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Thanks guys, you rock.

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Aside from being more portable, more isolating, and much better-built, the M-80 is also a little tighter and smoother than the CAL!. Not a huge sound quality difference but I'd much rather have the M-80 for portable use and the CAL! for use at home.


Thanks for your input. Seems like a perfect fit for me. Like Cal. |BUt these are so stylish.

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Well the HD25 sit on the ears and clamp quite tightly. Some people might prefer this, but most will find that uncomfortable after a while. Far better isolation and portability than the COP though. 

The COP aren't really bad per se, but I've heard better in the price range. I have a pair at the moment in fact, though I intend to transplant some Fostex T50rp drivers into them biggrin.gif

Went to the store and auditioned these as well as a few others went with them. Struck the best balance between comfort / sound for me. I will report that they sound significantly better after about 60 hr's burn in. While agree there are better sounding cans in the price range the comfort factor sold me thanks for your help.
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Great reviews!  This is my first post.  I currently own the m50 and do love it but am looking for something a little more even sounding.  Am considering the DT1350, Momentum and maybe the m80.  

 

I listen to pretty much everything and anything usually streaming through Pandora or iheartradio but am considering ripping CD's as high quality mp3s for my HTC One X and iPod touch 5th gen.

 

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  

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You could take your M50's to almost any Radio Shack and compare them directly with the M-80 using your own player, figure out whether they're the kind of sound you're looking for...

If nothing else it gives you a good baseline. I think they're a fantastic value given that the street value is hovering close to $150, very happy with mine as portables, they even get some use around the house.
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You could take your M50's to almost any Radio Shack and compare them directly with the M-80 using your own player, figure out whether they're the kind of sound you're looking for...

If nothing else it gives you a good baseline. I think they're a fantastic value given that the street value is hovering close to $150, very happy with mine as portables, they even get some use around the house.


Thanks for the input!  Will head to the Shack this weekend to see if I can test out the M-80's.  They really seem like a fantastic set of cans.  I just wished that they could fold up like the M-100.

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Yeah, that would be the one thing I'd really want from an updated version...

They're surprisingly small as is tho, might catch you off guard if you haven't seen them first hand; and the case is pretty form fitting too, tho they seem tough enough to be tossed into a bag sans case.

The Beyer's cups rotate flat but they end up taking roughly the same amount of space, and the Momentum are larger. Good size comparison pic between the DT 1350, and HD25-1 II, M-80:

LL
Edited by Impulse - 3/13/13 at 8:23pm
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Awesome pics! Thanks for posting!
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Hi Joker. Thanks a lot for your diligence in reviewing the phones. After going through most of the pages I still can’t decide: have some  Denon ahd2000. They’re great! But suited for in-house use only, really. What very portable cans to get that have a similar level SQ? If necessary I can use a Meier Corda Move to amp them, although I noticed that with the denons the SQ is actually better straight out of rockboxed iPod! Noise isolation is not that important but SQ yes. I listen to any kind of music and actually prefer clarity, soundstage and separation over bass punch…..Many people seem to favor the V-Moda 80: is there a less expensive alternative? Thanks again!

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Originally Posted by huckfinn View Post

Hi Joker. Thanks a lot for your diligence in reviewing the phones. After going through most of the pages I still can’t decide: have some  Denon ahd2000. They’re great! But suited for in-house use only, really. What very portable cans to get that have a similar level SQ? If necessary I can use a Meier Corda Move to amp them, although I noticed that with the denons the SQ is actually better straight out of rockboxed iPod! Noise isolation is not that important but SQ yes. I listen to any kind of music and actually prefer clarity, soundstage and separation over bass punch…..Many people seem to favor the V-Moda 80: is there a less expensive alternative? Thanks again!


If not V-Moda, I would go for the Creative Aurvana Live! in the <$100 range. 

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Thanks for your reply!!

Yeah, they seem to be praised quite often...only I was looking for some smaller/more compact/portable cans.

Possibly something I can "fold flat" around my neck when walking around and not listening to......

Do I have to give up on SQ in this case?

 

Thanks again,

Huck


Edited by huckfinn - 3/28/13 at 3:58am
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Originally Posted by huckfinn View Post

Thanks for your reply!!

Yeah, they seem to be praised quite often...only I was looking for some smaller/more compact/portable cans.

Possibly something I can "fold flat" around my neck when walking around and not listening to......

Do I have to give up on SQ in this case?

 

Thanks again,

Huck


Either that or pay a premium. The M-80 doesn't fold but it's pretty small and can be worn on the neck. 

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IMO the M-80 are actually more comfortable when worn around the neck than many headphones that do fold flat... The cups are very small and narrow (that whole stretched hexagon shape), pictures are deceptive. Circumaural cups that fold flat tend to end up choking you or gracing your chin, unless the headband's very large and then they're not so portable (unless they're collapsible).

My M-80's cups end up sort of parallel to my neck without barely touching it (the lower tips is the only part that does). I'm 5'10" but I'm skinny and don't have a big/fat neck, YMMV.

I think they struck a perfect balance in that regard tho, although I guess the on ear fit isn't for everyone either. If anything I wish they were collapsible (for portability/packing) rather than flat folding (which wouldn't reduce the space they take up in a bag much)... They're pretty portable as is but the larger M-100 end up in a smaller (tho wider) package when collapsed.
Edited by Impulse - 3/28/13 at 10:21pm
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Any portable headphone that comes close to the UM Miracle? 

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IMO the M-80 are actually more comfortable when worn around the neck than many headphones that do fold flat... The cups are very small and narrow (that whole stretched hexagon shape), pictures are deceptive. Circumaural cups that fold flat tend to end up choking you or gracing your chin, unless the headband's very large and then they're not so portable (unless they're collapsible).

My M-80's cups end up sort of parallel to my neck without barely touching it (the lower tips is the only part that does). I'm 5'10" but I'm skinny and don't have a big/fat neck, YMMV.

I think they struck a perfect balance in that regard tho, although I guess the on ear fit isn't for everyone either. If anything I wish they were collapsible (for portability/packing) rather than flat folding (which wouldn't reduce the space they take up in a bag much)... They're pretty portable as is but the larger M-100 end up in a smaller (tho wider) package when collapsed.

 

Agreed - no complaints here, either. The only set I currently have that wears better around the neck is the AKG Q460, which is even smaller and folds flat.

 

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Any portable headphone that comes close to the UM Miracle? 


Depends on what you consider close. As with all cases of diminishing returns, some of the top-tier ones come reasonably close, just as certain universal IEMs come "close". The only headphone I've heard that might have been better than the Miracle, though, was an LCD-2 driven by an Anedio D1. 

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