What to get, PSB M4U 1 vs. the Bowers and Wilkins P7 or SoundMagic HP 150?
These are my top three picks in what to get.
I've read that the P7 has better "instrument separation", and is more dynamic, but that could just be a few peoples' opinions, would like to see what a few others think.
The P7 has better sensitivity (111 db vs. 102 for the PSB), so it will need less to be louder.
It requires even less to drive it, 22 ohm impedance vs. 32 for the PSB.
PSB gives you more value with an extra set of ear pads, and more convenience with the headphone jack going on either L or R earpiece.
The PSB doesn't have proprietary cables, while the P7 has proprietary ones, and is less convenient to get to because you have to take the ear cup off.
What should I get?
Given that I'll mainly be using them with high quality mp3s and AAC (but not lossless files), will I notice a difference vs. my previous Sony MDR-V6? I liked the MDR-V6, and how that sounded better than basic headphones. I just hope that whatever I get next sounds better than that, since I'm spending more. I'm not using lossless files because I'm using two different portable audio players (iPod Video; Fuze+) with different lossless formats, and I want to keep one library. Plus I wouldn't have the space for lossless.
I do occasionally like to listen to music through my computer's CD player, but due to time, not very often.
I might get a portable amp at some point, but who knows, so don't consider it for now.
I'm also considering the SoundMagic HP150, but kind of have my heart set on the first two right now.