My observation describing a week with HP50 -
Just like some crave bass I crave soundstage.
Now my search is over and craving is satisfied. At home I have AKG K702 - two word, imho, soundstage HEAVEN!
I was looking for a good closed commuter headphone that would have at least a fraction of K702 in music representation.
For a year I had used KNS-8400, nice, clean sound, but something was missing, that something that many good headphones just do not have - soundstage. There are so many good headphones nowadays, if you are not looking for a soundstage! HP50 does have it. It is not as great as K702 but it is there.
Before posting this I waited a week listening to HP50 at least a few hours daily, to see if they are here to stay or if I find something I cannot stand, something missing in a big way. Week is over and I like them more and more.
HP50 has more bass than K702, and if a recording has overpowering bass, that's probably the only thing I do not care for. Nothing fatigue my brain more then smashing my ears with bass for longer than 5 minutes.
Another interesting thing that they sound really good at medium volumes. While testing I did push them to 5pm on my O2 and no distortion, that on a piece of an opera fragment that distorted DT 880 600ohms and KNS-8400. HP50 just like K702 were clear and strong :-)
It is nice I do not need to push them loud to get musical satisfaction.
Design wise, I wasn't too crazy about their headband, but it is much softer than it looks and is very comfortable to me. My ear size is average(not small) and ear cushions fit fine, somehow do not even get as hot, as some other closed headphones I had, even after a few hours of listening.
I put them through all genres of music, from Hip-Hop to Opera, from Jazz to Avangard, from Country to Classical, Rock, Metal, you name it. They hold very well with every genre. On many good recording I can't say that RoomFeel reminds me of listening to a pair of speakers, but if I close my eyes there is an illusion that I'm in a first row before a stage, where music is playing. May be I'm delusional, it is still a closed headphone, but for a closed one the soundstage is not bad at all!
Like so many I started with Grado, to be exact Alessandro MS1 many years ago, I still use them almost daily at work. They sound great, but music is confined to the space between my ears. With HP50 not so at all.
Before buying HP50, I considered and tested B&W P7, they also sounded great, but I liked their design even less, not to mention they are $100 more.
I think I'll stick with HP50 for now.
Enjoy the music
I think this might be my next pair of headphones. I've got a pair of TDK ST750s and their inner pad dimensions are almost exactly that of the NADs, and they're comfortable, so I'm hoping there won't be issues in the comfort department (headband could be problematic, perhaps).
I am an avid follower of innerfidelity.
I now have the philips x1 for all purpose use. I like it in general but th emidrange is too laidback for me.
So when i read the review of the hp50 my interest was peaked!
Has anyone bought them online from europe? I dont know of any nad dealers in the neighbourhood.
Also I wonder if i would need an amp, if it would improve upon its sound. I had been thinking on a vamp verza but thought this would not do much for the philips x1, that one does not need much amping but also because of the high output impedance of the verza.
How do you guys think this situation would be with the hp50?
Just tested subj with Brainwavz HM5 pads.
Hey're a bit loose fit on these cans. Soundstage improved because of more air place inside the pad. But! bass has gone somewhere and didn't wand to show. And they began to leak sound way more.
Changed back to stock pads.