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post #286 of 1649

Have you ever had the opportunity to hear the JVC DX1000? Considering your comment here about the TH range brightness, the JVC seems like a logical one to try due to being a warmer sounding sealed headphone - with an overall far smoother sound than the Fostex TH600/900 range and higher up Ultrasones like the Pro/DJ - for me at least despite owning and enjoying two pretty bright headphones. It still has a bit of wonkyness in the frequency range seen in the one and only measurement I've seen for it so far

 

 

Either way the XC and FAD are on my own to hear list - I have seen many others that think the same way as yourself on the XC overall quality for the price. I love my TH600, but I note the treble shrillness every time I listen to anything outside the realms of electronic or pop - looking at your measurements the TH900 are less bright.

 

If you are referring to the Alpha Dog, then for me without the doggie treat mod they seemed to be almost a planar HD800 in terms of tonal balance. They had a shrillness to the treble that annoyed me a bit not as bad for me as the HD800 without modding.


Edited by UNIFi - 4/12/14 at 8:08am
post #287 of 1649
The DX1000 and Signature DJ are no match for PH6. The only headphone which I felt that can hold a candle to PH6 is D7000. But D7000 still can't match PH6 in terms of transparency, treble and details. It has a slight edge over the PH6 in terms of better textured bass.
post #288 of 1649

Interesting as I prefer the DX1000 over the TH600 quite comfortably for most music, and the DJ to be around the TH600 ballpark if we also factor in portability/preferences of aggression vs the somewhat distant feeling of TH600.

 

Part of whats great in this hobby, all the difference viewpoints and preferences.

 

The FAD is definitely tempting me, I'm in Melbourne shortly after easter so we'll see.


Edited by UNIFi - 4/12/14 at 8:15am
post #289 of 1649
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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.

 

I figured that was the case, because (TBH) I find your reviews to be the most trustworthy. I don't know how to get a pair of FAD PH6 in your hands, but if the opportunity arises I would love to hear your input. 

post #290 of 1649
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Originally Posted by UNIFi View Post

Interesting as I prefer the DX1000 over the TH600 quite comfortably for most music, and the DJ to be around the TH600 ballpark if we also factor in portability/preferences of aggression vs the somewhat distant feeling of TH600.

Part of whats great in this hobby, all the difference viewpoints and preferences.

The FAD is definitely tempting me, I'm in Melbourne shortly after easter so we'll see.
Yes, DX1000 is better than TH600. TH900 is a lot better than TH600 but the price is ridiculous.
post #291 of 1649

Hey I wonder if the dx700 sounds anything like the dx1000.  The dx700 would have been great if it were a little less murky or cavernous

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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.

I will have the AD here today and have had the Pandora. 

 

It will be very hard for the AD to have the beautiful,fast,clean and clear and full mids of the Pandora. The MD pro doesnt at all. The philips l2 has that kind of effortlessness to it at times but had no where near the fullness, attack, slam, punch detail and balance of the Pandora VI. The pandora also doesnt have the bass texture of the MD PRO but it hits a lot harder.

 

I would call it a basshead can if everything else didnt dominate its balance. Its like you hear the full mids etc but the bass when solely compared to other headphones known for bass is stronger. Pretty unique.

 

Makes me regret selling mine at times because I can also get rid of an amp and have even more money to spare. Its so free sounding that it wont be hurt by the fiio dark, closed house sound so I think a fiio e12 would make a good match. 

 

I will make my way around to this headphone again at some point in my life for sure. The comfort is its downfall but it would definitely be on my wall of fame if I had one.


Edited by grizzlybeast - 4/12/14 at 11:58am
post #292 of 1649

Just FYI - the comfort has increased considerably with exchanging the earpads against Shure 840 pads. No more sore ears. I can live with the weight. 

 

AS for a suitable amp - I listen to it with a O2 a lot and have the feeling that the clarity of the O2 really helps the H VI. (Then again of course I do not own other head amps, bu it also sounds very good with the internal Class A Head Amp of my Superuniti) 

post #293 of 1649

Beyerdynamic pleather pads made these things flawless, IMO. I can (and do) wear them 6+ hours a day with no complaints. 

 

EDIT: Actually let me take that back. The only flaw I have is that the highs are so clear that on recordings where the highs are obviously a little extra sharp (I listen to a LOT of metal) it can get distracting, but I'm not sure that's exactly a flaw with the headphones themselves...


Edited by SomeGuyDude - 4/12/14 at 1:15pm
post #294 of 1649
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Originally Posted by AlterSack View Post
 

Just FYI - the comfort has increased considerably with exchanging the earpads against Shure 840 pads. No more sore ears. I can live with the weight. 

 

AS for a suitable amp - I listen to it with a O2 a lot and have the feeling that the clarity of the O2 really helps the H VI. (Then again of course I do not own other head amps, bu it also sounds very good with the internal Class A Head Amp of my Superuniti) 

Can't agree more. Just replace the pads and this headphone is pretty much flawless. Honestly my TH600 are getting less and less working time now. I almost use TH600 only exclusively for orchestra instrumental songs and watching movie,, or anytime i want something that sound a bit "grander". but for most occasion i just love PH6 sound for some unknown reason.

 

Oh btw anyone have ever listened to ATH w3000 anv ? I listened to them briefly a couple weeks ago and it sounded a tad better than the ph6 in terms of smoothness. I think PH6 still have better micro details and the mids are on par, its just i feel that w3000 anv feels a bit more engaging and refined overall. 

post #295 of 1649

Yeah - we can all feel as if we were the gatekeepers to a secret treasure .. lol

 

BTW - Here is the link to one the few reviews of the PH VI  that I have found.

 

https://stozz-audio.jux.com/#2129426

post #296 of 1649

That was one of the reviews that convinced me to buy, actually. 

 

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The Pandora Hope are without a doubt the best headphones or earphones I have ever heard. Compared directly to Audeze and a modified Fostex t50rp there was simply put, no competition. Not so much in technicalities, in that regard the previously mentioned pair stand their ground but everything just seems to blend perfectly with the Hope VI providing rich intimate detailed sound that is just on another level from anything I have heard before. 

 

Hell yeah!

 

Here are the other good ones: http://headfijourney.blogspot.com/2013/11/final-audio-design-pandora-hope-vi.html and http://www.avforums.com/review/final-pandora-hope-vi-headphone-review.10018

post #297 of 1649

my visa card was poised.....

 

after a brief 10mins audition, what is this pandoraaaaa....from AVATAR???? 

havent heard this kind of sound b4, it's a cross between a H6, DT150, and a drizzle of LCD2, a tinyyy smack of D7k

my heart says HIT IT...my head says CANT U WAIT n get into HEADFI for at least a read..???

 

gave myself some excuse...the headbandslide is kinda loose...where is this made in...never heard of this brand..etc etc i blabbered..

and wriggle out of the shop. ratssssss

post #298 of 1649
Lol!

Something tells me that you liked it... really... :-P
post #299 of 1649
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Originally Posted by gelocks View Post

Lol!

Something tells me that you liked it... really... :-P

 

i am beginning to think it sounded like these...:P

post #300 of 1649

Once you put the PH6 on, there's no turning back. You can't use other headphones.

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