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Denon AHD2000 High Performance Over-Ear Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Report Date: 12/16/2015
Based on 145 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.5
Returned or considering to return: 6.9%

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Individual Feature Rating
Fit4.8   above average
Treble4.7   above average
Level4.6   above average
Comfortable4.5   average
Music4.5   above average
Price4.5   average
Listening4.4   average
Quality4.4   average
Response4.3   average
Sound4.3   average
Balance4.2   below average
Range4.2   average
Frequency3.9   average
Volume3.9   average
Cable3.2   below average


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Audio

Audio:
"Not the most comfortable can I've tried but definitely in the one of the best (where Audio Technica W1000 takes first position)."
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"For the money, I have no complaints about the audio."
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"I find them superior to the Audio Technica ATH-M50s that everybody swears by."
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"Coming from a pair of Sennheiser HD280s and hearing the beautiful detail and soundstage of a family member's Audio Technica ATH-AD700 I was amazed and wanted that kind of soundstage and detail with more oomph (basshead)."
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"With the D2000 you get a good standard of quality and audio fidelity."
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"The M50 was the direct result of wanting more bass out of the AD700 for music, and the DT990 was wanting to combine the best of both of those Audio Technica headphones."
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Balance

Balance:
"Make no mistake, the HDJ-2000 set is a respectable headphone, well built and such, but it simply can not and will match this amazing Denon AH-D950 set for proper balance, claity and depth of field."
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"Excellent bass extension, detailed without being bright, great timbre balance and reasonably good isolation."
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"The only thing that I want now is a good 12ish band EQ to balance everything out."
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"They also require a decent amount of burn in before the sound balances out."
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"For the longest time I've been looking for the perfect balance between the M50 and AD700--the D2000 delivers."
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"I find this to be a good balance because this helps to retain the clarity of the highs without the fatiguing piercing sounds of other headphones."
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"I find this to be the perfect balance where the bass hits hard enough to put a smile to your face while still retaining a balance enjoyable sound."
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Cable

Cable:
"But if you have thick rubber cable, they would be tangle free too so I don't see the advantage here with the fabric braid cable."
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"The headphone cable is kinda weird."
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"Also after 18 months the rubber ferrules have broken where cable joins the headphone cups."
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"You either love or hate the cable."
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"If I were to nitpick though, I would list these as negatives for these phones: 1) the cord is braided and is quite thick, coming from each side, but has a very durable overbuilt feel 2) the leatherette cups aren't that breathable and may accumulate sweat over time."
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"The only thing that is good is the cord."
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"It is nice cord though - wrapped in fabric rather than plastic."
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"Nevertheless, being the fancy cable it is, I hear no problems with the high end that would make me want to recable these in litz or silver."
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"The only good thing about the cable is that its tangle free."
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"The cable is good and ive rolled over it with my desk chair a few times."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Unfortunately with how good the D2000's initial comfort is, my headbandfobia likes to strike me down after only about a good hour with those on (I have a problem with nearly all headbands)."
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"The comfort is good but not exceptional."
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"Good sound, comfortable, etc."
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"If you're spending hours upon hours in a studio, the comfort of these will certainly be appreciated."
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"In terms of build, these look like a high-end piece of kit, and the comfort of these cans is unparalleled."
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"Also, they are, as others have said, extremely comfortable and can be worn for hours with little to no discomfort! "
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"The comfort, sound, everything is excellent."
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Fit

Fit:
"Before buying a set of Denon's I was using one of the higher-end AKG models, which are semi-open back design and sound very nice, but I was having problems with them comfort-wise; although a pretty light fit, some AKG earpieces are not big enough to fit clear around your ears -- they clamp your ears against your head a bit, which was really uncomfortable after a few hours."
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"As it was a pain to screw it back on because there's hardly a way to fit a screwdriver fingers into the space to screw it I did the best that could be done and tightened it back up."
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"These fit the bill perfectly."
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"They never seem to have enough bass, they hiss, they don't fit my ears, et c. I am pleased to say that i am no longer searching for a pair of headphones."
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"The AD700 was a direct result of wanting the ultimate in long term comfort after having bad ear aches from the supra-aural fit of the Turtle Beach."
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"The actual fit of the D2000's pleather earpads is bar-none the best I've ever experienced as well."
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Frequency

Frequency:
"As if you were in a drum can listening to music with the overall high to low frequencies bouncing all over the place uncontrollably."
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"But after hours of listening, I heard some flaws that became annoying to me:1) Some slight high frequency coloration."
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"They do not sound quite as neutral as the M40 to me, primarily due to the punchy low frequency response which can be a bit excessive with certain sources but that may soften up once they are properly broken in."
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"Most people won't mind it though as this frequency type is very fun to listen to for many types of music."
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"This makes it perfect for Rap R&B; music or any songs with low frequencies that can be too much for some headphones to handle without distortion (this includes the Beats Studio as well)."
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"They do not linger or become obnoxious at any time and they are pleasantly punchy in the upper end of the lower frequency range."
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"Outstanding frequency response, clarity and comfort on your head."
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"Summary: Comfortable, amazingly rich sounds across all frequencies and ranges."
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Level

Level:
"I opened the headphones to see if Denon might have added a crossover to newer headphones since there are so many complaints about high bass level."
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"There's just something about these headphones - the comfort they have on your ear, the level of gentle detail you can pick up in your music, and just the spaciousness of sound."
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"I replaced my Pads first with some Jmoney pads, which are very high grade and then sold them to a friend and sent my Denons to Lawton for there level one upgrade for an unbelievable price considering the gain in the level of sound improvement."
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"-More bass and volume do fatigue my ears after some time, but at more reasonable levels, it's really not a big deal."
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"The comfort level are one of the best for close headphones."
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Listening

Listening:
"I got these phones as a replacement for a pair of Sennheiser HD280Pros, which were OK, but a little uncomfortable for long listening sessions."
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"Fatigue: I can wear these for hours without any listening or comfort related fatigue."
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"But after hours of listening, I heard some flaws that became annoying to me:1) Some slight high frequency coloration."
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"I haven't had any of that listening fatigue like i had with the Sony'sOnly complaint I have about these are that they don't fold up conveniently like the Sony DJ style headphones did, and for $200-$300 headphones, they didn't come with any kind of carry case or sack."
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"Despite being sealed, they have a FANTASTIC sound stage and are great for listening to many types of music."
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"I love listening to detailed lossless 24 96 albums!"
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"I stopped using them for work listening, and now only use them for pleasure: music sounds so blissfully amazing through them, that it's hard for me to focus on anything else."
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"They sounded way better than in ear headphones and I enjoyed listening to music more than I already did."
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"These are the best headphones I have ever had the pleasure of listening too."
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Music

Music:
"So, with my second pair, I left worry and doubt with the first pair, so it wouldn't interfere with my enjoyment of music."
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"The only problem is now I need to by a head amp so I can listen to my HD 96 24 music to truely see, or should I say, hear what they can really do."
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"I agree with many reviewers that I am hearing subtleties in my music I missed before."
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"You're not going to listen to music with uncomfortable headphones, so what's the point?"
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"But they fail to convey the sound of a live music played in a real acoustical space."
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"Despite being sealed, they have a FANTASTIC sound stage and are great for listening to many types of music."
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"I stopped using them for work listening, and now only use them for pleasure: music sounds so blissfully amazing through them, that it's hard for me to focus on anything else."
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"If you are serious about your music, definitely consider investing in these - I don't regret the purchase one bit, I would gladly pay more."
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"They sounded way better than in ear headphones and I enjoyed listening to music more than I already did."
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"I listen to all types of music and I've been extremely happy with my Denon's."
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Price

Price:
"The worst thing about these headphones would be the horribly weak cheap connectors between the headband and the ear pieces."
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"Very, very disappointing given the price."
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"I am not an audiophile and the only other true pair of headphones i have are Nuforce NE-700M Audiophile-Grade Earphone with microphone (smoky bronze color) which btw are absolutely ridiculous for the price and should be worth double for what you get quality and audio wise."
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"Again not as good as others in its price range (i. e. DT990) but good nonetheless."
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"For the money, I have no complaints about the audio."
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"Great for the price."
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"You will not be dissapointed with these phones for the price."
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"But for the price, these are excellent, and probably sound better than most, if not all other headphones in this range."
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"I owned the Sony MDR-V600 for years, which is a very popular headphone, and great for its price ($120 or so) that will sound great to anyone who hasn't experienced headphones costing $200+."
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Quality

Quality:
"The build quality is not as great."
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"In terms of build quality, these are probably the WORST high performance headphones you will see."
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"The build quality on the other hand is terrible."
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"Not only are they amazing sound wise, but the build quality is great."
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"The build quality is good, not great."
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"However, I must admit, I'm extremely disappointed in the build quality of these headphones."
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"Sound Quality: They are able to create crisp notes while also having great bass."
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"As most of the reviews say, the sound quality of the headphones are great."
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"I won't write an essay on the sound quality of the headphones because you just have to TRY them to know how good they are."
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"If you want a pair of headphones that sounds phenomenal with no compromises in sound quality, check these out."
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"Wonderful sound quality, makes you feel like in the concert hall."
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Range

Range:
"You won't know what you are missing in terms of the low range until you hear these, though."
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"Again not as good as others in its price range (i. e. DT990) but good nonetheless."
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"The XB700 is good in its price range but doesn't compare to the Denon D2000 which is clearly better."
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"Under the $500 price range this is unbeatable."
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"Considering the other headphones in the general range these seem to be the best performers across the range for the price."
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"Summary: Comfortable, amazingly rich sounds across all frequencies and ranges."
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Response

Response:
"They do not sound quite as neutral as the M40 to me, primarily due to the punchy low frequency response which can be a bit excessive with certain sources but that may soften up once they are properly broken in."
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"The response from 5-20hz is rediculous...Negative (1) I bought these cans for my ipod."
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"Flat response, Good isolation."
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"nice, even response, no HiFi peak like the 7506's have."
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"As you may be able to tell, I'm not a fan of the treble happy response to the sound."
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"I currently listen through my Mbox2 soundcard but these did work on my windows laptop without an amp (I just had to crank the volume).The highs are very well defined and crisp, while the lower end of the highs has a hint of warmth as well as a very quick response and punch when necessary."
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"Outstanding frequency response, clarity and comfort on your head."
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Sound

Sound:
"Not only are they amazing sound wise, but the build quality is great."
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"They don't seel very well so there's a lot of sound leakage, but they are really good sounding."
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"They have great bass, and the sound is very full, but can be a tiny bit muddy, which is just about their only weakness."
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"So your thinking are theDenons AHD2000 not good enough out of the box to sound great?"
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"Everyone has their own likes and dislikes, and the M50s are good sounding headphones..pronounced bass and clear mids and treble."
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"I was expecting them to sound almost as good as the Shure in ear monitors and to be honest they did not sound very impressive straight out of my ipod or laptop, the sound was uncontrolled, loose and lacking character in the mid-range."
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"Everything from the heavy guitar of Santana to Beethoven sounds amazing."
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"Sound Quality: They are able to create crisp notes while also having great bass."
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"Good sound, comfortable, etc."
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"As most of the reviews say, the sound quality of the headphones are great."
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"The highs and mids are clear with enough bass to feel the sound, but not overwhelming."
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Treble

Treble:
"Luckily, the D2000 is nowhere near the terribly bright treble of the DT990, and even the DT880."
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"As you may be able to tell, I'm not a fan of the treble happy response to the sound."
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"I would recommend to everyone that like clear high (very little harsh on treble on bad recording) and amazing bass."
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"The trebles and mids sound spectacular."
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"Everyone has their own likes and dislikes, and the M50s are good sounding headphones..pronounced bass and clear mids and treble."
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"The Denon AH D 2000 headphones was a wonderful stopping point for me in my search for a full size over-the-ear headphone that produced good solid bass with clarity in the mids and treble."
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Volume

Volume:
"Adjust volume to your liking, and they will come alive with the missing bass punch and greater clarity."
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"The Dr. Dre Solo Beats did not sound as good as the full sized ones but I did like the volume mic skip control attached to the headphone cable."
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"It's like your head is in a pressure chamber, it was literally uncomfortable at not even a medium volume."
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"Strong bass, and they get good volume out of my Galaxy S 3 without a headphone amp."
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"-More bass and volume do fatigue my ears after some time, but at more reasonable levels, it's really not a big deal."
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"I currently listen through my Mbox2 soundcard but these did work on my windows laptop without an amp (I just had to crank the volume).The highs are very well defined and crisp, while the lower end of the highs has a hint of warmth as well as a very quick response and punch when necessary."
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"If you're playing this through your mp3 player or laptop you won't have a problem getting to high volume."
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"An IPod can drive these to decent volumes, though it will run down the juice faster."
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iPod

iPod:
"I was expecting them to sound almost as good as the Shure in ear monitors and to be honest they did not sound very impressive straight out of my ipod or laptop, the sound was uncontrolled, loose and lacking character in the mid-range."
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"The 2k does not work all that well with ipods and mp3 players without amplification (not enough gain)."
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"The response from 5-20hz is rediculous...Negative (1) I bought these cans for my ipod."
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"Compare this to the AKGs, which can't really be used effectively with iPods, unless you have a very powerful amplifier."
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"They sound fantastic straight out of ipod zune but benefit extremely from a dedicated DAC Amplifier (that bring the mids slightly forward and tighten up the bass)."
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"An IPod can drive these to decent volumes, though it will run down the juice faster."
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"In fact, it's easily the best sound I've ever gotten from an iPod (including my Shure in-ear buds)."
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"That said - I may sound like im contradicting myself here, but without an amplifier, these headphones still sound pretty darn good through an ipod...With a quality amplifier - WOW!"
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