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Originally Posted by MUSICCURE View Post

I almost bought the hm5, but glad I stayed with the xtp100 for less. Right out of the box they sound great. Listening to some Al Green, Same Cooke, and Marvin Gaye. Vocals sound soothing with a more intimate approach to the soundstage than I'm use to. It's a welcome surprise. Some of my poorer recorded music seems less bothersome, even pleasing to my ears. The bass boost on the E11 casts a warmer presentation over the entire spectrum, yet still remains cohesive somehow. Thanks to all previous impressions. These are my most impulsive and satisfying purchase.

Always happy to hear :D  And indeed, the E11 with bass boost on "EQ" 1 makes a great combination.

post #77 of 139
New headphone day is a happy day! Great deal for $80, huh? smily_headphones1.gif
post #78 of 139
Thread Starter 

The XPT100 seem to be permanently $80 now on Amazon. Heck of a steal.

post #79 of 139
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Originally Posted by keanex View Post

The XPT100 seem to be permanently $80 now on Amazon. Heck of a steal.

How about adding it to the buying guide with the Brainwavz HM5 (add it as a slash after)? Even if it goes up to $100, it still the best regular deal of these clones.
post #80 of 139
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post


How about adding it to the buying guide with the Brainwavz HM5 (add it as a slash after)? Even if it goes up to $100, it still the best regular deal of these clones.

 

Good idea, instead, though, I've made the XPT100 the item and removed the HM5. I can't think of a reason to keep the HM5 when the XPT100 is cheaper and offers the same experience. Any suggestions why I should add the HM5?

post #81 of 139
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Originally Posted by keanex View Post

Good idea, instead, though, I've made the XPT100 the item and removed the HM5. I can't think of a reason to keep the HM5 when the XPT100 is cheaper and offers the same experience. Any suggestions why I should add the HM5?

joker's reviews of IEMs with clones list both models. Kind of helps to find out more information because you can search for both.
post #82 of 139
Should be getting these tomorrow or Tuesday. Needed a comfy neutral phone like HD 600 or 598 for night use
post #83 of 139

Just got these today. Gotta say they're keepers... at $80 it's practically robbery

 

I've been using v6s for a year now but can't wear them for more than an hour or two before my ears hurt. These on the other hand I could basically wear all day and forget I even had them on. 

 

A more indepth comparison with the v6s, and a few other cans I've scrounged up for comparison:

- Clarity is good. They're not quite as bright as the AKG k271s, but much clearer than the v6s. Accuracy in mids/highs feels nice and crisp without being pedantic, while still relaxed enough to not fatigue.

- Bass is right around what you'd expect. It's more full than the k271s and has a bit more presence than the Focal spirit one, but doesn't have the v6's punch. I sort of miss this, but I've not seen anything short of basshead cans like the m50s that can match the v6 in that department. 

- Comfort is amazing. The only cans I've worn that are more comfortable would be the k271s with hifiman AE pads. Unfortunately, that particular combination wrecks the soundstage of said headphone and is not recommended.

- They're flat, but still have impact. This is a bit hard for me to explain, but as a comparison the Focals sounded sort of "dead" and uninteresting, where these still have a nice cheerful output like the v6s. I'd say the v6s are a bit more playful due to the punchy bass, but the added clarity on the NVX is a better trait in most genres

 

All in all it's a welcome trade. I might keep the v6s around for travel use since they fold, but these have replaced them for daily use.

post #84 of 139
I just got my pair of NVX XPT 100, i've been listening to them all week. They are super comfortable, but the protein leather pads smell like the inside of a shoe after a while. You have to spray them with Febreze.

They also make you look like Princess Leia, the ear cups are so big. These are definitely inside the house headphones.

Build quality is pretty decent. The headphones are lightweight considering how big they are.

Sound quality is very good. These are neutral headphones. The sub bass is not as strong as it could be. The mids are right where they should be, but voices can sound a little piercing and fatiguing at higher volumes. Same thing with guitar solos in the treble range.

Soundstage is pretty wide for a close headphone, no doubt due to the deep and big earcups. I love that NVX has included a second pair of earpads and that the pads are easily twisted off and on.

Compared to the Sony MDR 7506, these headphones are a tad less bright, a bit warmer, and have a wider soundstage. They are not as compact as the Sony headphones, but they are not as fatiguing as the Sony can be. The Sony may be slightly more refined, but I like the sound signature of the NVX more.

I then compared the NVX XPT 100 to the Sennheiser HD 598 open headphones. They have a similar sound signature, but the Sennheiser's are definitely smoother, warmer, more refined, more comfortable, and not fatiguing at all. The Sennheiser's look and sound more expensive than the NVX XPT 100s, but the XPT 100s are not clobbered by the comparison. I can easily see someone making the HD 598 their daytime headphone and the XPT 100 their night time noise isolating, do not disturb others headphone.

Considering they are only $79.99, you got to give these headphones five stars for the price.
Edited by potterpastor - 4/17/14 at 9:08pm
post #85 of 139
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Originally Posted by potterpastor View Post

I just got my pair of NVX XPT 100, i've been listening to them all week. They are super comfortable, but the protein leather pads smell like the inside of a shoe after a while. You have to spray them with Febreze.

They also make you look like Princess Leia, the ear cups are so big. These are definitely inside the house headphones.

Build quality is pretty decent. The headphones are lightweight considering how big they are.

Sound quality is very good. These are neutral headphones. The sub bass is not as strong as it could be. The mids are right where they should be, but voices can sound a little piercing and fatiguing at higher volumes. Same thing with guitar solos in the treble range.

Soundstage is pretty wide for a close headphone, no doubt due to the deep and big earcups. I love that NVX has included a second pair of earpads and that the pads are easily twisted off and on.

Compared to the Sony MDR 7506, these headphones are a tad less bright, a bit warmer, and have a wider soundstage. They are not as compact as the Sony headphones, but they are not as fatiguing as the Sony can be. The Sony may be slightly more refined, but I like the sound signature of the NVX more.

I then compared the NVX XPT 100 to the Sennheiser HD 598 open headphones. They have a similar sound signature, but the Sennheiser's are definitely smoother, warmer, more refined, more comfortable, and not fatiguing at all. The Sennheiser's look and sound more expensive than the NVX XPT 100s, but the XPT 100s are not clobbered by the comparison. I can easily see someone making the HD 598 their daytime headphone and the XPT 100 their night time noise isolating, do not disturb others headphone.

Considering they are only $79.99, you got to give these headphones five stars for the price.

Many subjective inaccuracies here I would say. The only negative which is more or less right is that the sub bass is a little weak. This is preferable however as it would require sacrifices in other ranges to acoustically correct this problem. They have a natural bass roll-off which can easily be compensated for with a bass boost. IMO, this is preferable.

In comparison, I would argue the HD 598 headphones are worse in practically every way. But, that's a whole different thing altogether. In any case, they're certainly less accurate at the very least. Just my two cents...
post #86 of 139
Subjective inaccuracies? Isn't my subjective two cents just as valid as your subjective two cents? I was just giving my opinion, not giving the Gospel
post #87 of 139

I agree with potter here, I don't think you can just dismiss someone's opinion because you don't agree with it. It's totally understandable that you might get different impressions with your personal headphones, on your head, with your source, amp, and music. Half the reason we all post our opinions is to find the bits we all agree on; which is generally where you'll find the most "balanced" feedback for the average user.

 

If we could all agree on what makes headphones comparatively better then half this forum would be meaningless :)

post #88 of 139
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Originally Posted by potterpastor View Post

Subjective inaccuracies? Isn't my subjective two cents just as valid as your subjective two cents? I was just giving my opinion, not giving the Gospel

Fair enough. Not need for people to pile on either which view. I was just trying to say that if you were looking for an accurate view on this as someone seriously trying to make a discernment for oneself, your experience wouldn't be representative of the true relative nature of these phones. I would also argue that perhaps you haven't had them long enoug yet. They're truly representative of sound as close as it can be (certainly in comparison to the two others you've mentioned) with the right setup and understanding. It's a small criticism of your take on it. No big deal.
post #89 of 139
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Originally Posted by FireSlash View Post

I agree with potter here, I don't think you can just dismiss someone's opinion because you don't agree with it. It's totally understandable that you might get different impressions with your personal headphones, on your head, with your source, amp, and music. Half the reason we all post our opinions is to find the bits we all agree on; which is generally where you'll find the most "balanced" feedback for the average user.

If we could all agree on what makes headphones comparatively better then half this forum would be meaningless smily_headphones1.gif

Agreed. There's just more to it than agree and/or disagree. Some views are less or more accurate. I've been literally just plain wrong - not just my "subjective" but still accurate view. That's essentially what you look for when sifting through reviews, how true the assessment is relative to how it most likely is (taking into account your own differences in perception and/or defeciencies). I thought it be imperative to point this out in this case. You can either take my word for it or not. That's already your choice.

PS- Sorry for the double post. I was typing from the iPad and it was being a little retarded XD
post #90 of 139
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Originally Posted by keanex View Post
 

Just as an update, the NVX XPT100 can be purchased now though Sonic Electronix for $129.99 by clicking here.


Thank you for the great review !

 

"the HM5 may be the better option since it includes a free FiiO E6"

 

That must have been a one time/special sale.  Brainwavz HM5 doesn't come with the FiiO E6.

 

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Price has dropped to $79.99 (free shipping) ... name another GREAT headphone that comes with two cables, two sets of ear pads, and a nice padded case for under $80 ?!?!?!?

 

http://www.sonicelectronix.com/search?keyword=nvx+headphones

 

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http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=nvx%20headphone

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