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post #571 of 1407

I've had mine for 2 months now.

They're very very well cooked in.

I bought them with my Astell&Kern AK120, which is STUNNING.

They have a wonderful 'British' sound signature....

Flat as piss on a plate.

Airy, Non-Fatiguing, comfy... although my right ear is not as happy as it could be, we're working on it.

They do NOT sound the same, after two months, as they did in the store.

You have MUCH to look forward to.

Read the 'Wall Of Fame' review on The InnerFidelity, and perhaps my customer review on the NAD site.

They have a wonderful, effortless bottom end, smooth smooth mids...insane vocals,and you NEVER get listening fatigue...

Some advice from an old dog.

There's TWO kinds of music you can listen to.

Files that you LOVE, and more often than not.... files that makes the gear sound as good as it possibly can.

That WON'T be Metallica.

It WILL be Morph the Cat, Donald Fagen, or Jazz at the Pawnshop. You want to hear these cans as beautifully as possible?

Use the finest source materials you can.... clearly,that doesn't include Mp3's or iPhones.

FLAC, WAV, AIFF etc.... ONLY, Muchacho.

Good Listening.

John Sharpe/Sharpeshots.com

post #572 of 1407
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New replacement arrived this morning. I warmed the pads for around 30 minutes (it was 14 degrees out and they were cold and stiff). 

 

Verdict: The first pair of HP50's were seriously defective. Anyone who got a pair like I initially described should immediately pack them up and either exchange them or put in a warranty claim. It would be hyperbole to say that they don't sound like the same headphone -- but there are some definite, extreme differences. All of the scoop I mentioned is gone, tone and instrument (especially vocal) timbre are all really well reproduced. No more synthetic timbre, no more hollow sound, no more scoop. 

 

Modest Mouse's "We Were Dead Before The Ship Sank" and...everything is *exactly* where it should be. Midrange on "Missed the Boat" and "We've Got Everything" are crisp and clear, with proper tone and timbre. On Sam Cooke's "You Send Me", Cooke is front and center. On the old pair, his female backup singers seemed audibly five feet in front of him; on this pair, fixed. (Getting the sound right on this test track is really important to me. It's the song my wife and I danced to at our wedding.) Re: The Decemberists. Colin Meloy is back where he should be. On "Sunshine" from the Billy Liar EP, Meloy and Jenny Conlee are both pushed forward - rather than Meloy sounding like he was mumbling just behind her. Tori Amos sounds pitch perfect. 

 

 :o2smile: <-- This face.

 

Man these headphones are sweet. Large scale mid-fi headphone sell off coming this weekend/next week of all the others that I've accumulated. Hunt over.

 

1. I owe a mea culpa to Roomfeel and Barton, as Roomfeel clearly wasn't the cause of the previous problems. They were just plain broken.

2. /Rant: I know that every manufacturer ships out the occasional bad unit, but I really hope that my unit was a rare exception. I wish that I had the old pair here to A/B them more directly and to get them measured. I just don't $299 wish that I still had the defective pair here. /Rantover.

This just makes me happy. I'm glad when something works out like it should, and while I don't have the experience with multiple headphones that most on head-fi have, I do feel like the HP50s are something special, and I'm glad you are able to experience it as well. I've had some experience with NAD quality issues (not on my HP50s), and while they were really a pain to work out, the end result was worth the hassle.

post #573 of 1407
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I'm going to audition a pair on Sunday. I'm rather excited. I reckon they'll beat my KRK KNS8400s as closed back monitoring/tracking/music production cans..

 

Looking forward to this exact comparison.

post #574 of 1407
Okay, I don't know what's going on. I started out with the Senn Momentum (over ear) around Christmas time for a light, portable, slightly warmish set of cans. Sounded good demoing and got it home, enjoyed it but quickly lost its charm. Then, I finally got a chance to demo the HP50s and really loved the sound signature. Out go the Mos and in come the HP50s.

Took a while for the HP50s to arrive and have been spending that time listening to a lot of open cans (T90, X1). HP50s finally arrive and they sound so veiled, compressed. So, I burn them in for a few days and they do open up a bit...

But not enough. Now, I might have spoiled myself with all those open cans, but even my M100s sound more airy and open. I'd hate to chalk it up to a bad pair and wait for another pair.

Meanwhile, I'm really just looking for a pair to travel with and am really contemplating just exchanging these for a pair of P5s. Is that blasphemy? The clamping force on these aren't the best either, not to mention the look. I also thought about the Mad Dogs, but it seems I'd be spending quite a bit more and it'd also be a blind buy (deaf buy?).

Anybody prefer the P5s over the HP50s? Any others I should consider?
post #575 of 1407
Why not get the P7?
post #576 of 1407

OK, First Off....

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/i-love-these-headphonesthe-nad-viso-hp50

 

You're listening to a VERY 'British' sounding headphone.

Compared to my Grado SR60's and my Shure SE535's there is absolutely ZERO similarity.

These are extremely nice and polite, not in your face with an aggressive attack like most American made headphones have.

Also I think you're getting used to the 'Roomfeel' technology.

Also I'm listening to them through and extraordinary source... and Astell&Kern AK120 with ALL FLAC FILES.

If you're in any way listening to MP3's on an iPhone.... that will about cover it. :"(

 

Mine have been used for two months and they're smoother than ever.

 

You MAY want to exchange them fro another pair...they're very very new, two months ago they were almost impossible to find.

I've also read ONE review, where the brother, hated them, and exchanged them for another pair of the same.

According to him the difference was amazing.

 

Just my 2 cents worth.

John Sharpe/Sharpeshots.com

post #577 of 1407
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Originally Posted by PolkManiac View Post

Why not get the P7?

Comfort issues with the pads, which is similar to the HP50s too.
post #578 of 1407
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Originally Posted by deltasun View Post

Okay, I don't know what's going on. I started out with the Senn Momentum (over ear) around Christmas time for a light, portable, slightly warmish set of cans. Sounded good demoing and got it home, enjoyed it but quickly lost its charm. Then, I finally got a chance to demo the HP50s and really loved the sound signature. Out go the Mos and in come the HP50s.

Took a while for the HP50s to arrive and have been spending that time listening to a lot of open cans (T90, X1). HP50s finally arrive and they sound so veiled, compressed. So, I burn them in for a few days and they do open up a bit...

But not enough. Now, I might have spoiled myself with all those open cans, but even my M100s sound more airy and open. I'd hate to chalk it up to a bad pair and wait for another pair.

Meanwhile, I'm really just looking for a pair to travel with and am really contemplating just exchanging these for a pair of P5s. Is that blasphemy? The clamping force on these aren't the best either, not to mention the look. I also thought about the Mad Dogs, but it seems I'd be spending quite a bit more and it'd also be a blind buy (deaf buy?).

Anybody prefer the P5s over the HP50s? Any others I should consider?


why not just use the m100s for portable?

post #579 of 1407
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why not just use the m100s for portable?

I want something more neutral. I find the M100s also to leak quite a bit.
post #580 of 1407
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Originally Posted by deltasun View Post


I want something more neutral. I find the M100s also to leak quite a bit.


not sure if you care about looks, but the psb m4u?

post #581 of 1407
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not sure if you care about looks, but the psb m4u?

I did consider that, but they're so huge for traveling. lol
post #582 of 1407
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I did consider that, but they're so huge for traveling. lol


B&O H6 look nice too! try them out first?

post #583 of 1407
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B&O H6 look nice too! try them out first?

Thanks, never tried them...will have to find a place to audition.
post #584 of 1407
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Thanks, never tried them...will have to find a place to audition.


no prob :)

post #585 of 1407
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Originally Posted by deltasun View Post


Thanks, never tried them...will have to find a place to audition.


you can also check the sony MDR's 1rs and 10

the skullcandy aviators.

beats version 2 eminem version (still not the best for the money but actually sound ok)

yamaha pro 500

onkyo

AT ath es700

kef m500

 

sorry for the double post. but i wanted to give you some more options and make this harder for you :o2smile:

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