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04-08-2020 09:05 PM
HL2-4-Life Since I'm staying home more often than not, I decided to break out my HFM HE-4 + Custom Balanced cables, to go with my Opp HA-1 for some serious music appreciation while I'm at home. Found a spare pair of MrSpeaker Alpha Pads (sheepskin) and decided to put them on the HE-4, gonna spend some real time with these....
03-03-2020 02:52 PM
The Pook
Quote: Originally Posted by Fluxmaven View Post
I think the HR-5 are a cheap hidden gem.

I do like bass, and I really wanted to like modern retros, but I just can't bring myself to enjoy them. Stock pads suck and with Brainwavz they were OK but they still don't fit me comfortably.

Played a few rounds of Apex Legends + Discord chat with them last night and was very impressed. Comfort straight out of the box is amazing with one caveat. The joint where the yokes connects to the cups has a terribly annoying squeaking plastic on plastic sound. I solved this by smearing a little superlube all around the joints with the tip of a toothpick. Now they are great. Took them to work today to run them against my other headphones.

Build quality is decent. All plastic with a cheap looking finish, but they don't feel flimsy. Cable is detachable but stupidly long. Comes with 2 pairs of earpads and a nice padded case which conveniently fits my 58X perfectly.

Sound quality is great. Overall, the 58X are still my favorite, but they cost considerably more. The HR-5 seem a bit less open, have slightly less bass and sub bass, and can be a bit more harsh in mids and highs. Basically you get 80% of the performance for 20% of the price.

Haven't compared them against the M50s as much. Obviously the M50s are a bit apples to oranges, and I still like them for certain things. Wouldn't recommend anyone buying M50s anywhere near retail price and upgraded pads are must for those which adds to the cost.

Basically, these are going to replace my ancient Ultrasone Proline 550's as my gaming headphones.

we need more budget options, HR-5 sound like a win

Modern Retros clamping force is god awful unless you have a itty bitty baby head but I can let it slide for the price.
03-03-2020 02:32 PM
Fluxmaven
Quote: Originally Posted by The Pook View Post
can't find a review a decent review of them but the Modern Retros are awesome for under $30 (if you like bass), maybe they're another cheap hidden gem.

let us know how it goes
I think the HR-5 are a cheap hidden gem.

I do like bass, and I really wanted to like modern retros, but I just can't bring myself to enjoy them. Stock pads suck and with Brainwavz they were OK but they still don't fit me comfortably.

Quote: Originally Posted by Gilles3000 View Post
Damn, those look like great value. Just the features/accessories alone are crazy at that price, if they even sound halfway decent they're a steal.

Really wish Monoprice would would get their EU store up to parity...
Played a few rounds of Apex Legends + Discord chat with them last night and was very impressed. Comfort straight out of the box is amazing with one caveat. The joint where the yokes connects to the cups has a terribly annoying squeaking plastic on plastic sound. I solved this by smearing a little superlube all around the joints with the tip of a toothpick. Now they are great. Took them to work today to run them against my other headphones.

Build quality is decent. All plastic with a cheap looking finish, but they don't feel flimsy. Cable is detachable but stupidly long. Comes with 2 pairs of earpads and a nice padded case which conveniently fits my 58X perfectly.

Sound quality is great. Overall, the 58X are still my favorite, but they cost considerably more. The HR-5 seem a bit less open, have slightly less bass and sub bass, and can be a bit more harsh in mids and highs. Basically you get 80% of the performance for 20% of the price.

Haven't compared them against the M50s as much. Obviously the M50s are a bit apples to oranges, and I still like them for certain things. Wouldn't recommend anyone buying M50s anywhere near retail price and upgraded pads are must for those which adds to the cost.

Basically, these are going to replace my ancient Ultrasone Proline 550's as my gaming headphones.
03-02-2020 11:59 PM
Gilles3000
Quote: Originally Posted by Fluxmaven View Post
I picked up a set of Monoprice HR-5 open back headphones on sale that are out for delivery today. I'm curious to see how they stack up against my HD 58X and M50s.
Damn, those look like great value. Just the features/accessories alone are crazy at that price, if they even sound halfway decent they're a steal.

Really wish Monoprice would would get their EU store up to parity...
03-02-2020 09:27 PM
Pings Can you update my info? All of my gear burnt down in the Camp Fire in late 2018 in Paradise California. I only have a Questyle CMA400i and an Audeze LCD-GX these days.
03-02-2020 09:00 PM
sli_shroom modi 2 for close to 3 years now...no complaints
03-02-2020 02:32 PM
BonzaiTree I have HD58X Jubilee paired with the Vali/Modi stack, but I also don't have any DACs or AMPS to compare them to besides my old sound card. And the 58X are obviously different from the 660s anyways but still in the same family.
03-02-2020 12:11 PM
rolandos582 I currently got my HD660S paired with a Audioengine D1 which I already had. Thinking of upgrading to a magni/modi stack. Anyone got experience with HD660S and magni/vali/modi?
03-02-2020 10:26 AM
Alex132 I love my balanced Jot.
03-02-2020 09:56 AM
BonzaiTree I have a Schiit Vali and Schiit Modi, both gen 1.
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