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post #121 of 2251
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I prefer the D5000, although both are excellent, and I own both.
post #122 of 2251
I prefer my D2000, but as Skylab says, I think DX1000 are excellent headphones and I like them both.
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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post
I prefer the D5000, although both are excellent, and I own both.
Skylab, can you describe this so called 'Honky' midrange that I think you called it once. If I choose these I will be getting the HR Desktop amp. I also plan on using these to watch films and I know 'Soundinista' has this exact setup, so I have sent a PM to him to no avail. I think he is on holidays from this forum.
post #124 of 2251
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It's just a midrange coloration. The midrange isn't as neutral as with something like the Denon D5000 or a Beyer DT880. But it doesn't make them sound bad.
post #125 of 2251
The DX1000 honk occurs in the 650-800hz range.

I listen to a lot of large scale classical stuff - large orchestra, pipe organ, etc. Of the very many fine headphones that I have owned and heard, the DX1000 is far and above the best at creating a large concert hall ambience. I have the D2000's as well. They do a nice job, but the huge expansive sound of the JVC's really makes them for me - very lifelike. They are also more detailed on top than the Denons.

With a little bump down with digital EQ in the offending range, these are the best cans I've ever heard.

... still waiting to hear the O2 and the E9, however.
post #126 of 2251

Good info.

Thanks Bill,Sky and Soundinista.
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Originally Posted by Cecala View Post
Skylab, can you describe this so called 'Honky' midrange that I think you called it once. If I choose these I will be getting the HR Desktop amp. I also plan on using these to watch films and I know 'Soundinista' has this exact setup, so I have sent a PM to him to no avail. I think he is on holidays from this forum.
Yes, Cecala, away from home and from all things web for the last several days. I'll reply to your PM later today. In any case, I'm posting here about the matter, hoping this might be of help to others.

The DX1000 are my favorite phones. They are amazing for movies -- to my ears, very clearly better than the D5000 due to its much wider soundstaging. (The D5000 does throw a deep soundstage, but it's not better than the DX1000 in that regard either.) This is the clincher for me: soundstaging and imaging (all else being equal). It's what makes for a really immersive experience with movies.

For music, the D5000 may have the edge with some material, but I haven't had the time for an extensive comparison. Whenever I compared the two, I consistently preferred the DX1000. (Prodded by a Head-Fier to critically listen to Dylan's Blonde on Blonde, I thought that the DX1000 rendered a better spatial image of the proceedings, placing Dylan's voice a little further back into the soundstage; the D5000 being more upfront with the vocals.)

As for the "honkiness", it's definitely there, and it's the reason why these phones have grown on me, as I've reported elsewhere in this thread. I understand that it can sound wrong when compared to the very neutral D5000, though the honkiness is very slight and hardly perceptible with certain kinds of material. But it imparts such a pleasing warmth to the sound that I wouldn't eliminate it even if I could.

Another interesting difference between the D5000 and the DX1000 is in the midbass range. The former is the king of snap in my experience. (It's more Grado-ish, if you will.) Its midbass is a little louder than the DX1000's, which makes them sound a little bassier. And I realy like that kind of snappy presentation. But, ultimately, I think the DX1000's presentation is more realistic, ironically more neutral in this regard.

Deep bass? Both phones are, oh, so... ...satisfying! (The Max'ed out HeadRoom Desktop is a bass monster, btw, and these phones, and also the marvelous DT990, make the most of it.)

Cheers,
post #128 of 2251

Cut of Driver.

Found this cut of the driver which I found interesting and others might also.
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post #130 of 2251
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Pretty! They sure are nice looking, the DX1000's. Comfy, too.
post #131 of 2251
Dang, they're pretty!

There goes my wallet -- whimpering again....
post #132 of 2251
I have ordered my pair yesterday from Audiocubes, awaiting delivery.
post #133 of 2251
I just ordered a pair from audiocubes today, now awaiting delivery
post #134 of 2251
I can't believe this headphone is still somewhat of an underground phenomenon here at Head-Fi. I think it's chiefly because JVC isn't exactly known for their headphones and have never attempted anything on this scale before. It's not like there was some pent up anticipation, of "ooooh, I wonder what JVC will release next!" You know, the kind of speculation and rumor mill that's been building for months and months over what Senn's next flagship will be. I mean JVC just doesn't have a pedigree in the headphone geek world. These cans really seem to have come out of left field.

And for all those reasons, I basically ignored them until I recently had a chance to get a review sample. My mistake.

I've never understood the point of having more than one headphone before, especially since I first got my hands on a Sony R10 years ago. I've heard all the other other flagships since then, and was never moved enough to buy any of them. I just purchased my review sample of the JVC.

The serial number on my pair is only in the 500s, so it's not like they're moving massive amounts of units of these. Not many Head-Fiers have gotten to hear them yet, but I'm confident when they do, they'll be quite impressed. I certainly am.

I've got so many reviews to write, but hopefully within a few weeks I'll have time to put together my JVC DX1000 review for PF. I can't wait to write this review, I haven't been this excited about a headphone since I first heard the R10, and that's no lie. Will post links once it's up.

Rock on DX1000 underground!
post #135 of 2251
I got sidetracked by amps, and decided not to keep the DX1000, but, egads, one of the biggest mysteries in headfidom is why the JVCs aren't more popular.

Hopefully that will change over time.

(And they look great, too - the aesthetics are unbeatable.)
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