Posted by 62ohm View Post

I've heard the SR60i, and I thought it was an amazing price/performance headphone. But the RS2i, is a totally different experience for me. I hated it with an irrational hatred and lost any interest in trying higher end Grado cans afterwards.

The SR60i is indeed, awesome! Not sure about the RS2i though your impressions sort of pull me down haha
post #339 of 495
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The SR60i is indeed, awesome! Not sure about the RS2i though your impressions sort of pull me down haha

Don't let me restrain you from trying them out yourself, who knows, might be your cup of tea.
post #340 of 495

Overrated: HD650, HD800, Beyer T1

Underrated: Sony MDR-SA5000, Grado SR325i (yes I own both and they don't get enough love!), AKG K501 (these used to get love but i scarcely see anything about them anymore), Narmoo RIM (still kinda new), most of the Stax that arent TOTL.

post #341 of 495
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Originally Posted by elmoe View Post
 

Overrated: HD650, HD800, Beyer T1

Underrated: Sony MDR-SA5000, Grado SR325i (yes I own both and they don't get enough love!), AKG K501 (these used to get love but i scarcely see anything about them anymore), Narmoo RIM (still kinda new), most of the Stax that arent TOTL.

I half agree on Sennheisers but could you spell out in detail why you put the Beyerdynamic T1 in overrated category ? I am curious to know what bothers you with T1. These headphones are very underrated on head-fi, hardly anyone mentions them as top headphones. On the other hand HD800 is being given a daily homage. 


Edited by zorin - 3/16/14 at 3:14am
post #342 of 495

Overrated: I find the HD800 extremely overrated, I had a try on them for 20 minutes after listening to a Hifiman HE-300 (straight from laptop) and a Mad dog 3.2 (straight from laptop), then I took a listen to the HD800 (Straight from a CD player, which was around 600 euro's), and I didn't find them all that good. It's probably because I didn't amp them, isn't it?

 

Underrated: The Hifiman HE-300, all the people that own it love it, but I rarely see someone own it. It's a great headphone for a great price (250 euro's here, 250 bucks on amazon).

post #343 of 495
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Originally Posted by zorin View Post
 

I half agree on Sennheisers but could you spell out in detail why you put the Beyerdynamic T1 in overrated category ? I am curious to know what bothers you with T1. These headphones are very underrated on head-fi, hardly anyone mentions them as top headphones. On the other hand HD800 is being given a daily homage. 

 

I thought they didn't sound good for the money when I tried them, it's one of the very rare cases where I really didn't like a headphone. I still even prefer my DT990 pros! They were a huge disappointment.

post #344 of 495

hd 800 overated. ah ah. from people who d'ont own them or listen to them with 100 bucks amplifiers or cd players or laptops.

 

my vote for most underrated is hifiman he-6. in a sense that most people will overlook it and go for the higher priced models from audeze. nothing wrong with audeze headphones exept the insane price. you can find an he-6 for less than 1300 bucks new. it is the bargain of all bargains. you can build an he-6 rig that will rival sr-009. you can build a 700 bucks he-6 rig or a 100 000 bucks he-6 rig. there is no limits with he-6 scalability. only your budget is the limit.

post #345 of 495

The Mad Dog won't do you any good unamped either. They are orthodynamic headphones and have a low sensitivity rating which means they are harder to drive. Impedance can be low but hard to drive if the db/mw rating is low. 

 

Cheaper amping like a $250 dollar Audio Gd or similar is far and away better than nothing. Even a cheaper combo unit like that can show you a degree of what top headphones can do unlike being totally unamped. Not that they cannot improve further or anything though.

 

Best to try some cheaper amps out like the Magni + Modi or similar with your Mad Dog's and HE300 and see the difference from unamped.

 

Good luck in your endeavors with the HE300 

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