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post #1 of 14
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Hi Head-FI'ers

I'm new here, but I've (shamefully) been stalking the forums for weeks without making an account! Finally did it! Anyway, I'm from Australia, and I figured this would be the best place to get advice on personal Audio.

I listen to a ton of stuff, ranging from rock to pop to rap and electronic & by extension trance & dubstep.

I've started a small collection of equipment, namely some old amps commandeered from relatives, and gear I've saved for, which include:
Shure SE215
Sony XBA-1, XBA-3
Sony MDR-XB400
Bose (no haters pls) AE2I
And the ever faithful Audio Technica M50.

I usually output from an HTC One (minus the beats crap), a MacBook pro or an iPad.

I also want to ask, from what I've stated, whether or not people think a pair of Sony MDR-1R's would suit me? I appreciate a full, warm sound but worry that the bass won't be quite there in the 1R. If not, can anyone recomment similarly priced circumaural headphones?

Thanks, and this place looks awesome, I look forward to exploring it more!
Edited by Yenssen96 - 12/30/13 at 8:50am
post #2 of 14
Of the iems you listed, the one i enjoyed the most and would recommend is the sony xba 3.

The mdr 1r is not a bass light headphone by any means and are a pair of headphones that do quite well with most genres. Theyre also one of the most comfortable headphones on the market and is something i like recommending to people!

The best scenario is to find a store were you might be able to try the mdr 1r?
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
Yeah I agree, the XBA 3 is probably my favourite IEM to date.

I spose that coming from the headphones I own currently, most will be a step up in terms of quality and sound. I guess it will come down to personal opinion, which means I'll have to find a place that stocks them!

Just in case, you don't know of any other headphones that would suit my tastes do you?
post #4 of 14
Are you looking for more headphones in particular or r u open to iems as well?

Price range? It looks like you definitely need a headphone thats good for many genres. To me a slightly U shaped sounding headphone would be best

Also are these for portable use or home use?
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
Portable would. Be nice, but home is okay. Having lived off of solid IEMs for the last few years, I thought it'd be good to try something different, and anything really, because if I don't have money now I'll scrounge it together biggrin.gif but it would also be nice to know what I can get that tops mdr 1r for 300 (keeping in mind detatchable cable and extreme comfort). And when you say u shaped, do you mean with recessed mids?
post #6 of 14

Sony MDR 1R are really comfortable and one i recommend a bit.

 

I also recently started recommending SOL Republic's master tracks which is about 50 dollars cheaper.

 

For home use, i strongly recommend Philips Fidelio X1, a open back headphone with a really great and fun sound.

 

NAD Viso HP50 is also a great headphone that ive gotten a short listen to.

 

When i say U, i mean a slight emphasis in bass with a little extra treble sparkle as well. Its a signature that makes music more engaging. Not necessarily to the point where the mids are recessed.

post #7 of 14

Hello,

 

I like warm sound too but I personally do not like the Philips X1 for it's lack of midrange. IMO, it's more like for casual listening @ home but I can see some people enjoying it! 

 

+1 for the MDR-1R! Recently, Sony has just released their MDR-1R MK II which improves the bass respond and fixes the rattle jack. They sound better than before but the mids is still a little bit colored sounding to me

 

Hope it helps!

Billson

post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 

Cotnijoe,

 

I've had a look at the SOL Master Tracks, and they look to be decent! a slightly smaller ear fit though possibly, I'll have to take a look at them when i go MDR-1R hunting :)

 

As for the Fidelio X1, I'm not a huge fan of open back headphones, but i guess that's why you said home use. I'll probably take these on long car and plane trips, as well as sitting around the house. So I'm not so sure about the idea of sound leakage. But I'll try to find some to listen to somewhere!

 

Billson,

 

Thanks for the reply! I've come to understand from my reading that the sound signature is relatively unchanged in the MK2, but it was rather a cable material change and a jack fix. However this is probably subjective. I also heard that the MDR-1R "MK1" had a subtle during-production change to eliminate cable issues. Might be just me, but as with the fidelio X1, I'm going to try and find a pair of MK2's to compare with the MK1, because I can't justify purchasing either one of them without knowing what the other sounds like :/

 

In terms of sound, coming from a Bose AE2i, what can I expect? has anyone here tried those?

 

Cheers again :)

post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by Yenssen96 View Post
 

Cotnijoe,

 

I've had a look at the SOL Master Tracks, and they look to be decent! a slightly smaller ear fit though possibly, I'll have to take a look at them when i go MDR-1R hunting :)

 

As for the Fidelio X1, I'm not a huge fan of open back headphones, but i guess that's why you said home use. I'll probably take these on long car and plane trips, as well as sitting around the house. So I'm not so sure about the idea of sound leakage. But I'll try to find some to listen to somewhere!

 

Billson,

 

Thanks for the reply! I've come to understand from my reading that the sound signature is relatively unchanged in the MK2, but it was rather a cable material change and a jack fix. However this is probably subjective. I also heard that the MDR-1R "MK1" had a subtle during-production change to eliminate cable issues. Might be just me, but as with the fidelio X1, I'm going to try and find a pair of MK2's to compare with the MK1, because I can't justify purchasing either one of them without knowing what the other sounds like :/

 

In terms of sound, coming from a Bose AE2i, what can I expect? has anyone here tried those?

 

Cheers again :)

The MK2 makes no huge difference from MK1 however, there are some difference and to my ears, it is only the bass but it does makes everything better :)

post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by BillsonChang007 View Post
 

The MK2 makes no huge difference from MK1 however, there are some difference and to my ears, it is only the bass but it does makes everything better :)

Yeah, I agree, a bit of definition and depth in bass does make for better sound. Any chance these headphones would benefit from a headphone amp? (I'm looking at FiiO E6, but I don't know if they will benefit from it)

post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by Yenssen96 View Post
 

Yeah, I agree, a bit of definition and depth in bass does make for better sound. Any chance these headphones would benefit from a headphone amp? (I'm looking at FiiO E6, but I don't know if they will benefit from it)

If you already have an amp, you can try pairing it with your amp but if you don't have one, I wouldn't recommend it as pairing it with one, does not make much differences although sometimes audible :)

post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
Fair enough, might as well live without it for now then, by the looks of it I'm going to take a look at some mdr-1rs tomorrow for sound, and if I like them, I'll probably end up broke walking out of the store! Expensive hobby this is!
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by Yenssen96 View Post

Fair enough, might as well live without it for now then, by the looks of it I'm going to take a look at some mdr-1rs tomorrow for sound, and if I like them, I'll probably end up broke walking out of the store! Expensive hobby this is!

MDR-1R is a interesting headphone with very smooth sound however, some may not like the colored midrange and [slightly] wooly bass 

<- sorry I was talking about Mk1 redface.gif MK2 have much better bass smily_headphones1.gif
Edited by BillsonChang007 - 1/2/14 at 3:01pm
post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 
Ill post my response tomorrow after having tried some smily_headphones1.gif
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