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Audio-Technica ad700x vs Philips Fidelio L1

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   Hello. Recently i got hooked to quality audio (music). Currently i use Sennheiser HD205II. I don't have much experience with headphones so i won't rate these ones but they sound good enough for first good headphones and if it wasn't for the unbearable clamping force i could recommend them for 50$.

   I enjoy U shaped EQ with these headphones. The music i enjoy: 90's style, black woman vocals, deep base, guitar. Songs for example: Michael Bolton - Go the distance; Eric Clapton - Change the World; En Vogue - Don't let go;  Celine Dion - My heart will go on; Philip Philips - gone gone gone ect. Not so long ago i enjoyed hard rock and metal the most but i guess my taste has changed (i still like those genres but not nearly as much). Still i find myself listening to all genres except classical music and fake annoying mainstream.  Since i listen from my desktop, headphones need to be comfortable and because i live alone i don't mind if they are open (it is my conclusion from reading that open headphones produce the best sound?).

  I play music off of my PC, from Asus Xonar DX and i don't plan to change this source since i recently bought it. I plan to build my O2 amp or buy some desktop headphone amp if i don't succseed. So the headphones will have to be able to play without (currently pc without amp) and with an amp. I have been looking, reading and found myself wanting the Philips fidelio L1 as my number 1 choice for ~140$. Headphones need to be made so that they last many years (i don't plan on upgrading in the near future). So how would you compare the ATH AD700x to fidelio l1 and what other headphones would you recommend for me? 

 

Many thanks for the active readers that help newcomers like myself. Cheers

 

Edit: I really like the Fidelio x1 from what I've heard. A powerful base with a clear mid and high, I like that. But I don't believe its worth 100$(~80%) more then the L1. If someone knows where I can get x1 used at a cheap price I would be grateful.


Edited by KnezicDex - 5/2/14 at 11:43am
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Hi,

 

Philips Fidelio L1 are quite dark sounding headphones, with BIG sub bass, and quite nasal tone. Highs are smooth but not quite as realistic as I would like them to be. Overall pretty colored sound signature to my ears. This are really forgiving of poorly recorded material but lack air and refinement. Build quality is very very good.

 

You should consider Sennheiser HD558/598.

 

Best Luck!

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Can anyone tell me anything about DONSCORPIO Dolphin? The little i can find is almost too good to be true, and im a bit scared of too much bass?

99$ and free shipping for something someone likes more then 770 pro80 seems unreal.

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I liked the sound the shure srh 440 but I want something better so that I don't find myself upgrading soon.

Read that the grado 225i are a good upgrade for 440 so I wonder how does the 225i compare to modern headphones to 200$ range? Is the 225i a good(best) choice?

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Another Q

How does the senn HD 380 pro and hd 558 compare to the ones mentioned above?


Edited by KnezicDex - 5/3/14 at 8:08am
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Originally Posted by KnezicDex View Post
 

Another Q

How does the senn HD 380 pro and hd 558 compare to the ones mentioned above?


HD558 is similar to HD598 but probably a bit darker with smaller soundstage. HD558 can be modded to sound similar to HD598

 

HD380 are closed back headphones, more sub bass, less treble and less airy sound in comparison (But provide much better isolation)

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I think i'll go with the Yamaha pro 500. The only thing that's worrying me is the comfort, clamping force. Can anyone tell me if the comfort is good enough for longer periods of listening. I realise that i must make a compromise somewhere and since i already own a uncomfortable headphone i think i can manage as long as its not worse than the HD 205II.

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soundmagic HP200 vs Yamaha MT 220 vs Yamaha pro 500?

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SoundMagic HP100 are the ones to compare with Pro 500. SoundMagic HP200 are open back headphones.

 

If you want a smooth and neutral presentation then SoundMagic HP100 are the way to go. If you prefer a more engaging (funnier) presentation, then Yamaha's Pro 500 should be the right pick.

 

Comfort is a pretty personal thing.

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