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dalethorn

Member Since 14 Feb 2011
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In Topic: Beats Studio 3 Wireless/Bluetooth Headphone review

31 December 2017 - 07:41 AM

I found some good news about the Beats Studio3 Wireless headphone, insofar as I hadn't planned to try using it with a good DAC because the headphone had no true passive mode, i.e. where all electronics in the headphone are turned off.

Plugging in the supplied audio cable with the headphone off turns the headphone on, with ANC also turned on. I immediately turn ANC off with the double-click, and despite the headphone's power still being on, I assume it's not in Bluetooth mode since the audio cable is plugged in.

Whatever the case, and using the AQ DragonFly Red as the DAC/headphone amp, the overall sound got smoother, the treble less harsh, and the bass firmer. The deep bass tones around 30 hz that were distorted in Bluetooth mode now sounded like 30 hz bass tones.

This may not be the final word on the Studio3, but I'm pretty confident now, at least using judicious EQ, that this headphone can serve as a Bluetooth portable for casual listening, and as a home-system headphone.

In Topic: Beats Studio 3 Wireless/Bluetooth Headphone review

27 December 2017 - 05:55 AM

I added comments to the original review about EDM music, and a list of 16 EDM tracks I tested with EQ on and off, to compare the Studio3 to v-moda's Wireless2. The Wireless2 wins on deep bass solidity and impact, but the Studio3 may (or not) do better otherwise.

In Topic: Merry Christmas

24 December 2017 - 09:41 PM

May everyone in their part of the world enjoy this Christmas and holidays season, and get ready for an exciting New Year.

In Topic: Best headphones in the world?

13 November 2017 - 10:35 PM

View Postdalethorn, on 27 October 2011 - 09:23 AM, said:

I was having a conversation earlier today, not so much about which specific headphone is best, but which design approach is best, and which headphones are the ultimate realization of those designs. Mostly the conversation came down to which is best: The most accurate or the most musical. I will have to leave that to other people to explain, since I've heard some examples of both approaches, and I don't have a firm opinion myself.


Now, 6 years and 160 headphone reviews later, I have some opinions. So far, I haven't heard a planar that can resolve high frequency harmonics anywhere near as well as the Sennheiser HD800. But today we have some hybrid designs, like the Final Audio Sonorous VI that has the large dynamc driver as well as a balanced armature. I don't know whether anyone is making a planar that also contains a small high-frequency driver.

In Topic: v-moda M-100

15 October 2017 - 05:22 AM

V-MODA's M100 was kept in the "portables" section of hedfi with IEMs for some time, until I rescued it and helped make it no. 1 on Amazon. Then they could no longer ignore it.