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Originally Posted by PaulCypert View Post

Came to the thread to see what days/amps are using with these. Any recs.

But was very surprised by the comfort comments. I have a huge head and never notice these things being on...until I look at myself in a mirror. They are some of the ugliest things I've willingly worn in public...but the sound is good enough that I continue.

But this stupid antenna headband doesn't touch my head on top. I'm like a 7 3/4 or larger head so you guys must have watermelons biggrin.gif

I am at the edges of the insides of ear cups but I used to have some Bose qcs for travel and those were much smaller and I got used to it.

Speaking of these are almost as good at sound isolation or the cups just really fit me well. Walking downtown Singapore can be a bit dangerous with these!


No idea how you handle the humidity with pleather earpads in Singapore...swimming pool ears !

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No idea how you handle the humidity with pleather earpads in Singapore...swimming pool ears !

Lol. Actually it's not that bad. I do train a lot though in a sport where I sweat a ton. After morning sessions in that walking around in the day I don't seem to have any left smily_headphones1.gif
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Originally Posted by PaulCypert View Post


Lol. Actually it's not that bad. I do train a lot though in a sport where I sweat a ton. After morning sessions in that walking around in the day I don't seem to have any left smily_headphones1.gif


God, just sitting with mine for a while was too much never mind out-and-about on the equator. "Hats off to you" hitting the streets with 'that' headband....it's a conversation starter anyway with the ladies....

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Originally Posted by utee05 View Post

For portable I mean if they can be packed up in messenger bag similar to how the m50 fold up. I will mainly use these at my desk and occasionally when I work remotely. One thing I hadn't realized was that the hp50 are over ear. For some odd reason I thought they were on ear. Also I didn't know that the momentum are both on ear or over ear.

How would you compare these to the m80? Thanks.


They are similar enough, but the HP50s play bigger and sound more substantial across the board. I haven't been using my M80s for a while now. I will do some listening with both cans and post back here. The M80 is a nice headphone and as a portable option (wearing when you are out and about) and I feel the better choice for this use. I am now intrigued by what I read about the M80 XS, sounds like a solid contender for my portable needs. I love the HP50 sound signature, but my headphone listening time is like 95% portable now.

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Originally Posted by Sonic Defender View Post
 


They are similar enough, but the HP50s play bigger and sound more substantial across the board. I haven't been using my M80s for a while now. I will do some listening with both cans and post back here. The M80 is a nice headphone and as a portable option (wearing when you are out and about) and I feel the better choice for this use. I am now intrigued by what I read about the M80 XS, sounds like a solid contender for my portable needs. I love the HP50 sound signature, but my headphone listening time is like 95% portable now.

 

Interesting. I had not seen the M80 XS. Will need to add those to my list as well. I have been looking at the AKG K545 as well. So far my list of ones to narrow down from are HP50, M80 XS and AKG K545. 

 

I won't be portable, just on the once or twice a year I travel for work. I will mainly be listening to these at my desk powered off of my fiio e17. 

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I have wanted to try the AKG sound signature for a few years, maybe this is the year? That said I am so close to pulling the trigger on some HE 560s. If I do I will be selling my HP 50s. I love trying new sound signatures.

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Originally Posted by bixby View Post
 

Let us know if they fit.  As you know if you searched this thread or have been keeping up on it only two or 3 cables have been verified to fit.

 

This would be great news if they fit without modding the plastic around the jack.


I (finally) got the Monoprice cables today. I got black cables in 3, 6, and 10 foot lengths.

I am happy to say that they fit into the jack on the HP50 just fine. I am listening using the 3 foot cable as I type this.

They are flat, so relatively tangle free and light weight.

 

I really don't usually have the capability to hear differences in cables, even those that some say dramatically change the sound of any specific  headphone.

I did swap these cables with the stock cables and did not notice any difference in the sound.

 

They seem to be well made and I like the look of the connector bodies. Might be worth a try for folks looking for longer cables, or just an alternative in several colors.

The price s right.

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Originally Posted by mandrake50 View Post
 


I (finally) got the Monoprice cables today. I got black cables in 3, 6, and 10 foot lengths.

I am happy to say that they fit into the jack on the HP50 just fine. I am listening using the 3 foot cable as I type this.

They are flat, so relatively tangle free and light weight.

 

I really don't usually have the capability to hear differences in cables, even those that some say dramatically change the sound of any specific  headphone.

I did swap these cables with the stock cables and did not notice any difference in the sound.

 

They seem to be well made and I like the look of the connector bodies. Might be worth a try for folks looking for longer cables, or just an alternative in several colors.

The price s right.

This is good news, congrats more options to choose from!

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My 3 month closed headphone hunt is over. Using audiophile terms...

 

P7 = fat n' tubby

H6 = light n' fluffy

TH600 = shock n' awe

 

HP50 = perfecto! by a mile. and the cheapest to boot.


Edited by hyunsac - 6/30/14 at 10:27pm
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Originally Posted by hyunsac View Post
 

My 3 month closed headphone hunt is over. Using audiophile terms...

 

P7 = fat n' tubby

H6 = light n' fluffy

TH600 = shock n' awe

 

HP50 = perfecto! by a mile. and the cheapest to boot.

I liked b00m shaka laka better for the th600......................everyone knows shock 'n awe is just a figment of someones imagination. :D

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Originally Posted by mandrake50 View Post
 


I (finally) got the Monoprice cables today. I got black cables in 3, 6, and 10 foot lengths.

I am happy to say that they fit into the jack on the HP50 just fine. I am listening using the 3 foot cable as I type this.

They are flat, so relatively tangle free and light weight.

 

I really don't usually have the capability to hear differences in cables, even those that some say dramatically change the sound of any specific  headphone.

I did swap these cables with the stock cables and did not notice any difference in the sound.

 

They seem to be well made and I like the look of the connector bodies. Might be worth a try for folks looking for longer cables, or just an alternative in several colors.

The price s right.


Thanks, I just ordered 2 10' cables so I will see how it goes. Nice find. Cheers.

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post #1228 of 1369
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Originally Posted by bixby View Post
 

I liked b00m shaka laka better for the th600......................everyone knows shock 'n awe is just a figment of someones imagination. :D

Just trying to be as objective as possible. :wink_face:

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My HP50's arrived today! Here are my quick early first impressions. I'll update if my impressions change.

 

Soundwise, I really think Paul Barton really nailed it with these headphones, and I'm a picky bastard. They have a fun and aggressive sound without relying on the standard v-shape crutch that a lot of other "fun" headphones have. Instead, these headphones have low distortion, very little reverberation, and a very capable driver with great transient response. This leads to an aggressive and punchy sound that also sounds balanced and doesn't have any noticeable dips or inconsistencies in the frequency response. A lot of people seem to treat balanced and fun as opposites, but the NAD (among some other headphones) show how fun balanced can be. These headphones respond very well to EQ, because of their low distortion numbers you can EQ these guys a decent amount without having to worry about things getting out of hand. Personally, I've been using the "slight" bass boost setting in Cyanogenmod 11's DSP Manager (which is surprisingly awesome). Normally I'm not fond of bass boosts, but the combo of the good quality boost found in the DSP Manager and the low bass distortion of the HP50's leads to a very nice result. I also tried out the "virtual room" in the DSP Manager and it also worked great, the headphones sound was altered, but there wasn't a noticeable quality loss. The virtual room increased the soundstage a bit, and smoothed out a bit of the aggressiveness. The soundstage itself isn't as wide as I expected after looking at the measurements, but it is pretty decent for a closed headphone.

If I had to make a complaint about the sound, I would say two things. It does have a synthetic quality to the sound, but every closed headphone in this price category that I've heard has that sound, and the NAD has it the least. I would also say that the sound is pretty aggressive at times. I'm not sure how that aggressiveness will stand up to 10+ hour marathon headphone sessions. I'll try to fit one of those in within the next week or so to see.

 

Build quality is decent, not up there with some others like B&W, but these sound better, so I don't care much. I have the white headphones which look great and don't show fingerprints, but does seem to attract small pieces of lint. Also, the cup swivel mechanism on the left earcup creaks.

 

Comfort is more of a mixed bag. The earpads are about as small as possible while still being successfully over-ear. They're very plush and comfortable, but my ear touches just about the entire inner part of the pad, including parts of the back/baffle. So far it hasn't been an issue. I'll update if it is. They're also very hot because of the pleather and the very good seal. I'm not sure how comfortable these will be in the summer hear. The headband is really not great. It has very very little contact with your head because of the square shape and the fact that it is shaped like a bent pipe. There's a fair amount of padding, but it's all focused on one very small part at the top of my head. To top it off, the headband rests exactly at the peak of my head, focusing the pressure on an even smaller part of my head. I can move it forward to a more comfortable spot, but then this adds pressure on parts of my ears. I'm not sure which I find less comfortable yet.

 

TL;DR - Super awesome sound in a somewhat uncomfortable and "eh" package.

 

Well that ended up being longer than I expected!

post #1230 of 1369
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Originally Posted by Sonic Defender View Post
 

I have wanted to try the AKG sound signature for a few years, maybe this is the year? That said I am so close to pulling the trigger on some HE 560s. If I do I will be selling my HP 50s. I love trying new sound signatures.

I have the HE 400 for my home use. I tried the AKG K545 for a while and they had some good sound. Also tried the M100 and they sound a bit better to me. Guess I like the bass or to feel it a bit. Now to try and demo the HP50.

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