So here it is. My review of recent full size HPs that I owned/own. Although I feel like SRH840 should be in there instead of 940 as the price difference is big, I don't have a 840.
Disclaimer: I do not own the M50 I used for review. I sold it to my friend, but I got to barrow them for few days. The reference of the review is UERM, which is the most detailed, clean, and flat iem/headphone I own.
I used the fallowing gears for this review
Sansa Clip Zip Rockboxed
Brief Description of Sound Sig:
M50: Slightly V shaped.
AD700: Flat and neutral.
HD598: Slightly warm and neutral.
SRH940: Reference kind of sound. Slight treble/mid boost, and bass is recessed a bit.
DT1350: Warm and neutral sound.
V6: Slight V shaped.
Modded V6: Neutral with punchy bass.
Bose OE: Bloated bass with rolled off treble.
Voxoa HD Wireless: Warm bassy sound with neutral treble.
The scale for sound is 1-10, 10 being the UERM. Review on UERM: http://www.head-fi.org/products/ultimate-ears-in-ear-reference-monitors/reviews/8928
Price: Around $120
Comfort: Rather poor. It gets hot and sweaty after about 20-40 mins.
Amping: Not needed, but it helps. Leckertons are good with them.
Bass is very well extended and tight, but mid range is recessed a bit, and sounds bit artificial. Highs are sparkly and decently extended. Clarity and detail is superb for it's price.
Price: Around $100
Comfort: Very good. However, it may be too soft and plush for people with small heads.
Amping: Does benefit a little with amping. Modi and Magni was used with AD700.
Overall neutral phones. Soundstage is wide and clarity is decent. May sound too distant and boring for some. Also, leakage is bad due to open design.
Price: Around $220
Comfort: Very good. Best comfort of all of my hp.
Amping: Does benefit. Modi and Magni is good.
Solid headphones with decent bass extension with good mid bass. Mids are very smooth and highs are extended. Clarity is also rather good. However, their smooth signature makes them boring to listen to, for me at least.
Price: Around $250
Comfort: Decent. I can wear it for 1-2hrs without problem. It looks ugly though.
Amping: Benefits and scales up with amping. Leckertons do a good job.
Currently my favorite phone with UERM and DT1350. Ridiculous clarity and imaging(in a good way). Bass is well extended with punchy mid bass. Mid bass is light, so it's not for bassheads for sure. Mids are gorgeous and highs are very well extended as well. Attack is very good as well. Also, the soundstage is very good for a closed back. Also, the most detailed hp I own, coming very close to UERM.
DT1350: Extended Review: http://www.head-fi.org/products/beyerdynamic-tesla-dt-1350/reviews/8968
Price: Around $250
Comfort: Rather poor. It squeezes your head. I can wear it for about an hour without problem. Also gets hot after an hour. Looks decent on person.
Amping: Benefits and scales up with amping. Not a good match with Magni. Leckertons do a good job.
Currently one of my favorite phones. Very good clarity and detail from a portable can. Comfort is poor because it needs to seal tight for good isolation. Isolation is very good. Bass goes very deep with good punch, mids are smooth and engaging, and highs are smooth. Highs do roll off, so I'm giving it a 7.5. Very impressive portable phone.
Price: Around $60
Comfort: Good. May not be the best, but definitely above average. Gets hot though.
Amping: Doesn't need much power.
I traded my AD700 for the V6. V6 has some what similar sound to M50. It's lower mids are recessed, and the vocals and guitars sounds bit hallow. However, the bass amount and control is good and treble is well extended. Clarity is also good. Quick note on ear pads: since the earpads were ripped, I sewed the pads together. Also, SRH840/940's ear pads fits the V6 as well. With SRH940's pad, the sound stage also increases a lot.
Sony V6: Modded by myself. Here is how: http://www.head-fi.org/t/668659/sony-mdr-v6-bass-mod-no-earpad
Price: Around $60+Time and Effort to Mod
What changed: Removed foam damper, added bass vent, replaced earpads with SRH940's
Comfort: Very good. Much better than stock pads. However, it still gets hot.
Amping: Needs slightly more power than the stock V6. Paired with Leckertons currently.
So, why did I add a review of a headphone that was already reviewed? Because it sounds totally different from the stock. First of all, bass has much better punch as well as sub bass impact, and lower mids are significantly thicker, resulting in a warm-neutralish sound. Soundstage also opened up a bit after the mod. Comfort increased as well due to new pads. Clarity is lost, but only marginally. Overall satisfied with my mods. If you have questions about modding, please ask in the tread that I linked.
*Forgot to mention this. You should EQ the modded V6 and this mod changes the sound sig a bit. I used a 5 band EQ on AK100, and it is perfect.
Price: Around $150
Comfort: Very good.
Amping: Benefits a tiny bit from amping.
Bose OE is the most comfortable portable hp that I've owned. Too bad that it didn't sound good. It has bloated bass with very rolled off treble. Clarity is also very poor. Also, they are semi-open, but the soundstage is rather small as well.
Voxoa HD Wireless:
Price: Currently $110. Originally $150.
Amping: Wireless headphone. When wired, it does benefit from amping.
Warm bassy headphone with good comfort. Wireless feature is a plus. Very practical pair of headphones.
Ranking! By sound quality.
4. Modded/EQed V6
7. Bose OE
Edited by kimvictor - 11/3/13 at 5:15pm