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post #1 of 13
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im woundering whak style of sound these heaphones have like how is the bass and how are they more like grados or hd 650 and i currrently have a xcan v3 i kno not top of the line but currently upgradeing and getting more headphones
post #2 of 13
The bass is not great, it is good in certain aspects (The Extension, the sound overall, but it is demphasized in a way that people either feel is "Balanced" or light/thin). Uhm it's not like Grados or HD650s, really can't even compare it to them.

The mids are recessed to some, artificial to others. I love them though especially how they reproduced stringed instruments. That tone/decay speaks wood tonality to me mmm violin. The highs are good too and the vocals are really excellent esp. female vocals.

I like them they are going to be my closed cans of choice.

If you desire bass then I urge you to go with Denon D5000s or JVC DX1000s. Both are referenced to as Baby L3000s and have great bass. Personally the D5000s sounds a bit muddled to me.. I have not heard the DX1000s but it is also almost 2x as expensive (Unless you get them used/better than MSRP which is of course doable).
post #3 of 13
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thx for the info i'm looking to go into studio monitoring and that is what someone recomended to me and i dont exactly kno where to look like i want studio monitors but headphones can do a much better job of getting me the detail i need
post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by bentlikeitsmaker View Post
thx for the info i'm looking to go into studio monitoring and that is what someone recomended to me and i dont exactly kno where to look like i want studio monitors but headphones can do a much better job of getting me the detail i need

For studio monitoring, I'm not sure open cans are ok. If so, SONY SA5000 would be great, resolution, frequency range, accuracy, etc. hard to beat.
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by Icarium View Post
The bass is not great, it is good in certain aspects (The Extension, the sound overall, but it is demphasized in a way that people either feel is "Balanced" or light/thin). Uhm it's not like Grados or HD650s, really can't even compare it to them.

The mids are recessed to some, artificial to others. I love them though especially how they reproduced stringed instruments. That tone/decay speaks wood tonality to me mmm violin. The highs are good too and the vocals are really excellent esp. female vocals.
this sounds like the dt880s. have you ever compared the two.
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
only one problem with that useing sonys i need a silent noise floor and i hate sonys and sound leakage is ok cause the type of mixing im doing dosent use mics
post #7 of 13
K701s are supposed to be neutral to the point of being boring for some? I've only heard them out of Mikhail's $25-30k Singlepower SDS XLR EXTREME balanced so... I'm really not the perfect judge of the sound. It sounded great out of that amp though.. neutral? No idea.
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
yea well i have listend to some of my friends sonys and they all sucked and i allready own an hd 650 would balanced make a huge difference
post #9 of 13
k701 is quite boring -_- its very neutral to my ears though, dry and detailed.

w5000 is not the can for monitoring by far, there is a spike in upper midrange that will screw you up. It is very capable from what I learned at the meet given a very well matched amplifier. Its sound signature becomes like that of R10 (although R10 is still better for the most part, w5000 better for rock/metal). It can be though of as Grado but not quite in a way.

For monitoring you might want to look for Ultrasones, for bass - Edition 9.
post #10 of 13
Whatever you do, do not buy the Ultrasone 2500's if you want cans for monitoring. I did and had to sell them. I don't understand how people can say they're neutral. They're as from neutral as you can possibly come.
They're quite simply one of the worst and most overrated cans in the world, imho.
post #11 of 13
If you can afford amp go for AKG-K271S, they will probably serve monitoring purposes the best. I highly recommend to get velour pads for them as stock pleather is quite sweaty and uncomfortable.
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by vcoheda View Post
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.
post #13 of 13
Oski, I was just doing some W5000/DT880 (2005) comparison. Can pretty much attest for everything you said except that to me W5000 have noticeably more than DT880 bass and sound fuller, more natural, and alive. DT880 tend to sound drier and more "metallic" in comparison. Although I fully agree that for 1/3 of the price they are giving a very good run against W5000.
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