As the title says I am deciding between the Live! and the HM5. I am extremely new to this and these would be my first audiophile headphones or any headphones I've put any research into. I know the HM5 is almost twice the cost but these seem to be the best two, at least from my research. So if anyone could point out the differences between the two, I would appreciate it. Thankyou!
Creative Aurvana Live! or Brainwavz HM5
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Head to head, I prefer the CAL! See:
The HM5 is not bad, but I find it to be nearly lifeless.
No--you can't up the bass and say that the sound signature is the same. If you look to the Buying Guide, the CAL2 has a red "B"--which means it is a "bass heavy headphone."
I am implying two things. First there is really very little that is similar between the CAL! & CAL2. Second the CAL! is a great sub-audiophile entry level can. See:
The CAL2 is a bassy lifestyle can.
@KG Jag In your first comment, what did you mean by the HM5 being lifeless? Sorry, I'm new to purchasing anything close to audiophile headphone and don't really know what that means. Thanks for all your other extremely helpful comments.
They lack musicality. They fail to reproduce soul of the music.