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Austrian Audio Hi-X55 Headphones - Over-Ear Headphones - High Comfort Slow Retention Earpads - Maximum Flexibility - 3.5mm Jack - Includes Adapter to 6.3mm - Black

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The Hi-X55 has hinges for folding them for traveling and swiveling the ear cups to get that perfect fit on your head. The hinges on the headphones are smooth and they seem quite sturdy. The vocal range on the Hi-X55 is generally neutral, not emphasized, but not recessed. While not being emphasized, the detail retrieval from the vocal range is still good. Mids: The mids and vocals are a highlight of this hp and reminds me of the ATH MSR7 in terms of presentation Since the Hi-X55 has a single entry system, the internal wiring from the left to the right side of the headphone is exposed. The wire is twisted in such a way that it would be difficult to accidentally snag on the wires. Materials These two headphones use the exact same driver that deliver a flat response from 5Hz to 28kHz. Yes, flat... All the way down to 5Hz. These headphones are revolutionary and have become modern classics in their own right. Build Quality

Despite being a relative newcomer in the headphone space, Austrian Audio has been offering a wide range of products for quite a few years now. The Austrian Audio Hi-X55 have slightly more energy in the upper mids. It’s handy for bumping up perceived detail, but at the expense of the natural timbre of vocals. However, the effect is minor and these headphones compare very well to just about anything you can buy at the price today. Isolation with the Hi-X60 is really good. Sound does not leak on both ways – inside and outside and there is a specific purpose for that. I’d be happy to use the Austrian Audio Hi-X55 as my day-to-day headphones. But I can’t right now, not comfortably anyway.

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The midrange of both monitors is also tuned similarly. However, the midrange of the ATH-M60X is lusher, revealing multiple instruments’ natural timbre. For instance, wind instruments have a bolder, rounder, and warmer sound. The same can be said with male and female vocals, although not as noticeable. Regardless, all it matters is what you enjoy the headphones or not so if X55 is too harsh for you, then so be it. I read your comment and I just wanted to share my thoughts since I had similar speculation. Anyway, I hope this helps and sorry for the long reply. The midrange is where things start to be different. The Hi-X55 has a more traditional studio reference tuning, where it pays more attention to the midrange region. While the Hi-X60 has more fun and all-around tuning and a more open sound. The Hi-X65 has almost the same sound balance as the K812, but it doesn't quite reach the same level of detail and resolution. I asked the guy in store if I could demo them which he happily obliged. Unfortunately, the pair I demoed was defective - couldn't play anything below about 150Hz even with a 15 dBl boost out of my Walkman. Thought I'd gamble on them still, especially since I could always return if I'm truly unhappy with it. So... I've had them for about a couple hours now, been throwing all kinds of music at them, changing sources, EQing, etc. etc. - here are my first impressions...

The box that the Hi-X60 came in is simple and ordinary-sized, just enough to enclose all the items inside. It’s a tri-fold design, with a Velcro strap holding the box together. What’s clever is that the same Velcro strap can be used as cable ties. The AEON can reach a bit lower than the Hi-X55, but the tonality on the two headphones is similar down to the slightly lower treble peak. The treble peak might be a 1 or 2dB loss on the AEON though. With smartphones, the sound output does sound grainy and a bit compressed. This is further improved when pairing the Hi-X60 with a dedicated audio player or a DAC-amp combo enhance its overall sound quality. LCD-1 - all plastic, metal headband inside of the plastic, genuine leather pads, it makes squeaky noise when moving jaw I started testing the sub-bass on the Hi-X55, and I was pleasantly surprised with its response and presence. I listened for the sub-bass rumble at the start of the song Drink Up by Train, and it was there. Although it isn’t overwhelming, it’s evident that there is a good amount of sub-bass presence.One key difference between the two headphones is their design. The Audio-Technica ATH-M60x features an on-ear design while the Austrian Audio Hi-X60 has an over-ear design. Both headphones have a bayonet system for their cables, found on the left cup. If you’re familiar with Austrian Audio headphones, the Hi-X60 doesn’t go far with its design. It is a single-entry compact over-ear headphone designed for studio recording and front-of-house application. Austrian Audio has built what they call Hi-Xcursion driver technology into its pro headphone range, hence the Hi-X moniker. In practice, this means they’ve gone down the tried and tested route of marrying a powerful ring magnet with a lightweight membrane (Beyerdynamic and others use similar tech in their high-end cans). When I was discussing the review with Austrian Audio’s marketing team, they reminded me that the Hi-X55 is a headphone designed to do mastering and studio work. I think this was to temper my possible expectations, especially in the bass department.

M70x - smallest, but not right on your face like M50x, I think the fabric inner pads helped the little bit bigger

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I believe that the different light gray curves correspond to different seatings of the headphones on the model head -- as you can see the response is extremely position- dependent, especially the bass (I don't know how "reasonable" those different seatings were).The only constant is the peak at 1.2kHz, presumably due to a cup resonance as noted above. Hi-X55 - pads are comfortable, but over 300g is a bit heavy for long listening session. had to take a break or keep adjusting position after couple of hours. placed the dekoni nuggets on the plastic parts on the sides

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