I have tried many headphones but the DF is the most complete in presentation of the recording. Only two headphones really were better to my ears but then both had distinctive extremes.
That brings me to something else. Some headphones are like chameleons and as such it is hard to pin point their characteristics of how they present the recording/track/piece etcetera and I have a few of those. It is so easy to underestimate such headphones that it happens very often, also on Head-Fi. Studio-oriented headphones along reference headphones sometimes have this 'chameleon characteristic'.
I hope the German Maestro will be easier to work with.
The thing with bass is - very common - preferences. Do you prefer tight bass or a bit looser; do you want to hear the deepest bass notes (extension); do you want the bass notes to have extra impact (volume) or do you prefer to hear the bass as recorded (accurate bass)? In my opinion the bass extension of the DF sounds very smooth and with the added amplification the sub bass comes to life since it is already there yet lacking in presence (volume). The DF sounds more accurate (subjective, I know).
Have you listened to the German Maestro yet?
Deep Funk, when you say that the K240 DF gives the relatively most complete presentation of recordings do you take spacial resolution into account? I mean the ability to give realistic spacial cues: soundstage, imaging, room reverberation and space,... How do you find that the DF performs on these aspects?
Very interesting what you say about chameleon characteristic and bass preference. My preference not only for bass but to all the sound spectrum is TRANSPARENCY and therefore ACCURACY.
I think that if an headphone is relatively transparent, it's sound character will change accordingly to the rig it is connected to and even, but to a lesser extent, the recording that is being played... but the headphone must be driven efficiently by the amplifier to really assess this fact. There can be no shortage of power to the headphone. I don't think that testing an headphone for transparency with improper amplification is correct.
Do you guys think that the K240 DF has such kind of transparency?
The German Maestros do show this kind of transparency:
Here, for example, the GMP 450 Pro is reviewed and compared to the Koss ESP-950 Electrostatic Stereophone and to the Beyerdynamic DT880. The reviewer reports the synergy between the GMP and several sources and amps. Curiously the MB Quart QP 450 Pro and the GMP 450 Pro seem to be particularly picky with...cord extensions.
Deep Funk, I have not heard any GMPs yet, I still didn't order anything.
What I have heard, in non optimal conditions, was the MB Quarts QP 450 Pro and QP 400, which are the predecessors of GMP 450 Pro and GMP 400 respectively...
One of my main questions is if the GMPs sound exactly the same as the MB Quarts or not.
Here are a couple of songs, from the album EP7 by Autechre, that I would like you guys to use to assess the K240 DF performance on bass extension and articulation, speed, transients, detail retreival, among other things:
This is probably not the kind of music that the majority of people is used to apprecciate... but I do.
The sound quality is definitely not the best, but I think it's enough for this purpose.
So if you can, please compare the DF performance with other headphones you have.
There are links to other songs by Autechre, that you guys could use.
Take your time!
By the way I highly recomend the use of Autechre music to assess headphones performances.
STOKITW!! WHERE ARE YOU?!!
I want you to do the same for the GMP 450 Pro!
Edited by kkl10 - 1/2/11 at 11:25am