Sound Magic Hp 100

Sound Magic HP 100 ($165 Used)  

Personal Back-Story  

In the search for a can with the dt 880 sound and the isolation of a closed headphone I came across the sound magic hp 100!

Pros: Comfort, isolation, carrying case, detachable cord, clean sound, wonderful sound stage

Cons : lack of lower mids and upper bass [easily fixed by the w1000x Pads], also needs to be modified for bass improvement

Build [5/5]

Closed operating principle
Driver: Dynamic 53mm Neodymium Drivers
- Frequency range: 10Hz30KHz

- Impedance: 32Ω (±10%)
- Sensitivity: 95dB/mW @ 1KHz (±3dB)
- Maximum input power: 100mW
- Cable length: 1.2m (3.5ft) coiled
- Connection: 3.5mm gold plated plug
- Weight: 288g

Ease of Use [Comfort/Fit/Isolation] [4.5/5]
Perfect, fit’s like a glove. The comfort is wonderful and the isolation is impressive!
Price to Performance : [5/5]
For the price it performs just as well as the K550, not to mention a New Sound Magic costs the same as a Used K550. Either way it’s a great bargain!

Complimentary Genre:  None, works equally well with all genres

Sonic Test Process

Source Win 7[Foobar2000 WASAPI] -> oDac -> MonoPrice Premium Coaxial Cables -> Matrix M Stage [Lme 49990 OpAmp]

Headphone reference notes- I like to demo all headphones against my Beyerdynamic Dt 880, as they are a well know reference can.  Reference notes will always be in italics, and are included in the Video Reviews and Head Fi review posts.

Reference points, will be in bold italics.  In each of the seven reference songs I will specify what parts of the song I am listening to, to evaluate the 3 parts of the spectrum.  In addition to other aspects of the overall sound presentation.

           In addition, I always like details  presented in all frequances
Highs- looking for and evaluating air, nice extension and good energy and placement within sound stage
Mids- looking for and considering weight, body and tone
Bass- listening for, control, texture and punch/impact

          Sound Stage- reported after listening to all tracks
          Imaging –Track #3 and #4 are well mastered for 2D and 3D imaging
          Instrument Layering-reported after listening to all tracks
          Timbre- realism of sound, fun versus real
          Speed- ability to retain mirco-details  in ultra fast tonal shifts
Music Auditioned [All Lossless quality, tracks vary from 16 to 24bit]

          Sound Signature- Very clean, a slight tilt towards the central and upper mids. A very nice Sub Bass extension, but lacks a little mid bass. Overall very crisp clean headphone with nice mids.   Very Lean yet Lusher than Neutral
                             Again, adding the W1000x Stock pads, add a little meat to the sound, giving you fuller mids and bass with a slight increase in sound stage width and height!

Dynamics- Excellent, quick and effortless
Timbre- Very accurate, but a slight lack of mid bass… leads to an overly tight bass and mids. Low end sounds lack weight, leading to a leaner than life like timbre… but still very accurate. Not fake nor thin.
The addition of w1000x Pads leads to a slight boost in the Mid bass, giving the bass a much more real timbre!
Speed-  Very lean and quick, plenty of speed for metal! Yet lacks a little weight behind it’s speed.
          Sound Stage: 2D  image is very nice, instrument layering is good, nice sense of air in between instruments, how ever can get a little over whelmed with grandeur or elaborate tracks, anything featuring upwards of 8 or so instrumental layers. Lacks slightly in 3D space as well. 

Highs- Excellent, great airy presentation and energy, very detailed as well.
Mids-  Very smooth and detailed, vocals are silky smooth, yet very detailed, Guitars maintain a nice rich sound as well, although acoustic instruments can be a little too lean at times, still very pleasing.
Bass- VERY Deep and tight sub bass, mid bass lacks ever so slighty but still has plenty of attack, just needs a little more body.

[Modified with ATH w1000x Stock Pads] {+$50}
          Modification Improvements- The Stock W1000x Pads bring;
1)    a little more focus to the entire sound stage
2)    improved 2D and 3D imaging and instrument spacing
3)    Slightly forward yet magically delicate mids
4)    A gentle boost to mid bass body and attack  

Amplification Need or Suggested – These do not need an amp, but they pair nicely with a warm solid state or hybrid tube.  

Check out the full review with song by song impressions here at head fi

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