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post #586 of 1358
Whoa, now you're going overboard. biggrin.gif

The KEF M500 was another I considered, but have disliked/eliminated them the more I've read about them.
post #587 of 1358
+1 for Sony MDR-1 for neutral and comfortable set of headphones.

The ATH-ES700 is pretty good too, lightweight with good soundstage and SQ for its price.
post #588 of 1358
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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?

 

If your HP50s sound veiled, I'd probably ship them back/exchange them. My M-100s definitely don't sound more open than my HP50s (even with the XL pads). They certainly - certainly - don't sound veiled, but detailed and even a tiny bit bright.

 

Sound wise, I didn't like the P5's myself (the P7's, however, are pretty nice). If you're willing to consider on-ear headphones, you might want to give the Sennheiser Amperiors a try. Probably the most detailed, aggressive portable can I've heard. 

 

If you're looking at the Mad Dogs, you might want to look at LFF's Paradox as well. 

post #589 of 1358
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Originally Posted by AustinValentine View Post

If your HP50s sound veiled, I'd probably ship them back/exchange them. My M-100s definitely don't sound more open than my HP50s (even with the XL pads). They certainly - certainly - don't sound veiled, but detailed and even a tiny bit bright.

Sound wise, I didn't like the P5's myself (the P7's, however, are pretty nice). If you're willing to consider on-ear headphones, you might want to give the Sennheiser Amperiors a try. Probably the most detailed, aggressive portable can I've heard. 

If you're looking at the Mad Dogs, you might want to look at LFF's Paradox as well. 

Thanks for the recommendations. I do suspect my HP50s are off because I don't remember them sounding like that when I demo'd a pair at a store several weeks ago. I'm just done returning and taking another couple weeks to get them, knowing I really do think they look ugly on me too for outdoor use.

The P5s are not my favorite, but I figured that with the added airplane noise, they may not be too bad. Plus, they are good with movies, which will enter the equation when traveling. Outside of the sound, I like their styling, they're durable in the rough world of being stuffed in carry-on's, and do like the seal on them.

I owned the Amperiors for a short time, but couldn't get passed the sibilance even after burn in. Looks like the Paradoxes may be out of my price range.
post #590 of 1358

Just ordered a Magni amp, so I will report if it's a good combo with the HP50s. I think it will be just fine and dandy.

 

Still not quite sold on these HP50s, they are very nice obviously, which is why I still have them. I feel like I have to mess with the software equalizer a lot (I only listen to music on my computer) depending on what type of music is playing. I'd rather do without having to adjust the equalizer so much and be hands free (i'm lazy!). Maybe the new amp will help with that.


Edited by ropeadope - 1/20/14 at 3:07pm
post #591 of 1358

Edit : subbed.


Edited by Lohb - 1/20/14 at 10:51pm
post #592 of 1358

Hi everyone,

Wow head-fi is just like a never ending journey.

I have been interested in the nad after reading innerfidelitys review.

When i started reading about them though i discovered the alpha dog!

The price is not a big issue for me at least not the deciding factor.

Is there anyone who has both and can do a comparison? I personally think midrange and soundstage are the most important (vocals) as well as imaging/separation. I dont like rolled off highs, bass should not dominate other part sof the music.

Thanks in advance for any help,

Greetings, Anouk,

post #593 of 1358

My NAD HP50 Viso is veiled like little else. If veiled means embrace the darkness ;) 

 

Perhaps not quite as much as the Momentums though. I have used EPH-100, LCD-2 Rev 2 and DX 1000 as references. LCD-2 and DX 1000 is really bright in comparison.  My NAD sounded very much like the NAD I demoed before purchase.

post #594 of 1358

These seem to be VERY difficult to get here in the Netherlands.

I see them on amazon.de but i dont want to get a fake.

Any other europeans that have bought these online?

Greetings Anouk,

post #595 of 1358
Hey Anouk, you can get these at hifiklubben here in NL. smily_headphones1.gif
post #596 of 1358

Thanks, nice to see more dutchies! I will google that and see if they are a nad dealer. With those reports of some flaky hp50s floating around i want to buy them for someone who is authorized.

post #597 of 1358

Well, I see the momentum overear and the hp50 are the seem price. Tough choice!

post #598 of 1358

Hello,

I just read a review about the hp50 that i had not found before:

http://headfonics.com/2013/12/nad-viso-hp50/

not all that positive, can anyone else compare the hd50 with the akg k267?

Thanks,

Greetings, Anouk,

post #599 of 1358
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Originally Posted by Anouk View Post
 

Hello,

I just read a review about the hp50 that i had not found before:

http://headfonics.com/2013/12/nad-viso-hp50/

not all that positive, can anyone else compare the hd50 with the akg k267?

Thanks,

Greetings, Anouk,

 

That's a pretty positive review IMO, since he stated that:

 

"Unfortunately, the K267 still remains my favorite, but I certainly regard the NAD VISO HP50 as the superior headphone."

"Having said that, this headphone is my pick for the absolute best mid tier closed back headphone in recent times." 

 

He's interested in a fun headphone for his personal use (which is how he describes the AKG K267) where he sees the HP50 as having too flat of a sound signature. His own personal FR preferences are for more of a bass hump, but he was even able to get past that with some mild EQ. IMO I think the biggest problem he had with the HP50 was the aesthetics of the headband, where his only real negative critiques lay - if you consider an more or less even FR a positive: 

 

"Ok, I have to ask. What the heck is up with this headband design? This is a pet peeve of mine and coming off the beautifully comfy and properly executed headband design of the AKG K267, I really have no idea what is going on with the HP50. It is really uncharacteristic of a portable headphone of this size, offering a shape that is the least conforming to a human head that I’ve worn lately. This design gets more silly each time I look at myself in the mirror or when family looks at me while I wear it. I can almost telepathically hear their mumbles. I would like NAD to revise this headband immediately and take a look at the AKG K267 and how that is designed, which again is the best and most comfortable and practical design in a headband I can think of at the moment. This HP50 is not comfortable to wear for me on the top of my head, I have a red mark on the top of my head every time I wear the headphone and take it off.?" 

 

I think this has been covered plenty of times in this thread; the HP50's have questionable aesthetics. I think I may be the only person in the world that these things look decent on (IMO) and it's because I have a roundish head with curly hair. That being said, they look far less sexy than numerous other headphones on the market. (Like, I'd love to transplant the sound of these into the V-Moda M-100's style and build. I don't think I'd ever use anything else.)

post #600 of 1358

The HP50 did have a unusual headband shape. I think the AKG K545 are a better looking HP50 with more bass emphasis. My cup of tee. :beerchug:

 

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