Today I swapped in the monster Ntune red pads, do away with the submarine effect for Gud.
Crystal clear guitaring, violining, pianoing, , the bass hits hard , tight....n palpable.
Now do I wan more basssss...?
The tubular bands can be gently bent/molded/reshaped to custom fit your skull. That was discussed back on pp. 10-20-ish, so comfort/fit should not be a deal-breaker.
I have gotten used to mine. Over time they do tend to relax a bit on their own as well.
Out of the box - the treble is extremely well done + forwardish, midrange is decent, bass is good and really rumbles when called for. Overall a very tight precise sound signature. Enjoyable for sure.
Doesn't have in the instrument seperation and clarity of the HE-500 for sure, but for the price... nice!!!
Slight comfort problems, clamping force is annoying-ish + very finicky with the fit.
Could be the best portable headphone I've heard yet
They may soon be the best closed cans you have ever heard then, possibly (like me), the best headphones--period--you have ever heard. The Mikros 90 need at least 200 hours to settle in. You can do better with a cable replacement. Better sources and amping also bring the Mikros 90 to another level.
For me, the HE-5LE easily bettered the HE-500 for separation and clarity, plus extension and balance. Then the HE-6 came along and bettered the HE-5LE.
Then the Mikros 90 came along and gave me what I considered a more technically and musically satisfying listen than even the HE-6(!)--which I susequently sold after a/b-ing with the MLs.
You can read between the lines . . .
Further up the thread trail, several have commented already. ML users tend to (strongly) prefer the Mikros 90 to the P5.
Lors is making sense here.
Outfit the Mikros 90 with, for example, the FiiO RC MH1 cable to mellow the presentation and add a little body, but correspondingly lose some ultimate extension, flatter response and clarity at the extremes. You get more of a "pop" or "fun" balance from the MLs.
Had another satisfying listen to the Mikros 90 with the FiiO cable. Fleetwood Mac's Behind the Mask and some random Brian Auger tracks (with Oblivion Express). What the FiiO sacrifices with respect to extension/clarity, the MLs make up for with tonal sophistication. It's a way to highlight (yet) another of the Mikros 90's stellar attributes.
A link to Brian Auger's "Truth":
So I will speak more kindly of the FiiO today. After more exposure (used with lesser than my top tier gear) the RC MH1 regains it viable option status--now worth 1/2 to 2/3 its asking price [an upgrade from 1/3 to 1/2, as previously noted].
SURE you want more basssss . . . [That's what your THIRD pair is for!!]
I noticed it became a lot more warmer in tone.
Bass is a little one note-ish. I think this might be beyond M100 levels at the moment in volume, approaching Beats territory LOL
I haven't dampened the cup yet. How much cotton do you recommend?
Like Maxx noted, I will probably try some acoustic cloth or more permeable felt/fabric over the hole. Am also considering leaving the hole wide open, but trimming a piece of acoustic fabric to fit between the driver and the memory foam ring cut-outs. Have some fiberloft on hand, too.
* But "one-note" bass would definitely be a degradation of the stock driver sound(!), which has some of the best deep bass extension and articulation I have ever heard.
** "M100 levels", that will make vienbo and doctorjazz very, very happy!
Make sure to give them at least 200 hours before reaching definitive conclusions, though. I am going to burn in my extra pair for at least 100+ hours before doing the Maxx Mod. The stock sound on these does undergo quite a substantial metamorphosis during break-in.
But first things first. I've got cables and amps to try with the stock MLs before reiterating with the Maxx-modded Mikros 90.
The price is right on the ML 90's so, why not? Amazon is very good about returns if they do not measure up to the P5's.
IMO, the Mikros is a lot better than the P5.
My advice to you: get the Mikros 90s, but don't give them to her right away. Listen to them first and you might prefer the Mikros. You could end up getting the better end of the deal.