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post #2836 of 12218
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Originally Posted by liraop View Post
 

Am I missing something in not feeling THAT MUCH difference between my DT770 and X2 ? 
I mean, it's very obvious that the theres some more air on X2 and the bass is more.. imponent but in general terms, I can't hear too much difference. 
Maybe coming from a non- v-shape is the change is more sensitive. 

 

I'm planning to get a magni 2, it will be good on both low impedance phones but, so far I've tried, the DT770 seems to bright more when amped than the X2.

It's like the X2 is good as you get it but the DTs to get real good they need some juice. 

People often take notice to different things when comparing headphones. I'm a big fan of detail and clarity, so when I listen to a headphone that has less detail than I'm used to, I notice immediately and am put off. Other people might be more inclined to notice the differences in bass. The fact that you find the X2 and DT770 to sound mostly similar is not that unusual and in fact, you did notice that the X2 has an airier sound and that the DT770 has more bass. Maybe the differences just aren't as big a deal to you as they are to others.  Some people will hear a small difference and to them it will be a HUGE deal. Other people will hear the same difference and shrug. Part of the fun of this hobby is that moment when you finally do hear a set of headphones or find an amp or other tweak that gives you that "wow" moment.

post #2837 of 12218
I feel the X2 is in a different class than the Beyer DT770/880.
Better and more extended bass, more balanced midrange, no big spike in the treble, better soundstaging, more refined, and easier to drive than the Beyers.
Not cold sounding like the Beyers either.
Have owned all of them and prefer the X2.
Edited by daltonlanny - 2/2/15 at 11:56pm
post #2838 of 12218
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Originally Posted by 40lb View Post


I have and at the moment is by far my favorite pairing.

Cool.. I wonder how it would compare to Explorer2's headphone out. What dac do you use?

post #2839 of 12218
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Originally Posted by obsidyen View Post
 

Cool.. I wonder how it would compare to Explorer2's headphone out. What dac do you use?


How do you find the X2 with the E2?

post #2840 of 12218
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How do you find the X2 with the E2?

It sounds great in my opinion. Explorer2 is powerful for its size and can drive X2s to their full potential. Bass and treble extension is very good, sound is smooth and neutral. Everything just sounds better compared to laptop/phone jack.

post #2841 of 12218
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Originally Posted by Mr Rick View Post
 

I also ordered a pair yesterday. I'll be comparing them to my HD 598s and HD 650s. I'll be driving them with a Valhalla 2, Asgard 2 or Lyr.

 

Not due till March 10th. It's going to be a long wait.


Interested to hear what you think pairs best with the X2. Let us know please when you tested it.

post #2842 of 12218

lol at the guy finding Sia irritating, then posting a Laura Pausini track

post #2843 of 12218
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Originally Posted by bbuford View Post
 

I'm over 100 hours into listening to these, and I'm in love with them. Listening with a Fulla Schiit out of a Macbook Pro, mostly with Deezer high-quality (CD-level) streaming, which is great, other than the omission of certain artists and labels (Thrill Jockey especially). The brightness that I complained about initially has either dissipated from burn-in or my brain/ears have adjusted, but overall these are some of the best-sounding transducers I've ever listened to. They have incredible soundstage and imaging, massive reserves of bass, and don't seem to exhibit any real weaknesses. They sound fabulous with the Fulla Schiit but are also terrific directly out of my iPhone 6. I replaced the stock cord with a MediaBridge 4 ft cable because the stock cable is so long. Perhaps just as important, they're *insanely* comfortable, and I can keep them on my fat head nearly all day long at my desk without fatigue. I find myself hanging out longer at my desk than I'd otherwise do. I'll probably get fatter as a result.

 

Someone asked for songs that sound particularly good with these cans. Some of my "reference" tracks don't sound quite as gorgeous as I'd like (Steely Dan still seems a little bright for me), but here are some tracks that really shine for me on the X2s:

 

Caribou: Can't Do Without Youwww.youtube.com/watch?v=BI2Et19vDCM - If the production on this song doesn't send chills down your spine, you may not have a spine to begin with. This track is complex and lush, and develops and opens up like a flower, the soundstage expanding and swirling around you. Amazing stuff.

 

Steve Lehman Quintet: ArtificialLight - Any track on this record shows off the athleticism of the X2s. Almost all of Lehman's stuff bounces around with complex movements and improvisation, but this one just burns with intensity. Drum imaging is tight and accurate, the bass pops and slaps like you're sitting next to it, and the horns sound sweet and smooth (they're actually further back in the mix than you'd expect).

 

D'Angelo: Ain't That Easy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZoxdPGu_4E - Like the Caribou track, this one expands as you listen to it; it's got this strange, almost oppressively bass-heavy claustrophobia at first, then it opens up with crazy vocal overdubs that dance around your head and funky guitar licks that pop up all over the sound stage. It's incredibly dense production and could easily turn to mud on less accurate cans. I can't even imagine how much weed went into the production of this record.

 

A few others, briefly: The Clash: London Calling - This remaster sounds incredible on the X2s. Destroyer: Kaputt - Another fabulously produced record with beautiful horns, swirling synths and spacious, beautiful imaging; a real gem. Run the Jewels - Oh My Darling Don't Cry: The X2s have no problem with any hip-hop, but El-P's production is always dense and challenging, and this track has that same expanding sound stage that these headphones seem to excel at presenting (not to mention noggin-shredding bass).


Thanks for your thoughts, but especially those songs. Holy ****, Caribou Can't do without you, never heard that. Amazing how it opens up! (even on my 990's) :p

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Remember, it's cool to hate whatever is popular.
post #2845 of 12218
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Originally Posted by fabripav View Post
 

lol at the guy finding Sia irritating, then posting a Laura Pausini track

So? I like Laura Pausini, and dislike Sia. She makes weird music in my opinion. It could be the other way around for you. I don't care.

 

I don't dislike popular stuff. One of my favourite albums lately is David Guetta's Listen. I was also going to mention Aphex Twin's Syro in this thread, but I guess you'd find him non-mainstream and call me pretentious. Boo hoo...


Edited by obsidyen - 2/3/15 at 5:13am
post #2846 of 12218
Nah, I don't listen to mainstream generally, but I do dig the instrumental version of Sia's Elastic Heart. That beat sounds swell off the X2.

I listen to whatever sounds good to my ears. Of course, I gravitate towards lesser known stuff like Chillstep and Trip Hop.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 2/3/15 at 5:44am
post #2847 of 12218
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Originally Posted by obsidyen View Post

Cool.. I wonder how it would compare to Explorer2's headphone out. What dac do you use?
I don't use a DAC. I use either my fiio x5 or my sony zx1
post #2848 of 12218
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Originally Posted by 40lb View Post


I don't use a DAC. I use either my fiio x5 or my sony zx1

I see. I should have said source. Thanks for the info.

post #2849 of 12218
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Originally Posted by OllyNL View Post
 


Interested to hear what you think pairs best with the X2. Let us know please when you tested it.

You bet!!

post #2850 of 12218
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Originally Posted by daltonlanny View Post

I feel the X2 is in a different class than the Beyer DT770/880.
Better and more extended bass, more balanced midrange, no big spike in the treble, better soundstaging, more refined, and easier to drive than the Beyers.
Not cold sounding like the Beyers either.
Have owned all of them and prefer the X2.

+1, sold my DT880 two weeks after getting the X2's smily_headphones1.gif
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