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Wat

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Dec 10, 2017
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It isn't just the clamp. You can't not ignore the weight after a couple of hours. It's a bit hard to find a similar replacement because 1990 is kind of the champion of $500 price bracket. HD660S should be the closest.
For me the weight in itself is not a problem, just the clamp. The 1990s specifically start hurting my left ear after long enough use. It's like the ear becomes inflamed and actually hurts to touch. The pain goes away in a couple of minutes after removing the headphones. I have a pair of >10 year old DT880s with near zero clamp and those are totally fine. Also DT770s that have a decent amount of clamp but less than the 1990s. I had a bit of discomfort with the DT770, but mostly fixed it by switching pads to 3rd party memory foam sheepskin so ears have more room.

It's weird headphone manufacturers insist on defaulting to so much clamp. If it is necessary for some uses, they should offer looser variants, replacement parts or even an adjustment mechanism.
 

Atraveller

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Oct 25, 2017
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For me the weight in itself is not a problem, just the clamp. The 1990s specifically start hurting my left ear after long enough use. It's like the ear becomes inflamed and actually hurts to touch. The pain goes away in a couple of minutes after removing the headphones. I have a pair of >10 year old DT880s with near zero clamp and those are totally fine. Also DT770s that have a decent amount of clamp but less than the 1990s. I had a bit of discomfort with the DT770, but mostly fixed it by switching pads to 3rd party memory foam sheepskin so ears have more room.

It's weird headphone manufacturers insist on defaulting to so much clamp. If it is necessary for some uses, they should offer looser variants, replacement parts or even an adjustment mechanism.
I started putting headphones over sofa pillow overnight and it helps with the clamp. See if it helps.
 

Quad Lasers

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Oct 26, 2017
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Put me in the "god damn these are tight" camp for the 1990s. I upgraded from 990s today and I can't tell if I just stretched those things the fuck out or if the 1990s are genuinely just that much tighter.

Great headphones, tho. And by great, I mean terrible, because I keep thinking there's something wrong with them because I keep hearing crackling noises, and realize, oh, that's just the audio source I'm listening to.
 

Wat

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Dec 10, 2017
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I started putting headphones over sofa pillow overnight and it helps with the clamp. See if it helps.
I have already had them over cardboard boxes for days, and have stretched so far the overhead padding started suffering, but the steel is so springy it doesn't seem to have much of an effect. It would be nice if the padding was detachable like on 770/880/990 Pro so you could twist the steel all by itself.
 

E_i

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Oct 27, 2017
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So, Amazon announced their wireless earbuds today, dual drivers (with Bose noise cancellation) for $130. Anker announced six wireless earbuds, including the high end dual driver Liberty 2 Pro ($150).
 

scurker

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Oct 25, 2017
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I've been rocking a pair of Sony MDR-V600 for probably 10+ years now, and thought maybe it's about time to upgrade to something new. I personally prefer closed to open cans, and am looking for something that can fold somewhat to be easier to travel with. I'm also looking to get into the wireless game to make it easier for travel + listening to stuff as I work around the house.

So far, the Sony WM-1000XM3s seem very appealing to me. They felt very comfortable, but I have not had a chance to listen to them enough to accurately judge the sound quality. I also tried on the Bose 700, but they felt less comfortable to me. Those two headsets should give you an idea of the price range I'm looking at, are there any other headsets that I should be considering?
 

Zelda

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Oct 25, 2017
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I'm looking for a pair of headphones that are over ear, closed back, with a very large soundstage, excellent imaging, and good low end. Any recommendations under $500?
 

Mr_Moogle

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Let us know how it goes!
The KZ ATR's just arrived and I'm testing them now. Pretty amazing sound for $10. Plenty of detail and more soundstage than my Xiaomi Piston 2's. Bass response isn't as good but I've got memory foam tips coming in the mail which might help with that.

I'm tempted to pick up KZ ZS10 Pro's just to see what KZ's top of the line model sounds like. They must be pretty great if a $10 pair like the ATR's sound this good.
 

ody

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The KZ ATR's just arrived and I'm testing them now. Pretty amazing sound for $10. Plenty of detail and more soundstage than my Xiaomi Piston 2's. Bass response isn't as good but I've got memory foam tips coming in the mail which might help with that.

I'm tempted to pick up KZ ZS10 Pro's just to see what KZ's top of the line model sounds like. They must be pretty great if a $10 pair like the ATR's sound this good.
Glad to hear you like them! And yeah, they're pretty great. I haven't dipped into the higher priced sets since the ATRs have satisfied me, but let us know if you do.
 

Mr_Moogle

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Nov 2, 2017
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Damn these KZ ATR's would be perfect for somebody with kids. They sound great and if you break em, who cares? They are like $10.
 

SaiST

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Oct 25, 2017
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I've got this FiiO E17 headphone DAC/Amp that I purchased alongside a FiiO E09K Amp/Dock, and an AKG Q701 almost six years ago.

I know the E17 had some compatibility issues with most Android phones back then, but now I'm wondering if it can be properly used with my Note10+, and what exactly I'd need to get optimal sound out of my Q701's with it. Any help would be much appreciated.
 

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So far, the Sony WM-1000XM3s seem very appealing to me. They felt very comfortable, but I have not had a chance to listen to them enough to accurately judge the sound quality. I also tried on the Bose 700, but they felt less comfortable to me. Those two headsets should give you an idea of the price range I'm looking at, are there any other headsets that I should be considering?
Try the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3.
 

statha

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Feb 15, 2018
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I'm looking for a pair of headphones that are over ear, closed back, with a very large soundstage, excellent imaging, and good low end. Any recommendations under $500?
Beyerdynamics DT 770 Pro - 250ohm maybe?

Not sure about the stage considering they're limited by the closed back...
 

scurker

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Oct 25, 2017
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After much deliberation, I landed on the ATH-M50xBT for $130. I could not justify the additional $200+ for similar sound/comfort with the only big addition being active noise canceling.
 

capitalCORN

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Oct 26, 2017
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So I've got a request. A over-ear about $300-$500 with a big soundstage and slightly boosted bass. Any ideas? Thanks.
 

Sankt Ra

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Oct 27, 2017
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Have to give a shout out to RME and their customer support. I had an issue where the device would produce a pop sound when switching from 96Hz/24bit to 48Hz/16bit files (RME ADI 2 DAC / specific Problem with older Macs, mine is eight years old now), they wrote a custom firmware for me to test in a matter of days. The fix worked and was rolled out as part of their next update (adding features every couple of weeks it feels like).

First I was kinda annoyed at the problem even happening, now Im "RME for life".
 

PaulLFC

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Oct 27, 2017
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I just bought a pair of Philips Fidelio X2HRs, which are down to £109.99 at Amazon UK.

Having read a lot of good things about them, I couldn't resist at that price. Likely they're reduced as the Fidelio X3s have just been announced for release early next year, but since those will - I assume - be nowhere near as cheap, this deal seemed like a bargain.

Looking forward to trying out my first pair of high-end headphones!
 

PaulLFC

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Sorry for the double post, my Fidelio X2HRs arrived just now and I have a very dumb question:

I bought a Creative Play!3 to connect them to my PC, and when I've installed the software, it says this:



From what I can see the Fidelios have an impedance of 30 Ohms - given the warning about setting it to high gain, is the fact even normal gain starts at 32 and doesn't go as low as 30 going to affect the headphones at all? I mean I'm presuming it won't damage them, but I thought it was best to ask!
 

Dreams-Visions

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Oct 25, 2017
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Sorry for the double post, my Fidelio X2HRs arrived just now and I have a very dumb question:

I bought a Creative Play!3 to connect them to my PC, and when I've installed the software, it says this:



From what I can see the Fidelios have an impedance of 30 Ohms - given the warning about setting it to high gain, is the fact even normal gain starts at 32 and doesn't go as low as 30 going to affect the headphones at all? I mean I'm presuming it won't damage them, but I thought it was best to ask!
You will be fine on Normal.
 

PaulLFC

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Does anyone know of a case, pouch or bag big enough to fit the Philips Fidelio X2s? One that can ship to the UK, if possible.

They didn't come with any form of bag or case, and looking at the measurements on the Philips website (Height 31cm, Width 25.5cm, Length 26.5cm), all of the cases I've looked at on Amazon UK seem too small.
 

Wat

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Dec 10, 2017
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Does anyone know of a case, pouch or bag big enough to fit the Philips Fidelio X2s? One that can ship to the UK, if possible.

They didn't come with any form of bag or case, and looking at the measurements on the Philips website (Height 31cm, Width 25.5cm, Length 26.5cm), all of the cases I've looked at on Amazon UK seem too small.
I don't have the X2's anymore so can't check, but I'm pretty sure I have carried them in Beyerdynamic nylon bag at some point. Cheap and indestructible, no padding but sturdy phones like Beyers and X2's don't need padding. Beyer's hardcase might also fit. Check them out from Thomann UK.
 

PaulLFC

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I don't have the X2's anymore so can't check, but I'm pretty sure I have carried them in Beyerdynamic nylon bag at some point. Cheap and indestructible, no padding but sturdy phones like Beyers and X2's don't need padding. Beyer's hardcase might also fit. Check them out from Thomann UK.
Thanks! I'll take a look at that.
 

ody

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Hey I just thought I'd mention I bought some memory foam tips for the KZ-ATR and this really helps with bass. When you get a proper seal it really brings out the low end. The tips I bought were only $2 imports from China. Totally worth it.
Good to hear!
I've been on the stock tips, but may need to try them out
 

Mr_Moogle

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Nov 2, 2017
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Good to hear!
I've been on the stock tips, but may need to try them out
They aren't bass heavy earphones so I don't want to oversell it too much but they definitely sound a little warmer with memory foam tips.

These are the cheapies I bought. There are better brands out there (e.g. comply) but these do fine for $2.
 

ody

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They aren't bass heavy earphones so I don't want to oversell it too much but they definitely sound a little warmer with memory foam tips.

These are the cheapies I bought. There are better brands out there (e.g. comply) but these do fine for $2.
Thanks!
Will give them a look
 

The Last One

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Oct 25, 2017
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Hi, guys. I'm looking for some headphones to play games but I'm kinda lost. I can't buy a high end one since my budget is limited, I searched for some options and the best I came up with were the HyperX Stinger Core, Corsair HS50 and Logitech G430 (I don't buy Razer products).

Anyway, I'm kinda torn since I actually don't need a mic, so maybe a non-gamer headphone would be a better option in my case? The Superlux HD681 seens like a good choice but I'm not sure.

Whay are my best options? What should I do?
 

deoee

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Oct 25, 2017
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Guys I own Hifiman HE-400i with the old screw-cables and they recently broke.
So now I'm sitting here and using my Gaming Headset for music because I can not find any cables in Germany for these Headphones - does anyone know where to get new ones?
 

Ashhong

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Oct 26, 2017
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I have a Fulla Schitt powering my HD6XX off my PC via USB. In general for best sound, do I want to have my PC volume high/Schitt low or PC low/Schitt high? Does it matter?
 

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Guys I own Hifiman HE-400i with the old screw-cables and they recently broke.
So now I'm sitting here and using my Gaming Headset for music because I can not find any cables in Germany for these Headphones - does anyone know where to get new ones?
I have this problem too. I usually just have to find some overpriced ones on ebay.
 
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HiResDes

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I'm looking for a pair of headphones that are over ear, closed back, with a very large soundstage, excellent imaging, and good low end. Any recommendations under $500?
Focal Elegia were just on sale for $499 and I'm sure they'll be back on sale soon. But if you want to buy now go with the Shure SRH1540 or Sony MDR1A
 
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HiResDes

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Hi, guys. I'm looking for some headphones to play games but I'm kinda lost. I can't buy a high end one since my budget is limited, I searched for some options and the best I came up with were the HyperX Stinger Core, Corsair HS50 and Logitech G430 (I don't buy Razer products).

Anyway, I'm kinda torn since I actually don't need a mic, so maybe a non-gamer headphone would be a better option in my case? The Superlux HD681 seens like a good choice but I'm not sure.

Whay are my best options? What should I do?
I'd save for something like the Sennheiser 559 or Audio Technica AD700x or Philips SHP9500
 

Bob_Coffee

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Oct 25, 2017
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Just got the anker liberty 2 pro's since i wanted something a bit smaller to carry to work and i got in on the preorder pricing. pretty damnned impressed so far, and the unit i got seems perfect, none of the hissing reported by some. bass is great, soundstage is good and clear vocals are clear and detailed, and the battery life so far is really good.
 

kami_sama

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Oct 26, 2017
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Well today has been an expensive day for audio equipment.
Nothing too fancy, but I bought a PC37X, two extra MH755 and the pieces to mod one with MMCX cables.
I've had one MH755 for two weeks or so but haven't really listened music until today and made me buy the extra ones and the cables. They're so good.
 

MrKlaw

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Oct 25, 2017
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Any thoughts for noise cancelling options mainly for plane use? I have some beats studio 3 from an apple back to school promo but haven’t opened them yet. So that is one option. Option 2 is selling them and putting the money towards something else

Are the Bose QC and Sony MX2 still king of the hill? Are there any good ANC earbuds that will be up to the challenge of planes? Earbuds would have the advantage of being used more during normal day to day