I have the same issue. However, I was able to audition the HD25s and Vmoda M80s at Guitar Center if you have either of those. Some Best Buys supposedly carry the 1350s, and if you find one with a Magnolia Home Theater section, then they typically have a decent selection of things to try.
No, I'm not sure what's up with that link above. Pre-order? Last official word I've heard from Fiio is that they plan to do a test run of them this month. It got delayed thanks to some unexpected kinks in the lastest Android release and all of the attention they had focused on the X3.
You may want to add YMMV to the end of that statement. Over a year on mine with every day use, and the earpads are perfectly fine. Good comfort, good seal, and no issues with metal touching my head. *shrug*
Cool post. Very helpful for those out there looking.
The 1350s are my go-to portables. No glasses here, so I find them extremely comfortable. Also up for consideration were the HD25s and V-Moda M-80s. Since comfort wasn't an issue, it was purely a decision of sound quality and I've yet to find a portable that sounds more "right" to my ears than the Beyers.
They also performed well for me on an airplane. I couldn't hear any conversation or other noises...
Yes, I believe it will be. I have the S4. While the audio is passable, it isn't exactly inspiring. That said, I'm listening to the DT1350s, which benefit from amping. YMMV depending on headphone. Also, I'm basing this purely on Fiio's reputation...I haven't actually heard the product.
Can't speak to the Duet, but I would disagree wholeheartedly with the 940 comparisons. I've owned both. While I enjoyed the 940s, the 1350s sound has much more body to it. It's anchored by a stronger bass presence and the music is far less "thin" sounding. It's possible they are making comparisons from a clarity standpoint, although even that is a stretch. The 940s have a much "sharper" sound to them, but that's not always a good thing. The 1350s have exceptional...
I loved the 940s, but just found them too thin-sounding at times. The 1350s trumped them in the end.
Not to mention the fragile build-quality of the 940s. Really a shame that their build quality seemed to get worse as the price went up. The 840s seem pretty rock solid as far as durability goes.