Hello : )
I already hear some of you, at the mere sight of the title, shouting and crying, saying that you don't buy 600€ to use them unamped, that a mobile phone will sound better, that i should burn in the fires of hell. Please read (a bit) further (or just skip the post and read the tl,dr version at the end if you don’t have time to lose).
I have so far a (as the title says) a DT770/80 that is, if not dying, at least pretty sick: it rattles, the pads are destroyed, the bass is completely gone and it doesn't isolate at all anymore. Most of that is probably due to the pads, but that's probably an opportunity to buy new headphones . I used it straight from an essence STX, and as far as i could tell, its tiny amp was enough.
So i was looking for a pretty similar type of headphone (read a sort of perfected DT770, as I was wery pleased with it) and i stumbled across the ATH-W1000X. I read as much as i could about it, and it seems on paper they are pretty much ideal : closed, lots of bass, but with a good extension and controlled, good mids, confortable, not infamous to drive.
The problem is I’m only a student, and I obviously can’t throw money out the window. I thought I could buy some proper headphones that sound pretty good (yet not optimal, I’m well aware of that) without an amp at first, to buy an adequate source/amp later.
Keep in mind that I don’t consider myself as an audiophile : audio gear is, as far as I’m concerned, not a passion, but a mere way of listening to music. I don’t want perfection, but only a good sounding setup.
So would the W1000X be a worthy replacement for the DT770 ? And most importantly, could I use the W1000X, at least at first, on my essence stx ? Ultimately, I’m going to buy an adequate amp, probably change my source as well, but not right now. It might be in a month, it might be in a year. So the audio technicas have to sound pretty good with just the essence stx feeding them.
Tl,dr : Would the ATH-W1000X sound good enough out of my essence stx until I get a proper amp ?