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I was seriously considering these, but then I saw a thread on here about someone receiving a pair that were unbalanced. if it comes down to getting a refurb set of Audio-Technicas or new JVC's... I might just go with new.

not to mention I have found some decent prices on new AT headphones on ebay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/320773429844...84.m1423.l2649

granted, they are not top of the line, but that is still a great price for New in Box. I thought the specs for the AD500 and AD700 were not that far off too... but I could be way off because I dont know squat about audio.
Just got one refurb AD700 last week, but almost in new condition to me. Not to mention you still get the 1 year warranty card along with it.
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Just got one refurb AD700 last week, but almost in new condition to me. Not to mention you still get the 1 year warranty card along with it.
the drawbacks weighing in against them for me was the sound leakage and how it will affect those around me (mainly my picky wife who wouldnt even tolerate Cherry Blues) and the lack of bass (compared to similar headphones in the same price range).

their refurb price is tempting... but new cans that are comparable for less than $50.00 is hard to pass up.
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post #23 of 31
And I just ordered this usb DAC: http://www.headfonia.com/the-latest-...10-usb-dacamp/, guess you may also wanna take a look.
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post #24 of 31
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thanks for the tip, I have been looking back and forth between the X-fi and the HD for differences and what will suit my needs better. HD seems like it might be the better fit for 2.1 sound, but I read that the headphone volume can be lacking. how is the X-Fi for that?
The X-Fi version was designed for Music and Gaming while the Pro version with THX support is designed for Movie.

To be honest, both are suitable for anything if setup correctly.

I have 2.1 setup here as well and sometime I use my headphone. The result is very sharp and clear sound + nice low bass.

They are great for me since it works on my MacBook Pro and my Rig.
I don't need to block the air vent between the GPU if I have an internal card.

Anyways I got mine for $60 back then.
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post #25 of 31
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And I just ordered this usb DAC: http://www.headfonia.com/the-latest-...10-usb-dacamp/, guess you may also wanna take a look.
thanks for the tip mate.
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post #26 of 31
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The X-Fi version was designed for Music and Gaming while the Pro version with THX support is designed for Movie.

To be honest, both are suitable for anything if setup correctly.

I have 2.1 setup here as well and sometime I use my headphone. The result is very sharp and clear sound + nice low bass.

They are great for me since it works on my MacBook Pro and my Rig.
I don't need to block the air vent between the GPU if I have an internal card.
quick question about the X-Fi... I was watching a review and saw that the HD had a feature where you could press in the volume button and it also had a mute feature. does the x-fi also have a push button mute?
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post #27 of 31
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quick question about the X-Fi... I was watching a review and saw that the HD had a feature where you could press in the volume button and it also had a mute feature. does the x-fi also have a push button mute?
Yes, it does.
 
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post #28 of 31
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the drawbacks weighing in against them for me was the sound leakage and how it will affect those around me (mainly my picky wife who wouldnt even tolerate Cherry Blues) and the lack of bass (compared to similar headphones in the same price range).

their refurb price is tempting... but new cans that are comparable for less than $50.00 is hard to pass up.
Its bass is not chest thumping but it definitely has some bass and I'm going to drive it with the Fiio e10 which has bass boost feature in it.
But yeah, it does have sound leakage
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post #29 of 31
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Yes, it does.
i think that might seal it for me.

Amazon has them for cheapo and I prolly have a giftcard coming my way.


edit: or am I even more confused now? looks like there is an X-Fi Pro (SB1095), and X-Fi regular (SB1090), and then the HD too (SB1240)... I am guessing you are using the SB1095
Edited by dutchgenius - 10/21/11 at 10:36pm
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wow the e10 looks epic
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