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i'm not sure about the auto-adjusting rubber bands on the AKG headphones but it's a really good deal.

It makes them feel very light on your head, but the strap is kind of rough so you may feel it after prolonged use. A softer auto-adjusting headband strap is all that's needed to fix this issue, the SR-007 has such a design as well but much softer and is extremely comfortable for any duration.
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I'd say they're something you get used to, but even after two years with my K712's it took me all of a few hours to prefer the set it and forget it my HD 600's have.
Besides, the best part is I'll finally have the headphone volume knob right in front of me instead of an arm's reach away just above the flor - so can't wait for those new desks we'll be getting!!!!!! As for the O2 and ODAC, definitely a good thing to hear ^_^

I read the rubber bands make noise as they age and someone with a larger head is going to experience more caliper pressure than someone with a smaller head. the 3D wing system on Audio Technica headphones wants to constantly slide off my head. I like a standard headband.
    
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It makes them feel very light on your head, but the strap is kind of rough so you may feel it after prolonged use. A softer auto-adjusting headband strap is all that's needed to fix this issue, the SR-007 has such a design as well but much softer and is extremely comfortable for any duration.

I can confirm this, both when I've had fairly short hair and also when I've let it grow out to shoulder length I've run into situations where you had to adjust the headphones after a few hours as either the front or back (usually front for me) of the headband would start digging into my scalp. Not in an actually painful way, just a moderately annoying "this isn't comfortable anymore" kind of way.

Then again, some of my friends have joked that I have the perfect head for a mohawk as my skull tapers upwards somewhat towards the middle of it from front to back (and I do look good with one, but sadly work doesn't let me have one).
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I read the rubber bands make noise as they age and someone with a larger head is going to experience more caliper pressure than someone with a smaller head. the 3D wing system on Audio Technica headphones wants to constantly slide off my head. I like a standard headband.

I never noticed mine making any noise, but I never paid attention to such things.

And that doesn't sound like the most fun with the wings if they're constantly sliding.
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I can confirm this, both when I've had fairly short hair and also when I've let it grow out to shoulder length I've run into situations where you had to adjust the headphones after a few hours as either the front or back (usually front for me) of the headband would start digging into my scalp. Not in an actually painful way, just a moderately annoying "this isn't comfortable anymore" kind of way.

Then again, some of my friends have joked that I have the perfect head for a mohawk as my skull tapers upwards somewhat towards the middle of it from front to back (and I do look good with one, but sadly work doesn't let me have one).
I never noticed mine making any noise, but I never paid attention to such things.

And that doesn't sound like the most fun with the wings if they're constantly sliding.

I think it's a problem on 612 or K7XX... or both either way the rubber bands eventually lose their elasticity but you can replace them if you give AKG a call.

the foam will compress on the HD6xx after a couple years but it's very easy to swap out. these are the only 2 things you need to learn and you only need to learn the second thing if you cook the driver.



people often feel these headphones are cheap because of the plastic but there is some clever engineering going on. how many other headphones snap together like Legos? tongue.gif

HD580 - 1993
HD580 Jubilee Edition - 1995
HD600 - 1997
HD650 - 2003

old headphones!!!! headphone.gif
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Extravagant. The cable seems of very good quality and is of a very convenient design, and the metal cups it installs into rotate a full 360 degrees so you can have the cables coming out of the headphone at any angle you desire. The pads are also able to be rotated fully and easily, for an adjustable fit (plus this lets you adjust the sound stage somewhat). The leather is top quality and the pads are extremely thick and soft which is perfect, and the inner diameter is huge so my ears aren't squished in the slightest. The auto adjusting suspension headband should fit essentially all sizes.

Sadly that issue I brought up earlier still persists, so it may have to be RMA'd. I sent an email to Birgir describing the problem just to confirm the problem is isolated to the headphones.

Following up with myself here. Switching my DAC to variable output mode instead of fixed, lowering its volume (digital volume control), and raising the amp's volume makes the severe distortion go away and it sounds fine at "first glance" without in-depth testing. But I know reduced digital volume = reduced quality so this doesn't seem like an actual feasible fix.

- EDIT: Yep my amp is just FUBAR. It has to be. Chinese clone KGSS for the win! There's only so much even Birgir can do in a doomed amp. Guess I'll have to get the Stax SRM-353X.
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- EDIT: Yep my amp is just FUBAR. It has to be. Chinese clone KGSS for the win! There's only so much even Birgir can do in a doomed amp. Guess I'll have to get the Stax SRM-353X.
I was going to suggest the amp but feared mentioning it. The failure rates of the SR-007A and SR-007Mk2 are extremely low and that kind of defect seemed too improbable.

Any chance you can work out remediation with the seller? I'm a little worried since that listing seemed to sit in the Classifieds for quite some time and it's possible the seller cherry picked Birgir's quotes on his work on the amp (e.g. in the next line Birgir could have mentioned it was still a disaster waiting to happen).

If you can save some funds I might sell my BHSE later this year or next.
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I was going to suggest the amp but feared mentioning it. The failure rates of the SR-007A and SR-007Mk2 are extremely low and that kind of defect seemed too improbable.

Any chance you can work out remediation with the seller? I'm a little worried since that listing seemed to sit in the Classifieds for quite some time and it's possible the seller cherry picked Birgir's quotes on his work on the amp (e.g. in the next line Birgir could have mentioned it was still a disaster waiting to happen).

If you can save some funds I might sell my BHSE later this year or next.

I actually talked to Birgir before buying the amp. These were the issues he fixed initially! They've returned again, and in talking to him again it's just a lost cause. I'm going to fill it with explosives and detonate it. I will contact the seller before I do this but it's kind of late for that, I doubt anything will come of it (I bought it 3 months ago).

BHSE will be out of my price range sadly. I'll have to get the SRM-353X. Well, that's another lesson learned the hard way. As far as electrostatic amps go, if it wasn't made by HeadAmp, Birgir, Headinclouds, another highly praised DIYer, or Stax, avoid it. I never actually heard Cavalli though, they seem to be love it or hate it in the electrostat world.

- EDIT: Man as far as sound leakage/privacy goes, the SR-007 is basically a speaker set. On a scale of 0-10 with 10 being maximum leakage, I'd rank the SR-007 as a 10, AKG K7xx as a 7 at most, Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro 250 Ohm as a 4 or maybe 5 tops. Also when listening, sometimes I seem to hear movement around me like I'm being stalked, but it's actually just the headphone. redface.gif
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I actually talked to Birgir before buying the amp. These were the issues he fixed initially! They've returned again, and in talking to him again it's just a lost cause. I'm going to fill it with explosives and detonate it. I will contact the seller before I do this but it's kind of late for that, I doubt anything will come of it (I bought it 3 months ago).

BHSE will be out of my price range sadly. I'll have to get the SRM-353X. Well, that's another lesson learned the hard way. As far as electrostatic amps go, if it wasn't made by HeadAmp, Birgir, Headinclouds, another highly praised DIYer, or Stax, avoid it. I never actually heard Cavalli though, they seem to be love it or hate it in the electrostat world.

- EDIT: Man as far as sound leakage/privacy goes, the SR-007 is basically a speaker set. On a scale of 0-10 with 10 being maximum leakage, I'd rank the SR-007 as a 10, AKG K7xx as a 7 at most, Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro 250 Ohm as a 4 or maybe 5 tops. Also when listening, sometimes I seem to hear movement around me like I'm being stalked, but it's actually just the headphone. redface.gif
That stinks, I hope you didn't pay too much for it or you can get it sorted.

How do they compare to other top tier headphones? I imagine the sound leakage isn't a big deal since e-stats aren't exactly portable biggrin.gif.
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That stinks, I hope you didn't pay too much for it or you can get it sorted.

How do they compare to other top tier headphones? I imagine the sound leakage isn't a big deal since e-stats aren't exactly portable biggrin.gif.

I've never owned another "Hi-Fi" headphone (the best I've owned before this are the AKG K7xx and Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro), but I have auditioned many including side by side comparisons between the SR-007MK1, SR-009, and a bunch of top tier dynamics/planars (Sennheiser HD 800, Audeze LCD-3F and LCD-X, HiFiMan HE-6 albeit not driven to its full potential as well as the HE-560/HE-500, as well as extended listening of the HE1000 elsewhere).

Stax is just so much more realistic sounding due to the greater transparency inherent to electrostatic design. It's clearer, has far more realistic decay, and is more detailed than most. It's just effortless in delivering exceptional performance with proper layering, separation, and speed in all kinds of music. Imaging is also better than I expected with the SR-007A. I really don't care to listen to non-electrostats anymore. All those other headphones sound like headphones, the SR-007 and SR-009 sound like music.

This is the biggest leap I've made with headphones, so I'm definitely not a believer in diminishing returns at the $500 mark or whatever. My K7xx (the only other headphone I have at present) sounds squished together, anemic, lifeless, digital, and fake in comparison. Oh and it's nice to have actual bass impact for a change. And for a headphone with a bass port, the SR-007A's bass goes lower than every other headphone I've owned. The mid-bass elevation is not offensive at all.
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Been using the Glow Amp One v1.3 with my K702/65. Very nice setup.
     
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