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5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy them., January 30, 2014
This review is from: NVX Audio XPT100 Studio Over-Ear Headphones w/ ComfortMax Earpad Cushions and Extra Pair of Angled Earpads (Electronics)
These make the legendary-status Creative Aurvana Live! ($60 to $80) sound bad. That said, there is no headphone currently near this price that will deliver the same neutrality, accuracy, or comfort that the XPT100s do.

I could do an extensive comparison between these and the other sets of headphones I own (CAL!, ATH-M50, Panasonic HTF600, Marley EM-JH020-MI ), but I won't because there is simply nothing to compare. These win in every aspect except for portability.

If you are looking for at-home listening cans, buy these now. You needn't spend any more time reading reviews, finding comparisons, or doing any other kind of research.

If you use the angled pads (for better sound-stage), I suggest filling the earcup supports with hard-drying epoxy for reinforcement. They weren't designed to be used with such angled pads, and will eventually snap off unless filled with said epoxy. This won't happen if you use the flat pads.

UPDATE - 3/13/14
My comparison of the XPT100 and CAL!, from Head-Fi:

I have to say...the NVX XPT100 simply blows the CAL away. I did a short first-impression on the XPT100s several weeks ago, and I don't think I accurately portrayed the capabilities of these monitoring headphones - yes, these are indeed monitoring headphones, and damn good ones at that (especially at $80).

The XPT100's base IS ever so slightly boosted, but not as much as the CAL's. Extension-wise, the XPT100 is about equal to the CAL, but the XPT100 not only presents itself with the CAL's depth, but also far better balance and control.

The mids on the XPT100 are fuller and clearer than the slightly V-shaped signature of the CAL.

I have always had difficulty comparing headphones' treble, but the difference between the XPT100 and CAL are literally night and day. The XPT100's treble makes it evident that the CAL's has a slight grain,as well as some harshness in the upper midrange / lower treble. Right out of the box the XPT100's treble sounded laid-back to me, but I now believe this to be be because I have never heard headphones this neutral and uncolored (all of my past cans had slightly to moderately V-shaped signatures). I still prefer to give the XPT100's a small treble boost with AIMP3's 18-band EQ (+0.6 DB @ 5.6k and +1.5 DB @ 8k).

Most cans make you choose between comfort and isolation (due to clamping force), but with the XPT100s, you get both, and it's not the "jack of all trades" kind of both. The isolation is extremely good, especially compared with the CALs. I am sure you can get headphones with better isolation out there, but I doubt they are this comfortable. Comfort-wise, the CAL is amazing, but these are better - They are literally like wearing pillows. My only complaint would be that after several hours of wearing them continuously, the earpads get ever-so-slightly damp....but I rarely wear them for several hours continuously.

As for portability....lol. Don't expect to take these monsters anywhere. They may be light, but you WILL look like Princess Leia while wearing them. These are definitely for at-home use, or taking on vacations (thanks to their protective storage case). They also definitely beat the CAL in durability, although there are plenty of cans out there that are more solidly constructed.
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