Thanks philodox - (that sounds right and makes sense in my understanding). I have to admit all this talk of tube amps has me dying to hear it with one.
I think the new DT 48s are pretty similar to the vintage ones - honestly I don't think there are any substantive changes between a new and a vintage version sharing a model numbers and impedance.
Originally Posted by kool bubba ice
I compared my modded 340 to my 48a's.. The 340's sound congested & veild in comparison.
Yeah, that may sound crazy - but I honestly think the same thing with the DT 48, even with a stock / beat-to-heck cable, compared to a recabled AKG 501 and a recabled beyer 880 I had (not to say that the 501 or 880 is the same as the 340, but just that the DT 48 was able to resolve more and sounded more coherent than two cans which I thought did well there, especially the 501).
That's not just with a good amp and source but even in a more low-fi /DAP-ish realm, I got the same impression, although to a lesser degree.
On the new versus vintage question - I honestly think they are the same when comparing a new vs. vintage pair that shares the same model number and impedance.