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post #481 of 1751
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Originally Posted by uelover View Post


The T51P is at best a $300 portable on ear headphone. The FSP is a serious challenger to a $1k desktop setup. I had previously returned my T51P. No fight at all.

would you go that far?

 

I love the FSP but I dont know about that. Challenger maybe but can win... No. Balance alone - untouchable. 

post #482 of 1751
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Originally Posted by grizzlybeast View Post
 

would you go that far?

 

I love the FSP but I dont know about that. Challenger maybe but can win... No. Balance alone - untouchable. 


i personally wouldnt know what 1k setups provide over balance.

post #483 of 1751
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i personally wouldnt know what 1k setups provide over balance.

I am not saying that the FSP lacks in any of this but you can have all the balance you want without instrument separation, transient response/attack,imaging,detail 

 

Ie I am liking everything about this TH600 besides its balance. 

post #484 of 1751
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Originally Posted by grizzlybeast View Post
 

I am not saying that the FSP lacks in any of this but you can have all the balance you want without instrument separation, transient response/attack,imaging,detail 

 

Ie I am liking everything about this TH600 besides its balance. 


allright, im told diminishing returns hit quite hard though, but i couldnt say, the most expansive headphones ive ever auditioned are the shure 1840 which i hated. the sound that is

post #485 of 1751
Thread Starter 

If you guys want balanced + transient response + all the other technicalities then you have to get the K812. :evil: (also, the HE-560 sounds promising)

 

I think $1K+ headphones offer resolution/transparency. This can kind of be a "WOW this is awesome" moment for people who have never experienced it. Over time this gets less and less impressive and you start looking for a neutral tonality + resolution. Unfortunately there are many expensive headphones with lots of resolution but most of them are horribly colored or pleasantly colored, but still colored. This is where the FSP can be seen has being very nice. It's perfectly balanced while offering about $500 worth of resolution/transparency, which is nice, but not $1k nice. Now if Focal makes a flagship with the same tonality as the FSP I will buy it and never come to Head-Fi again because I'm "done".


Edited by M-13 - 4/18/14 at 5:04pm
post #486 of 1751
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Originally Posted by M-13 View Post
 

If you guys want balanced + transient response + all the other technicalities then you have to get the K812. :evil: (also, the HE-560 sounds promising)

 

I think $1K+ headphones offer resolution/transparency. This can kind of be a "WOW this is awesome" moment for people who have never experienced it. Over time this gets less and less impressive and you start looking for a neutral tonality + resolution. Unfortunately there are many expensive headphones with lots of resolution but most of them are horribly colored or pleasantly colored, but still colored. This is where the FSP can be seen has being very nice. It's perfectly balanced while offering about $500 worth of resolution/transparency, which is nice, but not $1k nice. Now if Focal makes a flagship with the same tonality as the FSP I will buy it and never come to Head-Fi again because I'm "done".


sure, you just keep telling yourself that :evil::popcorn:

post #487 of 1751
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Originally Posted by Aerathion View Post

sure, you just keep telling yourself that :evil::popcorn:

No seriously, :rolleyes: someone new to the $1K will likely be floored. You will be like WTF??? for the first few months with your jaw on the floor everytime you listen to music. "OMG I hear things I never knew were in the album" :basshead: (mesmerized audio dork face)

 

This is why people buy and own $1K headphones. If you auditioned the LCD-2 right next to the FSP you'll probably want the LCD-2. Only after getting sick of the LCD-2 (couple of years later) would you actually see the value of the FSP.

 

It's like seeing a 1080p TV next to a 720p TV. You take the 1080p TV home, but after a few months you notice that the color balance isn't quite right... kind of looks oversaturated, and go back to the store and see that the 720p TV actually has the color balanced dead on.


Edited by M-13 - 4/18/14 at 5:16pm
post #488 of 1751
For those who are like me and find the FSP headband to be uncomfortable, here's the headband cushion that I used with it:

post #489 of 1751
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Originally Posted by uelover View Post

For those who are like me and find the FSP headband to be uncomfortable, here's the headband cushion that I used with it:

That is adorable

post #490 of 1751
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Originally Posted by uelover View Post


The T51P is at best a $300 portable on ear headphone. The FSP is a serious challenger to a $1k desktop setup. I had previously returned my T51P. No fight at all.

Ok, thanks! I can confirm that FSP can compete up to 1000$ headphones too, personally I found them more interesting than HE-500 I once had and only a lil bit worse than Paradox, which is my favourite headphone even after selling it. Depends of what you're seeking for ;) There are many technically better and mych pricier headphones that offer AWFUL tonal balance.

 

uelover

 

I know it's kinda stupid question, but can you compare FSPs to your CMS40?

post #491 of 1751

any former fsp owner changed to a classic or even hp50?

post #492 of 1751
Probably no...why should anybody?
post #493 of 1751

Do these things need a good DAC + AMP or do they work fine out of laptop and smartphone?

post #494 of 1751
They are great with good soundcard but they become incredible with an amp
They just get lot more dynamic.and energy in it
I would amp it for sure
post #495 of 1751
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Originally Posted by utmelidze View Post

They are great with good soundcard but they become incredible with an amp
They just get lot more dynamic.and energy in it
I would amp it for sure

 

It would sound pretty good from nice DAP, but not from smartphone for sure.

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