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Stereoguy
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May 14, 2016
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I am relatively new to Massdrop and am bummed as I just ordered me a set of the AKG 533 pros (drop just ended).
I already own. Beyerdynamic DT 990 pro 250, a Sony MDR-V6 and sold a brand new pair of AKG 240 mk 2's so I could buy the 533s. Now these are available. I only have one head and really shouldn't buy every sexy new set of cans that are offered.
My point (finally) why should I join this drop if I already own a very nice set of headphones in the dt 990 pros and potentially the 533 pros. Are these significantly better - or just subjectively a little more of this and a little less of that.
Ps i am also looking to upgrade my recently purchased and decent Fiio E17K ALPEN 2 USB DAC Headphone Amplifier as it just doesn't seem to have enough to drive the dt 990 pros at 250 ohms
May 14, 2016
siidheesh
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May 14, 2016
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Objectively speaking, it might be better if you saved up for dacs/amps
May 14, 2016
Stereoguy
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May 14, 2016
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I am already doing my research. The fiio e17k alpen 2 is nice but I think an upgrade is in order. It just seems that I may not be satisfied with anything less than $500. I want a pair of these akgs also but will they sound significantly better than the beyerdynamic dt 990 pros if properly driven by a better dac/amp though.
May 14, 2016
siidheesh
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May 14, 2016
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The K7XXs are bass boosted, some people like them and some find them too muddy. You can compare the frequency response graphs here: http://www.headphone.com/pages/build-a-graph Note however: 1) No K553s on there but the K550s are close enough. 2) No K7XXs either, but it's akin to a bass boosted K712 (+3dB)
May 14, 2016
kuzigu
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May 14, 2016
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Not muddy at all! I even think they sound a little flat compared to my Harman Kardon CLs and Beats Solo HDs. I feel like I have been transported to valhalla.
May 14, 2016
siidheesh
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May 14, 2016
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Depends on each pair of ears really. As for the flatness, they are reference headphones I guess (but not very neutral!). Zeos (Z Reviews) did mention that they have a V-shape freq response (high bass and treble, low mid-range)
On the topic of audio subjectivity, it's best to try out headphones at local stores before committing. The M50xs are wildly popular but were crapped on by z reviews haha, so it depends on what you want individually
May 14, 2016
Xaelias
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May 16, 2016
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I don't know about the HKs, but yeah, I do hope they have a better sound than Beats Solos :-)
May 16, 2016
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