Sign in to follow this  
Geordie

Headphone review thread

Recommended Posts

Guest

Yes its through that forum and advice Re Cary 300SEI I finished up buying Cary valve amps for my speaker side SLP 98L Pre AND aNNIVERSARY mONO BLOCKS . aBSOLUTELY FABULOUS AND i AM AFRAID MUCH BETTER THAN MY OLD nAIM nAC 82 2 hI CAPS nAP 250 (OH I have left the caps lock on...well im not retyping it all) or my Musical Fidelity Tri Vista. However these are all excellent amps and the Carys are expensive, valves are a different kettle of fish anyway no offence to any Naim owners.I am still using my M.F X Can V3 and Senn 600 very satisfying .A lot of people over the pond reckon the Cary 300SEI is the best headphone amp amongst others of course. But really it is a little 15 watt integrated , when swithched to h/phone it uses all its charm on them . About 2.5K I think though.:cool:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've just bought some of the Bose (:shock:) Quiet Comfort2 headphones. Theyare fantastic IMO with a full sound. I needed some noise-cancelling 'phones and although these are (very) expensive at £285 they do the trick better than any others I have tried. Comfy too.:^

They have a 30 day trial so if you're not convinced you can send them back for a full refund. Also payable on 10 months' interest free credit (4 payments of £71.25)....and they come witha limited offer free portable cd player which sounds fantastic too, despite looking :td:.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just thought I would add my new headphone amp in.

Headbox2.jpg

For £75, I think it's good value for money. The sound quality IMO is a bit bass heavy, but that my be down to the type of headphones I'm using.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just bought an AKG K26P headphone to go with my iPod and just wanted to do a little write up about it. I think it is a woderfull little piece of kit witch realy surprised me the first time I put it on my head. Build quality seams pretty good and the comfort isn't bad either.It grips quite firmly to the head and being a closed back design it keeps outside noise well away. It's is a bit of a pain to put it on at first due to the mechanism they use to adjust to your headsize but once you know it it's fine. I tried them at my local hifi dealer threw a new Marantz SA 15S1(witch looked realy great btw and sounded very nice as well to) and compared them with some Grado SR 60's and Sennheiser PX-200. I started with the AKG's and whas imediatly impressed with the deep tight bass and nice soundstage(esspecialy for sutch cheap cans) also the trebble was very good and snare drums had a very nice attack to them. After that I tried the Grado's and although they where very nice sounding with tight but a bit dry bass and highs that where a little agrassive they didn't sound as good to me as the AKG's.They where vey clean though and fast but lacked behind the AKG's in overall sound. Esspecialy the soundstage witch seems not to exist with the Grado's was one of the very big plusses.Next was the Sennheiser but this was disgarded afteronly 1 minuteas it didn't do anything for me at all.No bass and no other special qualities either so I decided to go for the AKG witch only set me back 45 euro's compared to the 100 euro Grado's and 69 euro Sennheisers an absolute bargain and if you ask me one of the nicest pairs of little headphones you can probably find to go with your iPod or other portable players(mind me it won't even fair badly used with home hifi). I would also prefer them above the more expensive K27P's witch has an build in volume control in the lead witch I'm not to keen on.

120786-2307p139-2b.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well, I've had a pair of Sennheiser HD595's for about 3 months andam reasonably pleased with them. ("Reasonably" - that's actually a bit damning isn't it).

Whilst I feel theyare a big improvement over my previous headphones, I found them wanting in a couple of areas, once the "honeymoon period" was over. I find the HD595's sound a little "distant" and the treble to be a little shut in. For example, I have a pair of Wharfedale Evo Pacific 30 speakers and they have a much "airier" treble. ("Airier" might be the wrong word - "clearer" or "unmuffled" would also work). Also, I guess I find the HD595's just a little boring.

My son recently broke his Sennhieser HD575's and, as he liked them so much, is now the proud owner of my HD595's.

So, I'm on the lookout for a new pair of headphones. I'd like to find a pair that improve on the HD595's in the areas mentioned above. I find that the HD595's very comfortable and their soundstage very good.

Please can anyone suggest some headphones to me? Having read recent issues of HFW, would anyof these be worth a look:

  • The Grado 325i's - although the pictures of them don't make them look that well built (and I have heard that there are comfort issues).
  • How about the "bargain" Goldring DR150's?
  • I can even get some HD570's new, but am unsure if they'd be any better than the HD595's.
  • Is anything else worth a look?

The next bit of fun will be trying to demo the things - so many places won't let you demo headphones for "health and safety reasons".

Thanks in advance

Peter

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would strongly advise you go listen to the Grados, what your describing is the very reason I sold my HD650's. The distance and the slight shut in sound is what some people describe as the sennheiser veil. Its a characteristic ive heard in all the senns ive tried, and even by changing cables to cardas ive never been able to get rid of it. Its not like their is anything missing but to my ears it makes me always feel the need to turn the volume up a bit. Some people find grados a bit too much the other way, but you might find they give you what your looking for.

Rgds

Hawk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The Grado's should be great and pretty clear.When I was looking for a headphone for my iPod though I found the sr 60 to be very clean but and crisp with nice tight bass but they lacked a lot in soundstage. The comfort was good though and I guess that it depends on your head and your ears if the grado's will be comfortble as they sit on your ears more then that they sit around them like most big headphones.There are grado's with a cup style foam pad though so they might be comfier for more people. I heard lot's of senheissers including the 595's and they didn't impress me at all and I found them very dull sounding. I now have the AKG k401 witch is nice and very comfy but it doesn't have the tightest of all bass compared with others.They do major on soundstaging though and this is what made me choose the AKG 401 years ago. Now I'm also looking at the SR325i by grado but will wait untill someone I know goes to the states.Also try the sr225 if you can witch is also very good sounding but very nasty looking(imo). And try to demo some AKG k271 studio,k501.k601 and k701 if you can.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest purplepleaser

Try some Ergo Amt's. IMO the Ergo'smake other headphones sound broken.

Lee

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

antonbhoy wrote:

Just thought I would add my new headphone amp in.

Headbox2.jpg

For £75, I think it's good value for money. The sound quality IMO is a bit bass heavy, but that my be down to the type of headphones I'm using.

Very nice - was considering one myself. Does anyone know if it'll be an improvement on the headphone socket in my NAD C320BEE amp? Cans I'll be using are Sony MDR-CD480s.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks Peter - the NAD sounds pretty good to my ears to be honest - plenty of punch and detail, without being fatiguing. It's also one less box I'll need if I don't bother with the HeadBox. :dude:. That idea's out the window now - mvoing rooms in a couple of months, so a rack (finally) and more CD storage is needed.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

antonbhoy wrote:

Just thought I would add my new headphone amp in.

Headbox2.jpg

For £75, I think it's good value for money. The sound quality IMO is a bit bass heavy, but that my be down to the type of headphones I'm using.

Agree that it's great value...very happy with mine also. Much better built that I thought it might be. As for bass, I find it a little bass-light and brightwith my headphones (HD25sp's)...was thinking of trying Grado gr80's or the goldring dr150's. What are you using?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Picking up a pair of Senneheiser HD457's tomorrow (got them for £19 brand new!), so will hopefully do a quick reveiw to compare them against my older Sony MDR-CD480s. Have decided I fancy a change, as the MDR-CD480s can sound a bit too bright and agressive at times. I definately think it's the cans, as the CDP/Amp through my Mission speakers aren't too bright or agressive.

I'm expecting good things from them, as the PX-100s I use with my MD player are pretty damn good.

Won't be using a dedicated headphone amp, just the 'phones socket on my NAD C320BEE. Review hopefully tomorrow or Sunday....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.