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post #19801 of 22845

Leather is great and all, but in the hands they feel very light and flimsy. I don't care if they have steel in them, they don't feel like they'd be able to deal with even a SMALL drop without bending and breaking. I was amazed at how cheap they felt the first time I picked up a pair. And yes, I mean the full-size. 

post #19802 of 22845
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I would never class the bass on the M's as "boomy", that's just nonsense.

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Yeah. Boomy, to me, means way too much in the mid/upper bass area. Getting huge amounts of bloat from the AFTER-effect of a bass note rather than the deep tone itself. Like you're hearing echoes of the bass too much. The M100s have no boom, just rumble and thump. A good amount of it, admittedly.

+A Million on this! The bass of the m100 are not boomy.. I can describe them as clear clean bass.. Bass that you can hear when a bass players that hits those strings that are connected to a very good bass amplifier. Solid and clean! Never heard them became muddy even with max volume(just gave a test on it, i dont want to be deaf at a young age) on my player..
post #19803 of 22845
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gl0ry, I can understand the M-100s not being your cup of tea (different strokes and all that). What I don't really get is why you're keeping your them if you dislike the sound so much...already enjoy the Beats Studio 2014 as a bassy closed alternative...and readily admit you have a predilection for open, neutral cans...

 

Even if you got the V-MODAs on a steep discount, surely you could still recoup the funds (however small they may have been) and invest them in another set of headphones you might like more. Are you really just holding onto the M-100s as a collector's item to visually observe?

 

You're right.  I just have a liking to the headphones because I customized the shield and really like the looks of it.  I should just sell them since they're not my preference.

post #19804 of 22845
I really wanted the Momentums but when I tried them I wasn't impressed with their sound but more particularly they didn't feel secure on my head. As I was looking for cans to be used on the go this is an important factor. I took a gamble with the M-100's and bought without auditioning them but I haven't been disappointed. It's true there seems to be some build quality issues concerning the cups and wing plates and that's not good. I guess nothing is perfect. In my opinion the best portable headphones of those I've tried are the Sennheiser PX100II's. They certainly punch well above their weight, in comfort, durability & sound quality. They're cheap too, relatively speaking.
post #19805 of 22845
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You're right.  I just have a liking to the headphones because I customized the shield and really like the looks of it.  I should just sell them since they're not my preference.

 

Gotcha. It can see it being tough to part with something you've gone out of your way to personalize.

post #19806 of 22845
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Leather is great and all, but in the hands they feel very light and flimsy. I don't care if they have steel in them, they don't feel like they'd be able to deal with even a SMALL drop without bending and breaking. I was amazed at how cheap they felt the first time I picked up a pair. And yes, I mean the full-size. 

Totally agree. I have been testing the momentums for a while and there is nothing on them that I would take over the M-100 except the plug that you can adjust to any angle I guess :D
And the cups..well I have a Meguiar leather cleaner I use on all my headphones and on the Momentums for some reason they always end up with some white powdery thing on them that I hate. No idea why it does that but in any case, to me the M-100 is the one for sure.


Edited by shaolin95 - 3/29/14 at 10:11am
post #19807 of 22845

So I got my Final Audio Design Pandora Hope VI's in the mail (wow that's a lot of name). In terms of being "M100's on steroids", that's what they are. Imagine an M100 with all that big bass, but clearer mids, more crystal highs, a wider soundstage and better separation. That's the Hope VI. They are absolutely sublime.

 

Now, imagine that they, like the M100s, have that gnarly problem with the ear resting right against the speaker grill, only even MORE so. Yep, that's the Hope VI!

 

Do they sound better than the M100? Yes. They do. A good bit, even. They do what the M100 does, and do it better. BUT, and this is a significant "but", they are much bigger, less secure on the head, and cost more than twice as much. To that end, I'm calling the Hope VI a luxury purchase to grab if you have money coming out of your ears and just want to buy them because you can. They are a superior headphone and that's all there is to it. However, I'm still calling the M100's the ultimate "modern audiophile" headphone overall just because of the incredibly slick look, the better comfort and security on the head, the customizable ear pads, and the fact that they're $300 new and not $800-1000. 

 

I'm keeping both, the Hope VI will be my "at home" headphone, and I'll use the M100 whenever I'm out and about. It's really not a wild sonic change between them (and if you were to ask if the Hope VI sounds 2.5x better or $500 better I'd say no), so switching from one to the other doesn't give that "well I'm going out, time to listen to music THIS way". 

 

My journey has come to an end. I have my "Summit-fi" headphones and have no interest in any others, and I have my portables. I've discovered what sound I like and have maximized it as far as I can tell. The M100, barring my ability to check out the P&W P7, remains the ultimate modern headphone by my estimation. 

post #19808 of 22845
I hate IEM's and they hate me. I've lost count of the ones I've owned and never really got along with.

Have you tried open-back headphones yet?
post #19809 of 22845

I have! I like them, but I do really prefer the intimate sealed-in sound of closed-back. I don't want the rest of the world butting in on my music, LOL. Whenever I tried all the HiFiMan, Grado, Audeze, and Sennheiser opens I just found myself going "this sounds awesome, it's just a shame I can hear everything around me." Don't get me wrong, the HD650/LCD2/PS500 were AWESOME. Just not my thing. 

 

I do like IEMs but only in limited applications. Gym, travel when I simply can't have big hardware, stuff like that. I do love my Futuresonic Atrio MG7. With foam tips they're wonderful. Klipsch S4 are in my gym bag as well. But right now? I don't even really have the desire. I have a pair of headphones that cost enough to make people question my sanity. Life is good, hahaha.

post #19810 of 22845
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I hate IEM's and they hate me. I've lost count of the ones I've owned and never really got along with.

Have you tried open-back headphones yet?
A thousand times yes. I have yet to find an earphone that sounds good to me, and is comfortable. The Ultrasone Pyco and Xiaomi Piston sound pretty good though. The very popular VSonic GR07 didn't sound all that good to me.
post #19811 of 22845

I haven't tried too many good IEMs. Best I think I had were the Shure SE215's. Great headphones, but didn't really blow me away.

post #19812 of 22845

Just received my V-MODA XS and as a bonus they included a free audio-only cable. I'm listening to both the XS and M-100 and switching back and forth between the Speakeasy and audio-only and notice no volume differences. For reference I'm using foobar 2000 with Windows 7 listening to Yello in FLAC (Thanks Zorrofox. Totally dig their sound) through a FiiO E17 at volume level 45 with zero gain docked with a FiiO E9 set at 9:30 on the potentiometer. I notice a volume difference switching between headphones (different driver sizes and impedance), but the cable has no noticeable effect.

post #19813 of 22845

See what happens without the E17. My THEORY is that whenever it's plugged into something that can use the mic input the signal gets muffled. Otherwise it's bypassed. 

post #19814 of 22845

That did it. Using it out of my phone there's an obvious volume difference. Kind of like going from 6 gain to 12 gain on my E9. I also got the chance to try the 3.5mm output on my FiiO E9 and got a similar result with the volume. Since none of my other cables played well with the built-in 3.5mm jack I had to use a 1/4in adapter, but since I have an audio-only I got a chance to test this for the first time. Similar volume difference between using the two outputs on the amp and swapping cables on my phone.


Edited by SpiderNhan - 3/29/14 at 2:55pm
post #19815 of 22845
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Originally Posted by SomeGuyDude View Post

I haven't tried too many good IEMs. Best I think I had were the Shure SE215's. Great headphones, but didn't really blow me away.

The GR07 BEs are by far the best IEM I've found to compliment the M100s for gym use. And I've tried virtually every headphone under 300. It was a brutal trip but I am glad I finally found the "end game" for the gym at least. Thank goodness they canceled the discontinuation of it. Too many people dig it I guess.
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