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Originally Posted by YamaVega View Post

Not meant to bad mouth the HP50.  I actually love mine to death, its just that I want another headphone that has better soundstage and great vocals.  No doubt the HP50 deliver on those fronts, but I do hear other cans that do better (eg. MDR-1R works great with female vocals, Open headphones has more airy soundstage)  and it so happens that I found the K550, which is touted to be an open-sounding closed headphone.  It will not replace my HP50, but would it have better soundstage and mids?  If not, I will get IEM instead, and save my HP50 from all my sweat in this hot weather.
I thought the k550 was very thin sounding. It was quite neutral through the mids and the treble seemed a bit more extended. The bass was the most problematic, I found them very bass light, below neutral to my ears. I also had trouble getting a good fit with them which could possibly explain the weak bass. Soundstage seemed quite big and open for a closed back and imaging was quite good. Overall they had good clarity but were too cold, thin and analytical sounding for my tastes.
If you're interested in an iem with good vocals and soundstage you might want to check out final audios heaven range as they do that very well.
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Originally Posted by Transmaniacon View Post
 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/NADVISOHP50.pdf

 

It definitely has a warm bias with rolled off highs, not that this is bad in any way, I prefer the same kind of sound myself.


Yeh they definitely sound rolled off to my ears which makes sense as whenever i listen to music from my bookshelf speakers they never sound like the vast majority of headphones that have neutral or emphasized treble. While not exactly the same the hp50s do sound more like a couple of room speakers than most other headphones imo.

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Originally Posted by chailee80 View Post


I thought the k550 was very thin sounding. It was quite neutral through the mids and the treble seemed a bit more extended. The bass was the most problematic, I found them very bass light, below neutral to my ears. I also had trouble getting a good fit with them which could possibly explain the weak bass. Soundstage seemed quite big and open for a closed back and imaging was quite good. Overall they had good clarity but were too cold, thin and analytical sounding for my tastes.
If you're interested in an iem with good vocals and soundstage you might want to check out final audios heaven range as they do that very well.


Thanks for your impressions.  You know at first I thought the HP50 will be my be-all, end-all headphone, but turns out that no headphone could actually cover all your bases.  I was just tempted that I could get a K550, a can of same league with the HP50, for just $100.

But I should prioritize an IEM, and right now I could get RE600 or IE8 for just $200.  Sorry, but the FADs are too expensive for me.

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