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7 minutes ago, Bengineer said:

Same promotion bro. Check the finest of prints.

ah, so it is!

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Still a bargain. Trade in any shitty pair, get $800 off.

 

Can't lose really, excellent value at $1400 as far as high end cans go.

 

Only thing I don't like about the Focal design is the headband seems hard/impossible to replace, and its a nice alcantara/suede too.

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On 15/09/2019 at 1:39 PM, was_a said:

Where are you, Bronal, still with us?.

Yes, I'm still here!  I've been following the discussion with interest, but there isn't much I can add to it, as I've had only only pair of headphones for the last few years (Stax SR-007 IIs) for a good few years.

 

On the basis of the various comments made, and a number of online reviews. I'm veering towards the Audeze LCD-Xs.  The only negative I've seen about them is that they are heavier than most other headphones, but again some reviewers have also said that that doesn't make them uncomfortable for extended listening, as they are also very comfortable.

 

Frankly, I doubt whether any dynamic/planar headphones in my price range will be as good as the Stax so I'll probably end up keeping both systems.

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High end headphones isn't about what's better. They are all mostly really good. It starts to blur and becomes more what you find most enjoyable. 

 

If you're keeping both, don't get something as close as you can to the STAX in my opinion. Get something complimentary. Go try in store and borrow as many models as you can.

 

Stax sound is what you're used to, but maybe it isn't even what you'd find the most enjoyable. Then again you don't seem too invested in your own thread, so go do you bud. LCD X might be your jams (I've seen people say it's a ...boring almost). Or you might be surprised and love the slamming TH900, nice change from the Stax.

 

Good luck and go try for yourself first.

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I enjoy Stax at work and Utopia/Empyrean at home though the new Kii Three speakers are getting a bit of a workout right now.  A change is as good as a holiday :) 

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Choice between SR009, Empyrean, Utopia and Kii Three is as good as a holiday :P

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2 hours ago, Bengineer said:

If you're keeping both, don't get something as close as you can to the STAX in my opinion. Get something complimentary. Go try in store and borrow as many models as you can.

That's the problem.  I live in Canberra and there is only one store with a variety of phones to audition.

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Hit up any other Canberra folk on here, might lend you or let you demo.

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12 hours ago, Bengineer said:

Hit up any other Canberra folk on here, might lend you or let you demo.

I think you're drawing a long bow there!

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Am I?

 

Brisbane as zero headphone stores. I think one place may have a LCD-2 to try out.

 

But managed to find some SNA users that lent me some cans for a listen, otherwise I'd have to buy blind too (which I've done many times, trying out is heaps heaps heaps better).

 

Otherwise drive to Sydney and spend a day having a listen. Isn't that far away, really.

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1 hour ago, Bengineer said:

Otherwise drive to Sydney and spend a day having a listen. Isn't that far away, really.

I probably should, but the truth of the matter is that I'm not a headphone freak and listen mainly while I'm on my PC.  I think I've been spoiled having the Staxes, which is why I'd like to get something fairly decent.

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Yeah, you probably have.

 

They are certainly audiophile headphones.

 

Personally, I would get something with a bit more low end, not crazy, but something with more warmth overall. And it would compliment well with your Stax.

 

LCD3 might be a good choice to compliment. Not to replace.

 

TBH even the HD6xx ($200-250) is a nice headphone to have. Laid back, bit dark, light, comfy, smooth. Lot of people with very expensive headphones still have their HD600/HD650 models. Cheap way to find out if you might come around to a different sound signature.

 

 

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On 17/09/2019 at 2:38 PM, Bengineer said:

Yeah, you probably have.

 

They are certainly audiophile headphones.

 

Personally, I would get something with a bit more low end, not crazy, but something with more warmth overall. And it would compliment well with your Stax.

 

LCD3 might be a good choice to compliment. Not to replace.

 

TBH even the HD6xx ($200-250) is a nice headphone to have. Laid back, bit dark, light, comfy, smooth. Lot of people with very expensive headphones still have their HD600/HD650 models. Cheap way to find out if you might come around to a different sound signature.

 

 

Yeah I think if you don’t already have them the hd6xx are a bit of a steal, especially if you already have a decent headphone amp. The amp genuinely makes a huge difference though. They’re a bit ordinary out of an iPhone but they’re amazing out of an Eddie current zds  

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A ZMF dynamic is a great option

I'm thinking of going back to dynamic headphones from my current Woo/Stax system.
 
I have the Woo GES amp with Stax 007s.  There are two inputs at the back, selectable by means of a toggle switch.  Now that I have an internet tuner, I find this arrangement rather inconvenient.  That's why I'm going to try dynamic phones again - nothing to do with SQ, as they probably won't be as good as the Stax.
 
I have a MicroZOTL 2 preamp/headphone amp with three inputs on the front that I can use.  My budget for dynamic headphones is $1500 to 2000.  I mainly listen to ambient/electronic and alternative music.  I am way out of touch with what's available or well-regarded and the only brands I'm really familiar with are are Sennheiser, A-T and and AKG, but I've noticed that a lot more have sprung up over the last few years.
 
Any suggestions would be most appreciated.  I don't need really accentuated bass.  Detail and tone are more important to me.
 

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I’m with Farpun above - ZMFs baby. Like HD650s on steroids, everything bigger and better, way better. Plenty of reviews around and the different models Zach Mehrback produces all have different signatures. I wouldn’t say one over the other. Very difficult to audition though and hard to find at reasonable second hand prices online. This forum has had some Eikons and Atticus I believe. My faves are Aeolus and Verite - sublime.

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