Originally Posted by Thatleoneguy
OK, I came this close today at Best Buy to picking up the DJ100. But now, you are saying the KNS8400 (with proper amping and burn-in) beats the SRH840 and 940 and the DJ100. Now you got me thinking maybe the KNS8400 are the way to go. Still, the old "speakers shoved into your ears" line got me going toward the DJ100.
Well, the KRK KNS-8400 is technically better, but not always as fun to listen to. It's very detailed and totally unforgiving. Any bad music sounds very bad. Poorly mastered materials and harsh and fatiguing is not going to sound any better. I would say the DJ100 isn't very forgiving, but more than the KRKs. The DJ100 with a desktop amp/dac is a detail monster IMO. Some may say I'm crazy, but there's very little on the KRKs I can't hear on my DJ100. I haven't found anything.
If I had to pick between the two, I'd take DJ100 without any doubt. Even over HD-598 and lots of others. Probably even over the Q701. It's one of those desert island headphones for me I think.
I would have bought the DJ100. Best Buy generally doesn't seem to care about returns as long as they're like new. That way if you don't like them you can return them,
There is also the KNS-6400 that has more mid-bass than the 8400, but less forward sub-bass and less treble. It's a bit easier on the ears (somewhat) than the 8400. Barely. 8400 doesn't give you a front row like experience like the DJ100, but is still fairly engaging to listen to.
I've found both the DJ100 and KRKs do benefit from both an amp and DAC. More so than even the HD-598.
Today I was listening to my HD-580 with HD-600 grills and it's signature is similar to my DJ100 but ONLY with the Double Helix wire I have on loan. Of course the DJ100 isn't as warm. There's some electronic music on the "On Strange Tides" CD that sound identical on both headphones. DJ100 just has a way smaller soundstage. I actually dislike the HD-600 without the DH cable. Weird. With stock cable on the HD-600, the DJ100 has better sub-bass IMO. HD-600 is a snore fest for me with stock cable. The DJ100 to me is actually clearer than the HD-600 when it has the stock cable attached. With something else it's a closer match.
Just as a warming, some DJ100's can sound bad right out of the box, but that's rare. It's only due to the coating on the driver I guess. There's specific symptoms to look for, but I won't annoy the science guys here.
Edited by tdockweiler - 3/9/12 at 6:31pm