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One of the best listening experience I've had with a headphone (open/closed-back)

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Pros: Good looking, excellent sound (very clear), EXCELLENT comfort, good presentation.

Cons: Open-back (lol-just kidding), a bit bass-shy, a bit bright, short-ish cable and NEEDS power!

Introduction If you've read a couple of my reviews, you'll see that most of them are for closed-back headphones. I prefer closed-backs because I mostly listen to music at work and I don't like to bother anyone. Anyway, I haven't had an open-back since the Shure SRH1840s/Senns HD600s and had never tried a HifiMan headphone and I figured this would be the time I got to try one. Had a great deal on them and decided to order. Mostly, I bought these expecting an underwhelming experience after reading so much about the HE400/500 and I'm glad to say that these headphones truly rock.   Quick impressions:   Excellent comfort Superb clarity Excellent sound   Simple huh?...
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FiiO X5 Review – Racing for the crown…

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Pros: Excellent sound reproduction, great build, very capable UI, a host of features!

Cons: Battery Life, Problems with Library Database, scroll wheel sensitivity and durability questionable.

DISCLAIMER This X5 is a pre-production unit that is part of a FiiO organized US tour. We are not being paid for this nor are we being “forced” to sing praises. The following review are my views and opinions on this DAP compared to my current stable.     Introduction:   In my head-fi journey there is something that has always been constant and that is a whole lot of music being bought, ripped and enjoyed. A few years ago, the company I work for decided that they were not going to let us use “tablets” as our personal MP3 players due to security issues. I had a crappy Archos 7 Internet Media player with 160GB of disc space where I put all my songs and movies and although...
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Shure's newest closed-back flagship but is it all its meant to be?

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Pros: Comfortable, great built (similar to SRH1840), excellent pads, pleasant sound quality, imaging/separation and accessories.

Cons: Bass is elevated and intrudes on lower mids, isolation a bit weak for a closed headphone, leaks sound, price.

Introduction:   Shure oh, Shure. Have to reiterate, I'm a Shure Fan. Like their microphones, loved their headphones. Was a fan of the SRH440/940 combo when I had them, liked (but did not own) their SRH840 offering and definitely needed to try their open-back "flagship" SRH1840s and did for a while last year. So of course when I read that a new closed-back flagship was about to be released, I got pumped and waited for availability. As soon as they were "In-Stock", I placed the order. It just sounded like a promising entry, you know, SRH1840 style and design, alcantara earpads, and the only thing I was questioning was: are these going to sound as excellent...
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The almost perfect closed-back headphone you were looking for...

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Pros: Professional looking, excellent sound (clear), good comfort and isolation, very good presentation and accessories, excellent customer support.

Cons: Heavier than Mad Dogs, cable is great but don't particularly like Y-cables, bass impact, still needs ample amplification to sound its best.

Introduction First I want to start with an "I'm sorry" because I took so long to write this and to top it off, I feel as if the review was a "waste of time" because, well, I don't see it as very in-depth, my first impressions still stand (mostly), and everything has been mentioned to death but I thought I at least should record it for posterity :p   Anyway I've been a fan of the Mad Dogs since I got them on June/July 2012 and I've definitely been very vocal about them. They just hit all the right buttons I was looking for on a closed-back headphone:   good comfort isolation no leakage excellent mids and good bass response   I remember the...
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It has style, it has huge bass, it has energetic highs, if you are a basshead, this is probably for you! :p

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Pros: Bass extension and impact/slam is present and superb, easy to drive, comfortable enough, it's pretty.

Cons: Bass overpowers mids a bit, design is too "Beats-like", clicks and bangs due to metal enclosure, too sensitive and earpads ARE NOT replaceable!

Introduction:   I still don't know why I keep buying headphones, really! I thought I was done but no, headphones like this one have to pop up on my radar and I'm weak enough that I have to buy them! Even though I already had what I considered my prefered headphones (Ultrasone Signature Pro/DJ and MrSpeakers Mad Dogs) I still wanted to try these just because I read they were very bassy. Being a Signature DJ owner (and a Denon D5000 owner as well), I wanted to try them and verify if indeed it would satisfy my "basshead" needs from time to time. Let's get this out of the way, I'm happy to report that they do indeed satisfy!       ...
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Excellent looking, Huge, bright sound with detailed mids but anemic bass.

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Pros: Very Nice looking (IMO), Nice big and padded case, fast sound, detailed mids

Cons: Cable is long, stiff and microphonic. Weighs a lot. Keep reading...

Introduction:   Hello.   Had a thread for these long ago and decided to make the "review" official here. I got these babies pretty cheap from a friend of mine. It seems he got them from a musician pal he has and when I got them they weren't even opened! The first thing I remember when opening the case was: "HOLY SHHHH THESE ARE HUGE!!!!" lol.   Anyway, for my impressions:   Pros:   Very Nice looking (IMO) Nice big and padded case Fast sound Detailed mids Excellent sound stage and instrument separation Cable seems good quality but...   Cons:   Cable is long, stiff and slightly microphonic. It also weighs a lot. Also... after using...
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Beats stylings, better sounding...

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Pros: Impactful sound, bass extension and impact is present, feels sturdy, good accessories.

Cons: Bass overpowers lower mids (quantity is too much), puts pressure on top of the head, they are HUGE!

Note: Ok, so I took time to write a couple of things regarding these guys. This is mostly "preliminary" as I'm one of those that feel sound signature grows once you give a lot of listening time to gear. Anyway, mini review.   Introduction: THIS HOBBY SUCKS!!! You read this right! lol I thought I was done buying headphones for a while as I think I found what I was after with MrSpeakers Mad Dogs and Ultrasone Signature Pros but, as always, new ones come along that you just get the "itch" to try and this is exactly what happened and why I got these (and why I still want to try the Ultrasone Signature DJs and the Paradox ;-))   Anyway, on...
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Panasonic RP-HTF600-S -> Great budget bassy cans!

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Pros: Cheap, Great bass, not overly recessed on other spectrums, fun sounding.

Cons: Leak way too much, Feel cheap (they are though! ;-)), not enough details/sparkle on highs

While having a random conversation with Forum member Dsnuts via Private Messaging, he suggested that I listen to these babies (I believe we were actually discussing the Monoprice cans!) because he was surprised with the bass produced by them. I went ahead and bit and I have to say, I'm glad I did.   I was actually looking for "bassy" cans to listen to EDM, dubstep, etc. and thought I would like the cheap Monoprice cans but I found them lacking and uncomfortable. These quickly replaced the Monoprice headphones and sound way better in ALL spectrums. Great bass, mids are audible and highs are Ok. For being this cheap, I am surprised how much fun they are! I even got 2 and plan on...
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Shure SRH940 – My Headphone Kings

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Pros: Great mostly balanced sound for recording, great package that includes all you need, removable cables, best “mids” I have heard out of any headphones

Cons: Not very portable, not the best isolation, no handle on box that encloses the cans and accessories, still bass-light (or too treble friendly ;-))

Introduction:   After a whole lot of browsing, reading, testing, etc., a couple of years ago I decided on getting new cans. This resulted in me acquiring the Shure SRH440s. At the time I had not listened to such type of headphones, meaning quite balanced with great mids providing a complete package that actually made you want to keep listening and enjoying music. (I.e. most headphones I had were cheap Koss or Sony’s, etc.) These cans opened up a new world for me. Yes I had good audio equipment, cheap but good sounding, for my home theater, “recording” room (I’m not a musician, it’s just a hobby to create some song snippets.), etc. but never thought much about headphones. It all...
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Shure SRH-440 mini review - Great Starter Cans

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Pros: Great sound, Detachable cable, Removable/replaceable earpads, Good build quality and foldable

Cons: Heavy, Not very portable, No flat response

Note: I wrote this almost 2 years ago! ;-)     Introduction   Last year, after using open Sony cans that served me well for what seemed to be a lifetime, I decided that it was time to look for new cans, ones that would let me get lost in my world while I was at work and to use for recording ideas that sometimes hit my head. The search was long and hard. I read hundreds of reviews from different sites, different types of headsets (i.e. in-ear, closed, open, etc.) and in the end I still did not know what I wanted. Enter Shure:     Now, this company is no stranger to the audio business. Anyone that has seen ANY concert knows their...
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