Originally Posted by pandabear1
Right, so for some good bass and clear mid/highs I can't get anything better than the m100's for $300 eh?
Well, you have to take into consideration other things but for sound quality only, I would actually take the Yamaha Pro 500s over the M100s and in fact, these have been priced at less than $200 on some Amazon Warehouse deals!!!
As I put up on my Pro500 review (note that not all are basshead cans, just a few I've tried off the top of my head...):
Comfort: Mad Dogs --> D5000s --> Sony MDR-1R --> Denon D600 --> Yamaha Pro 500 --> Signature Pro --> SRH940 --> A900X --> V-MODA M100
(this is taking into consideration both earpad and headband feel)
Build: Signature Pro --> Mad Dogs --> A900X --> Denon D600 --> Sony MDR-1R --> V-MODA M100 --> Yamaha Pro 500 --> D5000s --> SRH940
(if you wonder why the M100s ranked low, cracked wing-tips on supposedly indestructible headphones! BAH!)
Sound Quality: Signature Pro --> Mad Dogs --> D5000s --> Yamaha Pro 500 --> Sony MDR-1R --> V-Moda M100 --> Denon D600 --> A900X --> SRH940s (note, ALL of these have a GREAT sound and some are "special" on specific genres, but when nitpicking, this is how I would choose them)
Contents: V-Moda M100 --> Signature Pro --> Yamaha Pro 500 --> Denon D600 --> SRH940 --> Sony MDR-1R --> Mad Dogs --> D5000 == A900x
So basically, you have to keep in mind what you really like and want. For portability, I still believe the M100 is king, and with good sound to boot. Sound quality wise, Pro500s I find better than a lot of headphones I have tried but comfort is bad for me. If you have a large head, you might like 'em!
Originally Posted by adamlr
im past the stage where all i want is overwhelming bass. i need a good pair of headphones who are bass capable - how overwhelming their bass becomes is up to me and my equalizer =]
are you saying the m-100 bass quality is superior to the jvcs? how about the rest of the spectrum?
its starting to look like the d5000 is what i want, but at ~700$ i just cant afford it, thats about twice what i pay for rent! if they were still in production, and could be fetched for ~500$ it would still be a stretch, but i probably would have considered it. oh well... perhaps ill get the d2000 IF theyre still around when i scrape up the money for them. but paying twice as much for a product because its been discontinued just seems wrong to me... does that make me stinchy?
does anyone have a recommendation for a pair of headphones thats in between the m-100 and the signature dj, that costs ~400-500$? looks like the yamaha pro-500 are the only ones, and based on what ive read theyre not worth it...
from the research i did, which isnt exactly extensive in all fairness, looks like the m-100 are your best bet in the <1000$ range, unless your willing to pay x2-3 for a discontinued pair of denons/jvcs, or settle for a slight improvement that costs significantly more. i guess thats what they call diminishing returns...
Have you tried the Audio Technica Bass cannons? Or maybe the Sony XB1000/500? JVCs CAN indeed slam hard, and EQ'ed they are just different machines but I don't like EQ'ing! lol Is the bass better on the M100s? Regarding quality, yes, I think notes decay faster and don't really muddy up the mids that much. Quantity, the JVCs might have the edge (but I don't have the m100s with me... will get them again if they decide to finally release the XL pads...)
Pro500s I found excellent, like I mentioned above... I believe they are worth it! But if you find a deal on Amazon Warehouse, even better!!
Yeah, Diminishing returns is definitely "real"... Sig DJs are excellent though, and so are the Sig Pros. If you find them for $800 or less, buy with confidence! Right now I'm trying Perfect Sounds D901 headphone: http://www.perfect-sound.com.tw/dido/d901w.html
They remind me of the Sig Pros but airier with more Soundstage... still need to test bass tracks but I have the flu so I will stick from judging sound until I get better. ;-) The Denon D5000 are indeed special. Might sound harsh up top sometimes, but I love it's sound. Couple of weeks ago acquired a fully modified one with Lawton Mods and I'm definitely enjoying them again (I had the stock version before...)
Anyway, the M100s are not a bad buy if you want good sound, portability, etc.