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.
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Yeah, the straight bar across your noggin' is just not a flattering look. I can see what AV above is saying though - if you get the bar buried in your curls, it might be an improvement.
Well, despite what I said above about the P7, I ended up picking them up as I was returning the HP50s. I was ready to pick up the P5 and call it a day, but decided to audition them against the P7. The P5s were acceptable for travel: nice and compact, portable, built well, isolates well, looks great! SQ was acceptable enough for having those other attributes, especially with the roar of a jet engine, for music or movies.
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My biggest gripe about the P7s was the fit on my big ears. So, I spent about 30 min as well, letting it manhandle my ears and pin them down against my skull. After some time and after some stretching, they felt okay (aside for the potential to sweat). So, I'll give these a chance and hopefully I keep them. They are just so well built and handsome.