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Reviews by: Mshenay

LCD 2.2F

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Pros: Tactility, speed, imaging, comfort, unique presentation

Cons: lacks aggression, over emphasized lower mids, sub bass

  Review LCD 2 Rev 2.2 Fazor   Big thanks to head fi member jodgey4 for allowing me the chance to demo the LCD 2.2F!      To start with the comfort of the LCD 2 with Vegan Pads was very good! The headband and ePads distributed the weight of the headphones very nicely, despite rumors of the Audeze cans being "too heavy to wear" I found them to very comfortable and the weight didn't bother me. Of course, some of you may be more sensitive to weight than I am.   As far as the sound goes, the overall profile of the LCD 2 REV 2.2 Fazor    Was warm, good sense of tactility and speed,  yet still a touch laid back. Easy to...
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Best Can to Date and the beast that killed my DT 880

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Pros: Sound, very balanced

Cons: Amp is required

To start with, I've owned my Hifiman HE 4 for a few months now, and I've just recently heavily modified mine! The positives is all these mods don't do anything for the sound, but rather improve the looks comfort and usability of the headphone.  That said though, many of you may remember the Frequency response graphs I posted a few months back,  That Top Green line is the basic frequency response, or objective measurement of how the HE 4 sounds!  Well seeing as the HE 4 is my new standard, I won't be doing any comparisons here, rather simply commenting on what I enjoy about it! Let's put some words to describe what the data shows!   Amplification Needed and Recommended Sadly, the HE 4 is...
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Fiio X5 Review/ Preview

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Pros: Features, Navaigation, Sound Signature

Cons: Sound Stage, Media Update

I would like to first send tanks to Fiio and Head Fi member Joe Blogs for giving me the opportunity to preview the Fiio X5, I am not affiliated with Fiio in any way. For the purpose of this review I demo'd the X5 with my Balanced Modded Denon AH MD 2000 Headphones and my iBasso PB2 Balanced Amplifier, equipped with quad LME 49990 OP amps and dummy buffers. In addition also compared the X5 again'st my Hifiman HM801, using the same music and amplification. Price for the X5 is said to be $350.    Here's the X5 sitting atop my PB2 in it's silicon case.  What's in the Box  The X5 comes with some brief paper work in addition to the charger cable, the player it self is encased in a semi hard...
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Comparative Review Audio GD NFb10ES2 SE OUT vs Schiit Vali (Opening Notes About the NFB10ES2 Dac Included)

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Pros: Clean sounding, EXTRAS, Powerful

Cons: Heavy, Large, Headphones Need Re-termination

Schiit Audio - Vali )[$119 New]  VS Audio GD NFB10 ES2 Balanced Amp (SE Out) [$600 New (Unit is a Dac/Amp Combo) Personal Back-Story    I’ve enjoyed both Tube and solid state amplifiers over the years, although I prefer solid states. That said, there’s still something magical about tubes for me, thus I owned two before the Vali, both where attempts to find that perfect tube sound, the right mix of warm mids and taught bass and airy treble. That said, I got the Vali, with hopes it would bring the balanced I was looking for. That said, though I’m still undecided about wheather I like a solid state amp or a tube… so it’s time for a comparison!  Notes on the NFB10ES2 Dac          The NFB10ES2...
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Audio Technica ATH AD900X Firey Little Tart

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Pros: Spacious airy sound, fantastic bass, sound stage and imaging

Cons: Slides a little, to little decay, aggressive, terible with lossy

  Audio Technica  ATH AD900X {$180 Used} {$299 New}   Personal Back-Story     I recently emailed Mr. Doris a Public relations professional with Audio- Technica U.S., INC. I would first of all like to thank him for allowing me to do this review as well as for his great communication with me! Non the less, I’ve been doing reviews for about a year now and wanted to apply my trade toward a great cause and do a more professional review.  So I emailed Mr. Dorris to see if I could do a review for Audio-Technica U.S and he graciously agreed. My interest in the ATH AD900x is rooted in my love for open back headphones, as a happy owner of the Beyerdynamic...
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Mid Fi Portable Master

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Pros: Comfort, isolation, carrying case, detachable cord, clean sound, wonderful sound stage

Cons: lack of lower mids and upper bass [easily fixed by the w1000x Pads], also needs to be modified for bass improvement,

Sound Magic HP 100 ($165 Used)     Personal Back-Story     In the search for a can with the dt 880 sound and the isolation of a closed headphone I came across the sound magic hp 100!   Pros: Comfort, isolation, carrying case, detachable cord, clean sound, wonderful sound stage   Cons : lack of lower mids and upper bass [easily fixed by the w1000x Pads], also needs to be modified for bass improvement   Build [5/5]     Specs Closed operating principle Driver: Dynamic 53mm Neodymium Drivers - Frequency range: 10Hz~30KHz - Impedance: 32Ω (±10%) - Sensitivity: 95dB/mW @ 1KHz (±3dB) - Maximum input power: 100mW - Cable length:...
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Cheap Gorgeous and Pratical

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Pros: Looks, sounds, build, size

Cons: None

    A quick review here as I have nothing really to compare it to, but we all know the oDac sound clean and slighty EVER SO SLIGHTY mellow. Very linear and great with deatails, without ever being harsh or bright, mainly the biggest differeance here is the Audio Poutine oDac can be customized a little more than other sellers. Mine came with Silver Face plates and got a RCA and 3.5mm Out, and i've used it for about 7 months now. It's a great DAC and well worth the price! 

Open Back Mi-Fi Perfection

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Pros: Airy sound, delicate mids, speed, sense of openness, sound stage and layering. Timbre

Cons: no isolation, bright [I like bright cans but some don’t] lacks intimacy, bass for some may not be heavy enough

  Beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium 600ohm (With ZXAC Fully Balanced Recable) [$235 Used] Personal Back-Story   I recently re-purchased my Beyerydanmic Dt 880’s back! And this time I made the upgrade to the 600 ohm variant.  Pros: Airy sound, delicate mids, speed, sense of openness, sound stage and layering. Timbre Cons : no isolation,  bright [I like bright cans but some don’t] lacks intimacy, bass for some may not be heavy enough Build [5/5] Classic Beyerdynamic Build quality, although these are a tad more fragile than my pro series headphones, the adjustment device is located outside of the head band, as opposed to the pro series which feature the extension mechanism within the head band. In...
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Audio Technica ATH-A900X

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Pros: Highs, price, Fun Factor, balanced bass

Cons: Bass could be tighter, fit for some, and mids for some

  Ath A900x [$93 used]   Test Process   Source Win 7[Foobar2000 WASAPI] -> oDac -> MonoPrice Premium Coaxial Cables -> Matrix M Stage [0  [w1000x Akg K550/+18 db Gain Lme 49990 OpAmp]   Will be enjoyed at face, no comparisons to be made considering the price.   As always gain and volume are adjusted for each headphone. [To ensure each has equal volume levels, despite gain.]   7/9 Songs are without EQ, Benga-Invasion and Kidnap Kid-Animaux  do feature an EQ added by me. This should demonstrate the ability of a headphone to handle EQ.]   Personal Back-story     I recently sold my old Beyerdynamic Dt 880 Pro 250 ohms, and since then I've been in search of something that captured...
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Akg K550

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Pros: Neutral Sound, Tight Bass, Full Bodied Mids, Isolation, Comfort

Cons: Lacking Mid Weight, Poor Treble Attack, Too Little Bass for Some

    AKG K550 [Price $160 Used]   Test Process   Source Win 7[Foobar2000 WASAPI] -> oDac -> MonoPrice Premium Coaxial Cables -> Matrix M Stage [0  [w1000x Akg K550/+18 db Gain Lme 49990 OpAmp]   Will be compared again'st my w1000x and my Beyer Dt 990, since I intend to use this headphone as a portable, with all genres. I want to see how it does against my two "specialists" Specifically, the Dt 990 will be compared only with Classical and EDM [I got lazy and only did classical and Dub Step] genres. Songs 2 and 7.   As always gain and volume are adjusted for each headphone. [To ensure each has equal volume levels, despite gain.]   7/9 Songs are without EQ, Benga-Invasion and...
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