I'm just about to venture to audiophile territory (meaning I'll actually pay for good sound for once) and I'm currently looking at these two headphones. I was initially going for the HD600 but after reading a few comparisons I'm unsure. Unfortunately I couldn't really get a 'definite' answer, I realize there is no definite in that sense but I would like some opinions anyway.
First off, I will use them for pretty much everything that doesn't involve making music. Listening to music, gaming and movies to a lesser degree. My music library is quite varied, mostly classical and metal, though occasionally Marty Robbins will be 'blasting' out of my speakers. Ditto for some dubstep, when the moment allows.
I would describe what sound I wanted if I could, but eh, "a neutral sound with good mids but weak treble" is foreign territory to me and I honestly don't get any clear 'picture' in my head of what that means. Peste Noire/Burzum/Gris/Slayer/Entombed/Judas Priest/Autopsy.. Most extreme metal really. Everything from orchestras to piano sonatas within classical, Mahler's fifth and Vivaldi's Four Seasons are big favourites. Classic rock and nothing else in the rock genre, Skream/The Others/Caspa/Rusko for electronic music.
I'll drive it through an Asus Xonar Essence STX, as my budget doesn't allow for anything fancier currently but if I'm able to upgrade to a sick as all hells amp/dac down the line without changing headphones that would be neat. But having good sound for now is the priority, don't necessarily need to 'future proof' myself if the sound is damn good in the first place.
I did listen to the AH D2000 today in a local music store, through a stereo amplifier (uh, a big thing) with a headphone input which supposedly was a pretty good one. Couldn't really say either way as I never owned a headphone amp. I got to listen to the clerks music library which he said was CD quality, acoustic music sounded fantastic. As did the one metal track he put on by Slayer, very impressive. On the other hand the electronica track sounded pretty awful to my ears, felt like the bass lacked any punch whatsoever while the song was one of those "Listen to the bass" (the lyrics actually being something like that...) songs, godawful song but I can't really pinpoint whether the song had a lousy bass or if it was the headphones. It wasn't.. filling? Even my PortaPro has more of an effect, as for speakers I'm used to the Z5500's ridiculous sub so maybe that's it. Or it wasn't amped properly? I truly don't know.
Either way it surprised me when I read about the AH D2000 having a fantastic bass while the HD600 was lacking comparatively, I'm planning another trip to the store with my own music but I have to say this was quite confusing. Mostly concerns me when it comes to heavier metal tracks, the crushing heaviness of an album like Dopethrone would miss out, or so I imagine.
I also got to try the HD650 in another store, without a proper amp and through Spotify. I guess I got to hear the famous veil through unpowered headphones and godawful MP3's, guessing I can't judge anything on that. What I could tell was that I much preferred the D2000 comfort wise, the 650 was bloody clamped to my head like a headcrab out for blood.
I'm really just looking for input as to what people would recommend and/or additional opinions of any kind. Going to look through other stores in the area but I'm not confident I will find any place where I can try both and compare them side by side.
Excuse the slightly long winded post for a pretty simple question, but any help would be appreciated. And yes, I have googled a bit but as said it didn't give me a very clear picture.
Edited by vyyye - 10/21/11 at 9:34am