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post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by matvkeulen View Post

I have been lurking for some time and decided it is time to ask my question.

I am looking for a new headphone. I allready listened to the Beoplay H6 and B&W P7, P5 and P3. I really liked the sound of the P7. I am not an audiofile, i just love how the P7 plays music. Vocals sound very close by, like I am with the artists in the same room. And bass is great for me with these.
The Beoplay H6 is nice as well but has a more natural sound. It does sits very comfy around my ears.


Biggest problem though is the P7's pricetag. So I was wondering how the more affordable C5 compares to the P7. Maybe someone knows how they compare to the P7. It is not allowed in stores to listen to IEM's which is understandable but annoying as well.

Not down on the P7s at all, but much prefer the NAD Viso HP50. I think you would too. Better price point, better sound, also easy to drive.
post #17 of 20
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After using this headphone for about half an hour, it starts to build pressure at the top of my head. The band is pushing and it is very uncomfortable.
It's a real shame. Sound quality is very very good. But fit is not that good for me.
So... I went back to the store and got myself the C5. I am very pleased with them. Sound quality is very good imo as a non audiofile and they are a lot cheaper.
Bass is tight and it has an open soundstage. Depending on the quality of the recording, spacing is very noticeable. Vocals are a little bit less present compared to the P7. Somewhat more balanced.
post #18 of 20
The P7's were a bit disappointing initially. During the demo they sounded fantastic. I can now say that picking the P7 over all the portables was the best choice I have made in a while. I am now hoping to get the FiiO X5! They also clamp initially, but now they are extremely comfortable! Also to elaborate, the amplifier made the P7 sound heavenly; it was insane! Hence why I want to get the FiiO X5. Man I am listening to these now -- the S2 are driving these to an extent -- it still has nothing on the amplifiers! It excels drastically when using an amplifier. But my oh, my, these headphones give out the most beautiful sound once you give it at least 40-50 hours of burn-in.
Edited by H6916 - 3/23/14 at 3:05am
post #19 of 20
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Originally Posted by H6916 View Post

The P7's were a bit disappointing initially. During the demo they sounded fantastic. I can now say that picking the P7 over all the portable was the best choice I have made in a while. I am now hoping to get FiiO X5! They also clamp initially, but now they are extremely comfortable! Also to elaborate, the amplifier made the P7 sound heavenly; it was insane! Hence why I want to get the FiiO X5. Man I am listening to these now -- the S2 are driving these to an extent -- it still has nothing on the amplifiers! It excels drastically when using an amplifier. But my oh, my, these headphones give out the most beautiful sound once you give it at least 40-50 hours of burn-in.

I noticed this too.

 

I think the P7s quite literally need a breaking in period, just like any other leather product.

 

I initially had the stiff headband that matvkelen experienced, but it's gone now that the leather is fully broken in, and the earcups are somehow even more supple. I also haven't had any sweaty ear problems typical with other closed headphones.

 

These headphones just keep getting better and better...

post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by H6916 View Post

The P7's were a bit disappointing initially. During the demo they sounded fantastic. I can now say that picking the P7 over all the portable was the best choice I have made in a while. I am now hoping to get FiiO X5! They also clamp initially, but now they are extremely comfortable! Also to elaborate, the amplifier made the P7 sound heavenly; it was insane! Hence why I want to get the FiiO X5. Man I am listening to these now -- the S2 are driving these to an extent -- it still has nothing on the amplifiers! It excels drastically when using an amplifier. But my oh, my, these headphones give out the most beautiful sound once you give it at least 40-50 hours of burn-in.

 

 

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Originally Posted by KD1011 View Post
 

I noticed this too.

 

I think the P7s quite literally need a breaking in period, just like any other leather product.

 

I initially had the stiff headband that matvkelen experienced, but it's gone now that the leather is fully broken in, and the earcups are somehow even more supple. I also haven't had any sweaty ear problems typical with other closed headphones.

 

These headphones just keep getting better and better...

 

I do have to agree with this...  Although the change isn't as night and day, but it lost a couple dB in the bass which is all that was needed to really allow these cans to show themselves a lot better.  And yes, the ear pads get softer with use which can help with seal issues...  Somewhat (it won't fix them unfortunately).  The pads themselves do have vents in the back, I'm not sure if that does heating issues or not :p  It does tune sound though. 

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