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AKG K701 or Philips Fidelio X1 to replace Goldring DR150

post #1 of 9
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Hi, I'm having to think about replacing my beloved Goldring DR 150 phones as even with half a roll of tape round the headband they're getting floppy again (cracked and broken side pieces, standard goldring fault).

 

I've been reading on here and at the moment am considering AKG K701, K702, Q701 or Phillips Fidelio X1.

 

I have 3 requirements for the replacements,

 

1. Sound like an improved version of the Goldrings (soundstage could be bigger but I love the balanced sound of the Goldring)

2. Preferably velour earpads as I find anything else can be a bit sweaty in the summer.

3. Single sided cable preferred (looked at Hifiman HE300 as a possible but it's dual cable and out of stock at the only place that was selling it for £199)

 

Comfort for long sessions is important as well. Price must be below £200.

 

Any suggestions as to which if the above would suit me best. I'm open to alternatives as well as long as they fit my criteria.

 

 

Actually, I've just swapped to my Panasonic RP-HTX7 so that I can strip the Goldrings down and see what I can do with them. This has made me realise that something of a cross between the DR150 and RP-HTX7 would be the sound I'm looking for. Love the bass and treble on the RP-HTX7 bit I prefer the mids on the DR150.


Edited by Zephead - 2/1/14 at 6:40am
post #2 of 9

maybe try the HD 598.

 

Other than that the X1 is probably a more enjoyable listen than the AKG line.

post #3 of 9

x1

post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by Zephead View Post
 

Hi, I'm having to think about replacing my beloved Goldring DR 150 phones as even with half a roll of tape round the headband they're getting floppy again (cracked and broken side pieces, standard goldring fault).

 

I've been reading on here and at the moment am considering AKG K701, K702, Q701 or Phillips Fidelio X1.

 

I have 3 requirements for the replacements,

 

1. Sound like an improved version of the Goldrings (soundstage could be bigger but I love the balanced sound of the Goldring)

2. Preferably velour earpads as I find anything else can be a bit sweaty in the summer.

3. Single sided cable preferred (looked at Hifiman HE300 as a possible but it's dual cable and out of stock at the only place that was selling it for £199)

 

Comfort for long sessions is important as well. Price must be below £200.

 

Any suggestions as to which if the above would suit me best. I'm open to alternatives as well as long as they fit my criteria.

 

 

Actually, I've just swapped to my Panasonic RP-HTX7 so that I can strip the Goldrings down and see what I can do with them. This has made me realise that something of a cross between the DR150 and RP-HTX7 would be the sound I'm looking for. Love the bass and treble on the RP-HTX7 bit I prefer the mids on the DR150.

 

Apologies for the blatant advertising, but I have some very good condition DR150s listed on the For Sale forum, if you're interested (& I'm also UK based) ...

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

I saw the advert yesterday and I did give it serious consideration but I've got bitten by the upgrade bug and have decided that while I want a similar sound signature I also want an improvement. While I'd like to buy yours as well, I've currently got new headphones, new in-ears and a Fiio X3 or Ibasso DX50 on my saving up list so need to save every penny I can.

post #6 of 9

Here's what I have. Sennheiser Momentum, Philips X1, Denon D2000 Grado SR80i and some Sennheiser 202. I also won Bose QC15s and some sony wireless which I won't consider as they have very niche functions.

 

The Philips X1s are a fun sounding headphone. Somewhere ( a happy somewhere) between the Denon D2000 and Grado SR80i. They don't do exactly what either one of there headphones do to justify keeping but it's a very good compromise.  Fairly open sounding, good bass although not super tight. Decent and non-siblant treble leading to an enjoyable sound. Great for most genres and very close to the D2000. The D2000 reaches a bit higher while IMO the X1 provides more space.

 

I listen to quite a bit of metal with downtuned guitars. In songs like "Redneck" by Lamb of God the bass drum, bass and guitar compete for similar sonic territory. The guitar is distinct enough from the bass and kick that it retains definition but , in the beginning, the bass is lost in the mix where it's fairly distinct in my Grados while losing some heft.

 

 

The 701 , to me , sounds a bit more precise and neutral than the Grado... by memory. The Grados treble is ore pronounced than accurate while the AKG is kind of boring but not in the laid back Sennheiser Momentum kind of way. I don't have enough experience on the 701s to be more detailed. The X1s were definitely more fun but not as precise and revealing.

 

I'm looking to sell my X1s for something between the Denon D2000 and AKG. I'm looking for something with a bit more detail without what may be percieved as "sterility"


Edited by benthughes - 2/2/14 at 1:09am
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Originally Posted by Zephead View Post
 

I saw the advert yesterday and I did give it serious consideration but I've got bitten by the upgrade bug and have decided that while I want a similar sound signature I also want an improvement. While I'd like to buy yours as well, I've currently got new headphones, new in-ears and a Fiio X3 or Ibasso DX50 on my saving up list so need to save every penny I can.


No worries - it was worth a shot!

 

If you have/are getting an amp, then I can highly recommend the AKG K612 as an upgrade. Similar sound, but more refined across the board; they have a much bigger soundstage though.  Excellent value at around £130. They need amping, but a FiiO E10 or similar will do the job perfectly

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 

Cheers sinnottj, you may just have saved me a decent chunk of money. I've just been reading a comparison thread,

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/685483/akg-k702-the-classic-vs-k612-pro-the-upstart-review-and-comparison

 

and I think the sound signature of the K612 is probably better for me than the K701/Q701 and Phillips Fidelio X1 that I was considering.

 

Looks like the K612 is about £50 - £60 cheaper so win/win. :-)

post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by Zephead View Post
 

Cheers sinnottj, you may just have saved me a decent chunk of money. I've just been reading a comparison thread,

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/685483/akg-k702-the-classic-vs-k612-pro-the-upstart-review-and-comparison

 

and I think the sound signature of the K612 is probably better for me than the K701/Q701 and Phillips Fidelio X1 that I was considering.

 

Looks like the K612 is about £50 - £60 cheaper so win/win. :-)

 

No problem! This is the best price I've seen for them (£113 !!): http://www.dv247.com/headphones/akg-k612-pro--201169

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