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NVX XPT100 vs Takstar Pro 80

post #1 of 6
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Hi,

 

I'm looking for <$100 headphones primarily to watch movies (in an apartment where I can isolate sound). I'm debating between the NVX XPT100 and the Takstar Pro 80s. Which would you recommend?

 

Obviously my 3 main criteria are:

 

1) Isolation (noisy neighbors/roommates can ruin a good movie)

 

2) Comfort (so that I can watch a 2-3 hour long movies without feeling discomfort)

 

3) Sound (very big soundstage, solid bass)

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 6
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Originally Posted by graniteX View Post
 

I'm looking for <$100 headphones primarily to watch movies (in an apartment where I can isolate sound). I'm debating between the NVX XPT100 and the Takstar Pro 80s. Which would you recommend?

Obviously my 3 main criteria are:

1) Isolation (noisy neighbors/roommates can ruin a good movie)

2) Comfort (so that I can watch a 2-3 hour long movies without feeling discomfort)

3) Sound (very big soundstage, solid bass)

I own the Brainwavz HM5 (NVX XPT100) and Gemini HSR-1000 (Takstar Pro 80).

I personally prefer the Gemini (Takstar) over the HM5 (XPT100).

 

I would think the HM5's thicker ear pads offer more isolation over the Gemini.

I do not like the feel of the HM5's ear pads (too bulky?).

The HM5 might offer more sound stage, but the Gemini's have more bass.

 

I never use my HM5s anymore and use my Gemini's when using other's computer, at their residence.

post #3 of 6
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

I own the Brainwavz HM5 (NVX XPT100) and Gemini HSR-1000 (Takstar Pro 80).

I personally prefer the Gemini (Takstar) over the HM5 (XPT100).

 

I would think the HM5's thicker ear pads offer more isolation over the Gemini.

I do not like the feel of the HM5's ear pads (too bulky?).

The HM5 might offer more sound stage, but the Gemini's have more bass.

 

I never use my HM5s anymore and use my Gemini's when using other's computer, at their residence.

Hey thanks for the reply (and for all the great PM answers)!

 

Yeah, it seems that people have been commenting on the HMF5 (and XPT100)'s lack of bass. (Which wouldn't be the optimal for movie-watching.)

post #4 of 6

I've heard the XPT from an Audioengine D3 USB DAC/amp and it sounded pretty darn good with very decent bass, good mids, and a generous sound stage.  Not sure about the HM5, but I believe the XPT does come with 2 sets of pads and 2 cables.  Properly amped (it doesn't need oodles of power) it provides a good bang-for-the-buck HP.  I didn't listen long enough to recall whether changing out the supplied pads had any effect on the SQ.


Edited by tattoou2 - 12/14/13 at 1:44pm
post #5 of 6
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Originally Posted by tattoou2 View Post
 

I've heard the XPT from an Audioengine D3 USB DAC/amp and it sounded pretty darn good with very decent bass, good mids, and a generous sound stage.  Not sure about the HM5, but I believe the XPT does come with 2 sets of pads and 2 cables.  Properly amped (it doesn't need oodles of power) it provides a good bang-for-the-buck HP.  I didn't listen long enough to recall whether changing out the supplied pads had any effect on the SQ.

Thanks! That's nice to hear about the XPT.

 

Hmm, though, I don't currently have an amp. And if I do spend the money on an amp and DAC in addition to the XBT (could pile up to $150 or more), I'm thinking that I might as well buy higher-budget cans for a similar price (e.g. DT-770, HP-100, K550, etc). Or unless there's a decent amp + DAC that I can get for very cheap?

 

I know you didn't listen for very long, so this might be a hard question to answer, but did you feel that the properly amped XBT matched the sound of headphones in the <$200 range? 

 

 

fyi--the main source will be a TV, not a computer

post #6 of 6

Well, I didn't try the XPT amp-less, but I believe its impedance is 64 Ohms and its sensitivity is around 100 dB, so you just might be OK without investing in an amp.  Out of your computer and perhaps an Ipod you are probably fine.   I'm a firm believer in trying to get the very best sound possible without expending a lot of money. If I were in your situation, I would buy one of the headphones in which you're interested.  Listen to it for a while and then if you decide on a DAC/amp, keep your eye on the classifieds here.  For example, the Audioquest Dragonfly has really dropped in price, and there are always the E-07 and E-17 offerings from Fiio.  

 

Well, I've listened to quite a few low-fi and mid-fi HP's, and my feeling is that the Chinese XPT  is pretty competitive with the likes of the ATH M50, etc.   Listening is a very subjective exercise and no two people will hear exactly the same nuances of bass, mids, highs, and sound stage.  The brief time I had with the XPT left me impressed, but that was in conjunction with a pretty decent DAC/amp.  Good luck and welcome to Head-Fi.  Your ears will be the final judge.

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