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i find these headphones rather uncomfortable though...
There is that too.
Maybe we're expecting too much of Sennheiser because they're Sennheiser?
In terms of clamping force? Having come from the HD 205, I found the clamping force mild in comparison.
Not clamp but the pads
The HD205 are ear destroyers. The clamp destroys them externally, and the sibilance destroys them internally.
Ok at the price, but a fair amount of flawed
Bit too thin and hard?
Sadly I'd have to agree. I never touch them anymore - they're just more trouble than they're worth.
Basically yeah. Sennheiser has a weird but I guess effective strategy of just releasing a bunch bunch of stuff. I would rather go for spending time on a product but I can see how that may not profit as much.
Wanna work for Sennheiser? They're looking - and you're already in the area.
Fake it til' you make it!
Here's the review that I've been working on, some two months and one week and fifty-seven posts later. As you will see, not nearly as thorough as your review!
Wut? What do you mean, that review was great! It pretty much told me everything that I wanted to know (especially that part about the tips).
If it weren't for the fact that I just got a pair of IEM review samples (which I am liking VERY much atm), I'd probably want to go out and snag a pair of those CX985.
A fine job sir! Wish The Delivery Man was still around to see it.
Thanks! I'm looking forward to your "mystery IEM" review!
As for The Delivery Man, I'm sure he's seen it since I've acknowledged him by his real name. Hoping that the next generation The Delivery Man is somebody from Head-Fi.
Anyway, I see that you've replied to my thread, so I'll meet you on the other side!
Thanks! I'm enjoying writing this one as I am very pleased with the unit. If you want a hint as to what it is, I can say ClieOS has already reviewed it. Of course, that won't help much as he's reviewed a ton.
Well, I don't know if he still cruises Head-Fi as much, as his new position targets a slightly different demographic. Good guy though, and I'm happy for him as his new position has much more responsibility (and authority).
@warren: about sibilance, there's no real problem here, at least for me. I did not do any comparison on that aspect; in my opinion, hd215 is acceptable in that aspect. No obvious sharp/biting sound. I have a budget in-ear phone which sibilance is obviously very bad... with sharp/biting sound most of the time when there's 'S' or 'shh' sound. Have tried it with E11, but there's no obvious improvement.
An update about hd215 + fiio e11: now I found that High Power & High Gain mode at an average volume of 2.5 sounds excellent. I have tried High Power & Low Gain at volume around 3, but found it too loud.
Note: I've read somewhere in this forum about setting the e11's volume between 3 to 6 for optimum sound (by adjusting the gain high or low). But found it a bit less practical with hd215.
As I currently have koss portapro for casual listening and hd215 for monitor/accuracy-type listening, can anyone suggest a worthy addition/upgrade? currently looking at Sennheiser HD25-II-C (coiled cable, closed type), read many good review about it - is it really good? Amperior is way out of reach at the moment. How about 558? Also, Grado's range - but reviews less favour its comfort aspect.