Yamaha hph mt220 thread (Merged)
Mar 25, 2016 at 11:58 PM Post #2,837 of 3,294
So I've had the MT220s for about 150-200 hours. They are a pretty good closed can, especially for the price (paid $200). 
 
Just today I got the $300ish Feliks-Audio Espressivo amp and it evolved my MT220 experience from "being in a studio with the artist in the afternoon" to "being in the front seat at the house of blues at 10pm after 2 or 3 beers." 
 
Highs are a bit rolled off, there is a mid bass bump and a slight bump in the low-med mids. There's also just a slight warmth to the sound...goes from being ever so slightly cold (in terms of detail) to being a shade warm. There might even be a very slight raspiness to the sound too. Overall pretty good. 
 
Kudos to @inthere for sparking my interest in this amp!!
 
May 10, 2016 at 12:26 PM Post #2,841 of 3,294
Guys this thread has gone very quiet perhaps because people are so engrossed in their Yams.
 
Has anybody found anything as good or better, near or above its price range.
 
Any links to any threads where the action is would be very useful!
 
May 10, 2016 at 12:56 PM Post #2,842 of 3,294
  Guys this thread has gone very quiet perhaps because people are so engrossed in their Yams.
 
Has anybody found anything as good or better, near or above its price range.
 
Any links to any threads where the action is would be very useful!


Too early to tell but Hifiman Edition S is very nice and you can take the covers off and change it into an open headphone. 
 
May 11, 2016 at 7:45 AM Post #2,843 of 3,294
   
 
Any links to any threads where the action is would be very useful!

 
 
I don`t think Yamaha is a head if sponsor so good luck....
 
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May 24, 2016 at 1:01 PM Post #2,845 of 3,294
Wazzup, guys?! Haven't posted here in awhile. It's my birthday today...and I'm living in a house now!
 
Dang. New MT220s are over $400 on Amazon now. Sucks 'cause I only paid $150 for a new one back in the day.
 
So has anyone equalized their MT220 using guides like the ones in my signature?
 
If I ever buy another MT220, I'd love to equalize it for the most accurate frequency response possible, as well as modify it further for even better sound.
 
  Tyll @ InnerFidelity recently posted measurements of the MT220: http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/YamahaHPHMT220.pdf

 
Noice!
 
The bass is even more boosted than I realized. As far as neutrality goes, that's way too much bass.
 
Looks similar to the M50x measurements:
 
http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/AudioTechnicaATHM50x.pdf
http://cdn.head-fi.org/2/2b/2bec6adf_Audio_Technica_ATH-M50X.png
 
(The bass is supposed to follow the green line. All planar magnetic headphones I know of follow the green line in the bass.)

Thankfully, unlike the M50x (which ironically lacks impact), the boosted bass of the MT220 doesn't muddy up the sound too much; instead, it has great juicy punch and plenty of clarity. So measurements are ultimately only a starting point. I did notice with both of those headphones, though, that the bass makes the mids sound more recessed.
 
I'd be interested in seeing measurements of the MT220 with other pads, as well as various modifications.
 
The most neutral headphone I've heard is the STAX SR-207. Nothing stands out noticeably and everything sounds natural. Can't say that for any other headphone I've heard so far.
 
http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/StaxSR207SB2217.pdf
http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/StaxSR207EP507LeatherPadsSerNumSB22217.pdf
http://cdn.head-fi.org/9/9e/9e4d6e60_STAX_SR-207_SB2217.png
http://cdn.head-fi.org/6/6d/6de6f4f3_STAX_SR-207_EP-507_SB2217.png
 
Just curious...why did you get rid of your high-end STAX?
 
  Guys this thread has gone very quiet perhaps because people are so engrossed in their Yams.
 
Has anybody found anything as good or better, near or above its price range.
 
Any links to any threads where the action is would be very useful!

 
The MT220 is still my favorite closed headphone.
 
The open STAX SR-207 is way better and sounds more like real instruments, but is considerably more expensive. The US retail price of the entry-level system (with SRM-252S amp) is $790. It can be imported from Japan for around $500. I got a used system (with SRM-212 amp, which has the same circuit as the SRM-252S) for a little over $300, but I got lucky.
 
I'm also still loving the semi-open Koss KTXPRO1. Although the MT220 is better overall, the KTX does certain things better.
 
May 25, 2016 at 5:12 AM Post #2,846 of 3,294
Havent seen my yammie since my $5monk buds arrived :sweat_smile:
 
May 31, 2016 at 12:09 AM Post #2,849 of 3,294
  Anyone know how the Fostex T50RPmk3 compares to the MT220?
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Here are some Z reviews. Probably not a comparison, but entertaining as always..
 

 

 

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