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Please help decide best 300-400$ headphone out of these:

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

I've done tons of searching for the best studio headphone, I'l be doing mixing/producing on them as well as listening with genres like: EDM, Dubstep, Metal, Rock, Folk, so whichever has the clearest treble/mids and most present and tight bass might be the winner.

 

Here are the three:

 

NAD Viso hp50

Thinksound On1.

Focal Spirit Pro

M4U 1

 

 

I had the P7 as well but I heard these were better sounding. If anyone's heard the headphones listed and has any opinion on which sounds the best please let me know. 

 

 

On the On1: 

Quote:
The first test concerns the bass, which is artificially boosted in some headphones -- in some cases, even so-called high-end and expensive headphones -- to simulate a better sound quality, sometimes due to the demands of its core customer base and sometimes because the average non-audiophile often mistakes thumping excessive bass with high quality output. If you're the type who expects to drown in bass regardless of what you're listening to, you'll be disappointed, as the On1 monitors are very even-handed. This isn't a bad thing, mind you. What it means is that the audio you're getting is "pure," so to speak -- if you're listening to something that is bass-heavy, you'll have no shortage of thumping, but if you're listening to some Vivaldi, you're not going to be frustrated at the muddle effect overblown bass would have on your soundtracks.

I am one of the consumers that likes a little more bass so this sounds good to me, but I'm worried that a lot of the times audiophiles say there is thumping, it's actually on the weak side for the average consumer. I wan't to be able to tell when somethings thumping or hitting hard if I make an electronic beat, basically I want to make sure it actually has some bass and not just good quality. 


Edited by port11 - 2/16/14 at 6:18pm
post #2 of 12
Thread Starter 

Here are some random highlights that stood out to me from random reviews that I read to help influence my decision:

 

Nad Viso Hp50

+ everyone recomends this

Audiophile-oriented, flat-response headphones like the HP-50 sometimes sound dull on hip-hop and metal

(Im worried these are geared for people who listen mostly to concert hall classical music)

 

P7

- And as wide as the sound is, separation isn’t as good as it would be in a rival open-back set.

- they do lack a bit of attack.

paying for Bowers & Wilkins name
+Treble is never reedy or thin, vocals have wonderful presence, throughout the spectrum sounds are crisp and distinct.

 

Focal Spirit Pro

+ It knows how to hit hard and deep with excellent control and speed." Never heard a better bass in a closed headphone before."

+ I bet I could pull off an all-headphone mix with these, and no one would know.

+There is a an abundance of sonic accuracy and fine detail within the sound they deliver that is a beautiful thing to hear......its a professional sound, an expensive sound, a musical sound.
- If you are looking for hyped bass you wont find it within the sound of these headphones.

(i'm worried it won't be enough for electronic music)

 

Thinksound On1.

+acurate  and true bass

- Couldn't find much else on this one, I probably won't get it.

and Il also add this to the list after more research:

 

M4U 1

+better bass than the hp50

+all positive reviews, I might get this one out of the bunch.

 

 

I'll update this as I read more about these! Please give any input you can!


Edited by port11 - 2/16/14 at 10:48pm
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

bump; I guess I should say I''m looking for the most "fun" out of these neutral, closed headphones that is most likely to wow me when I hear them..I think the HP50 is the cheapest and I know $ doesn't = quality, but it still might at this price range.

 

Someone said "I personally consider the HP50 to have a more inviting midrange, but the P7 to have slightly better bass and a bigger soundstage. In terms of treble, the P7 is a little brighter but none of them are harsh in the slightest. " thats a + for P7 (soundstage and bass), but I'm still almost 90% sure Im getting the HP50,

 

but I almost want to get one of the other ones I listed like the Spirit Pro or the M4U 1 because they cost more:confused_face_2:

 

 

:confused_face_2:

post #4 of 12

I havent heard any other one besides the P7 and HP50, and since the HP50 seems to be what youre leaning towards, i thought I'd pop in.

 

The P7 is quite an enjoyable headphone. The bass to me is a little messy and a little bloated, and the sound overall is a bit darker than the HP50. I do find the P7 a bit hard to recommend at 399 price point though.

 

The HP50 are no slouch when it comes to being enjoyable headphones. They do outperform the P7 to me sonically and are indeed more towards neutral than the P7. Theyre one of the best performers at the price but you wont get as much of a head banging experience out of them compared to the P7.

 

And also for a frame of reference, the HP50 and the focals measure extremely similarly, and the signature often does give a good idea of the sound signature of headphones (since youre worried the spirit professionals being too flat), although how the sound is presented can still change the perception of the signature.

post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply, any personal opinions I can get are great! From what you said I'd probably get the HP50, but I'm wondering if it'll have enough bass. Have you heard the Sennheiser HD 25-1 IIs? Those are my current pair and they don't have nearly enough bass. Do the HP50s have that punch that you can feel on electronic music? That's what I'll be mixing, and if you can't really feel it, Im wondering if it'll be worth the slightly bloated sound of the P7s to be more immersed in the sound.

post #6 of 12

I would personally be happy with either one. You can always get a little help from ur friend Mr. EQ if you end up feeling like the HP50 doesnt quite have the low end heft you were looking for.

 

Its been at least 2 years or so since ive tried the HD 25 II... i honestly dont remember... :(

post #7 of 12

I had the P7 and thinksound...the thinksound is beats it but its an on-ear which is very uncomfortable to me.

post #8 of 12
To my ears, the Sennheiser HD25 has more bass and is more aggressive sounding when compared to the HP50.
post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Slashfury99 View Post

To my ears, the Sennheiser HD25 has more bass and is more aggressive sounding when compared to the HP50.

Cana anyone else confirm this? The bass in the HD25-1 ii was what made me want to get a new headphone in the first place. I felt like it was barely there at all. I might have to go with the P7 if there is really less bass in the hp50.

post #10 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by port11 View Post
 

Cana anyone else confirm this? The bass in the HD25-1 ii was what made me want to get a new headphone in the first place. I felt like it was barely there at all. I might have to go with the P7 if there is really less bass in the hp50.


doesnt make sense to me, it seems like the thinksound is for you, why would you want to get back to the P7? Thinksound make really good headphone, I just really wish they dint make it on-ear.

post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 

I want the clearest sound quality and most powerful but still tight and accurate bass, so I think I'll finally just pick one and order the Thinksound On1s  tomorrow. It was between that and the Focal Pro, but I heard the On1s had more bass than the Pro. The only thing now is that the On1s are only 300$, I wonder if theres a better sound I could get for closer to 400 or if it doesnt matter. Maybe I could get the On1s and also a Filo E11 amp as well. Anyone have thoughts n that?

post #12 of 12
The hp50 are really good but at stock they aren't really "fun" but they can amp and EQ really well and not pop the speakers. But I may be wrong as the hp50 were one of my choices but decided to go with the akg k545
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