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post #31 of 47
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Originally posted by srapps55
Hey, Tuberoller, do you have any cans that do not require amplification and are in the same price range as the Philips? Just curious what your impressions are. It seems one of the sticking points revolves around quality of sound for what you are paying, not just absolute sound quality.

I have the entire Grado line,I have AKG 401 and 501,I just ordered the Senn 497s,I have Koss ksc55 and ksc35,.I can provide pics to anyone who doubts this.

I rate these phones on absoloute sound quality as well as value.they sound bad and they cost too much.I have not found ANYONE who takes these phones seriously as a high fidelity product.I took them to my audio club meeting this past sunday and most of the members likened them to those $29.00"DJ" headphones you find at Best Buy.I loaned them to one the owners of Decibel Audio and he emailed today to make fun of me for paying $100.00 for them.It is useless for me to argue this point to an obviously enthusiastic owner base.I'm the fool,I bought them.
post #32 of 47
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Originally posted by Mumrik
Yeah, Tubbyroller, I'd like to know too....
Hey MUMPRICK,What other phones do you have to compare them to?Let's see yours and I'll show you mine.
post #33 of 47
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Originally posted by Tuberoller
I took them to my audio club meeting this past sunday and most of the members likened them to those $29.00"DJ" headphones you find at Best Buy.I loaned them to one the owners of Decibel Audio and he emailed today to make fun of me for paying $100.00 for them.
Tuberoller: any chance you could loan them to me for an audition? I would pay for shipping both ways! I'm dying to hear these things myself
post #34 of 47
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Originally posted by MacDEF


Tuberoller: any chance you could loan them to me for an audition? I would pay for shipping both ways! I'm dying to hear these things myself

Let's set this up man,what other phones do you have to compare them to?do you have an amp?If you are serious I'm game.PM me
post #35 of 47
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Let's set this up man,what other phones do you have to compare them to?do you have an amp?
You're talking to a man with a Max, tuberoller...
post #36 of 47
that sounds like a great idea! I'd love to see a MacDEF assessment of the 890s...

Tuberoller, didn't you buy the 910s too? What do you think of those if you have em??
post #37 of 47
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Originally posted by CaptBubba
No, we just want you people out there with your closed cans to quiet down so we can listen to some music.
Which closed cans?

The HP890 is open...



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Originally posted by Tuberoller
Hey MUMPRICK,What other phones do you have to compare them to?Let's see yours and I'll show you mine.
I'm immune people almost never spell my name right Tubby

Your question is answered by most of my comments on the HP890 and by my profile (It seems you didn't check mine, nor MacDEF's heavily filled out profile). I have no hifi cans to compare to, thus I've only argued against your comments on comfort and absolute suckage...


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Originally posted by MacDEF
Tuberoller: any chance you could loan them to me for an audition? I would pay for shipping both ways! I'm dying to hear these things myself

Please do make this happen, I'd love to hear the opinion of someone like MacDEF...
It's not like Tuberoller would miss them...
post #38 of 47

890 impressions

Sorry to revive post that should be long dead, but I got the 890's this morning, and I thought I might as well weigh in after my first day of listening.

I want to say first that the whole process with Jan went well. They got to the UK from Germany in just three days, and arrived in great condition.

So here they are:

Appearance : They are big. Pictures cannot truly demonstrate this. Are they too big? No. Should you wear them in public? No. (I will post pics of them next to other objects if requested) The metal grill looks nice, the stand is a nice match with the phones.

Build : They feel solid enough. There is a lot of plastic, but most of the parts that you would worry about breaking (i.e. the swivels) are metal. Screws hold together the plastic. They are not too flimsy, but I would not want to drop them any more than any other headphones. The stand is all metal and quite bottom-heavy, so it cannot tip over.

Extras : The stand is nice, and serves its purpose. The detachable cable is very convinient and (assuming it does not hurt the sound) should be included on all units IMHO. The 1/8 to 1/2 adapter is gold and screws onto the mini side of the cable (also handy).

Comfort: Theses headphones are quite comfy against your skin. The pads are pillow-soft and my ear does not touch anything. The head band does a good job for my sized head of keeping the phones where they are supposed to be (even if I put a beanie on). I would not headbang in them, but they are not going to fall if if you bend over to pick up something. I wore them for a 3 hour stretch with no discomfort, and almost put my finger through the cans when I went to scratch my ear because I forgot they were on.

Sound : I will not say much here as they are new, and I don't have a great source and no amp, and no phones to compare them to. Out of the box they strike me as quite neutral. Meaning, nothing was artificially loud, and nothing was too quiet. They seem very clear as well. I have already hear a lot of things in songs that I have listened to many times that I have not heard before (including poor recording artifacts). Overall, a much better, more natural sound than cheaper headphones (my last pair were those cheap, closed DJ phones, and these are not in the same league IMO tuberoller). I will leave the sound discusson to the pros.

Efficiency : These are very easy to drive. Out of my Sharp portable minidisc I only have it set to about 18 out of 30 for volume in a quiet enviornmnet. Out of my computer (mac) soundcard, it requires a level of not much more than 30% of max system volume to play back mp3's at a loud level.


So those are a head-fi newbies opinions. I will gladly post pictures of the graphs on the box or the phones or anything upon request.
post #39 of 47
Good to hear that you like them (you'll be seing Buddha and perhaps RMSzero here soon too)


Don't be afraid of starting a new thread with your opinions, they are interesting and might not be read by many if they are only posted in this old thread.
post #40 of 47
I've got a pair of these on the way, and i'll post a comparison with the HD-600's, maybe even throw in some MG head input
post #41 of 47

very nice review

Blighty
That was a very nice review on the 890s. How are you doing with them now after all this time. Are you thinking of upgrading them or are you happy with the 890s and neen no further upgrad.
post #42 of 47

Review of HP890's

 

Build quality

 

The luxurious blue velour pads are very comfy, along with the rubber headband, although I would say that the clamping force is slightly weak which is not so good due to the heavy weight of these headphones and they feel as if they would come off easily if I leaned down.  The joints seem to be a bit vulnerable but should be sturdy enough with good care taken. 

 

Sound

 

Good bass extension, they go low and the amount of bass is impressive considering that they are open-backed.  The bass is clear without any bloating and fast enough in sharpness.  Mids tend to be a bit recessed and have average detail, although they are clear enough to be enjoyable.  Highs are the forte, very clear and sweet, excellent pinpointing within the sound field which even surpassed my Yamaha HPH-200's in this respect.  There is a spike somewhere around 3 to 5 khz which accentuates guitar solos and vocals slightly, which on some recordings sounds great, on others it can sound a bit fatiguing.  Soundstage is very wide, sometimes sound comes very much from the left but that is because there is no right-panned instruments at that time.  Maybe this is a pitfall of the wide soundstage, but the advantage is that the instruments are very cleanly and precisely placed in the stereo field.  The drivers are nice big 50mm ones and are angled. 

 

Summary

 

Overall, I think that the HP890's could rival the AKG K701s and Sennheiser HD600's although you are probably not going to get the clarity of those, I can't say as I have not owned them, but have read that they have good soundstage and clarity.  I was lucky to have bought my HP890's new from Amazon in July 2013, a long time after these headphones were doing the rounds back in 2001/2002.  I gladly paid £73 despite knowing that they were originally £50 and they are still good value.  They have good treble response along with wide soundstage although I would not reccomend them if you really like your bass, although the bass is impressive it does not give any wow factor.  This is usual though as they are open-backed.  I would rate them at 4.5 out of 5.


Edited by Star2806 - 2/24/14 at 7:48am
post #43 of 47
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post #44 of 47
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Originally Posted by Star2806 View Post

Review of HP890's

Build quality

The luxurious blue velour pads are very comfy, along with the rubber headband, although I would say that the clamping force is slightly weak which is not so good due to the heavy weight of these headphones and they feel as if they would come off easily if I leaned down.  The joints seem to be a bit vulnerable but should be sturdy enough with good care taken. 

Sound

Good bass extension, they go low and the amount of bass is impressive considering that they are open-backed.  The bass is clear without any bloating and fast enough in sharpness.  Mids tend to be a bit recessed and have average detail, although they are clear enough to be enjoyable.  Highs are the forte, very clear and sweet, excellent pinpointing within the sound field which even surpassed my Yamaha HPH-200's in this respect.  Soundstage is very wide, sometimes sound comes very much from the left but that is because there is no right-panned instruments at that time.  Maybe this is a pitfall of the wide soundstage, but the advantage is that the instruments are very cleanly and precisely placed in the stereo field.  The drivers are nice big 50mm ones and are angled. 

Summary
Overall, I think that the HP890's could rival the AKG K701s and Sennheiser HD600's although you are probably not going to get the clarity of those, I can't say as I have not owned them, but have read that they have good soundstage and clarity.  I was lucky to have bought my HP890's new from Amazon in July 2013, a long time after these headphones were doing the rounds back in 2001/2002.  I gladly paid £73 despite knowing that they were originally £50 and they are still good value.  They have good treble response along with wide soundstage although I would not reccomend them if you really like your bass, although the bass is impressive it does not give any wow factor.  This is usual though as they are open-backed.  I would rate them at 4.5 out of 5.

Nice short review. These are really a wonderful HPs for its price if it can rival those 2 you mentioned......btw whats the percentage rating that you might give 890 against those two,related to just the overall sound?
post #45 of 47

I couldn't give a percentage rating because I haven't heard the other two headphones, I was only guessing based on other hp890 reviews.  I might be selling my new hp890's soon on ebay, so if you are in the uk you might want to buy them.


Edited by Star2806 - 2/24/14 at 3:16am
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