Originally Posted by lawrecedent
Just impulse bought the AKG K845BT after seeing a great deal on ebay But perhaps didn't do enough prior research which is not like me. Anyway, this thread seems the ideal place for me as I currently own and love the UE9000, however, as much as their sound is perfect for my preferences for on the go listening I have a modest sized head and they just look ridiculous. Normally I don't care too much as long as the sound is right but I just thought I'd explore different bluetooth options to see if it was possible to get the best of both worlds. I like the look of the AKG'S and if the sound is comparable to my UE9000'S they'll replace them. The wireless momentums are also on my wish list but are too expensive at the moment. What do people think? After reading this thread it aoinds like I'm going to be left wanting with regards to bass.
Coming from the UE you will surely hate the AKG. They are among the most bass lacking BT headphones ever made and they do not even improve with EQ.
I had no problem with their comfort. I have found the UE, on the other hand, too heavy.
If they will fully cover your ears is a matter of, ears. My were surely covered.
You should ask people hear to measure the inner diameter of the earpads, and see how long are your ears.
Personally, if you want bass, I think you have not many options in the BT world.
You can go with the Fidelio M2BT, which are what comes closest to the bass (and actually also to the sound signature) of the UE, with maybe just a tiny bit less impact on the bass, but otherwise almost the same, with same wonderful sub-bass. The Fidelio have a bit more highs, even if they can be a bit harsh sometimes.
Or you can go with the Audio Technica ATH-WS99BT, they have imo the best sound of all what I have tested till now (if you know my huge comparison thread you know I have tested almost 30 of the best BT Headphones).
I have just written a review of them here on Head-Fi.
Their bass is wonderful. With a bit less body and depth on the Sub-Bass, but overall really powerful and with the impact of the 53mm drivers.
Then, the mids are so clear, strong, present. The highs are crispy and never harsh. The sound is detailed. They are really really good.
But the inner diameter of the pads is just 45mm, not for big ears, and the pads are a bit thin and people with protruding ears complain that their ear touch the drivers.
This can be solved changing the pads with the oval and thicker Brainwavz HM5.
I personally can only suggest them, and not only to bassheads.
Then you have the Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H8. I am writing a review just now. I cannot suggest them till I receive the replacement, because this unit has got an horrible distortion on sub-bass heavy tracks ad loud volume when the ANC is on. I am not sure if it is the model or my unit. I will test the replacement and ask other users.
but apart for this (which can be workarounded deactivating the ANC) the bass is very good. A step down respect to the other three models, but very good. It does not go so deep in the sub-bass, and it is a little bit dark, but powerfull.
Last option, the Sennheiser Urbanite XL Wireless. They also have some darkness, and some muddiness on the low mids. This improves with EQ, but they still are not as universal as the Audio Technica, although they share with the AT the very good detail, and the warmth and presence of the mids, and clarity of the highs.
But the AT are on another level.
The Senny are more comfy anyway, specially if you do not change pads in the AT.
You really have no other options.
The House of Marley Liberate XLBT have a strong bass, but not on this level we are talking about.
Well, eventually the Plantronics Backbeat Pro can do a good job.
The bas is punchy, and the rumble is decent, clean.
They do not reach the other ones here, but they would be the next better ones after them. Better than the House of Marley, cleaner for sure.
I still did not test the Momentum Wireless. But I have tried the wired ones, On Ear, and I was not impressed by the bass. Even the Bose Soundlink on Ear had more punch.
Somebody wrote somewhere that the Wireless on ear have a bit more bass than the over ear. They will cost less then the Over ear. You may want to wait and try them.
I am going to try soon the Pendulumic Stance S1+. They are said to have a very good overall SQ, balanced sound, and powerful bass.
keep an eye on my thread for updates.