Yeah, I'm sure. I hear they are very transparent to recording along with source, so I'd imagine everyone's experience with them is a little different now that I think about it. Like slightly different flavors of the same headphone. My source is ALAC --> DiyMod with a P51, which is rather warm and lush so I wonder if it would give more body to the DT1350 in that regard.
Thanks dude - yeah, they both definitely continue to impress me in their own different ways. I don't think I'll ever be able to let go of my HD25s haha. What genres do the DT1350 excel in or are at least acceptable for in your opinion? I love all-rounder 'phones but I might snag a pair just to compare with the rest. I hear they're not that great for metal, which is fine by me as I don't listen to a lot of metal. But I do listen to alternative rock, synth new wave (Depeche Mode, The Cure, New Order etc.), lot of 80's stuff, little hip hop and r&b, and I listen to... well a little of everything. It would definitely bother me if I didn't at least try them (which explains why I have the amount of headphones I do lol).
Well lets see, in my opinion no other can I own does Jazz better then my Beyer but my collection of cans is limited compared to others on here so take what I just said with a grain of salt. Acoustic guitar sounds pretty good on them electric guitar especially screaming heavy riffs from metal the tonality sounds slightly off in my opinion so you're right metal doesn't sound that good on them unless the music is well recorded. It's not always the case of coarse there is some metal that does sound good on it. Music that's vocal driven especially excels on the DT1350 because the mids are so nice on them. Electronica and hip hop in my opinion doesn't work well at all on them or at least the music I've thrown at them. The bass goes low and is detailed but like the rest of the sound signature the bass sounds thin and lean which means it's lacking in bass slam compared to the HD25 and the M-80. That being said the DT1350 does great snare drum and does it far better then the M-80 of the HD25. Armaegis is right when he says you have to have very well recorded music the DT1350 is relentless and is very revealing of bad recordings. This little Byer isn't for everyone and like I said before it's very much an acquired taste. The sound in general is full sounding with good sound stage but leans toward the analytical and lean with a nice detailed treble range very well done mids and a low reaching bass. The M-80 (slightly warm sounding) and the HD25's (lush sounding) sound signature's are completely different from the DT1350 so you'll probably find it a radical departure compared to what you're used to. Some bands/artists albums I've found it does particularly well are as follows:
Stolen Babies - There Be Squabbles Ahead (Avante Garde )
Pink Floyd - Pulse (Progressive Rock) live recording
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here (Progressive Rock)
Pink Floyd - Echoes (Progressive Rock)
Pink Floyd - Delicate Sound Of Thunder (Progressive Rock) live recording
Rush - Moving Pictures (Progressive Rock)
Melodie Gardot - My One And Only Thrill (Jazz)
Melodie Gardot - Worrisome Heart (Jazz)
Alain Caron - Le Band (Jazz)
Alain Caron - 5 (Jazz)
Alannah Myles - Alannah Myles (Blues/Rock)
Alannah Myles - Rocking Horse (Rock)
Aerosmith - Big Ones (Rock)
Various - Jazz At The Pawn Shop (Jazz)
Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra - Up Close (World/New Age)
Deep Forest - Boheme (Ambient)
Symphony X - Iconoclast (Progressive Metal)
Symphony X - Paradise Lost (Progressive Metal)
Anathema - A Natural Disaster (Progressive Rock with Doom Metal elements very atmospheric)
Porcupine Tree - Coma Devine (Progressive Rock)
Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet (Progressive Rock)
Tool - 10 000 Days (Progressive Rock)
The Cranberries - No Need To Argue (Pop/Folk)
There's plenty more I could add but I don't feel like writing a page long post.
As for your question involving gear the DT1350 gives a touch more bass when I amp it with my DIY amp but it's nothing to really rave about. Truth be known I find the mid's and highs sound a little more clean when I amp it. I have a bass boost on my amp when I use that the bass has a little more authority but then the sound feels less balanced to my ears. With the bass boost on electronica sounds more passable on it but it still doesn't work for me. Don't fall for the talk that the DT1350 needs a powerful amp for it to sound it's best in my experience it doesn't. The differences you notice with an amp are negligiable in my opinion. Amping it will make a small difference in sound that I agree but it won't work miracles and what you hear out of your iPod is generally the same sound signature you'll hear through a mobile amp. This is all my opinion so don't take it as the written in stone gospel other peoples experience may vary slightly. If you're really that curious about the DT1350 sound get yourself to a headphone meet and form your own opinion if it works for you as a possible future go to can.
Edited by DigitalFreak - 10/21/11 at 11:59pm