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Audio-Technica ATH-W5000 v. Denon 7000?

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Thread Starter 

Hello. I've been trying to get a new headphone, but withdrew my taking any further decisions from buying one of those gorgeous cans from Denon since a limited edition model was on its way... While I was searching, I found a very interesting model from Audio Technica, and I was wondering how it would compare to those by Denon? It seems to be in similar price range.

Thank you in advance.

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I think there is already a thread about the comparisons of these two headphones... Either way, they are total opposites, what kind of music do you listen to? what is your preference to sound? If you like clear, analytical and airy sound with superb detail go with the W5000's. I have never heard the D7000 so I cannot comment, but I have heard the D5000, which for the short time I listened, they had great bottom end, and a much warmer sound presentation when compared to the W5000's. The denons seem to be more diverse with equipment, the Technica's are really picky. Total different sides of the sound spectrum, for me I would go for the W5000, but that is preference. good luck,

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post #4 of 54
Thread Starter 

I listen to Classical music only.

I'll refer to the thread. Thank you!

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The W1000x might be another option -- for classical music (and in general IMO) they're certainly competitive with the D7000s, and I much prefer their sweetness and bass response, as well as their over all SQ, to the W5000s. More of an all-purpose phone but with superb soundstaging for a closed phone that does classical music, even large-scale, justice. Worth a listen, if you can manage it.

 

o

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Originally Posted by orkney View Post

The W1000x might be another option -- for classical music (and in general IMO) they're certainly competitive with the D7000s, and I much prefer their sweetness and bass response, as well as their over all SQ, to the W5000s. More of an all-purpose phone but with superb soundstaging for a closed phone that does classical music, even large-scale, justice. Worth a listen, if you can manage it.

 

o


Anyone know if there have already been comparisons between the D7000 and W1000x?
 

post #7 of 54

I've had the opportunity to spend a few minutes with W1000x at the Berlin meeting and to my ears their sound signature is very similiar to my D7000s. Not much of a comparison really,  just an impression.

post #8 of 54

You should try using the forum search engine BEFORE making new threads.  Most of the time the topic you want to talk about has already been discussed. 

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You should try using the forum search engine BEFORE making new threads.  Most of the time the topic you want to talk about has already been discussed. 


I like new threads. It's easier to read 10 posts in a fresh one than 12,098,314,072 posts in an old one. But technically, you are correct.

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Originally Posted by orkney View Post

The W1000x might be another option -- for classical music (and in general IMO) they're certainly competitive with the D7000s, and I much prefer their sweetness and bass response, as well as their over all SQ, to the W5000s. More of an all-purpose phone but with superb soundstaging for a closed phone that does classical music, even large-scale, justice. Worth a listen, if you can manage it.

 

o


Would disagree, the W5000's do more justice to classical music due to their airy and transparently clear sound that is focused on minute details. IMO the best phones for classical are analytical ones with good spatial imaging and solid dynamics, the W1000X is inferior in this regard compared to the W5000. Though preference is always a variable, also take into fact that my observations are largely influenced by the support of the HA-5000 amplifier. Good luck,

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Thank you, everyone! And I'm sorry for not using search option before. To think of it, I should've thought of that.

 

I've decided to purchase Denon 7000 and save a lot more for Senn 800HD, which would be the opposite spectrum compared to Denon. I'd like to have a fun headphone before I obtain an 'accurate' headphone. Plus, I won't be able to couple W5000 with such a fitting amp.

The cheapest Denon 7K that I could find still exceeds $700. Does anyone know a great price for Denon 7K? If so, where could the best place to purchase it? Thank you again. 

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Originally Posted by Kreisleriana View Post

Thank you, everyone! And I'm sorry for not using search option before. To think of it, I should've thought of that.

 

I've decided to purchase Denon 7000 and save a lot more for Senn 800HD, which would be the opposite spectrum compared to Denon. I'd like to have a fun headphone before I obtain an 'accurate' headphone. Plus, I won't be able to couple W5000 with such a fitting amp.

The cheapest Denon 7K that I could find still exceeds $700. Does anyone know a great price for Denon 7K? If so, where could the best place to purchase it? Thank you again. 


I am curious, what do you mean by 'accurate', and what makes you think it's not 'accurate'...? Sure the D7k isn't exactly dead neutral or flat, but it's incredibly 'natural'. Amazingly so.

The music I listen to is reproduced open and clear, clean but full-bodied. It's sonorous and crisp at the same time... just like real music... like acoustic instruments. The soundstage is outrageous for a closed can. I actually was not expecting to be so pleased by the sound from these, but I've no regrets about the purchase.

 

I don't know the W5000 (or the Senn 800HD for that matter), but the D7k is brilliant. If you can get it in good shape on the FS board, that may be a better way to go. I've seen it in the $5-600 range.

 

shane

 

BTW... no worries here on starting a new thread.

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Oh, from my understanding, Sennheiser 800 (Of course, I'm basing my analysis upon others' experiences... so forgive me if my describing is inaccurate!) would be more clinical and accurate than Denon 7000... well, thank you so much for clarifying!

And I'd love to purchase Denon in $5-600 range... I swear that since I've decided to purchase it, the price never drops now. In fact, I've been observing an increase.

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Oh don't get me wrong... I think your assessment of the HD800's based on what's been written here is probably spot-on. Clinical and maybe more 'neutral' is how I might put it (again, I've never heard the HD800's), but I'm just being a picky jerk about the semantics. You and I may be meaning the exact same thing. Where I equated 'accurate' with 'natural', I think you were using it to be 'transparent to the source', which the HD800's just may be. The D7k's are not transparent to the source. I think they are warm and rich and coloured. But just a little, and in a way I really find very realistic. 

 

Amazon and Buy.com both have them for $678, but may not be 'authorized' dealers. You are correct that just about everywhere else it's closer to $1k. Ugh... And you are right, nothing in the FS forum.   You might want to put up a WTB post and see if that get's you something.

 

I love these D7k's. I'm listening to music I've lived with for many, many years and they all sound fresh and new and punchy and amazing. But $1k is steep, and I'm not sure I'd pay that.

How patient are you? 

 

shane


Edited by shane55 - 9/26/10 at 1:22am
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I'm pleased that the OP started this thread as I am also interested in comparisons between the W5000 and the D7000, and having used the search function, there's not a great deal of discussion to be found on this topic.   


Edited by MrSpenkelink - 10/20/10 at 1:46am
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