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Where do I go from the M100s?

post #1 of 62
Thread Starter 

I'm not really in the market for a new pair just yet (since I've only had these things a few weeks), but I absolutely adore the VMODA M100's. Made me fall in love with music all over again.

 

My question is... where does one go from here? Let's say I just love the M100s and want more of what they offer: thumping, deep bass with clear mids and highs, accepting recessed mids (I don't really mind the "behind the drumset" feel they give). Is there any pair out there, preferably under $1000, that can provide that experience? Or would I be better suited to amp/DAC'ing the M100s and calling it a day?

 

Equipment: just a macbook pro (late 2013 model) and an iPhone 5s. Currently have a Fiio e11.

 

Music: post-rock, post-metal, black/death/grind, hip hop, electronic. I want something that gives me a feeling of sitting amidst the instruments AS WELL as one that jams along when it's synth-built music.

 

Fire away, people! Curious to see what you might come up with.

post #2 of 62

If you want bass the ATH-ES10s are quite incredible, mind you I haven't even seen a pair of M100s in the UK, let alone heard them.

post #3 of 62

If there's some way to mod a more expensive Grado such as PS500 so the bass isn't rolled off. Maybe headphile C-pads? Speaking of which, http://www.headphile.com/page8.html. I don't know how they sound; they're supposed to be some sort of bass monsters.

 

Other ideas: Lawton modded D5000, Shure 1540. Again, I don't know how they sound. The ones I know, the Audezes and Hifimans, probably won't be bassy enough after M100.

 

post #4 of 62
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The Darth Beyers look interesting, along with the ZMF. I'm also a little curious in the Perfect Audio Dido and the Denons. Experience with any of these?

 

I kinda have a hard time believing no one's made a really high end headphone that's overall clear and shimmery but with a bass hump.

post #5 of 62
The only headphone I know of that meets your requirement is the demon d7000. You gotta monitor the sale forums though. Or eBay.

Otherwise there's the th900, but that's way over budget.
post #6 of 62
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Originally Posted by b0000 View Post

The only headphone I know of that meets your requirement is the demon d7000. You gotta monitor the sale forums though. Or eBay.

Otherwise there's the th900, but that's way over budget.

 

Seems like both land in the $1000+ category! That's kinda crazy that there's nothing between the two price points that has that sound. Gonna be scoping out the D7000's though.

post #7 of 62

Check out the Fostex TH600, the 'little brother' to the TH900. Super fun sound, detailed, easy to drive, maybe slightly recessed lower mids.

post #8 of 62
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Originally Posted by jodgey4 View Post
 

Check out the Fostex TH600, the 'little brother' to the TH900. Super fun sound, detailed, easy to drive, maybe slightly recessed lower mids.

 

This definitely caught my attention. Looks like these go around $650 street price, and although I can't find the TH600's freq chart, if it's anything at all like the TH900 it's definitely EXACTLY what I was looking for.

post #9 of 62
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Shure 1540. Again, I don't know how they sound. The ones I know, the Audezes and Hifimans, probably won't be bassy enough after M100.

 

The 1540s are sick!  I've been adoring my pair for the past few months.  They're superb!

post #10 of 62

http://en.goldenears.net/24784 - TH900

http://en.goldenears.net/17034 - TH600

They use different 'ideal' curves than other sites of course, but you should at least get some views on how the two differ as a reference point for judging the TH600 against others. I just tried the TH600's yesterday, I would definitely give them a whirl if I were you.

post #11 of 62
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Originally Posted by SomeGuyDude View Post
 

 

Seems like both land in the $1000+ category! That's kinda crazy that there's nothing between the two price points that has that sound. Gonna be scoping out the D7000's though.

The D7000's are discontinued for the price they're being sold at currently it's not worth it.  Also remember that these other headphones (TH900 & TH600) aren't as bassy as the M100s.  The TH600's go for around $700 and the 1540's go for $500.  I use my 1540s for everything nowadays and I highly recommend them.

post #12 of 62
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The D7000's are discontinued for the price they're being sold at currently it's not worth it.  Also remember that these other headphones (TH900 & TH600) aren't as bassy as the M100s.  The TH600's go for around $700 and the 1540's go for $500.  I use my 1540s for everything nowadays and I highly recommend them.

 

I realize they won't be AS bassy, although on freq charts the TH900 actually seem to be louder in the bass department than the M100s? I dunno, maybe it's because the TH900s have less recessed mids it makes them seem less bassy? I'm not dead set on as much bass, though I don't want to drop down too far.

 

Regardless, I'm a little skeptical on the 1540s only because I was massively unimpressed with the 840s and I'm kinda concerned that the 1540s are just the bigger brothers, and reviews seem to be all over the place. Some tout its bass response, some say it's less than the HE400s, etc etc etc. 

post #13 of 62
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I realize they won't be AS bassy, although on freq charts the TH900 actually seem to be louder in the bass department than the M100s? I dunno, maybe it's because the TH900s have less recessed mids it makes them seem less bassy? I'm not dead set on as much bass, though I don't want to drop down too far.

 

Regardless, I'm a little skeptical on the 1540s only because I was massively unimpressed with the 840s and I'm kinda concerned that the 1540s are just the bigger brothers, and reviews seem to be all over the place. Some tout its bass response, some say it's less than the HE400s, etc etc etc. 

well I have never heard the 840s so i can't comment on that.  I'm actually currently saving up for a pair of TH900s :D.

post #14 of 62

What about the HP50? Another I haven't heard. (So many of these new closed models are north of neutral in the bass so I don't buy them. :( )

 

post #15 of 62
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Originally Posted by SomeGuyDude View Post

 

Regardless, I'm a little skeptical on the 1540s only because I was massively unimpressed with the 840s and I'm kinda concerned that the 1540s are just the bigger brothers, and reviews seem to be all over the place. Some tout its bass response, some say it's less than the HE400s, etc etc etc. 

 

The 840s are good , they are not at all similar to the 1540 according to the things I have heard about the 1540 , the 1540 is having a good bass impact but is dark , rolled off treble .the 840s on the other hand are similar sounding to the CD900ST which obviously does not present the signature you like 

 

This gentleman in the video owns the V-Modas and loves them , this is what he thinks about the 1540  - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PudbV2Sp8HU 

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