- Oct 15, 2013
Ok I just got these and I have to say I'm underwhelmed.
I don't know if it's a defective unit, burn in requirements or what but they sound off.
They sound thin and somewhat vailed. Instruments just don't sound real. The bass goes deep, but you can't get the real texture of instruments such as the double bass.
I'm playing them out of a fiio x3. My point of comparison is the onkyo es 300s, which outside of comfort have these beat hands down so far.
Could I have a defective pair? Is it a burn in issue? Please advise.
I have the Onkyos and have owned the HP100s twice for 30 days at a time (bought from and returned to Amazon both times). Both times I had pairs that had been owned by someone before, so they'd been burned in at least a bit. I'm not sure about instruments not sounding right with the HP100s, but I certainly know what you mean by "thin". I said a few posts back how I find certain songs or albums to sound somewhat hollow with the HP100s. I believe it's because they have a bit of a dip in the upper bass/lower mid frequency range. Obviously you can adjust this with an EQ, but if you're not into that kind of thing I'd recommend trying out the PSB M4U 1s. They sound very similar to the Onkyos but with better comfort, instrument separation and clarity. They lack some of the bass impact of the Onkyos, but this can be amended with bass boosts.