post #631 of 1125
4/17/09 at 11:53am
I haven't heard the W5000 but always thought they would be an easy can to listen to after enjoying the K501. I'm thinking the W5000 is a step up but similar in sound. Besides better bass, what would you say are the strengths/weaknesses of each as compared to each other? Probably not the price/SQ value of the K501 but curious none the less.
IMO, the W5000 has a more holograhic soundstage with a lot more depth than the K501 while having a little less width. I feel that the K501's soundstage is less coherent since there are many gaps. Both cans are very fast while having pinpoint imaging with excellent instrument separation.
Regardless of the recording, the K501 portrays you to be in a stadium while the W5000 is recording dependent.
I personally didn't like the lower treble emphasis of the K501 as it gives me a slight headache and makes it perceivably rolled off at the top. The W5000 gives a very smooth and extended treble.
The mids of the two are comparable with the W5000's mids more forward while the K501 leans a bit to the dry side.
Between the two cans, I think it really depends on the person's taste. I prefer the W5000 because it's a much better all-arounder especially after the Fitz mod(F5005). Others might very well prefer the K501 and there's nothing wrong with that.