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  1. RockStar2005

    Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H6 (2nd Generation) vs. Sennheiser HD 598 Cs - A Newer & MORE POWERFUL Sith Lord Emerges??

    Damn Martyn, 8?!! lol Wow!! Yeah I actually had the RS2e a while back. I really liked it a lot, but I found issue with the comfort on them, even when I upgraded to the over-ear "G" pads. But also, another issue is at the time I found the AKG K702 to have a better sound (to me anyway), and were...
  2. RockStar2005

    Blue Sadie Review - Headphones with a Secret Weapon!

    Yeah. I remember reading about that dial issue too. Since I'd returned it, I didn't have it long enough to say it happened to me though. They should've done a better job on that, cuz of course ppl are gonna use it. It's like the main defining feature of the Ella too. $275? Nice!! Oh wow, they...
  3. RockStar2005

    Blue Sadie Review - Headphones with a Secret Weapon!

    That's cool! So far I've tried out the Lola and then just recently also tried out the Ella, which you can read about here. (Note: I stopped EQ'ing my headphones about 2 years ago b/c now I only buy neutral-sounding ones vs. ones that need EQ'ing. They tend to sound better, and I don't have to...
  4. RockStar2005

    Closed-Back Planar Magnetic vs. Open-Back Dynamic Headphones: Which One Wins Out?!

    Yeah I'm very happy with it! :L3000::beerchug: Well I read like 4-5 different web pages on it, and that one seemed to be the best one. I guess they're just trying to simplify it as best as possible without leaving out the most crucial points? I dunno. lol Other diagrams I've seen weren't much...
  5. RockStar2005

    Closed-Back Planar Magnetic vs. Open-Back Dynamic Headphones: Which One Wins Out?!

    As an update to the Sundara headphones I now use as my main "daily driver", I just bought and tested out this balanced cable vs. the "upgrade" cable I had for the Sundara. Didn't have high expectations as usually upgrade cables don't do anything for me at all normally. However, I now have a very...
  6. RockStar2005

    Closed-Back Planar Magnetic vs. Open-Back Dynamic Headphones: Which One Wins Out?!

    That's awesome man! Glad to hear it sounds so great and that it offers up enough power to drive your planars too! :ok_hand: You can try doing an ABX Test or maybe just ask a couple other people to compare but blindly. That's what I'd prob do. Yeah I like that it's small but powerful. Not...
  7. RockStar2005

    Closed-Back Planar Magnetic vs. Open-Back Dynamic Headphones: Which One Wins Out?!

    Hey man, glad to see ya on here! Welcome!! Yeah. Blue isn't as popular with headphones as they are with mics, and also vs. other headphone companies. But they DO make rather interesting headphones. lol Yes, I do. It is fantastic! Though this Hifiman Sundara is REALLY swaying me towards...
  8. RockStar2005

    Closed-Back Planar Magnetic vs. Open-Back Dynamic Headphones: Which One Wins Out?!

    Hey mob, No I'm not. This is all through apps, like Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, etc. That's cool. So I guess we both specifically utilize streaming apps to at least check out new music. Oh awesome!! Yeah, let us know please. I had a busier than usual week, so still haven't finished...
  9. RockStar2005

    Closed-Back Planar Magnetic vs. Open-Back Dynamic Headphones: Which One Wins Out?!

    Yeah sure! Yeah comparing one streaming to another, I can't say much about that. lol My thing is downloads. Well again, if you happen to have a bad connection (or even if it just diminishes for a few seconds), that's gonna affect your quality for sure. Even with my BT earphones, if my phone's...
  10. RockStar2005

    Closed-Back Planar Magnetic vs. Open-Back Dynamic Headphones: Which One Wins Out?!

    Yeah. It def does vary. It's never 100% anything, ever. Though from my own personal experience anyway, Hi-Res is most often gonna sound better than other versions, esp mp3. I have some digital vinyl albums where they'd had the clicks/pops/scratches digitally removed from the album before...
  11. RockStar2005

    Closed-Back Planar Magnetic vs. Open-Back Dynamic Headphones: Which One Wins Out?!

    Ok awesome! Yeah I figured it would be somewhere b/t 125 and like 155mW. If it were me, I'd just get the UA2...........unless someone could prove to me (or they already compared them) that the upgraded DAC on the Onyx is noticeably better. Well nothing wrong in waiting for more reviews. Yes...
  12. RockStar2005

    Closed-Back Planar Magnetic vs. Open-Back Dynamic Headphones: Which One Wins Out?!

    Ya know, I JUST read about the THX Onyx a couple weeks ago, but was waiting for Amazon to carry it, which it still isn't as of yet. Once it does though, I had fully planned to add it to my list on there! lol The max power output is rated at 180mW into 22 ohms. VERY impressive for a dongle! I...
  13. RockStar2005

    Closed-Back Planar Magnetic vs. Open-Back Dynamic Headphones: Which One Wins Out?!

    Haha sure! Hmm ok. Yeah they looked pretty nice in person too. Oh ok. On my list for USB dongle amp/DACs I only have 2 (so far): Audiolab "P-DAC" My notes: ES9023 Sabre DAC (single). FR: 5Hz - 50kHz. Max output: 49mW (not sure at what impedance though). Use this adapter to reduce stress on...
  14. RockStar2005

    Closed-Back Planar Magnetic vs. Open-Back Dynamic Headphones: Which One Wins Out?!

    Yeah def. I have also noticed a correlation b/t earcup size and soundstage. Also how the speakers in the headphones themselves are positioned matters too (i.e., straight vs. angled). Sure. I had already read that the Audeze LCD-1 didn't have a very wide soundstage, so I wasn't THAT shocked by...
  15. RockStar2005

    Closed-Back Planar Magnetic vs. Open-Back Dynamic Headphones: Which One Wins Out?!

    Hey mob, Yeah, the only real difference is the soundstage. And even then, it may be of very little difference. Like when I tried out the Audeze LCD-1, I was surprised at just how narrow the soundstage was considering it was an open-back (planar) headphone. That's cool! I've heard good things...
  16. RockStar2005

    Closed-Back Planar Magnetic vs. Open-Back Dynamic Headphones: Which One Wins Out?!

    Yeah, exactly. I'm just using the term soundstage with respect to headphones. I guess I was surprised to find the LCD-1 had a smaller soundstage than I'd thought, though perhaps if I did a side-to-side vs. a closed-back, it prob wouldn't seem AS small.
  17. RockStar2005

    Closed-Back Planar Magnetic vs. Open-Back Dynamic Headphones: Which One Wins Out?!

    Yeah but just b/c something is subjective doesn't mean it won't be useful. Like every review I've read or watched on the LCD-1 vs. the Sundara has said the soundstage on the Sundara is clearly larger. Though subjective, that info is still gonna be useful to people looking to buy w/o having to do...
  18. RockStar2005

    Closed-Back Planar Magnetic vs. Open-Back Dynamic Headphones: Which One Wins Out?!

    $5500?!! YIKES!! :grin: Those cone-shaped earcups are wild though, in a good way I mean! I'm sure you get a pretty wicked soundstage with cups like those. :ok_hand::ok_hand:
  19. RockStar2005

    Closed-Back Planar Magnetic vs. Open-Back Dynamic Headphones: Which One Wins Out?!

    I don't think I'll ever be THAT detailed with any of my reviews though. lol But I won't argue against that logic. Makes sense, esp if you really understand all that and know your own preference in terms of response curve measurements. Ok cool. I've never tried out a balanced connection, only a...
  20. RockStar2005

    Closed-Back Planar Magnetic vs. Open-Back Dynamic Headphones: Which One Wins Out?!

    Yeah but, aren't all headphone reviews or commentaries subject to the reviewer's ear canals and head shape? I don't know how else to convey my experience but to speak in those terms. I guess some people would prefer a more forward sound vs. spacious. I thought I might anyway, but I'm seeing now...
  21. RockStar2005

    Hifiman Sundara vs AKG K702

    If you actually get the Sundara, I'd HIGHLY recommend buying the new upgraded 2020 version vs. the 2017 original. Apparently they improved the design and materials, including the diaphragm, earpads, and cable. Some still say the cable sux though, so you may need to replace it with another...
  22. RockStar2005

    Closed-Back Planar Magnetic vs. Open-Back Dynamic Headphones: Which One Wins Out?!

    Update: After 2 listening sessions of the K702 vs. the LCD-1, I've decided to return the LCD-1. Awesome sound, and arguably better comfort b/c of the oval lambskin pads, but although more forward in sound, it doesn't have the soundstage necessary to really let the drums BREATHE properly, IMO...
  23. RockStar2005

    iFi audio xDSD- The Official Thread

    Hi iFi, Regarding balanced output on the xDSD (which I have proudly owned for a few years now!): 1) Is S-Balance THE same as balanced? Meaning if I use a balanced cable, will it ACTUALLY output a TRUE balanced sound? 2) If I get a balanced cable like this one with a 4.4mm termination, how...
  24. RockStar2005

    Closed-Back Planar Magnetic vs. Open-Back Dynamic Headphones: Which One Wins Out?!

    Less hot? So like, less lively-sounding?!! Low shelf? lol I'll assume Crin is some keeper of frequency charts. 😂 I guess in the end, it's all gonna depend on how the overall sound of one is gonna render my music vs. the other. I think this reviewer does a pretty solid job of explaining the...
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