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The decay of the cannons in 1812 Overture?

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Interesting. Have you listened to high quality recordings of the instruments you play?

Mostly songs featuring a trumpet, piano, or guitar part, but other than that, no. I still believe that my earpods are great, and could compete with my SRH840's in terms of sound quality. It's just so hard to justify the SRH840's because of this reason.

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The decay of the cannons in 1812 Overture?

Thanks, I'll have to listen to research this piece.

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Mostly songs featuring a trumpet, piano, or guitar part, but other than that, no. I still believe that my earpods are great, and could compete with my SRH840's in terms of sound quality. It's just so hard to justify the SRH840's because of this reason.
I personally thought the SRH840's had slightly better instrument separation, and the cannons resounded SLIGHTLY longer than the earpods. Was there supposed to be a significant difference?
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I have heard the HD800 out of the O2/ODAC which drives them as objectively good as they can get. Incredible sound quality. However when I go back to lower priced headphones like the Sennheiser Momentum and/or NAD Viso HP50, the enjoyment factor increases because they have the sound signature suitable for my genre preferences. The HD800 is a technical beast, however in real world applications, It doesn't work out well with DnB, Trance, etc...

 

In the end, sound signature is more important than sound quality for me.

 

Have you tried a Beats Pro?


Edited by pdrm360 - 1/6/14 at 4:44pm
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I think a lot of it is marketing and hype and getting what the market will pay for the product. The backlash against the Abyss ($1000 cables? come on...) and Ultrasone in general (ED8 and ED10...good luck getting half of what they retail for in the used market) and even the HD700 (almost a 50% price cut recently) are examples of badly priced products. I find Audeze headphones ridiculously overpriced outside of the LCD-2, but there is a market for them here, so they continue to do well.

 

One could wonder the same about amps and DAC's as well. I have trouble going above $1000 for a single component, unless it is truly revered (such as the SR-009 or the HD800, although HD800 has issues of its own). I have listened to $1500-$2000 amps and come away unimpressed. DAC's in particular, I have my doubts whether you actually get more if you spend more.

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I personally thought the SRH840's had slightly better instrument separation, and the cannons resounded SLIGHTLY longer than the earpods. Was there supposed to be a significant difference?


Perhaps not. What you call slight is what some people spend tons of money to get. The whole Head-Fi thing may just not be for you. It's ok. 

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Sorry, your post offended me a little. I am too a musician, I have been playing guitar and piano since I was 5 and 7, trumpet, clarinet, trombone, and euphonium in school bands since 10. I still play and practice these instruments, so I must have a musically inclined ear as well. Still, I can't determine any differences in quality or detail in my SRH840's, WS55's, or apple earpods.

 

I too have been playing many instruments for a long time, but that does that do automatically have "musically inclined" ears 

sometimes I have a hard time distinguishing between headphones

 

best to try to visit audio stores or shows to get a sense of what really good equipment sounds like

before i got into this, first time I tried kplisch s4 I was amazed, coming from apple earbuds

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Have you tried a Beats Pro?

Yes, it's not as bad as people say it is, but it has too much bass for my liking.

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If the SRH840's are so detailed, please give me an example of something that is audible with the SRH840's, and not the apple earpods.

For the most part, unless the headphones are really bad, you won't be able to hear things on one headphone and not another. It actually would depend a great deal on the quality of the recording as well. This is all what I've found in my experience anyway, but for me it's more of a question of clarity and enjoyment, not as much about being able to hear things on one set that you can't on the other, although I will say the first time I listened to the DT880s through a good pre-amp I felt that I could hear a lot of textural details that I couldn't before.

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That's nonsense, properly encoded 256 kbps AAC is transparent.

This was already discussed, read the thread. I was under the impression that iTunes used MP3 256 as I am not an iTunes user, and the last time I was that was the file that downloaded. 

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Yes, it's not as bad as people say it is, but it has too much bass for my liking.

 

Got you.  Just a suggestion, try a Philips Fidelio X1 when you get a chance. they are great phones for the price and I think you will like them.

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If the SRH840's are so detailed, please give me an example of something that is audible with the SRH840's, and not the apple earpods.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kD6fcH58_U here you can hear the timbales and the guitar way more clear with the shures


Edited by wphantom - 1/6/14 at 7:15pm
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kD6fcH58_U here you can hear the timbales and the guitar way more clear with the shures

 

More clear than what? than Apple earpods?

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More clear than what? than Apple earpods?


yeah

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yeah

 

OK, that makes sense!  Anyway thanks for sharing the link. 

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