me too. Also. alpha10, have you heard either of the Paul Barton's PSB headphones to be able to compare?
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About the clamp, does it ever cross your imagination, not trying to be nagging or the like but out of scientific research point of view, that it may beneficial for the sound? At least I often experienced little clamping headphones to sound better when pressed them against the ears with the hands. Therefore I enjoy Q40's high clamping force because I don't have to press it to get what-to-me-sounds-ideal. For me SQ is so important I will sacrifice some comfort for maximum sound (or in my case especially bass impact is important as for which good seal is important), no pain, no gain. ^^
I have shared the same experience with the (slightly too-large for me) ATH-m50. Pressing the very shallow ear-pads against my head gave me the expected results, albeit while squashing my ear down in the process.
Of course, in the case of the ViSO HP50, it depends on whether or not it is heavily seal-dependent in design. Some models of closed headphone, like the previous Denon D-series, didn't seem to be afflicted by a poor seal in this same way.
My question for Alpha10: How well does the ViSO seem to isolate?
Ahh true that, it's more seal dependant than anything of course, but yea mostly I had poor seal with poor clamp so. At least it LOOKS like the HP50 blocks a serious amount of outside noise / isolate well. :p Pads looks pretty high quality, good shape, size & depth.
So did you check out whether there's some openings in the cups somewhere (if not visible underneath the pads etc probably). Would be interesting to know if soundstage is partly enhanced with some ports here and there. Does it appear to leak sound from somewhere on the backside?
This wasn't an "oversight" by PSB. They made a statement at some point last year on their Facebook page noting that there were some "licensing" or other legal issues with Apple (& others?) regarding the allowance of "volume control" on their devices. Nice to know that us M4U 2 owners can get that control with a NAD cable though ;)
Yea, it's often the case with headphones, those ports can be really nicely hidden, I've already discovered on two of my headphones ports only when I opened them (for example 5x pin nail sized holes on Denon HP700 or 3x of those on each cup on Q40 or the HTF600 just below the Panasonic brand-sign etc) but usually some sound leaking reveals it quite easily too as it tends to sound bassier at the openings.