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Cheesebuggah

100+ Head-Fier
Pros: Good tuning that sounds fairly natural on most songs
Good separation > not a lot of congestion
Great in acoustical or instrumental tracks
Cons: Virtually no sub-bass at all
Mediocre-at-best soundstage compared to larger headphones
Fairly distant and separated bass + midrange which leads to less perceived detail/note definition
Subpar performance in bass-focused music and average performance in vocal-focused music
Fatiguing at times unless listening at low to moderate volume
Foobar2000 > Magni 3+ / Modi 3+ - No DSP used - No EQ used
*Note - Price is factored into the score.

Non-auditory observations: Comfort is excellent. Arguably the most...
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Waxletter

New Head-Fier
Pros: Comfortable, lightweight design
Immersive Soundstage
Price
Cons: Build Quality?

Build

There are definitely reasons to dislike the cheap plastic build of the UR40s, but I believe that in this case the...
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Sefelt103

500+ Head-Fier
Pros: Modular construction, comfortable, analytical, beautiful midrange, lack of thickness, wide frequency range, natural tonality, grille patterns
Cons: Nothing significant
Sennheiser's redoubtable HD580 precision is a group of possibly 5 headphones, none of which are identical in sound to the other precision models never mind their HD600 or HD650 models. Because of...
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audiophilefan

100+ Head-Fier
Pros: Smooth, mature sound, very resolving, great soundstage and layering, now at a very affordable price if you can find one, fantastic build quality with a mix of real leather, metal, and very high quality plastics
Cons: May be hard to replace the earpads (but I read somewhere that the X1S is replaceable, unlike the X1). I just need to research more to know how when the time comes.
THE STORY

I started falling in love with music since I was a kid. Back in the day, we're talking around 1995 onwards, been buying tapes and CDs, collecting music.

Enjoyed...
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audioamateur

New Head-Fier
Pros: - VERY pronounced BASS
- Detailed and Lush Mid
- The warmth
- Laid back sound signature
- Dirt Cheap in 2022
Cons: - Kind of early high roll-off
- Comfort
- Any cons here are basically very nitpicking
AKG Y50: Supposed to be Beats Contender but it's A LOT MORE

Another Amateur Audio's Review! A little context to the Y50, this is a pretty old headphone, dating back to 2014. At the...
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tubbymuc
Thanks for the review

lambdastorm

100+ Head-Fier
Pros: Touch em woodies
Cons: Lackluster sound
I'll cut to the chase here. This is not a good sounding headphone, but if you like the looks I guess you can go get it.

First, the build. Build is actually the best part about this headphone. It...
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ufospls2

Headphoneus Supremus
Pros: Great bass
Dynamic capabilities
detail
price/performance
Cons: Some may prefer a more neutral sound
sound best warmed up
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Hi Guys,

Today we are talking about the Schiit Audio Yggdrasil “OG”/A2/Unison DAC. There are three...
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sp33ls
sp33ls
Great review. It'd be awesome to see a follow-up post comparing the "OG" to the "Less is More" variant.

I had the A1, sold it, and now own the Less Is More. The LiM is definitely special to my ears. It's even more "natural" than the OG -- and dare I say "analog?"
Would be cool to see a comparison here.
ufospls2
ufospls2
@sp33ls if I ever get ears on a LiM, I'll report back!
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electronicsdesign

100+ Head-Fier
Pros: Very clean sound, comfortable, can handle high SPL without distorsion, very good build quality
Cons: Relatively hard to drive, needs EQ to sound neutral, leather cushions and headband will deteriorate
Main reason that I bought the pair was the very low THD figures in audiosciencereview review. Usually, the THD in bass is pretty high and will go even higher if you listen loud.
For example, on...
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peterinvan
peterinvan
I got mine refurbished from Oppo USA in 2016 for $319 USD

By 2018 the pads and headband were flaking, so I got the Brainwaze Sheepskin for Large Headphones, and a zip-on leatherette headband cover. The ear pads slip over the cups. They look like new today.

I use these as my bedside headphones, as they are the most comfortable pair I own when lying on a pillow.

The construction is solid, and should last many more years.

I used to casually refer to these as the “poor man’s Audeze LCD-2” as they have excellent sound quality for the price.

It’s a real shame Oppo did not continue to develop their headphone R&D.
electronicsdesign
electronicsdesign
It is indeed a shame the did not continue, but unfortunately the demand for wired headphones has dropped dramatically since 2016.
These were made as consumer headphones at the time, since they came with cable that had a mic on it.
Now wired headphones are more or less a high-end/studio/DJ/audiophile item than anything else.

As for pads and headband, yes there are solutions as I mentioned myself but they're not ideal. Not ideal from 2 persepctives:
1. The headphones won't look as good (especially when a zip-on headband cover will be used);
2. With aftermarket pads, the frequency response will change (and unfortunately we don't have measurements for those to EQ 100% correct);

The Collector 3

New Head-Fier
Pros: The Perfect Dac For Systems That Are Rolled Off In The Higher End Frequencies.
Cons: Not Good For Bright Systems Or Class D Audio Sound May Be Too Sharp And Annoying To Some Very Digital.
I cannot say anything bad about this unit what I can say it is an amazing sounding unit for the money. The Dac Box E is a perfect match for vintage electronics and tube amplification. If you...
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Jarlaxle

100+ Head-Fier
Pros: Balanced, Warm-Neutral Sound
Relaxed, Non Fatiguing Tonality
Natural Soundstage with Exceptional Imaging
Very Light and Comfortable (Subjective)
Good Build Quality
Cons: Overshadowed by the Competition
Slightly Coloured Sound (if you are after Absolute Neutrality)
Pad Diameter is Small (Subjective)
Proprietary Cable
R70x is Audio-Technica’s first open back headphones those are marketed towards professionals. They have an MSRP of 350$. There are a lot of properties that make R70x an appealing choice, but also...
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rev92

Reviewer at Ear Fidelity
Pros: Good build
Impressive performance
Reference soundstaging
Highly detailed sound with great resolution
Good value
Cons: Not balanced
Not the most powerful

Introduction​

JDS Labs was a guest at Ear-Fidelity a few times already. My last round with Atom+ stack left me with very fond memories. They offer an amazing starting point for...
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ufospls2

Headphoneus Supremus
Pros: Comfort
Price/Performance Ratio
Speed
Cons: Slightly Nasal 1khz range
Sub bass roll off (really only a worry if you are watching movies)
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Hi Guys,

Today we are finishing up my set of reviews of Stax Headphones current Lambda series. The L300...
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OhmsClaw
OhmsClaw
So what you're saying is get the L500 MK2 with L700 pads 🤔.
Also I think the combo energizer deals are the way to go! But they're always sold out.
ufospls2
ufospls2
Well, I haven't tried that combo so I can't say for sure. Might be worth trying? I know some people have written impressions of the combo in the threads :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
capetownwatches
capetownwatches
I picked up a new SRS-5100 some years ago for about half of retail - best audio deal I've ever done.
Only change has been adding L700 pads and IMHO its not even negotiable.
Yes, L700 is "better" but my old ears are very happy with the L500.

mt877

500+ Head-Fier
Pros: Enhanced midrange, outstanding resolution, clear vocals
Cons: Reduced overall bass richness, won't fit in some devices
I received an offer by John from Burson Audio to try out a set of Burson V5i Dual Op-amps in exchange for my honest opinion. I accepted the offer, but a few days later it was weighing on my...
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freeryder05

Head-Fier
Pros: Super wide stage for an IEM.
Cons: Everything else
I just pulled these out of my desk drawer. They in fact sound like crap.

I do find that the staging is pretty good. It has some gimmicks with directional, but it sounds like the music is being...
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audioamateur

New Head-Fier
Pros: - VERY wide soundstage
- Sound profile that doesn't offend most people yet keeping it balanced
- Decent detail and separation
Cons: - Comfort is not for everyone
- Soundstage doesn't have much depth
- High rolled off pretty early
- Tip rolling is a MUST
- Cable is too long for daily
ATH-E40: Lean but Mean

This is my first time writing a review in this forum, and let's call it an Audio Amateur's Review. Straightforward reasoning: I'm an amateur and I love audio...
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Waxletter

New Head-Fier
Pros: Haptic Motors & Bass Slider
Hilarious Levels of Bass
Cons: Fatiguing

Build

The Skullcandy Crushers are closed-back cans with decent build quality. The cups on these don't envelop your ears as much as they consume...
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NewEve

1000+ Head-Fier
Pros: Coherency / Timbre / Tonality
Well-vented, no pressure/driver flex
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Useful leatherette pouch
Stock 4.4. cable (BP variant)
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Outstanding price and value for money -- 6 years after their release!!!!!
Cons: Availability (eBay's your friend)
Maybe soundtage and technicalities, maybe -- frankly debatable as everything else in this hobby
This is a hit and run out of retirement (or is it?).

Admittedly, we all hear differently and all have different preferences.

Using the Cayin RU6 in NOS and an uncapped, vanilla, Sony WM1AM2 as...
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F700
F700
It was my favorite Sony IEM before I got the Z1R. Tremendous value and top-notch build quality. Good job on the review👌. Happy retirement (but I know you will coming back again😉)
dharmasteve
dharmasteve
Love them too. I have a 16 core copper 4.4mm straight cable, with no ear guides, attached. I have three IEM's I rotate out of about 50 that I own. They are the Sony XBA N3, the IMR Dark Matter, and the IMR Zenith II. The Sony is the most underestimated IEM I know of.
WilliamBlake
WilliamBlake
my first sony iems, now I added the m9, but the n3 are still a pleasure to hear

Waxletter

New Head-Fier
Pros: Full-Size
Detailed Sound
Cons: Stock Pads

Build

These are closed back cans with a design reminiscent of AKG's K200 series. They come with a fairly long non-removable cable. In terms of...
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Ichos

Reviewer at hxosplus
Pros: + Increases detail retrieval and resolution
+ Sound gets more refined with improved dynamics
+ Adds more clarity and opens the soundstage
+ Will highlight all of your chain advantages
+ Excellent build quality and handling experience
+ Zero microphonic noise
+ Made from high quality parts and available for most of the headphones of the market
Cons: - The highly revealing nature will expose all of your chain shortcomings
Lavricables contacted me to suggest that I should test a cable from their Ultimate line and then provide my honest listening impressions.
Except for the review sample, I didn't receive monetary or...
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Toonartist
Toonartist
They are beautifully made cables and your review sums up very nicely the difference a good cable can make. I’ve been using the Grand with the Meze Elite and it is a great combination. The layering and depth of stage seems more defined and clearer. It’s just pure clarity without fatigue… I guess it just magnifies what is already there, it’s the icing on the cake! Certainly recommend the Lavricables though!
Ichos
Ichos
Thank you very much, I am glad that another senior member shares the same kind of impressions.

myststars

New Head-Fier
Pros: - Clarity
- softness & sensuality
- a little more detailed vs V6 classics
- this is subjective: i recommend them for orchestral music, classical music, soft music.
Cons: -- Size
First of all: I am a foreigner so my english may not be perfect.

Equipment used:

PC Sound card: EVGA NU Audio Pro

Headphones: Audio Technica ATH-AD2000x

Music used: 1995 Chesky Records - The...
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