Originally Posted by Trae
One word: IMPRESSIONS
You got it!
In order of personal preference:
1. Signature DJ: Robust, high quality bass, tight and punchy. Smooth mids, sparkly treble without being too hot at all. A perfect compliment to the bass. Soundstage and imaging both top notch. This was far and away my favorite headphone. It's just so clean, not only was it the best bass can, but it was also the best all-rounder. I should note that this is my second pair of SDJ's. I got rid of the first pair as they didn't do anything for me that my Sig Pro couldn't do, and better at that. But after reading more impressions and finding that my impressions were different, I decided to bring them in again. This second pair is quite different that the first pair I had. Bass seems cleaner, the highs much more tame, and the sound stage increased. I love the second pair. The discrepancy is in keeping with other people's findings as well. Seems the Signature line is kind of all over the place, with major QC issues from Ultrasone.
2. V-Moda M-100: I am just so impressed with this headphone! V-Moda nailed it. I can't believe I am getting such robust, crisp sound, and an expansive sound stage out of such a small package! Compared to the SDJ, it's not as clean, but it is so very impressive. I far preferred it to the classic Pro 900, and it edged out the Denon D2000. V-Moda's sound is much more forward and in-your-face than the Denon, making it sound laid-back in comparison. This is my top recommendation now for a bass can in the sub $1k realm.
3. Denon D2000: This was actually my first time to compare the D2000 to the Pro 900 head on. The D2000 has more sub-bass, and more forward mids. To me the Denon had a much more rich sound, more depth. I prefer the sub-bass slant. It sounded cleaner and warmer than the Pro 900. The Denon is a classic for a reason. Top notch headphone.
4. Pro 900: I've talked about the Pro 900 ad nauseum. Harsh, bright highs, sucked out midrange, and tons of rumbly mid-bass. Punchy, but the quality not on par with the others. I've bought and sold 2 pair trying to make them work. Not for me.
Unranked: XB1000 - Without EQ, my least favorite. With EQ, maybe second favorite. These are my EQ-to-sound-like-I'm-in-the-club headphone. Slammin, tight bass. A bit of a cavernous sound. Big and spacious. Don't like the mids and highs. Lots of detail missing. Bass is great. Best club-feeling, with EQ, headphone I own. Only the MG6Pro bests it.