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Yeah I got phone call from a guy who was processing my warranty for my Senneheiser headset (see post above yours) and he recommended the Corsair Void Pro as well. But I'm hesitant to go with it. Is there anything else you could recommend to a regular old gaming idiot like me? I play Overwatch, Eve Online, Star Citizen, Diablo 3 and many others.

The original void has a static/whining issue when the mic is active, which makes me not want to recommend it despite the awesome sound

void pro is lighter, has reduced/removed the whining issue, and has some serious noise isolation - you dont hear the world around you when gaming.

I got mine for $90Au and am quite happy with them, but they're definitely gaming oriented instead of music oriented.
 
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Yeah I got phone call from a guy who was processing my warranty for my Senneheiser headset (see post above yours) and he recommended the Corsair Void Pro as well. But I'm hesitant to go with it. Is there anything else you could recommend to a regular old gaming idiot like me? I play Overwatch, Eve Online, Star Citizen, Diablo 3 and many others.

Philips SHP-9500 and Fiio K1 dac/amp and massdrop modmic is my go to gaming setup. but those items might be hard to get outside the USA, not sure. I 'd stay away from corsair headsets though... maybe if you absolutely must get a headset...

https://www.amazon.com.au/Corsair-H...30508847&sr=8-2&keywords=corsair+headset&th=1

those look better than the Void's imo, you prob want a seperate dac/amp like the fiio k1 or dragonfly black to power them though.
 
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Philips SHP-9500 and Fiio K1 dac/amp and massdrop modmic is my go to gaming setup. but those items might be hard to get outside the USA, not sure. I 'd stay away from corsair headsets though... maybe if you absolutely must get a headset...

https://www.amazon.com.au/Corsair-HS50-Headset-Certified-Headphones/dp/B0764MRM33/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1530508847&sr=8-2&keywords=corsair+headset&th=1

those look better than the Void's imo, you prob want a seperate dac/amp like the fiio k1 or dragonfly black to power them though.

Can't afford a DAC but I have quite a larger budget then what the Void is worth and can spring for something a bit more expensive.

I'm leaning towards an ASUS Rog Strix Fusion 300.

The original void has a static/whining issue when the mic is active, which makes me not want to recommend it despite the awesome sound

void pro is lighter, has reduced/removed the whining issue, and has some serious noise isolation - you dont hear the world around you when gaming.

I got mine for $90Au and am quite happy with them, but they're definitely gaming oriented instead of music oriented.

Yeah I'm looking for something that can get the best of both worlds. My budget is a little higher than that. My store credit will be either $189 or $199.
 
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Can't afford a DAC but I have quite a larger budget then what the Void is worth and can spring for something a bit more expensive.

I'm leaning towards an ASUS Rog Strix Fusion 300.



Yeah I'm looking for something that can get the best of both worlds. My budget is a little higher than that. My store credit will be either $189 or $199.

ASUS Rog Strix Fusion 300 - I was just reading up on this, it looks decent, and has decent reviews. Go for it mate!
 
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I'm an astro fanboy personally. I've got a set of A40s and just got a set of A50s. I wanted to let my wife use the mixamp from the A40s with her corsair Void Pro. Anybody have any experience with doing that? I can't seem to get the mic on the Void to work with the mixamp. If you yell really loud into it, it registers the input, but normal voice levels don't get picked up at all.
 
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Damn, for 2-grand I'd hope it's amazing! :)

I'm still running my first gen Aune T1. The extra tube it came with just burnt out, and I'm now using the OE 6922 tube it came with. Still sounds great and driving my AKG K553 Pro's like a champ! :rockout:
 
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I'd always been intrigued by the hybrid headphone from ENIGMAcoustics, their Dharma D1000 combines both dynamic and estat (Electret) drivers......I only know of AKG's K340 being the other hybrid (admittedly, there may be others I'm not aware of). Anyway, when a used but in near mint D1000 showed up for sale in the local audio forum, needless to say I snagged it. Even on eBay, one can find a used one for well clear of 1k USD, I managed to snag mine at about 653USD (converted from local $).

I was surprised by the sound, many said it lacked bass, it certainly has more bass than the HD800 and K812, it has a nice mid bass thump.....not crazy level mind you, just enough that bass doesn't muddy mids. Very clear and transparent with wide soundstage (NOT as wide as the HD800, similar to the K812) with good imaging (great for gaming actually). In fact, after listening to the D1000, the HD6XX sounded a little veiled to me. Anyway, a pic of the badboy....oh yeah, since it shares the same plugs as the HD800, I'm able to use the 3rd party 4 pin XLR Balanced cable on the D1000 (I'd gotten the Balanced cable for my HD800).
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Ordered some NVX XRE100A angled pads for my JVC HA-RX700's as I pulled them back off the shelf recently. The current non-angled HM5 pads are decent, but due to the HARX 700's design and movement limitaitons, they just don't provide a good enough seal all the time which can make them sound quite different with movement and fitment.

I have been mulling doing this pad replacement for the past 4-5 years, as evident by this Head-Fi thread: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/jvc-ha-rx700-mods.435809/page-16

I picked up the pads from Sonic Electronix rather than the MFG because shipping was about 2 weeks faster and free: https://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_66627_NVX-XRE100A.html

Either rate, I'll try to remember to post up info when I get a chance. It all came about because of a recent post in that Head-Fi thread about modding the 700's for removable cables...which I may also do at some point (not this day, week or month however). But the guy did a pretty solid job and shared some great pictures.

I also updated the EqualizerAPO and PeaceUI on my main W10 PC recently and decided to re-tune my EQ's and keep an eye on the distortion graph. I don't check the box to let it auto adjust, because it'll go all the way to -30 at times, and never come back up. Seems like it might still be buggy, or more likely, my ears are more accepting of distortion than I realize. :D

Either rate, I was really able to tweak a little further, and achieve a smoother deeper sub-bass while keeping some punch in the mid bass, without losing detail or clarity in the mids and hi's. I really feel like I was able to achieve more with the newer versions than I had been in the past. Could be that I just "got it" this time around, or that they've made some improvements that were well worth updating to.

Another thing that happened a while back, not sure I mentioned or not, but the extra tube that originally shipped with my Aune T1 (mk1) finally bit the bucket, no noise and the tube would get crazy hot. So I'm back to the stock tube that I never recall ever using and think the guy I bought this DAC/AMP combo from barely used. Debating picking up another tube, as I'd like to have a spare...not sure what I want to get. I'm actually quite happy with the stock tube + EQ-ing. So I may just go for that option for another spare. Replacing the other tube is going to be more costly, at least last I'd looked into it, they were pushing $100... not something I need for an audible difference I didn't really perceive as being worth that kinda cash.

Once I get my HARX700's done and cleaned up, I may tackle the hinge on my D2000's Seeing you can't buy the parts anymore, I might as well fix mine before they fully break. I haven't used them in years, but doubt I'll get rid of them any day soon. Though I am thinking about parting with my DX3's and maybe my spare AKG K553 Pro's (still boxed and sealed). Since I have spare pads for my current K553's, and the original pads and the headphones overall are really holding up well, and also sound even more amazing with the recent EQ updates/upgrades, they'll be staying at my current main HP position. We'll see if the angled pads on the 700's change that or not.

:toast:

Edit: The pads showed up today by surprise. They were super easy to install on the HARX700 and are not only more comfy than the Brainwavs HM5 pads, but the angled design also lends to overall better sound and a much much better seal. Bass seems cleaner, I actually had to back off the EQ on the top end a little as it was almost too much with the front of the driver closer to my ears. Even the stock pads were angled a little bit iirc (it's been years since the stock pads fell apart so I may be wrong). Either rate, so far, I'm pretty happy with the $25 investment in my 10 y/o HA-RX 700's. The thicker overall pad also means I can back off the tension for a good seal, making them overall more comfortable and lighter on my head. Going to have to spend some time to make sure I'm not in honeymoon/placebo mode...but so far so good! :D
 
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The Cloud Stinger is good, but wait till you've tried a good pair of open back cans (like the DT990, HD6XX, HE4XX, etc), better soundstage and imaging......I'd gotten a HyperX and a Razer Blackshark (the Blackshark was especially bad, the HyperX was decent enough) but sold them off when my interest in higher quality audio was piqued with the Senn HD800 I'd gotten.....never looked back since. After procrastinating for so long, I'd gotten down to installing my iFi Micro iDSD Black Label on my 2nd rig, listening to Bee Gees hits with my Gardo GS1000i and I'm beginning to remember why I'd gotten the combo.....
 
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I just put some lambskin earpads on my Pioneer SE-A1000's, they sound pretty decent. The bass is noticeably increased over velour pads.

My favorite headphones are still the Sennheiser HD58X. Pairs well with Asgard 2 and Modi 3. I have a modmic as well, but I don't use it, cause I mainly play single player games.
 

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Still rocking my JVC HA-RX700's with NVX100 angled pads, sound amazing every time I put them on and they're also so damn comfortable. They're just so fun to listen to. Can pump out more bass than I can tolerate, so I've backed off my EQ tune a bit. After over a year, its not placebo. These have been my go-to's at my main home PC since the upgrade.

Still rolling the old gen 1 Aune T1 w/stock tube, Eq APO + PeaceUI, works great together. I'm know there's much better, I just don't need it. Helps that I don't have a budget for that stuff anymore...maybe in a few years when the kids are grown. We shall see.

I haven't even touched my D2000 hinge yet...maybe 2020 is the year... :D
 
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I haven't even touched my D2000 hinge yet...maybe 2020 is the year... :D
So, with COVID-19 doing its worst right now, it's a good time to 'git to it'. I had the D2000 myself, loved it, only reason why I'd sold it was due to the fact that I have the D7000 as well. Pic below is the actual D2k I had, like my D7000, I had it modded with SMC plugs so I can try out various cables.


While I'm at it, here's a pic of one of my pride and joy, the D7k...the pic was taken by the guy who'd modded my cans with the SMC plugs.
 
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Mr Grado GS1000i earpads were disintegrating on me, ordered two pairs of earpads, and got 'em a couple days ago. Try out the smaller ones first, gonna keep the larger GS10000 sized ones for later.....this pair of headphones has some nice sparkling highs, and a surprising amount of sublime bass.
 
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Bought a couple of under desk headphone hangers as I'd like to have my higher end cans on the ready when I'm in the mood for some music appreciation. With these being quite secure (comes with double-sided tape and a couple of screws for each hanger) I'd feel safer hanging my cans on them.


Here's a pic of on the hanger mounted under my desk, feels to be quite secure (no fear of, say, a double-sided tape mounted hanger dropping off all of a sudden.


Also got an acrylic headphone stand for my Creative SXFI Theater, it's not a bad headphone for gaming, using proprietary wireless link that doesn't seem to have any lag at all. I especially like it for movies I hear a more open and less headphone like sound with SXFI enabled....some say it's great for gaming, I've yet to form an opinion on this as I've just started using it (though I've had it for a while).
 
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Would any of you happen to know the difference between these two?
Or are they just the same thing?
 
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I have a pair of Grado GS1000 as well. Nice headphones when using low power. I really like Grado a lot. STAX is my favorite but it's followed by Audeze, and Grado.
 

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Or are they just the same thing?

While very similar and could be the same, I've always trended towards the Brainwavz brand for pad replacements. Just received some XL rounds for my AKG K553 Pro's just the other day I still have to test. I have some several year old HM5 replacement pads that are still in great shape. Not sure why the OEM's can't seem to get this done with their pads...especially AKG.

That being said, the NVX angled pads I used on my JVC HA-RX700 are holding up really well and I can't say enough good about the pads or how they changed my experience and appreciation for these budget cans I've owned for over a decade now. They've been my daily drivers again since I put my AKG's down recently due to the pads falling apart.
 
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While very similar and could be the same, I've always trended towards the Brainwavz brand for pad replacements. Just received some XL rounds for my AKG K553 Pro's just the other day I still have to test. I have some several year old HM5 replacement pads that are still in great shape. Not sure why the OEM's can't seem to get this done with their pads...especially AKG.

That being said, the NVX angled pads I used on my JVC HA-RX700 are holding up really well and I can't say enough good about the pads or how they changed my experience and appreciation for these budget cans I've owned for over a decade now. They've been my daily drivers again since I put my AKG's down recently due to the pads falling apart.
Okey-dokey.

I was mostly just wondering because I got the Geekria ones for my wired ATH M50Xs several years ago, and I just got bluetooth M50Xs for the TV but the Geekrias were out of stock.
 

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Okey-dokey.

I was mostly just wondering because I got the Geekria ones for my wired ATH M50Xs several years ago, and I just got bluetooth M50Xs for the TV but the Geekrias were out of stock.

I'd be curious on your thoughts for how they compare if you end up having to go Brainwavz. I'm sure the Geekria will be back in stock soon.
 
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Just got them in - here are a few differences I've noticed:

The back of the Brainwavz are made out of a different, sturdier, material than the outside whereas the back of the Geekrias are made out of the same pleather as the outside. The hole for the back is also smaller on the Brainwavz.

The front padding on the Geekrias are a little bit wider (the ear hole is about the same diameter, but there's more thickness from the inside to the outside) and generally just have more velour overall (I don't know how well it'll show up in the picture).

The inside of the ear on the Brainwavz feels like a bit more durable material than the Geekrias.

The Geekrias are also slightly taller than the Brainwavz.

My old Geekrias are on the left, the new Brainwavz are on the right.
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That's all I got. The pleather, velour, and memory foam both seem to be the same stuff.
 
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