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  1. There are good headphones under $100 USD, such as the Koss PortaPro, but beware of the issues discussed in my paper here: http://dalethorn.com/Headphone_Volume_Hearing_Damage.txt
  2. The QCs use EQ to perk up the sound. You can tell the difference when running passive. So it makes it a little artificial. If they wanted to make it better w/o the EQ, they'd have to do some acoustic treatments in the cups, but then it'd be heavier on the head.
  3. I've heard great things about the original Clear (not the red pro version). I'm curious about whether the Clear gets closer to a classic mid-treble "presence" like the Sennheiser HD800, or whether it has a reduced mid-treble like the Focal Elear or AQ NightHawk etc. I know that some of the classic headphones like the HD800 and the Beyer Teslas and the Grados have treble peaks, but ignoring those for the moment, I just wonder how the overall mid-treble for the Clear compares to those.
  4. Continuing with the music samples aspect of my Pioneer HDJ-X10c review, the following are a few of the "odds and ends" I've picked up in the process of reviewing headphones. The sound of most of these tracks is sufficiently good to complement any decent headphone, but they show off the HDJ-X10c's sonic qualities as well as anything I've heard. Some of these may be hard to find, particularly in the exact mix/remix. 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 HDJ-X10c. Muse - Madness: Strong bass line with mass vocals. Clearly delineated by the HDJ-X10c. Mylene Farmer - Desenchantee: French vocal over a driving bass beat. Very enjoyable with the HDJ-X10c. Robyn Hitchcock - Autumn Is Your Last Chance: Acoustic/electric guitar with compelling vocal. Pure class as reproduced by the HDJ-X10c. Samantha James - Amber Sky: Reverberant instrumentation and ethereal vocal. Dreamy stuff that sounds amazing on the HDJ-X10c. Satchmode - Best Intentions: Atmospheric vocals over a very decent bass line. Exquisite reproduction by the HDJ-X10c. 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 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 HDJ-X10c. Stones and Bones - Love Lockdown: Ibiza 2014 track with a very spacious atmosphere and a bit of contrapuntal vocal. Outstanding on the HDJ-X10c. Susanne Sundfor - Accelerate: High-ambiance noise with decent bass impacts and reverberant vocals. The HDJ-X10c 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 HDJ-X10c. Visage - Fade To Grey: Atmospheric and reverberant recording supported by a luscious synth line. The HDJ-X10c plays this perfectly. When Saints Go Machine - Love And Respect: Super-energetic music with reverberant vocal counterpoint. Strong bass impacts delivered cleanly by the HDJ-X10c. Yaz - Situation: Bright pop-EDM music from the past. Played exquisitely by the HDJ-X10c.
  5. Here is my followup review of the excellent Pioneer HDJ-X10c. This second review contains different music track examples and some new impressions. http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/community/threads/pioneer-hdj-x10c-carbon-fiber-dj-headphone-followup-to-prior-review.4543/
  6. My boss complained about the sound of my Senn HD600, from two rooms away (both doors open).
  7. If you're close enough to another person, or play music and video loud enough, they will hear your open-back headphone and object. I used a Senn HD600 in an office once, and had to switch to an isolating headphone instead.
  8. Here is my latest purchase - a very excellent DJ-style headphone, which just might be an excellent audiophile choice as well. http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/community/threads/pioneer-hdj-x10c-carbon-fiber-edition-dj-headphone-review.4542/
  9. If we sit at a live music event we hear the same thing, and if we like what we hear, then if our gear reproduces that more or less accurately, we hear the same thing at home. So the fact that we hear differently only matters if 1) We don't like the sound of live music, or 2) Our gear doesn't reproduce it accurately. If it turns out that we both like the live music sound "as is", and we both have the same playback system yet one of us isn't happy with it, then it's not so much that we hear differently, but our systems aren't working the same for us even when the systems are identical. In headphones, it's often attributed to HRTF etc., but there are other possible factors.
  10. Looking again at post #1, hearing that takes a dive above 2 khz is not going to be restorable to anything approaching hi-fi music enjoyment. There is so much tonal info in harmonics that if you can't hear 9-10 khz anymore, the music loses significant realism. I doubt that any of the DSP sellers try to address serious losses starting above 2 khz - that's just too low. Medical or audiology doctors might help, but if you want them to do enough followup work to get digital hearing aids tuned more accurately after the initial sale, that can get expensive. I paid $2500 USD to get someone a digital aid with a followup tuning, but it wasn't enough. OTOH, if the medical/audiology folks can sell you a solution that you can self-tune yourself safely, maybe that would help. Generally speaking, the hi-fi industry can't sell you something whose correction is so large that it could cause more damage and defeat the purpose.
  11. Pretty much the same wired, except better depending on the amp. There is no big freq. response difference wired-to-wireless as you get with Bose or some others. Being open-back as they are, it's hard to compare them to other brands that are closed back.
  12. There is something about the analog nature of tubes that conveys music tonality better.
  13. My longterm experience with Koss says great sound for the price, but they cut corners on reliability. As long as you can get an immediate exchange for a defective unit you'll be OK.
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