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Considering I have not listened to high end Headphones for years. I did my research and selected these based on transparency, imaging and frequency spectrum. I also got them new for over 30% off.
They did not disappoint in those areas' In fact the 3D imaging was spectacular. Bass was tight and accurate. Mids a little mellow and the high end clear, but not sparkly.
My main and only disappointment is its efficiency. Its supposed to be rated at 45Ohms 90DB. My ARC SP20 Full function Preamp is rated at 6volt max 30 to 300ohms.
I can get it loud enough but only when I'm at 75% or more on my volume. Its crystal clear and quiet between passages whether on CD or Vinyl. My Digital Cable Music box does not have enough current or volts for my preamp to make that a usable source. I do 40% of my listening through the Music Channels on my Cable system. I know these and the cable have to break in.
As far as comfort, they are amazing, very well designed and I found myself listening for a few hours at a time over this weekend without any fatigue (Listening or physically).
Hi...please suggest some good bass headphones in over-ear as well as in-ear and on-ear category. Pricing under $300.
I can't live with the inefichency I'm
sending them back B&H photo has a good policy. I'm gonna go with grado rs1
I would add the NAD VISO HP50 to your shortlist if you need a sealed headphone.
In a way, that's too bad.
Speaking for myself, I would prefer using almost the complete range of the volume control. That way, you usually get good tracking with L and R channels. I'd much rather have that than a range from 7 to 9 o'clock where the slightest touch results in the wrong volume setting.
I have 325i coupled to a Woo Audio WA-6. Even with this very efficient can, I can get up to 1 o'clock and I feel like I have some range to make the finer adjustments.
Oh well, good luck with the RS1, I'll bet it's a fabulous headphone from my experience with the 325.
"If people don't want to come, nothing will stop them" - Sol Hurok
I've had my 560s for a couple months now. Moon Audio had a sale a couple months back and got $200 off. Wanted to step off the train of headphone purchases in the $2-$400 range and get a top notch set to enjoy for a long time.
And I agree, they are extremely impressive. Haven't heard anything pricier, so I can't to do an apples to apples comparison, but they are by far and away the best I've yet heard. I've always preferred speakers unless travelling, but these have given me some of the best sound I've ever experienced. The bass is powerful and present. Imaging, what you said. The sound is full and rich. My list of other 'phones are: Shure 535 iems, Beyer 1350s, Senn Momentum & Amperior, AKG 701s. DAC's, RSA Predator and AQ DFly/Jitterbug, TASCAM 3000. Listen to my digital music library I'm gradually converting to 24/192 on the TASCAM on PC via MediaGo and Pono (JRiver) software, monitoring vinyl recording through the TASCAM.
Headphones usually give me a case of fatigue fairly quickly. Not these.
I considered the 400i's, but knew I'd always wonder if the 560s were better. So just got them. Very pleased overall, but the wires and connectors...have to be the worst. Stiff, prone to kinks, and the screw connector...just a bad idea.
I believe that there have been many complaints HiFiMan cable designs over the years...
no more screwing into the headset. I'm just concerned about having to use 75 to 80% of my output to get them cranking...again between cuts its dead silent, so that tells me I do have a high quality headphone section in my preamp.
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