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anyone tried comparing the 120-ohm version of the senn hd595 as against the 50-ohm version of the same model?

i would appreciate your comments.

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acs236 in a recent "meet impressions" thread said that he preferred the 50 ohm HD595. He even stated that he liked the 50 ohm 595 over the Cardas 120 ohm 595. For more info ... ask him
 
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Tyll brought a few sets of 595s to the meet and I was curious about the 50 ohm version. Unfortunately, there was only one labeled 50 ohm. The only one labeled 120 ohm was a set recabled with the Cardas. The rest were unlabeled. So, my comparison had to be between the 50 ohm stock and 120 ohm recabled.

The 595s are not on my list of favorite cans, however, I did like the 50 ohm significantly better than the 120 ohm (even with the Cardas). In the interest of full disclosure, I'm not a big fan of expensive cable replacement anyway -- my past experiences with Senn 650 cable replacement was unimpressive. I though the bass of the 50 ohm was better and the mids were a bit cleaner.

I should also note that I think I was the only one who perceived much of a difference between the 50 ohm and the 120 ohm. At least two other people compared -- one of them Tyll -- and didn't think the 50 ohm sounded any better. Perhaps I was aurally halucinating.
 
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Perhaps Tyll will bring a stock 50 ohm pair to the Seattle meet so I can compare it with my stock 120 ohm pair, as well as the recabled versions.

Should be fun!
 
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Originally Posted by SunByrne
Actually, he revised his assessment a little bit later in the thread:


Not much of a revision though ... =)

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The downside is that it has lost some of the 120-Ohm-HD595's smoothness that I really appreciate. Anyway the 50-Ohm-version seems to reveal a little bit more detail, but does this in a somehow slightly more artificially sounding manner. After all I prefer the smoother and more relaxing sound of my older HD595.


And he did say: Quote:

What I'm trying to avoid is a 'New HD595-version no longer a good headphone'-furor.


Anyway, it's good to have two 595 versions so we can have more debates.
 
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Originally Posted by smittysan89
anybody have a likn to the 595 on ecost? i couldnt find them for the 160$ people talk about...


I ordered refurbs from ecost for $142 shipped. They came with a dent in the metal mesh on the right side, although that might have been from shipping. I emailed Senn. about it and they said they would fix it with no problem and covered under warrenty. They are being fixed now so I guess we will see how they turn out.

As far as the 120 ohm vs 50 ohm, there was no way I could tell which version I got from ecost. My guess would be the 120 ohm version.
 
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Supposedly you have to look on the box, mine says 50 ohm but honestly, and even moreso if you have refurbs; could you trust what a box tells you?
 
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thanks for the replies, folks. i'm thinking of getting a 595, but just wanted to know the differences between the two versions.

would really appreciate if other folks could post their comments.

have a nice day!

 
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Originally Posted by Mr.Sneis
Supposedly you have to look on the box, mine says 50 ohm but honestly, and even moreso if you have refurbs; could you trust what a box tells you?


can you test them on a multimeter?
 
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Originally Posted by Naga
can you test them on a multimeter?



A multimeter cannot accurately predict impedance since it measures only DC resistance. Most headphones, however, actually have a DC resistance measurement which is actually higher than the nominal impedance rating. How much higher? Depends on the 'phone itself.
 
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Still enjoying the smooth sound of my 120-Ohm-HD595 and its ability to effortlessly reproduce a lot of detail...
As the differences between the 120-Ohm and the 50-Ohm were really subtle, I don't think you can go wrong with either of them.
 
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Quote:

Originally Posted by Naga
can you test them on a multimeter?



Sure, if not as a rough approximation. I mean, 50 ohms phones may show 48-52 ohms DC resistance range but definitely not above 100 ohms.
 
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