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post #106 of 139
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They are very good. Now after some more listening all I could wish for is a bit tighter bass. I like my bass tight as a Camels ... in a sandstorm. I'm borrowing a friend's NAD Viso hp50 at the moment and they are quite a bit more controlled in the bass department than the HD 26.

I agree the bass is a little loose. Still love 'em.

post #107 of 139

Mids and highs are wonderful but I think the somewhat boomy bass disqualifies it as a monitor. The NAD VISO HP50 is an overall better sounding headphone (to my ears).

post #108 of 139

Yeah but it's so ugly and big...HD26 looks like professional Tron headphone.

 

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Mids and highs are wonderful but I think the somewhat boomy bass disqualifies it as a monitor. The NAD VISO HP50 is an overall better sounding headphone (to my ears).

post #109 of 139

Anyone know what the connector is yet?

post #110 of 139

Short comparison between the Sennheiser HD 26 Pro and the NAD VISO hp50.

 

I have been comparing these for some days now and I actually prefer the sound of the hd 26 pro in most cases (Yes I have changed my mind...).

 

Bass: The HP50 is more controlled and tight whereas the HD 26 is fuller and a bit elevated in this region. This might partly be caused by the better seal I get from the Senns. PLEASE Sennheiser - Make velour pads for these headphones (on my HD 25s the velour pads tightened up the bass a bit - Controlled leakage lowers the Q)

 

Mids: I find the Senns to be the more balanced and clear sounding headphone in the midrange. According to the measurements I have seen on the HP50, they have a slight tilt through most of the midrange making the lower mids stronger than the upper mids. I suspect that the Senns are flatter in this area. This looks to be the case if Sennheiser's own measurements are reliable.

 

Highs: Not a big difference in overall treble level, but the Senns sound more distinct and clear to my ears.

 

Comfort: Both headphones get hot and none of them are perfect for my head/ears. I think the Senns would almost be perfect with velour pads if you don't mind supraaural headphones. The HP50s would be more comfortable for me if the pads were a bit bigger, deeper and softer.

 

Portability: HD 26 all the way. They are small, light and ruggedly built. Less cable noise from the HD 26s and they come with the best engineered cable clip I have seen. The HP50s are big and even though they come with a very nice soft case I would not put them in it without unplugging the cable first for fear of bending or breaking the plug.

post #111 of 139

:popcorn:

post #112 of 139

I love these things. They are very much like a portable Ultrasone Pro 900. They seem *a bit* less energetic on the high-end than the 25s which make them appear as though they have more mid-bass and darker. My new favorite phones. My wife won't use anything else so I had to buy another pair.

post #113 of 139
Anyone have the 26 pro ($319.99) and the ($199)HD25-1ii? Are they $120 better?
post #114 of 139
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Anyone have the 26 pro ($319.99) and the ($199)HD25-1ii? Are they $120 better?

I think they're worth the premium. Also extremely comfortable.
post #115 of 139
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 They are very much like a portable Ultrasone Pro 900.

 

They have as much bass as a Pro900?

post #116 of 139
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Originally Posted by Anda71 View Post
 

They are very good. Now after some more listening all I could wish for is a bit tighter bass. I like my bass tight as a Camels ... in a sandstorm. I'm borrowing a friend's NAD Viso hp50 at the moment and they are quite a bit more controlled in the bass department than the HD 26.

 

Do they drive well straight out of a portable?


Edited by rovex - 3/21/14 at 9:12am
post #117 of 139

Very well.

 

They are very easy to drive despite the somewhat high impedance of 100 Ohms.

post #118 of 139
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They have as much bass as a Pro900?

Very similar. I would put these at an 8.5/10 with the Pro 900 at 10/10 (impact). For a portable they're incredible. They just get better and better as they burn-in. They seem a bit easier to drive than the 25s, even with the higher imp.

post #119 of 139
Wish these were fully modular like OG 25s...theyd have to be to justify the extra $100,IMO.

I just wonder why they didn't update the drivers in the old hardware...no reason to lower the bar with plastic and lack of replaceable parts except yo save money...on a more expensive product...lame move, Sennheiser.
Edited by Gilly87 - 3/27/14 at 3:37pm
post #120 of 139
They are arguably a better aesthetic and I don't think they are as tough, but still seem like they will take a beating. A lot more complex in build, but no cables sticking out of the headband. I think the SQ is a major step up. i like them more than my 650.


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