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Quinto, let us know how the GS-1000s fare when the dust settles.


They don't get much attention these days, but last evening I listened some Gould (Mozart, hilarious lol!) and the magic is still there..

The thing is..the DT660 has such a different sound signature, it takes some time to get used to the Grado when switching..

 

I never liked the GS1k for orchestral though, so that hasn't changed. The Beyers do this very good in comparison..The amount of detail is almost the same as the Grado, the bass is more balanced though and

the mids are more there, which I like too.. The GS1000 still has magic with solo piano and string though.. but the Beyer is more balanced and unbelievable good for 130 euro..they do Jazz very well too!

 

Hope this all makes some sense..

Generally, I prefer my G-Cush'd 325i's (poor man's GS1K) but I do loves my 660 as well.  I feel lucky to have both.

post #122 of 254
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Originally Posted by Quinto View Post


They don't get much attention these days, but last evening I listened some Gould (Mozart, hilarious lol!) and the magic is still there..

The thing is..the DT660 has such a different sound signature, it takes some time to get used to the Grado when switching..

 

I never liked the GS1k for orchestral though, so that hasn't changed. The Beyers do this very good in comparison..The amount of detail is almost the same as the Grado, the bass is more balanced though and

the mids are more there, which I like too.. The GS1000 still has magic with solo piano and string though.. but the Beyer is more balanced and unbelievable good for 130 euro..they do Jazz very well too!

 

Hope this all makes some sense..

 

 

Yes it does. Thanks for the comparison gs1000.gif

post #123 of 254

I have Beyerdynamic DT660 and AudioTechnica ATH-M50 at home for direct comparison if anyone is interested.

 

 

Beyerdynamic DT660 Premium

Price in Sweden: 130 Euros (200 USD)

 

Audio Technica ATH-M50

Price in Sweden: 130 Euros (200 USD)

 

Build quality:

Both headphones have very good build quality. They are very sturdy and seem to be able to survive lots of maltreatment. ATH-M50 is probably more appropriate for portable use due to its smaller size and the nice coiled cable. The ear pads on DT660 are to me just a little bit more comfortable and the headphone as a whole feels more comfortable, with smoother headband adjustments and nice pad underneath the headband softly touching my skull. ATH-M50 is not bad at all actually. The pads are made in some kind of fake leather that feels nice on the ears.

 

Isolation:

DT660 isolates a lot better, both out and in. No contest here.

 

Sound quality:

Both headphones have been "burned in"  for 70-80 hurs. I used MAtrix M-Stage and Musical Fidelity X-Can amps with my Marantz 6004 CD-player. I also used my (international) Samsung Galaxy S3 cell phone. The ATH-M50 is the white box version.

 

DT660 sounds beautifully rich with acoustic music, symphonic orchestras, chamber orchestras, jazz. The soundstage is wide and quite deep as well. The midrange is smooth and nicely open, which is great for vocals. Depending on the recording the midrange can be a little strident and too forward. But the strings and brass in a symphony orchestra sound so natural and true. DT660 is not a bassy headphone at all and the lack of weight is easily noticed in some heavier electric music. With some songs from Green Day's American Idiot the sound is a little thin and congested. DT660 is not the first choice for heavy music even if it actually mostly handles it quite gracefully. Solo instruments like cello or guitar sound quite amazing for a headphone costing 130 Euro. (I mean, a headband for Sennheiser HD650 costs 110 Euro. That's a joke). With DT660 you actually don't have the feeling of listening to a closed back headphone.

 

ATH-M50 is a really nice sounding headphone indeed. The sound is somewhat recessed in the mids (compared to the DT660) but anyway quite open and clear with nice bass response. The soundstage is smaller than DT660. No doubt. The feeling of a closed-back headphone is there but not att all in the same way as with other closed back headphones I've head (excluding DT660). M50 sounds quite good with classical music. The midrange is nice and fluid. The strings have a nice bite to them and there is a good weight to the timpani and double basses. They're not in the same league with classical as DT660 but anyway good and I would say, quite possible to live with, With heavier music, they are a little better than the Beyers. The bass is tight and full sounding which gives nice weight to the sound. DT660s expansive soundstage works better on imaging and gives better air between the instruments. M50 has very "sweet" and easy to live with sound.

 

Conclusion:

I have never auditioned cheaper headphones like these before. My first headphone was Senn HD414 which cost me 40 Euros almost 20 years ago. I never compared them to any other headphone until I bought my HD650. After buying HD650 I only listened to headphones in the same price range or more expensive. I didn't have high expectations about headphones costing only third of the price compared to my Senns. After hearing DT660 and ATH-M50 I must say that I am really positively surprised. Although they maybe do not have the same "resolution" as my k701 or HD650 I actually think that they are not so far from them. DT660 is better than HD650 with classical. My AKG k501 with k701 pads is still my favorite here because of their beautiful midrange and fluidity. DT660 is not far behind. M50 is a great all-around headphone. It is not perfect with anything but still sufficiently good with everything. I would recommend ATH to anyone wanting to listen to various kinds of music on the move. DT660, I would recommend to a classical music lover who wants to hear colorful nuances in orchestral and chamber music without having to break the bank. I love my other headphones but I can say, with a peace of mind, that great sound doesn't have to cost thousends of dollars. It must be so that in this price range a consumer gets most for his money, no doubt. Any small improvement in sound will demonstrably cost the earth. Conclusion: We need an appreciation thread for DT660.


Edited by muxamed - 3/2/13 at 9:44pm
post #124 of 254

Thanks for taking the time for the comparo.

 

The only thing I would disagree with is the bass on the 660.  I have Grados and they have a "fun" mid-bass hump that works well with a lot of different music.  As you know, many headphones do this.  The 660 does not have this mid-bass bump.  However, it does have some sub-bass.  The Gergiev Prokofiev symphonies have quite a bit of orchestral bass drum and the 660 gives me that nice concussion that low bass drums can have.  One might consider the 660's mid-bass as "neutral", whatever that means, so it's a little less colored in that area. All IMHO.

 

Thanks again. 

post #125 of 254
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Thanks for taking the time for the comparo.

The only thing I would disagree with is the bass on the 660.  I have Grados and they have a "fun" mid-bass hump that works well with a lot of different music.  As you know, many headphones do this.  The 660 does not have this mid-bass bump.  However, it does have some sub-bass.  The Gergiev Prokofiev symphonies have quite a bit of orchestral bass drum and the 660 gives me that nice concussion that low bass drums can have.  One might consider the 660's mid-bass as "neutral", whatever that means, so it's a little less colored in that area. All IMHO.

Thanks again. 

You are right. The more I listen to 660 the more I notice this.
post #126 of 254
Nice comparison Muxamed. I've heard good things about the k501 and oddly enough, you're comparison made me interested in them again
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Nice comparison Muxamed. I've heard good things about the k501 and oddly enough, you're comparison made me interested in them again
I'm glad to hear that. K501 is really a great headphone. It is very flat when used with k701 pads.
post #128 of 254

Can anyone compare them to the KRK KNS8400.  I was about ready to grab a pair before I saw the A+ rating on these in DavidMahler's amazing headphone showdown. 


Edited by BiggerHead - 3/20/13 at 8:15am
post #129 of 254

Ooops, I should correct the record, that was an A-.  The A+ went to the 880's, but that's a different price range and the evaluation was value/dollar.

post #130 of 254
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Ooops, I should correct the record, that was an A-.  The A+ went to the 880's, but that's a different price range and the evaluation was value/dollar.

 

In any case, to me DT660 sound better than DT880 and therefore are worth A++ smile.gif

post #131 of 254

^ ok, thanks for the feedback.  And the 880's are open which is out for me.  It's unfortunate that the couple of people reviewing these don't seem to have used other closer neutralish headphones in this low price range.   

 

Since I'm getting no comparisons to KRK let me ask this, have you ever tried to EQ up the bass just to see if they can handle it cleanly?  For the demo KRK's I tried, this was a quick way to find their deficiency in bass.  I don't mean  spectral tilt (I often turn the bass know down on speaker systems, and the DT770-pro is to bass heavy for me) I mean impact and that if you ask for more bass the KRK's can't do it cleanly (although it's not clear that my experience with the demo pair I tried matched the experience of others with those cans.)    I'm really liking treble, great detail, clarity, and image,  and comfort and light weight of the KRK's as well as their isolation, which seems to me better than DT-770's (non-pro, non-limited).   

 

Also I found a review that says the cups are real shallow and they hurt the ears.   I read about Shure 440's but can't find any mention of such comments for 840, yet the 840's do press my ears enough to be slightly uncomfortable.   How do the ear cups compare to 770's?  Those fit my ears just fine. 

 

Unfortunately I'm having trouble finding any place to try the 660s.  Maybe I can get some mail ordered with a return policy to try though.   From the few descriptions like yours I can find, they might be the thing I'm looking for.  I haven't tries FA-003 either though.

post #132 of 254
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Unfortunately I'm having trouble finding any place to try the 660s.  Maybe I can get some mail ordered with a return policy to try though.   From the few descriptions like yours I can find, they might be the thing I'm looking for.  I haven't tries FA-003 either though.

If you're in the U.S., check out amazon.  They often have refurbs that, IME, are as new.  They're cheaper and have a no questions asked return policy.  Worked for me.

post #133 of 254

Yeah I have these headphones and I really enjoy them for classical music. However I was thinking about getting an upgrade for them. Any suggestions?

post #134 of 254
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Yeah I have these headphones and I really enjoy them for classical music. However I was thinking about getting an upgrade for them. Any suggestions?

Maybe try the SH1840?

post #135 of 254

I truly believe these are one of the best Classical Music headphones I've ever

Or SRH1440
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