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post #271 of 1647

That surprises me. I didn't think the HE500 could hold a candle to the Pandora. Or even the HE-6. Then again, I'm not an especially big fan of open headphones in general. Like you said, the HFM might have better "on paper" stats but it sure didn't translate to sounding better to me. 

post #272 of 1647
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Originally Posted by grizzlybeast View Post
 

IMO the pandora sounds really good but only wins out the he500 in bass impact. I would expect the he 560 to whoop it. but better sounding is subjective too. So even if the hifiman is technically better the pandora may be more musical. 

 

I do miss this headphone though.

you know what I might be wrong by using the word only.

 

I take it all back. I need to hear it again. I just know that its pretty close and I love the open sound of open backs they just never have enough bass for me in general. 

 

With all that being said I still expect the he560 to whoop it.

post #273 of 1647

Yeah I figure if you really like open-back that the Pandora's going to get beaten by the top end phones over there, but I think that's the nice thing about it. It's at a point where it's largely about what kinda sound you like. I have yet to really fall in love with an open-back headphone, despite trying a bunch. Have yet to get my ears into LCD3/X, but that's pretty much all that's left.

post #274 of 1647
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Yeah I figure if you really like open-back that the Pandora's going to get beaten by the top end phones over there, but I think that's the nice thing about it. It's at a point where it's largely about what kinda sound you like. I have yet to really fall in love with an open-back headphone, despite trying a bunch. Have yet to get my ears into LCD3/X, but that's pretty much all that's left.

I really wanted the lcd2 to be endgame but I am done with audeze no matter how clear etc it sounds. It just wasnt lively.

 

I am not into that sound anymore. The pandora may make its way back here. It has a really clear sound and the bass is sufficient wich is extremely rare.

post #275 of 1647

I had my finger on the trigger for some LCD2s when you bumped the Pandora sale. I was incredibly close, but something about these just spoke to me, and damned if I ain't glad I listened! The pad swap made a world of difference and now I just literally have no interest in looking at other stuff. I don't even have the desire. I'm done, and man it feels good. 

 

Now, the only anxiety I have is finding new albums to listen to with them!

post #276 of 1647

^to be honest, The lcd2 has a blacker background and is more behaved and balanced besides the treble but given the choice I would pick the pandora easily. I dont even crave it.

post #277 of 1647

That's the thing. I can definitely say that if you're going by the sort of "checklist" of elements that makes a "good headphone" then there are a bunch that top the Pandora. Somehow, though, it doesn't add up to a superior listening experience to me. 

post #278 of 1647

Having both the LCD2 and the Pandora I find myself swapping - sometimes I do listen to the LCD2 as a kind of "recreation" from the more intense musical input that the Pandora gives me.

post #279 of 1647

that makes a lot of sense. Thats what I do with the MD and ZMF. the MD Pro gives me a break from the ZMF intensity.

post #280 of 1647

I can't imagine using another headphone to take a break from the Pandora. Unless it's just to stop myself from getting desensitized to how freakin' gorgeous they sound and remind myself that this isn't "normal". 

post #281 of 1647

Had a go with the IV yesterday, I personally really enjoyed them, they are less airy and not as crisp as the VI but still sound great and are a very engaging and fun to listen to pair of headphones.

post #282 of 1647

I have not heard the FAD yet but I'll try to make it my priority to give them a go. I just need to find the time when I go to Melbourne next time (1000+ KM from where I live) - which is the only place here with them.

 

I'm more of a closed headphone fan personally, but I've been accepting of open headphones and want to get one for difference sake. The HD800 were a bit too bright for my tastes. The T1 I loved for Jazz and Classical and have kept a eye out for a sale. I liked the HE500 and LCD2 a lot but were both were uncomfortable tbh. Tried most mid tier options. Quite keen on oppo pm-1.

 

I prefer a U shaped signature for my electronic, pop, kpop, movie watching, gaming but dark sound signature/small stage for Rock, Metal, punk, progressive. I prefer a brighter sound/larger for classical, soundtracks and jazz. Very picky haha.

post #283 of 1647

I'd love to put these up against other top end closed cans like the TH900 and the LCD-XC. Tyll has a Wall of Fame for closed, but they're all <$500 and that kinda baffles me. All I know is, thus far, I haven't heard anything as good as the PH6. Not a single pair.

post #284 of 1647
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Originally Posted by SomeGuyDude View Post
 

I'd love to put these up against other top end closed cans like the TH900 and the LCD-XC. Tyll has a Wall of Fame for closed, but they're all <$500 and that kinda baffles me. All I know is, thus far, I haven't heard anything as good as the PH6. Not a single pair.

 

It's because all the closed $500+ headphones I've heard so far are such a poor value proposition.

 

The LCD-XC I heard was far to uneven; the FOstex are far too bright for me.

 

I've got to have a good hard listen to the latest Mr. Speakers and LFF stuff; I haven't heard the headphone you're talking about here.

I'm open to expensive sealed cans, but I just don't hear the ones I've heard as being as good as the <$500 cans I've got on the WoF now.

post #285 of 1647
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Originally Posted by Tyll Hertsens View Post
 

 

It's because all the closed $500+ headphones I've heard so far are such a poor value proposition.

 

The LCD-XC I heard was far to uneven; the FOstex are far too bright for me.

 

I've got to have a good hard listen to the latest Mr. Speakers and LFF stuff; I haven't heard the headphone you're talking about here.

I'm open to expensive sealed cans, but I just don't hear the ones I've heard as being as good as the <$500 cans I've got on the WoF now.


Would love your take on the following ones: Final Audio Pandora VI, Fostex TH-900, Ultrasone Signature DJ and JVX DX1000. :) They all have a boosted low-end which I personally crave.

I think to me it's either Pandora VI or Ultrasone Signature DJ as the potential "holy-grail" in any price range but I'm worried that the Signature DJ may have slightly too laid-back midrange / tiny bit too much highs and no idea about the Pandora VI but the bass is described as emphasized and overall good quality which is what I'm looking for, boosted low-end (by like 8~10dB depending on headphone a bit if I can decide myself) but as balanced in the rest of the range as possible. I'm like you no fan of emphasized treble but I don't want it to be veiled either.

Meanwhile my M-Audio Q40 is still keeping me very satisfied after 2 years+ as it got that ^-- signature I'm looking for. :D


Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 4/12/14 at 8:02am
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