Originally Posted by erod
Finally, some contenders.
Craigster, please do the world a favor and do an M-100, PRO 500 and HP-800 shootout, with comparisons. Or at least with the ones you have. If someone else can provide M-100 and PRO 500 comparisons, we can deduce the rest.
I haven't heard the PRO 500, but from reviews, they are comparable to the M-100 sonically with a bit more upper bass/lower mid. They are also $100 more, heavier and look too much like Beats, so I will likely pass although I want to hear them.
Regarding the M-100 and HP-800, I have been A/Bing and find they actually have a similar sound which surprised me. If anyone can compare their frequency charts, I think they would have some similarity, particularly in the mids and highs. The M-100 is still the best sounding closed portable under $500 I have heard. In fact, I have a new appreciation for the level of M-100's bass when comparing to the HP-800 because they are very bassy and the M-100 holds its own. Bass is deep, accurate and powerful with both; bass is tighter on the M-100 and the bass presentation on the M-100 is less intrusive into frequencies where it doesn't belong which makes them superior for all genres. The intrusiveness of the HP-800 makes them better basshead cans that are genre-specific like EDM and hip hop.
The HP-800 is a non-portable, slightly bassier, less refined M-100 which should be considered high praise coming from me. The HP-800 is solidly constructed with aluminum cups and offers incredible comfort but they are huge and don't fold. If your budget only allows $150 and you are a basshead who doesn't care about portability or looks, you will be very happy with the HP-800. When I say looks, they are a nice looking headphone with a simple design that works well for home use, but if you are single you wouldn't be doing yourself any favors wearing them in public. In contrast, the M-100 could be a conversation starter. If your budget allows for the $300 M-100, you will gain refinement, midrange detail, great looks (subjectively) and the best portability available in a circumaural headphone also with excellent, deep and powerful bass.
Edited by Craigster75 - 1/31/13 at 4:10am