light but solid enough. Wouldn't break instantly if sat on. Very comfortable despite being sort of on-ear due to the concave earpads. Seems to work best for huge heads.

Classic Audio-Technica. Light on bass, slighly elevated mids, accentuated highs. Great soundstage and average detail.

A good introduction for natural sounding open-backs. Under $50 is a good price, the later AD-500x is another option.

same as the Sextett, unconvincing.

Lows are near-non-existent. Mids are spot-on to my preferences. Highs are elevated and makes the whole thing rather cold-sounding. Very good detail and decay. I respect it but I don't really enjoy it.

Simple, solid, serviceable as expected from Beyerdynamic. I've used 3D printed parts for repairs. Very comfortable due to the velour pads. Not very hot.

Lows are less than what people say. Mids aren't that pushed back and sound great for a closed-back. Highs are elevated and further accentuated with new pads. Soundstage is very good for a closed-back but the center image is a bit blurry.

A decent choice that dodges the typical closed-back afflictions for under $150, the praise is well deserved. Be careful of counterfeits, they're quite convincing. I no longer live in a noisy shithole, given to a relative in 2020. farewell.

Intensely uncomfortable on-ear headphones. Looks gorgeous. No lows or highs, doesn't EQ well. Requires a tremendous amount of power.

sold in 2018. farewell.

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Rattly, plasticky, unremarkably light. This was the equivalent of $1000 in 1979? Putting on Beyerdynamic velour pads muddies everything. Love the perforated headband.

forward upper-midranges and grainy high. Vocals and instruments are front and center. It's by far the best pair of headphones for metal and rock I've heard thus far, the guitars are really up in your face with an impressive amount of detail and even in genres like power metal none of the instruments melt into each other. The treble lacks detail, cymbals sound one-note

good deal for under $70. Special sound with very few accessible modern equivalents.

Feels like a medical device on your head. Steel and aluminium but doesn't quite feel like it was made for humans. I've seen people switch out the narrow creaky headband with a Beyerdynamic one.

Bass extends very low. Sound is well-balanced and detailed, if a bit boring. Decay is very good. Soundstage is good but nothing unbelievable.

$250 is a common second-hand price and quite a good deal. They originally retailed for $499. Nothing is perfect and these have a very poor reputation for longevity. Be prepared for them to die at any time.

Non-replacable cable.

Isolates very well with the foam eartips, every step you make and every troubled heartbeat reverberates back into your ears. Similar tuning the the K240DF and Audio-Technica. No soundstage. Good closed-back headphone alternative.

cable died, connectors to be soldered on later

2-pin connectors.

I don't remember lol

given to a friend

MMCX connectors.

Disgustingly grainy, piano sounds like electric guitar. Midbass out the ass. Great soundstage for an IEM. Like your chess savant buddy who doesn't wash his ass.

Not a good purchase at any price.

AKG K240 Sextett MP highs AKG K240DF detail Pioneer SE-700 mids Beyerdynamic DT770 soundstage Audio-Technica ATH-AD500 soundstage Hifiman Sundara detail Etymotics Research MK5 isolation Moondrop SSR ? Tennmak Pro soundstage Mystery $7 ebay IEM mids

In 2017 I went to my first concert in Shinjuku, the kind of subterranian venue where dozens perish in a flash flood. After sitting through unfamiliar sets 泉まくら came on stage and sang the songs that colored a very transitional period for me, looking up at the asbestos ceiling in another continent and wondering. Speculating what city views and life experiences could foster such music, imagining what these songs meant to her. It all came together and I finally understood the obsession about audio, what experience people are fruitlessly chasing. It was as if an extremist worldview finally made sense to me and I was overcome with an inconsolable desire to build and detonate a device. Everyone needs a rude awakening to see what I see.

Audio is predominantly an old man hobby with the remaining quarter consisting of weeaboos in their 30's. As a hobby it's a joke due to the subjectivist squintfests. Discussions online always devolve into bickering inevitably tainted by preference, hearing ability, and basic physiology, the weakness of the flesh in full display. Does my new audio stack with distortion values far below perceptible human hearing really sound better? Am I interpeting higher volumes as better resolution? Do I actually like the Harman target? The hobby's inherent ambiguity is best exemplified by the adjectives people use to describe sound like a vegetative sommelier hooked up to a fax machine. And it gets worse as you spend more money, shrugging your way up into "I guess this sounds better?"

My advice? Buy a HD600/DT1990 and a JDS Atom. Easy to resell if you're not a fan and diminishing returns start peaking quickly after that. Vintages can be fun but they're not worth your time if you're a pragmatist. As of 2023 there's 0 clinical treatment options for age-induced hearing damage. You can't PRK or buy glasses for your ears. The quicker the better to go to shows and spend disgusting amounts of money.

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