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post #151 of 1831
Might want to add Fiio E12 (non SE) which has a bass boost switch. I think it mostly adds sub bass as opposed to mid bass, but I haven't used it in awhile. Sorry if it's been mentioned before, search function is broken in my version of tapatalk iOS forum app. For the pure basshead, I found the x3 to have a bit of a mid bass boost even with flat eq, as opposed to x5. Good list so far. This is my new home =]


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post #152 of 1831
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Originally Posted by gelocks View Post

I can only speak of my experience with the DNA Pro's over-ear (I haven't tried their on-ears).
And to me they were weak enough to call them bass-head cans. In fact, I actually found them quite pleasant without really emphasizing anything... I might have written some notes somewhere here on head-fi but I don't even remember because they didn't gain enough of my attention... Not bad, but they did not really excel at anything. Prefer the Monster N-Pulse to the DNA Pros overall.
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Originally Posted by SomeGuyDude View Post

I'm saying that the on-ear are and the over-ear aren't. The Sennheiser Momentums are the same way. The over-ear DNA do NOT have the bass of the on-ear. 

Ok, I've both - but not used for a while - gonna get them out for a listen, though I have prior always thought the DNA over ear were bassy.

What did you both make of the link to head-fier who reviewed the DNA over ear and made comment that they would be suitable for a basshead (or words to that effect)?

I'm all confused now confused_face.gifsmily_headphones1.gif
post #153 of 1831


Black Death extra bass headphones by Vibe are not for the screamish. The cans come with their own headphone skull stand and definitely come with a macabre air about them. The ghoulish theme runs with slogan "Death by Bass"......
With cans like these you can forget about ghostbusters or scoobie doo & the mystery machine - bassbusters are in order here methinks - and luckily I'm qualified to investigate this strange bass beast from the deep....but just how deep is the bass on these Black Death Bass Bins?
Let's take a step into the darkness to find out....(lol)
Ok then, these cans come from UK based Vibe Audio (http://vibeaudio.co.uk) whom state these cans have the below features:

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Novelty Black Death theme aside, these are over ear full size cans aimed at bassheads and DJ's, with extra bass tuning and design cues of rotating earcups for ease of use sound monitoring, coiled DJ cable with locking mechanism.
The build of these cans is very much a plasticky affair throughout which does give them a cheap feel, but these are cheap cans, the UK RRP is £99.99 GBP ($169 USD), however, searching on Amazon, you can pick them up for a bargain price of £59 GBP ($99.60 USD), almost 50% below list price.
The top part of the headband is padded pleather with Vibe embossed, finished with red stitching and the earpads similarly are finished in black pleather over what seems like a memory foam. Red material covering the 50mm drivers feels quite thick which adds comfort to the relatively comfortable fit of the earpads, which openings for your ears aren't exactly generous for over ear cans, so people with larger ears may find things bit of a squash. Clamping force is noticeable, but expected for DJ cans, though passive noise isolation is not as good as you might expect. Due to the design of these cans, the headband contacts directly on the top of your head with no side parts of headband contacting which may cause discomfort on prolonged use causing a hot spot, though for normal listening times, this was not an issue.
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The singular supplied coiled cable is very good quality and is housed in beats style red rubber coating. The 3.5mm jack end that connects to the single entry left ear cup also has a cable lock feature, handy for DJ application and the other 3.5mm jack has a screw on quarter inch adapter.
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A pleather carry bag with red pull cord and branding is also included, and fit the headphones and cable nicely.
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So, the sound, and bearing in mind these feature extra bass tuning for bass lovers - for budget headphones, they perform very well with a noticeable elevated bass that is quite punchy, mids are slightly elevated, likely so as not to be drowned out by the bass and the highs are respectable without being strident.
These headphones are easily driven from smart phone, iPod etc and play to decent volume.
Using a amplifier does improve sound quality, I used the Fiio E17, which gave more detailing. Pushing the bass EQ to max to see how hard the bass slams with Wiz Khalifa's bastion of bass track, on my level does cause these cans to vibrate on your head, but not to the extent of more expensive bass canons such as the JVC HA-SZ2000's which offers much more refinement all around.

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So, to sum up these cans, I'd say they do deliver the goods regarding the extra bass feature and a very good overall sound signature. They fold up for easy storage and portability and come with a quality cable that fits all bills of use. Suitable for DJing or just personal music listening, these cans do have broad applications, two cans in one you could say. Build quality is good despite all plastic construction, but they don't feel fragile at all and the ear cups rotate smoothly and silently, though I'm unsure how they would stand up to the wears and tears as a dedicated DJ can, which can take a battering. Styling is subjective as is the Black Death macabre theme which does distinguish these cans from others, especially the skull headphone stand included, but I'd recommend these cans to any basshead or DJ on a budget and to anyone who wants a good all rounder can for personal listening with scope to use as a monitoring can for mixing music.
Pretty decent all round bass cans with a spooky vibe for sure.

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post #154 of 1831
Thread Starter 

Fantastic review mate. An excellent contribution!

 

Should we get a vote on the Monster DNA?

post #155 of 1831
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Originally Posted by White Lotus View Post
 

Fantastic review mate. An excellent contribution!

 

Should we get a vote on the Monster DNA?

I had a listen to the DNA's a week ago. Safe to say, I wasn't impressed. The bass was prominent, but not basshead bass. 

I'll vote the DNA's off the list.

post #156 of 1831
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Originally Posted by White Lotus View Post

Fantastic review mate. An excellent contribution!

Should we get a vote on the Monster DNA?

Cheers smily_headphones1.gif

Regarding the DNA's - can you give me a couple of hours to revisit both the on and over variants before any vote?

Just need to clarify for myself wink.gif
post #157 of 1831
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by cb3723 View Post


Cheers smily_headphones1.gif

Regarding the DNA's - can you give me a couple of hours to revisit both the on and over variants before any vote?

Just need to clarify for myself wink.gif

 

Of course mate!

post #158 of 1831

Damn, wish I knew about this thread sooner!


Well, I modded my Q40s as I was bored (pictures to come later):

  • Paxmate on the back of the cups
  • Dynamat pieces on the baffle
  • Dynamat strips around the driver magnet
  • Replaced the donut of foam in the front of the driver with paxmate

 

Results were that the Q40s now have a bit too much muddy bass and recessed everything else, but it might be good to know for someone who enjoys that kind of sound signature. I'll reverse a few of mods to see if I can get the tamed treble with the tighter bass that I was aiming for.

 

Pics and update:

Pics: (Click to show)

Removed all the dynamat and the bass isn't muddy anymore. Excellent :D 


Edited by BucketInABucket - 5/2/14 at 9:47am
post #159 of 1831

This past few weeks im thinking of buying a Sennheiser IE80 but after seeing this FR graph i find that its not that bassy compared to Shure SE215. Now im thinking of getting Shure SE215 instead. Am i looking at this the right way?

 

Sorry... green apple

 

IE80

 

Shure SE215

post #160 of 1831
The Shures look better from a sub bass point of view. However, are the Shures BAs? I know the IE80s use dynamic drivers.
post #161 of 1831
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Originally Posted by Coq de Combat View Post

The Shures look better from a sub bass point of view. However, are the Shures BAs? I know the IE80s use dynamic drivers.
BAs...? Whats BA?
post #162 of 1831
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Originally Posted by iceman600 View Post


BAs...? Whats BA?

Balanced Armatures. One of the many types of IEM drivers (along with dynamics, hybrids, etc.)

post #163 of 1831
BAs typically won't have that physical punch that dynamic drivers have. You will hear the bass, not necessarily feel it.
post #164 of 1831
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Originally Posted by iceman600 View Post

This past few weeks im thinking of buying a Sennheiser IE80 but after seeing this FR graph i find that its not that bassy compared to Shure SE215. Now im thinking of getting Shure SE215 instead. Am i looking at this the right way?

Sorry... green apple

IE80



Shure SE215


nb the charts have different ref points. IE80 looks to be the GE target compensated one, and the SE215 is the raw one. (or one of those where they plot the raw + bass level GE target)

I didn't really like SE215 or SE425. (they were ok but I'd much rather a hybrid IEM for bass-head quality bass or even KC06)

but IE80 looks surprisingly bad, if it has that much bass around 200-600hz (even post compensation) and a roll-off of 7db 100hz down to 40hz.
Edited by svyr - 5/3/14 at 6:10am
post #165 of 1831
Philips L1 are bass shy compared to their smaller on-ear brothers, the M1...

The only headphones I've ever had that quite literally tried to bounce themselves off of my head at the end of the 1812 overture!
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