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nm! found one
there's no bass port on the primes.
I've been driving my Primes through an AK120II attached to an ALO RK-MKIII-B+.
Just out of curiosity, I am now listening to them directly through the AK alone, using a balanced connection.
My conclusion is.....Pretty good! The sound definitely isn't as compelling, sublime (some songs), or bone-rattling (other songs), but it's somewhere between 80 and 90%.
Just in case in someone is searching for this on the forums.
It was posted on this very thread (page 68): http://www.head-fi.org/t/737566/mrspeakers-alpha-prime-impressions-and-discussion-thread/1005#post_11283988
Some other info/comments there may possibly be of interest.
It's funny, Ultrabike's post 1426 has almost twice as many likes as Dan's post 1429, and yet Dan's post is at #1 in the most-liked post listing on the home page... Do Dan's likes count extra or something?
It's because the #1 liked post on the home page is based upon the likes in the past 24 hours.
If you look at the 7-day likes, Ultrabike comes up as #1.
I suspect that most of the likes on Ultrabike's post are not in the last 24 hours -- the post is over 2 days old. It looks like Dan's post has received 7 reps in the last 24 hours.
Link here: http://www.head-fi.org/pages/stats/top/range/1day/#posts
uh oh... i smell conspiracy =P
I tend to agree with SanjiWatsuki. The system may take a while to move things up on the top 10. It may take snapshots or something. Who knows.
Wish I had the time to look through 1500 posts.
This thread has turned into a real oddity. It became a war over likes on headphones that I have heard that don't sound nearly as good as AP or AD. Maybe I have a clear preference for headphones that don't distort and muddy up the bass and that is why I prefer the closed AD over the open DT880? I just think it's odd that Srajan on 6moons would compare it favorably to the Audeze LCD-2 when here were are comparing it to mid-fi headphones that have clear limitations in sound and immersive enjoyment.
DT880, HD650 are not mid-fi headphones. They were once flagship headphones for their respective brands and contenders for world's best. Their audio doesn't degrade over time either.
I have a DT880 sitting right next to me. It is clearly not the world's best. If it was why would they have come out with the T1 that people have a love/hate relationship with. Dynamic headphones are not the pinnacle of perfomance. HD800 is the only dynamic I would consider to image as good as planars I have heard. I have not heard MDR-R10 bass heavy enough either to give it a thumbs up.
i agree with this but wont they be considered 'mid-fi'now that there are even more 'hi-fi' flagships. i feel the defintion of mid-fi and hi-fi progressively changes as better and better headphones come out.
The head-fi definition of mid-fi and hi-fi seems to always come down to a simple fact of money. People think that if a headphone costs 300, then it's clearly inferior and/or mid-fi compared to a headphone that's 1000. There are plenty of people who would consider an HD650 or DT880 to be a higher fidelity of sound compared to a T1.
Point is that there's good and bad apples no matter the price, and a headphone at a fraction of a price than another can easily possess more qualities that parallel the definition of having high fidelity.
In that matter, comparing the Prime to the DT880/650 is no less offensive as comparing it to the LCD2 and other expensive headphones.
I'm just saying based on my own ears and I have heard what is out there. The DT880 and HD650 aren't in the same league.
HE-560 is like having an improved DT880 across the board. Imaging, control, lack of edges, better impact in mids and bass.. The reason I compare is because the stock HE-560 leans towards bright like the DT880 but is technically superior. don't get me wrong the DT880 is a great headphone and it gets really close to neutral but it doesn't have the same control as planars in the same price range like the HE-4 or 400i.