I have a $300 budget and want to upgrade from my JVC RX700s. I generally listen to Trance and other electronic music streamed from Rdio while plugged in directly to my Macbook Air.
I've been considering the following headphones, but I haven't reached a decision:
- V-Moda M-100
- Sennheiser Momentum
- Sony MDR-1R
- Philips Fidelio L1
Comfort is a priority to get me through long coding sessions. My initial research suggests that the M-100 might have the best sound signature for the music I listen to, with the MDR-1R being the most comfortable.
I just tried out the Momentum, K550, and A900X at my local Best Buy.
Loved the sound with all genres. Very lightweight and no pressure on the top of the head. Unfortunately, the ear cups are too small. These are simply not circumaural headphones. However, with a little adjusting, I was able to get a somewhat comfortable fit. Coming from RX700s, they still feel very cramped. I might go back tomorrow to play around with the fit a bit more. It's hard to judge how these will feel after several hours of listening during a 15 minute demo.
I've read a lot of praise for these headphones, but I was extremely disappointed with the sound. I would describe the sound as hollow, artificial, and plasticky, with a severe lack of bass. I'm not sure if had a good seal or not, or maybe the AKG sound is just not for me -- they just sounded cheap.
Having owned the A500 in the past, I knew what kind of sound to except and I was not disappointed. These sounded just as good as the Momentums. Unfortunately, as many users have pointed out, the wing system does not work as well as previous models. These sunk down on top of my ears and felt pretty awkward.
Unless I can get the fit issue with the Momentum sorted out, it looks like it's down to the M100 and MDR-1R.
Edited by acti0n - 2/9/13 at 6:34pm