Originally Posted by JamieMcC
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.
Once you do Purrins Mod, I did mine a little differently than his. I damped the deeper part of the cups, which gave the upper mids some nice bite ad tighten the low mids and bass
But after I did my Mod, my w1000x was a little sterile and a touch aggressive, I pair it with my Hm801 and pb2 [getting my w1000x balanced WOOT this week finally!] and with the hm801 and pb2 It's wonderful! The mids are crystal clear with a nice touch of body. It's super duper great, and I'm uber excited to hear the w1000x out of the balanced Out of the Pb2, the pb2 with lme 49990 ops is about as clean sounding as my NFB 10ES2, which means it pairs nice with the thick organic sound of the hm801! I really do love the hm801, it goes well with all my slighty bright cans lol.
Still Purrins mod +L3000 pads make the W1000x winner! It's easily as deep as my HE 4, the instrument seperation is better on the HE 4, but both the w1000x and HE 4 have equall 3D presentation, the W1000x is noticeably narrower, but it's presentation is very accurate, I found the w1000x to have a more accurate spacial sound than my DT 880. It resented depth and direction better than the DT 880, and it's still on par with the HE 4.
SO again, for on the go I do love my W1000x, but at home the HE 4 is king.
Still I'll have pics of my w10000x recable when it's done in about 2 weeks or so, I'm shipping them out tommorow. getting mini 4pin XLR earings on my HE 4 and W1000x, so they can share one cable [after all I can't use 2 headphones at once] so I think it will work nicely. I'm getting a half sleeve on the cable so it should look nice to! [assuming Brian doesn't kill me first] I'm rather specific with my order, cost me about $200 for the Cable and Earings for just the W1000x, another $60 for the HE 4 earings and Brian was nice enough to install my Wood cups on my HE 4 for free [he has to take apart the plastic houseing to installed the earings so he's not an extra step]
Still super excited about it!