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  Reply # 746625 18-Jan-2013 07:19
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I did some more listening last night, and I am starting to agree with some of the reviews about the bass being over powering, however using the EQ settings on the Ipad and Iphone can quickly take care of this, I was using the "bass reduction" and the "Late night" settings which made it much more easy to listen to for longer periods.

I am still very happy with them especially thru the amp.

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  Reply # 746642 18-Jan-2013 08:32
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Yeah it's pretty common for manufacturers to aim for a quick good impression, a bit like turning all the brightness up on TV's for instore displays. It can be fatiguing over long periods of time, as can too strong a headband, which leads to what I call 'clampiness' over time, like you have your head in a vice or something.




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  Reply # 746669 18-Jan-2013 09:32
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Jaxson: Yeah it's pretty common for manufacturers to aim for a quick good impression, a bit like turning all the brightness up on TV's for instore displays. It can be fatiguing over long periods of time, as can too strong a headband, which leads to what I call 'clampiness' over time, like you have your head in a vice or something.



'Clampiness' is generally referred to as the clamping force of a headphone. Clamping force helps with passive noise isolation, at the expense of comfort (particularly for people who wear glasses, like me). I had to part with my Senn HD25-1 II because the clamping force gave me headaches after like 20minutes or so, gave them to my brother who has a narrower head and doesn't wear glasses and he has no problems with them. Pretty wide range of tolerance to clamping force out there.

Good analogy with display TVs too BTW, apt.

For many people Beats headphones are the first ones they listen to that aren't horrible bundled-with-their-phone buds, and naturally the comparison is quite astonishing and impresses. I think Beats have probably got a lot of people into higher-end headphones to be honest, as people realise over time that they aren't the be all and end all and start the search for better fidelity.




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  Reply # 746795 18-Jan-2013 12:36
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NZtechfreak:
Jaxson: Yeah it's pretty common for manufacturers to aim for a quick good impression, a bit like turning all the brightness up on TV's for instore displays. It can be fatiguing over long periods of time, as can too strong a headband, which leads to what I call 'clampiness' over time, like you have your head in a vice or something.



'Clampiness' is generally referred to as the clamping force of a headphone. Clamping force helps with passive noise isolation, at the expense of comfort (particularly for people who wear glasses, like me). I had to part with my Senn HD25-1 II because the clamping force gave me headaches after like 20minutes or so, gave them to my brother who has a narrower head and doesn't wear glasses and he has no problems with them. Pretty wide range of tolerance to clamping force out there.

Good analogy with display TVs too BTW, apt.

For many people Beats headphones are the first ones they listen to that aren't horrible bundled-with-their-phone buds, and naturally the comparison is quite astonishing and impresses. I think Beats have probably got a lot of people into higher-end headphones to be honest, as people realise over time that they aren't the be all and end all and start the search for better fidelity.


like your comments about the Beats being a step towards something higher end, and I tend to agree as this is what I see as a step, I have some Phillips noise cancelling headphone that replaced the panasonics cheap ones I had, the Beats are the next step for me, They sound a lot better than my other headphones, but I am sure there are better still out there.

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  Reply # 749257 23-Jan-2013 07:14
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I was away in Chch for Mon and Tue this week giving me some time to listen to these, to be honest I am starting to like them more the more that I listen to them, on the plane they acually cut the noise better than my active noise cancelling headphones, and sounded a lot better.

I think I will take these to the US in May instead of my other ones.

I didn't notice any "clampiness" while wearing them, but I do have an odd shaped head!

I was finding with my Philips that after 2 hours or so while watching a movie they would get really uncomfortable but not so with the Beats.

So far I am actaully still really happy with them, I will likely see if I can audition some higher end sets in the US.

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  Reply # 750721 25-Jan-2013 14:03
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FYI Computer Lounge have 20% off Shure and Audio Technica this weekend. Codes CLSHURE20 and CLAUDIOT20. ATH-M50's for $183 seems a pretty sharp price.

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  Reply # 751262 26-Jan-2013 18:21
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I've just bought the jaycar OEM version of the Fischer Audio FA-003/Brainwavz HM5 

So far sounds good, but haven't had a good listen. Should be a bit of a bargin.

http://www.jaycar.co.nz/productView.asp?ID=AA2065&form=CAT2&SUBCATID=1015#4

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  Reply # 768746 25-Feb-2013 10:05
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Haven't really followed this thread, however, I see the warehouse has Sennheiser HD 238i Headphones for $149. Pricespy has the lowest price of $299.
Today only.

http://www.thewarehouse.co.nz/red/redalert/product/615104186361

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  Reply # 771518 28-Feb-2013 09:56
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Warehouse today from 10am have:

Beats by Dre, Solo HD for $199 if that's a good price?

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  Reply # 771689 28-Feb-2013 13:31
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Jaxson: Warehouse today from 10am have:

Beats by Dre, Solo HD for $199 if that's a good price?


They normally retail at about $300, but are they the Solo or the Solo HD?

Personally I'd rather pay a bit less and have what I am using regularly and loving: SOL Republic Tracks.

They're as stylish, better sounding and just as bassy, without the muddiness.

Made by the team that originally created the Beats lineup for Monster.




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  Reply # 771692 28-Feb-2013 13:36
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The are the Solo HD's I got them last time about a month ago and I still quite like them.

That said I was tempted to buy the Sennheiser ones for $149 and see which I prefered then sell the others, but I figured I have no issue with the Beats so I'll keep them until I do.

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  Reply # 774219 4-Mar-2013 12:04
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Mighty Ape one day sale:
http://www.mightyape.co.nz/product/Logitech-Ultimate-Ears-400-Noise-Isolating-Earphones/11154679/

Once again, just pointing it out, I have no idea if they are any good!

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  Reply # 774758 5-Mar-2013 08:29
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Jaxson: Mighty Ape one day sale:
http://www.mightyape.co.nz/product/Logitech-Ultimate-Ears-400-Noise-Isolating-Earphones/11154679/

Once again, just pointing it out, I have no idea if they are any good!

They are pretty good.

I have a pair of these myself (along with two other pairs of more expensive UE's).
To be honest, unless you're going for the multi-driver or balanced armarture models, there's no reason to get anything other than these in the UE range - they deliver crisp, clear and enjoyable music.

Exactly what you'd expect from UE, to be honest.




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  Reply # 776928 8-Mar-2013 14:09
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Just got a Bond and Bond email saying this weekend their headphones (excluding apple) are two for one...

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