Originally Posted by Craigster75
The M-100 hits all these check boxes for me. While I respect miceblue's opinion and the extensive time and effort placed in his review and comments, I disagree with the conclusion as they seem highly critical of what I consider to be the best sounding headphone in their price range and and close to my ideal of perfection in a headphone I have heard anywhere near its price range. The tight, punchy bass in particular stands out among any headphone in their price range. I also feel that Momentum's bass is intrusive and muddy compared to M-100. On the other end of the frequency spectrum, I find Momentum's highs harsh compared to extended yet smooth for M-100. Just my two cents.
Yeah, no I can understand. The M-100's are perfect for you, which is great as you have been looking for a perfect headphone for quite some time now. ;)
But again, I had a hard time deciding for what audience I should write the review to, and I mention things for both types of audiences (traditional audiophiles, and "Modern audiophiles"/"road warriors").
As a "road warrior", I gave the M-100 4/5 stars for audio quality, the only issue being the laid back midrange.
For me and my purposes, the M-100's are the best portable, mobile headphone I have ever touched and so they have a high value to me. As a mobile "road warrior" listener, the M-100 provides a very balanced sound for nearly every genre of music I throw at it from my Clip Zip. Again, I must emphasise that the M-100 is by far the best-sounding mobile headphone I have touched. I've tried many different portable headphones and the M-100 is almost always on the top. The Crossfade M-100 really is the perfect headphone for my purposes as it easily, EASILY slayed the criteria I had prior to going through this "journey" and it goes way beyond what I had in store. In comparison, other headphones I've tried can only meet, but not exceed these criteria.
That seems to coincide with what you're saying about the M-100.
As a traditional audiophile, I gave the M-100 a 3.5/5 because many people were expecting a more audiophile-friendly headphone as opposed to a mobile headphone...or as Tyll himself calls it, a basshead headphone. A basshead headphone is good for certain genres, and not good for many more. Many people have stated that this is a genre-specific headphone.
Tracks and Albums I've Listened To (Click to show)
Does the M-100 live up to its hype? In my honest opinion, going from what Head-Fiers usually want from a super-hyped headphone, no. It doesn't seem to have the same sound signature of the M-80 from my experience and is more of a consumer-audiophile headphone as opposed to the M-80's more audiophile-consumer sound. Some people on Head-Fi looking for an upgrade from the M-80 might find themselves a bit disappointed with the large increase in bass, more "sibilant" treble, and still laid back midrange. Resulting from this is a very "iffy" headphone when it comes to different music genres. Electronic music excels with this kind of sound signature, but many do not benefit from this type of signature.
Most of the albums are either in the form of a CD, accurately ripped EAC FLAC files, or FLAC files downloaded from Bandcamp. If I used an MP3 file, except where noted, it was likely encoded as a V0 LAME MP3 file.
László Szendrey-Karper - Hungarian Chamber Orchestra - Guitar Concertos & Sonatas - Antonio Vivaldi & Francesco Geminiani
Leo Ku - Strings Fever
Opus Two, Charles Bernard, Marin Mazzie - Leonard Bernstein: Violin Sonata, Piano Trio, New Transcriptions
Yo-Yo Ma - Richard Strauss, Benjamin Britten: Sonata for Cello & Piano, Simply Baroque 2
Yury Boukoff, Mark Drobinsky, Rasma Lielmane - Richard Strauss: Les Trois Sonates
2CELLOS - 2CELLOS
Lindsey Stirling - Lindsey Stirling
Ambidextrous & Morkva - A&M
Amon Tobin - Bricolage, Foley Room, ISAM, Out from Out Where
Basshunter - LOL <(^^,)>
Deadmau5 - 4x4=12, For Lack of a Better Name, Random Album Title
Fighter X - various unreleased tracks
Fila Brazillia - Luck Be A Weirdo Tonight
Ladytron - Best of 00-10 Deluxe Edition
Little People - Mickey Mouse Operation, Unreleased Bits & Pieces (Part 1), Unreleased Bits & Pieces (Part 2), We Are But Hunks Of Wood
Massive Attack - Mezzanine
Tiësto - Magikal Journey: The Hits Collection
Trash80 - Hologram EP, Icarus EP, Weeklybeats 2012, various singles
V2V Online - various music streams (available on SoundCloud)
Yosi Horikawa - Wandering EP
Ottmar Liebert - The Hours Between Night + Day, Up Close
12 Girls Band - Eastern Energy, Romantic Energy
Beth Orton - Comfort of Strangers, Daybreaker, Trailer Park
Chen Dacan Chinese Ensemble, Soloist Li He - Classical Chinese Folk Music, Featuring the Chinese Flute
Joanna Wang - Start From Here
Shan Di Orchestra - China-The Middle Kingdom
Various Artists - Pu'ukani: 'Sweet Music' of Hawai'i
Jon Cleary - Jon Cleary and the absolute monster gentlemen
Tower of Power - Bump City
M-Flo - Cosmicolor
Quincy Jones - Back on the Block
98.9 Smooth Jazz KWJZ - Free CD Music Sampler
Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
Deems - Deem's Greatest Hits
Fourplay - Between the Sheets, Fourplay
Mongo Santamaría - Montreux Heat!
Quincy Jones - From Q, with Love
Vince Guaraldi - A Charlie Brown Christmas [Starbucks Exclusive]
Gabriela Montero - Baroque, En Concert à Montréal - Frédéric Chopin, Sergei Rachmaninov
Yuja Wang -
Adele - 21
By2 - Twins
Fahrenheit - 越來越愛, 雙面飛輪海
Fiona Sit - Funny Girl
Gigi Leung - 怕寂寞的貓
Jane Zhang - 我相信, 改变
Lady Gaga - Born This Way, The Fame, The Fame Monster
Magnetic North & Taiyo Na - Home- Word (Deluxe Edition)
Peggy Hsu - 奇幻精品店
Pet Shop Boys - Please, The Most Incredible Thing
Rainie Yang - 任意門
S.H.E - Play, SHERO, Super Star, 愛的地圖
Taylor Swift - Fearless, Speak Now, Taylor Swift
Vitas - Say You Love, Philosophy of Miracle
加藤ミリヤ - Ring
Slightly Stoopid - Chronchitis, Everything You Need
1724 Records - Beijing Post-Rock
Battles - Gloss Drop
Boris - Heavy Rocks
Cloudkicker - Beacons
GACKT - Diabolos, Episode.0, Mizérable
HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR - Swamp Man
Linkin Park - Meteora
Matt Mayfield - A Dozen Doughnuts For Feeding Thirteen
Moi dix Mois - D+SECT, Diaxandu
Nightwish - Angels Fall First, Imaginaerum, Made in Hong Kong (And in Various Other Places), Once, Over the Hills and Far Away, Wishmaker
Pink Floyd - The Wall
Stereopony - Over The Border
The National - Exile Vilify
Versailles - Noble
Isaac Hayes - Hot Buttered Soul
Seal - Seal, Seal 6: Commitment, Soul 2
Usher - Confessions
Chiaki Ishikawa - Bokurano OP & ED
Daft Punk - Tron Legacy Original Soundtrack
Jun Maeda, Shinji Orito, Magome Togoshi, OdiakeS - various Key anime soundtracks (Air, Clannad, Clannad: After Story, Kanon, Kanon 2006)
Isaac Hayes - Shaft
Official Music Created for Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs - Sound Sketches of Ancient Egypt
The Track Team - The Legend of Korra Unreleased Music (16-bit, 48 kHz, 256 kbps)
TM Revolution - Ignited (128 kbps), Invoke (192 kpbs)
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra - 涼宮ハルヒの弦奏
Two-Mix - Just Communication (128 kbps), White Reflection (128 kbps)
Various artists - Tron Legacy Reconfigured
Yoshida Brothers - Ibuki, Yoshida Brothers II, Prism
In this sense, the M-100 isn't the perfect headphone as you can get other reference headphones in this price range, and many will agree. In my book, basshead headphones tend to have not-as-good sound quality as a reference headphone, but that doesn't mean it's a bad headphone.
Does this mean the M-100 is a bad headphone? Not in a chance is it bad. The M-100 was developed for the purpose of fulfilling the needs of "Modern audiophiles", which I interpret to be "audiophiles" who listen to more modern genres. This is why I gave the M-100 a pretty positive review on my YouTube video as most viewers are likely going to be listening to modern music on their modern iPods. The M-100 excels for this purpose in my opinion, but at the same time may disappoint hard-core audiophiles expecting a more traditional audiophile output from the M-100.
The question is, what kind of headphone are you looking for?
In the first post I posted in this thread, I asked:
I'm a newcomer to the M-100's. Can anyone provide a brief overview of how the M-100's will compare to the M-80's (other than circumaural vs supra-aural)? Will they be more DJ-like in sound, or will they be a more refined version of the M-80 (cleaner mids, more sparkle in the highs, less boomy bass, larger soundstage, better noise isolation, more swivel on the earcups)?
I received many replies saying that the M-100 is expected to be a more refined M-80, so I was really looking forward for a full-sized M-80 essentially. Consequently due to such rumors (AKA hype), I think many Head-Fiers, including myself, were expecting a more audiophile-grade, "full-sized" M-80. Instead, the M-100 ended up being a more of an audiophile LP/LP2 in my opinion (a basshead's "favourite" headphone).
As it so happens to be the case, there are some people disappointed with how the M-100 turned out. In my case, despite the disappointment, I ended up getting a headphone that destroyed the criteria I was looking for in my "every day-use" headphone, so in the end I'm pretty satisfied overall, hence the 4/5 overall score and the 5/5 score for value.
And since I'm talking about my review, I should note that I updated it with added sections and a huge portion for Val/V-MODA to read regarding the above discussion.
Edited by miceblue - 11/15/12 at 12:29am