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  1. I have a new v-moda M100 "Master" on the way (I was the first independent reviewer who got the original M100 moved from the headfi Portables topic to Full-size headphones, before v-moda signed on there and took over the heavy lifting). This has an all-new driver by Roland, so I'm hoping the narrow 5 khz recess doesn't exist in this new Master edition.
  2. And now for phase 3 of my Marshall Minor II ('Minor2') Bluetooth earphone review. As noted above, I use a minimum amount of EQ with earphones that need it, in an attempt to bring them closer to the sound of live acoustic music**. This doesn't always succeed, either because the equalizer is too limited, or the curve I apply doesn't work for some reason. In this case it worked well, but be aware that a user's experience can vary greatly with pod-style earphones like the Minor2. **I'd prefer that my earphones sound truly neutral, with as little EQ modification as possible, but in the end I get there only about half of the time. In the other cases, I either give up or settle for a "warm-neutral" result that's satisfactory for most genres. The ultimate test for me is when the earphone has good frequency extension on both ends with no apparent distortion, a tonally accurate midrange that blends well with the bass and treble, and plays equally well with all of my favorite tracks in multiple genres. The Minor2 does very well for me in this regard - all the more amazing given that it's designed to be a pod-type Bluetooth earphone. Above & Beyond - We're All We Need (feat. Zoe Johnston): A very nice tight but impactful bass with crystal clear vocals - the Minor2 plays this with great ambiance. Anamanaguchi - Planet: A complex mix of percussion sounds and hummed vocals. The bells and other high-frequency percussion are highly detailed, the bass line has average weight, and the bass detail is excellent. Armin van Buuren - J'ai Envie de Toi (Orig Mix feat Gaia): Good bass impacts, breathy vocals, lots of fun noise - the Minor2 plays this perfectly. Avicii - Feeling Good: Classic female vocal in movie-theme style - the Minor2 brings this to life like few other earphones I've heard. Carl Kennedy-Tommy Trash ft Rosie Henshaw - Blackwater (Original Master): Nice strong tight bass impacts, female vocal, rendered delectably by the Minor2. Crystal Castles - Wrath of God: Atmospheric tune with vocal sound effects and strong bass line, plus some unique treble percussion sounds. The Minor2 brings these unique sounds to life. Digitalism - Pogo: A driving beat with a detailed bass synth and great vocals ("There's something in the air...") - the Minor2 makes this very enjoyable. Dino Lenny-Lino Di Meglio - We Will Make It: Atmospheric tune with mixed vocals - the female vocal is a special treat with the Minor2. DJ Shadow - Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt: High-pitched tones and strong deep piano chords with a hummed female vocal - ultra-cool with the Minor2. Fairmont - Poble Sec: Awesome detailed bass impacts with some nifty pingy guitar/synth effects. I discovered this tune at the time I purchased my 3rd v-moda M100 - the Minor2 makes this just as enjoyable. Giuseppe Ottaviani - Lost for Words (On Air Mix feat Amba Shepherd): Strong bass impacts behind a female voice - a large-scale sweeping sonic image reminiscent of epic adventures in an exotic land. The Minor2 is playing on a whole new level here. Hecq - Enceladus (With Skyence): Prodigious deep bass and clean at that. This tune's melody is more abstract than most of the others here, but the Minor2 makes it a real adventure. Katy B - Crying For No Reason (Tom Shorterz Remix): Oh myyyyy, I love Katy B. The vocal mix here is awesome and the bass is solid. This is the Minor2 at its best. Ladytron - Destroy Everything You Touch: I first heard this in The September Issue film and soundtrack, as the backdrop for the opening catwalk (watch Andre grinning at 1:51 - all you need to know) - the Minor2 plays this amazing tune perfectly. Lee and Malinda - Truth Will Set You Free (V-Moda Mix): Lee Kalt is the master, this is the masterpiece. The drum (or tom-tom) hits here have a very realistic skin-tone, the female vocal is seamlessly integrated into the driving beat, and the synth effects also blend well - the Minor2 just owns this. Markus Schulz - Mainstage: The granddaddy of bass is in this track, and the Minor2 plays it smooth and clean.
  3. And now for phase 3 of my Beyerdynamic Lagoon ('Lagoon') Bluetooth/ANC headphone review. As noted above, I use a minimum amount of EQ with headphones that need it, in an attempt to bring them closer to the sound of live acoustic music**. This doesn't always succeed, either because the equalizer is too limited, or the curve I apply doesn't work for some reason. In the case of the Lagoon, it worked very well indeed. **I'd prefer that my headphones sound truly neutral, with as little EQ modification as possible, but in the end I get there only about half of the time. In the other cases, I either give up or settle for a "warm-neutral" result that's satisfactory for most genres. The ultimate test for me is when the headphone has good frequency extension on both ends with no apparent distortion, a tonally accurate midrange that blends well with the bass and treble, and plays equally well with all of my favorite tracks in multiple genres. The Lagoon does very well for me in this regard - all the more amazing given that it's designed to be a Bluetooth headphone with ANC. Above & Beyond - We're All We Need (feat. Zoe Johnston): A very nice tight but impactful bass with crystal clear vocals - the Lagoon plays this with great ambiance. Anamanaguchi - Planet: A complex mix of percussion sounds and hummed vocals. The bells and other high-frequency percussion are highly detailed, the bass line has average weight, and the bass detail is excellent. Armin van Buuren - J'ai Envie de Toi (Orig Mix feat Gaia): Good bass impacts, breathy vocals, lots of fun noise - the Lagoon plays this perfectly. Avicii - Feeling Good: Classic female vocal in movie-theme style - the Lagoon brings this to life like few other headphones I've heard. Carl Kennedy-Tommy Trash ft Rosie Henshaw - Blackwater (Original Master): Nice strong tight bass impacts, female vocal, rendered delectably by the Lagoon. Crystal Castles - Wrath of God: Atmospheric tune with vocal sound effects and strong bass line, plus some unique treble percussion sounds. The Lagoon brings these unique sounds to life. Digitalism - Pogo: A driving beat with a detailed bass synth and great vocals ("There's something in the air...") - the Lagoon makes this very enjoyable. Dino Lenny-Lino Di Meglio - We Will Make It: Atmospheric tune with mixed vocals - the female vocal is a special treat with the Lagoon. DJ Shadow - Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt: High-pitched tones and strong deep piano chords with a hummed female vocal - ultra-cool with the Lagoon. Fairmont - Poble Sec: Awesome detailed bass impacts with some nifty pingy guitar/synth effects. I discovered this tune at the time I purchased my 3rd v-moda M100 - the Lagoon makes this just as enjoyable. Giuseppe Ottaviani - Lost for Words (On Air Mix feat Amba Shepherd): Strong bass impacts behind a female voice - a large-scale sweeping sonic image reminiscent of epic adventures in an exotic land. The Lagoon is playing on a whole new level here. Hecq - Enceladus (With Skyence): Prodigious deep bass and clean at that. This tune's melody is more abstract than most of the others here, but the Lagoon makes it a real adventure. Katy B - Crying For No Reason (Tom Shorterz Remix): Oh myyyyy, I love Katy B. The vocal mix here is awesome and the bass is solid. This is the Lagoon at its best. Ladytron - Destroy Everything You Touch: I first heard this in The September Issue film and soundtrack, as the backdrop for the opening catwalk (watch Andre grinning at 1:51 - all you need to know) - the Lagoon plays this amazing tune perfectly. Lee and Malinda - Truth Will Set You Free (V-Moda Mix): Lee Kalt is the master, this is the masterpiece. The drum (or tom-tom) hits here have a very realistic skin-tone, the female vocal is seamlessly integrated into the driving beat, and the synth effects also blend well - the Lagoon just owns this. Markus Schulz - Mainstage: The granddaddy of bass is in this track, and the Lagoon plays it smooth and clean.
  4. They're based on the concept that we all hear differently, so our headphones and earphones should change the sound to accomodate our hearing differences. This may go against the basic concept of high fidelity reproduction. If you and I have reasonable undamaged hearing, and we both like the sound of live music "as is", and if our headphones are accurate high fidelity reproducers, then we should hear the same with those headphones more-or-less as at the live music venue (acoustic music). It's always good to be able to tweak a headphone, either through custom mods, or equalization, since no headphone is perfect. But if you make very significant changes to a headphone's sound to accomodate your supposed hearing deficiencies, or "tastes", then you will not hear music the same as you hear live at the event. I prefer the original sound of live music.
  5. Here's an interesting earphone - similar to the Airpods insofar as the earpieces do not go into the ear canals, but different in having a much more secure fit, yet the sound is a mixture - deep bass no better than Airpods, but from the upper bass to the top end much more like a typical IEM. http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/community/threads/marshall-minor-ii-bluetooth-earphone-review.4549/
  6. They're heavy for their size, earpads are comfy, but shallow, and there's a fairly sharp projection around 7-o'clock in the right earcup (5 o'clock in the left earcup) that some users will not like.
  7. Interesting question - I was pondering whether to order this or something else, and an email arrived from Beyerdynamic featuring this headphone. So still, I searched my favorite music gear and hi-fi/electronics dealers (Sweetwater, B&H, Guitar Center, TTVJ etc.) and nobody had it at the time, so I ordered from Beyer and they shipped it immediately. I had the same odd luck when the Grado Wireless was announced - I ordered it from someone not anywhere near New York (probably TTVJ), and it was shipped immediately from New York. I'm not having such luck with the new Grado White headphone (as yet anyway), but maybe I can get one pretty soon.
  8. The Focal Clear (the white/chrome whatever version, not the red "pro" version) was rated best by Innerfidelity.
  9. I don't know that they got the Utopia driver from any other company, nor that it's a speaker driver (because speaker drivers that small don't have huge bass excursions like air-suspension woofers have). But these Focals do have amazing sound, for the reason of the driver designs, plus the earcup designs that eliminate most of the smear from earcup reflections.
  10. I didn't have the Utopia, just the Elear, but one thing that really impressed me mightily was the Elear's lack of reflections in the earcups. I remember reading about the Elear and Utopia before buying mine, that they were designed to be "more open" than most other open-back headphones. So if the Utopia shares that property with the Elear, it might just live up to the high price tag.
  11. One more thing before I review EDM tracks for the Beyer Lagoon headphone: Now playing Pink Floyd's DSOTM album - a CD rip (WAV format) of the latest master stored on my 256 gb iPhone XSMax. Whatever magic is happening here (see below), this is the best sound I've ever gotten from this album. From the iPhone we go to the Apple Lightning-to-USB-A adapter**, then to the DragonFly Red DAC, then to a heavily-shielded 6-inch 3.5mm-to-RCA adapter, then to a Lehmann headphone amp, then through a Marshall headphone cable to the Lagoon headphone. The headphone cable has gold-plated plugs and strain reliefs on both ends. **The Apple adapter also has a charging input, but I never use it since simultaneous charging can affect the sound. The reason for this particular adapter is because it's had a firmware update, and many users claim it sounds better than the Apple adapter that doesn't have the charging input. Speak To Me has bass impacts that are very strong and impactful. Breathe has a liquid-like sound that's very spacious and clean. Time has some high-frequency harmonics and strong bass impacts that sound amazing on this headphone. The Great Gig In The Sky has some subtle vocalizations mixed between loud vocal bursts that remain clean at whatever volume. Us And Them (my favorite) is a softer more lyrical sound with strong vocal parts. Any Colour You Like has a lot of sound effects with a nicely-detailed bass synth. Brain Damage starts off much like Us And Them, with energy-filled crescendos of voice, instruments, and sound effects. I could wish that the instruments in these crescendos were better delineated, but the age of the tapes used in these masters probably limits the resolution. I also added Comfortably Numb to this listen, and the extended highs from the cymbals were very comforting to hear (pun intended).
  12. I only had the Elear, but when I looked into the earcup and driver and blew gently into it, seeing the excursion of that driver blew me away (pun intended).
  13. Continuing my review with a few additional music samples, the following are some of the "odds and ends" I've picked up in the process of reviewing headphones. The sound of most of these tracks is good enough to complement any decent headphone, but they show off the Lagoon's sonic qualities as well as anything I've heard. Some of these may be hard to find, particularly in the exact mix/remix listed here. My last post will be the EDM tracks I test with. The interesting thing is, I started this review using my Pioneer HDJ-X10c review as a template, then rewrote the main body for the Lagoon. Most of the music samples have agreed in sound (both headphones EQ'd), but still, some bass lines sound better on one and some sound better on the other. Not so much with the treble since I get those extremely close. The mids is where most of the personality of each headphone asserts itself, so I make adjustments there only when a coloration just doesn't sound natural. Le Voyage Dans La Lune: Soundtrack to a hand-painted color movie. A terrific variety of sounds that show off the excellent audio qualities of the Lagoon. Muse - Madness: Strong bass line with mass vocals. Clearly delineated by the Lagoon. Mylene Farmer - Desenchantee: French vocal over a driving bass beat. Very enjoyable with the Lagoon. Robyn Hitchcock - Autumn Is Your Last Chance: Acoustic/electric guitar with compelling vocal. Pure class as reproduced by the Lagoon. Samantha James - Amber Sky: Reverberant instrumentation and ethereal vocal. Dreamy stuff that sounds amazing on the Lagoon. Satchmode - Best Intentions: Atmospheric vocals over a very decent bass line. Exquisite reproduction by the Lagoon. Sneaker Pimps - Underground (Nellee Hooper Mix): Slow-paced club music with female vocal and subtle but very effective bass impacts. The bass in this track will be fully appreciated only in a quiet listening spot. Soliquid - Shibuya (Paul Keeley Remix): Eight minutes and 50 seconds of heavenly beats and awesome musical synth effects as heard with the Lagoon. Stones and Bones - Love Lockdown: Ibiza 2014 track with a very spacious atmosphere and a bit of contrapuntal vocal. Outstanding on the Lagoon. Susanne Sundfor - Accelerate: High-ambiance noise with decent bass impacts and reverberant vocals. The Lagoon makes this track come alive. Third Sex - Monster Snack: One of the best of the Goth/RiotGrrrl genre, available on the Free To Fight CD. Somewhat primitive sound with aggressive vocal, but there ya go - as good as it gets with this headphone. Three-11 Porter - Surround Me With Your Love: Pleasant male-female vocal mix against a big-ambiance backdrop. Lush presentation by the Lagoon. Visage - Fade To Grey: Atmospheric and reverberant recording supported by a luscious synth line. The Lagoon plays this perfectly. When Saints Go Machine - Love And Respect: Super-energetic music with reverberant vocal counterpoint. Strong bass impacts delivered cleanly by the Lagoon. Yaz - Situation: Bright pop-EDM music from the past. Played exquisitely by the Lagoon.
  14. I wonder if the padding could be removed, washed, and put back. People who were irritated by some of Grado's wiry earpads would wash them in some kind of solution to soften them up.
  15. I got a Beyer Lagoon a few days ago, and the somewhat shallow earcups have a projection of some kind inside. It's covered by thick fabric, but the feel of it reminds me of the balanced armature that Final Audio built into their Sonorous VI along with the regular driver. Anyway, I was thinking whatever is inside the earcup, if it was smooth and flat I could deal with it, but the bumpy stuff may yet be a problem.
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