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Kennerton Vali Exclusive Massdrop Edition

Kennerton Vali Exclusive Massdrop Edition

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I want to sell mine. Used for less than 5 mins
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tbhari
Are they still up for sale?
Mivzadir
Yes. Ready to ship tomorrow. Used for less than 5 minutes. I have original box and everything that it came with...Thanks
Anyone interested in buying mine as I have used for less than 15 mins since I got it. No time for music as I am too busy at work.
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$700
No thank you
Got my pair in the mail today. Short version is they sound as good as they look. Best open back in my collection.
Crafting Kennerton Vali for Massdrop 27.04.18 Sneak peak at the workshop table atm,
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28.04.18 Starting the burning-in, you can see the difference in wood colors of Valis,
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I am trying to figure out if I should jump into this I have a pair of Audeze EL-8's and Sennheiser HD 6XX Headphones and wonder if these are going to be worth having also.
I really like the way these look. But I'm concerned that so few people are buying in. Is the price point close to something a lot better? I've heard lots of good reviews so I don't understand.
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Thanks for more information. Headphonics has a good review too and they are pretty accurate from what I’ve been able to listen to.
ValVadim
I've got both these and the Cascades. And an Elex on the way. I'm impressed with both, and will be using the Cascades for my office work (the closed cans are worth it in this scenario). I have some more expensive open cans that I'm using right now, but hope to give the Vali a more worthwhile listen in the future. Thus far, I have enjoyed my time with the cans and would recommend it (if spending this ludicrous amount of money on headphones is a consideration for you). The build is quite solid, the wood cup detail is impressive. The gimbles are clunky, but functional and will likely last forever. The headband is thin, but quite nice during long listening sessions.
Like I mentioned before, I can't comment too much on the actual sound quality comparisons--my ears have been tainted by so much change in gear and source recently. I will say that I am looking at purchasing the upcoming *THROR* from Kennerton whenever they finalize it
I wonder if anyone is using this with the Schitt Vali...
I own a pair of the Fostex Purple Heart Th-X00 and Grado Head-Fi HF2. Would I notice a significant difference in quality for upgrading to these or would I need to go to a higher tier of headphone to make it worth the upgrade? I feel like it wouldn't be significant enough to be worth it, but I'd love to hear anyone's opinion who has heard the Kennerton and either of the other cans I have. Trying to get an idea of what a significant upgrade is at this point.
Alternately, has anyone compared the Vali and the Elex? Anything better under $1K?
Krankcolc
The Elex has a smoother frequency response, so it gets my vote hands down. The HE-560/Sundara and DT-1990 Pro are also better options. Since you like Grados, you might also like HD700s, and HD800s (plural, not HD800S) can be found used for under $1k as well.
Why are so few people buying these? I've seen quite a few positive reviews but yet very few purchased.
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Adrian1616
Hmmm...I actually see SIX bought...vs ZERO of the last drop of the Odins.
FYI...these are going on ebay anywhere from 1-1.5k--so not a bad deal.
scottm_dj
You do forfeit the gorgeous wood case that comes with the retail version--but obviously that doesn't affect the sound :)
I owned the Vali about 1 month now, I have to say, this is one of the most enjoyable headphones in the market. It is a bargain. The good: The mid is very forward. It is not V-shaped, but more likely M-shape, Bass is punchy, but not loose, Treble is smooth, Good Clarity, Imaging, and soundstage is very good. And one more thing, it is heavy on paper but I find it to be very comfy. The bad: I don't like the cable, it feels very rough. The band adjustment system is very easy to use, but you need quite some time to find your right spot. The pads are very comfy, but one thing I notice is it leaks sound maybe because the clamping of the headphone is a little bit loose. I actually like the carry bag, but there is one problem, Every time you use the headphone, you have to readjust the fit, which is quite annoying. I own Utopia, HD800, HD600, TH900, E-Mu teak and THx00, I purchase this just because it looks good. But it really gives me some big surprise. Soundstage and image are similar to TH900, the bass is more punchy than THx00, also because of the mid is very forward, it is just pleasant to listen. I have to say it is a very good headphone even there is something not very economical. I highly recommend it for someone want some fun sounding headphone with good clarity good bass imaging and delicious mid. Put some pictures for my Vali, Mine is the black frame, you can see some black painting is faded. But they change to silver frame which can avoid this.

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English is not my language. I am sorry for that. Also, I just have about 20 min to finish it. Some kind of busy these days. I should proofreading and edit before I post it. Thank you, ornc44 for the correction. I want to share some of my personal experience before they pull the trigger. It is not perfect, but it will bring you a big smile. I corrected some words, hope you guys can read it without too much trouble. :)
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Can I give you 10,000 thumbs up?
Thanks! I hope it can help you.
These look gorgeous, but I can't really justify paying 700$ + shipping + import tax + customs handling. A shame really, though I guess my wallet is happier for it. For those of you who do get them please share pictures, these look amazing.
Has anyone tried alternate ear pads, like ZMF Ori Perforated, ZMF Universe Perforated, or any Dekoni perforated. Since ear pads for the Vali are out of stock, I'd like to experiment with others. I would appreciate some feedback on pad swapping!
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Thanks for the comment, that is indeed something I'm planning to do. But New Odin mk3, Thror and FA-012 are in priority right now.
Drakkard
I really like the Vali, also like dynamic driver headphones. I have had the ZMF dynamic driver phones, including the ZMF Autuer their open back, and I prefer the Vali over the Autuer, better bass, imaging on the Vali, and the Autuer is twice the price + of the Vali. The ear pad fit is what is holding the Vali back for me, and that is why I won't be keeping them! I can't imagine the New Odin MK 3, Thror has solved the ear pad fit problem either?
Just got them today, and this thing sounds pretty good out of the box, very natural sound, not so sure about comfort long term, but no regrets so far. The cable is covered with a plastic thing, I think it would be much better with paracord.
Just got these in. Sounds and looks magnificent!
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Am I the only one who thinks this hp looks similar to Beyerdynamic Amiron home ??
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Nick123456
I think it is the Beyers that looks like Vali, considering the release date of both headphones.
Nick123456
And what about the Audeze LCD 2? ;)
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Oh my... These are gorgeous. First pair of headphones I ever bought were C Crane Senta-40s; wooden headphones were the coolest thing I could imagine.
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Could we chalk that up to resonance?
NickMcPimpson2
Yes, or at least that's my opinion. It makes a huge difference to my ears.
Last review of the Kennerton Vali, here: https://headfonics.com/2018/01/kennerton-vali-review/
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Good description Marvey, the best I've seen in a while. With a little bass EQ-ing (= up!), the bass response becomes very good as well, good slam with no bleed on the mids. I would just add that you shouldn't expect a very broad soudstage, these feel lively because of the nice detailed mids and the medium soundstage.
Very serious cans, and the build is very sturdy.
Tienbasse
And I'll add that if you're a real basshead (like I am), they absolutely will respond to whatever EQing you do and give you as much bass as you could possibly want.
Wow, one of the best looking cans I've ever seen. I see some negative comments here, but it seems they are biased since they always lead with critique about the price and little to no mention on the sound signature.
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You are right. The only concern is the weight. But the sound is really good :-)
A lot of high-end headphones are light: T1, clear, hd800/s, Utopia, Aeon...
sbordage
Thanks for the education. I wasn't too sure about high price and weight, and now I know.
Would love to test these out if anyone has them in Denver! This is my type of sound signature! Wow and they are beautiful too.
These are very pretty looking cans. If I weren't saving up for stax...
Zac_Lee
Omg me too, I'm selling my mid-fi cans to justify it!
So guys, I got my Valis today and I seriously couldn't be happier. I've been listening to them for the last several hours. Like I said before, I'm coming mostly from high end IEMs (JVC fx850 - I love wood headphones and these have been my favorites, Sennheiser IE80, Sony XBA-H3, etc.). These are my first high end open back headphones. My main concern was that my IEMs are all basshead IEMs because, well, I'm a basshead. I've had Beyerdynamic DT770-80s before that I thought actually lacked bass. I've read a good amount of posts basically saying that on open back headphones you're not going to get the kind of bass I've been getting from my IEMs. Turns out that this is entirely wrong. While they're tuned to be fairly neutral, a small amount of EQ and they happily adjust to whatever amount of bass you want and the limitation is my desire and not the headphones. Extension is remarkable too (I played a number of bass test tracks and they never failed to extend). At the same time, they're not too dark/congested and have great detail. I've enjoyed them on every track I've played. Treble can be described as inoffensive. Mids feel pretty neutral to me. To give you an idea - I only EQed sub-bass up. For everything else I was happy with the base tuning.
Also, they look gorgeous and I really like the build (no plastic, all metal/leather/wood). After spending $700 + tax my expectations were very high and they were still met! Anyway, I just got them today so everything here is preliminary.
Comfort: they're heavy but the headband does a good job with the weight. Clamp isn't awful. My views are colored by the fact that I expected something truly awful based on the comments.
Anyway, I'll have more to add as I listen in the coming days/weeks.
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The problem with trying to put labels like "mid end" or "mid-high end" or whatever on headphones is that you have to define what those mean. We're in a hobby where there are $40k headphones and $10 headphones. Therefore, it is naturally "somewhere in the middle, probably mid-high" (which is what one would expect based on the price).
luckywang
Yeah I got the point. But that's usually what makes people confused.
Hi everybody! We would like to thank everyone for the support, we know this headphone is priced higher than usually sold here, but we made it to the third drop, so we think it went well. We decided to make the small video, highlighting how are we preparing this exact drop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBdLvmi2ngk Enjoy:)
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Drakkard
Any chance we’ll see a sealed version soon with similar Peerless/Tymphany drivers? Thanks!
Rick_T
I tried it, and unfortunately, no. This drivers does not work good enough in closed housing.
feel bad for the poor 12 souls entered the drop due to hypes and shills
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If you say the T lineup Beyers are better you should audition the Amiron. It's basically beyers better T-90. Same detail, no treble fatigue and excellent bass control. Best headphone under 1000, in my opinion.
Have you listened to the Audeze LCD2 (pre-fazor since you love bass)?
How do these compare to the Magister?
Decimaxx
Magister is completely different headphone sound-wise. It has more dry monitor sound, compared to meaty and impactful Vali. Overall, Vali is a better headphone if we are speaking about detail retrieval. But Magister's main feature to me is huge 3d-like soundstage, despite it being a closed design.
oh, Vali. You always show up when I can't buy you.