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post #1 of 32
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Dear everyone,

I recently (december last year, in fact) bought an AKG K551. And I really LOVED the sound and the  comfort of it, BUT.

 

After 3 months, the plastic piece above the earpiece got cracked. I decided to bring it back, I got a new one. NOW, it cracked again, and the leather on the earcups tore aswell. So I decided to bring it back once again. 

 

Only to find out that the shop went bankrupt (do I say it right? :P), and they decided to give back my money which was 300 euros.

 

Now I am looking for a good portable headphone, used mostly with my iPhone and computer, which needs a detachable cable, and has very good isolation and close to none sound leakage.

I am hoping to find a sound similar to the AKG's, but I want to shy away from the AKG because the build quality was a dealbreaker for me. 

 

I take the headphone everywhere. On the bike, in the car when I am seated next to one, on the airplane, on a walk, on the bus, on the train.

 

I am looking for a really good neutral sounding headphone, that can be driven easily.

 

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 32
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I just saw the MrSpeakers Alpha Dog for 600 euros. Should I wait for that headphone and just try to save up another 300 euros?

And would they properly driven by my iPhone?

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I just saw the MrSpeakers Alpha Dog for 600 euros. Should I wait for that headphone and just try to save up another 300 euros?

And would they properly driven by my iPhone?

 

No orthos need a good bit of power to really shine, if you spend 600 Euros on them and drive them out of your phone well... there are cheaper options that will sound much better with you cell phone!

 

Look into the Audio Technica A900x and the Sound Magic HP 100, there is also the Shure 840 [I'm selling a modded 840 that sounds a little better than the K550 which I had]

 

And it's a shame to hear your K551 broke... twice q.q 

 

But the Sound Magic and Shure 840 both have deteachable cables, and both have a nice sound and are super easy to drive! 

post #4 of 32
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And would the sound of the Soundmagic HP-100 surpass the AKG K550's sound?

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And would the sound of the Soundmagic HP-100 surpass the AKG K550's sound?

 

For me they where about the same, the k550 has slighty better sound stage and bass, where as the Hp 100 had smoother mids and better highs and I found the Hp 100 to be more comfy 

post #6 of 32
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Alright, thanks for your information. I will definitely look into the SoundMagic HP-100.

I tried the 840 from Shure, and really liked the sound. BUT after only 5 minutes of listening my ears became hot and started to hurt...

post #7 of 32

KEF M500 seems to be a good option

post #8 of 32
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I already tested the KEF M500, however the headphone was very loose on my head, and I was walking a bit with it to try it, and it already fell off...

 

@Mshenay Can you vouch for the build quality of the HP100's?

post #9 of 32
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I already tested the KEF M500, however the headphone was very loose on my head, and I was walking a bit with it to try it, and it already fell off...

 

@Mshenay Can you vouch for the build quality of the HP100's?

 

It was well built imo. I only had it for 3 weeks, but I kept it in the case and mine was a year old :O and yea after a year it still looked like new! and you could try an older k550. my K550 was built just as well as the Sound Magic hp 100. it could just be that new k551 are cheaply made.

 

Btw how did you break it? 

post #10 of 32
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I don't know how... I never threw it on the ground, or anything. I did put them in my backpack. It just... Broke. 

 

If you had to choose between K550 and the SoundMagic Hp-100, which do you choose?

post #11 of 32
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I don't know how... I never threw it on the ground, or anything. I did put them in my backpack. It just... Broke. 

 

If you had to choose between K550 and the SoundMagic Hp-100, which do you choose?

 

a hard call to make honestly, since though ur lugging it in your back pack, a NEW sound magic at $200 comes with it's own carrying case. I'd go with the sound magic since it's got it's own protective semi hard case. Sonically they are both enjoyable. If u need more bass from ur Hp 100 take the extra $100 or so u saved an get a fiio E11

post #12 of 32
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a hard call to make honestly, since though ur lugging it in your back pack, a NEW sound magic at $200 comes with it's own carrying case. I'd go with the sound magic since it's got it's own protective semi hard case. Sonically they are both enjoyable. If u need more bass from ur Hp 100 take the extra $100 or so u saved an get a fiio E11

Yeah, but problem is: I can get SoundMagic for 200 EUR (prob not the best deal and I can get the AKG K550 for 205 euros
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Yeah, but problem is: I can get SoundMagic for 200 EUR (prob not the best deal and I can get the AKG K550 for 205 euros

 

Well it is $200 new in the us and 200EUR over there... I suppose that's fair? Take the extra money and again grab a new Fiio E11. Pocket the extra 50

 

in addition what is your portable source your cell phone right, you cold skip;the E11 and get a Dac and Amp which might help to get even more quality out of ur new headphones. or you could pocket the extra cash 

post #14 of 32
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Well it is $200 new in the us and 200EUR over there... I suppose that's fair? Take the extra money and again grab a new Fiio E11. Pocket the extra 50

in addition what is your portable source your cell phone right, you cold skip;the E11 and get a Dac and Amp which might help to get even more quality out of ur new headphones. or you could pocket the extra cash 

Yes, but what I meant was: I can get the Soundmagic for 200 EUR and the AKG's for 205 EUR. Would you still go for the SoundMagic in this situation?

EDIT: With a bit of surfing I came across the Beyerdynamic One Pro. Is this one worth looking into, considering I like the neutral sound of the AKG K550, but want to have a heavy bass from time to time?

Or the K495 NC with the noise cancellation?
Edited by iCupboard - 9/30/13 at 6:32am
post #15 of 32
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Yes, but what I meant was: I can get the Soundmagic for 200 EUR and the AKG's for 205 EUR. Would you still go for the SoundMagic in this situation?

EDIT: With a bit of surfing I came across the Beyerdynamic One Pro. Is this one worth looking into, considering I like the neutral sound of the AKG K550, but want to have a heavy bass from time to time?

Or the K495 NC with the noise cancellation?

 

Active Noise Cancellation headphones tend to distort the sound or have a less high quality sound to them,

 

I would get the Hp 100 over the K550 simple due to the Hard Case and ease of use that comes with the HP 100, and if you want more bass get something like a Fiio E11, the CoP doesn't have the quality the K550 and HP 100 do, 

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