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Sony CD3000 vs today's closed cans

post #1 of 108
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I've been planning on buying a set of closed cans for a while. I was wondering if I found a good deal on a pair of CD3000's would they still be better than say a Denon D2000/5000/7000 or Audio Techinicas etc.. Amp and source issues aside are they still the best closed cans for under $1,000? Thanks

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post #2 of 108
Best closed headphones I heard to date. Definitely kills the Denon I had, and the ESW10JPN as well. But in the wrong system it may sound a bit too bright.
post #3 of 108
^x2, I totally agree. My favorite closed cans I've heard aside from the R10, I sold the D5000 once I got my hands on the CD3000.
post #4 of 108
I guess it is just a matter of taste really.
This Japanese review site doesn't agree
There's a comparison with the D5000's, they get 5 points for sound quality whereas the CD3000's get 4.5 points
ƒwƒbƒhƒzƒ“ SONY MDR-CD3000
post #5 of 108
I would give 2.5 out of 5 for the Denon, only liked it because it was my first headphone and didn't hear others.
The Sony has a much nicer midrange, higher detail level, clearer bass and a much bigger soundstage.
post #6 of 108
You can try the Ultrasone Pro/PL-650, but they will be a little bit more aggressive compare to the CD3000. The second option will be the GMP 8.35 with the newer pads, more natural and balanced. Both hps, have a very good sound stage compare to the CD3000.

I fund the CD3000 to be very sweet and polite, and I like it a lot.
post #7 of 108
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Originally Posted by Mink View Post
I guess it is just a matter of taste really.
This Japanese review site doesn't agree
There's a comparison with the D5000's, they get 5 points for sound quality whereas the CD3000's get 4.5 points
ƒwƒbƒhƒzƒ“ SONY MDR-CD3000
hah, he even rates the Proline750 higher than the cd3k

I know someone who owns a cd3k and found the Proline2500(opened version of the 750) just as good as his cd3k...so indeed, we all hear differently.

I tried a Proline750, and even for $20 I wouldn't have bought it..and several ppl complained that the cd3k sounded like noise coming from a "hole"

I guess we all have different ear shapes and different tastes! Some european site tested the Denon D1001, and said that the V shaped EQ was overwhelming and totally unbearable...much like the DT770Pro/80, which is a bass fart machine basically? and yet, many ppl rate it highly...hell, even Larry pimps them w/ wooden cups for a stellar markup.

It's said that ppl in the US like very bright videoprojectors(even if it kills the contrast ratio, like the HC1500/1600 when they market the HC1100 in Europe/Asia) and V-EQ shaped headphones(D1001/DT770Pro/etc)...Buying headphones based on testimonials from an internet forum is prone to fail.

This said, if the cd3k is to your taste, you'll have a hard time finding anything above of it for an acceptable price IMHO....PRAT is fantastic, SS is out of this world(it's clearly the SS sugar daddy), it's very detailed yet not too analyzing..SONY did good w/ these drivers
post #8 of 108
so, how much did the MDR-CD3000 and the MDR-CD1000 go for before they are discontinued?
post #9 of 108
I've heard the Denons, got a CD3000 and sold the Denons. The CD3ks are awesome headphones. I wont be selling mine anytime soon.
post #10 of 108
SONY History

the cd3k had a 50K JPY MSRP, the cd1k not sure...it wasn't very much advertized outside Japan apparently. I got mine second hand like 15 years ago.
post #11 of 108
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Thanks for the info guys!
post #12 of 108
I paid $398 USD from Audiocubes back in 2003 and sold them a year ago for about the same. I found them to be very comfortable with a big soundstage. Nice center image. A slight tendency toward being bright and decent bass but not a lot of it. Overall, I liked them a lot. I like my current cans better though. I also liked the Edition 9 better for its bass and almost speaker like imaging but it was not comfortable at all so I sold them last week. I'm not sure what the CD3000 is going for on the used market but if you get it for around $400 I think its still a good buy. I wasn't that impressed with the D5000.
post #13 of 108
so I take it the HD800 kills it? anyway, -properly amped- the cd1k/cd3k(same drivers) are PRAT killing machines, the imaging and instruments separation is just eye popping
post #14 of 108
How long ago were these headphones discontinued? Sony doesn't seem to be a big player in the full size market.
post #15 of 108
Oh man, the PRAT is ridiculous, you're right leeperry. I've never heard drums as PRATty on anything else.
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