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Poll Results: Which Closed Portable Can?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 0% (0)
    AKG K267 ($300)
  • 7% (5)
    AKG K550/551 ($300)
  • 4% (3)
    Audio Technica ATH WS99 ($200-$250)
  • 7% (5)
    Audio Technica ATH ESW9a ($200-$250)
  • 0% (0)
    Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro ($180)
  • 1% (1)
    Denton D600 ($400, could find for less)
  • 0% (0)
    Focal Spirit One ($230)
  • 1% (1)
    Philips Fidelio L1 ($200)
  • 7% (5)
    PSB M4U 1/2 ($300 and $400 respectively)
  • 13% (9)
    Sennheiser Momentum ($350, still?!)
  • 6% (4)
    Shure SRH940 ($300)
  • 15% (10)
    Sony MDR 1R ($230-$300)
  • 1% (1)
    Ultimate Ears UE6000 ($200)
  • 3% (2)
    Ultrasone Pro 750
  • 0% (0)
    Ultrasone Pro 900
  • 15% (10)
    V-Moda M100
  • 18% (12)
    Other
66 Total Votes  
post #31 of 143
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Originally Posted by Trunks159 View Post

I'm really interested in the m500 and the ha-sz2000.

Looking forward for your review biggrin.gif

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Originally Posted by Trunks159 View Post

I'm planning on getting the kef m500 in the coming week or so:




The h6 looks nice too, though not as good as the momentum:





I prefer the brown color version of Momentum better as I am not a fan of red... XD

The best looking headphone to me, personally is the Sennheiser Momentum and for open, HD598 biggrin.gif yep, I am a big fan of Sennheiser sound signature as well XD

Billson smily_headphones1.gif
post #32 of 143
Thread Starter 
I love the 598 too!

Im a sucker for red, just throw red on anything and im lovin' it. biggrin.gif
post #33 of 143
Thread Starter 
Oh dagnammit. The m500 won't be available for another 1-2months. Change of plans,
Focal Spirit One vs ATH ESW9a vs Sennheiser Momentum?
Can't decide... Or should I just go open and get the hd598 or something warm.
Edited by Trunks159 - 6/5/13 at 6:01am
post #34 of 143
Great thread Trunks! Please add the Yamaha PRO 500 - sonically they're a gem and they are severely underrated.

I'll post more impressions of some of the cans I own or have owned when I get a chance. So far the DT1350 and PRO 500 are my main cans. Both very detailed with sound signatures that complement each other well.
post #35 of 143
Thread Starter 
Thanks. I'll do it later, I'm on my ipod right
They're probably underrated because they look so much like beats biggrin.gif.
post #36 of 143
I know, it's such a shame because it obliterates many headphones in and below its class. I hope more people get to try them. They have great soundstage, layering, detail and imaging. The timbre is the most natural I have heard yet in a headphone.
post #37 of 143
Thread Starter 
Woops. Posted in the wrong thread.
Edited by Trunks159 - 6/5/13 at 7:01pm
post #38 of 143
Sure. First thing I'll say is timbre is the most important thing to me when it comes to any headphone, being that I love live music and I was a percussionist. So things like decay and realism matter a lot to me especially ever since owning the IEM the Panasonic RP-HJE900. From then on I was looking for that kind of timbre in a headphone.

Since then, it's been really hard to find but the closet I had come to that kind of timbre was my modded T50RP. Over the last several months I've owned several new portables including the Momentum, MDR-1R and Amperior (since the majority of my music-listening is done on the go). All of them have been sold. When I got the 500 before those however, I knew instantly they were keepers - I could never say that about any headphone before though. And the 500 is the most expensive portable I've gotten to date- usually the more expensive the headphone is the more critical I am of them because I really can't afford to keep more of the expensive ones if I don't feel they are up to par with my preferences.

Going back to the 500, I will just say that not only do they reproduce instruments amazingly well, the layering, soundstage, imaging - the total package is just exceptional. They have a very prominent low end but the bass never intrudes upon the mids. I would say the bass is more impactful than the Momentum and 1R while the extension is great. I would say my DT1350 extends a bit lower though. Some people who prefer something more neutral may not be a fan but it's definitely controlled and tighter than the M-100 and UE6000, both of which I have auditioned. The mids are front and center without being too forward. Honestly the mids are gorgeous. Piano, vocals and strings sound very natural. You can really hear the detailed and the instruments all around you. Separation and layering are top notch and I feel it's very comparable to open cans, or close detailed monitors such as the KRK KNS-8400s, SRH-940s, and Z1000s. And as for the highs - again the most natural and refined I have heard. Very extended and very detailed without harshness. Cymbals shimmer without being overly emphasized (like the M50 for example - those have a big emphasis and make the headphone sound a bit slow/sloppy). Some headphones also can be overly bright and peaky (HD25/Amperior). Some can be uneven or even a bit too laidback to sound natural (M-80 is too smooth up top, so is the UE6000 and Momentum although the Momenum does a better job than the M-80, the 1R was a bit uneven in the treble).

Of all the headphones I have heard and owned, this is the one that handles everything wih so much finesse that I was shocked when I first heard them. My only issue with them again is that they are a bit big and bulky and despite them looking and feeling more elegant than a pair of Beats, I still could care less for the style. However those are small caveats. They are detailed and MUSICAL. I think that's the best way to describe them.

Anyway, don't take my word for it this is all subjective. Of the many headphones I've had in the past sonically, either one spectrum or the other was lacking or perhaps it was too congested-sounding, or perhaps it was too colored for my taste. I feel like these are amazing all-rounders from classical to rock to EDM - you name it. I just want to encourage people not to judge a book by its cover and really try them out if they can and come up with their own conclusions. I paid $322 for mine and feel they are worth every penny. I haven't felt that way about any other headphone I've owned (unless they were budget cans) except for my HJE900. If you can get these at $300 that's a great deal. $200 would be an absolute steal.
post #39 of 143
Thread Starter 

Well... That's a lot of backup.  I wasn't asking you to back anything up though, I meant to post it in another thread, but thanks!  I look more into the yamaha!

 

In the meantime, my Focal Spirit One arrives today around 4!

post #40 of 143

haha ok. Well it's all good I meant to do a little write-up at some point and I'm happy to shed some light on these cans.

 

Let me know how you like the Focals!

post #41 of 143
Thread Starter 
First Focal Spirit One impressions:

Build: Niiiice. They're very quiet and smooth and have nice weight.

Looks:








They look nice

Comfort- Surprisingly good. They feel more like on ears, but I'm liking the comfort.

Problems: The headphones' headband adjuster. I have to have them on the highest setting, and my head size is slightly below average.

Sound: When I first put them on.... I absolutely hated them. I was almost set on returning them in my head. Ugh...

Impressions are slowly changing for the better, but not so good so far. The bass is very tight but they sound very veiled...

I need more ear time. So far, my ws99 and mdr 1r trumph this in sound.
post #42 of 143
Thread Starter 
Please don't take these as being bad.. My impressions are changing as I write...
post #43 of 143
Thread Starter 
I'm actually starting to like them.., Need more listening!
post #44 of 143
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Originally Posted by Trunks159 View Post

Please don't take these as being bad.. My impressions are changing as I write...

I think a lot of burn in can happen in the first few hours or so.
post #45 of 143
Quote:
Originally Posted by Trunks159 View Post

First Focal Spirit One impressions:

Build: Niiiice. They're very quiet and smooth and have nice weight.

Looks:








They look nice

Comfort- Surprisingly good. They feel more like on ears, but I'm liking the comfort.

Problems: The headphones' headband adjuster. I have to have them on the highest setting, and my head size is slightly below average.

Sound: When I first put them on.... I absolutely hated them. I was almost set on returning them in my head. Ugh...

Impressions are slowly changing for the better, but not so good so far. The bass is very tight but they sound very veiled...

I need more ear time. So far, my ws99 and mdr 1r trumph this in sound.
Heyyyyyy! I have the same impression as you as well when I demoed them in a store but that was when from what I heard, their manufactur have issue with the drivers that result in different SQ for each and every pair of Focal Spirits One... If it does get any better, let me know! I might as well give it a 2nd chance biggrin.gif

The pair that I tried not only have very veiled sound but as well as slight recessed mids...
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