Ok, So I have had the K81 DJs for about a month now and it has about 40 hours of play time on it and I got accustomed to the sound. All was well in lala land. I havent listened to it for a few days now, due to pulling some extar hours in the field both in Surveying and Photography and also my wifes great uncle had passed on and so forth.
Enter the Beyer DT235 today. Picked it up from Customs, plugged it into my clip and let it play while I worked. No listening as yet. When I came out of the field, I put it on and was listening to some tunes for about twenty minutes or so. Not bad I thought, Sounds extended in the top but a little bass shy. Got home and got the kids fed watered and put to sleep and decided to take a decent listen to various music using the clip+ my Itouch and the PA2v2 amp.
Then it happened. The first song I did the comparo on was Holy, Holy, Holy performed by Donnie Mcklurkin. I listened to the Beyer first. sounded good to me. the treble extended well, but it seemed a bit light in the lower mids and the bass. I switched......... BOOM!!!!! It was as if I switched on a 15 inch sub and upped the lower mids on an eq while reducing the treble. The AKGs were just much fuller and richer with serious punch. Before this I was wondering why people said the AKG was bass heavy, but after the comparison, I can see why.
I then listened to Muse, The Resistance and got the same result. To be honest I don't know which I prefer yet. I think I need to give the Beyers a chance to burn in.
The AKGs are also louder by nature, seems like they are easier to drive, so the same volume setting on the PA2v2 for the two headphones differ by quite a margin, making the Beyers sound anemic in comparison until you match volume. I remember doing a comparison between three speakers, The NHT ST4 which I own, The B&W CDM 7NT, and the Dynaudio Audience 50 owned by my brothers. The AKG is like the NHT Sounds good, and has some serious kick to the bass. The Beyer is like the B&W. Treble extended to wazoo but the bass and lower mids seem to suffer from a lack of body and weight. I hope that they end up adding a bit more body in burn in and be more like the middle ground just as the Audience 50 was in that comparison
Unlike the NHT though, the AKGs bass weight seems to bleed into the lower mids making them emphasized, and this was heard in all he tracks I sampled.
Anyway, I see fun times ahead as I burn in the Beyers and get to listening seriously, but the two sonic signatures at this point could not be more different. I was just stunned.