Originally Posted by vcoheda
this sounds like the dt880s. have you ever compared the two.
I've compared the W5000 to the DT800. What the two have in common is comfort. The W5000 has these thick and soft lamb skin pads that caress the sides of my face. The 3D dynamic wings also allow the headphones to gently rest on my head.
What the DT880 and W5000 also have in common is their wide open soundstage. However the W5000 seems to have a holographic effect with a bit more Z-axis depth, resulting in instruments that are more obviously behind and in front.
Also immediately noticeable is the amount of detail of the W5000. They are so much more revealing and precise than the DT 880. Thing are just so vivid with the W5000. In comparison, the DT 880 seems to smooth over the fine detail and subtle harmonics, and everything seems just a bit woollier. The W5000 is also much faster with great transient response and dynamicism. The DT 880 seems more plodding in comparison. But the DT 880 is warmer and more musical with a certain softness that would make them less fatiguing over a longer listening session. Also, the W5000 is just a bit leaner and appear somewhat brighter than the DT 880, this is emphasized by the slightly reduced bass weight and increased detail in the treble region.
Despite these few shortcomings relative to the DT 880, the W5000 just outclasses in most categories …but at 1/3 of the price, the DT 880 is still a pair of headphones that I would heartily recommend.