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post #16 of 23
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What do you mean? The Atlanta symphony hall is just a short drive away. And then when I'm done, I can enjoy some quiet time in the High Museum of Art, which is currently hosting a significant amount of work from the Louvre. Should be nice.
Well, had your sig said "HotLanta" I never would have brought it up!

I myself have to settle for the Southeastern Connecticut Symphony. Not exactly the LSO, but I'll make do.




Cheers! happy Thanksgiving!
post #17 of 23
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You do? Why?
i'm trying to be a good head-fier who can appreciate the good in many pieces of equipment and comment constructively on different can.... and there are some good aspects to the K701.
post #18 of 23
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i'm trying to be a good head-fier who can appreciate the good in many pieces of equipment and comment constructively on different can.... and there are some good aspects to the K701.
Well, hell yeah!

But it seems to me that if you have a pair of cans that could do better with the particular music you happen to be listening to that it only makes sense to switch.

I don't see how you'd be doing a disservice to any particular set of cans, they all have strengths and weaknesses.

But of course, that's just me.
You should do what you feel is best.
post #19 of 23
No mention of the AKG501s here. I think they are a definite contender with many of the cans mentioned here, especially for their soundstage and instrument separation. I believe they are also going for $99 which really ups the ante!
post #20 of 23
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Right now i'm trying a K701 for my classical.... and it sucks... i keep grabbing fro the HD650 and then remind myself that i have to keep listening until i learn to appreciate the K701 (the lifeless notes, no bass, no authority can).
I feel almost the same way. I am a little disappointed with my K701, although I am not going to come to a definitive conclusion just yet about their use and suitability for classical music. But as it stands, I definitely prefer my HD650s and DT880s over the K701 for classical. I'm still not sure if they do anything better than those two cans for this type of music. Of course, I have yet to burn them in for the 1000+ required hours to make them sound really good. I also recently just purchased the K501. Couldn't pass up the price of $99 shipped, especially since they are being discontinued. Compared to the K701, they seem to have a bit more clarity and cleaner sound (although can be bright too), but are no where near as full and rich or provide the same depth perception as the 701.

I'll just keep on listening.
post #21 of 23
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I feel almost the same way. I am a little disappointed with my K701, although I am not going to come to a definitive conclusion just yet about their use and suitability for classical music. But as it stands, I definitely prefer my HD650s and DT880s over the K701 for classical. I'm still not sure if they do anything better than those two cans for this type of music. Of course, I have yet to burn them in for the 1000+ required hours to make them sound really good. I also recently just purchased the K501. Couldn't pass up the price of $99 shipped, especially since they are being discontinued. Compared to the K701, they seem to have a bit more clarity and cleaner sound (although can be bright too), but are no where near as full and rich or provide the same depth perception as the 701.

I'll just keep on listening.
Taste obviously is a big factor in one's headphone preference. I listen to mostly classical music, and think the K701s are nigh-ideal. To my ears, the HD650s are bass-heavy and rolled off in the highs, while the DT880s are excessively bright. But whatever gives you pleasure listening to music is clearly the best choice for you. Pleasant listening!
post #22 of 23
As far as classical is concerned, and talking about the original comments in this thread; I find that both my MS-1 and MS2i do a pretty good job with classical until the really big stuff is attempted where, not surprizingly, they do fall short

.....MS2i beats out the MS-1 of course.

But, that's why HD600 are on the horizon!

And yeah; my Red Seal is a bit scratchy too. But then again, some of the Caruso recordings date back about a century!
post #23 of 23
I'm pretty darned impressed with my 404/006tMk1 for classical. The amount detail and sparkle is incredible. The bass extends very deep and is extremely well controlled. Midrange has a nice clarity to it without sounding dry. The only drawback of Stax is the fact that it is incredibly picky about source and will reveal a lot of imperfections on poorly ripped tracks and "dirty" computer sources. I had a K701/Headfive combination before and the 404/006tMk1 makes the former sound ever so slightly muddy!! Not only that, but there's just something magic about the 404/006tMk1 that is not present in the K701/Headfive and hence, I've sold my dynamic rig apart from the Beyer, which has yet to come
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