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post #31 of 40
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Wait, don't get me wrong, Takstars Hi-2050 are wonderful for classical music at its price point. What I've said is that they are definitely on the bright side, so, if you are looking exclusively for headphones that don't have a bright sound signature, then you should look elsewhere, this Takstars are not appealing.

 

Then maybe they can be modded.

post #32 of 40
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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post
 

Any chance you can find SRH440 used? As I wrote, I haven't heard it but reviews and FR charts indicate it would work. If you're concerned about the bass roll off, I think there's a mod for that called ShurEyal by @eyal1983.

 

Claritas,

 

Nope. :( Seems that I am only left with Takstars Hi-2050, Superlux 668B, both of which could be too bright for me. But I will never know until I try them myself.

 
Originally Posted by Claritas View Post
 

Then maybe they can be modded.

 

Everything can be modded :o

 

Me x3,

 

Yes sorry. I've put it in a wrong way in that sentence. :o 


Edited by U6astik - 3/1/14 at 8:45pm
post #33 of 40

My recommendation is to pick Takstars Hi-2050s, they will shine with some of your favourite recordings, specially those with wooden instruments and well recorded voices.


If you find them over-bright with some recordings, you can always listen at lower volume levels.

 

This are very capable headphones at its price point. Give your mind (hearing) some time to get comfortable with the new sound, it will grow on you.

 

Our hearing is really comparative, and if you have been listening to dark or highly colored sound signatures for a long time it will take you some time to take the brighter and more neutral presentation as your reference.

 

"Jack of all trades, master of none"
After all you will find that you enjoy very much some recordings and you don't enjoy that much other recordings. The perfect all rounder (master of all trades) is yet to be done.

 

At this point it's difficult to make a solid recommendation because everyone has different preferences, but no matter the price, there are always pros and cons and you won't know if you like a particular headphone until you spend at least 20hs listening through them. There's always a little bit of risk, but after having spent let's say 50 hours with your new headphones, if you don't like them you can always sell them and get big part of the money back or start modding as Claritas suggested!

post #34 of 40
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Me x3,

 

Thank you.

(Sorry, I am incapable of saying anything else apart from that, as it is 5am in UK and I haven't gone to bed yet ;))


Edited by U6astik - 3/1/14 at 9:10pm
post #35 of 40
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Our hearing is really comparative, and if you have been listening to dark or highly colored sound signatures for a long time it will take you some time to take the brighter and more neutral presentation as your reference.

 

I've found this to be true up to a point, a point in time at which I can't take any more of whatever frequency has been accentuated. For example, if I listen to my bright Grados for a long time tomorrow, when I get in the car to drive to work Monday morning and want to listen my usual wake up fugue (BWV 578) on repeat, I'll need to reduce the treble. I can take in only so much of any given frequency without feeling sick.

post #36 of 40

May i add that modding headphones to become less bright can be as easy as placing cloth/foam on front of the drivers, basically "veiling" them. The only challenge is picking the right material and thickness so that it only specifically reduces the treble and not the other frequencies. That's where the term came from. Veiled headphones tend to lack treble energy.


Edited by b0000 - 3/1/14 at 9:14pm
post #37 of 40
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May i add that modding headphones to become less bright can be as easy as placing cloth/foam on front of the drivers, basically "veiling" them. That's where the term came from. Veiled headphones tend to lack treble energy.

 

Yes, that will work. It's what the dust covers do. When I cut them off the Shure velours I'm using on T50RP, it made the treble slightly hot.

post #38 of 40
The Shure 440 hands down really has the best SQ/$ ratio.
but unfortunately, feels heavy and very uncomfortable after a while.
also, their sound might start to hurt your ear, for they are bright headphones. extremely detailed... but can be cold, thin, analytical (also: harsh and piercing at times).

modding takes hours and $$. too much destroying pairs to make it perfect.

the TAD-400 is kinda a complementary headphone in comparison;
it has a very musical presentation, forgiving, less detailed, but better staged. seems much laid-back at first, excellent comfort (version x is the best, comfort-wise). a little warm from neutral, but certainly not too much.

thing with Classical music, is that in order to have more details, grand stage, etc.. you need different HP than you'd want for general listening... yes, extreme details = more analytical/cold/thin. no way around that, as I see things.

You really should try to hear the 440 / AT from someplace/someone. only then will you be able to decide which sound signature suits you best.
Your ear is THE best judge of all.
post #39 of 40

Edited: One I thought might be worth trying is Koss ProDJ100 (or TBSE, same thing). The stock pads are junk and need to be replaced. M50 pads darken the sound more than I enjoy; SRH1540 pads lose the bass.

 

I don't think it plays classical well / naturally except for vocals. The upper mids are too forward and the highest treble notes sound like triangles ringing regardless of what instrument is playing. 


Edited by Claritas - 5/6/14 at 12:31am
post #40 of 40

I came across another idea to consider. In this review, Tyll suggested EQing Superlux 668B: http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/superlux-hd-668b-and-hd-681-headphones.

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