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I'm truly amazed at the number of people here that have had comfort issues. Must be a statistical anomaly.....you know, where only the complaints are showing up and the people who are happy (the majority) simply say nothing at all.

 

These can be worn loose (as has been mentioned several times in this thread). They are very light for their size and have enough clamp (for most) to just let them sit over your ears with no pressure from the top band. Mine sit like that and are perfectly comfortable.

post #1172 of 1358
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Originally Posted by Astropin View Post
 

I'm truly amazed at the number of people here that have had comfort issues. Must be a statistical anomaly.....you know, where only the complaints are showing up and the people who are happy (the majority) simply say nothing at all.

 

These can be worn loose (as has been mentioned several times in this thread). They are very light for their size and have enough clamp (for most) to just let them sit over your ears with no pressure from the top band. Mine sit like that and are perfectly comfortable.

I'll add to the happy people sample size here. Wow, I can't believe I've had these headphones over six months! I continue to be pleased and sometimes surprised at just how good the sound is from these. To my ears, everything about these headphones sounds just "right". Nothing is overdone, or underdone. Every characteristic of these headphones seems to be there to serve the ultimate purpose of making music sound great. I do understand where the complaints about comfort come from. Fortunately my ears aren't so big that they don't fit. And the suggestion to wear these loose, so that the headband doesn't press against your head is valid and works well. Worn like that I can leave them on for hours of listening pleasure. If I wear them tight like other headphones, I do get some pain from the headband. Just extend them so it doesn't put pressure on your head and you should be fine (if your ears fit). I love the tagline on the box: "We don't care about your lifestyle. We care about your ears."

 

I will add, that I don't think these are very portable. I've traveled with them, and they don't take up much space when stored, but they kind of take a lot of space when they are in use. When I was sitting in a window seat I kept hitting the wall of the plane with them, just from normal movement of my head. I just picked up a pair of V-moda XS as travel headphones, and they are much better suited to portability. They sound really great (info for another thread), but the HP50s sound much better to my ears.


Edited by gdpeck - 6/19/14 at 2:27pm
post #1173 of 1358
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Originally Posted by Astropin View Post

I'm truly amazed at the number of people here that have had comfort issues. Must be a statistical anomaly.....you know, where only the complaints are showing up and the people who are happy (the majority) simply say nothing at all.

These can be worn loose (as has been mentioned several times in this thread). They are very light for their size and have enough clamp (for most) to just let them sit over your ears with no pressure from the top band. Mine sit like that and are perfectly comfortable.

Fully agree on the comfort of these cans and yet I have bought myself a nice iem for summer, since my flat is not AC'ed. Or else I prefer on-ears, when temperature is an issue.
post #1174 of 1358
Maybe, but the earpads are too shallow so I'll be sending it back too.
post #1175 of 1358

I'm also more then happy with comfort and fit. 

As a Hifiman HE400 owner, I am now very intrigued by the MadDog..

I had a friend over who owns them and after auditioning my HP50, he wasn't impressed at all...He kept telling me how much more detail, soundstage and better imaging the mad dogs have... better bass, mids, everything... he claims that the nad are maybe 10% maddogs....Same for the he400... He kept me telling that I would love the mad dog.

 

I bought the HE400 and the HP50 at the same time, and was first also kind of dissapointed by the hp50 (compared to the he400). It sounded kind of boring, but now 6 months later, I def. listen more to the hp50 then the he400. Maybe theres some brain burning in in play, dont know. But the dullness I onced heard coming from the hp50 became a natural sound, I sometimes even prefer the hp50 bass to the he400s.... just love the hp50, but hey, Waiting to listen to these mad dogs... :)

 

Did/does someone here own a mad dog?

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Originally Posted by BaTou069 View Post
 

I'm also more then happy with comfort and fit. 

As a Hifiman HE400 owner, I am now very intrigued by the MadDog..

I had a friend over who owns them and after auditioning my HP50, he wasn't impressed at all...He kept telling me how much more detail, soundstage and better imaging the mad dogs have... better bass, mids, everything... he claims that the nad are maybe 10% maddogs....Same for the he400... He kept me telling that I would love the mad dog.

 

I bought the HE400 and the HP50 at the same time, and was first also kind of dissapointed by the hp50 (compared to the he400). It sounded kind of boring, but now 6 months later, I def. listen more to the hp50 then the he400. Maybe theres some brain burning in in play, dont know. But the dullness I onced heard coming from the hp50 became a natural sound, I sometimes even prefer the hp50 bass to the he400s.... just love the hp50, but hey, Waiting to listen to these mad dogs... :)

 

Did/does someone here own a mad dog?

 

Funny that you mention that. I've been reading a lot in to the Alpha Dogs and I'm currently on the look out for a pair of those. Apparently the Alpha Dogs are on another level to the Mad Dogs in terms of soundstage and clarity. That being said, I've never heard a planar magnetic headphone before.

post #1177 of 1358

Has anyone actually managed to fit other earpads on these headphones? like the HM5 ones for example. 

post #1178 of 1358

Just received the HP50's in the mail today and I'm extremely impressed on first listen. While the fit on the head is a bit snug, I do have a rather large head. I do notice that the arms tends to want to retract up into the band, but I'm sure with time this will subside. My ears are probably on the large size of average, and they easily fit into the cups will little problems. I get a good seal and no one around me can hear the music.

 

This is my first pair of headphones that cost more than $60, so I'm totally blown away by the sound. I'll refrain from too much commenting on sound as they're so new, and I myself am new to the anything above basic consumer headphones. I find the bass levels are great, even coming from typical consumer level "bass boosted" gear. Music I've listened to for years is sounding brand new. Very happy with my purchase. Big thanks to the head-fi-ers for suggesting them.

post #1179 of 1358

I sold my HP50 due to insane pain on the top of my head after 1-2 hours of wear. I had small red marks on my scalp, and litteraly headache waking up from bed next day, if I had weared them for 4+ hours straight the last night. My head is very large though. And yes I had them as loose fit as I could, nothing helped.


I'm so sad. Because I loved, loved, loved the sound of these cans. Perfect amount of bass, extremely detailed, extremely coherent sounding with a very open sound with large soundstage (doesn't get better for closed). Absolutely perfect sound man. If NAD would make HP50 v2 with a more natural headband shape and more padding on the headband, I would INSTA-buy man. instant.

 

sad face :(

 

someone make it happen. i will die for it (almost).


Edited by Pandaclocker - 6/18/14 at 8:23pm
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Originally Posted by Pandaclocker View Post
 

I sold my HP50 due to insane pain on the top of my head after 1-2 hours of wear. I had small red marks on my scalp, and litteraly headache waking up from bed next day, if I had weared them for 4+ hours straight the last night. My head is very large though. And yes I had them as loose fit as I could, nothing helped.


I'm so sad. Because I loved, loved, loved the sound of these cans. Absolutely perfect sound man. If NAD would make HP50 v2 with a more natural headband shape and slightly more padding on the headpand, I would INSTA-buy man. instant.

 

sad face :(


The cones are marathon listening style smooth as....

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...but for me and many others, the external design does not let you listen for ages.

I just could not do anything with the earpad size barring making bigger ones from scratch.

 

I think they took their design cue off of B&W and a few of the other trendy can sellers.

post #1181 of 1358
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Originally Posted by Pandaclocker View Post

I sold my HP50 due to insane pain on the top of my head after 1-2 hours of wear. I had small red marks on my scalp, and litteraly headache waking up from bed next day, if I had weared them for 4+ hours straight the last night. My head is very large though. And yes I had them as loose fit as I could, nothing helped.

I'm so sad. Because I loved, loved, loved the sound of these cans. Perfect amount of bass, extremely detailed, extremely coherent sounding with a very open sound with large soundstage (doesn't get better for closed). Absolutely perfect sound man. If NAD would make HP50 v2 with a more natural headband shape and more padding on the headband, I would INSTA-buy man. instant.

sad face frown.gif

someone make it happen. i will die for it (almost).

Hi,

Regrets that the NAD didn't work out for you.

You may want to consider this pad the next time you're looking for improved headband comfort. I've heard good things about it on a DIY mod forum.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00862522A?pc_redir=1403039493&robot_redir=1
post #1182 of 1358

I emailed NAD to ask about bigger ear cups. I asked if they knew whether the AD pads or the HM5 pads would fit. I got this response.

 

"Thank you for contacting the NAD Electronics Support Centre.
Unfortunately, larger ear cups are not available for the HP50 headphones.

Kind regards,
NAD Support"

 

Probably a generic response stating that they do not offer larger cups. Does anyone know if we can fit larger ones on?

post #1183 of 1358
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Originally Posted by vertical View Post

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Originally Posted by Pandaclocker View Post

I sold my HP50 due to insane pain on the top of my head after 1-2 hours of wear. I had small red marks on my scalp, and litteraly headache waking up from bed next day, if I had weared them for 4+ hours straight the last night. My head is very large though. And yes I had them as loose fit as I could, nothing helped.

I'm so sad. Because I loved, loved, loved the sound of these cans. Perfect amount of bass, extremely detailed, extremely coherent sounding with a very open sound with large soundstage (doesn't get better for closed). Absolutely perfect sound man. If NAD would make HP50 v2 with a more natural headband shape and more padding on the headband, I would INSTA-buy man. instant.

sad face frown.gif

someone make it happen. i will die for it (almost).

Hi,

Regrets that the NAD didn't work out for you.

You may want to consider this pad the next time you're looking for improved headband comfort. I've heard good things about it on a DIY mod forum.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00862522A?pc_redir=1403039493&robot_redir=1

I have the same problem as this guy but to a lesser extent. My head is a bit smaller (I'm about 1-1.5 stops from being as extended as possible on both sides) but I'm prone to having discomfort on the top of my head as felt with the Logitech G930, AKG Q701 (the bumps) and the NAD HP50. Usually I adjust the tilt a bit back and forth to shift the discomfort.
The headband you linked would probably help on the nads though.

Anyway, I'm enjoying the NADs as a portable considering the price I paid for a brand new pair.
Though there are very clear deficiencies across the board as someone coming from a mostly flagship user.
post #1184 of 1358
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Originally Posted by BaTou069 View Post
 

I'm also more then happy with comfort and fit. 

As a Hifiman HE400 owner, I am now very intrigued by the MadDog..

I had a friend over who owns them and after auditioning my HP50, he wasn't impressed at all...He kept telling me how much more detail, soundstage and better imaging the mad dogs have... better bass, mids, everything... he claims that the nad are maybe 10% maddogs....Same for the he400... He kept me telling that I would love the mad dog.

 

I bought the HE400 and the HP50 at the same time, and was first also kind of dissapointed by the hp50 (compared to the he400). It sounded kind of boring, but now 6 months later, I def. listen more to the hp50 then the he400. Maybe theres some brain burning in in play, dont know. But the dullness I onced heard coming from the hp50 became a natural sound, I sometimes even prefer the hp50 bass to the he400s.... just love the hp50, but hey, Waiting to listen to these mad dogs... :)

 

Did/does someone here own a mad dog?

No Mad Dog owners here?

post #1185 of 1358
I'm sorry about the people having torturous fit, comfort, and even insane pain issues, and I wish good luck to anybody on the hunt for replacement pads or other mods. It's pretty clear the HP50 doesn't work for some ears and heads.

I'm also sorry to see these issues predominating in this thread lately, because I find both the fit and comfort are absolutely not issues for me (despite my gynormous square Norwegian melon). And the real story of the NAD Viso HP50 is the landmark value and classic SQ. It's got me eagerly upgrading my DAC and headphone amp.
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