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post #2266 of 20261
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post

 

I'm waiting somewhat for a go-ahead (of what I can say in it's SQ, or show in pix) before saying anymore.

 

But one final note for those who are questioning if the M-100 are worth its proposed/estimated $300, at least in my opinion in a word - a resounding "YES!" in comparison to what's available in the market now. I really don't wanna sound so much of a V-Moda fanboy but in tonight's "gathering", let's just say that I've come out of the dinner/meet smiling. This is from a FitEar TO GO! 334, Fostex TH900, and Stax SR-009 user.

 

Go ahead and say what you want on the sound... Just remember to not post the pic of the surprise feature we are adding... and nobody, including myself, has seen all the FINAL FINAL FINAL color schemes that are very minimalist, military, spy-worthy and fashionable at the same time.  We have to keep SOMETHING secret til launch, afterall ;>.

 

-V


Edited by valkolton - 6/25/12 at 8:59am
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post #2268 of 20261
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@Craigster75...about your SigPros vs M-100, if you're able to hold off on your decision I highly recommend you to do so. Initially when I saw your post in the SigPro thread, I was going to say that the M-100 and the SigPros were just comparing apples to oranges (based on my initial impressions of the prototype M-100s I heard in the Fujiya May Headphone Festival, I've just had an opportunity to have a listen to a (majorly!!) updated version of the M-100s tonight and reverse my initial impressions. So if you're able to wait, please do so.

 

For those of you whom may have heard the prototypes of the M-100 either in April or May, all I can say for now is that with what I've heard tonight at least in my opinion, forget what you may have heard in the earlier prototypes :D. I'm waiting somewhat for a go-ahead (of what I can say in it's SQ, or show in pix) before saying anymore.

 

But one final note for those who are questioning if the M-100 are worth its proposed/estimated $300, at least in my opinion in a word - a resounding "YES!" in comparison to what's available in the market now. I really don't wanna sound so much of a V-Moda fanboy but in tonight's "gathering", let's just say that I've come out of the dinner/meet smiling. This is from a FitEar TO GO! 334, Fostex TH900, and Stax SR-009 user.


AnakChan,

Thank you for validating my gut instinct.  Having your recommendation with your listening experience and knowing that I really like the sound of the Sig Pro means a great deal.  I would actually prefer more prominent bass than the Sig Pro provides which I am gathering from recent posts is about where the M-100 may end up.  Yes, I can and will wait for the M-100.


Edited by Craigster75 - 6/25/12 at 9:24am
post #2269 of 20261
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Originally Posted by valkolton View Post

 

Go ahead and say what you want on the sound... Just remember to not post the pic of the surprise feature we are adding... and nobody, including myself, has seen all the FINAL FINAL FINAL color schemes that are very minimalist, military, spy-worthy and fashionable at the same time.  We have to keep SOMETHING secret til launch, afterall ;>.

 

-V

omg

post #2270 of 20261
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Originally Posted by DaBomb77766 View Post

omg

+15

 

Can't wait to hear more on the sounds and colors.. This wait is killing me.

post #2271 of 20261
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Originally Posted by BRSxIgnition View Post

+15

 

Can't wait to hear more on the sounds and colors.. This wait is killing me.

 

+16

post #2272 of 20261

Cheers Val!

 

So, I'll have to pre-empt everyone that this merely an introductory impression of the M-100 I heard today, 'cos I listened to them in 3-5 minute segments quite a couple of times over a 3 hr period throughout the dinner. But to it kick it off, I'll have to re-iterate, the M-100s today are a far cry from what I'd heard in the prototype brought to the Fujiya May Headphone festival.

 

Straight into the Sound

The bass I've heard today are much more textured, smooth and refined. I recall seeing some post in this thread about the LP2 type bass, at least in my opinion, it's not comparable - I'm not gonna be shy about this to say that I'm probably not too much of an LP2 fan but, I'm definitely like the M-80 and after tonight, M series as a whole. In fact anyone who searches my impressions of the May M-100 prototype may recall that I even mentioned that the bass was somewhat boomy but today's experience was a completely different. In fact I find it hard to accept that it's even the same iteration of the product. This is probably one of the most welcoming surprises in today's quick listen.

 

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As for the highs, not only they're definitely more apparent but also more refined - again in comparison to the May M-100 prototype. I believe in my past posts, I had already mentioned that the earlier prototype had more forward trebles than the M-80. Well today's listen was more transparency in the trebles. Now, this isn't a "sparkly" treble like Grados or even HD-25's, I'd describe it as between neutral to forward. In my mind when listening, I couldn't help comparing it to FitEar's TO GO! 334's presentation of the treble (which I've grown to love), and found the similar category. 

 

For the mids, well I loved the M-80 mids and as with this I love it too. Unfortunately I wish I paid more attention to it in comparison to the M-80's but I didn't. So I don't wanna comment more about this until I get more listening time to the M-100's.

 

Along with the mids, I can't comment more about the soundstage (width and depth), and timbre too 'cos I do need more listening time in a controlled environment. I do hope I'll get more time with the M-100 to be able to comment on those attributes.

 

The albums I did listen to in today's brief impressions include Tron Legacy, Black Eyed Peas E.N.D, Lana Del Rey's Born to Die, Gerry Mulligan's "Night Lights" (Jazz), and an 80's pop of which I'm trying to recollect which album it is. Although I've not tried electronic music (e.g. YMO, Jean Michel Jarre, Kitaro), or classical, for what I briefly heard today, at least to me it's surprisingly an all-rounder headphone.

 

The Fit and Operation

Isolation! To the best of my recollection of the LP2's and M-80s, I feel the M-100's isolate better than those other models - I'm gonna need to head back to the store to test out the LP2s and M-80's again to confirm. Note that it's not where the SigPros or HD-25's are at, in terms of isolation, but at the same time it doesn't give you a headache if you get what I mean. I reckon that it's isolation is at the right level where it doesn't clamp too hard on my head (Aside: I sold my HD-25's 10 yrs back 'cos I couldn't bear wearing them more than an hr at a time). With the M-100 pair I tried today, I think I would be comfortable wearing them for hours.

 

One feature I couldn't stop playing with was how the headphone collapses, this is just simply neat (sorry for an 80's term slipping out here ;-)). Operationally this hasn't changed from the earlier prototype, but the "snappiness" of how it does it just feels so much more precise, decisive and industrial. It just snaps back in with no concern of alignment or fidgetiness. Despite the more "moving parts", I don't think I'd be worried about durability of the hinges. They are big and industrial. I couldn't stop playing around with it snapping it open/close continuously.

 

As for the case, the shell (as far as I remember) is still similar to the ones I saw in the Tokyo May Festival, however it's still not finalised yet. It's was and is still a very cool looking clamshell case.

 

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In case you guys were expecting the new split mic from remote cable, the cables in the pix were onizukajp's M-80 cables with the integrated mic/remote controls in a single unit. Also notice how low profile the headphone is?

 

I'm probably going to end it here for now as after-all this is initially supposed to be a brief impression and I've written more than I expected. But I do wanna close this with a big thanks to V-moda's Val & Gavin (V-Moda Asia Pacific), VentureCraft's Hamada-san and Nemoto-san, and Focal Point's Chris, V-Moda's distributor in Japan, for welcoming myself and onizukajp tonight. And an added thanks to VentureCraft for hosting the dinner too - 2nd time in 2 months for fellow Tokyo Head-fiers!

 

L-R: Nemoto-san, Chris, Hamada-san, onizukajp, Val, me (AnakChan), Gavin

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P.S. in case anyone asks, yes the VAmp was also featured in today's gathering, but that'll be in a different thread ;-).

post #2273 of 20261

First @AnakChan 

I always enjoy your opinions, your a dependable objectivist. I was worried this thread was becoming the epitome of fanboyism, as was keeping my excitement down to a low, Because for better or worse I will compare these to the D2k, which is a tall order. 

    

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Originally Posted by valkolton View Post

 

Go ahead and say what you want on the sound... Just remember to not post the pic of the surprise feature we are adding... and nobody, including myself, has seen all the FINAL FINAL FINAL color schemes that are very minimalist, military, spy-worthy and fashionable at the same time.  We have to keep SOMETHING secret til launch, afterall ;>.

 

-V

                    Shields, rest

minimalist,   : White, on white

military,       : Camo 

spy-worthy  : Matte black, ala Aplha units

fashionable : Milano Red, ? 

 

hows that?

post #2274 of 20261

Thank you again AnakChan,

 

Aside from Val's posts, this is the most informative I have read since this thread's inception.
 

post #2275 of 20261

Thanks AnakChan your description of the new M-100 has gotten me really intrigued.

post #2276 of 20261
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post

@Craigster75...about your SigPros vs M-100, if you're able to hold off on your decision I highly recommend you to do so. Initially when I saw your post in the SigPro thread, I was going to say that the M-100 and the SigPros were just comparing apples to oranges (based on my initial impressions of the prototype M-100s I heard in the Fujiya May Headphone Festival, I've just had an opportunity to have a listen to a (majorly!!) updated version of the M-100s tonight and reverse my initial impressions. So if you're able to wait, please do so.

 

For those of you whom may have heard the prototypes of the M-100 either in April or May, all I can say for now is that with what I've heard tonight at least in my opinion, forget what you may have heard in the earlier prototypes :D. I'm waiting somewhat for a go-ahead (of what I can say in it's SQ, or show in pix) before saying anymore.

 

But one final note for those who are questioning if the M-100 are worth its proposed/estimated $300, at least in my opinion in a word - a resounding "YES!" in comparison to what's available in the market now. I really don't wanna sound so much of a V-Moda fanboy but in tonight's "gathering", let's just say that I've come out of the dinner/meet smiling. This is from a FitEar TO GO! 334, Fostex TH900, and Stax SR-009 user.

 

This is just so painfully SWEET to hear. Thank you so much for this post. I've been anticipating the M-100 for so long that this is seriously music to my ears.

 

EDIT: Just read your further impressions and I'm grateful for the fact that you mentioned timbre and soundstage, and that you will comment more on that when you have more listening time. Looking at those photos, I can't help just love the styling and knowing that there will be better isolation is a huge plus in my book. I was hoping the M-100 would be an all-rounder headphone and I'm glad to hear they will be more than worth the price tag. Thanks again for your great impressions! This is definitely the headphone for me. 


Edited by roma101 - 6/25/12 at 12:39pm
post #2277 of 20261

Where are these sold (will be sold) in the Hollywood area?  I figure there should be a place to go try good headphones in the area.    

post #2278 of 20261

Any chance of putting them crossfaders on miss libertys head i sent you val..just reminding you in case you forgot ..thanks! http://soundcloud.com/masterchief-117/goa-classic-mix Here's a nice bit of music for you all to listen to reading the threads..

post #2279 of 20261

I'm too lazy to read through this whole thread, but is there a concrete release date? Someone answered July 1, but is thata definite? I'm thinking of getting the Denon 1100's , but if the M-100's are due soon, I'll get those instead.
 

post #2280 of 20261
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Originally Posted by dcfac73 View Post

I'm too lazy to read through this whole thread, but is there a concrete release date? Someone answered July 1, but is thata definite? I'm thinking of getting the Denon 1100's , but if the M-100's are due soon, I'll get those instead.
 

Really? One page back.... you could atleast try.

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