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    Best-sounding open & closed headphones... with no EQ-ing or mods!

    For closed back, I would say the AKG K371, as it was designed to match the Harman Target as closely as they could get it, which is a curve meant to be agreeable to a majority of listeners. For open back, probably the HD600/HD650/HD6XX, which despite being technically diffuse field, is nearly...
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    AKG K361/K371

    Alex Rowe is a great writer, and he should be trustworthy considering he has a background in audio production for some odd 15 years. I liked his review of the K371 and DT770, even though I’m not the biggest fan of the latter.
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    Your favorite sub-$1,000 closed-back headphones?

    Hard to find people with the EMU Ebony specifically. I got a pair recently too and they really are something special. Quite a bit better than the 177X which I’ve since sold. Too bad they’re not office friendly, but I got a pair of AKG K371 for the office (another surprisingly good closed back...
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    Show us your Head-Fi station at it's current state. No old pictures please...

    Looks awesome! I love the Focal aesthetic especially with the matching stands :)
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    Show us your Head-Fi station at it's current state. No old pictures please...

    LEFT TO RIGHT: EMU Ebony > AKG K371 > Etymotic ER4XR > Hifiman Sundara > Sennheiser HD6XX SOURCE GEAR: Topping E30 > THX AAA 789
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    Hifiman Sundara (HE400i upgraded, around $500)

    Sure thing, thank you for reaching out!
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    Hifiman Sundara (HE400i upgraded, around $500)

    Did anyone else's Sundara come with a cosmetic defect? I just opened mine and noticed the paint is quite a bit chipped on one of the ear cups. I'm not sure if this is normal or if it's something worth complaining about and asking for a replacement?
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    Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H6 Discussion Thread

    I think one of the Fostex/EMU/Denon headphones would be the next direct step.
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    If you still love Etymotic ER4, this is the thread for you...

    I still love my ER4XR. One of those headphones/earphones that you could live with as your only one if you needed to just because it does so little wrong. After 4 months of use I still was a little iffy about the fit and comfort of the triple flange tips. Some days they would feel totally fine...
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    Hifiman Sundara (HE400i upgraded, around $500)

    Agreed, the Magni/Modi is the best you can get. Top tier measured performance and excellent build quality.
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    AKG K361/K371

    Think I’ve figured out what might be causing the issue. I don’t believe the headphones were shipped with two pads with different or differing amounts of material. Looking at the photos I noticed that one of the cups was touching the yoke while the other has a little space between the cup and the...
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    AKG K361/K371

    Thanks. Since I don’t believe this is affecting sound to my knowledge I’ll probably leave it as is to save the hassle. Unless, in your experience, having them symmetrical made a difference on your K553 By the way, are the pads on these easy to replace? They seem to be installed rather tightly...
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    AKG K361/K371

    I guess some photos may help. Am I crazy or does one look a little flatter than the other? I’m still not sure what’s causing it. I can’t imagine the foam in one of the pads decompressing so quickly.
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