Headphone Market News

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Re: Headphone Market News
« Reply #120 on: 17 Jul 2017, 03:09 pm »
Sennheiser HD650's also require some decent amping behind them. At the very least, you need something with a low output impedance so you don't get wonky FR variations due to the HD650's massive impedance spike in the midbass.

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« Reply #121 on: 18 Dec 2017, 11:16 am »
Link: Innerfidelity underwhelmed by new Sennheiser HD660S

So maybe it doesn't matter that the drivers are not retrofittable to the 600/650. Haven't heard the 660S myself so can't comment on the sound (there wasn't one at Capital Audiofest) but Tyll is pretty reliable and backs up his reasoning with data so if you've read his stuff, you have an idea of how your tastes in general relate to his.
I can tell you that the Beyerdynamic Amiron is a strong contender at a $100 uptick. Writing a review, bit by bit (Holiday season in retail).

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Re: Headphone Market News
« Reply #122 on: 18 Dec 2017, 11:24 am »
Sennheiser HD650's also require some decent amping behind them. At the very least, you need something with a low output impedance so you don't get wonky FR variations due to the HD650's massive impedance spike in the midbass.

Often wondered why most Senns do that. I don't see it elsewhere. But for a high-impedance design like the 650 should it matter as much as if it was, say, a 50 ohm phone? BTW 660S (which is half the impedance) has a big peak too according to Innerfi's measurements.

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Re: Headphone Market News
« Reply #123 on: 18 Dec 2017, 05:41 pm »
Often wondered why most Senns do that. I don't see it elsewhere. But for a high-impedance design like the 650 should it matter as much as if it was, say, a 50 ohm phone? BTW 660S (which is half the impedance) has a big peak too according to Innerfi's measurements.
Usually speakers manufacturers made it to get hi SPL.

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« Reply #124 on: 18 Dec 2017, 05:53 pm »
Link: Innerfidelity underwhelmed by new Sennheiser HD660S

So maybe it doesn't matter that the drivers are not retrofittable to the 600/650. Haven't heard the 660S myself so can't comment on the sound (there wasn't one at Capital Audiofest) but Tyll is pretty reliable and backs up his reasoning with data so if you've read his stuff, you have an idea of how your tastes in general relate to his.
I can tell you that the Beyerdynamic Amiron is a strong contender at a $100 uptick. Writing a review, bit by bit (Holiday season in retail).

Dig the measurements: https://www.innerfidelity.com/content/sennheiser-hd-660-s-over-ear-open-headphones-measurements

I find Tyll's ability to review rather refreshing actually. More honest.

I'm happy my MassDrop HD6XX's arrived the other day. I wanted a daily driver headphone to take with me on vacations while hanging out in hotels, etc... I'm far from a headphone enthusiast though!

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Re: Headphone Market News
« Reply #125 on: 18 Dec 2017, 06:01 pm »
Hope you have something with some juice to drive them, the 600 series are a tough load, You'll get sound out of portable devices but not dynamics. Dragonfly Red out of a computer or phone would be a good choice.

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« Reply #126 on: 18 Dec 2017, 06:37 pm »
Hope you have something with some juice to drive them, the 600 series are a tough load, You'll get sound out of portable devices but not dynamics. Dragonfly Red out of a computer or phone would be a good choice.

That indeed is the plan.

I can also use the XLR outputs (with custom adapter) from my TAPX.

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Re: Headphone Market News
« Reply #127 on: 3 Jan 2018, 12:32 am »
There is a new model at HifiMan site called Sundara at $499, its show a all new headband and can strap, on the photos its not beautiful:
http://store.hifiman.com/index.php/sundara.html


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« Reply #128 on: 8 Jan 2018, 02:04 pm »
There is a new model at HifiMan site called Sundara at $499, its show a all new headband and can strap, on the photos its not beautiful:
http://store.hifiman.com/index.php/sundara.html

Now showing as out of stock!  :scratch:

Anyway I'm not finding much online about these yet except for some initial press at RMAF last year. Big contrast to the new LCD-2 (classic). I'm wondering if everybody is a bit gunshy of Hifiman after they started selling the HE-560 at half retail. Like, this week Sundara is 499, next week 299... ?

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« Reply #129 on: 8 Jan 2018, 02:05 pm »
Now showing as out of stock!  :scratch:

Still for sale on their eBay store though :scratch: :scratch:

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Re: Headphone Market News
« Reply #130 on: 9 Jan 2018, 06:10 am »
Etymotic is introducing the ER3 IEM, which apparently replaces the hf series. Like the top of the line ER4, it comes in both 'SR' (Actually 'SE' for this model, but the concept is the same- a 'dead neutral' presentation) and 'XR' voicings, and has a metal body and (nice1) replaceable cable. Here's Ety's press release:
https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/01/08/1284882/0/en/Etymotic-Brings-High-Fidelity-at-an-Affordable-Price-To-CES-2018.html
« Last Edit: 9 Jan 2018, 11:58 pm by dB Cooper »

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Re: Headphone Market News
« Reply #131 on: 10 Jan 2018, 06:36 am »
Interesting. Half the price of the ER4s. Wonder how they differ sound-wise?

Seem to have been shipping for a few weeks, some user reviews already on amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Etymotic-ER3XR-Extended-Response-Earphones/dp/B076652HPH


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Re: Headphone Market News
« Reply #132 on: 11 Jan 2018, 04:35 am »
There is a new model at HifiMan site called Sundara at $499, its show a all new headband and can strap, on the photos its not beautiful:
http://store.hifiman.com/index.php/sundara.html


I think it looks good! To each his own though.

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Re: Headphone Market News
« Reply #133 on: 11 Jan 2018, 03:16 pm »
I must say that 'styling' isn't the top consideration for me, as long as it's reasonably tastefully designed, unlike the AKG N90Q:


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Re: Headphone Market News
« Reply #134 on: 11 Jan 2018, 06:52 pm »
I think it looks good! To each his own though.
The paint is mate black!

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Re: Headphone Market News
« Reply #135 on: 11 Jan 2018, 11:27 pm »
The paint is mate black!

Hooefully it won't peel off!

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Re: Headphone Market News
« Reply #136 on: 15 Jan 2018, 07:42 pm »
Now HERE's some news.... Sennheiser showed a closed-back version of the HD800 (the HD820) at CES.

Here's the link from Innerfidelity's show report.

Quote from the report: "Unfortunately, Axel Grell, Audiophile Portfolio Manager, was not in the booth, but I assume this $2399 headphone is targeted at the high-end audiophile and audio professional market.." Yeah, sounds like a pretty safe assumption... Aside from the exercise in conspicuous consumption that is the Orpheus, this would seem to be their new flagship.

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Re: Headphone Market News
« Reply #137 on: 15 Jan 2018, 07:56 pm »
Hooefully it won't peel off!
That's the only way it could get any uglier.