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1 hour ago, zackflag said:

Help out a n00b here. What is meant by the term "open cans"?

Closed backed headphones are sealed, the ear cups are made from a solid material like often wood or plastic so the sound doesn't leak out much and the outside world noise doesn't intrude too much. They will generally have more bass but they also tend to make everything sound closer and smaller. 

Open backed cans have the ear cups made from various materials with holes to let air pass through like some kind of mesh or thatched design or louvers usually that lets in some outside air and lets some of the sound leak out as well. They genetally have a wider soundstage and things sound bigger and more airy although often they can have less bass because of this. 

 

My first few decent pairs of headphones were all closed backs for more bass and less sound leakage. But since then I've tried some open ones as well which I very much prefer. My Fidelio X2's were my first open pair and they became my main every day go-to cans so since they broke I've been hunting for some open backed cans that somehow manage to have good solid bass. That seems to be the trade off in the headphone world, to some extent you sort of have to choose between having more detail and clarity in the midrange and treble or a darker bassier sound. There are so many headphones now that can give you varying degrees of either or both and it's a matter of finding the sound you like best for the music you listen to. Some people have different headphones that they prefer for different genres of music.

 

Thats where I guess I'm lucky, I only need them to sound good with extreme metal and specifically black metal because that's the majority of what I listen to. If I liked more different kinds of music with clean vocals and softer more dynamic parts I'd probably be looking at some very different kinds of headphones. 

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No, I think you will find the LCD-2'S work for every genre pretty well save for synthetic bass music like EDM or rap. They don't do synthesized bass well, but any music with actual fucking instruments sounds great. The only way I would replace those is if 1) they're too uncomfortable, 2) you're unhappy with the sound and have maxed out your signal chain, or 3) you radically change direction in life and go all in with drum & bass music. You may find them a little harsh with poorly recorded music, but you're probably the one chap I know who will like that.

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Saw the price drop for Amazon Music Unlimited HD to $7.99 for prime members, and who the hell isn't, and immediately dropped my Tidal and Pandora subscriptions which in case of the latter was long overdue. Plus 3 months free, and here I am doing free advertising for Jeff Bezos (Obey!)

Something like 50 million albums in 'HD' or 16/44 Lossless FLAC and 'Ultra HD' at up to 24/192, which is obviously absurd imo but hey its no additional cost so fire it up.

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2 hours ago, Hungarino said:

Saw the price drop for Amazon Music Unlimited HD to $7.99 for prime members, and who the hell isn't, and immediately dropped my Tidal and Pandora subscriptions which in case of the latter was long overdue. Plus 3 months free, and here I am doing free advertising for Jeff Bezos (Obey!)

Something like 50 million albums in 'HD' or 16/44 Lossless FLAC and 'Ultra HD' at up to 24/192, which is obviously absurd imo but hey its no additional cost so fire it up.

Funny, I was just thinking about doing the same. I've been test driving Qobuz lately. I like it, but I don't think it brings anything different to the table than Amazon which is actually cheaper.

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On 5/17/2021 at 9:45 PM, navybsn said:

Funny, I was just thinking about doing the same. I've been test driving Qobuz lately. I like it, but I don't think it brings anything different to the table than Amazon which is actually cheaper.

Yo' Navy I finally pulled the trigger on the Meze 99 Classics. $200 on massdrop, figured that's pretty good. $309 on Amazon.

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3 hours ago, Hungarino said:

Yo' Navy I finally pulled the trigger on the Meze 99 Classics. $200 on massdrop, figured that's pretty good. $309 on Amazon.

Hungalicious, you're going to like them. I made a few mods to mine. A new cable (my stock one was a little kinky) that was less than $30 and the Brainwavz pads. They're big and plush. Make them even more comfortable. I EQ the treble up just slightly on mine because they sound a bit dark to me. Just a small bump. I think you'll be impressed with the build, comfort, and sound. Let me know if you need any help with them. The General has a set too if I'm not mistaken.

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....Meze Classics are fantastic for the money...I love mine....

....I'd love to get the Empyreans, but that's just more than I want to spend right now...especially since I have a pair of Focals and a pair of Sennheisers....

....Sennheisers are awesome for CDs and FLAC....but I mostly listen to vinyl, so I use the Meze a lot....

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Sooooo.....yeah I went ahead and got the Massdrop X Sennheiser HD 6XXs for $210 also. I keep seeing that the 650's are nothing short of remarkable for their price, and these are supposedly the same thing with a few minor changes and obviously waay cheaper. My 598 SEs were my intro level open backs - I think this will be a big step up. So I think I have picked up my long term answers for open and closed back HPs at pretty big discounts, but I definitely will need to sell some of my old gear. Circle of life/money.

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2 hours ago, Hungarino said:

Sooooo.....yeah I went ahead and got the Massdrop X Sennheiser HD 6XXs for $210 also. I keep seeing that the 650's are nothing short of remarkable for their price, and these are supposedly the same thing with a few minor changes and obviously waay cheaper. My 598 SEs were my intro level open backs - I think this will be a big step up. So I think I have picked up my long term answers for open and closed back HPs at pretty big discounts, but I definitely will need to sell some of my old gear. Circle of life/money.

Our old buddy Daniel from the MFi olden days would be so proud of you! He loved the Senn HD 600 series so much. I've never heard them myself, but their house sound is darn good. I do know you will want a good DAC/amp to drive them. Your dragonfly may do the job. If not, you can get a Schiit stack for around $200 new. More than enough. The Meze don't need an amp.

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On 5/4/2021 at 5:33 PM, GoatmasterGeneral said:

Received my Amazon Warehouse pair of Sivga Phoenix in the mail today, the ear cups seem kind of small but I haven't actually heard them yet. 

Just agreed to buy a pair of LCD-2C used from a dude on Head-fi for $560. They sell for $799 new on Amazon. He says it's the best bass he's ever heard in a headphone,  so as somewhat of a bass head myself I'm encouraged. Waiting for him to invoice me.

Also put a bid on a used pair of Assdrop Hifiman Edition XX on Ebay last night. $519 was the buy it now price, $399 was the minimum opening bid, I think they sell for about $600 new. It's currently sitting at $410 right now with 4 days to go. $440 was my top bid but I think I'll probably just let someone else outbid me now that I'll be getting the LCD-2C's. But if I do actually get them for the bargain price of $440 I won't be upset about that either. 

Man I hate when I get sucked down into that headphone/audio gear rabbit hole. Now when the 70 ohm LCD's get here that'll be an excuse to hunt for a new DAC/amp. Unless it turns out my Micca OriGen2 will supply enough juice to power them properly to get that good bass, we'll have to wait and see. 

 

How are the new cans working out for ya?

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My Sennheiser SD 6XXs came as a nice surprise delivery, just in time for my doctor ordered lay around time, and holy shit, they live up to the hype, big time. I am fairly noobish with better gear, but these are obviously superior to every other hps I have tried. The clarity, separation, sound stage and depth are nothing short of stunning. Really helps cut through the mayhem of a lot of the fast, chaotic goat music I am finding. Most of all is the clarity, I don't know if there is a better descriptor. These are fucking crystal though. Bright, not going to blow you away with bass, but the mids and highs are razor sharp precision. 

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