Originally Posted by dpippel
EXCELLENT write-up Curly!!! I particularly loved the AKG case. Now THAT'S quality, and obviously a fine example of German engineering.
Seriously though, your review makes me curious to try out the M-100. If only it were widely available.
I'm happy to read that you have some interest in the M-100. It's a great headphone and, while I wanted to be as transparent as possible, I made an honest effort to not bury what it had to offer in my writeup. It's a fantastic headphone for the right set of ears -- just not these two.
It's truly unfortunate that the M4U 1 causes me as much discomfort as it does. Perhaps I have a lower threshold than most... who knows. Sonically, I truly adore what it has to offer and could see it as my closed-back endgame. I'm hoping that PSB comes out with a new model/revision or, should I not be able to find what I'm looking for in another 'phone, that I'm able to modify it enough to work for me. From what I've read, I only have a few other options: the KRK KNS 8400 and Beyerdynamic DT250-250. The turnoff with the latter are comments along the lines of "warmth, supra-aural sized earpads," and "lacking in extension." But damn, you just can't beat that Beyer comfort! I received the KRK today and, so far, they've made a decent first impression. They do have a sense of thinness out of the box, but we'll see what happens after they get some hours on the drivers. Of course, if I could accommodate open backs I would re-buy the HD600 and call it a day. :)
Originally Posted by DivergeUnify
No one should support any headphone that is supposed to look similar, or evoke imagery of Beats by Dre
I loathe every full-size model (I haven't tried their in-ears) of Beats, but I'm personally happy that they came to market. Don't get me wrong, Iovine is a scoundrel and I despise the fact that he's made a(nother) boatload of cash off of the brand, but it really did show the profit potential of premium headphones. Every audio component manufacturer wants a piece of that pie now whether they've produced headphones in the past or not and competition is only good for an educated end user. Beats kicked open the door for a lot of fashion-first crap to be certain, but they've also (re-)invigorated manufacturers to put forth their best effort to capture a share of a market that's much broader than it was less than five years ago. Pricing for "flagship" cans has become ludicrous, but there are so many options in the $200-$400 range that there's literally something for everyone (I mean, this thread exists!) and we're finally, FINALLY receiving a decent selection of quality closed-back offerings within that price bracket.
With that said, some imitation is assured.