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  #2094946 22-Sep-2018 13:30
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Sony have announced updated 1000XM’s:

 

https://www.engadget.com/2018/09/18/sony-1000xm3-review/

 



I think Engadget is just late to the party.

The XM3s have been getting lots of good reviews and have been discussed in this thread. I have serious lust after them.

 

Ah, sorry - saw the review on Endgadget and thought they had just been released (were actually announced a little over three weeks ago). Didn’t realise they had been discussed here.

 

I had pricked up my eyes when I saw it because we bought 2x 1000XM2’s six months ago - and now, bummer, there’s a better model. As always.





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  #2098424 29-Sep-2018 08:24
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Looking at upgrading my IEM and saw massdrop has Noble K10 and Empire Ears Zeus .

Can't decide.

 
 
 
 


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  #2101919 5-Oct-2018 08:48
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Anyone interested in buying a set of Polk Ultrafocus 8000?

 

I got these from Amazon to replace a set that had an issue. This pair has been faultless.

 

Only selling as I got a pair of PSB's as the noise leakage from the Polk's was too much for my office.

 

Looking for $200.


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  #2106718 12-Oct-2018 12:27
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24 hour drop of the HD6XX on at the moment.

 

After ignoring it the last time and reading everyone's comments about how good they are I have just ordered some.

 

But given that's three drops in the last couple of months I assume they aren't as exclusive as I had originally thought.

 

 


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  #2106719 12-Oct-2018 12:29
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Gutted as I missed stock on the new MX3's first run and it looks somewhat unlikely I'll get them prior to leaving on the 23rd.

 

Chances are pretty low I know, but just in case anyone has a pair of unopened ones they don't need till the end of the month, anyone want to do a swap. I'll take yours now and replace them with mine when they arrive :)

 

 


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  #2106755 12-Oct-2018 13:28
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Been having a read through here, on the off chance there are some cheap but impressive options or deals.

https://www.head-fi.org/threads/best-sub-100-chinese-earphones-hidden-gems-best-deals-and-impressions-sharing-reference-list.805930/

 


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  #2120557 5-Nov-2018 21:28
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I'm selling my NAD Viso HP50's. Take a look here. https://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=77&topicid=242603 

 

 

 

I've listed an asking price but open to reasonable offers.





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#2145070 13-Dec-2018 20:28
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Wondering what anyone can tell me about the SQ differences between Sony WH1000XM3 (wireless and wired) and Sennheiser HD650/HD6xx. I would be using galaxy s7 (current) and possibly s10 in the future (LDAC or high quality bluetooth and wired) streaming from spotify mostly and occasionally tidal. Are the Sony's (wireless/wired) close to the SQ of the Sennheiser? I know listening environment must be taken into consideration but lets say in perfect quiet and in a moderately noisy area such as a suburban neighborhood with moderate traffic.  


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  #2145079 13-Dec-2018 20:50
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HD650 is very flat. bass is medium, midrange is medium, treble is medium

 

XM3 is very bass heavy. deep bass is very high. mid bass is high. midrange is less than medium. treble is higher than medium.

 

detail: i don't have both to compare but from memory you hear more things in the HD650, the XM3 some stuff is muddled into each other and you can't quite make them out

 

sound stage: i really cannot comment but from memory about the same

 

HD650 - for very quiet room where you want to hear detail as neutral as possible, but rather boring. a bit like having coffee with a geek that knows everything but can't have a banter.

 

XM3 - a fun party headphones when you want to be with someone doing rather naughty things and you don't necessarily want to remember all of it.





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  #2145098 13-Dec-2018 21:43
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I don't think the hd650 is neutral. it's widely described as warmer and tending toward dark. I think most people would find it detailed and exceptionally comfortable.

It's what I'd call some of the best headphones under 1000. It has good room for improvement from an amp if you want to go down that route.

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  #2145099 13-Dec-2018 21:46
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networkn: I don't think the hd650 is neutral. it's widely described as warmer and tending toward dark. I think most people would find it detailed and exceptionally comfortable.

It's what I'd call some of the best headphones under 1000. It has good room for improvement from an amp if you want to go down that route.

 

Yes but I have had the HD6XX before. To me it's neutral. Can't hear any excessive anything. And despite being amazingly detailed I find it more boring than watching paint dry.

 

I've also had the HD600. The bass is non existent in that one. So bass low, midrange medium, treble medium.





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  #2145148 14-Dec-2018 05:59
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Batman, you are hilarious and that is exactly the kind of answer I was looking for.

Networkr, I appreciate the push back and what you say makes sense too.

Is it safe to say: hd650 insightfully open best in quiet and xm3 more compressed but very fun and ultimately better for noisy environments?

What I'm really starting to think about: Shure se846!

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  #2145149 14-Dec-2018 06:30
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Can't help you with that one




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The HD650/6xx is definitely neutral response but detailed in sound playback.Not overly loud in any area, but it keeps detail rich if you have a good source. It's open-backed, it will sound nice if you're in a quiet area with little noise.

 

 

XM3's are designed for noise isolation hence closed-backed. Extremely good seal on the cups, and this is before you turn on the active noise cancelling. Because of this you get that 'something covering your ears' feeling, or atmospheric pressure in your ear. It def leans more on the bass side, a little bit muddy but it's hard not to be considering the sound has nowhere else to go.

 

 

Definitely not as detailed as the Senn's, especially with double whammy of ANC and lossy bluetooth. Plugged in without ANC on they are similar to a good set of closed-backs, but of course these things were designed for wireless/on-the-go and noisy environments. They do have a feature in the headphones configuration app that adds detail/resamples audio to somewhat correct bluetooth loss but you might find it not as accurate with your favourite tracks.

 

 

If you're at home listening to some tunes, Senn's are the way to go. Massdrop HD6xx is an easy buy for what you get. NZ is terrible in pricing for quality goods.

 

 

Get the XM3's if you're going places, noisy public transport or and office who decided an open-plan workspace was a good idea for the wrong type of work.

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  #2145327 14-Dec-2018 13:06
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Spartanvxl,
Perfect answer! I have a much better grasp on these two head to head with that info. It's all similar to what I thought but I didnt want to go off my own intuition. Everyone's leaving my shure se846 like a stinky doo. I'll upgrade the tweeters in my truck before I go there. For now I picked up beyerdynamic byron buds almost same difference vs $20-$30 sony buds I bought two years ago. Beyers are more open, airy, controlled bass, extended yet smooth highs not overly bright. While the sony buds are muddier, and compressed all the way across the spectrum to my ears but they were far better than the $9.99 pair of sony buds I bought two years before that!

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