i've been a happy HD650 user for a good two years now, but recently I've gotten an urge to try something slightly livelier and more exciting. After much deliberation I came to the conclusion that the D7000s would be the right choice for me. I'm not going to lie, those polished mahogany cups were quite seductive. Its pretty damn difficult getting a decent deal on these cans in Australia (they go for around 1300AUD). Luckily I found a slightly second hand pair locally on Headfi for $700AUD and received them a few days ago.
Heres a photo for good measure:
What I will say is that I was in no way unhappy with the HD650s. They are fantastic headphones for their price and definitely a piece of gear that I would consider "high end". What I really wanted was something with slightly more bass impact and more treble presence.
I've been listening solidly for 2 days now and my intial impressions are very favourable. These are quite easily the most comfortable headphones I have ever used although do feel slightly loose on my head. A "snugger" fit would be nice but its not like they are falling off. I'm running them through the setup listed in my signature although I've heard that tube amps aren't the greatest match for the D7000s.
First off, the treble presence is a definite step up from the HD650s and add that sparkle that I was at times yearning for in my old setup. Sibilance hasn't been a problem yet, which is a pleasant surprise. I am very impressed by the vocals produced by the D7000s, Josh Groban never sounded so good. To me, one area that the HD650s clearly beat the Denons is in the midrage. They are simply smoother while the Denons sound slightly recessed though still very nice. Its very hard for me to decide which phones I prefer when it comes vocals. The HD650s are incredibly smooth while the D7000s have the edge in treble sparkle.
Bass is comparable but the D7000s clearly win in this regard. The impact is quite visceral thanks to the slight mid bass emphasis - The Inception/Dark Knight OSTs are amazing for this. Depth is very close though I do feel the Denons dig slightly deeper in Muse's Ruled By Secrecy but this could be the added mid bass fooling me. After all this the bass always remains tight (the amp really helps here). I wasn't expecting much from the soundstage since it is a closed headphone but I've been pleasantly surprised. They sound airier and less congested than the HD650s. I always felt the warm sound signature of the Sennheisers made their soundstage slightly congested.
Overall the D7000s so far have sounded exactly like what I expected them to sound like. A lively and musical presentation with amazing bass. I do feel they are a step above the HD650s, and for the price, they should be. The difference isn't great and I could easily see a lot of people preferring the smoother sound that the Sennheisers produce. For the record, I'll be keeping both.
Edited by leng jai - 12/20/10 at 6:40pm