Sony MH1C Review

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Sony MH1C
Added Jun 2013

Details: Sony headset designed for the Xperia line of smartphones
MSRP: $79.99 (manufacturer’s page)
Current Price:$31 from ebay.com (bulk packaging); $55 from amazon.com
Specs: Driver: Dynamic | Imp: 15Ω| Sens: 115 dB/V | Freq: 1-20k Hz | Cable: 3.9′ L-plug J-cord with mic & 4-button Xperia remote (works as conventional 1-button with Android devices)
Nozzle Size: 3mm | Preferred tips: stock single-flanges
Wear Style: Straight down

Accessories (1.5/5) – Single-flange silicone tips (4 sizes) and shirt clip
Build Quality (3.5/5) – The MH1C is rather well-made, with a metal housing, flexible strain reliefs, and a sturdy flat cable. However, it is this rubbery, j-style (asymmetric) cable that can also make the earphones very to use. The 4-button remote is designed for Sony Xperia phones but offers partial functionality with many other devices
Isolation (3.5/5) – Isolation is quite good
Microphonics (3/5) – J-corded IEMs typically manage to avoid microphonics but the rubbery flat cable in the MH1C still carries a lot of noise
Comfort (4/5) – The skinny housings and flexible tips of the MH1C provide a comfortable fit but the j-cord makes it difficult to wear the earphones cable-up

Sound (8.1/10) – Designed for smartphone users in search of great audio quality, the MH1C provides a warm, clear, and smooth sound only made more impressive by the reasonable price of the headset. The bass is deep and full, with an emphasis on sub-bass rather than mid-bass. Generally speaking, the MH1C has rather good bass quality with less mid-bass bloat than the Audio-Technica CKM500, for example. Considering the bass quantity, control is rather good although it’s still not as tight as the bass of the VSonic VC02 or the pricier Philips Fidelio S1.

The mids of the MH1C are not as prominent as the low end, but they are pleasantly warm and smooth. The treble, likewise, is very inoffensive without sacrificing overall refinement. I did sometimes wish for better overall balance as the bass emphasis of the MH1C results in occasional veiling, but the clarity is generally very good.

Better still is the high volume performance of the MH1C – the earphone remains very composed when played loud and its silky-smooth signature is conducive toward high-volume listening. Compared to the Brainwavz M5, for instance, the MH1C has less prominent mids and highs but is also smoother and more natural. Whereas the M5 can begin to distort slightly at high volumes, the MH1C produces no audible distortion.

The soundstage of the MH1C is a little narrower compared to the half in-ear ATH-CKM500 and the pricier Philips Fidelio S1 but the overall presentation is very good, providing a moderately airy and open sound despite the warm tone with good soundstage width and depth.

Select comparisons:

LG Quadbeat HSS-F420 ($32)

Not unlike the MH1C, the Quadbeat is a stock headset included with many LG smartphones. The sound signature of the Quadbeat is on the v-shaped side compared to the MH1C and its bass, especially subbass, is lower in quantity. The low end of the Quadbeat is a little tighter but the difference isn’t drastic. The LGs also sacrifice some of the warmth and fullness of the Sonys, giving up the excellent note thickness of the MH1C for a bit of added clarity, aided also by the extra treble energy of the Quadbeat. Next to the warm and smooth MH1C, the treble of the Quadbeat sounds brighter and harsher overall.

I ended up preferring the sound of the MH1C, which overall sounded more natural and convincing despite the extra bass. On a user-friendliness note, while I found the cable of the Quadbeat to be a lot more tolerable than that of the MH1C, its extra-soft stock eartips did not work for me and had to be replaced with a set of standard bi-flanges of the MEElectronics variety. The Quadbeat was also more sensitive, reaching loud volumes very easily.

VSonic VC02 ($49)

The VC02 is one of clearest and most balanced sub-$100 earphones I’ve ever heard, with a tiny 3mm dynamic driver providing a uniquely delicate, yet punchy sound. Unsurprisingly, the MH1C has a lot more bass and much warmer overall tone than the VC02. Its mids and treble are recessed in comparison to its bass whereas the VSonic set is rather well-balanced. The VC02 sounds brighter and thinner overall than the MH1C. It is clearer and more accurate, but the treble is harsher in comparison. The bass of the VC02 is surprisingly punchy considering its commitment to an accurate sound but remains tighter than that of the Sony.

In terms of overall usabilit, both sets can be a little frustrating – the VC02 sounds best with a rather deep fit and has detachable cables that are not connected to the housings as securely as I’d like. It really is an enthusiast’s IEM, requiring some care in use and storage. The MH1C is easier to fit and has a built-in remote and mic but also utilizes a cable that is rubbery and microphonic in comparison to the soft and flexible cord of the VC02.

VSonic VSD1 ($43)

The VSD1 was released as a budget version of VSonic’s popular GR07 model, providing a less analytical sound than the VC02 but retaining its technical performance. In comparison to the MH1C, the VSD1 is less bassy, boasting better overall balance and more neutral tone. Bass quality is similar between the two but the VSD1 is a touch clearer overall and boasts more treble presence. As with the pricier GR07, its treble does have a slight predisposition towards sibilance in comparison to the buttery-smooth MH1C. The soundstage is a touch wider with the VSD1 and again the VSonic is noticeably more sensitive than the Sony.

THL Recommended Badge 2014Value (9.5/10) – Despite my issues with its j-style cable, microphonics, and proprietary remote, the MH1C offers fantastic sound quality for the asking price, and beyond. The bass is deep and full, and the overall sound is smooth and inviting. As long as its skew towards bass is not an issue, this is a fantastic mid-range earphone for beginners and veterans alike, and one that offers as much audio quality per dollar as anything else I’ve come across.

Pros: Great deep bass & outstanding overall sound quality; comfortable form factor; good noise isolation
Cons: Rubbery, flat, j-style cable can be aggravating


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Living in the fast-paced city of Los Angeles, ljokerl has been using portable audio gear to deal with lengthy commutes for the better part of a decade. He spends much of his time listening to music and occasionally writes portable audio reviews across several enthusiast sites, focusing mostly on in-ear earphones.

111 Comments

  1. Dez on

    Hi joker, what is the clear iem upgrade from mh1c under $200? I like mh1c coz it has warm, lush,rich sound, and its smooth sound

    • ljokerl on

      I usually recommend the Yamaha EPH-100 for this. There’s a bunch more info in the other comments on this page.

  2. Sk on

    Hi ijoker
    I had wonderful time of 2 years with mh1c, though i have been tired of cord. NOW I’m up for upgrade. As my budget is limited to $80, i have some options in mind like, VSD3S, ATH IM50, SE215, RHA MA600 etc. I’m confused, plz help with your expert opinion.

    • ljokerl on

      Depends on what you want your new earphones to do differently from the MH1C. I haven’t found anything to replace the MH1C directly in that price range, so I don’t think finding an actual upgrade for $80 is possible. At best you can find something with a different sound tuning but a similar performance level. The VSD3S, for example, has very good clarity and a very crisp sound, but it won’t be as rich or smooth as the MH1C. If you’re looking for clarity and accuracy, VSD3S is arguably better (and one of the best earphones in its price range), but it’s not a direct replacement for the MH1C.

  3. ash on

    Great!

  4. sk on

    Hi ijoker, I am using Mh1c for almost 2 years. It sound really good, but fit is awe full n now I am looking for an upgrade. Is jvc fxd80 is a good option. Also what about sony’s now h.ear in ?

    • ljokerl on

      FXD80 sounds very different from the MH1C – it’s brighter and doesn’t share the rich, warm, full-bodied sound of the Sonys. A closer match would be the Yamaha EPH-100 – it’s one of the few sub-$100 sets that can compete with the MH1C while offering a similar sound tuning. I personally like the fit of the EPH-100 much better, but it’s mostly due to the cable being much lighter and more unobtrusive. If your issue is with the earpieces of the MH1C, EPH-100 may not fit that much better.

      No experience with h.ear yet.

      • Sk on

        OKkz.. Then what would you suggest me as an upgrade over Mh1c. Please provide more than one options with Bass not under emphasized and price range under $100.

        • ljokerl on

          EPH-100 would be closest. If that’s not available to you there’s the Shure SE215, which I don’t think sounds better than MH1C but it has a very different fit.

          If you’re okay with also having less smooth/more prominent treble then you have other good options such as the Alpha & Delta AD01 and Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear. None of these suffer from under-emphasized bass.

  5. GN-0015 on

    I’m looking for a cheap immediate solution due to my tight budget and have come down to this Sony and Philips TX2. I’m looking for something flat sounding, less bass boom and bloat preferably brighter high and clearer mids. Probably asking too much at the price but which one of the Philips and the Sony would suit me better?

    • ljokerl on

      This is an easy one – that describes the Philips much better than the Sony – it is brighter, has tighter, less enhanced bass, and the clarity is better as well. The only thing the TX2 isn’t is flat – it still has a bit of bass boost and some upper midrange/treble hype as well, giving it a mildly v-shaped sound.

      • GN-0015 on

        Many thanks! That mild v-shaped sound part scares me a little, but I guess I can fix it with EQ. I’ll order the TX-2 soon, and will do a comparison with my soon-to-arrive LG QB3.

        • ljokerl on

          Would be interested in the results of that – I’ve only tried the original QuadBeat but I thought it was a very capable IEM with a pretty unique (at its price point) sound tuning.

  6. Ajay on

    Hey man though u recommended me mh1c’s I instead gone for mh1’s as they were half the price. Initial impressions were nice but after using for a while there was a noticiable imbalance in sound from left earpiece. So i adjust it via app by lowering 40% from right earpiece and did a burn in for about 5hrs. After that it lowers down to 20%, then I did burn in again with 0% right earpiece volume and 100% on left for 3hrs, now volume on right ear is lowered. I did burn in again with normal settings for 10hrs and now volume levels seems ok but it still goes up and down by 5-20% on left earpiece.
    Btw I am using it with zenfone 2 with which only audio is supported.
    Did u know or faced this issue with mh1c ?
    Will it be any better if I use it with adaptor or I got a faulty unit ?

    • ljokerl on

      Channel imbalance is almost always a manufacturing defect. It’s rare but it happens, especially with less expensive earphones, and isn’t something you should be fixing yourself (because most likely it’s caused by something mechanical inside the earphones that you can’t fix). Hopefully you are able to get them exchanged…

  7. jorans on

    I bought those from Amazon for 6 Euro and the sound is simply jaw-dropping, but they are totally unwearable. Even if you don’t move at all. Is there another cheap IEM, which sounds as close as possible? I’m thinking about the Sony MDR-EX650, but can’t find many reviews.

    • ljokerl on

      The Xiaomi Piston 2, but that’s discontinued. Generally speaking, these are extremely hard to match for sound. The IEMs that are a relatively close sound tuning match generally don’t perform as well, and those that do are tuned differently.

      Best bet may be something like a DUNU Trident at $25-ish. Not as good as the MH1C for sound, but has a more conventional form factor and still follows a warm-and-smooth sound tuning.

  8. matt on

    Looks like a cool earphone, but I don’t trust the sellers on eBay and Amazon. Oh well

  9. DARRYL LIM on

    Hi again ljokerl.

    I bought an MH1C from Hong Kong for USD 30 but was disappointed. It seems I might have gotten one of those defective ones with bloated low-mid & mid-bass, plus missing high-mids. It sounded NOTHING like my lean Sony MH750 which I loved (was supposed to be a same sound-signature upgrade).

    http://www.luckyears.com is selling them USD 60 re-cabled & shipped to Malaysia. I don’t need it re-cabled, i just assume that buying from audio-lovers would net me better quality-control. I don’t have much cash (weak currency, 30USD can buy 15 full meals here). Would it still be worth it to waste up to 90 USD on the hunt for a good mw1, or is it better to just cut my losses and go for something else that is less risky?

    • ljokerl on

      Hmm.. not knowing what a bad MH1C sounds like I can’t guess at how much of an improvement you’ll get with a luckyears unit but considering the MH1C is not a very lean IEM to begin with, I’d say it’s probably not worth spending $90 to get a good one.

      • Darryl Lim on

        When i say “lean” i don’t mean “bass-less”. The MH750 has strong bass, but it isn’t bloated. High-mids are clear & sharp, i can enjoy the “distortion growl” of heavy rock guitars. Treble is good but never harsh. According to Head-fiers the MH1 was supposed to be an upgrade with the same sound-signature, albeit fuller & warmer. However the MH1C i got had too much bloat in the mid-bass & low-mids, plus high mids dissapeared taking away clarity & impact of electric guitars. Instruments blended together. Seems plenty of Head-fiers reported the same thing in the MH1 thread.

        I could test my luck trying to get another MH1, or cut my losses & just get something like a HiFiMan RE400 instead. Does the HiFiMan respond well to an EQ sub-bass boost up to the level of the MH1? (lol)

        (P.s. Thanks for replying, still appreciate your efforts!)

        • ljokerl on

          I don’t mean bass-less either. “Lean” is a note thickness measure. Too thick and things start to sound muddy and bloated. Not having tried the MH750, though, it is hard for me to say how a good MH1C should compare.

          Sadly, the RE400 cannot be made to reach MH1-level sub-bass.

          • Darryl Lim on

            Thanks for all the tips! I will return to my musings & hopefully make a decision soon! 😉

  10. Kosan on

    Hey Joker do you know if the Klipsch Oval ear tips fit these? Thanks!

    • ljokerl on

      Yep. Takes a few seconds to get them on but they fit fine.

      • Kosan on

        Do you know if they seal any well?

        • ljokerl on

          Depends on whether those tips fit you well in the first place but the MH1C is pretty slim so there’s nothing stopping the ovals from forming a seal.

  11. mhh on

    Hi Joker. How do these compare to the Sennheiser IE80? I am aware of the much higher price of the IE80s, but I’m curious how much better are these compare to the MH1c I currently own (2 pairs). I’m only interested in sound quality. I’m not sure it it’s worth the money. I haven’t had the chance to listen to the IE80.
    Most of the time I’m listening to electronic music and I quite like the laid-back sound of the MH1c (almost fatigue free, laid back mids, quite punchy bass, nice highs but not overwhelming).
    Thanks!

    • ljokerl on

      Similar sound tuning to the Sennheisers – both have the deep and punchy bass, relaxed mids, and smooth and non-fatiguing (but not rolled-off) treble. I’m not sure it’s worth the money either, considering the huge price gap. Ultimately down to your needs and finances, though. If the larger soundstage and slightly tighter bass of the IE80 is important to you, maybe it’s worth it.

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  13. alokgrant on

    Thanks a lot for excellent reviews of tons of IEM for audio community.After reading lots of appreciation about sony mh1 from head fi and trying 1 pair I end up with buying 13 pairs since they were so cheap( around 13 Euro each inc. shipping) and really impressive sound quality.I have been using them almost 5 months and now I am thinking to upgrade it.My budget is around 400 euro.As you mentioned in the thread already that its sound is not that common to upgrade and might need to lean towards more bass (or highs). But I will be happy even there is more bass but the sound signature should be very close to it with fuller , richer with more soundstage.Thinking of XBA H3 but i dont
    know if it is really an worty upgrade. Thanks

    • ljokerl on

      I answered a similar MH1C upgrade question here yesterday: http://theheadphonelist.com/brief-impressions-vsonic-vsd3s-ostry-kc06-havi-b3-pro/#comment-75829

      Long story short, the XBA-H3 is an upgrade but don’t expect it to be anywhere close to the value for money of an MH1C (well, pretty much nothing is anyway, but the XBA-H3 is especially pricy). The EPH-100 from Yamaha is much better from a value standpoint even though it’s not quite as refined as the H3 overall (but close). It does have a slightly bassier sig with a few other improvements here and there (but again won’t be a night and day difference in basics like clarity, if you’re expecting that)

      • alokgrant on

        Thanks a lot for the recommendation. I will definately give a try to EPH-100 .

  14. Mark on

    How do these compare to the SteelSeries Flux?

  15. a2lbd on

    I’d like to comment on the J shape of the earphones: to me this is absolutely brilliant. The long cable of the right earpiece enables me to pass it behind my neck while keeping the mike close to my mouth since near the left ear piece. I am never able to do so using a Y shaped contraption. And this is very useful as when I need to talk to someone, I can safely pop out both buds without having to fuddle with the cable.

    • ljokerl on

      Glad it works well for you! I know this style of cabling is also very popular in Asia, which is why manufactures like JVC and Sony sometimes have two different versions of their in-ears – a j-corded one for the Japan market and a y-corded one for elsewhere.

  16. ButterNinja on

    So I have now had 2 pairs of these headphones and here is my take on them.
    The sound is brilliant considering i paid sub £20 for them. The whole range is clear and although the bass can feel a touch overbearing and the treble get a touch harsh on clash heavy metal tracks they remain clear and warm almost all the time.

    The Build quality is where these get really good. I trash my headphones just, wear them in bed and shove them in pockets, these haven’t flinched a bit. The buds that come with them seem to fall off the headphone a lot so i switched to some smaller sony ones which i got with some XBA 1 headphones (cannot recommend them as they totally lack bass volume)and these complete the headphones.

    On my nexus 4, 5 and 7 (1st ed) the three button mic works perfectly. Volume and track skipping all work. The mic can be a little quiet on calls it seems but nothing too terrible.

    Finally I would like to mention the J cord, I glued the shirt clip to the headphones and use that to keep them in place otherwise it tugs out so that might be something others could benefit from.

    Would I recommend them? Yes but only if you aren’t going to be bothered by some little niggles with the fit and cable etc

    I found them unwearable without the shirt clip.

    Want a Y cord then buy the steel series flux (better sound but i hear bad things about build quality)

  17. Mike on

    I’d love to get a pair old these. Where can I find then for 35 dollars? Or has the price changed now?

    • ljokerl on

      The ebay link in the review above still shows some in the $30 range (assuming those sellers ship to your location). Example: http://ebay.to/1sk4DWW

  18. shahkhan on

    This is the most uneasy iem I have ever used. Sound quality is awesome, but if want an iem for gym or on the go, then this is surely not the option for you. One need to adjust them every ten seconds LITERALLY…..

  19. hiner on

    How do those compare to mdr-ex650apt. I’m asking cause that cable is a real deal breaker.

    • ljokerl on

      Not a clue. If the EX650 is like the old EX600, it’s probably brighter, clearer, and more balanced than these but lacks the bass impact and depth – and the treble smoothness – that the MH1C offers.

  20. emmarbee on

    I removed the outer white paper filter and now it sounds too good. Earlier it sounded a bit muffled / damped / unclear / less detailed, but now it’s good. Did a side by side comparison with Piston 2. I feel the Piston 2’s sound signature to be cheap. Anyone who wants a side by side comparison with VSD1s and Piston2 can let me know

    • Loka on

      I would like to have this comparison if you’re OK ! And I would like to know how did you remove that white filter too !

  21. Loka on

    Hey Joker !

    So I would like to know if the MH1C would sound great with this type of music ?
    (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moSFlvxnbgk)
    You probably know it already but I just love it and I want to be sure that I will be able to enjoy it at the fullest.

    And for 30€ , do you think the MH1C are a good deal ?

    Thank you very much !

    • ljokerl on

      Should be fine for soundtracks in general – they’re smooth and warm, maybe not the most exciting and in your face, but very refined for the price you’re paying. To me, 30€ is a good price for them if that’s the type of sound you’re after.

      • Loka on

        Thank you very much for your answer ! Yeah, I think I will go for them.
        Could you tell me about the clarity of the instruments ? Do you think it is good enough for this kind of music ?

        • ljokerl on

          Good enough – yes. Is it the clearest thing in the world? No – there’s too much bass for that. But for the price and sound signature, I have no problems with it whatsoever.

          • Loka on

            By too much bass, do you mean that this can be really annoying or you can just adjust it with a little EQ ?
            And that will be my final question, sorry for annoying you so much.

          • Loka on

            PS : Is there any sound differences between the MH1 and the MH1C ?

    • ljokerl on

      Answered as part of other response below.

  22. sanjeev on

    Hello Sir. I’m upgrading from the Creative EP630 (but would still prefer a similar sound signature). I also heard the Soundmagic E10 but didnt like its slightly recessed mid and was not satisfied with its soft bass notes. I’m looking for a warm, sweet and smooth(even if its dark) sound with good bass for around 40$ and based on your guide, I zeroed in on the Sony MH1C and DUNU Trident. But the MH1C is not available easily now in India and the Trident has a relatively small 6.8mm driver. I’m just worried whether the smaller driver size is an issue for bass or distortion. Also, how different are the MH1C and Trident in the bass and sub bass department? Thanks in advance.

    • ljokerl on

      The Trident doesn’t have a ton of bass, but it seems to be your best bet. Not sure how it compares to the EP630 but it has slightly more prominent mids than the MH1C and a slightly bassier sound (same goes for comparing it with the E10). Small drivers aren’t a problem – there are tons of great-sounding sets with even smaller drivers, like the Shure SE215 and Yamaha EPH-100, for instance, that also have no distortion.

      MH1 and MH1C are different. The MH1C uses a standard iPhone-type plug while the MH1 might need an adapter to work with the majority of devices. There’s some info in the comments below, and also a testimonial from someone with Trident who ended up returning the MH1.

  23. Charles on

    Hi Joker, I simply love the sound of MH1C and I would love to have it’s sound signature on another upgrade iem. I would like a bigger soundstage, isolation and better ergonomic of course. Budget: 200$-300$. What would you recommend? Thank you very much!

    • ljokerl on

      This question has come up a couple of times (like parts of the discussion thread here: http://theheadphonelist.com/headphone_review/yamaha-eph-100/#comment-32741) and I don’t really have a great answer because the MH1C signature is not that common. Whatever you go with, you’ll be moving a bit away from that sound profile – either in a bassier direction while maintaining smoothness, for example with the Yamaha EPH-100 or Sony XBA-H3 (not great isolation on this latter one, but very nice sound), or in a more balanced and clear direction, for example with the TDK BA200 or Ortofon e-Q5 (Japan imports can be had for as low as $165 these days). Those would be my recommendations for the two directions, though I am sure there are others that fit the bill once you accept that you won’t get the exact MH1C sound balance.

      • Charles on

        Thanks for the reply! 🙂 if I go with the DN-1000 from DUNU, will i’ll be too off? I read about it’s bass, soundstage and ok isolation. And it seems a good pairing with my DX50. What do you think?

        • ljokerl on

          The DN-1000 is quite a bit brighter than the MH1C so it tends to be less smooth and forgiving. It’s just a different sound presentation. If you’re okay with that, it’s a very good earphone.

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  25. wino lopez on

    hi joker,

    hi hopefully this thread is still active 🙂 i just received my mh1c, the bass and detail was great but i just felt that the soundstage is too narrow for my taste and treble was not crispy enough (which i miss from my now broken soundmagic e30) so im looking for an upgrade

    my priority would be an open and airy sound with above average to WIDE SOUNDSTAGE, WARM sound signature, with CRISPY but non sibilant treble, bass should be moderate to a bit bassy but not necessarily basshead as long as theres a good mid-bass hump, as long as it responds to my android phone equalizer. iem doesnt have to be polite and neutral and accurate as long as sound is very clear and detailed. btw isolation, comfortability and microphonics arent exactly my priority

    i listen mostly to EDM and contemporary pop.

    how bout vsonic gr07 BE? (i know where i can get a used one for around $110)
    my budget is around $70-120

    thanks a lot!

  26. Daniel on

    Can you please compare brainwavz m2 and mh1c? btw, i’m listening to metalcore mostly, so which ones are better for this? thx

    • ljokerl on

      The MH1C is better. The M2 is not as bassy but what bass is there, is a little more boomy and it’s not as smooth and level and refined through the midrange and treble as the MH1C. As long as you don’t mind it’s cable, I’ll recommend the MH1C over the M2.

      • Daniel on

        ok, thx a much. one more comparsion: MH1C vs GR06 vs VSD1S

        • ljokerl on

          They are different – the VSD1S is v-shaped, with less bass than the MH1C and bright treble. These two are about on-par, depending on your personal preference.

          The GR06 is similar to the VSD1S but with more forward mids (which causes some congestion) and a darker/warmer tonality. I personally would not recommend the GR06 over the newer VSD1S.

          • Daniel on

            thank you. i’ll pick MH1C then

          • Daniel on

            Oh, one more question. Have you ever heard sennheiser cx475? If so, how do they compare with M2 and MH1C?

          • ljokerl on

            I have not heard the CX475, sorry.

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  28. daviscup on

    If i have to be honest i think the consonance also has a bit too much bass, so a little less is fine, but is it just a little less bass with the S1?
    Today i will also receive an offer from a dutch company, concerning the Nuforce ne-700x and Nuforce ne-700m, is ther soundwise a difference between these two? the ne-700m is the new & improved one by the way 🙂
    So finally it wil come down to these (with the dutch prices):

    Philips S1 (70 dollars)
    Nuforce ne-700x (80 dollars)
    Nuforce ne-700m new & improved 2013 (90dollars)
    Monster Gratitude (70 dollars)

    By the way, a microphone i dont need!
    I am really curious about your thoughts now 🙂

  29. daviscup on

    OK, so you say the S1 has half bass power in comparison with mh1 and consonance, also dunu trident?
    Is S1 then not suitable for electronic music like techno,techhouse,deephouse? because thats what i listen 90% of the time.

    • ljokerl on

      It depends on your preference, really. I’m happy with the S1’s bass quantity for all genres but that’s because the Consonance and MH1C have too much bass for me.

  30. daviscup on

    that is my last question 🙂

  31. daviscup on

    I hope with all your experience that you can give me a shortlist of which i can pick the best (i was thinking about 7 or 8 in ears, the fidelio has 13mm drivers, but half the bass of the consonance? i hope you want to make a list, price max 110 euro’s! 🙂

    • ljokerl on

      I don’t really have any other suggestions – sorry. And if you think the S1 would have plenty of bass you’re welcome buy one and see for yourself. You can also find the measurements for it over at innerfidelity.

  32. daviscup on

    how about the audio fischer eterna v2? or the silver bullet v2, is the silver bullet v2 less quality then the mark 1?
    MH1 is no option, volume was way to low for me 🙁
    IS the FIdelio s1 so much less powefull with bass, compared to trident dn-12 and consonance? or just a little bit?
    Do you also know the Denon-AH C101 urban raver?

    • ljokerl on

      The S1 probably has half the bass boost of the MH1 or Consonance. The Eterna isn’t really worth getting if you already have the Consonance and I’ve never tried the Silver Bullet v2 or the Urban Raver.

  33. daviscup on

    Hey Joker!

    I had the MH1 returned to the store, the adapter worked, sound was really nice, but the volume was like 70% of my dunu tridents, and also compared to my other inears 🙁
    What could be wrong?
    SO the silver bullet is little less bassy then the consonance, but only for a little amount?
    The NE-700x is about the same level of sound quality but with more bass presence then the MH1?
    I also really would like to know how you will rate the Philips Fidelio S1, because i can get it for 49 euro’s 🙂
    And the Monster Gratitude for also 49 euro’s, but i read in a lot of reviews that the bass is very lacking ?

    • ljokerl on

      The MH1C is just not very sensitive. Nothing wrong with it, probably was done by design to make its volume reasonable with smartphones.

      The Silver Bullet and Fidelios probably don’t have enough bass for you. The NE-700X might have too much but the only way to know for sure is to try it. Not familiar with the Gratitude.

      • daviscup on

        Hey Joker,
        To make things more clear, i look for the folliwong sound:
        A sound that makes it possible to listen with comfort for a long time, so a not fatigue kind of sound.
        Clear mids, with comfortable highs, and the bass must be present, but must not interfere the mids en highs to much, for example the consonance has a really nice bass imo, but i dont mind if its just a little less present (but just a little).
        I hope this is good information to make my choice, and i hope you can help me with this by giving me me even more options, by the way your help already is amazing!

        • ljokerl on

          Yeah… not really much else I can add. In the sub-$100 range that sounds like an MH1, Shure SE215, or Dunu Landmine maybe.

  34. daviscup on

    Thx! so the ne700x and silver bullet are definately contenders for my search, is the ne700x as warm sounding as the mh1? and has silver bullet almost as much bass as for instance the consonance (i had the consonance so then i have a good comparison).
    Yesterday i received the mh1, but it only worked on my ipod classic and laptop if i press the “talk” button, but seven then the volume is very low compared to my other in ears 🙁
    So i ordered this: http://www.onlinekabelshop.nl/KR1094.html
    I hope this will solve the problem, or is the volume low in general for the mh1?

    • ljokerl on

      The NE-700X is about as warm as the MH1C. The Silver bullet has more treble. It has less bass overall than the Consonance.

      The MH1C does not have high sensitivity. For some reason Sony gives the rating in dB/V instead of the more conventional dB/mW. Your mp3 player should be able to compensate unless it’s volume-limited.

  35. daviscup on

    Hey Joker,

    I was already deciding between the mh1 and the se215, would you consider the se215 to be a lot better then mh1?
    Is the monster gratitude also something to consider? the yamaha is pretty expensive here, and does that only have bi/tri flangle tips?
    I also would like to know if the following are suitable for me and my techno music:
    Nuforce ne700x / meelectronics a151 / brainwavz pro alpha / soundmagic pl50 / fisher silver bullet?

    All compared to the mh1 that i just purchased of coure 🙂
    WOuld mean a lot if you can help me out one last time 🙂

    • ljokerl on

      No, I consider the MH1 and SE215 to be about on-par. Never tried the Gratitude. The EPH-100 does come only with multi-flange tips. I found them more comfortable than they look.

      NE700X – has a ton of bass, more than MH1 and your Trident. A151 and PL50 have much less bass (very balanced sound). Silver Bullet and Pro Alpha are discontinued as far as I know. The Silver Bullet was very nice though – it’s competitive with the MH1 but has a brighter, less warm sound.

  36. daviscup on

    the bass has to be really tight and deep, with clear mids en smooth highs, witn no mic!

    • ljokerl on

      Yamaha EPH-100
      Shure SE215
      Dunu DN-23 Landmine (not better than MH1C but a pretty good alternative with excellent build quality)

  37. daviscup on

    Ok 🙂
    I still want a 2nd in ears, can you please help me with some fine tips from your side?

  38. daviscup on

    I really want to order the MH1, because here in holland its really cheap at one store, and the people there only say this: sure you can hook it up on your laptop, because its 3.5mm and your laptop ha 3.5mm, but i dont think they have a lot of knowledge, because they dont mention the 4pin 🙁
    And the adapter that you showed me is not for sale here in holland 🙁
    dont know what to do now, look further?
    I am really curious what other in ears you can recommend me?

  39. daviscup on

    Is the brainwavz m5 also a good option?, i can buy that one for 40 dollars.
    I am open for other suggestions 🙂

    • ljokerl on

      The M5 doesn’t keep up with the MH1C or VSD1 too well… few things do.

  40. daviscup on

    Thx for your quick response!! first of all i want to say that your chart is so awesome, i think i can dream the whole chart,haha!.
    I only use my in ears for laptop and my ipod classic 5th generation, would it be possible to use the MH1 instead of the MH1C?, the shop says to me that its not a problem, but i rather here it from “THE” expert.
    I think i just cant go wrong for 17 euro’s with the MH1 after your comment.
    I am looking every day for my next in ears, every day countless hours of reading reviews, its a hobyy that has gone outta control
    I also want another in ears beside the MH1, i always had dynamic drivers, because i listen a lot of trance,techno, deep house. but maybe that just not important? so i hope you can help me with that also, i want my highs not to be too crisp, and the bass has to be deep and tight, i had my eyey on the VSD1 for example
    Looking forward to your answer, and sorry for all the info!!

    • ljokerl on

      Unfortunately I don’t have an MH1 to test for myself but my understanding is that most devices wired for stereo plugs (3-pole) as opposed to headset plugs (4-pole) will work with MH1C but not necessarily MH1. Devices such as smartphones and tablets, which are wired for 4-pole, will work with the MH1 or MH1C, but not both, depending on device manufacturer. You can also buy an adapter to turn the MH1 into an MH1C and vise versa: http://www.lunashops.co.uk/goods.php?id=1073 . I am guessing for your iPod you will need the adapter because the iPod is likely wired for the remote function.

      The VSD1 is still a dynamic-driver earphone but if you like your bass powerful you might want to stick with dynamic drivers. The VSD1 is a good one, and not redundant with the MH1 because it has a brighter, less relaxed, more exciting sound. If you decide to go for the MH1 I would definitely suggest giving it a good listen before getting your next earphones because every data point helps focus in on the best sound for you.

  41. daviscup on

    Hello,

    I can buy the MH1Cfor 24 dollars here in holland) but can you tell me if there is a difference in sound between the MH1 and the MH1C, or is the only difference the connection?
    I still cant decide if i want the MH1/ MH1c or something different like the SHure se215, i listen a lot of dance music with strong bass (techno) i also have the dunu tridents, and fischer consonance, but i want to go a step up, please help !

    • ljokerl on

      As far as I know the MH1 and MH1C just differ in how the plug is wired. The MH1 only works with certain devices (some Sony, Nokia, and older Samsung phones) without an adapter.

      The MH1C is a step up over the Dunu and Fischer in my opinion and is about on-par with the SE215 for sound quality despite the price difference. For $24 you really won’t be disappointed if you like warm, smooth sound.

  42. Listener8 on

    Between the two Vsonics listed above VC02 and the sd1 which one is better?
    Thanks.

    • ljokerl on

      The VC02 is good if you like a flat/balanced sound – it approximates the sound of VSonic’s balanced armature earphones. The VSD1 is bassier/more v-shaped and is more akin to the GR07 Bass Edition. Personally, I think the VSD1 sounds a little more natural overall but it really depends on what you’re looking for in your earphone. Both are great value.

      • Listener8 on

        I did just order the Sony’s, now i need to decide between the vsd1 or vco2. I do have the vco2 and have had issues with the cord and this will be the second time sending them back and I was offered the vsd1 as an option if I do not want them fixed again. so i am not sure what i will do, but it does help having your opinion and expertise.

        • ljokerl on

          Well, the VSD1 has different cable attachment so that might swing it if you don’t want to risk the same cable issues.

  43. crisscross on

    Oh i think i will go with mh1c since vsd1 bass has less bass then the gro2 be thanks alot:)

  44. crisscross on

    And do you think the vsonic vsd1 or the sony mh1c is consider an upgrade from vsonic gro2 bass ed?

  45. crisscross on

    Hi which one us better between the sony mh1c and vsonic vsd1 in terms of bass and overall performance?

    • ljokerl on

      If you want more bass, especially deep bass/subbass, go for the MH1C. However, in overall performance I would give a slight edge to the VSD1 – ti’s more balanced overall, more neutral in tone, and a touch clearer. I would consider both an upgrade to the GR02 bass edition in overall sound quality, though the VSD1 has a bit less bass than the GR02 BE.

  46. navid on

    hi
    can you tell me which one I must buy.sony mh 1c or phillips fidelio s1.I dont know which one worth more?My current headphone is sennheizer cx350.

    • navid on

      also do both can used with normal mp3s not smartphones.

      • ljokerl on

        The Philips S1 is quite well-balanced in terms of frequency response and is more accurate and true to source than the MH1C. It has a very small bass boost but if you want a warmer, bassier sound like that of your Sennheisers I would definitely go for the MH1C.

        Modern mp3 players do support the 4-pole connectors that these headsets use. The only exceptions I am aware of are Creative-brand mp3 players and certain less-popular Cowon models.

        • navid on

          thanks man.that really really helps.that was best help that someone did for me from when I joined head-fi.I would wish I asked it sooner!

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