I got my ass to Dallas downtown to try to audition some headphones today without many expectation... To my surprise, I found that Audio Concepts had a really nice selection to listen to. They were really nice and let me listen the time I needed (not like my girlfriend that was rushing me to leave the store). Just some fast impressions in the short audition I did:
- Sennheiser Momentum: These babies have bassssss. They are pretty good for the price and considering they are closed backs. The caps are smaaaaall! Even though the caps are tiny, they are not very uncomfortable. It's weird, your ears sit completely inside but I wouldn't cask them completely over ear.
- PSB M4U 1 & 2: These things are really sweet. They sound superb. I think I like the 2 slightly better but the 1 are more comfortable. Didn't spend much time with them because they are huge and I don't consider them portable. I think there's better option with that size.
- NAD VISO HP50: Pure cream! They are slightly uncomfortable because your ears touch the driver inside, BUT they sound soooo sweet. Definitely one off the best headphones I've listened to under $400 (meaning close back of course). Very detailed and very neutral. Similar to the PSB (here it comes to tastes) and definitely better than the momentum.
Now open backs:
- Beyer DT990: Very smooth sounding and comfortable. Not my style but I can understand why people might prefer them to other headphones.
- Sennheiser HD600 and HD650: Didn't audition them very much because I was more interested fur other stuff but all I can say is you cannot go wrong with either of them. They are really really good headphones and deserve all the pray they get.
The top notch:
- Beyer T1: I cannot say I didn't like them. It's like no wearing them and the sound is superb. You can tell they are clearly at another level, BUT:
- Sennheiser HD800: Guys... These are by far the most impressive headphones I've listened to in my whole live. The soundstage, the imaging, the detail and microdetail, the build quality, the comfort... this is a master piece... Are they better than the Q701 or modded Q701? INDEED! Are they worth the price? I don't know... This will come down to a personal decision. For me? I'm not gonna stop until I get a pair. Everything said, I will wait to get them used or with a better deal, but I'm more than willing to pay $1000-1200 for them.
As a side note, I just re-realized how much of a deal the Q's are for $230-240. They are for sure the best bang for the back out there right now, so keep enjoying them as much as you can because it's difficult to find something better.
I know didn't go much in detail with none of them but I can answer any specific question anybody may have. Just wanted to give a short picture of my inversions. My main purpose was to listen to HD800, NAD VISO HP50 and HE500 (weren't there) and I can say I'm more than satisfy with what I heard.
Just for you to know, my ears are really small, sui you can get an idea of what I was talking about.Edited by Ashade - 12/26/13 at 6:03pm