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Shootout: 114 Portable Headphones Reviewed (Xiaomi Mi Headphones added 04/21/2015)

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  1. Seidhepriest
    The K-81 would be nice if it weren't for their outrageous bass. As it goes, they have excellent diaphragm travel, deep space, deep dynamics, but the bass is plain nauseating (with a headphone amp anyway).

    Now, "portable" headphones aren't those that are foldable, "portable" is anything that doesn't require an AC/DC adapter and doesn't weigh 1 KG (or more). Has anyone ever seen someone fold their "portable" headphones anyway? Most of the time they just hang on the neck. CAL/Denon AH-D1001 are great street headphones. So, what this comes to. Please, more circumaurals in the review, and not just foldable. In short: if it can be powered by a player and is lightweight and comfortable, it's good for outdoors.

    JVC HA-RX700 sounds interesting. Yamaha RH5MA sounds interesting (and cheapish).
     
  2. Seidhepriest
    To throw something else into the fray: there're two sets of Denon AH-P372, one stock, one recabled. The recabled set is plain awesome. There might be a review of both.
     
  3. ljokerl Contributor
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by kshelton /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    Joker I got my HD25s yesterday and I am in love [​IMG]



    Ah, excellent. They are stellar performers, are they not? I'll get to writing them up one of these days but everytime I go at it I end up just listening to them for an entire evening and nothing gets written [​IMG].

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Seidhepriest /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    To throw something else into the fray: there're two sets of Denon AH-P372, one stock, one recabled. The recabled set is plain awesome. There might be a review of both.



    Yes, I have a P372 on hand (courtesy of jant71). Review coming next week.

    As for portability, The K81s need to lose the inner foam and a bass-light source to overcome the bass problem. Extra power just makes it worse. The HA-M750 and M-Audio Q40 give me bass headaches. The K81s do not.

    As for portability, I've had two pairs of the HA-RX700 (stock and modded) and didn't even consider including them in the shootout. I guess I draw the line when a headphone is large/inconvenient enough that I wouldn't be bothered wearing it outside. Thick, long cords tick me off a bit and I do fold my headphones away when I get to class. Ever try sitting in place for two hours being choked by an M-Audio Q40? Not pleasant [​IMG].

    More updates coming soon.
     
  4. Seidhepriest
    AH-D1000 are unnoticeable on the neck :)

    So the Q40 aren't that comfortable? And bassy?

    The HA-RX700 do look monstrous, but the looks also suggest comfort.

    The problem with K-81 is the grille tuning, maybe a new grille (holes, not squares) would help it. Perhaps extra holes. Anyway, they're not the most comfortable set out there.

    Circumaural headphones are way more comfortable and have a fuller sound, so they're a logical choice.
     
  5. Seidhepriest
    K-81 were nauseatingly bassy out of Minibox-D with a Sony PCDP. Foamless. And they were playing bassless guitar ambient. After that last try they just gathered dust.
     
  6. ljokerl Contributor
    Went through and adjusted color balances on most of the pics. Also resized all of them and eliminated some unnecessary ones since I'm getting awfully close to the 35-per-post photo limit.

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Seidhepriest /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    So the Q40 aren't that comfortable? And bassy?



    Right

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Seidhepriest /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    The HA-RX700 do look monstrous, but the looks also suggest comfort.



    Comfy yes, but they get awful hot in there.
     
  7. ljokerl Contributor
  8. LQQK
    I use the PX100's allot,,,now I'm gonna have to get my hands on the PX200 II!

    Thanks for the review ljokerl.

    LQQK
     
  9. kshelton
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ljokerl /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    Ah, excellent. They are stellar performers, are they not? I'll get to writing them up one of these days but everytime I go at it I end up just listening to them for an entire evening and nothing gets written [​IMG].



    Yes I am very pleased with them, at first it was a lot of money for me to spend on headphones but now I am sold on this whole "audiophile" stuff... [​IMG]
     
  10. Seidhepriest
  11. vkvedam
    Outstanding effort ljokerl. It's not an easy feat to do such a thing. Helps out in advising my fellow mates. Thanks once again.
     
  12. Silenced
    great thread. Please check out the audio-technica sj5!
     
  13. Eagle_Driver
    I now have in my possession a pair of Sennheiser PX100-II headphones, which will eventually replace the original PX100 in the lineup once stock of the older model is cleared out. The PX100-II is definitely a small but worthwhile improvement over the original PX100: more neutral and less dark. (In other words, Sennheiser made an already good open portable headphone even better.)

    Those who expect the new PX#00-II models to have a Y-cord hanging down from both earpieces may be slightly disappointed to find out that they have a single-sided cord hanging from the left earpiece instead.
     
  14. Azathoth
    Methinks the OP should review the Senn PX100-II, Jays V-Jays, AKG K420 and the AKG K450 next... [​IMG]
     
  15. ljokerl Contributor
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by LQQK /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    Thanks for the review ljokerl.



    Quote:

    Originally Posted by vkvedam /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    Outstanding effort ljokerl. It's not an easy feat to do such a thing. Helps out in advising my fellow mates. Thanks once again.



    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Silenced /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    great thread. Please check out the audio-technica sj5!



    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Azathoth /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    Methinks the OP should review the Senn PX100-II, Jays V-Jays, AKG K420 and the AKG K450 next... [​IMG]



    Thanks guys. More cans coming in the future.

    For now updated with M-Audio Q40 and Audio-Technica ATH-ES7. Also split into two posts since I ran into 100k character cap.
     
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