EDIT - this thread started with the message below. I ended up choosing to buy Smeggy Made Thunderpants, and after posting some photos, this thread sort of turned into a Thunderpants/ortho, and other random bits of quality cans discussion. It doesnt really have a specific direction anymore, and thats ok.... ;-)
I need some advice as to which cans best fit my taste. unfortunately going to a meet is out of the question for me.
I previously owned Denon AH-D2000
I currently Own ATH W1000X
neither of these are quite what i am looking for yet both have aspects i like
Denons were a bit too laid back, and not tight, refined, seperated enough in general, especially in the bass, they were also quite imbalanced.
ath are a bit too forward, and not enough extension in the bass. they are imbalanced and sibilant, but not as bad as the denon's.
I like the ath "tightness and precision" but a mix of precision with laid back would be optimal
the ATH are just too sterile, or forward, or somehow not as engaging to me. I just cant get into the way they present my music
the denons were just smoother..
I like when cans can extend way down at decent volumes like the d2000. I really miss that when its not there in the w1000x
i like of course wide deep sound stage, instrument seperation, and precesion without being over sterile which the w1000x lean toward.
i listen to lots of smoothe melodic, jazzy, acoustic music. sometimes fast and precise, sometimes slow and sultry, along with nearly every other genre imaginable.
I usually do my best to eq my cans flat, so if a can performs really well but may be a bit imbalanced, i would take that over a can with less overall performance potential.
I have roughly $600 total to spend and i will most likely buy used on head-fi. If i had more i would almost certainly go for the LCD-2
I currently own an HIFIMAN EF5 amp (which i may get rid of also) and FWIW the ath-w1000x dont seem to get along with it like my old decware zen head solid state did. they have mellowed a bit because of the ef5, but not in a good way. more like a muddy way.
some considerations so far:
any suggestions comparisons, opinions, would be much appreciated.... Skylab???
Edited by Br777 - 6/24/10 at 9:23pm