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post #1 of 16
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I was going to go for some earphones but since my order got cancelled I'm actually considering getting some more around ears. I wouldn't mind some wireless ones that pair with bluetooth or something as long as the sound quality isn't taking a huge hit. Kind-of looking at the concept of the beats headphones but without an overprice, and with decent sound quality. I've never personally heard them but everyone seems to say they don't sound great and break easily.

 

Since I'm returning my V-MODA M100 headphones and some of that was an Amazon credit I'm willing to go with a budget of $350-400. I'm looking for durability, decent mids/highs, strong sub bass capability, and wireless is a plus if compatible with bluetooth.

 

The UE 9000 and Parrot Zik look interesting, up for more suggestions.


Edited by sneak310 - 12/20/13 at 1:14am
post #2 of 16
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Also checking out the SONY MDR-1RBT

 

It seems like Parrot may have gone all out with the fancy tech and possibly left out the SQ. I've read alot of mixed reviews for all three of these headphones so it's very difficult to decide which to purchase. Not only the general review but the review of the sound signature vary so greatly that it's tough to make a decision based on reading.

post #3 of 16

+1 on the Sony MDR-1R bt. I haven't tried the bluetooth version, but the standard version performs admirably.

 

Another option would be the new AKG k845. the white is gorgeous.

post #4 of 16
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+1 on the Sony MDR-1R bt. I haven't tried the bluetooth version, but the standard version performs admirably.

 

Another option would be the new AKG k845. the white is gorgeous.

Ah didn't even ever come across these... I'll take a look thanks.

post #5 of 16

they are pretty new, so that's probably why there's hardly any reviews out on em. they look solid tho & the other new akg k545 has pretty great initial impressions here on head-fi

post #6 of 16
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they are pretty new, so that's probably why there's hardly any reviews out on em. they look solid tho & the other new akg k545 has pretty great initial impressions here on head-fi

Yea I've been noticing that it's tough to find information on these. I'd rather stick with one of the previous three since people have already experienced them and I want to order asap.

post #7 of 16
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Yea I've been noticing that it's tough to find information on these. I'd rather stick with one of the previous three since people have already experienced them and I want to order asap.

out of your previous 3 choices, I have read that the MDR-1R outperforms them in terms of sonic quality. The parrot is the fanciest one in terms of extra features.

post #8 of 16
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out of your previous 3 choices, I have read that the MDR-1R outperforms them in terms of sonic quality. The parrot is the fanciest one in terms of extra features.

Yes the parrot is clearly the fanciest.. what about sub bass?

post #9 of 16
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Yes the parrot is clearly the fanciest.. what about sub bass?

haven't heard all 3 so i'm sorry but i can't help you there.

post #10 of 16
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haven't heard all 3 so i'm sorry but i can't help you there.

okay thanks

post #11 of 16
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this guide is actually pretty helpful: http://www.head-fi.org/a/2012-head-fi-holiday-gift-guide-wireless

 

Usually when I read on headfi that someone thinks headphones are good all-around with "increased bass" I can assume what they really meant was "I want my audio perfectly flat" so maybe the bass in the sony's is fine. I do really like the battery life on the Sonys and from what's said there they are supposed to be very comfortable and even sound great used passively; something most wireless headphones fail hard at. I don't care if they don't have noise cancellation and alot of people tend to dislike that anyways. I'd rather have lack of leak than to have noise cancellation, I think decent ear pads are enough isolation.

 

So far it looks like in order of best choice to worst of the Parrot, Sony, and UE are:

 

1) Sony MDR-1RBT

2) Logitech Ultimate Ears 9000

3) Parrot Zik

 

The zik has some real cool features with it, but I prefer comfort, battery time, and sound quality over fancy features. I just really hope they aren't lacking in the lows, as sometimes I want to really bump out some bass through the headphones.

post #12 of 16

if the mdr-1t bt sound anything like the regular mdr-1r, you will find they do have a nice warm lush mid-centric sound signature with mid-bass boost, so that should be solid for you.

post #13 of 16
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Could you maybe provide an example using music?
 

From what you're saying I get the feeling that this is the bass which is prominent:

 

 

I'd like to hear these bass hits @ 3:00+

 

And sometimes I'd want to EQ some hard hitting bass like this @ 0:35 +:

 

And no I don't want to constantly be drowned with bass and hear it in people's vocals.. have to make sure this can still play:

post #14 of 16

no, the mdr-1r are mid-centric, so the guitars & vocals would be most prominent. their sound signature is pretty colored though, so it's not like an audiophile neutral pair of headphones, but i personally really enjoyed them & i thought they worked well w/ all types of music. very rich & lush. great for rock/pop, guitars, female vocals, etc.

 

the mid-bass boost is definitely not overshadowing any other frequencies & adds the nice consumer friendly bass thump.

post #15 of 16
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Yeah, that's basically what I'm looking for.. not trying to snob my headphones out to a perfect flat.. thanks

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