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All things considered, these are the best orthos you can buy.

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Pros: Great imaging and detail, rich mids, clear yet smooth highs, satisfyingly deep bass. They're amazing all-arounders.

Cons: Perhaps need a touch more bass impact at times, and they're heavy.

From the moment I heard them, I liked the LCD-X by Audeze. Usually that spells doom for a headphone though, because later on a detail or two will rear its head and reality will set in, "I can't stand these anymore". So I've been waiting for the other shoe to drop, and waiting... and waiting... and, well, you get the point. However, I'm finally ready to say that I'm smitten, I'm full of smit. (No, not Schiit, though I like several of their products too) Although they aren't perfect, they have no substantial sonic flaws, at least none that can't simply be chalked-up to a specific manufacturer "flavor". As with the LCD-XC, the LCD-X's closed-back sister, I approached them with trepidation...
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Exceptional portables, a 5 star value

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Pros: Great sound, feather light, low price, portable, smartphone controls w/ mic

Cons: I don't know, they don't come with free chips?

I forgot my headphones so I bought these at an airport kiosk for my flight, to avoid having to use the airline ear buds. For the price, they're shockingly good. Heck, they're good for $100, at $30 they're a complete steal. Bass is taut and full, mids are well presented and slightly forward, and while treble is a little "warm" and rolled off, it's still better than average. Combined with being durable, comfortable (to me), and easily driven by anything (they're designed specifically to be used with an Android phone, but they also work with iOS devices), they're a perfect set of inexpensive, portable on-ears. Just throw them in a bag and go.

These are NOT the greatest closed headphones ever made (but they're really damned close).

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Pros: Rich, balanced sound. Tight, accurate bass. Very detailed. Top shelf materials and construction. Excellent isolation.

Cons: Heavy. Not overly comfortable for long sessions. Some slight mid-range coloration.

. These are NOT the greatest closed cans in the world. Yes, you can indeed get better closed headphones, let me explain that process. First, you need to settle in for a while, get used to doing lots of ebay searches, it's probably best if you just make up a pair of alerts; the first is for "Sony MDR-R10 bass light" (not the bass heavy version, they're a little too weighted on the low end to be neutral, though the "bass heavy" examples are more fun), and the second is "STAX 4070 earspeakers". Then you wait. Also, there's a slim chance you might find either of these in our exceptional Head-Fi "For Sale" forum, but good luck with that, when they do show up for a reasonable price they're...
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Solid headphones

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Pros: Overall, very competent

Cons: They're still huge suckers

So, I'm listening to the K702 65th Aniv cans, through the ECBA, and they're not bad. In fact, they're mostly the same as the regular Q/K701s, with a little more bass extension, less grain (likely better THD numbers), and cooler looks. They probably cherry-picked the best transducers and played with the foam in front of the baffle. No biggie. "Evolutionary, not revolutionary" is the phrase that comes to mind. Very solid cans and well worth the $350 I paid. Are they worth $500, which is the typical retail? Sure. There are many other big-name cans out there that are priced the same, or higher, that don't sound this good. So, why not? (Lower is better, of course.) I gave the K701s a 3.5 out...
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The Golden Antelope - Pure Audiophile Idolatry

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Pros: No compromise sound quality. Beautiful. Exceptional build quality. Forward-thinking design.

Cons: I wish it had a couple more S/PDIF inputs.

Price: $3200 (used) Appearance/Build Quality: The Zodiac Gold with Voltikus is gorgeous, there's no denying it, and its flawless satin finish is just the start. Even the small remote murmurs "High Quality", because it feels like solid aluminum. You could knock someone out if you threw it at them. The ZG isn't just a pretty face either, the knobs and buttons all have a wonderfully smooth feel. The whole time you use it you're thinking, "this is an impressive chunk of gear". For me the icing on the cake is the .05dB stepped attenuator, the fine control is amazingly accurate. Sound: Quite frankly, I've not found a fault in its performance yet; it's perfectly transparent and stunningly...
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Solid little amp

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Pros: Good sound, low price, portable

Cons: I don't like the layout

Okay... I believe the O2+ODAC combo is a good product for the price. Yeah, that does sound like a cop out, doesn't it? Alright, I'll try again. With headphones that this unit will normally be paired with; HD650, Q701, HE300, FA-003, etc. (solid mid-fi cans), I think it does quite well. To me it stumbles where most SS mid-fi amps stumble, it's a little on the bright side of neutral and highs are a bit etched. Also, mids do seem slightly congested and bass could be tighter. Also, mine has a slightly scratchy volume pot (not a huge deal, probably just needs a shot of DeoxIT). I don't think it drives my T1s very well, same goes for the TH900. Those foibles I mentioned before seem to get...
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Boom! Boom! Shriek! Ouch!

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Pros: They look good, mids have a fun coloration

Cons: The bass is overpowering and loose, the earpads are like torture devices

After hearing the glowing reviews for these I was looking forward to getting them on my head to hear this reportedly "fun" headphone. After waiting over two weeks to get these from Noisy Motel in Australia, that wasn't their fault (Aussie post must be one of the slowest carriers on Earth), they finally arrived. Build quality and comfort: Oh boy... from the outside they seemed okay and in good cosmetic condition. In terms of appearance, they look attractive. Mine are the dark wood finish, which I find to be more sophisticated than the natural version they're shipping now. However, placing them on my head and getting them situated is another matter. For me these aren't "over-ear"...
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Solid, flexible little amp

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Pros: A ton of outputs, fair SQ, good build quality

Cons: No power switch

Not much to say, really. I needed a multi-output HF amp that would drive most cans. That's what it is. It sounds fine, nothing to write home about, but not bad at all. You aren't going to get huge detail, but it is rather neutral. Doesn't distort unless you crank it far above what is considered a safe listening volume and the pots are quiet. Also, I really like the fact that it accepts 3.5mm and 6.5mm jacks, no adapters to mess with. Oh, it's very solid too, heavier than you'd think from looking at it. My only real gripe is the lack of a power switch, but it's not a big deal, I just hooked it up to a mini surge strip and use that to turn it off and on. Overall, it's a decent little cheap...
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