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Awesome review! I'll try these out and see how they compare to my Grados.
Shure 840 (125 euros) or Soundmagic HP 100 (170 euros)?
Nice review of the HP100. I've had trouble finding this headphone for months now, but it appears stock is now available and just ordered one. I'll post up my impressions.
This is a very good headphone.I also have the well received V Moda M80s and these simply destroy them. Sometimes I actually use them as portable despite their size but mostly use the M80 cause it still sounds great and looks way better. The only weakness in their sound may be a lean lower mids but it has a great sound stage, imaging and awesome detail resolution with perfect sparkly highs and incredible sub bass. Oh and its super comfy as long as you have fairly shallow ears(some find their ears rub the driver).
I've now tracked down somewhere I can buy the SoundMAGIC HP100 in the UK and confirm they are universally excellent!
I've compared the HP100 with the Beyerdynamic DT770, Audio-Technica ATH-M50 and the AKG K550 and the HP100 is the clear winner. I was considering the SoundMAGIC HP200, but need the closed back design to prevent sound leakage.
Bass is powerful and well controlled. Mids are smooth and sweet (acoustic instruments and female vocals sound beautiful) and the trebles are detailed (without being harsh).
Overall the HP100's are superb headphones that look like they will be serving me well for many years.
Just like to update.I am not careful with my headphones and these have drpped several times, unfortuanetly, needing to be super glued at the crotch of the "Y" cup attachment. So be careful.These can be powered and used portably due to the low impedance of 32 ohms but the large 53mm drivers really like more power and I have been more satisfied using these at home through a PC via a DAC/Amp, both the Headstreamer which I love and is a warmer rich sound producing incredib;e bass then my Fiio Kunlun with high gain and bass boost both on, this latter set up brings more sparkle and speed along with bass.I have been going through IEMs and portable on ear headphones for awhile since my M80 including the Yamaha EPH100 , Panasonic hje900 and currently Sennheiser's new Urabnite. Unfortunately, despite all these being touted as robust,all have met their demise in about a year and really hope that Sennheiser will last. I mention the above portables because they are all highly rated for their quality and are about the same price as these HP100 yet none come close to the Soundmagics sound.I am surprised these don't get more attention because this is probably the largest HP market pricewise with a ton of competition yet all I have had or tested ,even costing $100 more just don't compare.I think what really makes these stand apart is the amount of clarity and detail yet somehow remain smooth/never harsh which is bizarre as that is usually unavoidable. The Soundmagic never sound veiled, and are so immersive especially for a closed can The bass is also a funny one. Listen to music where bass is not big and you would never imagine how capable the bass is, until you try some EDM then WOW, these kick those portables I mentioned down, and both the Panasonic and Urbanite are supposedly poweful in the bass department, these should satisfy a basshead IMO, they literally shake the cups.Honestly the best $200 I have spent in a very long time. If these do die I wouldn't think of buying anything else because I know I would be disappointed.
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