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Originally Posted by Enki View Post

Got my M-100's this morning here in South Africa, right now I'm trying to put on my custom face plates, but it seems like a mission with those screws.  Did everyone else have trouble with that?
 


The included allen wrench didn't work for me, I had to go to the tool box and get out my mini "screwdriver" set that has various small hex/allen/etc.. bits.

post #7742 of 21068
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Originally Posted by Enki View Post

Got my M-100's this morning here in South Africa, right now I'm trying to put on my custom face plates, but it seems like a mission with those screws.  Did everyone else have trouble with that?
 


Changed mine out last night, it takes patience and a steady hand.  Also dropped the Allen wrench a few times and took awhile to find, but everything came out great.

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Sadly, I have had a similar experience... Oh, the apple employees were very nice and weren't as rude, it's just that I went into a few interviews, and after they found out that I knew their marketing materials and could also rattle off most of their tech and specs by heart, and the conversation moved on to them asking a few questions about stuff they didn't know about (such as DACs and the benefits of camera tech, despite me wanting to get back on Apple topics). At some point their eyes glazed over and I'm pretty sure my reflection in those glazy eyes was a big sign labeled "Dork" slapped in front of my face. They said thanks, we're moving forward with other candidates in an email (at least they responded this time), and I knew that though I had passed their smarties test... I had failed the "cool" test.

I think in my case, it was more the culture of my neighborhood than Apple as a whole. I had forgotten what the people in the borough I grew up in we're like, because I had been away at college and travel long enough to learn that my borough is pretty snooty about being cool.
post #7744 of 21068

I changed a friends LP2 shields and with an allenwrench I had at home it was no problems at all but the one that came with the package ruined the screws.

post #7745 of 21068
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Originally Posted by Evshrug View Post

Sadly, I have had a similar experience... Oh, the apple employees were very nice and weren't as rude, it's just that I went into a few interviews, and after they found out that I knew their marketing materials and could also rattle off most of their tech and specs by heart, and the conversation moved on to them asking a few questions about stuff they didn't know about (such as DACs and the benefits of camera tech, despite me wanting to get back on Apple topics). At some point their eyes glazed over and I'm pretty sure my reflection in those glazy eyes was a big sign labeled "Dork" slapped in front of my face. They said thanks, we're moving forward with other candidates in an email (at least they responded this time), and I knew that though I had passed their smarties test... I had failed the "cool" test.
I think in my case, it was more the culture of my neighborhood than Apple as a whole. I had forgotten what the people in the borough I grew up in we're like, because I had been away at college and travel long enough to learn that my borough is pretty snooty about being cool.


With the growth of the portable, closed headphone segment over the past few years, it would be great to see a headphone superstore in the US like they have in Japan.  Best Buy seems to be making an effort with their listening stations in Magnolia and the main store, but other than a few sparse high-end audio stores, it is difficult to audition some of the headphones I am most curious about.  It can be frustrating when I am in Best Buy where parents are looking for headphones for their kid and are deciding between Beats and Souls, with no apparent knowledge that great companies like V-Moda even exist.  Maybe a store like this does exist in NY or LA, but it sure isn't in Philly.

post #7746 of 21068

Alright, with some patience I managed to change them.  Then I decided the first song I wanted to listen to was Nero - Doomsday, and wow that rumble totally blew me away, very satisfied with the sound so far.

 

post #7747 of 21068
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Originally Posted by Craigster75 View Post

Also posted in UE forum:

UE6000 vs. M-100 Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Since several have been asking and I am an impatient creature by nature, here is a comparison between the M-100 and UE6000 (passive mode) with the winner in each category listed.  If I felt any other headphone I have auditioned or owned in the past 6 months was in a league with either of these, they would have been included as well (I will give an honorable mention shout out to the PSB M4U2), so let me state up front that after an extensive headphone search, I am thrilled to find two fantastic, standout headphones and that, if your budget allows, I recommend owning both.  However, if you must choose one, here is my feedback, IMHO, to hopefully help assist with your decision:

Comfort- UE6000  Although heavier and larger, the UE6000 has less clamping force and, more importantly for me larger, deeper, plusher cups that fit around my ears better.  I could wear these for hours.  After an hour or so, I felt some discomfort with the M-100.

Build/appearance- M-100 The industrial design and innovative hinges of the M-100 are a thing of beauty.  I enjoy just looking at my white M-100s and will be adding my blue shields shortly.  The UE6000 is not an ugly headphone.  It looks to me like a copy of the Denon D600 design which I think is fine, but nothing special.  Regarding build quality, no comparison.  M-100 is a solid piece of electronic machinery complete with riveted stainless steel.  The UE6000 seems to have a sturdy headband, but I worry about the cheap plastic cups and battery compartment.

Bass- I have to call this a draw. UE6000 bass seems deeper and more authoritative.  M-100 bass is also deep and authoritative, yet also tighter and I feel the drivers pushing air at high volume with bass boost.

Mids- M-100 Both provide excellent mids.  Compared to other headphones I have heard (not top-tier summit-fi) Detail/resolution in the UE6000 is an 8 out of 10; M-100 is a 9 out of 10.

Highs- M-100 The UE6000 has highs I would consider very close to neutral.  This works extremely well with current popular music that seems to have a treble emphasis, smoothing out those highs and providing a highly pleasurable listening experience that is by no means dark and can even sparkle somewhat.  The M-100 fills in the small bit of rolloff that is missing from the UE6000 and smoothly extends the highs almost to brightness with absolutely no harshness- quite an accomplishment.

Overall sound- This is really a close call for me.  I initially purchased the UE6000 as something to hold me over until the M-100 came out and it turned out to be much more than I expected.  I expect to continue to listen to both headphones and have no intention of returning either, which is saying something because I have returned several headphones in the past few months while waiting for the release of the M-100 including: M-Audio Q40, Audio Technica ATH_PRO700MK2, Sennheiser Amperior, Denon D600, Denon D400 and Sennheiser Momentum.  I have also auditioned dozens more.  All of these returns were based on sonic flaws I felt were dealbreakers, so you could say I consider the M-100 and UE6000 as close to the perfect headphone for me that I have found.

Both present bass in a way that is exciting, enjoyable and adds to the rest of the frequency range.  Both have clean, accurate mids.  Both have enjoyable silky smooth highs.  In the end, I must give a slight edge to the M-100 based on the silky-smooth extended highs that are incredibly detailed.  If I can compare the M-100 to any other headphone on the market, it would be an Ultrasone Signature Pro and I would actually say the M-100 is superior.  While there is slightly less resolution than the Sig Pro, the M-100s highs are much smoother with zero sibilance and the M-100 has a superior bass presentation to the Sig Pro.  Somehow, V-Moda managed to engineer a headphone that I believe can truly sound amazing with every genre.

I congratulate both companies on developing amazing products and look forward to enjoying both for years to come.

Wow Craigster75! When you first started buying and returning headphones in short time, I wasn't sure you would find satisfaction. I think you might've heard others wonder the same thing. That the V-MODA actually DID live up to your expectations and tight preferences, is a BIG accomplishment for V-MODA (and the UE6000) and yourself, and I'm very happy for you smily_headphones1.gif

A nice write up, as well.
post #7748 of 21068
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Originally Posted by Evshrug View Post


Wow Craigster75! When you first started buying and returning headphones in short time, I wasn't sure you would find satisfaction. I think you might've heard others wonder the same thing. That the V-MODA actually DID live up to your expectations and tight preferences, is a BIG accomplishment for V-MODA (and the UE6000) and yourself, and I'm very happy for you smily_headphones1.gif
A nice write up, as well.

Thanks! I posted this a little while ago on another forum:

 

I'm having a good headphone problem. I'm about to go out for a walk and I cannot decide which headphone to bring with me- M-100 or UE6000.  For me, my headphone need is completely filled with both of these.  Any upcoming releases I would listen to would be based on general curiosity rather than a desire to find something better.

post #7749 of 21068

I'm using the M-100 with V-MODA's VAMP portable DAC/amp. Has anyone else used the M-100 with a portable amp and had good results? Sharing your stories would be appreciated.

post #7750 of 21068
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Originally Posted by Craigster75 View Post


With the growth of the portable, closed headphone segment over the past few years, it would be great to see a headphone superstore in the US like they have in Japan.  Best Buy seems to be making an effort with their listening stations in Magnolia and the main store, but other than a few sparse high-end audio stores, it is difficult to audition some of the headphones I am most curious about.  It can be frustrating when I am in Best Buy where parents are looking for headphones for their kid and are deciding between Beats and Souls, with no apparent knowledge that great companies like V-Moda even exist.  Maybe a store like this does exist in NY or LA, but it sure isn't in Philly.

Thanks for the response. Best buy's selection has expanded a little recently, I was surprised to see the Magnolia department in my local Best Buy (south hills Pittsburgh... it's ok, I'm not a hockey fan wink.gif ) had some of the Sennheiser 500 HD series headphones, AKG K550, and Audio Technica a9x (I forget the model name ATM), but still it is only a small selection of the wider world. I hear there is a larger headphone selection in the Guitar Store/World (again, one is a local guitar shop, the other is the national chain that I'm referring to, but I forget the name ATM), and I saw a sealed box of the M-80s at RadioShack, but brick-and-mortar stores featuring high-end headphones are rare. I don't think there are any high-end photography stores in Pgh either (I've looked, and googled).

If I knew more like-minded people in my city, I could see a business potential wink.gif

Edit: RE your good headphone "problem"
Not a bad problem at all! I so jealous. I actually had the horrible timing to lose Internet connection during the pre-order phase. But my discount from the recycle photo contest should be good for the MP units, hopefully the holiday season won't bankrupt me this year (thought I'd have found full-time work by now).
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FiiO E11.  M-100 is driven nicely by my Iphone, but I noticed a significant improvement with bass performance through the E11 and was able to generate "purring" from my drivers on bass-heavy tracks.  Anything by Pitbull is a great reference for bass.
Apparently, so is most anything by Gemini. Let me know if you decide to upgrade to that E12 later; I'm going to need a portable amp smily_headphones1.gif
Edited by Evshrug - 10/12/12 at 7:47am
post #7751 of 21068
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Originally Posted by songmic View Post

I'm using the M-100 with V-MODA's VAMP portable DAC/amp. Has anyone else used the M-100 with a portable amp and had good results? Sharing your stories would be appreciated.


FiiO E11.  M-100 is driven nicely by my Iphone, but I noticed a significant improvement with bass performance through the E11 and was able to generate "purring" from my drivers on bass-heavy tracks.  Anything by Pitbull is a great reference for bass.


Edited by Craigster75 - 10/12/12 at 7:43am
post #7752 of 21068
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Originally Posted by Craigster75 View Post


FiiO E11.  M-100 is driven nicely by my Iphone, but I noticed a significant improvement with bass performance through the E11 and was able to generate "purring" from my drivers on bass-heavy tracks.  Anything by Pitbull is a great reference for bass.

 

How would you compare the mids/vocals, how forward are they in comparision to UE6000, Q40, ATH-PRO700MK2 etc. that you've had experience with. Is it more "in-your-face"-sounding or a bit more distant/laid-back/polite sounding?


Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 10/12/12 at 7:52am
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Originally Posted by Leon Dota View Post

My unboxing (sort of) video!


Dude! Love your sideburns, hair, & jacket! But also, thanks for the hardware overview, it was a good video smily_headphones1.gif

It looks like you're inside a state college dorm room XD
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I could lecture and speak for years about retail and "YACH" (yet another celebrity headphone) companies "lemming-like" behavior in the USA & Europe vs Japan and Asia.  But a picture speaks a thousand words...

 

-Vunkle Scrooge

 

LEMMING

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemming

 

 


Edited by valkolton - 10/12/12 at 9:13am
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post #7755 of 21068
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Originally Posted by Craigster75 View Post


With the growth of the portable, closed headphone segment over the past few years, it would be great to see a headphone superstore in the US like they have in Japan.

 

 

I don't know that any city in the US other than NYC has the density to support a place like Fujiya AVIC or e-earphone in Tokyo.

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