Well I received my Yamaha RH5ma today.
I shall try and give my impressions:Comfort:
Very light, and as far a supra-aurals go comfortable. Medium clamp.
Medium isolation, and medium sound leakage.
(what does that mean? it means it doesnt have massive amounts of each, but just average reasonable amounts).Bass
Well well, this is a suprise in a headphone at this price range. Bass is big, deeep, and rumbly. AND impactful, not like loose fluffy clouds hitting your head, more like getting a smack in the head
(for those who are familiar with the orthodynamic thread, I hear housing resonances and maybe some other resonances that muddy things up slightly from the mid-bass to the lower mids area, but this is me being picky, and would be unfair for this headphone).
Bass gets DEEEP with the Starving Student home tube hybrid amp, I can feel it rumbling into my chest somehow....(must be some kinda psychological reaction). And its still nice with the Mini3 or out of a iPod, but lacks this plumbing depth.Mids
Mids are more forward in the mix, have a nice weight behind them, and I would probably say I prefer vocals in this headphone than any dynamic I have heard.Treble
Treble is lovely for a dynamic in my opinion, I find it is smooth, never siblant. It might lack the last bit of extention, from what I *assume* is most head-fiers taste, but I think its a good balance.
Overall Id say the entire spectrum sounds fairly flat to me, with a a bit of emphasis in the mid-bass. But its still quite tight.
It has a weakness in that it lacks soundstage compared to other headphones, which in itself I dont find a big problem. But coupled to the fact its a dynamic headphone, it can make things a little congested at times.Comparisons
Here is the difficult part, and apart from the AKG Sextett EP, I am working from memory here.
Id say it bests my Beyerdynamic DT-250-80ohm in all areas. Which already means its performing above its price tag.
Compared to the Denon D2000: I prefer the RH5's highs, they dont sound peaky and cutting to me like the Denon's (but most people seemed to love the Denon highs... go figure
). The RH5 bass feels more impactful, whereas the Denons seems like it impacts more softly and has more bloat around it.
The RH5's mids vocal area are more weighty.
The D2000 absolutely trounces it on soundstage, and instrument placement and seperation though.
For MY tastes I would more happily live with the RH5, but I acknowledge the D2000 is probably a superior headphone (and so It should be at its much larger price tag, and the D2000 basically competes with all the other fancy headphones).
I have also had a small audition of the Denon D1001, which I'd say this headphone would directly compete with, the Denons probably still have better soundstage, but otherwise blow for blow, this might be better...., certainly vocal wise.
I havent heard ATH cans, but I would also thnk that these would be great competitors to them, again at a fraction of the price.
AKG K240 Sextett EP: Compared to the nearly NOS Sextetts I have, the RH5 has more bigger bass (and the EP is the bass heavy Sextett
). The Sextett has better instrument seperation. And to be honest Im not entirely sure which I prefer between the two.....at the moment Im leaning toward the RH5.....purely for its overall more 'fun' sound.
So what to say at the end? If you can get it for $50, I think you cant go much wrong with these. And a lot of studio pros seem to LOVE them, and I think with good reason.
If you dislike strong bass, stay away. But otherwise, these will definately perform well against cans up to the $150 price range and maybe above Im sure. So in that way they are a great bargain and sorely overlooked.
I probably wont keep them (its now a battle between this and the K240 Sextett to see who remains as my sole Dynamic can for my electric guitar practice), because I now know that I am a Planar headphone guy at heart.