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Stunningly musical neutral

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Pros: neutrality, class leading mids, comfort/design, engagement factor

Cons: cost, not yet available (end of June)

The ETHER:   Fit Finish and Build Quality:   I have not encountered many problems with regard to quality control with previous Mr. Speakers products, but of course this is a ground up project which introduces a whole new realm of potential problems. While it is pretty early, let me say this. The Ether is an incredibly well thought out design. The execution of the design in terms of fit, finish and materials are some of the very best I've seen. I grilled Dan for the better part of an hour at the Nashville meet about the build process. One thing I came away with from that conversation was just how important build quality was to his process. He has scrutinized every last piece...
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Exceptional portable headpone

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Pros: Stellar midrange, punchy but controlled bass, exceptional build quality and comfort, fantastic premium leather pads

Cons: treble is slightly rolled off, headband padding is a bit firm when using for extended periods

First of all, I'd like to thank Joe Saxon at headphoneaudiophile.com for the review sample for this critique of the new Momentum 2. I have been looking forward to hearing this one since it was announced, so let's get down to business.   I owned the original Momentum. I wanted to like them. They were wonderfully lightweight, and elegant in design. They could be amped easily and had a nice sense of style about them. I sold them after two weeks after purchase though. What killed the romance for me? Two things. The original momentum was billed as a circumaural or an around the ear headphone...for most of us even with average sized ears, it was not. There was just no way that my average...
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He400i Review

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Pros: Wonderful planar mag bass, good mids with nice imaging and balance

Cons: cable is a little short, performance improved with simple mod

Build Quality and Comfort   No matter how good the sound of a headphone, if you have a model that is poorly constructed or prone to break it will be difficult to enjoy and appreciate them in the long run.  Despite some problems with build quality on earlier hifiman models, there are simply no problems to report here.  I’m very appreciative of the crew at hifiman who’ve listened to the community and redesigned the 400i, making the quality, fit, and finish leagues above most offerings.  I just love the design choices here. The paint is beautiful and some of the best looking painted cups in the business.  The color is difficult to photograph, but looks much like...
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He 560 Impressions

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Pros: Comfort, Realism, Efficiency

Cons: Slightly bright, Connectors

Okay, these are my thoughts after a few hours. I recognize that's it's only been a few hours, but my opinion rarely changes with additional time.      Initial Impressions:   As has been mentioned almost ad nauseam, the comfort is supreme with the new design.  What HFM has done with regard to the design and improved comfort is impressive. This is all day comfort folks. It's not just about being lighter in weight, they are. It's also about "balanced" weight. That being said, this is what I have issues with:   *For goodness sake, please get the pad design issues resolved. For me personally, my left ear touches the dust fabric over the driver. Drives me...
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Impression on my m50's

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Pros: Plays almost everything well

Cons: Comfort

Just wanted to share my thoughts on the vaunted m50's...not that more reviews are needed. First off, I couldn't be happier with them except for the comfort level. I need a break from them after about an hour and it's a tough concession as I really don't want to take them off!! I plan to stretch them out a little and see if it makes a difference.    The best way that I can describe the m50's is that they seem to be able to play just about any genre well...effortlessly. The sound is rich, articulate, a bit heavy on the bass (which I like) and inviting. The sound signature is perfect for me. I just like the way that they sound in nearly every category. The other headphones...
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