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Excellent sounding headphone with some much needed improvements over the K701 such as more bass and a more comfortable headband

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Pros: Neutral sounding from bass to treble, sounds good from a portable player, added bass and comfort

Cons: A tad large and loose fitting, additional cost compared to the AKG K701, not super easy to drive

A big thanks to Headphone.com for loaning me the AKG K712 Pro and HD650 for this review.   A hearty thanks to Tyll Hertsens from Innerfidelity.com for loaning me a pair of AKG Q701 also used in this review.   Specs: http://www.akg.com/K712+PRO-827.html?pid=1408&techspecs   Frequency Response Charts: http://graphs.headphone.com/graphCompare.php?graphType=0&graphID[]=853&graphID[]=4163&scale=30                   GEAR Initial testing on an iPod touch ( 3rd Gen ) The idea with the iPod is to ensure that it can drive the headphone to loud listening levels and still remain under 100% volume. ...
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The FA-003: Ear Muffs

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Pros: Comfort, Laid Back Sound, Cord

Cons: Midrange Dip, Lack of Air, Cost

Fischer Audio FA-003 Recommend: NO Price: $180   I would like to thank Tyll Hertsens for lending me his pair of FA-003 headphones for this review.   Initial Impressions: If you take a look at the charts you cannot help think that they will sound a little like the Audio Technica M50. The wavy midrange jump and the peaky impulse response had me worried.   Looks: At first glance I was not sure if they were headphones or earmuffs for cold winter trecks. Once I placed them onto my noggin I could tell there was some serious engineering here. Things were well made and nothing was an immediately obvious weak point.   Fit: The FA-003 is one of the more...
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Great Sounding MDR-EX600, Poorly Designed

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Pros: Sound Quality is awesome, cable design

Cons: Fit issues, standard tips are horrible, crack easily

Sony MDR-EX600 Review Recommend: No Price: $199   I borrowed a pair of these from Tyll for review. These are the MDR-EX600 which are commonly faked on ebay.   I must admit that the charts are actually quite impressive. They are very flat from 5Hz up to 1200Hz and have some nice peaks in the treble.   Looks: The case is very nice but a tad large. I would end up placing the earphones in my pocket due to the size of container they come in. The way the earphones wrap around to fit inside the case is a bit ridiculous. It really could not be any more inconvenient. The earphones themselves look and feel nice and the cable is just long enough for portable...
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Aurvana Live vs the M50

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Pros: Comfort, Bass, Warm Sound, Short Cord

Cons: Lack of Imaging, Lack of Highs

Creative Aurvana Live   Cost: $60 US Recommended: YES   Compared against my Audio Technica ATH-M50's   Looks: Simply designed with no extra flair sans some reflective ear cups. Each ear cup is clearly labeled for left and right. Leather ear pads, a slim headband, and 3ft rubber insulated cord finish off the Aurvana Live   Construction: The cord is nice and durable and the stereo connector is small enough to fit into my ipod ( with plastic cover ). The cord is Y-terminated into the ear cups and is not removable. Both ear cups swivel using two small screws per side which is nice, but I would still use some Loctite to ensure not losing the screws....
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A Popular Choice

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Pros: Price, Sound Quality ( see full review )

Cons: Durability, Comfort, Bass

Too many people first starting out in the $100 category for headphones choose the 280 as a starting point.  Without directly A/B comparing the 280 pro against other headphones at this price point is you are going to leave yourself room for much improvement.  The isolation is about all that is beneficial from this headphone.  The durability is unanimously horrid and sound quality is hugely dependant upon how to fit your head and seal around your ears.   If you are looking at these for you first choice in "quality" headphones I would listen to the Audio Technica ATH-M50's before making your final decision.  If you like In-Ear type headphones try the Brainwavz...
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Best for Under $900

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Pros: Excellent Sound, Awesome Build Quality, Fun

Cons: Hard to improve upon

I have been looking for a headphone that mates well with my Grace m903 which tends to sound a tad bright. My HD-650's just did not cut it. I tried a pile of expensive headphones and the only one that I thought sounded amazing was a pair of LCD-2's. Being outside of my price range I searched for something as close to that sound as possible. After listening to many headphones I settled on the AHD-2000 for two main reasons:   1.) An employee at headroom has two pairs of them. One for work and one for home.   2.) The AHD-2000 sounded as close to the LCD-2 as any other headphone.   Once I received them and plugged them into my m903 I realized what a synergy they...
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Clash of the Titans: LCD-2 Leviathan

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Pros: Sound Quality, Impedance, Bass Impact, Fit

Cons: Weight, Size, Rolled Off Highs

  May Your Next Set be the LCD-2   If you slap two enormous earcups onto a thin headband you start to approach just how large the LCD-2's are. After all not every phone out there gives you greater than "6 square inches of active driver space". The picture really does not tell the whole story.   I was a little hesitant to try them when Tyll Hertsens handed them to me. I really was a bit shy of such a ridiculously sized phone. So I started with some HE 6's ended up being a beast to drive. At a mere 83.5 dB sensitivity it is no wonder why you have to turn your amp up to 70% volume to start to get the full sound of the HE 6. I quickly moved onto some...
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Philips SBC HP910 Revisit

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Pros: Comfort, Improvement with Amplification, Cost

Cons: Brightness without Amplification, Availability

Philips SBC HP910 Headphone   The head-fi ratings are based on the amplified sound.   Let me mention that the frequency response range is from 5 Hz up to 32k Hz meaning the bass is much more extended than one may initially expect.   Straight out of the box you notice that care and thought went into the design and functionality of the headphone. The box is well organized and the headphones come with a 1/8 to 1/4 inch adapter. The earcups are soft blue felt and the headband auto-sizes to your noggin. They fit tremendously well and are never too tight. The earcups are large enough for very large ears and nicely sized for someone with small ears. When you wear...
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How to Cram all of that Slam

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Pros: Compact, Versatile, Great Sounding, Fun

Cons: Bass Roll Off, Menu System

What is it? The Grace Design m903 reference headphone amp / DAC is a device that is typically used in audio production / audiophile setups to take one audio source and give life to some other audio device. In my case I let it drive my HD-650 headphones with stock cable.   Here are a few things to note prior to reading any further. My headphones have been fully burned in for over 150 hours which is standard for Sennheiser products so the audio response from your setup may differ from mine.   What is inside the m903 anyway? Courtesy of Michael Grace DAC:  PCM1798 ( lower power usage, a tad more noisy than the 1792/1794 ) Current to Voltage:  THAT1570...
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