Originally Posted by SunTanScanMan
Thanks for the response Bill-P.
I listen to a fair amount of female jazz vocal music, and opera. I hope that's a good match.
Sound quality wise would you say it is in a similar ball park to the T1? I've read the W1000X compared with the HD650 and in the UK the sennheiser would be a cheaper to buy instead. Not entirely sure what to make of it.
Also how much does the headphone colour the music?
I have both and sound quality wise imo the w1000x are not in the same ballpark as the T1. However on first listen you might not actually find them to different in character. I do find the T1 is more refined and accurate in timbre and tone, resolving of details and textures that the ath only hints at. The ath are defiantly more resolving than my HD650's and less coloured while not being quiet so natural in tone.
The W1000X has a nice if slightly forward midrange which is a touch on the smooth side while pleasant it can lack a bit of bite or attack at times and sometimes can feel a little flat. Its the same with the bass its their but a touch to smooth and not as fast punchy or controlled as the T1 which itself doesn't deliver masses of bass but it makes up for it with quality of what is available.
The sound stage width depth is similar to the T1 though separation of instruments within it is not quiet as precise. I use my ath for listening at night in bed as they offer a relaxing signature and some isolation for my other halfs benefit. I find the T1's are more intense not as relaxing to listen to.
I will say the ath are competent and very enjoyable cans that are a good listen but they have not immersed me in the music the way the T1's can. I always feel I'm listening to a reproduction of the music with them while the T1 can be absolutely beguiling and does (at times) take me there.
Edit the HD650'S most probably offer a more difference in sound to the T1's than the ath if you are in the UK I do have a ath w1000x listed that would I consider offers on.
Edited by JamieMcC - 3/28/14 at 5:33pm