Originally Posted by DrSheep
At the $300-$350 range the top dogs in my opinion are: M-100, Momentum, AKG K550, and of course the Mad Dog. Some recommend the KEF M500 and Philips Fidelio X1 too. Also check out the Sony MDR-1R and Beyerdynamics DT1350 at $200 level (both original MSRP at $300.)
I think its worth mentioning that the Momentums and the Mad Dogs are both harder to drive than the M-100 and KEF500
Edited by monsterzero - 9/4/13 at 9:41pm
The Sony PHA-1 amp drives both the 100s & 500s but when I tried the Momentum and Mad Dogs w/ the Sony amp/DAC they both sounded like crap.Im sure both are great HPs,tho I have yet to hear either driven properly,but if the OP doesnt want to drop extra cash on a powerful amp/DAC they might want to consider the 100 or 500s.
The bass kick of the M-100s was too strong on this tune:
I literally couldnt turn it up too loud to enjoy the rest of the song because the bass was slamming too hard,and for metal and rock the vocals and guitars really left me wanting alot more.
The 500s were alot more balanced,less thump,more mids,clean bottom and nice highs,but if you enjoy mega thump and the "wow" factor on certain tracks than you might prefer the 100s.
I do prefer the look and feel of the M-100s over the 500s,in fact the unique look of the 500s doesnt appeal to me at all,but im after the sound and not the way it looks on my skull,tho im sure that matters to some folks.