Jul 13, 2011 at 12:50 PM
- Jul 13, 2011
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- Jul 13, 2011
I've been reading these forums for over a week now and thought I'd join up and tell you guys how it went listening to a bunch of headphones today. I live in Hong Kong.
I started out with the AH-D2000 and straight away liked the focus on bass. The cups were comfortable and I found them overall pleasant but nothing too exciting and no real punch. For $1960HKD (exchange rate with USD is 7.6 for future reference), I thought I could do better for the cash.
Moved onto the next shop and found the Sony XB series. Started with the XB300 and straight away took them off. Put on the XB500's and was instantly intrigued by the bass. The more I listened though, the more put off I was. The bass was too muddy and overwhelming and I'm not sure I want to bother messing with EQ. Very dissapointed there as I've read alot about how the XB500 are better with punch than the XB700.
Anyway as they had no XB700 and wouldn't let me listen to their XB1000, I moved on. Luckily the next shop were willing to unbox their XB1000 and I had a listen. Much better than the XB500 in all departments BUT I still felt no real punch that I was after or crystal clear clarity. I nearly cried as these were what I was gunning for after reading about them here.
I moved onto the last shop hoping and praying something would turn up and boy did it. I started with the SL150 and I instantly fell in love. I forgot about the XB1000 after 10 seconds of music, I kid you not. I varied my Ipod with Jurassic 5 (Hip Hop), Periphery (Djenty Metal) and Chase and Status (DNB). Problem was after a few tracks, my ears started to feel digging. I asked the guy if the line had some bigger cups and there they were, the SL300.
I was told the SL300 ($2600) are pretty much like the Dr. Dre line (as I'm sure most of you know), apart from they don't cost a bomb. I didn't try the Beats phones, but after the SL300, I can thankfully say those are my next purchase. I felt excited the whole time I listened to those phones. Crystal clarity, punchy bass, basically all I could ask for. To make it even more sweeter, the guy hooked up a shop modded amp with this weird looking wire (apparently almost as expensive as the amp) and OMG. Blew me away!
The amp was called a Mingo Amp2, it's searchable. I won't get the same cable (it was 50% copper, 50% some other material) as it was out of my budget.
So in total, my purchase will come to:
Mingo Amp2 $1150HKD
Signal Audio Cable $570HKD
Total in US dollars: $568 =D
Oh yeah, also tried the PANASONIC RP-HTF600. For $300HKD, a worthy mention. Comparable to the AH-D2000 in hindsight and for six times less!