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post #1421 of 38156
I use Bose Quiet comfort 3 headphones for gaming and bose triPort headphones
    
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If Bose is all you've been exposed to you think it's pretty darned good. How many of you got your first nice cans and were amazed about how they sounded compared to what you used to listen to? Now imagine yourself going from iBuds or something to a Bose QC2 or similar. It would still be a world of difference, yes? Let's not be like most other forums on the web that just senselessly bashes Bose. The guy has them, and he probably enjoys them quite a bit. Lay off.
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The HD201's put me in the Audiophile grade?? I was previously in the Gaming headset section, with the s-500's.....
 
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@chipp
those BOSE bashers may seems bad... but they still do have a point and serve a purpose to those who reads em, atleast they make em reconsider before buying BOSE.
and i'm starting to think that the policy of deleting members' posts have to be minimized.
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post #1425 of 38156
At long last ... my HD595's came in today ...

I've been listening to them for about two hours now and have some (premature) thoughts:

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Number one ... they're some sexy looking cans. Love the design.

That said, ... there's much to be said for the various other aspects of the cans worth... fit, sound quality, driveability, etc.

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/FIT/

The fit is perfect for mi cabeza ... lovely pads, plush velour, just the right pressure. Lovely all around on the fit.

I can find nothing negative to say about the way they fit my noggin.


/DRIVE-ability/

My listening tests were done with the X-fi in Audio Creation mode so that I could run in 'bit-matched' mode, thereby disabling any X-fi EQ, surround or otherwise settings/affectations that come matter of course with the X-fi cards.

The X-fi elite pro drives them to moderate levels ... decent sound and all ... just not very 'thick' and not very loud. In the unamped X-fi scenario, I had to crank the volume to the absolute max to get any sort of decent sound ... but it was still only medium level volume.

When I plugged in the XM4 amp, things got a LOT better.

The additional juice provide by the in-line XM4 amp seriously transformed the sound. Thicker bass, highs and mids much more present and, well, just lovely.

Another thing that changed significantly when adding the XM4 in-line was that the sound stage became much more lively and 'animated,' wider and more realistic in all regards (really came to appreciate my amp a bit more with these tests).

Also, with the XM4 in-line I had a much higher volume ceiling compared with running the X-fi alone (unamped).


/SOUND/

One thing right off the bat that becomes apparent is that these cans do the high/mids area in an exceptional way. Not quite as sharp and crisp as my Shure e4c's, but still very pleasing and up front. Compared to the Shure e4c's ... the highs were just a tad rolled off in the finish but just as bright and apparent.

One thing I was pleased with, sound-wise, was that I immediately recognized that in regards to frequencies (not volume) the HD595's are a direct competitor to the great performance of my Shure e4c's. But the volume/bass category is another story for now (pre burn in) ...

The bass is natural and present ... though in no way would I call these bass monsters; granted, these new HD595's are not burnt in yet ... but right off the bat, the bass just isn't as potent (in identical listening circumstances) as my Shure e4's. The HD595's are close ... running a close second and all ... but the presence and tone is just not as potent (minor quibble, really, ... the air tight seal of the Shure's really makes the bass shine).

Overall, I'm completely stoked on the general sound quality when compared to my main listening cans (e4c's) ... very happy that they were so close in quality ... but I do have some complaints.

Number one ... the possible volume levels, in no way compares to what I can obtain with the Shure e4c's ...

The HD595's get quite impressive in volume, but not to the 'serious rock your brain' volumes that the Shures will reach.

What happens is this: when the HD595's reach a certain point, I'll hear a very sharp and very *wrong* sort of distortion that manifests as sharp, loud pops in either ear ... this threshold is changeable depending on the amount of bass I'm feeding them. Maybe this will change as the cans burn in ... maybe not.

Either way ... it's somewhat trivial as the level I'm looking for is probably outside the gamut of normal listeners preferences ... (think I burned my ears out a bit back in the rocker days ... see the OSAMT sig).

Needless to say ... the Shure e4c's handle higher volume levels with similar bass profiles ...

In fact ... I've never heard the Shure's clip/pop like that.

Anyway ... again, it's totally trivial because the HD595's (with amping) do reach very very acceptable levels of volume ... just not the brain bursting levels my Shure e4c's will reach. But those comments are made driving both sets through an X-fi/XM4 setup and for all I know things will change once I get a better desktop amp.

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So those are just preliminary thoughts ...

The HD595's are brand new and not even close to being burnt in ... so I'm sure the above comments will change dramatically.

I am a bit upset that they clip before reaching the "brain bursting" volume level ... but that's something that might change with different amps. And otherwise ... the volume, regarding technical listening, is more than adequate.

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Another thing I dig is that they came with a nice desktop headphone rack:

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A nice touch.

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All and all ... I can tell they are quality cans and I'm sure I'll keep them despite any minor shortcomings; such minor quibbles are easily out shined by the HD595's other more glaring advantages.

    
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post #1426 of 38156
Deleting posts does not make the decision to purchase Bose any less terrible.

If YOU want to recommend Bose then that is your prerogative. It is MY opinion that they are terribly overpriced and offer very little bang for the buck. This no matter how you twist it is absolute fact. $300 for QC2/3 headphones is just plain sad.

If I was about to make such a bad decision I would want to know.

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Originally Posted by s1rrah View Post
At long last ... my HD595's came in today ...

All and all ... I can tell they are quality cans and I'm sure I'll keep them despite any minor shortcomings; such minor quibbles are easily out shined by the HD595's other more glaring advantages.

Very nice review
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Very nice review
Hopefully I'll be able to post some very different impressions after a week or two.

I'm going to leave them playing during the week when I'm at work ... so burn in should come within a week or two.

    
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post #1428 of 38156
if you like those Hd595's now just wait till:

1. they are fully burnt in
2. you try them with a nice tube amp
3. you get a new cable on them
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Hey s1rrah, one thing I noticed is that you plugged your headphone amp into the external box, if that is the sound card itself (I'm not completely sure) then your fine. However if it is what I suspect it to be (A separate box that attaches to your sound card), then it will sound better if you plug your amp directly into your sound card .
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Hey s1rrah, one thing I noticed is that you plugged your headphone amp into the external box, if that is the sound card itself (I'm not completely sure) then your fine. However it is what I suspect it to be (A separate box that attaches to your sound card), then it will sound better if you plug your amp directly into your sound card .
Yeah ... I noticed a very slight difference as well but decided to use the breakout box for tests simply cause it was more ergonomic.

The line out from the card was just ever so slightly better in a technical sense ... but the box works fine for general testing.

Believe it or not ... the difference in sound quality between the Elite Pro's card line-out and the breakout box is just barely noticeable ... something I personally can very easily hear ... but that the average user would never detect.

Hopefully ... both the card and box will both get better once I mod them both in the next month or so.

Thanks for the observation though ... it's totally on point.

    
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