Thanks Peter - yes it is one of the things that does have me wondering (how they both sound on better gear). Once the kids have flown the nest (still around 7-8 years away yet), hopefully I'll get the chance to find out :)
Thanks for the explanation. In that case - I'd actually suggest saving your money for the time being. The HD580/600 and DT880 were former flagships for a reason. I can't think of too many headphones that are going to give a worthwhile lift in SQ - unless you're moving toward a T1 / HE560 etc level. At around the USD700 level for used though, they may be tempting in the longer term .....
@Byrnie - agree that the HD700 is very comfortable (haven't tried the TH900). But from memory of the HD700 - I'd still give it to the HD800. I guess everyone's physical anatomy comes into play with this though , and likely the condition of the headphones themselves. Rizki's HD800 fits me perfectly, and the pads are showing a few signs of age. The HD700s when I had them were quite new, and with pads a little "fuller" and cups a little smaller, for my...
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I just wish my location allowed better access to some of the gear I'd like to audition and compare. Sadly - I'm pretty remote, so sometimes it is difficult.
Thanks. The HD650 are fantastic cans. HD800 would probably be your next step - unless you like a much brighter presentation (the T1 is very vivid). I've heard a lot of people graduate from an HD650 to an LCD2 though - so maybe if you like a darker signature that would be worth looking at.
I need to find a way to audition one of the Audeze cans at some stage. Hopefully next year's NZ Meet.