I would be careful of saying any dynamic headphone, especially one not well regarded as being on par or bettering the Lambda at anything.. It's safe to do it in this thread, but we have the 'stax mafia' that will tear you to shreds for making such comments. I seen how a few have torn down others on that OTHER headphone site. I can't even say the DT48 betters the SA5000 in detail without Andrew the troll flaming my post & putting words in my mouth.. & why the Major STAX thread is in the high end forum behooves mes.. You are telling people that ANY electro is on par with the HD800/K1000/R10/02 etc.. Try posting a DT48 or 900 thread in there.. In will be removed in seconds. I made a thread asking if all electro's are high end because they are in the high end forum. Guess what. It was closed within hrs.. It seems like members & mods play favorites with certain headphones.. Jpeg attacked me personally. The thread was Women from different cultures, yet he felt the need to tell me to get a life & stop playing with my DT48's & video games. I would expect more from a mod. That would be considered trolling. He has yet to apologize for his outrageous out burst. Totally un called for. I got flamed for comparing the DT48 to the K1000, & to some extent the HD800, yer, Erik, is quoted as saying..
As for comparison to the K-1000, the DT48 has a similar neutral timbre and excellent range. The DT48 is faster, more transparent and more resolving to me. I can pick out details I haven't noticed before.
The DT48 is simply real. It's hard to describe exactly, but there is something very special about the DT48. The neutrality and transparency completely win me over. One of the reasons I bought the HD-800 was because its transparency is much like the DT48.
But when I say things Like that I'm just a rabid fan boy that will say anything & have no credibility. I guess if you are in the in crowd you can say what you want without getting flamed for it. Erik should be respected. I respect him greatly.. But to discredit me when I make such 'outrageous' comments irks me to no end..
Ok. Rant over. Sorry. Just heed my warning. If you believe a headphone that is priced low, unknown, & tell others they can compete with the best expect to deal with the fire.
The soundstage is pretty good on the CD900ST given its size, it's not flat and 2D like a HD25. It's not very large but it's not narrow either, and it's actually quite deep and airy. I didn't expect something like that.
I agree with you KBI, and the CD900ST is not even marketed toward the professional market, it just comes in a generic white package. It was initially designed for Sony Music Japan and no one else.
Yet i don't want you to think that it's a giant killer, i compared it yesterday with my Lambda and i need to correct what i said. The Lambda is still quite more detailed, effortless and refined. The CD900ST still sounds like a regular dynamic headphone in comparison. And the tonal balance is not so different. The issue with the Lambda is that its soundstage is stretched out, so the mids are less upfront and exciting. In the end i still maintain that the CD900ST is more enjoyable for most of what i listen to because it has a better focused imaging and better bass impact. And it sounds very airy for a dynamic headphone.
I'm still getting the O2 soon, and i expect it to murder the CD900. The CD900 will be my semi-portable can.
Edited by kool bubba ice - 5/19/10 at 10:31pm