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  1. Slight risk of bias as I bought these (although I wouldn't make a big deal out of it as I've owned stuff 5x the price and pretty well hardened by now) but wow these headphones are pretty fawking good. Frist of they're built really well, like better than most headphones at any price. My Utopias were made of mostly plastic and the headband felt kinda fragile. These headphones are solid as can be. The earpads are breathable, don't get hot/sweaty (downside there is a bit of leakage) but are still soft and conformable. The headband puts absolutely 0% pressure on top of my head and the weight really isn't a problem at all. I like when my premium headphones have some weight to them, people who complain about these should try Audeze XCs. The entire headband/joint/spring assembly is brilliantly engineered and feels very premium. The metal ear cups are really nice as well although my pair did come with 2 very minor little imperfections in the finish which is unusual for an apple product. The ANC/pass-through is super intuitive as expected and there is no audible hiss in the active modes unlike most if not all of the competitors. Finally a precise, rotatable dial for volume adjustment instead of these laggy touch pads or cluttered button layouts where you still don't know which buttons to press even after years of ownership. The sound out of the box is aight. Solid ass bass, bit boosted although it's down in the sub regions. The treble is a bit muffled with some sparkle up top. Sound is pleasant and obviously default tuned to be inoffensive yet detailed with most mainstream music. Leaves a bit to be desired for critical listening. BUT here's the thing most people won't do or even know about. There is a hidden setting on iOS devices that unlocks the full potential of these headphones. With the "balanced tone" option these headphones are essentially corrected to almost perfection. The excess sub-bass goes away and the treble fills in without compromises. Now, these headphones can be used for critical listening. Thank you Apple you beautiful sons of bitches for thinking of us audio purists with these headphones even though this setting is not marketed/easy to find and at this time isn't available on Mac OS. Unlike most AirPods-settings that sync across the cloud, this is a device-specific setting which is kind of a shame. But I'll just use my iPad or iPhone as it's just wireless/plug & play anyway and I stream everything. I still don't understand the case. Either it's so brilliant and amazing my mind can't even comprehend or it's just a turd that 10+ apple designers somehow collectively fucked up. Either way these headphones are worth the price IMO.
  2. Currently spending my evenings listening to the Elear. I like it quite a bit more than the Utopias I used to own. Wonderfully potent, rich, dynamic, textured sound and plenty fast/detailed. The Utopias were probably even more refined but less authentic sounding. It does have some treble problems which the Sonarworks Plugin just does wonders with... and also helps with the last bit of bass extension. Having a blast with these cans, I regret not buying them years ago instead of the overpriced Utopias.
  3. Bjorn


    Unfortunately they are a nope. Heard two pairs, the latter just a week ago and there is no body to the vocals. Plain thin and anemic sounding. Big messup there for that price. The 800S does the mids much better. Check out the graph at Rtings if you don’t take my word for it.
  4. Are they kidding with that interface? Wouldn’t get it if it was free.
  5. The Kingsound stuff didnt impress me either. Certainly not a threat even to the lower end STAX
  6. Untrue. There is a Listen and a Listen wireless that have been around for a while. You just haven't heard anything about them as they've been overshadowed by the more serious open-back models.
  7. It's just the regular ones painted black with fabulous, pinkish red accents, no?
  8. Meanwhile at CES 2018..... USD $2400
  9. Yeah dont those stators look dangerously exposed? Like you could stick your pinky in there and get a nice little sting..? EDIT: Never mind, just saw that line about the dust cover.
  10. To their defense I actually thought those new Solos were okay when I tried em. As a fun head-banger. To warm for anything critical. Better for sure than Sennheiser's muddy, bright Momentum mess though. The rest of the Dr Dre lot certainly does suck.
  11. Tell your friend to keep what he has. The Beats Solo 2 is a decent headphone. It has a warm, strongly bass-tilted, but very even FR that is tuned by professionals to make average hip-hop recordings sound great at loud volumes. It's not a peaky or distorted sounding headphone. For its intended purpose he won't find a better on-ear as most of those suck ass.
  12. Actually the Mrspeakers headband is one of the best in the business. It’s ridiculously simple yet functional at the same time. And you’d need Thor’s hammer to break it..
  13. I’m not a big fan of the spider-web earcups. But I am interested in how it sounds. I do quite like my Aeon closed.
  14. Right, my bad. The mk2 is the Pure Bipolar... Just “Dynalo” is the single ended version with simplified PSU if I’m not mistaken. That’s the one I was referring to.
  15. This guy and the Dynalo mk2 are basically the same amplifier design, correcto?
  16. At least until the bass dropped. If I were a billionaire I’d probably get one just to listen to Drake and Kendrick Lamar. I’d probably up the wank factor to 11 with a little gold in there as well. The Sennheiser guy did tell me an Asian customer ordered one with precious metal details for another 50k. Brought the total to a 100k. Wank wank.
  17. Agreed, bright isn't the word I'd use to describe the HE-1 either. "Soulless" kept going through my head though. Simple language like "dull" and "boring" would also qualify. *Yawn*
  18. I never found my 800s sensitive to position at all. One of the least position-sensitive cans I’ve owned. (Tylls measurements confirm this)
  19. Yeah I got that Just had to you know.....
  20. Alrightie then. Pretty impressive if so. (Not that I’m a fan of the 009, but that’s another story he he...)
  21. Hm. I disagree, back when I had the 800 I tried loads of amps to get them right but I just dont like the headphone. Its not natural sounding and cant reach the low bass. If you force it you get distorsion so its always a compromise. The Leben CS300 tube amp was kind of a fun pairing but hardly a purist approach
  22. Yeah I really like that about them. They do not need a big, heavy amp which is a huge thing for me as I grew tired of being locked to my desktop listening to the STAX. I can just use my Mojo with them, best portable DAC/amplifier I know of with shit tons of volume to spare with the relatively easy to drive Utopias. Connected to my iPad Pro with Tidal and an app to play High res FLACs. Much prefer that chain to DAPs as those are always slow and laggy with awful displays for some reason. Must say though that I am surprised you think that way about the HD 800, I owned it and I am not a fan of that headphone at all. Lacklustre bass and thin, distant uninspiring sound. A tube amplifier does help for tone but it certainly doesnt match the technically superior Focal driver to my ears.
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