Geez..impressions. Where do I start?
I was hoping to compare the T1s next to the HD800s, but I think the headphones that I was looking forward to hearing were the HD650s and the HD800s. It gave me a better idea of what I was looking at from my next headphone up after my 702s. Also, I was looking to test the much touted SM3s.
Anyhow, I'll run through what I tested, briefly.
First up, IEMs and this straight away points towards the SM3. Definitely brighter and more forward sounding than the IE8s. To be honest, I liked the sound of the SM3, and it had better detail than the IE8s, but I'm not quite sure I like the forward sound of it. I didn't listen to them very long, but I already had the question in my head, could I take this for hours? I don't think so. I've grown accustomed to the more laid back sound of the IE8s so I really don't think I'm missing out.
BabyStax, mmm...definitely a different sound and I'd say it's very very unique. I don't think I quite tried it on properly so I'll reserve my comments .
For most of the headphones, I ran Pendulum, Gotan Project, Fourplay and one or two other random stuff.
MS-1s, I didn't get to try the MS-Pros, which I should have. But I'm definitely surprised by the MS-1s, I was expecting a more metallic or brighter sound, though it is somewhat, I definitely enjoyed the headphones. I think they are value good value at the price offered and I'm now open to the idea of owning a pair, though I have no immediate need for it.
DT770pros, I'm not a big fan of closed cans, but I thought it was pretty ordinary and nothing to shout home about.
HD650s, I can now see why they mirror the IE8s so much, but to be honest, I actually think I might like the IE8s more. Though to many the IE8s bass is boomy, I thought the HD650s bass was a puff of air, well, a tad harsh, but I thought it lacked both punch and texture. Possibly due to the lack of the mid bass hump from the IE8s, but still. Again however, if I had to compliment the k702s as a side-grade, it would have to be the HD650s.
HD800, what can I say? Technically a great set. I drove them off the M-Stage at 10 gain, any more and instruments started to sound metallic and harsh. As good as they are, they definitely don't offer as much in the bass department. Maybe I'm becoming a basshead thanks to the IE8s, but I just think that I want something that gives off a punch/impact re: bass. I'm not sure if the T1 or the LCD-2s will do this and I'm very much inclined to know this if anyone has an input. I gather the T1s are stronger off the bass.
I think that's about it from me. It was great to meet everyone and hopefully it was a good experience for anyone. Given it was a tad like organised chaos seeing that it was my first meet, but if we ever do have a next one, perhaps we will go about it more efficiently . Again, thanks for coming everyone.
Edited by cravenz - 7/24/10 at 4:36am