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post #91 of 242

Guys,

 

I am attending a local Head-Fi meet here August 9th in Woodland Hills -LA. It's going to be my first meet ever.

I'll be armed with all my portable gadgets that include my soon to come HP150.

It will be very exciting to compare this relatively "unknown" phone to others...I'm dying to see some jaws dropping on the floor!

> including mine :ksc75smile:


Edited by Skyfall - 7/29/14 at 2:50pm
post #92 of 242
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Guys,

 

I am attending a local Head-Fi meet here August 9th in Woodland Hills -LA. It's going to be my first meet ever.

I'll be armed with all my portable gadgets that include my soon to come HP150.

It will be very exciting to compare this relatively "unknown" phone to others...I'm dying to see some jaws dropping on the floor!

> including mine :ksc75smile:


I hope there will be others with HP100 you can compare to!  And I think jaw dropping gonna start when you pair it up with AP100 :)  Can't wait myself!!!

post #93 of 242
Yeah I'm gonna ask if anyone has HP100 to compare to then we all can sleep better at night. AP100 should be able to steal the show.
post #94 of 242

Just to wet your whistles, we have an unboxing video up -

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=of66-nVp-bA

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post #95 of 242

Sweet! The HP150 is here:wink:

 

 

 

Out of the box....it sounds like it's got hidden potentials...

burning in....

post #96 of 242

Oh, this is more than just hidden potentials...  Mine arrived today as well, out of the box with AP100 it already sounds very impressive and when I just added E11k (review unit I just received) - WOW!!!  I will wait until burn in is done, but so far I'm blown away by soundstage and micro-details and... bass!!!  Usually revealing/analytical headphones (that's how HP150 upper mids/treble sounds to my ears now, without any peaking or sibilance) have great bass quality, but lacking quantity.  Here you get some very impressive low end...  Ok, will have more impressions and review once I'm done with burn in and testing.  But so far, I'm VERY impressed!!!

post #97 of 242
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Oh, this is more than just hidden potentials...  Mine arrived today as well, out of the box with AP100 it already sounds very impressive and when I just added E11k (review unit I just received) - WOW!!!  I will wait until burn in is done, but so far I'm blown away by soundstage and micro-details and... bass!!!  Usually revealing/analytical headphones (that's how HP150 upper mids/treble sounds to my ears now, without any peaking or sibilance) have great bass quality, but lacking quantity.  Here you get some very impressive low end...  Ok, will have more impressions and review once I'm done with burn in and testing.  But so far, I'm VERY impressed!!!

Glad to hear I'm not crazy, because I really like this headphone smily_headphones1.gif

Yeah. One of the things that I find nice about it is that's it's one of the few over ear headphones that doesn't achieve brightness with a sharp treble spike or big (but smoother) treble hump that spans a couple of thousand K. Try some jazz with horns. To me, the smooth high end does a good job because it well renders harmonic overtones for those instruments.
post #98 of 242

How are the pads? Are they any different than the HP100 pads? I know the HP100 pads were nice and comfortable but could have been a bit thicker to avoid the ear from touching the driver.

post #99 of 242

I can't comment on HP100, but HP150 pads are very nice, plushy and soft, and thick enough where my ears are not touching the driver, that's for sure.  I have my M50x next to me, and they improved pads going from M50 to M50x.  Well, HP150 pads are even thicker than new M50x pads.  Sound isolation is very good while clamping force is hardly noticeable.  I also like how you can swing/rotate the earcup to open the ear without moving/sliding back the headband dj-style.  Would be nice if you can fold it flat by rotating earcups, but I can't be greedy lol!!!

 

After 2hrs of burn in bass tighten up, sub-bass quantity settled down a bit, and upper mids/treble is smoother now.  Soundstage is wide, but not as deep as it was my first impression, though still better than average and actually pretty good for a closed back phones.  I'm still amazed how well these tuned with having just enough brightness to bring out intimate details while still being smooth as a butter without any peaking.  The sound is perfectly balanced, bass is not bloated or exaggerated, mids are not recessed or upfront, treble is well extended.  They do need some extra power to drive them and can benefit from an amp to bring out more details.  So far, these pair up very nicely with X5 and AP100.

post #100 of 242

Can someone give a brief comparison between the HP200 and the HP150 in terms of sound? I would highly appreciate it. 

post #101 of 242

I'm glad the pads are better. The HP100 pads were really nice, soft, and plushy, but they just didn't give enough room between the ear and the driver. I sold my HP100s and might have to reinvest in these, especially since they aren't chromed out anymore.

post #102 of 242
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I can't comment on HP100, but HP150 pads are very nice, plushy and soft, and thick enough where my ears are not touching the driver, that's for sure.  I have my M50x next to me, and they improved pads going from M50 to M50x.  Well, HP150 pads are even thicker than new M50x pads.  Sound isolation is very good while clamping force is hardly noticeable.  I also like how you can swing/rotate the earcup to open the ear without moving/sliding back the headband dj-style.  Would be nice if you can fold it flat by rotating earcups, but I can't be greedy lol!!!

After 2hrs of burn in bass tighten up, sub-bass quantity settled down a bit, and upper mids/treble is smoother now.  Soundstage is wide, but not as deep as it was my first impression, though still better than average and actually pretty good for a closed back phones.  I'm still amazed how well these tuned with having just enough brightness to bring out intimate details while still being smooth as a butter without any peaking.  The sound is perfectly balanced, bass is not bloated or exaggerated, mids are not recessed or upfront, treble is well extended.  They do need some extra power to drive them and can benefit from an amp to bring out more details.  So far, these pair up very nicely with X5 and AP100.

How do you feel that they compare to the M50X? I have the M50, but have not heard the M50X. Do the M50X compete with them?
post #103 of 242
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How do you feel that they compare to the M50X? I have the M50, but have not heard the M50X. Do the M50X compete with them?


I didn't have a chance to do a/b comparison yet, was burning HP150 last night while using M50x for music production.  Will do it tonight and get back to you with my impressions.  Btw, even though M50 and M50x share the same driver and the same housing (I have both), I found M50x to sound a bit more detailed.  I thought my ears were playing a trick on me, and I tried a/b comparison a few times, but always with a same result.   So different pads and cable (in M50 vs M50x) made some difference, especially in low end details.  So, I'm a believer that HP100 vs HP150 will not sound identical even with a same driver considering different earpads, cable, and housing.  Btw, before I disconnected HP150 last night (burn in on X5 - a great pair up!!!), I took one more quick listen and upper mids were not as balanced as I thought before but rather a bit forward.  I think M50x will definitely sound darker/warmer in comparison to HP150.  I just need to sit down with both and do a proper a/b tonight.

post #104 of 242
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So, I'm a believer that HP100 vs HP150 will not sound identical even with a same driver considering different earpads, cable, and housing. 

SteveHiFi has said that, because of material differences (new cups after all) that they had to work on dampening them to match. So that could be part of it, too.
post #105 of 242

Just had a little bit of time to sit down and to compare HP150 to M50x, two distinct sound characteristics.

 

M50x is balanced with enhanced bass and smoother/warmer mids where treble doesn't extend as far as HP150.  On a contrary, HP150 is balanced (somewhere on a borderline with neutral) with more upfront mids and more analytical sound in comparison to M50x.  HP150 has a great mid-bass fast punch, but sub-bass doesn't extend as low as M50x and overall bass has more clarity than quantity.  But make no mistake, HP150 has a PERFECT amount of bass, just it's not enhanced in comparison to M50x.  Overall, M50x sounds warmer in comparison to a brighter HP150, and as a result upper mids/vocals in M50x sounds smoother while in HP150 they are brighter and more detailed.  Also, HP150 has a much better soundstage, in every dimension in comparison to M50x.

 

I'm not a headphone person, but rather into IEMs.  Also, I usually prefer enhanced bass and moderate brightness.  But with HP150, I can't put them down, especially paired up with E10k from my laptop.  Btw, those are available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/SoundMAGIC-HP150-Premium-Folding-Headphones/dp/B00LV8TR54/ and MICCA store is the official distributor of SoundMagic so warranty will be honored.

 

Should have a full review in a few days.

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