Yet another headphone (two actually) and some other changes.
1: Sony MDR-SA3000:
Bright and super detailed. Amazing soundstage. Entire sound spectrum is airy and expansive, and the highs are beautiful. Detailed yet smooth. Light and comfy. Bass-light, doesn't work well with some genres. Open backed, no isolation. Very easy to drive but is very revealing of poor equipment and source. Build quality on these scares me a bit, they feel like I should be very gentle with them.
2: Beyerdynamic DT1350:
Neutral, lots of detail. Analytical as hell. Fastest decay of any headphone I've heard. Absolutely bottomless low end and awesome treble extension. Small but good soundstage. Comfort is just about as good as a supra-aural can is gonna get. Easy to drive, but very DAC dependent.
3: KOSS Pro/4AAA:
Neutral with a slight tilt towards dark. Has rolled off treble. Awesome soundstage, especially for a closed can. Bass extends very low but rolls off after 15Hz. Nicely detailed, good decay. Needs an amp. Fairly heavy. Not the most comfy can in the world but not uncomfortable by any means. Nearly perfect isolation.
4: Numark HV-215V:
Warm. Good treble and good bass. Slightly larger soundstage than DT1350. Not much detail but still has some. Slightly heavy but by far the most comfortable supra-aural can I've ever worn save for the unpadded headband. Easy to power. Doesn't have much sub-bass and the clarity isn't optimal, but still a good headphone.
5: Pioneer SE-500:
Small soundstage with the best imaging I've ever heard. Sound just emanates from nowhere. Good highs, good mids. Slightly less detail than the Pro/4AAA. Absolutely bass-less. Bad isolation. Requires a very powerful amp. Gets a little bit uncomfortable (hot) after a long listening session.
6: KOSS Reference One:
Very similar to the Pro/4AAA but even darker due to less treble. Deeper low end, but slightly veiled sound. Forward upper mids. Slightly smaller soundstage than 4AAA and less detail as well. Absolutely perfect isolation. I have never heard a headphone that isolates this well. Since I have the 4AAA, the only reason I'd use these is if I had to mow the lawn or something.
7: Pioneer SE-700:
Why did I rank the SE-700 lower than the 500? Pioneer tried too hard to give a piezoelectric headphone bass. Piezoelectric diaphragms aren't made to produce bass: the bass that the SE-700 has is sloppy and bad. It takes away from the rest of the sound. Otherwise it's almost identical to the SE-500. Maybe I'm not amping it properly. Maybe my unit has some QC issues. Idk.
8: KOSS K/6X Plus:
Neutral with a tilt towards the bright side. Good sparkly treble. Slightly sloppy bass. Very sensitive. No real details, just fake treble detail. No soundstage, no imaging. Bad comfort, and the cable sucks. Can't use them due to a channel imbalance, but I'm holding onto them because they were my first headphone.
9: Audio Technica ATH-M50:
Don't like these anymore. Recessed and grainy mids, no real bass, extremely rude treble that jumps out at you from behind a corner and slaps you upside the head. No soundstage, no imaging. No real detail. Fairly comfortable but fall off my head way too easily. Keeping them because they were a gift.
10: AKG K240 Studio:
Tight airy bass, liquid mids, and beautiful highs, but has no control of the diaphragm. Doesn't have detail, and has very slow decay. Dense songs sound like utter **** on these. Very comfy and light, nice cable, good soundstage. Diffuse imaging. I want to love these headphones so much, but I just don't.
11: Audatron SH-608R:
Wal-Mart clone of the Numark HV-215V. Very Beats-esque with a stupidly overwhelming midbass hump, no treble, and an absolutely piercing upper mids spike. No detail. Meh soundstage, meh imaging. Used as a guinea pig for mods. Might get rid of them.
Edited by takato14 - 12/7/12 at 2:48pm