Just spent a few hours going back and forth between the T90s. Q701's and Grado 325is.
I havent listend to the Q701's and Grados since I have had the T90's and wanted to see how good the lower cost cans I have on hand
are compared to the more expensive T90s..
I was surprised that the other cans by themselves are still very good cans, yes they sound different but not in a bad way.
The soundstage of the T90s is very coherent....well balanced from side to side or left to right.
The Q701's have a wonderful soundstage as well, but the noticeable difference which is a bit uncanny to me is the T90s have both a nice
left to right soundstage but also a forward and backward dimension....like 3D. Its really amazing and stood out across many well recorded
The Grados are bright cans, and reallt clear, crystal clear no veil at all....the Grado sound can be abit much depending on the material for sure.
But with good material they are quite listenable....Larry Carltons cd and guitar work is very well done with these cans,
Going back and forth I noticed that the bass depth was a little lacking with the 701's .....the deep tones and harmonics were just not as good as the
I was thinking of selling one of these cans...but after this session they all are good in their own right....
The favorite to me is the T90 followed by the Q701 and Grados.
Linda Ronstadt has a double cd with the Nelson Riddle orchestra, and its a wonderful journey into the past...the Round Midnight song on the end
of the second CD is melt in your mouth great, its like magic....very 3D like. With the T90s its like she is sitting on a stool in front of you...her voice in this
hits some very high strong notes...OMG there is NO sibilance of any kind....absolutley amazing...if your cans can reproduce her voice here they are really
doing their job extremely well..
All this with the lowly Objective 2 and ODAC still my favorite..