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Beyer Dynamic T70, Barely a Beyer

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Pros: Style, Isolation, Comfort, Clarity

Cons: Bass shy, very bright, over-priced

  Beyer Dynamic T70 Barely a Beyer? Beyer Dynamic discontinued the older premium DT770, although it’s still available here and there, but they’ve kept their PRO series DT770’s available and their MX series headsets which are essentially the same thing, and then release the T70 which looks just like the DT770 does actually, with small differences, as their newest closed back headphone offering short of going to the high end tesla. The T70 is a tesla technology headphone, so it differs from the other DT series in sound quite a bit and efficiency. It also differs drastically in sound from the DT770, which is why I initially decided to get it to review: for the love of closed back...
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M-Audio Studiophile Q40 - A smooth bassy treat on a dime

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Pros: Bassy, Good Mids, Smooth Treble, Detachable Cable, Foldable, Carry Bag, Easy to Drive

Cons: Tight clamp force, shallow stock cups

  M-Audio "Studiophile" Q40  A smooth bassy treat on a dime.   Always on the prowl for a new headphone to try, I do at least have a taste that steers me towards one versus another, and that's bass capability. I tend to think a headphone that is to be used for casual music listening should be bass capable, ie, neutral at a minimum, and slightly enhanced if wanting a bit more fun regardless of it being "audiophile" worth or not to like a colored sound. That said, a headphone came to my attention on the recommendation of RPGWizard (thanks!) here on Head-Fi: The M-Audio Q40. So naturally I had to try it, as it was supposed to be a bassy headphone with a great over all...
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Hifiman HM101 portable soundcard

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Pros: Small, inexpensive, mobile, good design

Cons: Not constructed rigorously, some noise issues, bright

  Hifiman HM-101 Portable Sound Card An inexpensive way to turn any USB capable computer into a hifi station.   So I received the HM101 and put it through some work.   Package:       Small, wow, comes with everything you need. It's so tiny. Key chain tiny. This is good. I like small when it comes to this because it's really portable. It comes with the USB cable and the unit itself. Nothing else needed.   Construction Quality:   It's inexpensive, so expect it to feel that way. It creaks and feels like it compresses when you press it or handle it. It's not super cheap feeling, but...
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HTF600, Big Sound with a Not So Big Price

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Pros: Warm, Bassy, Musical, Lush, Smooth, Inexpensive, Ruggedly Built, Mech Design, Comfortable

Cons: Not high fidelity (very colored and not analytical)

Panasonic RP-HTF600 Step Monitors Big Sound with a Not So Big Price On the never ending quest to find hidden gems out there, yet another challenger has come forth. The Panasonic RP-HTF600 Step Monitor. I try a lot of headphones. I love picking up a set of inexpensive cans and seeing if they sound good or not. Why? Because it's fun. I already have high end stuff but that doesn't mean I can't also look for something fun and great to listen to while not spending much. That also gives me the ability to listen to high end, mid-tier and entry and then there's headphones like the HFT600 which isn't even entry level in terms of cost, because it's so ridiculously inexpensive (anywhere from...
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Sony MDR-XB500, Affordable Pulsing Throbbing Gobs of Bass

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Pros: BASS, comfortable, inexpensive

Cons: A little flimsy, recessed highs & mids, short cable

Sony MDR-XB500 Affordable Pulsing Throbbing Gobs of Bass   The XB500 is pretty well known to all at this point, however there's more to this little headphone that the immediate and obvious, which is the extra bass that they market the XB line towards and deliver with authority. They are some of the best basshead cans for the cost. But there's actually a gem out of the line and that's the XB500 because it's actually quite capable of more than just pulsing throbbing gobs of bass. It's an interesting little headphone, so let's get to know it if you're interested in a bassy headphone that can be altered a tad through equalization to be so much more.   I received my XB500...
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KRK KNS6400, a detailed monitor

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Pros: Extreme detail, excellent mids, isolating, comfortable

Cons: Noise floor hiss, unforgiving, very bass shy

KRK KNS6400 A detailed monitor   So I had to give the KNS6400's a shot because they were recommended to me based on my love for the SRH940 and other headphones that are all about mids and details. The KNS6400 is only $80 from Amazon, but I was lucky enough to have Tdockweiler let me borrow his pair for a while to audition and get a feel for them, so a huge thanks to him for letting me borrow the cans. So the KNS6400's are supposed to be a very detailed, clear, studio monitor and I had to know because I've tried other studio monitors in the past, which are often passed as being a headphone for casual music listening, and felt they were nothing of the sort. So, let's put another...
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Koss UR 55 Studio Pulse, inexpensive performer

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Pros: Inexpensive ($35), Open Air, Light, Neutral, Decent bass response, Good detail

Cons: A little flimsy, kind of small, foam could have been nicer

Koss UR 55 Studio Pulse An inexpensive performer   There's a vast array of inexpensive headphones out there. Thousands of them. But every now and then, if you sample around, much like wine, you can fine something inexpensive that is actually pretty good. The Koss UR 55 Studio Pulse is a headphone that fits that description. I picked it up for $35 from Amazon (was on sale, goes on sale now and then, just watch for it if interested) because at a price like that, it doesn't matter. So I took a shot at it to see. I've seen some information out there on them, which is limited, so for the most part this was a shot in the dark. That's fine by me though, I like trying things. I wanted...
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Sennheiser HD448, Low Quality Sennies.

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Pros: Excellent Sound

Cons: Poorly constructed, poor isolation, expensive

Sennheiser HD448 A sub-$100 champ, or a stinker?   I picked up a pair of HD448's after reading about their sound out of curiosity, while looking at closed back headphones for the purpose of having a good sounding portable, and having enjoyed the signature of Sennheiser (HD580's) for over a decade, I figured they would make a quality headphone. So let's take a look at what the HD4xx series had to offer on it's higher end. These headphones are in the sub-$100 bracket (usually $99, and found them down in the $60's on a sale; can be had for much less if used).   Construction, Materials and Comfort:   When you pick them up, they feel like a toy. I'm not accustomed...
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ATH-AD700, Over-Rated or Worthy of Praise?

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Pros: Sub-$100, Wide Sound Stage, Large Cups, Velvet Pads, Great Mids & Highs

Cons: Anemic Bass, Flimsy, Doesn't Fit Everyone

Audio-Technica ATH-AD700 Over-rated or worthy of praise?   We all know the AD700. It's recommended far and wide by literally every gaming community out there, and a lot of audio/headphone communities. But why? Why is this headphone so popular? I've tried a lot of headphones and of course, I had to know. I previously picked up it's little brother the AD500, and was really curious to see if the AD700 was that much different. Plus, I wanted to test the AD700 against other headphones to see if they really are worthy of all the praise and recommendations they receive across the web, or if it's just a cultural thing. Anyone that knows me knows I really don't like it when headphones...
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Samson SR850, inexpensive semi-open high performer

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Pros: Inexpensive, Good bass, Great Mids, Style, Comfort, Long cord

Cons: Build material is budget, pads are vinyl, Highs can be a little fatiguing

Samson SR850 An inexpensive semi-open high performer   First let's get some information across. The Samson SR850 is a clone of the Superlux HD668B. Same headphone. They simply rebranded it and changed the style of the headband. The Samson SR850 more resembles the AKG series headphones. The Superlux HD668B more resembles the AudioTechnica series. Keep that in mind depending on which style you may prefer, as they are the same headphone and virtually cost the same. I went with the SR850 because I like the look better and the headband way better than the HD668B. This headphone is low impedance and sensitive, you will not need an amplifier at all.   Why: Well, I wanted to...
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