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SONY MDR-1R vs. V-MODA Crossfade M-100

post #1 of 6
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Having a very hard time deciding between the two because I won't be able to personally test out either. Here's a few questions that I have:

 

What are the differences between the two?

 

How do these sound unamp?

 

I will primarily use the headphones on my Nexus 4 with no amps because these will be my on the go headphones, which one do you think will better suit my usage, and why?

 

This is a bit of a odd question, but here I go anyway. Anyone know which one's plug will fit into a Nexus 4 with the official bumper case without any issues?

 

If anyone have anything else to add that does not pertain my questions, please feel free to do so. Thanks guys and girls.

post #2 of 6

Differences:

 

M100: MOAR bass! Less Mids. Good highs. Uncomfortable (for me!).

MDR-1R: Extremely comfortable headphones! Ok sub-bass, lots of mid-bass, very good mids

and highs. (I found them shrill sometimes though!)

 

For a great overview, please read the following review:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/products/sony-mdr-1r/reviews/7687

 

Also, check the Holiday Buyer's Guide by Jude! (in the front page of head-fi!)

It mentions both.

 

 

Good luck!

post #3 of 6

I have not heard the M-100, but I have owned the MDR-1R's for about 3 weeks now and absolutely love them.  Highs are very clear, smooth and not sibilant.  The mids are outstanding a little more forward than some of your more neutral headphones.  And the bass is just right for me (not as loose as the Beyer COP); I do think sub-bass is there but just not as present as some may like.  Comfort wise, they are the most comfortable headphones that I have ever worn (some of my past heaphones:  HD 650, TMA-1, HD 25-1 II Adidas, Beyer COP & T70P).  The Beyer T70P were my latest headphones that I owned before the mdr-1r and I got rid of the T70P's in favor of the mdr-1r.  They are easily driven without amp, but I feel that I have to turn up the volume a little more on my iPod classic.  I do prefer using a portable amp, though.

 

Sony MDR-1R definitely gets my vote.

post #4 of 6
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Originally Posted by DrGonzo View Post

I have not heard the M-100, but I have owned the MDR-1R's for about 3 weeks now and absolutely love them.  Highs are very clear, smooth and not sibilant.  The mids are outstanding a little more forward than some of your more neutral headphones.  And the bass is just right for me (not as loose as the Beyer COP); I do think sub-bass is there but just not as present as some may like.  Comfort wise, they are the most comfortable headphones that I have ever worn (some of my past heaphones:  HD 650, TMA-1, HD 25-1 II Adidas, Beyer COP & T70P).  The Beyer T70P were my latest headphones that I owned before the mdr-1r and I got rid of the T70P's in favor of the mdr-1r.  They are easily driven without amp, but I feel that I have to turn up the volume a little more on my iPod classic.  I do prefer using a portable amp, though.

 

Sony MDR-1R definitely gets my vote.


Probably a stupid question, but since these are more portable and can be powered easier with less amping, how do they compare sound wise to the HD650's?

 

I've heard neither, but I do own at the minute the M-100's.

I find the mids too lacking to recommend them for the stuff I listen to, like rock/metal and they also lack warmth. They are great for electronic tracks I listen to however!

Details are up there, and certainly better than my PX-100's I had previously (obviously you would think), and they have no problem running a lot at once, but the mids just feel lost, and I really do miss them.

 

Looking for a more neutral set, and these seem to fit the bill, and if the mids are a lot warmer, I will have to give them a go.

 

How do they look on the head when out and about? Do they feel plasticy for the price?

 

How well do details come out on tracks, like subtle ones?

 

My dad has the MDR XD200's, and I prefered the warm signature coming out of them (they cost £20), compared to the M-100's as an example. The bass is no where near as strong, but I don't feel they have to be anymore. I think I've realised that.

I think I want more detail in all the range.

 

EDIT:

 

My tone on the M-100's has changed. I much prefer them now.


Edited by musical-kage - 1/9/13 at 9:45am
post #5 of 6

man, i am in the exact same situation. trying to decide between the sony mdr-1r vs vmoda m100.

 

i haven't been able to get my hands on the mdr, but from reading about them I think the biggest pro of them is comfort. they seem super comfortable to wear on your head & around your neck, so you can def use them as a portable full-sized commute headphones. haven't heard them personally, so can't comment, but it seems to have less bass than vmoda from what i read, but still a colored sound sig. you can probably find them for $250 now, so they are cheaper.

 

for the vmoda m100, i really liked the sound signature (and I like bass, m100 provides that in a very clear way w/o overpowering the rest of the music). also i really liked the way these headphones look. the price probably won't drop from $300 for a while. for comfort levels, it's taking me a while to adjust to the headphones and that is the main thing from keeping me from being 100% behind these headphones. i feel like for $300, you should forget that you are wearing headphones. the earcups are really shallow and after 2-3 hours, it starts bothering me :( however, i really do like the sound of them.


Edited by money4me247 - 1/29/13 at 6:16pm
post #6 of 6

Similar situation as other people. I have only tried the V-Moda M100. I have to say that it really depends which kind of music you like. I listen to almost everything and I have to say that for electronic, industrial, some types of rock (dream theater guitar solos) and even some of the more classic stuff such as Al Dimeola's "Casino" the M-100 are by far the best headphones that I have ever had. but when you move to other types of music the results aren't that good. There is no amount of equalization that will get the bass out of the way. It tolerably reproduces some of the european Rock such as Nightwish and Edguy but the bass is a little overpowering and the mids get lost behind them and at least in my opinion acoustic music is not for these at all. 

 

I agree with the reviewer that say that the mids seem a little week and some of the more subtle instruments are just not there. which is kind of annoying.

 

The best way I can put it is this. every, and I mean every instrument is there and sounds crystal clear but the general sensation is as if you were on a concert with the drums and the bass guitars right next to you while the rest of the band is on the stage.

 

I really though V-Moda had done it here. I mean, awesome sounding cans (in some ways) with some of the best design that I have seen. bold but with style and a sound resolution that you don't get too often.

 

I'd like to see from V-Moda some variants of these like a classic M100 and the bass-head M100 (current model).

 

 

Val, please!. I want these headphones, can you bring the mids up just a little and get the bass to not outstage the rest of the instruments (specially for recordings made before the year 2000) I will buy them. even if you sell them at $400... for now I am sadly returning my shadow M100.


Edited by Drifter - 4/6/13 at 1:57pm
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