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post #331 of 1723

here is a new review of these i just noticed. http://www.techwalls.com/akg-k545-headphone-review/

 

plus they have an unboxing video as well

 


Edited by dweaver - 11/22/13 at 6:59pm
post #332 of 1723

^that is the unboxing where is the review... maybe you can edit it and put the review

post #333 of 1723

The link to the review is above the video. I will seperate them by a space to help make it more obvious.

post #334 of 1723
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Originally Posted by dweaver View Post
 

The link to the review is above the video. I will seperate them by a space to help make it more obvious.

lol sorry :o

post #335 of 1723
I had a listen to the Bowers and Wilkins P7 today. I brought my K545 with me and did some A/B testing against 3 songs.

First off though the P7 exudes luxury while the K545 is a bit more utilitarian in looks but also has color choices that are all attractive. The K545 feels more sturdy to me. Comfort wise if your ears fit inside the K545 I think they are more comfortable. The P7 has a larger rectangular cavity though so will likely fit everyone. The P7 is smaller but the K545 doesn't feel big when worn.

Patricia Barber - Romanesque - Code Blue: The bass of the P7 is a bit more thumpy than the K545 but lacks detail and texture. The mids are darker on the P7 and lack some of the upper midrange energy of the K545 as well as detail and air. The P7 sounds a bit muddy to me for the lack of a better word. Treble is likewise not as present on the P7 nor as detailed. For Jazz the K545 is an easy winner for me.

Neil Diamond - Solitary Man: the mids of the P7 sound darker and lack emotion compared to the K545. Treble instruments sound clearer and more detailed as well. This version of the song is from Hot August night and sound stage comes in to play and the K545 clearly sounds larger and more immersive.

ACDC - Cold Hearted Man: The P7 sounded muddy and lifeless with this song, guitars sounded muted and the drum kit also sounded muted. The K545 tredds the fine line of being to upper mid happy but I unlike the H6 stays just on the safe side of being to sharp. The bass of the K545 is clear and wonderfully full, the P7 is slightly more thumpy but they are fairly similar.

All my testing was done off my LG G2 phone in a local Future Shop store. The P7 was on display so should have quite a few hours of use but I can not say how many. The environment is not the best for testing but both headphones had the same disadvantage.

I have to say for me the K545 easily won the A/B test for all 3 genres. The P7 is a luxury item that will win lots of hearts though and might be a good option if your really allergic to upper mids/lower treble. For me the K545 reduced this area as compared to the K550 just enough to be more natural without losing to much detail which I feel has happened with the P7.

Value wise the K545 again easily wins the battle for me.
Edited by dweaver - 11/23/13 at 1:47pm
post #336 of 1723

That fits with my general impression of the two as well, although I only listened to the P7 in the Best Buy Magnolia listening station. I liked the P7 a little more than you I think, but I like the K545 a lot more.

post #337 of 1723
I liked the P7 because they look so nice, plus that large cavity is really roomy. But the K545 clearly outclassed it sound wise for me. But I do think some will prefer the muted upper midrange. But for jazz, live performances, acoustic, classic, older rock, hard rock and more genres than I can think off the top of my head the K545 will sound better in my opinion.
post #338 of 1723

Excellent P7 vs K545 impressions! Thanks.

post #339 of 1723
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Originally Posted by jwong View Post
 

That fits with my general impression of the two as well, although I only listened to the P7 in the Best Buy Magnolia listening station. I liked the P7 a little more than you I think, but I like the K545 a lot more.

wow that is cool... 

 

I wonder how they sound next to the yamaha hph mt220. They(yamaha) remind me of a more detailed k550 with stronger bass.


Edited by grizzlybeast - 11/23/13 at 4:07pm
post #340 of 1723

As far as the roominess, the HM5 pads are working great for me on the K545. The stock pads are nice feeling, but were a little too close for comfort on my ears.

post #341 of 1723
So there is an option for pads, that is excellent smily_headphones1.gif. Do those pads add to the isolation or have other changes other than more room?
post #342 of 1723

They isolate better, but that may be more from not getting a great seal with the stock pads. The soundstage seems wider too, but to tell the truth I didn't use the stock pads long enough to be a great judge of it. I should probably switch back now that I've listened a good long time with the HM5 pads and see what differences I hear.

post #343 of 1723
Can the HM5 pads be ordered alone from MP4 Nation?
post #344 of 1723

Yep, they're sold individually, which is odd. $17 a pair. I've had a couple sets laying around for a long time that were bought for another long-department set of headphones. 

 

http://www.mp4nation.net/brainwavz-hm5-spare-earpad-1pc

post #345 of 1723

You know you have found the right headphone when your suddenly no longer looking for a new headphone and buying new music or listening to your collection with renewed vigor :). In my case I have bought or repurchased 5 albums in the past 2 weeks LOL.

 

Latest album, Fleetwood Mac - Rumours... from HD Tracks in 96/24 FLAC format

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