Headphones: Audio Technica ATH-AD1000PRM, Audio Technica ATH-W5000
Amp: HA5000 reproduction version
Source: Asus Xonar Essence ST modded
^ Not excately a high-end system, but I haven't gotten any needs for upgrading.
Both headphones are stellar performers; to me there is actually no clear winner here, only differences in preference. Although I will be keeping both, they accompany each other very well. I will instinctively reach for one or the other at different times, where one might shine the most.
Audio Technica ATH-AD1000PRM - Concentrated Audio Ecstasy?
This pair of headphones is pretty much under the radar in Head-Fi as it is a limited edition Audio Technica where it is not actually a “Flagship” product and mostly only seen sold in Japan.
Now, I have this pair of headphones for nearly two years and tried many phones but none does makes my feet tap as easily as they can. To describe them, I am just gonna call them, concentrated audio ecstasy, where it easy get my heartbeats raised and seriously messed up foot tapping. It is extremely fun and exciting to listen to, but does actually wears me out. Most the time, I just call “that is enough fun for today, I need to catch up my breath” around 1.5 hours of music listening on it.
Audio Technica ATH-W5000 - Smooth Flowing Aural Bliss?
As the current flagship headphone that Audio Technica produces, they have quite some honor to defend themselves. Well, I think they are doing pretty well.
Surely, I only got this a few days ago. But at the time I bought my AD1000PRM, I was deciding W5000 or the PRM. So I am quite familiar with its sounds and know what to expect. I described them as smooth flowing aural bliss, because the way music sound through it, is never very forceful, it just flows out naturally. It’s a relaxing phone, where it does reproduce the recordings effortlessly. Where I only found STAX setups (mainly O2MK2 with SRM-007t) and LCD2 is rivalling in that respect. Compared to the AD1000PRM, it doesn’t pumps the music into your ears, but simply flows into your brain. Even though it sounds so perfect on paper, it have never gotten me into a feet tapping frenzy. But to sit back, relax and slowly enjoy the ride.
Having typed all that, they both have a very different job to do and they are doing a great job currently. I hope someone out there actually understood a single word I written down here.
Edited by Ra97oR - 4/11/11 at 7:23pm