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Well they extended the drop and now all 3 are up for sale. Which should I get? I like a wide variety of music which makes me think the Ebony are still the best.
Yes, I'm hoping they are the best as well. But if not, I'll mode it for more bass. Actually, what I'm planning to do is go to ebay and get the Purplehearts at a used and reduced price so I don't hurt my wallet as bad. lol. Then I can mod those as well. lol.
I have the Ebony and Mahogany along with HD 598s, HD600s and HD650s. The Ebony is my favorite headphone and the only one I don't genre pair with. It sounds great with anything and I have crazily varied taste in music.
My Focal Elex and Ebony will be here when I get back from my trip.......will be a nice return.
Why not go for AQ NightOwls instead? If you want that type of impactful, clean bass I've read nothing but great things about the NightOwl. Audiophile resident @jaydunndidit swears by them at in this price range.
For me at least, the simple fact that these Ebony are just simply beautiful. You can't beat the look of wood cups. I agree that there are other headphones that sound just as good, and even slightly better, but I also want them to have wood.
Fair enough. Aesthetic taste is the definitely important. In as crazy as that sounds, we want to buy headphones not only sounds good, but also look good :)
You might want to consider the Meze 99 Classic which also feature wood, beautiful aesthetics and very capable sound (and $200 less).
The Meze 99 Classic sounds good... but really no better than M40x with leather pads. From all accounts, I would bet my entire headphone rig that the Fostex Ebony would wipe the floor with both - in sound. I haven't heard the NightOwl, but I would predict that the Ebony would be superior for general listening and a harder-hitting presentation.
Having said that, TR-X00 buyers: Look into getting more comfortable earpads.
Night Owl is a very different sound signature. Meze don't compare, and for the price this is the best semi-closed headphone on the market.
Yeah, I know I'll enjoy these. FedEx says it will arrive this Friday. Can't wait. My other headphones are the Argon Mk3 by ModHouseAudio. They are awesome as well. My final pair will be the Audeze LCD XC. I'll be all set then. lol
Without auditioning the NightOwls I would most definitely not make that statement if, I were you. AQ KOs are really a pair of $700 cans they are selling for $400 only because AudioQuest decided to stop making consumer cans; they are the best deal in the market right now and by a very large margin. I have asked couple of knowledgeable folks who own both the TR and NOs in a different thread (in this drop) and say they'd rank TR a notch or two behind the NightOwls -- even if different sound signature.
It really depends on what you want in a pair of cans. Fostex looks better, Night owls are... Special. Unique. Definetly sound amazing from what I heard but it depends on what you want
@mattris Late response but the I would argue that the NightOwls are the best closed back headphone especially at their current price. As much as I enjoy the Ebonies, there is a lot left to be desired. Looks aside, they just aren't very resolving and are quite closed-in sounding. But when you want to just listen to music and not pick it apart, they excel greatly at that although that doesn't extend well to every genre. The NightOwls are much more genre agnostic, MUCH more resolving and sound very big for being completely closed. Not to mention, the Nightowl's have much lower distortion over the Fostex and respond very well to EQ. Both have roughly the same amount of bass impact and extension but the NIghtOwls are just much cleaner overall and at higher volumes. One thing the Ebonies to better than the Nightowls though is with TV and movies. They just excel as that sort of bombastic media whereas the Nightowl's are a bit too resolving and clean instead of being fun (in this instance). Either way, I enjoy both but from a monetary and technical sense, the NIghtowls are definitely superior (even more so when you factor in included accessories, comfort, and build quality).
Also, @D-Rom, the Audioquest cans are made of wood ("liquid wood" - actual wood that has been combined with reclaimed plant fiber, heated, liquefied, and processed in such a way that it can be injection molded), ableit just not in the traditional sense.
Indeed. It was improper of me to make such a statement since I have not heard the NightOwls or the Ebonies. I revised my post based on your rebuttal. (I certainly don't want to mislead anyone.)
As for the "best closed back headphone for the price", I would submit the Sivga SV006 with Brainwavz pads... wooden ear-cups, detail, and superb center-imaging even with an exceptionally-wide sound-stage... for a fraction of the cost of the NightOwls.