After lots of careful consideration, I thought I had settled on the mad dogs for their sweet vocals, overall balance, and durable build. However, right before I was placing my order, I discovered the Soundmagic HP100s, which retailed for $100 less. After doing some more research, I found lots of accolade for these cans, one of which especially caught my eye:
"Lots of people like the K550 but would have preferred more bass presence, this HP100 brings you exactly that while maintaining the neutrality and clarity."
I owned the K550s for a month before returning them because of the lack of bass impact and the overall poor fitting (headband, wide cups make it hard to fit, no clamp force). I loved the vocal presence and separation, but I thought that I'd also take a shot at the Mad Dogs, given their slight bass hump and 'honey vocals' according to some. Then comes the HP100 which has reportedly very comfortable cups and more bass presence, while being an overall more neutral headphone. Some others say that the
"Soundmagic HP100 is supposed to be weak on bass and is pretty bright."
I would love to hear from anyone who has heard both, or even better someone who owns both, and could give me a comparison between the two!
*to be used with C&C BH and IP5/PC (no DAC) for rock, pop, metal, and electro
Edited by posteriorpounde - 5/19/13 at 8:09pm