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post #271 of 4206
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post

...But, for portable headphones, I really don't think one should worry...on the go, who wants a DAC/AMP to lug around with them?...

 

 

This is exactly why I find myself reading this Excellent thread!  

Thank you MH for taking the time to write about your experiences. 

 

 

I'm kinda torn between the Momentum's, M500, or a pair of Mad Dogs (apples and an orange?).  Most listening would be around the house while trying to be semi-quiet when my daughter and/or wife is sleeping, occasional travel use as well...  so, I don't want to be limited to a desktop rig That may be in the future, but not right now.  Biggest drag about the Mad Dogs would be the need for a portable amp, and the added stuff to carry in order to move around (I almost ordered these a couple of weeks ago, but wanted to research a little more for something that wouldn't require an amp).  Would the Mad Dogs be worth the extra baggage and cost (for an amp)? Or stay light and get the Sens or KEFs?

 

Not trying to hijack/derail the thread, but thought this might be something that other people are considering as well.

Cheers

post #272 of 4206
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Originally Posted by Funkmonkey View Post

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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post

...But, for portable headphones, I really don't think one should worry...on the go, who wants a DAC/AMP to lug around with them?...

 

 

This is exactly why I find myself reading this Excellent thread!  

Thank you MH for taking the time to write about your experiences. 

 

 

I'm kinda torn between the Momentum's, M500, or a pair of Mad Dogs (apples and an orange?).  Most listening would be around the house while trying to be semi-quiet when my daughter and/or wife is sleeping, occasional travel use as well...  so, I don't want to be limited to a desktop rig That may be in the future, but not right now.  Biggest drag about the Mad Dogs would be the need for a portable amp, and the added stuff to carry in order to move around (I almost ordered these a couple of weeks ago, but wanted to research a little more for something that wouldn't require an amp).  Would the Mad Dogs be worth the extra baggage and cost (for an amp)? Or stay light and get the Sens or KEFs?

 

Not trying to hijack/derail the thread, but thought this might be something that other people are considering as well.

Cheers

You can always do the fanny pack thing for the brick. I am with MH though about being really mobile. The iPhone 5 and some CIEM's or the Senn HD25-1 ii's or the Beyer DT-1350's work nicely. I use the brick on airplanes of maybe in the hotel room when I am doing some desk work.

post #273 of 4206
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Originally Posted by Funkmonkey View Post
I'm kinda torn between the Momentum's, M500, or a pair of Mad Dogs (apples and an orange?).  Most listening would be around the house while trying to be semi-quiet when my daughter and/or wife is sleeping, occasional travel use as well...  so, I don't want to be limited to a desktop rig That may be in the future, but not right now.  Biggest drag about the Mad Dogs would be the need for a portable amp, and the added stuff to carry in order to move around (I almost ordered these a couple of weeks ago, but wanted to research a little more for something that wouldn't require an amp).  Would the Mad Dogs be worth the extra baggage and cost (for an amp)? Or stay light and get the Sens or KEFs?

 

Not trying to hijack/derail the thread, but thought this might be something that other people are considering as well.

Cheers

 

To me the phrase "portable amp" is a contradiction in terms, so I'd rule the mad dogs out immediately. Momentum's are quite small and portable, but don't fold down, which mean they'd take up a bit of space in a bag on a plane, and I didn't like their sound much - with my phone source and not burned in. M500's are on ear, which I just don't like, and will block out very little noise. So to me for your usage Sony R1 or Senn Momentum, based on personal preferences.


Edited by commando - 9/1/13 at 1:51pm
post #274 of 4206

Demo. As I said in my write-up it is preferences between Mo and M500

 

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To me the phrase "portable amp" is a contradiction in terms

 

Agree. But also think if someone is going to use these around the house then it depends what rig they are running. If the opportunity is there to go for full sized cans then would go with the potential. Would only pick portable full-size can for home use  if the source rig does not drive anything more demanding than that

post #275 of 4206
I just think the DT1350 should rank a bit high... I have listened to the PSB M4U 2, DT1350, 1R, 1RNC, QC15.... DT1350 definitely isolate better than 1R. I think it is the same as the PSB (without NC) DT1350 is actually quite comfortable after owning it a while. (Not when you first put it on tho. I agrees that PSB M4U 2 has got better imaging, i think its due to the bigger sound stage (bigger driver)
Edited by dragoonv - 9/1/13 at 3:56pm
post #276 of 4206
I found PSB M4U 2 is initially more comfortable than DT1350, but after a while, my neck starts to give out....the headphone is just a tad too heavy. It is the same with 1R NC...
post #277 of 4206
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 but after a while, my neck starts to give out....the headphone is just a tad too heavy.

 

Really? None of these headphones weigh very much at all.

post #278 of 4206
Probably because I have weak neck. I found active NC headphone are always heavier than what I would like them to be. Due to the circuitry. I am only comparing between the headphones in the review anyway. Not like the LCD's. Between the ones, PSB is indeed heavier.
post #279 of 4206
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Originally Posted by Funkmonkey View Post

 

This is exactly why I find myself reading this Excellent thread!  

Thank you MH for taking the time to write about your experiences. 

 

 

I'm kinda torn between the Momentum's, M500, or a pair of Mad Dogs (apples and an orange?).  Most listening would be around the house while trying to be semi-quiet when my daughter and/or wife is sleeping, occasional travel use as well...  so, I don't want to be limited to a desktop rig That may be in the future, but not right now.  Biggest drag about the Mad Dogs would be the need for a portable amp, and the added stuff to carry in order to move around (I almost ordered these a couple of weeks ago, but wanted to research a little more for something that wouldn't require an amp).  Would the Mad Dogs be worth the extra baggage and cost (for an amp)? Or stay light and get the Sens or KEFs?

 

Not trying to hijack/derail the thread, but thought this might be something that other people are considering as well.

Cheers

Thanks! I used to own some pricey LODs (still think I have a Moon Audio Silver Dragon LOD) and some top flight portable amps....but in terms of portability, they're not really well....portable. So instead I looked for headphones that sounded great out of my iPod, iPad or iPhone 5.

 

Did some listening yesterday with the KEF M500s and I gotta say, they just might be my favourites for sound, portability and comfort. But they're one area that I wish they were better at was noise isolation. The Momentums are a good step up. If they isolated as well as the Momentums, they would hit on all cylinders IMO.

post #280 of 4206

how about the sound leak of the m500?

post #281 of 4206
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by full dp View Post

how about the sound leak of the m500?

They don't leak much. Actually I have no issues with leakage and the M500s. Just isolation. 

post #282 of 4206
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post

Thanks! I used to own some pricey LODs (still think I have a Moon Audio Silver Dragon LOD) and some top flight portable amps....but in terms of portability, they're not really well....portable. So instead I looked for headphones that sounded great out of my iPod, iPad or iPhone 5.

 

 

This is my thinking exactly..  any word on KEF coming out with a circumaural? wink_face.gif     The isolation isreally not that much of a concern, ( I have some IEMs (qJAYS, Dunu Trident) for airplanes & loud work environment), but leakage is a concern....  sounds like the KEF are top of list for me.  Thanks MH, and company.  Now, to find someplace that I can listen to both m500 and Momentum...  tongue.gif


Edited by Funkmonkey - 9/1/13 at 9:37pm
post #283 of 4206

The M500s sound great, their sound is far better than the price would suggest. Midrange wise, they are no worse than my LCD-2s actually and the bass is great too. The treble however, feels a little bright at the moment. We'll see if burn in changes that :)

But they sound better than the Momentum, no doubt. 

post #284 of 4206
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Lan647 View Post
 

The M500s sound great, their sound is far better than the price would suggest. Midrange wise, they are no worse than my LCD-2s actually and the bass is great too. The treble however, feels a little bright at the moment. We'll see if burn in changes that :)

But they sound better than the Momentum, no doubt. 

Hey, I'm glad you're enjoying them. They are the most neutral portable headphones I've heard yet. 

post #285 of 4206
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Originally Posted by LFC_SL View Post
 

I place the folded M500 in position inside the case. And then twirl the cable into the space in the middle. You might have to twist the 2.5mm connector end 180 degrees for the sake of storage orientation.

 

@LFC_SL: +1. I don't have any problem putting the m500's in the case with the cable still attached.

 

@MacedonianHero: great thread and nice work! Thanks.

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