Originally Posted by Amarphael
Well i really didn't mean to come down on you for taking a negetaive stance here. It's obviously not an appreciation thread as you pointed out. I just wanted to clarify the point of putting your impression in contexst with the the gear you've used to evalute, something which you're reluctant to do, but that's fine within the scope of your earlier post.
Oh, I forgot to list my equipment, DOH!
I was using my CI VHP1 primarily, but I tried them with my Yamaha receiver and Kenwood separates (vintage, not modern). Variety of sources - CDP, LDP, BDP, and the PC (ABCDEFG...). I have no idea regarding the whole "ideal synergy" thing for the SA5000, I know that my K701s sing with the CI, and my HD-580s do better with the Yamaha. Perhaps a thousand plus dollar amplifier would make a difference for me, perhaps not; I wasn't impressed enough to find out (whereas with, say, the K701's - truly love at first sight).
Originally Posted by Graphicism
I'm seeing a pattern emerging... those that enjoy the Sony SA's discuss their setup as it's important to the overall sound... those that dislike them don't mention source or amplification.
I hate the Sony SA5000 out of my iPod, such a lifeless, thin sound.
Hah! I've seen those threads about the K701 and HD600 in the past, I understand the sentiment. I actually didn't even think to try such a thing (they never even got plugged into a CDP or cassette deck to give'em a listen).
I think part of my issue with them was genre selection - I don't think I was picking the "right" music for them (the electronica I did try, they did deliver everything that's been said and more; everything else, not so much). Again, I didn't find them thin or lifeless, I just didn't like the overall signature - the soundstage had a lot of side-to-side and up-and-down but no front-to-back, and the upper mids were just "weird."
Originally Posted by elwappo99
That's really interesting. I think the SA5000 has a huge soundstage and are very light and comfortable. I also like my K701, but I don't think they have the same level of soundstage (but quite large with a balanced amp). I also think the K701 are the least comfortable headphones I've owned. Those bumps in the headband leave me sore for days. I actually just replaced it with a K601 headband. I think you are my headphones opposite!
Oh I've heard that before. It's alright. I gave up trying to figure out why the K701 is the most comfortable thing I've yet worn, and why most headphones described as "very comfortable" are just awful (Denon AH-D2000, SA5000, etc).