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Re: Headphones

Unread post by Fretless » Mon May 14, 2018 4:17 pm

Most headphones nowadays are easy-loads designed for portable use. The P7 certainly is. But a good headphone amp will always sound better (AP10H?).
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Re: Headphones

Unread post by CN211276 » Mon May 14, 2018 10:53 pm

Fretless wrote:
Mon May 14, 2018 2:57 pm
I'm running them with an MF X-CanV3 which has (I think) valves in the output stage. The combination has a bit of smoothness plus a bit of sparkle. They work well together.

I've been hearing good reports on the Oppo PM3 as well - especially the midrange.
I am very pleased with my Oppo PM3s. The midrange is their strongest point. They also score in terms of comfort. Had them on throughout an eight hour flight.
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Re: Headphones

Unread post by Fretless » Tue May 15, 2018 8:58 am

Note on Audioquest Nighthawk.

Don't know if I've mentioned this before but the first edition of this headphone - with the brown 'liquid wood' earpieces - has a dodgy cable.

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The Nighthawks come with 2 cables. A thin flexible one and a stiffer 'audiophile' lead. This second cable is a version of one of AQ's high-end speaker wires and is slightly too rigid to withstand the demands of headphone use where far more movement is involved.

Within 2 months of buying the Nighthawk I had to replace this lead twice due to connection breakage at the plug. My dealer made no problem of this (very helpful, as always) and contacted AQ for a solution. They supplied, under guarantee, the lead from the newer version of the headphone - the Nighthawk Carbon. This replacement, although rather short, has performed without problem ever since.

Just a warning to those who might be interested in buying this cheap or secondhand. The Nighthawk has a rich, detailed character and is a superb headphone for immersing yourself in the music. There are several companies (Atlas, for instance) who do offer high-end replacement cables.
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Re: Headphones

Unread post by Karnevil9 » Sun May 20, 2018 10:53 am

Ok i did buy some Beyer 99 Pro but sent them back they just did not work for me.. Ordered another pair of Sony 'V6'..

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Re: Headphones

Unread post by Ithilstone » Sun May 20, 2018 12:12 pm

just out of interest,

were those 990pro new or used ? if used were those new type or old
https://i.imgur.com/VxywaNQ.jpg

And as you mention in the past you didnt like Superlux
also now 990pro and you prefer V6s

So I think we can safely assume that our tastes
and preferences regarding HPs are vastly different,
nothing wrong with that but please do not take it personal
if I will disagree with you on future HPs posts ;]
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Re: Headphones

Unread post by Vinyl-ant » Sun May 20, 2018 4:56 pm

Still using my audio technica ath-7 cans.
Haven't come across anything I like more so i keep using them.
No need for a headphone amp either so one less box for me to find space for
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Re: Headphones

Unread post by Karnevil9 » Sun May 20, 2018 5:00 pm

Ithilstone wrote:
Sun May 20, 2018 12:12 pm
just out of interest,

were those 990pro new or used ? if used were those new type or old
https://i.imgur.com/VxywaNQ.jpg

And as you mention in the past you didnt like Superlux
also now 990pro and you prefer V6s

So I think we can safely assume that our tastes
and preferences regarding HPs are vastly different,
nothing wrong with that but please do not take it personal
if I will disagree with you on future HPs posts ;]
They were New. Dont get me wrong they are good Phones but its the top end.. At the end of the day everyones tastes are different i just like the sound of good Sony Equipment.

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Re: Headphones

Unread post by Karnevil9 » Mon May 21, 2018 11:47 am

I have a mate down the road that buys all my unwanted LP's & Hi-Fi stuff :lol: Anyhow he's a big Headphone listener & claims that everything i dislike about the AKG models i owned are not present in their 'K141, Mk.2' Headphones.. being impulsive as i am i saw a minty pair on E-Bay yesterday for less than £50, so i bought them as well :grin:

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Re: Headphones

Unread post by Ithilstone » Mon May 21, 2018 1:20 pm

Never heard those - but with an exception of AKG K1000 never heard AKGs I really liked -
but Superlux HD668B thats, I think, are the copy of AKG 240 are quite nice
- Never heard 240 though
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Re: Headphones

Unread post by slinger » Mon May 21, 2018 1:53 pm

I've got a pair of Sony MDR-7506 cans that I've used as studio monitors for years. I like them a lot.
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