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post #316 of 923

The most notable difference between the K550 and the Soundmagic HP100 is the bass region. The K550 has a softened attack and bassdrums sound "fluffy". There is less midbass and subbass with the K550. The HP100 has a more defined and punchy bass region. Also the bass, mids and highs are more detailed and resolving.

 

I still really like the K550, the bass has it's own character and is enjoyable for people that don't need their ears punched out by bass. It could even be called "tube"ish.

post #317 of 923

I really think that K550 has more midbass hump (very slightly so) than HP100, but yeah agree that it punch softer. 

post #318 of 923
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Originally Posted by Marximus View Post

I demoed the Triports once, and I will concede that they were about the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn.  I had a long test involving headphones today and the testing station had the QC15s or whatever they are.  Pretty cheap feeling for $300, but super comfortable, and their NC really does the trick.  Do you have experience with the Triports?  If so, do you think the AE2s are superior?  I guess the pseudo-cheap feel of them, plus the excessive smoothing over of things, was an issue for me.
I don't have enough experience with them to do any comparisons. My dad has a pair of them I believe, and if they are the tri ports then the Ae2s are more comfortable.
Planning on putting up the hp100+magni for sale or trade for the QC15s this week.
post #319 of 923

I have received my HP100 about a week ago. For the first 2 days I didn't even put them on but just left them plugged-in playing a loop, so much I tried to avoid hearing them with at least some burn-in (following the apparently agreed upon fact they are not easy to burn-in) 

At this point, after a few varied genres, listening sessions and even more burn-in,  I have to say I really wonder how much the ppl who rated these cans highly understand something out of hi-fi audio.

Unless they need LOADS on burn in to which my current +/-100 hours don't mean anything, the SoundMagic HP100 are average at best.

Nothing more than just decent separation, shrieky highs, understated lows and a rather disappointing level of wearing comfort (one needs to have REALLY small ear pavilions for these headphones to qualify as "around the ear")

I'll give them a couple more weeks and if there's no CLEAR improvement in how they sound (slim chance they will wear better basshead.gif ) it's the open road for these...

Sigh... confused_face(1).gif

post #320 of 923
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Originally Posted by Virco View Post

I have received my HP100 about a week ago. For the first 2 days I didn't even put them on but just left them plugged-in playing a loop, so much I tried to avoid hearing them with at least some burn-in (following the apparently agreed upon fact they are not easy to burn-in) 
At this point, after a few varied genres, listening sessions and even more burn-in,  I have to say I really wonder how much the ppl who rated these cans highly understand something out of hi-fi audio.
Unless they need LOADS on burn in to which my current +/-100 hours don't mean anything, the SoundMagic HP100 are average at best.
Nothing more than just decent separation, shrieky highs, understated lows and a rather disappointing level of wearing comfort (one needs to have REALLY small ear pavilions for these headphones to qualify as "around the ear")
I'll give them a couple more weeks and if there's no CLEAR improvement in how they sound (slim chance they will wear better basshead.gif  ) it's the open road for these...
Sigh... confused_face(1).gif
Sadly I have to agree with some of that. They really didnt blow me away like i was expecting them too, which is why mine are already up for grabs. They weren't as detailed or clear as i wanted. Although i do think they are pretty comfortable, I have to agree they almost could be called on ear headphones. The pad really just rests on your ear since they are too wide and not deep enough to fit inside. I see no reason any company would make circle ear cups, they should be shaped like an ear.
post #321 of 923
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Originally Posted by Virco View Post

I have received my HP100 about a week ago. For the first 2 days I didn't even put them on but just left them plugged-in playing a loop, so much I tried to avoid hearing them with at least some burn-in (following the apparently agreed upon fact they are not easy to burn-in) 

At this point, after a few varied genres, listening sessions and even more burn-in,  I have to say I really wonder how much the ppl who rated these cans highly understand something out of hi-fi audio.

Unless they need LOADS on burn in to which my current +/-100 hours don't mean anything, the SoundMagic HP100 are average at best.

Nothing more than just decent separation, shrieky highs, understated lows and a rather disappointing level of wearing comfort (one needs to have REALLY small ear pavilions for these headphones to qualify as "around the ear")

I'll give them a couple more weeks and if there's no CLEAR improvement in how they sound (slim chance they will wear better basshead.gif ) it's the open road for these...

Sigh... confused_face(1).gif

 

People rave about them forgetting to mention that their quality is only relevant to their price range. Of course these are not comparable to high-end. Someone recently PMed me asking whether HP100s can replace T1s. And of course they cannot. If you assumed that you would be getting top-tier phones for 00 Euros, you must be delusional. They are very good for their price range only. 

 

Also, do not assume these are bad, because you do not like them. You might have chosen the wrong headphones to your tastes, which happens a lot in the beginning stage at head-fi.

post #322 of 923

They don't need burn in, if you don't like how they sound now you won't like them ever. Sell it.

 

I dunno how anyone can call it not detailed though, maybe source/amp problem (this thing scales up really nicely) *shrugs*

post #323 of 923
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They don't need burn in, if you don't like how they sound now you won't like them ever. Sell it.

I dunno how anyone can call it not detailed though, maybe source/amp problem (this thing scales up really nicely) *shrugs*
I run it out of a schiit magni. I also listen to 320kbps files. I guess it's just not for me (notice how I didnt use the overused phrase 'cup of tea')
Edited by lukEM22 - 7/10/13 at 11:06pm
post #324 of 923
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I run it out of a schiit magni. I also listen to 320kbps files. I guess it's just not for me (notice how I didnt use the overused phrase 'cup of tea')


Well then I'd like to suggest that if you want try K701 make sure to buy it from seller where you can return it easily. It's not a warm cans by far and I suspect that you probably wouldn't like it either.

post #325 of 923
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Originally Posted by Virco View Post

the SoundMagic HP100 are average at best. Nothing more than just decent separation, shrieky highs, understated lows and a rather disappointing level of wearing comfort (one needs to have REALLY small ear pavilions for these headphones to qualify as "around the ear")

 

Seems we have a different pair of headphones. The comfort is great here. The pads are as big as beyerdynamics and people don't have problems with them. I would say the sound you're describing stems from your seat problems. The bass is easly 3dB north of neutral with above average impact, highs are very smooth and in no way offensive even at higher levels. However i would agree that the seperation is average.

On electronic music the bass should be _very_ accentuated, up to basshead levels, if it's not then it's definately a seat/seal problem.

post #326 of 923
Thread Starter 
Strange, but please don't come here to try and insult us saying we know nothing about audio. They obviously are not for you, but shrieking highs is not something that I would say about the HP100 they are rather smooth and slightly warm.Just because you personally don't like them, don't attack the people that do.

They have excellent sq for the price.
post #327 of 923

I think HP100 can be considered a bright cans for people who think bass boosted cans are neutral nowadays. As for separation I found just by stuffing a little piece of foam underneath the pad noticeably improve them, you have to be careful not to stuff too much though as it will kill the bass and make it brighter.


Edited by laon - 7/11/13 at 2:44am
post #328 of 923
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Originally Posted by laon View Post

I think HP100 can be considered a bright cans for people who think bass boosted cans are neutral nowadays. As for separation I found just by stuffing a little piece of foam noticeably improve them, you have to be careful not to stuff too much though as it will kill the bass and make it brighter.

 

I'd also say they are slightly bright, but not as much as Grados and in a cleaner way. Everybody has a different sensitivty for treble. To bring in a comparison, i couldnt stand the treble of the T90. Way too sibliant and emphasized. I don't get such problems with the HP100.


Edited by bizkid - 7/11/13 at 2:42am
post #329 of 923

Wish I knew how T90 sounds, I'm absolutely fine with DT990/250 treble though.

 

And yeah I don't find HP100's high shrieky at all (maybe it is on sh*t recording), I actually think it's a warmish cans most of the time though that could also change wildly depending on the song.


Edited by laon - 7/11/13 at 2:51am
post #330 of 923
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Well then I'd like to suggest that if you want try K701 make sure to buy it from seller where you can return it easily. It's not a warm cans by far and I suspect that you probably wouldn't like it either.
To be honest that thing in my signature was more for me to keep track of things. I change my mind alot and the k701s are nowhere near the top of my list.
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