How much better is the EX1000? Was the dynamic range of the 7550s the most compressed? I'm also assuming the 7550s didn't have enough air as it does graph with less treble. Guess that liquid polymer does the trick....Also, is the sound the same using the 7550's cable when compared to the EX600 cable? ty
It was more compressed than both and more forward in presentation. I believe 3602 said the same? Everything is really more in your face but the 7550 sounds good. It's smoother and clearer than the 600 I believe but it comes w/ that presentation.
I noticed no difference between the 7550 and 600 cable. In fact I may have discovered the cause of the upper mid peak that's been bothering me on the EX1000. Gain combined w/ Equal Loudness Contour. Past a certain volume the EX1000 upper mids seemed to peak to a level that bothered me. Switching the cable to another that had a few more ohms might have just dropped the gain enough to reduce the peak since I didn't really gain match as they were so closely spec'd. Were talking a tick or two on the dial. It would also explain why they hurt my ears at CES. Less than ideal seal w/ loud ambient noise (probably around 80db give or take) caused me to crank the gain accentuating the peak far beyond normal listening levels. Just a theory. I'd need a few weeks and about 10 more people to offer anything more conclusive either way. You'd be better off having dfkt taking multiple measures of the EX1000 w/ each cable to compare.
How long have your EX1000s been used (broken in)?
How well do they keep the pace, and slalom thru Geddy Lee's bass rifs (e.g., in the central jam segment of Tom Sawyer)? As well as, say (and looking at your sig. IEMs), DBA02? Or RE262? Now a perhaps an unfair query ... compare/contrast with your HD800s.
Note: This is an open-book, open-notes exam. You will be graded on a curve.
They are James' EX1000s so they have seen more use than a two dollar whore. The 600s and 7550s have the least usage by comparison. No amount of burn in I've experienced will retrieve that level of dynamic range and ambience so I don't see a relevant change occurring.
Lol, HD800. Uh, come on, most top tier headphones can't even match it for that. It has the speed of a BA and electrostat w/ the body and texture of a dynamic and loses no detail. Nothing escapes the HD800, all you have to do is get the voicing right through synergy. DBA02 is awesome too but it lacks the subtle nuances of all the micro detail you'd find in the EX1000's dynamic range. Not sure how much of that you need for Geddy Lee though. The EX1000 isn't laid back or slow but it's no speed king. Does quite well though without losing texture. RE262 strikes me as laid back so would be the last choice for Rush of those you mentioned.
Tough question. I would say if the 600 presentation works for you over the more forward 7550 then yes. If the forwardness appeals to you, perhaps for those that like to rock out w/ some aggression then the 7550 wins. If you could find the EX1000 for under $300 that would win best bang per buck over every universal I've heard. So maybe the 7550 is closer to the 600 since neither does what the 1000 can do.
Let me say this. If your gear might not resolve every last bit of detail from your recordings or you aren't that anal about extracting every last bit of detail possible, the EX1000 would make no sense above the others IMO. Save your money.
Anyone else care to chime in as others have much more ear time on the 600 and 7550 than myself since I've been split 3 ways for so long.
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Edited by Anaxilus - 7/1/11 at 12:09am