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Lasmex L-85 Headphones
Lasmex L-85 Headphones
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Over the past decade, or so, I've owned dozens of sub-$300 headphones. These are my favorite by far. Everyone can read the extensive discussion below, but to summarize:
- The drivers inside are relatively high-quality... they just need to be EQ'd... which turns them into giant killers. (See below for my customized Equalizer APO profile. iOS users, the
presets are suitable.)
- Soundstage, imaging, and clarity is spot-on... with EQ applied, of course.
- Exchanging the (mostly on-ear) stock pads with Brainwavz protein leather pads improves comfort and wearing stability.
- Build quality is stellar, with smooth metal and high-grade plastics.
- The single-sided 1/8" jack makes cable swapping easy.
I say with confidence that the Lasmex L-85 is the best-sounding, relatively inexpensive, open-back headphone in the world. But it absolutely must be EQ'd to sound correct. Pad swapping to Brainwavz is recommended.
I am new to audiophile world and my preference is to have a headphone with decent bass and good sound stage. Can your recommended EQ for this headphone satisfy my needs? I am planning to use it with Sabaj da2/smsl idea. Can you suggest whether using the aforementioned amp increase SQ and soundstage even further? Thanks in advance.
Let me welcome you to Audiophilia. You probably won't simply arrive and stay in one place, so prepare yourself for a journey...
I haven't listened to the small, plug-and-play Sabaj DS2 or SMSL Idea. You'd have to read reviews that mentioned their relative SQ and how they present the sound-stage. If you're in the market for a lower-price DAC/amp, I recommend the bigger (but non-battery-draining) FiiO Q1 mkII, which will provide better sound quality than those Sabaj or SMSL units.
Keep in mind... If you decide to get a pair of Lasmex L-85s, you absolutely must be able to configure a detailed EQ profile. Check out my other posts.
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