Originally Posted by hans030390
The T50RP driver has too many inherent limitations (size is one) to make it quite as technically competent as some headphones costing $1000+, so that's a bit of a stretch to say. THD plots are pretty indicative of this, though it's yet to be shown how much a better enclosure improves on this.
Are there headphones that cost more and don't necessarily perform as well across the board? Yes. Unfortunately.
This, a 1000 times!
In my first impressions I mentioned how I felt I could hear the limit of what the T50RP could offer. It's not fair to ask a $150 headphone's driver to be as competent as a $1000 headphone, even in the best designed cup.
I felt that all the improvements over the Mad Dogs "shortcomings", had a negative impact on some other aspects of the sound, where the MDs still shine. Bass is one of them, IMO. One cannot ask for both extended treble and bass impact out of such small drivers (I don't know if size is the matter here, but by small I also mean cheap). I never heard the original T50RP but those who heard them reported that the MD (and now the AD), iteration after iteration, pushed the sound in different leagues each time. But there's a limit where the sound won't improve any further and just offer a different take on the sound (think sound signature tuning). I feel like the ADs reached that limit and, somehow, show it.
No counting some $1000 jokes (ultrasone? grado? who knows...), I think the $600 sticker offer you the same value for dollar as the Hifimans (in terms of sound). Yes, I still feel the HE-5LE and HE-500 are better technically, but they also have no isolation to offer here, and nowhere near the same comfort. It's quite a feat for a small family business in the US and for all this: hats off . MrSpeakers also offers the best support in the business and the outmost attention to customer's satisfaction (upgrade programs, etc.). I know it's a hassle and nobody forces him to do that; many companies just don't. For that, pants off! . I will stop here, it's too cold now...
Back to the $1000 question - or let's stretch it to exactly $1300 : no, it is clearly not in the league of the HE-6, sorry but there's no show here. They are in different categories, period. It really is a night and day feeling, on every aspect of the sound.
But is it fair to compare them, given the price difference? I don't think so.
Edited by Clemmaster - 12/15/13 at 10:54pm