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Headfonia Q & A

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  • Barry Rosekind

    Can you guys help me choose between the cypher labs picollo and the alo rx? read both of your reviews and leaning towards the rx but not sure enough to make the decision…

    • http://www.headfonia.com/ Headfonia_L.

      RX: most musical but most fatiguing as there’s a lot going on.
      Picollo: Most quiet with sensitive gear, can be used for non IEMs.

      Personally I’m using the Picollo

      • Barry Rosekind

        thanks for your input..worst comes to worst i’ll start a collection

  • Eli Segal

    Hi again,
    I’m looking for a comfortable IEM with a good sound to be connected with my ak120ii
    comfort is the most important for me and I want to be able to quickly get it in and out, so foam tips is not an option.
    What would you recommend for me?
    Right now I consider:
    1. Grado GR10e (can’t audition it over here)
    2. Sennheiser ie800 (a bit too bassy for me, but I’ll try to listen to it again)

    Any other good options?
    Thanks!

  • Gabriel Ross

    L, Are you having a review of the,ALO National plus in the future? Much thanks.

    • http://www.headfonia.com/ Headfonia_L.

      No, not that I know of. ALO wasn’t interested when I asked a few months ago

  • Jinx

    Are you guys interested in the new T1v2 and DT 1770 Pro? I’m curious to hear your thoughts.

    • http://www.headfonia.com/ Headfonia_L.

      of course. I’m meeting with Beyer in a few weeks

      • Jinx

        Awesome! Can’t wait to hear your impressions – since you didn’t really like the T1 if I remember correctly.

        I’m considering buying the A2 amp if I end up buying T1v2. Currently using A20 and based on description of the T1v2 the A2 seems like a better match. Also curious how the DT 1770 Pro sounds – if it’s just a minor upgrade from DT770 or something worth it’s pricetag of €599.

  • Nickjan Glas

    hello evrybody,
    In one of the threads Rasmussen informed me about Meijer Audio ‘s new ff technology and the possibility to upgrade old gear like the classic and daccord. So I post this Q&A entry for two reasons; fisrstly to share the news and secondly to ask if anybody already has some experience with this new technology/upgrade and would like to share. thanks

    • http://www.headfonia.com/ Headfonia_L.

      In exactly one month I’ll be listening to it at Canjam 😉

      • Nickjan Glas

        That must be fate; so am I 😉 In the meantime I have to consider whether to go with the upgrade and do the same as Rasmussen and bring it there.

        • http://www.headfonia.com/ Headfonia_L.

          I would bring it for sure, you never know. It isn’t that big and it will save you in shipping and time should you be convinced

          • Nickjan Glas

            Thats the idea, I ll mail him today about it. #looking forward listening to more headphones on it in Essen.

          • Nickjan Glas

            Just emailed with Jan and I will compare mine with the ff at Canjam. excitement is increasing!

            • http://www.headfonia.com/ Headfonia_L.

              Haven’t heard Jan in a long time. He’s such a nice guy. Look forward to catching up with him

              • Nickjan Glas

                He certainly is. Great opportunity to catch up then. And who knows,..maybe also a new review opportunity. I really like his amps sofar.

  • trs

    hie mike
    studio six or cypher labs prautes ,which one i should go for.can u clear me

    • http://www.headfonia.com/ Headfonia_L.

      see above

  • trs

    hie mike
    why u have so far not reviewed cypher labs prates

    • http://dalethorn.com dalethorn

      Mike has been gone for a year working the Headfonia store, so he probably won’t be reviewing that $4000 amp. Do you think a lot of Headfonia readers will be interested?

      • http://www.headfonia.com/ Headfonia_L.

        I’m still surprised people go “hey Mike” after 1.5 years of me and Nathan running the review site 😀

  • Akash Ray

    Hey Admin,

    I’m on a buget ~ $100 give or take a few.

    I’m a wannabe audiophile (If that’s a thing tongue emoticon ) and would like the best quality audio out of my little budget.

    Well, basically I’m a schoolkid so I’d like to have the bare minimum when it comes to the world of audiophiles (for starters).

    I’ve bought myslef a FiiO x1 for lossless playback as of now and have a decent collection of lossless music which I’m genuinely proud of.

    What would you suggest as the best over-ear headphones at that price?

    I’m currently eyeing the following-

    1.Audio Techinica M50

    2.Sony Mdr-v6

    3.V-Moda Crossfade Lp/Lp2.

    I’m keen on your suggestions other than the above and would be glad to gave your expert opinion.

    Thanks a lot!

    • http://dalethorn.com dalethorn

      The LP/LP2 are *very* bassy and dark, while the M50 is near-hi-fi. The Sony I don’t know – probably as good as the M50. On a budget? Probably stick with the M50.

      • Jeroen Wijnands

        can’t really go wrong with them

  • trs

    hie
    apologies for addressing wrongly
    thanks on yur feed back
    shall I assume that going to solid state is better than studio six and prautes .

    • http://dalethorn.com dalethorn

      Solid state should be cheaper, and more reliable long-term, but you could be more specific as to your needs – your source and types of music, etc.

  • trs

    GRADO SR 325
    GRADO 1000 E
    SENHISER HD 650
    SENHISER HD 800
    CD N DAC CYRUS
    LISTENS TO VARIOUS JAZZ, BLUES, ROCKS , CLASSICALS AND OST
    THANKS

    • http://dalethorn.com dalethorn

      You need a tube amp with those headphones. I can’t tell you which is better, but Lieven could probably recommend one.

      • http://www.headfonia.com/ Headfonia_L.

        LAFigaro 339 or Woo Audio WA3

        • trs

          I do hold a head phone amp /dac from senhiser

          • http://dalethorn.com dalethorn

            A Sennheiser DAC/amp for Sennheiser headphones should be good since Sennheiser will tune it properly.

            • trs

              i do agree , thanks

      • trs

        will check on that .
        thaks
        thaks

        • trs

          what would be yur recommendation for a solid state
          thanks

  • Jeroen Wijnands

    @headfonia_lieven:disqus got my Sony XBA-C10 today. Balanced armature at 23 euros delivered. Not a bad deal I think. Might be just the solution for classical and jazz lovers on a budget like myself. It’s fairly neutral, musical and still can do the Parsifal churchbells in a wonderfully realistic way.

    Have you ever listened to these?

    • http://www.headfonia.com/ Headfonia_L.

      I have not. Universal IEMs aren’t my thing. NAthan probably has though

      • Jeroen Wijnands

        ok. I’m really fond of them, especally for the price. I don’t know quite why it is but they do cello extremely well

  • socks mk2

    Any chances of someone at headfonia reviewing Audio GD products? I’m really interested in the Master 11.

    • http://www.headfonia.com/ Headfonia_L.

      Not sure they do reviews, communication isn’t the easiest. I did have an AUdio GD DAC, but I sold it last year or so

  • Nickjan Glas

    Hey everybody. Don’t know if anybody heard of B&W’s society of music, but I discovered it some time ago and wanted to share.
    IMO they have some great recordings with a nice variety of unknown artists and more known classical pieces bij the London symphony orchestra.
    I am know using those recordings for my listening to my full setup (now listening to Hannah Peel) and didn’t want to withhold this.
    enjoying meier classic, meridian explorer and B&O H6.

  • Jinx

    What do you guys think about R2R DACs? And Schiit Multibit Gungnir and Yggdrasil?

    • http://dalethorn.com dalethorn

      The comments on some sites are extremely favorable (in spite of the huge warm-up time or powering up 24/7), but why haven’t we heard of these on the headphone sites, except rare threads? I wasn’t aware of these, and I follow John Swenson, Gordon Rankin, …. a few others.

  • http://www.headfonia.com/ L.

    Did you just really post a link to head-fi and asked for our help?
    The minimum would be to repeat your question here mate 😉

  • g.

    Okay, apologies, it’s a long post explaining my situation so I thought a link would be more convenient. I’ll copy paste here:

    My current heaphones are knock offs of Sony MDR V6, so I was looking into something decent. My budget is limited, and my choices are as well, because I live in Argentina, so many good cans might not be available, and buying outside the country is a nightmare (products stolen, having to pay huge fees to get it in,
    etc).

    So all I can do is browse local sites and compare prices there (in pesos). The main site is this: http://www.mercadolibre.com.ar/

    Since I don’t have much to go on in terms of experience, I browsed a post with recommendations in Head-Fi and searched for all those cans in the site I just mentioned. These were the ones I found:

    $185 http://articulo.mercadolibre.com.ar/MLA-485383585-koss-auriculares-ur55-studio-_JM
    $395 http://articulo.mercadolibre.com.ar/MLA-491354019-auriculares-koss-portapro-_JM
    $425 http://articulo.mercadolibre.com.ar/MLA-484864058-auriculares-phillips-oneil-the-stretch-red-sho956010-_JM Do these actually sound good? They seem gimmicky
    $477 http://articulo.mercadolibre.com.ar/MLA-487091477-auricular-cerrado-para-moviles-beyerdynamic-dt-235-_JM
    $477 http://articulo.mercadolibre.com.ar/MLA-484996413-auricular-beyerdynamic-dtx-300-_JM
    $888 http://articulo.mercadolibre.com.ar/MLA-485386840-koss-pro-dj-100-auriculares-estereo-profesional-dj-_JM

    Those are the ones I could find that fit within my budget (around
    $900 tops). Just for reference, the Sennheiser HD25-1 II cost over
    AR$2000 and the HD202 are around $300-400.

    I mostly listen to classical music, prog rock, and jazz (and Dawn of Midi, which I can’t put into a genre).

  • dalethorn

    Your selections include the very poorly made and easily broken Beyer DTX300 and the very well-made Philips Stretch. But to cover all the issues and the sound qualities would take a year. But only a year if all the reviews were in one place and condensed without any extra chat. On headfi you would have to read through all the many pages of commentary, so figure 2 years for that. Or — you could go to Amazon and click on the reviews, then sort by most recent first, and then you would be reading the reader/user reviews first and skipping the manufacturer house reviews which are nearly always posted first. That’s where you should start, and get your list down to your 2 or 3 best choices.

  • g.

    Thank you for the reply. There aren’t a lot of places where you can test a variety of headphones around where I live. I’ll go to a store next week but it’s safe to assume I won’t find all these options. I’ve also checked the headphones recommended here and most are either not available or way too expensive, with the exception of the HD202 and the Koss Portapro. I will check the amazon reviews as well.

  • dalethorn

    I think the 202 and Porta-Pro are both good for sound, but in my experience the Koss will need occasional repair.

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