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The 1R looks pretty sweet, but a bit too big for me. I'm real picky when it comes to portables. They have to be small... like maybe B&W P5 small. Those are soooo comfy, even supraaural, but I dont like the rectangular cup shape.

Momentum is as big as I'd want. I really like how the M1 looks, but I hear the treble is non-existent. Would've been nice to have matching headphones...

The ESW9 surprised me at Best Buy. I didnt like them when I owned them, but was quite happy at the store. I think my tastes have changed enough for me to appreciate warmer/smoother headphones than before. Its too bad that they just aren't comfortable headphones. That and I dont think the wood finish looked that nice on them. Maybe some lacquer would've helped those out.

The The ES7 will forever be my fave portable headphone, look-wise. But man, they were torture on the ears.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 6/15/13 at 11:58pm
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The 1R looks pretty sweet, but a bit too big for me. I'm real picky when it comes to portables. They have to be small... like maybe B&W P5 small. Those are soooo comfy, even supraaural, but I dont like the rectangular cup shape.

Momentum is as big as I'd want. I really like how the M1 looks, but I hear the treble is non-existent. Would've been nice to have matching headphones...

The ESW9 surprised me at Best Buy. I didnt like them when I owned them, but was quite happy at the store. I think my tastes have changed enough for me to appreciate warmer/smoother headphones than before. Its too bad that they just aren't comfortable headphones. That and I dont think the wood finish looked that nice on them. Maybe some lacquer would've helped those out.

The The ES7 will forever be my fave portable headphone, look-wise. But man, they were torture on the ears.

 

Yeah, size is definitely an issue with the 1R. It was a toss up between that and the MD (for my closed home can), and I went with the MD. You living in Florida should be able to relate that it's too hot to have a big closed can on the go. The Momentum seems like it might be perfect, now that you mention it.

 

So this means no MD for your closed can? I know you mentioned that you prefer your closed headphone to be your portable, also, but it really is a great compliment to the X1.

 

Edit: You just made me put the Momentum on my wish list, now... thanks lol


Edited by Change is Good - 6/16/13 at 12:06am
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I don't have much if any use for a closed can. Portable cans tend to have pleather.... which is NOT ideal for the Florida sun (you know this). My portable can would mostly be transportable anyway (along with my laptop). The KSC35/75 are what I use for these things since they are tiny, comfy, and don't induce sweat. I would definitely like something better for laptop use...
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So I've been waiting to ask, how does the X1 do with position cues in game? In comparison to the Annie.

 

The X1's work very well with Dolby Headphone, and their imaging is slightly better than the Anniversaries.

 

The Anniversary has larger sounding instruments (which can also be more intimate sounding) while the X1 has smaller sounding instruments (and sometimes more distant sounding). So sounds tend have a little extra room and free space around each other in the soundstage.  So the X1's imaging ends up being a little sharper with more separation.


Edited by chicolom - 6/16/13 at 12:29am
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Basically the same reason why the Q701 is slightly better at imaging than the Annies. The Annie has a fuller sound. Fuller sounding headphones don't image as well as thinner sounding cans. However, positional cues are the same. Just less space to move around in with the Annies.
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Ya.

 

But the X1s are a lot more fun then the Q701s while doing it.   L3000.gif

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Portable cans tend to have pleather.... which is NOT ideal for the Florida sun (you know this).

 

Yeah, that is why I chose the Amperior when I had it. It's velourish pads were definitely a plus but still not fit for outside use. If I were to purchase the Momentum, I would mostly use it on the bus and at school (as I did with the Amperior).

 

I'm glad I have my IEMs for when I have to sit in the sun at the bus stop tongue_smile.gif


Edited by Change is Good - 6/16/13 at 12:38am
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I have $400 I don't know what to do with. Hmm...

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I know this is premature, but the X1 WILL by my future recommendation for those with $300 or so that want a great all rounder with great bass, soundstage, clarity, comfort, easy-ish to drive...

The Annie is my other recommendation, for those who want a bit better blanace, vocal clarity, warmth, and smoothness. Still they aren't as easy to drive as the X1.
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So I went to BB and demoed the Momentum. Unless you are a 5 year old or midget, I don't see how those can be over the ear for ANY adult, lol.

They are definitely on ear for me. They sounded nice, and looked great in person too. Not good enough for me to spend $350 for them though. The on ear fit would probably make them uncomfortable after a period of time. The pads are amazingly soft though.

The 558 still impresses me for the price. The K550 still disappoints, as does the A900x. Yuck.

Got to try the Denon D600... I liked it, though it's definitely boomy and sibilant.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 6/16/13 at 9:27am
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So I went to BB and demoed the Momentum. Unless you are a 5 year old or midget, I don't see how those can be over the ear for ANY adult, lol.

They are definitely on ear for me. They sounded nice, and looked great in person too. Not good enough for me to spend $350 for them though. The on ear fit would probably make them uncomfortable after a period of time. The pads are amazingly soft though.

The 558 still impresses me for the price. The K550 still disappoints, as does the A900x. Yuck.

Got to try the Denon D600... I liked it, though it's definitely boomy and sibilant.
I have normal sized ears and that's THE reason I didn't get the Momentum. It's just crazy they are calling them full cups. They sound great, but if I can't wear them for more than 10 minutes AND they're a fair amount more costly then their competitors, they get marked off the list for me. You really should try the 1R. I know you're thinking they're too big. They aren't. They don't sound as good as the Momentum does, but the overall package is seriously perfect for a portable can.
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The Momentum was bordering on being too big. The 1R is bigger. It also has similar dimensions as the MDR-7506/V6 which I did try. Still bigger than I'd want.

If the ES7/ES700 was comfy, that'd be endgame portable for me. But they just aren't.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 6/16/13 at 11:44am
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Can't get any smaller than a good pair of IEMs. Is that something to look at?

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I hate IEMs. They hurt my ears. The only tips that don't are Marshmallow tips or Comply foams, and those go stale in a hurry, not to mention muddies up the sound.


My goodness, I am IN LOVE with the X1. I'm kicking myself in the ass for not caving in on the impulse to get them ages ago. Could've saved quite a bit of money. They are literally what I have always wanted. The only thing that will make me upgrade from them is for another open headphone with the same signature with more refinement. Good luck finding one.

They aren't perfect (after spending so much time with the LCD2 and HE400, I can hear that the bass isn't as well textured and refined on the X1, nor are the mids anywhere near as special as the 650 and Annies), but they do what I want, and do it well. For $300, you'd have to be crazy to pass it up if you're looking for an open, bassy can.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 6/16/13 at 12:20pm
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View PostMy goodness, I am IN LOVE with the X1. I'm kicking myself in the ass for not caving in on the impulse to get them ages ago. Could've saved quite a bit of money. They are literally what I have always wanted. The only thing that will make me upgrade from them is for another open headphone with the same signature with more refinement. Good luck finding one.

I believe fellows on this thread have repeatedly affirmed that they would be the definitive headphone for you.

 

My question is whether the X1 satiates your nostalgia for the D7000.

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