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

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  1. Seidhepriest
  2. markychas
    this is a valuable and wonderful thread. I hope it extends someday to 64 portables reviewed. I'm sure you have plenty of suggestions but I would love the new Sennheiser PX 100 II's to be added. I'm also curious about the Audio-Technica FC700's also. Keep up the good work!
     
  3. mont
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ljokerl /img/forum/go_quote.gif
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    Can you do a fast review / compare the following models ?
    I think this will be helpful to others also. [​IMG]

    Sennheiser HD-25-1 ii
    Sennheiser HD 228
    AKG K 518 DJ


    PS. Awesome thread
     
  4. grokit
    If you have iGrados on the list, you need to have the UF-30s as well IMO:
    [​IMG]
    Great thread though!
     
  5. ljokerl Contributor
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by markychas /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    this is a valuable and wonderful thread. I hope it extends someday to 64 portables reviewed. I'm sure you have plenty of suggestions but I would love the new Sennheiser PX 100 II's to be added. I'm also curious about the Audio-Technica FC700's also. Keep up the good work!



    Perhaps someday [​IMG]. curious about the PX100-II myself.

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mont /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    Can you do a fast review / compare the following models ?
    I think this will be helpful to others also. [​IMG]

    Sennheiser HD-25-1 ii
    Sennheiser HD 228
    AKG K 518 DJ




    I don't have the HD228. The AKG K518 is a great budget portable but it's just not on the same level as the HD25-1. The Senns are more balanced, more detailed, smoother. Both cans are a bit dark. Soundstage is rather mediocre on both. The AKGs are farther away in the midrange and have more treble sparkle; the senns are more forward in the midrange and have less crispness in the highs. AKGs have far more bass slam but I prefer the bass on the Senns. Neither is perfect though.

    Lastly, the HD25 is far more comfortable, especially with velour pads. Isolation is about the same. Build on the HD25 is great but the K518 is no slouch either.

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by grokit /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    If you have iGrados on the list, you need to have the UF-30s as well IMO:

    Great thread though!




    After the Ultrasone Zinos I decided to pass on the Nuforces. Rumored to sound similar so... not very exciting.
     
  6. grokit
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ljokerl /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    After the Ultrasone Zinos I decided to pass on the Nuforces. Rumored to sound similar so... not very exciting.



    I see your point, but couldn't that be said about many of the headphones featured in this thread? Why not feature them both, if only to point out their similarities?
     
  7. grokit
    Phiatons definitely deserve a mention here as well
    [​IMG]
     
  8. Deep Funk
    Tempting Phiatons...
     
  9. ljokerl Contributor
    Yes, the phiatons are beautiful. I've been this | | close to purchasing them on several occasions, especially the dual-driver ones.
     
  10. Seidhepriest
    Dual-driver? Where? What?
     
  11. Seidhepriest
    No-one seems to know, but Roland RH-50 are dual-driver. Most beautiful treble/high midrange in cheap headphones ever.
     
  12. ljokerl Contributor
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Seidhepriest /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    Dual-driver? Where? What?



    Pricy buggers
     
  13. grokit
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Seidhepriest /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    No-one seems to know, but Roland RH-50 are dual-driver. Most beautiful treble/high midrange in cheap headphones ever.



    I've read very good things about those RH-50s. If they sounded cr@ppy, the would be branded "Boss", I know that much about Roland!
     
  14. Seidhepriest
    They are cheap studio headphones, and they're dual-driver, they like current, won't go very loud with a player. Impedance is standard 32-ohm. EQ is similar to AKG K-240 Studio, but with more of a treble/midrange lift. Obviously older headphones, don't expect Denon dynamics. But the midrange/treble are very sweet for cheap headphones. They cost less than $50 off EBay, and are closed. Pretty good street headphones, especially with an amp.

    Here's the effect:

    [​IMG]
     
  15. Seidhepriest
    RH-50 are a bit slow, and they won't do anything like boomy bass (they're really closed, vents are taped on the inside). Character's more laid-back, relaxed (guitar music's beautiful BTW). They're not as detailed as K-240. But they're as close to K-240 as supra-aural headphones get. "Toy K-240 Studio" with an even more of a midrange/treble lift. Spatious.

    "Won't go very loud" means - they will cover street noise driven by a portable player, but that's it.
     
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