Headphones

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  1. Brian SD

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    I caught it. But you beat me to it. [​IMG]
     


  2. Mr. Checks

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    Cary SETs with a speaker based on the ScanSpeak carbon-paper woofer?

    And you don't actually believe that Jonathan Scull tweako gobbledegook about raising speaker cords above the floor, do you?


    These are KT-90s, not SET (but look very similar). I usually run them in triode at 25 watts/per, and can switch them to 50 watts.

    Actually, I have hooked these up to one of the 300-based Cary SETs and they sound wonderful, but run out of juice at any level above, say, 80-85 db. The Shearwaters are a friendly load, but not very efficient. (and I often listen to big orchestral stuff with a lot of bass energy)

    Some tweaks make sense to me, others not. I did an intensive listening session with three other golden-ears, and we agreed that there was a better sound with cables up off the floor. Not scientific, I know, but it was hard to ignore.
     


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    These are my new Audio Technica ATH-ESW9. They are portable and sound simply fantastic. They are made in Japan out of African Paduak wood with lambskin earpads. They benefit from amping but are easily driven by a portable player. They cost me a fairly reasonable $279 at AC Gears in NYC.

    Opinions on the looks? Worth reviving an old thread? If anyone is interested in more on the sound please let me know.
     


  4. JetBlast

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    Those are some badass looking headphones.

    JB
     


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    ^Great call!

    My first low end pair was a pair of Audio-Technica A500's. A great starter phone for anyone who does a lot of movie and TV watching btw.
     


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    Thanks! There are better phones out there but this could be the best portable on the market.
    Are they really that portable? The look about the size of a regular pair of cans.
     


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    Are they really that portable? The look about the size of a regular pair of cans.
    [​IMG] Here ya go. I got the pic from the 26 page thread on these at head-fi.org. These don't fold small but fold flat. Here's another pic of them I liked next to the more affordable and also stunning ATH-ES7. [​IMG] and [​IMG]
     


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    Just picked up a pair of the Ultimate Ears Super.fi Pro 5 in black. A gift for my girl that I will enjoy as well; these will be the first pair of non-crappy high-end headphones I've ever purchased. I did quite a bit of reading so hopefully they pan out.
     


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    Just picked up a pair of the Ultimate Ears Super.fi Pro 5 in black. A gift for my girl that I will enjoy as well; these will be the first pair of non-crappy high-end headphones I've ever purchased. I did quite a bit of reading so hopefully they pan out.

    Those sound really nice! Enjoy.
     


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    X posted from another thread:
    Bought this for my father for christmas:

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    While I was at it I picked up these for myself:

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    I'm a big fan of Grado headphones due to their comfort and transparency and very accurate midrange, except for a small bump in the 2-5K presence range. I use them on my recording work and at home and I have an SR80 for traveling with the iPod.
     


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    I like that the Senns are made in Ireland.

    Do you like that Grado's are made in Brooklyn? [​IMG]
     


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    Do you like that Grado's are made in Brooklyn? [​IMG]

    Yes. I had the SR60 for a while. I really liked them but I needed a closed headphone so I switched to the Denon AH-D1000.
     


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