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post #3211 of 5607
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Originally Posted by Achmedisdead View Post

 

That seems like a contradiction to me......blink.gif

To me too, but if any headphone is capable of being both airy and vailed at the same time then it is Senn HD598 smile.gif

post #3212 of 5607

This is quite tough to call based on my ever changing moods but of the 10 or so phones I keep out the order I would say I grab them is:

 

D7000

HD650

HE5000

LCD2

MAD DOGS

AKG701

HD800

DT990 (600)

HF2

Porta pros are always with my cell phone

ATHM50 is always at my laptop

post #3213 of 5607

1. Modded Fostex t50rp (bmf's DBV #3)

2. Denon D2000

3. Grado SR125i with L-Cush Tape mod

post #3214 of 5607
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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post

How is your Lehmann BCL with the SA3k?

I never try so far, cos I mainly use the SA3K to watch movie, pair with my super warm TV smily_headphones1.gif. The conversation is very clear though.
I can try with BCL if you want.
post #3215 of 5607

1. AD900x = MS2i = Shure 940 = Brainwavz B2 = Magnum X

 

*lol* Obviously have a pretty set signature preference. Can't say I far and away prefer one over the other.

post #3216 of 5607

1, HE-6

2. DT880 (black dragon)

3. LA-D7000

4. HD650 (silver dragon)

5. HE-400


Edited by Opethian10 - 7/28/13 at 5:56pm
post #3217 of 5607
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Originally Posted by Opethian10 View Post

1, HE-6

2. DT880 (black dragon)

3. LA-D7000

4. HD650 (silver dragon)

5. HE-400

 

so you would rank the D7000 under the DT880? Why is that. Is it because of D7000's lack of neutrality?

post #3218 of 5607
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Originally Posted by amigomatt View Post

Hey Steve, I like this one! Can you give us HE-400 owners a few words on what puts these above the HD800 for you so we can feel good, please? smily_headphones1.gif (and save me some future misspent fortune!)

No problem! It may just be that the HE-400 is more suited to my tastes. I've gone through a pretty large gamut of headphones over my tenure here, and the HE-400s seem pretty much spot on to what I've been looking for in a headphone. The HD800 is extremely neutral and has a massive soundstage, which may be what many are after but I sometimes find them a tad boring as a result. I really love how involved the music sounds with the HE-400 - bass has weight and authority while not being bloomy, soundstage is large but encompassing and instrument separation is always discernible. Just more dynamic and fun while not being overly coloured. Both headphones are an excellent contrast to each other but I find myself reaching a tad more for the HE-400 - so much so that I'm debating whether or not to keep the HD800 since adding the HiFiman to my stable.

I always get more immersed with what I'm listening to with the HE-400 - it's more enjoyable, while with the HD800 they're a bit too clinical that I find myself listening to the headphone rather than the actual music... If that makes sense??
Edited by Steve-72 - 7/28/13 at 7:11pm
post #3219 of 5607
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Originally Posted by Kirisame Touko View Post

 

so you would rank the D7000 under the DT880? Why is that. Is it because of D7000's lack of neutrality?

 

I figured that ranking might be a tad controversial. You pretty much nailed it there.  Don't get me wrong, I love the D7000 (I'm actually listening to the new Daft Punk album on them right now L3000.gif).  I find myself naturally gravitating towards the DT880 over the LA-D7000 since it is so close to neutral.  I've really come to appreciate the DT880, especially over the past few months.  They sound so good with just about any type of music to my ears.  They are also extremely comfortable on my head and I can wear them for several hours.  

 

These however have been recabled for balanced use with a Black Dragon V1 cable so that may have something to do with it.  I haven't heard a stock DT880 so I can't say for sure if the cable has had a substantial effect on the sound.  It definitely has plenty of thump in the bass, though, which is an area where many have said it lacks.


Edited by Opethian10 - 7/28/13 at 7:42pm
post #3220 of 5607
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Originally Posted by Steve-72 View Post

No problem! It may just be that the HE-400 is more suited to my tastes. I've gone through a pretty large gamut of headphones over my tenure here, and the HE-400s seem pretty much spot on to what I've been looking for in a headphone. The HD800 is extremely neutral and has a massive soundstage, which may be what many are after but I sometimes find them a tad boring as a result. I really love how involved the music sounds with the HE-400 - bass has weight and authority while not being bloomy, soundstage is large but encompassing and instrument separation is always discernible. Just more dynamic and fun while not being overly coloured. Both headphones are an excellent contrast to each other but I find myself reaching a tad more for the HE-400 - so much so that I'm debating whether or not to keep the HD800 since adding the HiFiman to my stable.

I always get more immersed with what I'm listening to with the HE-400 - it's more enjoyable, while with the HD800 they're a bit too clinical that I find myself listening to the headphone rather than the actual music... If that makes sense??

Thanks for getting back with that, Steve, and it makes a lot of sense. I enjoy having a range of cans for different purposes. Like you, I really enjoy the exciting and vivid presentation of music that I get from my HifiMans, but often at night, I end up reaching for my HD598s a lot, due to their supreme comfort and easy going yet detailed approach. Everything sounds slightly rounded off with them, but so smooth and inviting, which is a nice balm from the HE-400s.

Being a musician who has also spent many hours in big studios, hearing stuff played through industry standard setups and monitors, I know what a clinical and analytical approach sounds like and it doesn't always move. Still though, I do like to dig deep into recordings and hear between the lines, especially the great big orchestral stuff that I'm mostly into and I dearly hope that one day I'll be privy to hear the HD800s!

Happy listening! (Just listening to Sibelius's 6th symphony, played by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Colin Davis through my HE-400s) smily_headphones1.gif
post #3221 of 5607

Included my HD600 and Q701 in the list - because they've only just been sold in the last week ........

 

From most preferred to least:

 

SRH1840

HD600

SE535 Ltd Ed

DT880 600 ohm

Q701

K701

SRH840

Earpods (still use them often though)

post #3222 of 5607

based on head time of each headphones:

  1. HD600
  2. Grado HF1 = Denon D2000
  3. Paa-1 Pro
post #3223 of 5607
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Originally Posted by Opethian10 View PostI figured that ranking might be a tad controversial. You pretty much nailed it there.  Don't get me wrong, I love the D7000 (I'm actually listening to the new Daft Punk album on them right now L3000.gif).  I find myself naturally gravitating towards the DT880 over the LA-D7000 since it is so close to neutral.  I've really come to appreciate the DT880, especially over the past few months.  They sound so good with just about any type of music to my ears.  They are also extremely comfortable on my head and I can wear them for several hours.  

 

These however have been recabled for balanced use with a Black Dragon V1 cable so that may have something to do with it.  I haven't heard a stock DT880 so I can't say for sure if the cable has had a substantial effect on the sound.  It definitely has plenty of thump in the bass, though, which is an area where many have said it lacks.

Could easily see this. The DT 880 is probably my third favorite overall headphone right behind the HE60 and JH13. Can't believe they can be had for under $200 these days.

post #3224 of 5607

Added the HD 600. Shuffled things around. Diversified the ranking scheme.

 

Personal preference

1 Sennheiser unipolar 2000*
2 Yamaha HP-50*
3 AKG K 250
4 KWH HOK 80*
5 Beyerdynamic DT 990 (1980s version)*
6 Sennheiser HD 530*
7 Sennheiser HD 600
8 AKG K 241
9 AKG K 240 DF*
10 AKG K 141 (1970s version; Monitor drivers?)
11 Audio-Technica ATH-2
12 Beyerdynamic DT 100
 
Objective; rank by performance
1 Sennheiser unipolar 2000*
2 Yamaha HP-50*
3 Beyerdynamic DT 990 (1980s version)*
3 Sennheiser HD 600
5 KWH HOK 80*
6 AKG K 240 DF*
7 AKG K 141 (1970s version; Monitor drivers?)
8 AKG K 241
9 Sennheiser HD 530*
10 AKG K 250
11 Audio-Technica ATH-2
12 Beyerdynamic DT 100

 

* = Modded. In cases, the unmodded version would perform far worse; for instance, the HOK would be found very near the bottom on both lists if not for mods.

post #3225 of 5607
^So HD600 is the best of the bunch when comparing unmodded to unmodded. What do you like so much about K250 even though it's pretty low on objective performance?
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