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Definitive Technology Symphony1 Noise Cancellation Bluetooth Headphones $231.20 Shipped @ GraysOnline eBay

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So much for the QC35 & Sony 1000x craze! posting something out there for those who like to be different.

RRP is $749

As far as Reviews goes , pretty promising :
https://www.digitaltrends.com/headphone-reviews/definitive-t...

http://www.avhub.com.au/product-reviews/sound-image/definiti...

These go for $448 at Addicted to audio

so IMO for $231.2 pretty good deal !

Specifications

  • Materials: Aluminum, Polymer, Protein Leather
  • Enclosure Type: Durable, soft protein leather headband with aluminum sliders
  • Headphones Type: Over-Head
  • Connector Type: Bluetooth, 3.5mm mini-jack and micro USB - Gold Plated
  • Microphone Placement: Right Ear Cup
  • Included Cables: Detachable Round Headphone Cable with Apple Remote
  • Bluetooth: V3.1 AptX Low Latency
  • Total Frequency Response: 8 Hz - 26 kHz
  • Nominal Impedance: 32 ohms
  • Sensitivity (1 watt @ 1 meter): 97 dB
  • Battery Type: Active Noise Canceling Off: Lithium Polymer Ion
  • Average Playback: Time15 hrs
  • Battery Type: Active Noise Canceling On: Lithium Polymer Ion
  • Average Playback Time: 10 hrs
  • Dimensions (HxWxD): 200 x 165 x 82 mm

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    • for the posting, with review and competitor link
      but too bulky for my small cute sweet head
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    How was this headphone worth $749?.

    I would have thought for audiophiles the Philips Fidelio X2 would be a better buy than this.

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      if you go by their USD RRP at $399 , then it is about right :
      https://www.bestbuy.com/site/definitive-technology-symphony-...

      btw I didn't down vote your post :)

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      That is why I never pay RRP.

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        OK but the RRP is a device to manipulate your sense of value ie. it causes the actual price to appear better value than if you hadn't seen the RRP number. This process is automatic & unconscious.

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          A psychological term called framing effect. Our decisions are influenced by the way information is presented to us. E.g. when someone is buying a brand new car for $23k, they end up paying $29k with the optional extras because they say "oh it's only 6k on top" because they're comparing it to the bigger number $23k. Little do they know that they spent 26% more than what they intended to pay ($23k). Same thing goes with some watch deals you see on here. RRP $1499, on OB for $300 and most retailers selling it for $500-$800.

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      Well i was just saying how was this headphone worth $749 at full price, seems quite a bit inflated and more like a joke. Never pay RRP.

      $231.20 is a good discounted price although how does this compare to the Philips Fidelio X2. To me i would have thought the Fidelio X2 would be better.

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    Does someone have one of these to compare?

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    I should have waited for this sale before I got the W9 :-(

    BTW, I found the W9 to be better than the Bose Mini 2, Klipsch KM3 & Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 3.

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      I got the W9 as well. Sound is good. One annoying feature is that u can't turn it off.

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        Yeah their button implementation is poorly designed.
        But they can get very loud for their size!

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      The Bose Mini 2 is a meh, I haven't heard the Onyx Studio 3, but I've found the KM3 to be phenomenal when playing lossless tracks from an AptX compatible device (read: not an iPhone). If the W9 is better, it must be really something! Too bad I didn't see the that deal until after it sold out.

      That said, I still have a Sony SRS-X88 unpacked as I'm undecided whether I'm going to keep it or sell it (and I'm much better at buying unwanted stuff then at selling it). However, the W9 would compete with the flagship Sony SRS-X99 rather than the X88.

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        Sony SRS-X88 is in a totally different price point?
        W9 is only $240. There was still stock when I looked earlier.

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          You're right, DefTech's RRP is twice higher than the Sony's. I did buy the X88 at around the same price though.

          There was 0 stock (W9 or W7) when I checked before posting the message you replied to - I guess that's why the deal had been marked as expired.

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    I looked closely at these when they first came out a couple of years ago and generated a bit of a buzz, but ended up getting a pair of grey import Sony's without ANC, because of the price (from what I recall the cheapest local stock for Symphony 1 was ~$500).

    At this price I'd pick them over the MDR-1000x (not to mention QC35) without blinking.

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      Going by some owner reviews , sound quality is comparable to the momentum 2.0 wireless , for this price I think is worth a shot

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    Here's a video review of this headphone to give you a bit of an idea. Not the most portable of headphones out there.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVHHh6-3LWo

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    A Search Alert on Protein bought me here, pretty sure I don't want to eat these!

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    Would be interesting to find out how they sound compared to the 1000X. The USB DAC feature I have to admit is pretty cool.

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    Has nc but is very big. I can see why you'd choose qc35 over these for travel

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    I bought a pair of these after they won headphone of the year over $500 in 2016 (http://www.avhub.com.au/news/sound-image/sound-image-awards-...). They were $599 at addicted to audio (I paid 550). They were the best sounding wireless speakers that I tested. At this price iI would highly recommend. A good review: http://www.avhub.com.au/product-reviews/sound-image/definiti....

    Only reason I can see these are being run-out is due to the Blutooth 3.0 compatibility.

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      How's the NC? Can you compare to the Sony mdr-1000x or Bose QC35?

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        NC is great. Best I have used so far. I haven't tried the Sony or QC35 Bose (just earlier models). Strange thing is that these headphones sound just as good as wired when using wireless (even with ANC enabled).

        They even have a DAC & MIC built in the earpiece. I've used with both MAC & PC USB connections.

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      Only reason I can see these are being run-out is due to the Blutooth 3.0 compatibility.

      Sorry but that doesn't make any sense, could you elaborate?

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        Maybe he/she's referring to Bluetooth 5? I don't see Bluetooth 5 being a reality for headphones for 1 to 2 years. Even then, the main advantage will be for small devices. Battery life and range on these things shouldn't be an issue for most people.

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          Spot on - which is why sabramo's statement didn't make sense to me. Even BT 4 was released specifically to support smart devices & IoT, and didn't make any improvements to sound quality over BT 3. I still have my Sony MDR-1RBT MK2, which easily give me 30 hours of playback using Bluetooth 3.0.

          Unfortunately, when it comes to technical specs, there's a lot of ignorance out there, with most people thinking that 4 must be better than 3 and 5 is better than 4.

          What does make a real difference to sound quality over Bluetooth (and I've tested it in blind tests) is a good codec like AptX or LDAC.

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      Unlike passive headphones, this sort of tech doesn't hold it's value well.

      New models come out every year or 2 and the old ones get discounted like this.

      Same thing happened with the Parrot Zik for example. That was worse though, because the Android app (used to adjust settings) started putting ads in to buy the new headphones lol.

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    Received my set today and to be honest.. disappointed.. Whilst they sound quite neutral with default settings, i hooked them up to my windows pc using the usb cable and installed the Dolby Atmos headphone plugin.. Now we're cooking with gas.. Definitely helps in making them a bit more punchy..

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    Good job guys , the headphone is no longer in stock !

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    Did anyone else receive an opened box with an empty headphone bag…?
    Is this a fkn joke? Lol.

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      My friend got his and it was sealed , should escalate that to grays !

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        Have already contacted them via eBay as soon as I opened the package, just gotta wait for a reply.

        Little worried their going to think I took them out and claimed they never arrived, that's why I came here, just in case someone else had the same experience so I could use that if they tried to say I was being dodgy.

        I think it's time to do unboxing videos of every purchase I make from now on, just to cover my back.

        I have NEVER had this happen before, i'm still in disbelief.

        Box was rather dusty too, originally thought'd id be been fooled by the "new" comment and maybe they were reconditioned ones, but apparently they were the invisible model instead! :o

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          Sorry to hear that ! Hope you get a good resolution for this . Very doggy of their staff sending that out to customers

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          @demoiree:

          Yes. You would have thought the staff member would have noticed that the box felt way too light to have a headphone in it and knew some thing wasn't right. But you know there are some idiots out there. Could also be a staff member on minimum wage and just didn't give a crap.

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      I'm wondering if Grays sourced this stock from a store which went into liquidation. Which the store used and took a few of the headphones out of the boxes to be used as demo units. And they didn't know that the headphones were missing from the box because no one told them. That's what's probably happened, opened and empty boxes because the headphones were taken out and used as demo units. That's probably the most likely scenario.

      Or maybe there was only one headphone that was taken out of the box for a demo unit use and brendantay got rather unlucky to be the one to receive the empty box.

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        you may be spoton on this, their business model is to sell liquidated / excess stocks.

        Going by some of their negative eBay reviews some reported they received partially missing items …

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        This is what I think has happened.
        As the Box was rather dusty, it would lead me to believe it's sat in a back room or something out of its plastic covering for some time.

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          Yes, demo unit empty box which was placed in a back room of the store for some time in some dusty area. And then when the business got liquidated, the empty box some how ended up with the stock.

          I would be rather shocked too spending some thing like $230 or so and receiving an empty box in return. Then again the staff person shipping it off not noticing that it was a light empty box was an idiot.

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    I also called them on my way into work, apparently their "eBay team" was unavailable at the time of my call and will call me back.

    Worried on two levels, they may think i'm trying to rip them off and not refund me, but more so, I wanted these headphones for my holiday in Japan and I was stoked at the price :( I can only assume being all sold out that I won't be getting a replacement haha.

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      If nothing ends up being done about it, they might get a bit more interested and suddenly available once you say you will bring the consumer affairs into it.

      And also surely Grays will have access to the shipping information which will show the exact weight of the parcel which was weighed and scanned by the courier. Which will show that they indeed did ship off a parcel with an empty box. There would be a large discrepancy between the weight of your parcel compared to the weight of the other customers parcel who had this same headphone shipped off to them. It would be easy for Grays to find this out. Shipping weight information might be the key to proving this. I mean surely every parcel is weighed and recorded by the courier at some stage.

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    Now i'm waiting on a "product specialist" to do something…
    ugh.

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      They've tried to tell me the dispatch team checked the contents of the box before shipping..

      The lady I spoke with then seemed shocked when I advised they manufacturer box was in the shipping box, along with the headphone Case, it just had no headphones in it….

      cos I obviously didn't say that in the other 48 times I've contacted you.

      Grays, you're disappointing me pretty bad rn.

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