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

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  1. bubsdaddy
    I have a pair of KSC35s getting no use whatsoever. I would be interested in a trade or possible sale.
     
  2. dana789
    just got my k81dj based on the recommendations in this thread. Driving them with my uDac. First impression: way too boomy! Pretty tight on my head. I took out the inner foam pads as advised numerous places on head-fi (don't need to remove the main pads, just pinch the inner foam and pull it out, easily reversed). Wow, what a difference, just as advertised. Bass pronounced but not boomy, mids and highs improved. My advice: don't judge these cans until you pull out the foam.

    Some burn in and stretch out, and I think I'll have a nice pair of portable cans. I may try the blu tack if I get ambitious. I work in various noisy places (ventilation, on planes, near machinery), I'm hoping the isolation can let me enjoy listening in some of those environments. I find having the bass a bit pronounced is helpful in those situations since passive isolation is least effective on the low freqs. I tried Bose NC, no thanks.
     
  3. a_tumiwa
    joker, do you think edition 8 is in portable category too ?
     
  4. ljokerl Contributor
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dana789 /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    just got my k81dj based on the recommendations in this thread. Driving them with my uDac. First impression: way too boomy! Pretty tight on my head. I took out the inner foam pads as advised numerous places on head-fi (don't need to remove the main pads, just pinch the inner foam and pull it out, easily reversed). Wow, what a difference, just as advertised. Bass pronounced but not boomy, mids and highs improved. My advice: don't judge these cans until you pull out the foam.

    Some burn in and stretch out, and I think I'll have a nice pair of portable cans. I may try the blu tack if I get ambitious. I work in various noisy places (ventilation, on planes, near machinery), I'm hoping the isolation can let me enjoy listening in some of those environments. I find having the bass a bit pronounced is helpful in those situations since passive isolation is least effective on the low freqs. I tried Bose NC, no thanks.




    Excellent, glad you tried removing the foam. It really does take about four seconds and makes quite a difference. Enjoy the cans!

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by a_tumiwa /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    joker, do you think edition 8 is in portable category too ?



    Yes... but my wallet begs you not to suggest that I test it.
     
  5. grokit
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ljokerl /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    Yes, the KSC35 are interesting to me as well. I've just barely missed the last two pairs sold on ebay [​IMG].



    Have you checked Koss's website?

    Don't know how much cheaper they are on eBay, or if you get the lifetime guarantee that way.
     
  6. Silenced
    Another suggestion (sorry Joker)! Panasonic RP-HTX7. Look amazing and ClieOS is a fan. He even said he prefers them to k81dj!!!

    ClieOS review. http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f4/sho...arning-227047/

    some pictures
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    Thank you for your consideration, sincerely Devoted Joker Roundup Follower [​IMG]
     
  7. ljokerl Contributor
    Thanks, I've seen those Panasonics before. ClieOS does seem to think highly of them indeed so I will probably pick up a set at some point. Something I've noticed - Panasonic and EarPollution seem to source their housings from the same source. I recently picked up the Pana RP-DJ120 and they have a body identical to my Earpollution Nerve pipes, funky colors aside:

    Earpollution Nerve Pipe

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    Panasonic RP-DJ120

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    Seemingly, same goes for the RP-HTX and Earpollution ThrowBax

    Panasonic RP-HTX:

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    EarPollution Throwbax:

    [​IMG]
     
  8. ljokerl Contributor
    Additions for this week: Grado SR60i (by request), Kanen KM-95

    Apologies for the double post.
     
  9. iPoodz
    Ugh. SR 60is are the one can I really want to try, but can't bring myself to get, because of it's redundancies with what I already have. I guess if I find a way to get rid of my ATH-AD500s, I'll get them, because of what you said about the bass on them (60s). Just wondering, have you experimented with the pads at all (bowls in particular)?


    Since you ranked them so high on value, I'd be curious to hear what you think of the MS1s, which I've read are the best bang/buck (along with KSC75s) [​IMG]
     
  10. ljokerl Contributor
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by iPoodz /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    Ugh. SR 60is are the one can I really want to try, but can't bring myself to get, because of it's redundancies with what I already have. I guess if I find a way to get rid of my ATH-AD500s, I'll get them, because of what you said about the bass on them (60s). Just wondering, have you experimented with the pads at all (bowls in particular)?



    On the SR60i I have tried the bowls (don't bother), stock comfies, quarter-modded comfies, and HD414 pads. To me the quarter-modded comfies are the best combination of comfort and openness of sound, but they are not sufficiently different from what stock pads sound like (IMO) to be called a true mod.

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by iPoodz /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    Since you ranked them so high on value, I'd be curious to hear what you think of the MS1s, which I've read are the best bang/buck (along with KSC75s) [​IMG]



    I think adding more Grado phones to the review would have questionable results as the Grado house sound makes them very hard to distinguish between in the grand scheme of things. SR60 vs SR80 or SR125 vs MS1-type reviews make sense as the reviewer can focus on the very specific differences in sound signature. It's the degree of variation in the big picture that, while making each model unique, puts them all on a level playing field. Still, if I were to add another Grado type phone the MS1/MS1i would certainly be front-runners.
     
  11. iPoodz
    Oh, I totally understand. I've read at least two threads where the OP spends ~1000 words sorting out the differences between SR80, SR60i, and sometimes 125 or 225.

    It would take away from short and sweet nature format of your great reviews, I agree.

    Also, since you said don't bother with bowls, I guess I won't bother with the SR80s, since it's sometimes said that they're SR60s with bowls [​IMG]. Zombie_X actually made a thread where he commented on the advantages of using bowls on the PortaPros (I was really interested in this for a while, but decided 20$ was too much for a mod on a 30$ set), so you may get some use out of them yet!
     
  12. jjsoviet
    Very nice to include more portable headphones! What I really want to see next is the Audio Technica ATH-ES7, Sennheiser HD 218/228/238 and Shure SRH 240/440. Think you could do that in the future? I'm looking forward to it. [​IMG]
     
  13. ljokerl Contributor
    The ES7 was added a few weeks ago and I'm currently burning in another phone from that list [​IMG].
     
  14. jjsoviet
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ljokerl /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    The ES7 was added a few weeks ago and I'm currently burning in another phone from that list [​IMG].



    Can you give me a hint? [​IMG]
     
  15. Silenced
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ljokerl /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    Thanks, I've seen those Panasonics before. ClieOS does seem to think highly of them indeed so I will probably pick up a set at some point. Something I've noticed - Panasonic and EarPollution seem to source their housings from the same source. I recently picked up the Pana RP-DJ120 and they have a body identical to my Earpollution Nerve pipes, funky colors aside:



    haha. they take the Panasonic bodies and make them tacky! :p
     
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