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Sony MDR-1RBT vs Sennheiser MM 550-X

  1. survient
    Hey Head-Fi. So I've moved closer to my work to be within walking distance I'm looking for a new pair of mobile cans to use on the trek to and from. Several years back I had a pair of sony DRBT30Q headphones:
     
    http://store.sony.com/p/bluetooth-headphones/en/p/DRBT30Q
     
    They... were not very good. I loved the retractable cord but that was about it. If I had my phone in my pocket it would cut out on occasion, and the sound quality wasn't as good as I would have liked. I did like the base design, but unfortunately the only thing I've found that they've made since this model is the DR-BT140Q:
     
    http://store.sony.com/p/bluetooth-headphones/en/p/DRBT140Q
     
    From the specs it looks like a slight improvement on the tech side, but on the audio range it seems about the same as the older pair. Some time now I've been hunting for models of a similar design that are newer but all other makers have about the same specs. At this point I've pretty much given up on the earclip design and am starting to look at over the ear cans. I've repeatedly tried IEMs for the higher quality but in the end they always bug my ears too much. I tried going the wired route with my Grado PS500s:
     
    http://gradolabs.com/page_headphones.php?item=d591958ec49fad264e22d3a4ce8777ff
     
    but walking with them always ends up with cables getting tangled or loose. At this point I'm debating between two bluetooth cans, the Sony MDR-1RBT:
     
    http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=8198552921666484169
     
    and the Sennheiser MM 550-X:
     
    http://www.sennheiserusa.com/best-bluetooth-stereo-headset-noise-canceling-mm-550-X_504515
     
    I'm split down the middle between the two as both seem to be about the same quality from what I've researched, but I can't make up my mind. I don't care about the noise cancelling on the 550X, but since the price is about the same and I can easily leave the noise cancelling portion off, I am still at an impasse. My phone is the Galaxy Note II so I believe that it will support the Apt-X of the 550X, but honestly I'm highly skeptical that it makes that much of a difference. Any input would be appreciated.
     
  2. survient
    I guess to make my request a little more clear, I'm looking for recommendations for bluetooth headphones, preferably suggestions between these two models, but I'm open to ideas. Again any help is appreciated.
     
  3. tids2k
    Hi mate, have you decided upon which one are u buying ?
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  4. Noykrub
    I want to know as well ^^
     
     
  5. Deihmos
    I tried the sennheiser. Not only are they very expensive but they sound terrible. There is little to no bass and the volume is really low plus it cost a lot. I just got the Sony headphones for $240 and they are superb. They are the most comfortable headphones I have used and I am not a fan of around the ear headphones but these are great.
     
  6. survient
    Little thread Necro but just figured I'd update while I'm still visiting the site. I wound up waiting a bit and eventually purchasing a newer model with Sony's MDR-1ABT http://www.sony.com/electronics/headband-headphones/mdr-1abt . I'm really impressed with the sound on these; the bluetooth(for what it is) is surprisingly solid, and the fact that it supports Sony's proprietary LDAC(http://www.sony.net/Products/LDAC/) bluetooth audio codec is a nice touch. I can't really comment on the battery life as I'm only using them for a few hours once or twice a week so they get charged fairly frequently.
     
    I find it ironic in an era of jackless iphones, Apple is claiming bluetooth has evolved enough to drop the headphone jack yet the best bluetooth audio(again, for what it is) experience still exists outside of their products.
     
    I use these headphones with a Sony Xperia XZ via LDAC and it's the best bluetooth sound experience I've had. While it's no replacement for a reliable cable and a solid pair of cans, it's the next best thing.
     

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