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  1. Malevolent

    The Closed-Back Headphone Thread (Plus Comparisons & Reviews)

    Yes... for a while. But the voices inside your head (or on your shoulders?) are constantly whispering dark thoughts to you. Go back... they have new headphones... spend more... muahahahaha! :smiling_imp: I'm glad that you're getting a lot of mileage out of your M-100s! The sound is clearly...
  2. Malevolent

    The Closed-Back Headphone Thread (Plus Comparisons & Reviews)

    Late reply here, but they are fundamentally different in both sound and performance. If you like the sound of one, you'd probably steer away from the other. That's how distinct they are on the sound spectrum, IMO. What are you looking for - if you don't mind my asking - from a tonality...
  3. Malevolent

    The Closed-Back Headphone Thread (Plus Comparisons & Reviews)

    Haha, sorry folks, life has taken a hold on me, and I've just been rather busy (and lazy) to get onto the forums. How's everyone doing? Believe it or not, I miss the banter, so yeah, let's hope I don't get too lazy to click on "Head-Fi Forums" on my browser the next day. ;) On the topic of...
  4. Malevolent

    THE ZMF ATRIUM!!! and other cool LTD ZMF Stuff

    I just want an Atrium Closed. 😎 Congrats, @zach915m, on the launch of your new headphone. It's pretty as heck - a ZMF forte, of course. 🙂
  5. Malevolent

    Sony Z1R....listening impressions only

    Personally, it has always been a different experience using IEMs vis-à-vis headphones. IEMs are brilliant in their own way, and they are certainly the portable champs in the audiophile realm. With that being said, headphones provide a visceral response that you don't always get with earphones...
  6. Malevolent

    The Closed-Back Headphone Thread (Plus Comparisons & Reviews)

    The T5 is a unique proposition on the current market - despite the asking price, it is unabashed in its quest to provide a sinful, bass-heavy, and utterly-dark sound. It's not the first name that comes to mind when you think of an "audiophile headphone", but it definitely stands apart form the...
  7. Malevolent

    The Closed-Back Headphone Thread (Plus Comparisons & Reviews)

    At that price range, some of the best options would include the Shure SRH1540 and the E-MU Teak. Neither are dark headphones, but as you've mentioned, you can always use EQ to attenuate the treble response. Both of these headphones are fairly engaging, with good resolving capabilities...
  8. Malevolent

    ATTICUS and EIKON, the new dynamic driver headphones from ZMF

    That's an interesting rod assembly on your Atticus. Is that a 3rd party set? I'd agree with all of the recent comments on the low-end capabilities of the Atticus - the bass texture and slam is rather impressive. For lack of a better term, the appropriate word I'd use to describe the lows on the...
  9. Malevolent

    The Closed-Back Headphone Thread (Plus Comparisons & Reviews)

    What is your budget? And what is your preferred sound signature? This will help us narrow down the possibilities. :)
  10. Malevolent

    The Closed-Back Headphone Thread (Plus Comparisons & Reviews)

    All the best, buddy. I can't say that I truly understand the issues that you're facing with TMJ, but I sincerely hope that you find a viable solution to the pain. Good luck, my friend! :)
  11. Malevolent

    The Closed-Back Headphone Thread (Plus Comparisons & Reviews)

    Yeah, I like the manner in which Focal markets its products - they don't flood the contemporary marketplace with too many options, and each product bears a distinctive name. Well, many other manufacturers tread the same path, but Focal does this best, IMO. :) On the other hand, companies like...
  12. Malevolent

    The Closed-Back Headphone Thread (Plus Comparisons & Reviews)

    The ATH-AWAS (and the ATH-AWKT) are very comfortable in use, especially in regard to the pads and clamp force. I found the shallow pads a little worrisome in the beginning, but in terms of pure comfort, I have had zero issues with them. Does the ATH-AWAS affect or induce your TMJ in any way? If...
  13. Malevolent

    Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

    I have yet to try the Mojo 2, but I have the Mojo and the Hugo 2. There is a gulf in quality between the Hugo 2 and the Mojo, and the same delta exists between the Hugo 2 and the Hugo TT 2. Moreover, the tabletop Hugo offers a lot more power than the portable Mojo and Hugo units. Thus, even if...
  14. Malevolent

    The Closed-Back Headphone Thread (Plus Comparisons & Reviews)

    I found the original AEON Flow Closed a little too dull for my tastes. It lacked dynamism and engagement, key components of a "fun" headphone. The AEON 2 Closed / Noire is the evolutionary successor, retaining (relatively) good detail, whilst boosting the musical aspects. Moreover, Dan Clark...
  15. Malevolent

    The Closed-Back Headphone Thread (Plus Comparisons & Reviews)

    Mmm, in a way, IEMs are probably the closed-back analogue of the earphone world, with earbuds the "open" variant. Indeed, the Solaris is a fascinating IEM; it's the best-tuned product in the Campfire Audio stable, IMO, and they have a vast one, too. I used to own the original version, but I...
  16. Malevolent

    Sony Z1R....listening impressions only

    In some ways, Sony being a massive company helps - they have the resources to develop different tiers of products to cater to the different customer factions - entry-level, enthusiast, gamer, audiophile, et al. In fact, I would wager that their audiophile division is a disparate entity from the...
  17. Malevolent

    The surface of Mars or...?

    I'll definitely need to get the pads changed, but boy, I really love(d) my PX-100 II. Real small, good sound. Perfect. :)
  18. Malevolent

    The Closed-Back Headphone Thread (Plus Comparisons & Reviews)

    Well, you may just end up buying both. :sweat_smile: ZMF headphones are functional yet aesthetically pleasing. Our version of jewelry, perhaps? ;)
  19. Malevolent

    The Closed-Back Headphone Thread (Plus Comparisons & Reviews)

    The Eikon is the better-tuned sibling if you prize quality lows; the Atticus doesn't exactly struggle in this department, but it is more mid-bass focused, with a palpable punch. They are definitely 2 sides of the same coin, if you ask me - you can't go wrong with either. :)
  20. Malevolent

    The Closed-Back Headphone Thread (Plus Comparisons & Reviews)

    I wonder if we'll see any new launches at CanJam Singapore. It's just over a month to go... so who knows? If there will be any, I hope my wallet will be ready. :fearful:
  21. Malevolent

    The Closed-Back Headphone Thread (Plus Comparisons & Reviews)

    Despite being rather large and bulky, the headphones in ZMF's table are comfortable to use, relatively speaking. Case in point - I enjoy using my ZMF cans more than, say, any Focal headphone. The mass is a minor issue; the clamping force is a major one. In that regard, the ZMF headphones pass my...
  22. Malevolent

    The Closed-Back Headphone Thread (Plus Comparisons & Reviews)

    Mmm, for the life of me, I can't quite recall the exact tuning of the ATH-MSR7B at this present time. With that being said, when I think of a closed headphone that combines (relatively) good imaging and resolution, a relatively natural timbre, a slight hint of warmth, a tight bass section, and...
  23. Malevolent

    The Closed-Back Headphone Thread (Plus Comparisons & Reviews)

    Well, and I'm being earnest here, I sincerely hope that you find that perfect headphone, or at least, one that comes closest to your needs. Closed-backs being the way they are, they come inherently attached with some niggling "ifs" and "buts". You'll just have to take the bitter with the sweet...
  24. Malevolent

    The Closed-Back Headphone Thread (Plus Comparisons & Reviews)

    I won't doubt the quality of a Gjallarhorn JME Mk2. I have the Gjallarhorn GH 50 myself, and it is, indeed, a maestro in the bass department; the JM Edition is also very highly regarded. However, delving into the list of headphones that @Alexzander has auditioned, the JME Mk2 would, in all...
  25. Malevolent

    The Closed-Back Headphone Thread (Plus Comparisons & Reviews)

    Well, actually... I, too, felt the same way about the MDR-Z1R's bass on my very first audition - the lows certainly sounded fuller and greater on the Sony than on the TH900 Mk2. The MDR-Z1R has this amazing ability of projecting a grand bass presence that is capable of enveloping you in layers...
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