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Martin Logan Mikros 90 On-Ear Headphones

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Coming soon.  Anyone have any thoughts?!

 

http://www.martinlogan.com/headphones/mikros90.php

 

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/MartinLogan+-+Mikros+90+On-Ear+Headphones/6228041.p?id=1218725907261&skuId=6228041

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Curious. Looks like everyone is starting to pay attention to the headphone market. Looking forward to hearing them with a stat being driven from a hp out.

OK, it's a dynamic driver.
Edited by Happy Camper - 10/26/12 at 2:40pm
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Was actually just thinking to myself the other day "y'know - I wonder if MartinLogan has ever made, or will ever make, headphones?" - and here we are. Shame they aren't...you know...stats though. This "everyone has a $299.95 headphone" thing is getting a little bit bland. They certainly look cool though, sort of like B&W P5 meets Yamaha HPH-200.

A quick look on Amazon indicates that the IEM is already available for purchase, but the on-ear headphone does not appear.
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A quick look on Amazon indicates that the IEM is already available for purchase, but the on-ear headphone does not appear.

 

Yep. the Mikros 70 has been out for a couple months now.  Has been received pretty well so far.

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 This "everyone has a $299.95 headphone" thing is getting a little bit bland.

 

Yeah, get the Chinese warehouse to slap together a couple of their drivers in a modified crap moulded-plastic housing, throw on another big speaker company name, and voila, another $300 can rolleyes.gif

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They just arrived and were putting these up in Best Buy yesterday. Looked nice, clamp was above average, tighter than the B&W P5. Sound wise it's hard to tell. You can play your own music through the display model, but only through their amp. I believe the way they have the P5 wired it's straight to your device. Using my iPhone as a source the ML wasn't as clear or dynamic as the P5, the ESW9A, or the AKG K550. My crude, subjective evaluation/opinion in the store is they sounded pretty close to the B&W P3. As a comparison the ESW9A sounded better through the store amp. I'll pass. If I were looking at this price range the P5 or ESW9 would the clear winners unless hooking straight to your device makes a big difference.
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They just arrived and were putting these up in Best Buy yesterday. Looked nice, clamp was above average, tighter than the B&W P5. Sound wise it's hard to tell. You can play your own music through the display model, but only through their amp. I believe the way they have the P5 wired it's straight to your device. Using my iPhone as a source the ML wasn't as clear or dynamic as the P5, the ESW9A, or the AKG K550. My crude, subjective evaluation/opinion in the store is they sounded pretty close to the B&W P3. As a comparison the ESW9A sounded better through the store amp. I'll pass. If I were looking at this price range the P5 or ESW9 would the clear winners unless hooking straight to your device makes a big difference.

Pity. Then again, the ESW9 are *really* good, and the P5 aren't far behind (and I would say their redemption is that they offer way more isolation, can really do mobile use, and come with removable cables).
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Originally Posted by MLee View Post

They just arrived and were putting these up in Best Buy yesterday. Looked nice, clamp was above average, tighter than the B&W P5. Sound wise it's hard to tell. You can play your own music through the display model, but only through their amp. I believe the way they have the P5 wired it's straight to your device. Using my iPhone as a source the ML wasn't as clear or dynamic as the P5, the ESW9A, or the AKG K550. My crude, subjective evaluation/opinion in the store is they sounded pretty close to the B&W P3. As a comparison the ESW9A sounded better through the store amp. I'll pass. If I were looking at this price range the P5 or ESW9 would the clear winners unless hooking straight to your device makes a big difference.

 

Personally, I feel the P3's have a muddy mid-range, where the Mikros 90 was more defined and crisp.  The P3's had more bass, but the Mikros sounded more natural.  The B&W display also has its' own amp and digital music player.  They are pretty similar in this regard.   

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I just bought a pair of these.  Was not able to demo them first at Best Buy but thought I would return them if I didn't like them.  I am keeping them though.  Amping with a RSA Predator they are dead silent and striking with transients.  Bass is not as full and warm as ESW9's which I also have, but still a well balanced and pleasing presentation.  The isolation is first rate too, and they are comfortable and compact.  Plan to use them as my sole travel headphone.  

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Can you provide more impressions against the ESW9?
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How was the comfort level/clamping force?

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I just came across them while looking for my next speakers. Interesting...let's keep this thread going and hopefully get somebody with more disposable income than I to do a full write-up.

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I had high hopes for the Mikros 90 as I am a huge fan of Martin Logan's electrostatic speakers and, in recent years, electrostatic/dynamic hybrids.  Unfortunately, headphones are a different beast and head-to-head compared to the B&W P5, the Mikros 90 doesn't cut it, particularly with rolled-off highs.  IMO, if a $300 headphone has anemic bass, it at least needs to get the mids and highs right.  I think the Logitech UE4000 for $100, Skullcandy Aviator for $150 or the Monster DNA for $200 are better sounding headphones.  Also, for the same $300 the B&W P5, PSB M4U1 or V-Moda M-100 are far superior.
 


Edited by Craigster75 - 1/6/13 at 8:13am
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I think the Logitech UE4000 for $100, Skullcandy Aviator for $150 or the Monster DNA for $200 are better sounding headphones.  Also, for the same $300 the B&W P5, PSB M4U1 or V-Moda M-100 are far superior.

 

If you think the DNA sound better, the Mikros 90 is definitely not for me. I thought the DNA sounded no better honestly than a $50 headphone.

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