Pros: Powerful Bass, Form Factor
Hi all, this is my first review on Head-Fi. I would be talking more on the physical properties of the headphone than the sonic quality.
I have been looking for a portable circumaural headphone to replace my AKG Q460. I found the AKG Q460 lacking in isolation, and for it to sound OK to my ears I need to use my iPhone's Bass Reduction. On the go, I drive my headphone solely using my iPhone.
After a long search, I finally decided on this pair.
What I Like:
- It is compact and doesn't look too bulky on the head
- It folds, and I can keep it in my messenger bag
- It lays flat so you can wear it around your neck and it won't bump your chin
- Earcups rotate in many different ways
- It comes with 2 detachable cable: coiled (1.2m extendable up to 3m) and straight (1.2m). The headphone side of the cable is 3.5mm and screws-in securely to the earcup.
- Possibility of making the headphone iPhone compatible!
I figure I can use a V-MODA cable with iPhone 3-button remote and mic either by plugging it straight or getting a 3.5mm-threaded-male to 3.5mm-female connector.
- Sensitive enough to be driven direct from iPhone
When demoing HD25-1 II, I had to turn up the volume to max, but with this headphone, 50% volume is good enough.
What I Don't Really Like:
- Earpads are a bit on the thin side and could be larger, more to M50 size
- Headband hurts the crown of my head (but could be due to my SRH440 which is infamous for the pain inducing headband)
- Headband adjustment is made of plastic where on M50 it's made of metal
This headphone never made my shortlist before as it's been called by many a bass-head phone and my experiences with bass-head phone had been pretty bad. Out of curiousity and desperation I decided to give it a try and was I surprised.
The bass is the most powerful among other cans I tried, and it's tight. Comparing it to XB700, the XB700 sounded very loose. Some people said this has earth-shattering bass, but I don't find it to be the case.
The mids and highs are a bit recessed, but I can still get enough detail. I found other bass-heavy phones to be muffled, but not the case with the Pro700 Mk2.