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The DT1770 responds very good to the Fiio E12 bass boost. So there is some sub bass capability.
That may make me check out as well. I already have the ZMF Omni and they leak but have my ideal balance. Even my hrm7s leak... Dang it.
Are these in the same class technically as the 1540? Or how's about the Pandora Hope VI or alpha dogs?
Wearing the pleather earpads with the dt1770s should give you a better seal causing less leakage, but will change how the headphones sound overall making the lower frequencies louder. To combat the increase in base you could block off your baseports either fully or partially depending on where you like them to be adjusted, and by doing so you would also be lessening the sound leakage once again. You have nothing to lose by testing out some of your own modifications if they are reversible, so it's really a win/win situation.
The DT 1770 will be at RMAF Head-Fi meet in Colorado this weekend, along with Beyerdynamic, Sennheiseir, etc.
I'm actually preferring them over the 1540 at least at the moment.
Sound doesn't seem too closed in, layering/separation is actually good, and I don't find them ear piercing either. Need to test more tracks to compare details though.
We'll see if the leather pads help a bit (probably not but, will check). And yeah, won't do any mods yet. Maybe after I send them to the guys for measurements and stuff
Do you not like the earpads? Is because they are synthetic or is it because the foam is too harsh? If so, then I'd recommend you these beyerdynamic real leather earpads with memory foam: http://www.beyerdynamic.de/shop/hah/spareparts/edt-800-ls.html or http://www.beyerdynamic.de/shop/hah/spareparts/edt-800-lb.html
Can anyone compare the DT-1770 to the Audeze EL-8 Closed? They seem to be the top 2 competitors in the under $1k closed market. I know that the EL-8 has an excellent seal (others can't hear anything when they're on your head) so that's a big plus in their favor if the DT-1770 does indeed leak some sound.
Watch out Audeze lovers, there's a fresh out LCD-4 entering the stratosphere. Search around and you may find I'm not bluffing. ... now that would be a milestone if the 1770 is tested to sound better
Leakage = deal breaker for me. Pity.
That's been confirmed to happen with the velour pads. I still haven't heard from anyone if the same issue happens with the leather ones.
I like the ear pads fine.
Just haven't tested them.
A few things. I had the Shure SRH1540. They had good mids, not scooped, but more highs than I liked and nice boosted bass that made them seem so. They just didn't have the full midrange warmth I like, ultimately they had to go. I had tried the EL8 Open and Closed (along with all the other Audeze) and got a pretty good idea of what you could expect.
Open LCD series blows them away of course. EL8 open, while not as refined as closed LCD, had a better signature, as do all Audeze open vs. closed. Their closed overcompensate for an expected bass boost caused by the standing waves in that design, and have a peak or peaks in the high mids and highs that make them strident in a way the open are not.
So the EL8 closed finishes last, followed by closed LCD, then open EL8, and open LCD series wins. As far as DT1770 leakage, I read someone saying pleather pads blocked outside sound better than the Bose Quiet Comfort 25. That is impressive. The ports could possibly leak bass, I'm not sure if that would be problematic, or if they leak more than just bass.
It's either the 1770 and the 1540 has some terrible leaking going, or the optimal volume for you guys is way too high.
Open headphones are usually inaudible for me at around 3 ~ 5 feet in a really quiet school lounge.
In my case, when I listen at my comfortable level, you need to get as close as 10 cm(4inch) to be able to listen to what I am listening to. And you catch only a very little noise. This is when using the velour pads.
Working in an open plan office and listening in bed next to my wife means I need zero sound leakage. The Oppo PM3 have passed the wife test, not sure 1770 would do so ...