Originally Posted by Mink
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 pointsƒwƒbƒhƒzƒ“ 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