JVC (Victor) HA-MX100V

General Information

Sensitivity: 107dB / 1mW

Frequency response: 10Hz-40,000Hz

Impedance: 56Ω

Maximum allowable input: 1,500mW

Cable: 2.5m OFC

Mass (excluding cable): 265g

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RikudouGoku

Headphoneus Supremus
Acoustic/Vocal God
Pros: Spectacular acoustic/vocal music performance
Outstanding mids, treble and bass quality
Excellent timbre and tonality
Huge soundstage
Tons of details
Instrument separation
Imaging
Very well tuned
Numbered headband adjustment
Sturdy build quality
Value
Cons: Uncomfortable headband
Small pads
Bass quantity
None rotating cups
Non replaceable cable (and very long cable)
Lack of accessories
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Disclaimer: I bought this at my own expense from amazon japan.

Disclaimer 2: I am an iem guy and not very experienced with headphones, so take that into consideration.

Price: Around 200 usd (I paid 270 usd because of import fees, shipping)

Specifications:

Sensitivity: 107dB / 1mW

Frequency response: 10Hz-40,000Hz

Impedance: 56Ω

Maximum allowable input: 1,500mW

Cable: 2.5m OFC

Mass (excluding cable): 265g

Accessories:

None

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Cable: Very long cable (that is meant for studio use). It’s pretty thick so durability shouldn’t be a problem, but it is non-replaceable and not gold plated on the jacks, they are silver plated. The 3.5mm jack connection isn’t very stable, as in that if you wiggle it a bit it loses sound from one of the ears, reduced volume or just distortion. Not a problem at all with the 6.35mm, but it makes my 3.5mm pretty much unusable on my Ibasso DX160, didn’t have any problems with it on my LG G7 though.


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Build: Made of plastic with some metal parts here and there (the headband adjustment and the “ring” on the cups). The cups are marked with L/R and also colored blue/red. The headband is fake leather. Is average in weight. You can wiggle the cups a bit but can’t rotate them.

Fit: They are over ear but quite small so it is somewhat on ear as well (my ears are touching the pads on the inside). So, if you got big ears you might have a problem with the fit since the stock pads are also quite thin and small. The pad themselves are wrinkly and (fake) leather and I don’t really have a problem with them in terms of fit (although they are very small/thin).

Comfort: Not a problem for shorter sessions (1 h) (but still warm and not comfortable) but during longer ones (2<x h) the weight on the headband gets uncomfortable due to it having almost no padding and because the heat starts to get uncomfortable.

Isolation: on par with the Sony MDR-1AM2. Can’t say if it is average or not because of my lack of headphones. But since the pads on the 1AM2 are bigger I say it is pretty good on the MX100V.


Setup: Topping E30 + JDS Ol switch + JDS atom (low gain, volume around 22%), stock pads, stock cable

Lows: high quality in terms of speed, tightness and texture and is very clean. But definitely lacking quantity for me personally and my library. Not recommended for bassheads and bass is the worst part of the sound. But the quantity is very suited for the kind of music this is good for (vocal/acoustic).

Mid-bass: Metallica – fight fire with fire (01:11-01:52), very fast and tight bass but lacking some quantity and texture. The (02:55-03:01) section with the chopper is very clear and clean.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Pretenders (01:18-01:47), very good texture but quantity is pretty low. It is very fast and tight so it is clean though.

Sub-bass: Djuro – Drop that bass (01:15-01:30), extension is pretty ok but not very good. Rumble quantity is very low but present. Punch quantity is also lacking in quantity and texture but is fast and tight so it is very clean.

Will Sparks – Sick like that (03:08-03:22), decent texture and very good speed/tightness but lacking in quantity.

Mids: The best part of the MX100V and it is godly. Both male/female vocals are equally balanced and the quality on both are excellent as well. Female vocals have a little edge in quality due to some songs needing some more warmth with male vocals. Vocal and acoustic lover will love this headphone.

Female-vocals: Hiroyuki Sawano – OldToday (01:25-01:52), outstanding timbre and tonality. The naturality is so damn good. The details and clarity are also on a very high level despite it not having a lot of treble (it is very relaxing).

Yuki Hayashi – MightU (01:58-02:55), perfect tonality and timbre and is very clean and detailed.

Evanescence – Bring me to life (01:18-01:35), tonality is excellent and yet not shouty at all.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Crescent (02:07-02:26), shouty but very detailed.

Male-vocals: Hiroyuki Sawano – Pretenders (00:57-01:17), tonality is very good and is very clean and detailed.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Scapegoat (00:57-01:17), very clean and detailed and tonality is very good but would be better if it were a bit warmer.

Treble: Linkin Park – Shadow of the Day (03:24-03:42), excellent tonality and not sharp at all.

Deuce – America (03:03-03:16), not shouty at all and still very good tonality.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Lose (string version) (01:22-01:59), texture, timbre, tonality, details and clarity are outstanding on both the violins/cellos.

Hiroyuki Sawano &Z (02:18-02:57), very clean and excellent tonality.

Soundstage: huge and extremely impressive for a closed back.

Tonality: Warm neutral and with top tier timbre. Makes for an extremely natural sound and is non-fatiguing as well.

Details: A ton of details and it does it without having a lot of treble quantity, very impressive.

Instrument Separation: Excellent and not a problem on any track I encountered.

Music: Pretty much all acoustic/OSTs and vocal music are fantastic on the MX100V.

Seven deadly sins (Hiroyuki Sawano) – Escanor theme:
A lot of instruments and not the slightest hint of bloat or chaotic separation and the timbre is excellent on all of them.


Songs that highlight the Headphone:
Good genres:
Acoustic/vocal genres, OST, Rock, Metal

Bad genres: Not exactly “bad” but it isn’t suited for these due to needing more bass quantity: EDM, hip-hop, Trance



Comparisons:

Headphone: Sennheiser HD 560S, stock pads, stock cable (6.35mm)

Bass:
Djuro – Drop that bass (01:15-01:30), extends and rumbles a bit more on the MX100V. Punch quantity and texture are also more on the MX100V. But it is tighter and faster on the 560S.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Pretenders (01:18-01:47), similar quantity but tighter and faster on the 560S while texture is better on the MX100V.

Metallica – fight fire with fire (01:11-01:52), tighter and faster on the 560S. A tiny bit more quantity and texture on the MX100V. Shouty on the 560S though.

Mids: Hiroyuki Sawano – OldToday (01:25-01:52), timbre and tonality are much better on the MX100V, the 560S sounds artificial in comparison. Detail and clarity are similar but the 560S has a lot more treble quantity so it is artificially boosted.

Evanescence – Bring me to life (01:18-01:35), too bright and both shouty and sharp on the 560S.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Scapegoat (00:57-01:17), much better tonality and timbre on the MX100V.

Treble: Linkin Park – Shadow of the Day (03:24-03:42), timbre and tonality are better on the MX100V.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Lose (string version) (01:22-01:59), violin tonality is better on the 560S while cello tonality is better on the MX100V. But texture and timbre on both the violins/cellos are better on the MX100V. Similar details and clarity, but the treble quantity gives the 560S some extra “fake details”.

Hiroyuki Sawano &Z (02:18-02:57), better tonality and timbre on the MX100V. Too bright and not as natural on the 560S.

Technicalities: Shiro Sagisu – Hundred years war (02:24-02:57), Soundstage, instrument separation and imaging are better on the 560S. Details is similar. Timbre is better on the MX100V.

Overall: The MX100V is warmer and much more relaxing/fatigue-free than the 560S and I recommend it over the 560S. The 560S does have better technicalities, but is helped by its massive treble quantity. MX100V is also much easier to drive.





Headphone: Sony MDR-1AM2, stock pads, stock cable (4.4mm)

Bass:
Djuro – Drop that bass (01:15-01:30), extends and rumbles a ton more in the 1AM2. Punch quantity is also a lot more on the 1AM2 but is much tighter and faster and better textured on the MX100V.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Pretenders (01:18-01:47), a lot more bass quantity on the 1AM2. Tighter and faster on the MX100V but similarly textured.

Metallica – fight fire with fire (01:11-01:52), more quantity on the 1AM2 but much cleaner because it is faster and tighter on the MX100V. Similarly textured.

Mids: Hiroyuki Sawano – OldToday (01:25-01:52), better tonality, timbre, details, clarity and more forward vocals on the MX100V.

Evanescence – Bring me to life (01:18-01:35), similar tonality but more detailed and cleaner on the MX100V. More fun on the 1AM2 because of the bass quantity though.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Scapegoat (00:57-01:17), better tonality, timbre, details and clarity on the MX100V (sounds a bit artificial on the 1AM2 in comparison). More forward vocals on the MX100V as well.

Treble: Linkin Park – Shadow of the Day (03:24-03:42), better tonality, timbre, details and clarity on the MX100V.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Lose (string version) (01:22-01:59), similar tonality and texture with the cellos but more detailed and cleaner on the MX100V. The violins have better tonality, texture, timbre, details and clarity on the MX100V.

Hiroyuki Sawano &Z (02:18-02:57), better tonality on the 1AM2 but more detailed and cleaner on the MX100V.

Technicalities: Shiro Sagisu – Hundred years war (02:24-02:57), soundstage, details, instrument separation, imaging and timbre are better on the MX100V.

Overall: The MX100V is much better for vocal/acoustic but the 1AM2 is better with bass focused genres. Both are recommended and they complement each other well but the MX100V is on another level in terms of sound while the 1AM2 is much more comfortable.



Headphone: Koss KSC75, stock pads, stock cable

Bass:
Djuro – Drop that bass (01:15-01:30), much better extension and rumble on the MX100V (rumble is non-existent on the 75 in comparison). Punch quantity is also more and with better texture. Tighter and faster on the 75 though.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Pretenders (01:18-01:47), more quantity on the MX100V and better texture as well. But tighter and faster on the 75.

Metallica – fight fire with fire (01:11-01:52), tighter and faster on the 75. Similar quantity and texture.

Mids: Hiroyuki Sawano – OldToday (01:25-01:52), Similar tonality (although a bit brighter on the 75) and timbre. But higher quality on the MX100V.

Evanescence – Bring me to life (01:18-01:35), shouty on the 75 and higher quality on the MX100V.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Scapegoat (00:57-01:17), better tonality, details and clarity on the MX100V.

Treble: Linkin Park – Shadow of the Day (03:24-03:42), better tonality, details and clarity on the MX100V.

Hiroyuki Sawano – Lose (string version) (01:22-01:59), better tonality, texture, timbre, details and clarity on the MX100V.

Hiroyuki Sawano &Z (02:18-02:57), better tonality, details and a bit more forward vocal on the MX100V.

Technicalities: Shiro Sagisu – Hundred years war (02:24-02:57), soundstage, timbre, details, instrument separation and imaging are better on the MX100.

Overall: They are both masters of acoustic/vocal music. But the MX100V is in another league, as indicated by the price different. If you can get the MX100V I of course recommend it over the 75. But if budget is concerning then the 75 is better.




Conclusion: The people that are familiar with me and my tastes will know that I like my bass quantity (even for iems) so suffice to say that the MX100V is going to be lacking in that department for me. But the rest of the sound (especially the mids/treble) is so damn good that I will fully recommend this. Outstanding performance and if you are lover of acoustic/vocal music you will love this. A true hidden gem. Thanks for reading.

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H T T
Nice review. The review has piqued my interest in the MX 100V. I am looking for another set of studio cans to complement my DT880, DT770, and MDR 7560 for my home studio. I was leaning toward the Senn X Drop 6xx. I will need to do further research. Keep up the good, thorough work.

A question and comment::

Soundstage: huge and extremely impressive for a closed back.

Details: A ton of details and it does it without having a lot of treble quantity, very impressive.

Instrument Separation: Excellent and not a problem on any track I encountered.

How is instrument placement and cuing? I would use the headphone for mixing and mastering.

Tonality: Warm neutral and with top tier timbre. Makes for an extremely natural sound and is non-fatiguing as well.

This sounds like a great complement to the DT880.
RikudouGoku
RikudouGoku
@H T T Thanks!

The imaging is great as well. Basically all its technicalities are very impressive for a closed-back and while the HD 560S (open back) does have better technicalities overall, it feels like it does so by boosting the treble a lot (the cheat method so to say).

But against the 1AM2 it is beating it a lot and makes them sound like they are in different price tiers.
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H T T
Thanks! I am still mulling the 6xx and, now, the MX 100V... Then should I get the FD5 or Moondrop X Crinnacle Blessing 2: Dusk? Limits on budget and then lots of wants...

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