True, the D7Ks' mids/highs are way more "muffling" compared to the HD800s. But the D7Ks got a good fun bass punch for general listening. Recently, I rewired the D7Ks with this (http://www.ebay.com/itm/AWG28-0-3MM-Solid-Core-UPOCC-SILVER-Audio-BARE-WIRE-50M-/111068941903?pt=US_Audio_Cables_Adapters&hash=item19dc398e4f). The mids/highs came out more (though no where close to the HD800s) so they're more pleasurable to listen to now.
Very tempted on the TH-900s...How are they compared to D7Ks, worth it? I've read a lot of opinions and the general concensus seems to be that they're an improvement but are not worth the money.
LCD-2/3's look nice...will go to a local meet soon and Audeze will be there. Sure to check them out!
I have never heard HD800, but used to own Beyerdynamic T1 and your reasoning applies there too. However, there is something about Denon AH-D7000 that I truly love. It just takes some time for the brain to adjust from other headphones (like LCD-2r1 and LCD-3) when going back to them. For example, I like to use Woo Audio WA2 with 6AS7G tubes with D7k. This is really not ideal, as WA2 is an OTL design and not recommended for very efficient headphones like the D7000. The sound is far from neutral, in fact it is really colored, but I absolutely love it. :D The combo sounds big, bold and beautiful, haha.
Actually, I don't think D7000 and TH900 have much in common besides the form factor. I've written about it in the Fostex TH-900 thread, but most people do not seem to agree with my opinions on that. It may be that I'm an Audeze kind of guy; loving that dark, yet detailed and liquid sound. I'd get LCD-3 before TH-900 every day. I bought TH900 used without hearing it first, and if my opinion of them does not change, they will be sold again. D7000, on the other hand, is a stayer.
Be sure to try LCD-3/LCD-2 with Woo Audio WA22 or WA6-SE if possible. Also hear great things about Mjolnir and LCD-3.
yes 596 rectifier is the best for the LCD-2 and D7K. i also kinda like the GZ34, but i prefer that one for the HE-500. as for the drivers 6FD7 or 6GL7. the 6GL7 only works well with the 596, with other rectifiers, it can become muddy sounding (for example the sophia + 6GL7 combo jack offers is bad, last time i heard it, it was a muddy mess).
i sold my denons a few months ago. they're great headphones but with the lawton mod i found them a little too sibilant on poor recordings for my tastes, i had to use 6EW7 and sophia to tame the highs, but then everything else sounded congested and smeared. also the denons lacked the resolution of the LCD-2 and the Beyer T1/HD 800. i'm planning to rebuy as TH-600 or TH-900 in the future though. the denons are awesome headphones and very fun!
Agree with you on USAF-596 and GZ34 (the latter is also quite similar to GZ37). HE-500 is somewhere in my future, as ardilla here on the forums is going on and on about how great they are with AURALiC TAURUS (SS amp), which we both own.
6FD7's and 6GL7's I have not tried. Thank you for the input. The 6GL7's should deliver more power (and hence be suitable for the orthos), right? Which brands of those have you got, please?
Oh, I see. I have J$ Real Leather Pads, but quickly took them off as they made them sound far to bassy(!) and the highs were being far too much recessed(!). When I told the seller of the pads of this, he agreed and said that was why he sold them. Do you know if your Denons were old or new? Tyll @ Innerfidelity has talked about the sound quality being changed on the D[2|5|7]000 lineup during the passage of time. Mine are from one of the last production batches that were made.
Yes, I agree that they lack the resolution. It's actually pretty funny as I thought they had great resolution when I first got them, then I got Audeze, Beyer T1 and saw that they really didn't, haha. Beyerdynamic T1 is now sold, as they got a bit too sibilant for me. I know you like T1 a lot with WA2, so TH-900 may be something for you. They have great resolution, but the sound stage and holographic imaging is bested by T1 imo. T1 is brighter, but TH900 is not far behind. And the fun factor you get with that thumping mid bass in D7k is not found in TH-900. The bass goes deeper though, and it is more pronounced and detailed.
Edited by Norway - 5/8/13 at 8:33pm