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Of these Headphones, which are the best? Under 400

post #1 of 10
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Hey everyone, want to just start my first thread by saying Happy Holidays! After going on vacation, I realized I would really love some nice noise isolating headphones for like planes, trains, and even just at home. I've done a ton of research and these are the headphones I'm looking at. My budget is around 400, I can go up if I need to, but after all the reading, I feel I could be satisfied in that range. Here are the ones I'm looking at. BTW, I will be trying these headphones on myself but I thought maybe you guys could help eliminate a couple from the rest. I'm looking for sound and comfort, looks aren't as important, but I do like good looking headphones. I listen to a lot of Rock, especially classic like Zeppelin, AC/DC, etc. I would guess I'm not looking for a super bassy pair, since I'm not huge into rap, but I dont know? Kind of just want a very clean balanced sound I'm guessing. 

 

B&W P7

B&W P5

Mad Dog

Viso HP50

M100

Momentum

AKG K550

 

So what are all your guys thoughts? And feel free to recomend one I haven't listed.


Edited by Priceman4714 - 12/1/13 at 11:19am
post #2 of 10
Thread Starter 

Cmon, anyone?? I need responses 

post #3 of 10

I would narrow it down to the Mad Dogs, P7, and M100. From there, it depends upon what is more important to you, such as what type of music you listen to, the build quality, the portability, etc. Also, your source will matter for the Mad Dogs, as they will require an amp to sound good. The M100 and P7 are easier to drive than the Mad Dogs and the M100 has superior customization. Build quality are about the same for each, but it may come down to personal preference. 

post #4 of 10

Don't think anybody heard more headphones then Tyll, and he prefers NAD Viso HP50:

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/innerfidelitys-wall-fame-full-size-sealed

post #5 of 10

I like the AKG K550s, they're really wide sounding, and sound like an open set of cans (even though they're closed).

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Originally Posted by Priceman4714 View Post
 

Hey everyone, want to just start my first thread by saying Happy Holidays! After going on vacation, I realized I would really love some nice noise isolating headphones for like planes, trains, and even just at home. I've done a ton of research and these are the headphones I'm looking at. My budget is around 400, I can go up if I need to, but after all the reading, I feel I could be satisfied in that range. Here are the ones I'm looking at. BTW, I will be trying these headphones on myself but I thought maybe you guys could help eliminate a couple from the rest. I'm looking for sound and comfort, looks aren't as important, but I do like good looking headphones. I listen to a lot of Rock, especially classic like Zeppelin, AC/DC, etc. I would guess I'm not looking for a super bassy pair, since I'm not huge into rap, but I dont know? Kind of just want a very clean balanced sound I'm guessing. 

 

B&W P7

B&W P5

Mad Dog

Viso HP50

M100

Momentum

AKG K550

 

So what are all your guys thoughts? And feel free to recomend one I haven't listed.

Tyll Hertsens of Innerfidelity is highly regarded as a Headphone critic/reviews.  He really loves the Sennheiser Momentums & highly recommends them.  You can read the review here:

www.innerfidelity.com/content/very-adult-sennheiser-momentum

 

Good luck.

post #7 of 10
All of them are great. Pick from out of a hat. Well except the p5, and mad dog (which needs an amp).
post #8 of 10
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Tyll Hertsens of Innerfidelity is highly regarded as a Headphone critic/reviews.  He really loves the Sennheiser Momentums & highly recommends them.  You can read the review here:

www.innerfidelity.com/content/very-adult-sennheiser-momentum

 

Good luck.


He retired the Momentums from the Wall of Fame in favor of HP50

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/innerfidelitys-wall-fame-full-size-sealed

post #9 of 10

I would argue that the P5 doesn't keep up with the rest of the list.

 

I would abstain from any comment on the Mad Dog as I haven't heard it, but would pay attention to comments from others about amping... that stuff is important

 

You don't mention source, and to repeat, that is an important factor.

 

Of those left on your list at this point, they are such different styles and design that I would not follow any particular opinion, regardless of how well qualified, as to which sounds better than the other.  In fact, I would be suspicious of anyone that does not call out the fact that the K550, Momentum, M-100, and P7 are all very much subject to physical fit/feel between users and different sonic signature between a variety of ears as to mandate, more so than ever, that the choice between any of them are personal and nothing else and no one else matters.

 

Yes, you can confidently say the same about any two or more headphone models, but these in particular just scream for that foot note in any evaluation.

 

I don't know about the HP50, but if you dig the style at all it is clearly worth a close look and I would not be shocked at all if it outperformed all the below on your head, according to your ears/brain.  When I get a chance to hear them I may land in the same place, but I just don't find the style/design inspiring so I know I will invest in some different choices for the foreseeable future...

 

Having said the above, here are my own conclusions after some listening:

 

P7 - in store demo, didn't feel right but had very good sound...better than Momentum to my ears in terms of balance and resolution

 

Momentum - does not work on my head at all, had to pass, but did think it had a very pleasant sound

 

K550 - owned for a year, loved em, except the highs become strident at moderate to high listening levels after a while and sometimes the mids come off a bit strange.  great fit and bass response, but many others have felt otherwise in this area.

 

M100 - just ever so slightly behind the articulation/resolution of the P7, and the space and mids (when they flow) of the K550, but feel great and I think the bass translates beyond rap and EDM, I think it works very well for rock and I love the design and build quality, so I have a pair arriving any day now... Never liked them a year ago, but as my listening and fit experiences have evolved over the last few years I have grown to appreciate them and vote with my hard earned cash.  I initially never liked the strong bass, but now I know it works for a bunch of music I like and for low level listening at the office or blasting away at home, I expect it will never be my "go to reference", but I predict I will use them and love them for a few years before I get bored and try to move on, if ever.  I am hoping they stay in my "top ten" for a while as I add to my collection (another few years before I own 10 headphones).  I am biased by the fact that they will also serve a portable role for me without being small or fragile, as I admire the folding joints and case, so that scores some points with me

 

If at all possible, you must get these things on your head to make a good decision... so if that is not possible, plan to buy/return until you know you have the right one.  Good luck.

 

Regards,

 

Greg Jensen


Edited by Greggo - 12/6/13 at 1:35pm
post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by Old Groucho View Post
 

Tyll Hertsens of Innerfidelity is highly regarded as a Headphone critic/reviews.  He really loves the Sennheiser Momentums & highly recommends them.  You can read the review here:

www.innerfidelity.com/content/very-adult-sennheiser-momentum

 

Good luck.


He retired the Momentums from the Wall of Fame in favor of HP50

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/innerfidelitys-wall-fame-full-size-sealed

How dare he !  He never even consulted me ! :mad: 


Edited by BobG55 - 12/6/13 at 6:28pm
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