- Sep 3, 2012
For someone who has owned the M100's before, it has been a long while, and I have a few inquiries to make in regards to it.
I know it has probably been done like 100 million times, but for someone who is after a set of headphones that has good isolation (so no one can hear what I'm listening to from the outside (on average 50% volume), but I don't mind outside sound leaking in (so like, I can still hear people talking), not too strong of a clamping force (don't like headphone hair..), and can easily be worn around in public (as in train rides more so), which would you guys recommend me (I know I'm asking in the M100 thread) between the M100 (+XL Pads), XS, and the HD25's?
i never used the hd 25s but instead used the amperiors which has a similar wearing comfort (the only supposed difference in terms of what your "feeling") between the amperiors and the hds25 is really the earpads and the headband cushion.
However i did own the xs and m100s!
So i hope my insight can be of some use to you,
that aside, for your purposes, i think the m100 would be sort of a middle ground in terms of isolation between the xs (which i would say is below avg), where as the m100 i would say is "just" passable for commuting, and the hd25/amperiors (which i find to be quite excellent, despite being an "on ear headphone"
however if your afraid of a tight clamp i would again say the m100 would be in the middle.
in terms of leakage-
the hd25/amperiors would easily outpace both vmoda headphones (as the earcups have a completely sealed design) and between the m100s and the xs i would say its a bit of a draw (this is one category i'm not entirely sure about)
hd25/amps (tightest clamp)-----------m100 (tight but more comfortable because the pads are resting around your ears (you may need the xl pads)-----------xs (which i found somewhat loose (wouldn't recommend the xs for moderate or vigorous activities (even leaning my head back a bit would shuffle the xs a bit more than id like)
Actually, more to the point, I might be leaning more to the XS right now for it's portability. I suppose this will leave me with one question...(wrong thread to ask now...) Approximately at what volume level on let's say, your typical android phone (0-100), would the sound begin to leak, and people around you will start to hear your music? I don't know if this would be relevant or not, but I own a pair of Meelectronics Atlas, and after upping the volume up to around 20%, people around me could probably hear what I'm listening to; so I'd say I want something with better isolation than that..
for the xs i would say leakage occurs more evidently about 60-70% in a quiet room? if we are being general here
Yeah, I have heard that the M100 are probably more suited for my use and sound signature preference, but at the same time (continue below)
having something portable that sits around the neck without being too bulky, is also appreciable.
I really don't know right now, ahaha...Really stuck in a dilemma that I don't really need to be in. Another thing...and it might be a stupid one, but which headphone is more prone to leaving headphone hair? That's probably the one reason why I haven't really opted to using headphones in public (although I want to start). It always leaves weird indents on my head.. (yeah, it's stupid, I know, haha)
for me anyway (this was before losing 25 lbs) the m100s hit my chin (or probably double chin at the time).
which i found a bit annoying (i would have to extended the earcups to the maximum setting for it to be tolerable
in terms of "headphone hair" the most of the bunch i would say is the hd25s/amperiors (at least depending on how broad your going to set the split headband). i have about 2-3 inches gap between the split headband and it does "smush" my hair in some form or another
the xs would probably be your best bet in that regard, as it won't clamp down nearly as hard
Sorry for the long post! hope that helps! lemme know if you have any questions