Yes I meant the DJ200. That's a typo on my part.
I think the TB is worth the $75 for the detachable cable and full album download.
When I say there are better options I mean other closed headphones (SRH-440, KNS-6400). The MDR-V6 is a terrible headphone IMO and should be avoided. I find the KRK and Shure have much better detail, resolution, control, and so on.
I have the HD600, T1, T5p, K400, K501 and the DJ100 has more forward mids than all of them. It is a warm headphone, no if's and, or buts about it. I find them to be much warmer than my HD600.
I love the headphones, they are really good. It's not even the sound signature as I do love it a lot. I was just stating that for $50 they are great but anymore and not so much. I feel the TB should be about $70 and the DJ200 should be $90 or so.
It's weird because everyone claims the V6 and MDR-7506 is the same thing. Didn't seem like that. The V6 seems to have some weird recession in the lower mids somewhere, but it had a huge mid-bass hump. Huh?! It felt like something was missing and it's hard to spot and describe. I never experienced this on the 7506, but maybe it's just a variation in pairs. It still had that annoying mid-bass that stuck out and annoyed me. Luckily the 7506's treble doesn't bother me. I did a comparison to the DJ100 somewhere, but it didn't hold up very well. I actually think it's an OK headphone due to having good build quality, being easy to try and being fairly clear. It's much better for portable use than a lot of the larger headphones.
At one point I was fooled into thinking that my DJ100 had less detail than my KRKs, but now I no longer think this is true. With the same setup (computer dac+desktop amp), they're pretty much even. If someone gave me $100 to find something in my KRKs that wasn't on the DJ100, I couldn't do it. The only difference is that on the KRK it's probably easier to spot some details just due to frequency variations. Would you believe there was some detail on the 6400 I heard once that's NOT even detectable on the 8400? It's only due to different sound signatures. Stuff that no sane person would care about. I think it was wind in a cave swirling around. Not even kidding! I had to crank the mids of the 8400 up to even hear it.
The KRKs only sound clearer to me due to having more treble and less mid-bass. If you cranked the mid-bass up on the KRKs and gave it less treble, the results might be very different. If you connect the DJ100 up to a receiver, you'd be surprised at what cranking the treble up does. Didn't like the results, but somehow it just got clearer and clearer, but sacrificed the entire sound.
For me the DJ100 is certainly no analytical detail monster. When I want to hear that I use my KRKs or Q701. Even the A/250 is pretty detailed, but lacks any kind of warmth at all. I actually find the DJ100 very, very detailed, but not overkill. All the detail is there, but doesn't draw attention to itself too much. It has no problem picking up recording hiss and all that other crap. It's actually stupid easy to tell the difference between bit-rates on the DJ100. Of course it depends more on the recording. I can have FLAC files that sound like garbage.
The DJ100 is nice because any of my garbage tracks that are harsh and have the mids/treble cranked up don't seem to bother me much. There's a few but I can generally use them for my entire collection without any fatigue. I kind of like to think Koss designed them this way. I think the bass on the DJ100 is very well controlled and never sloppy at all. The KRK is pretty good about this too, but they do have much less bass.
Comparing the warmth of the DJ100 to the HD-600 is just really weird to do. Totally different in their tonality really IMO. The mids are full and realistic, but not like the HD-600. I find the mids of the HD-600 much, much "thicker" and fuller. I mean, I don't even think the DJ100 has the mid-bass hump of the HD-600, but very close. Closer to that of the HD-580. I don't think i've ever gotten any bass bleed on the DJ100. If I did I'd immediately take them off and figure out what's going on.
I think i'll disagree 100% on the DJ100 being as warm as the HD-600. No big deal. I said it in my last posted, but I can't love the HD-600 due to how warm it is. Same with the HD-650. I guess with the Koss it might be a different kind of warmth Thankfully nobody has ever called the DJ100 "thin", but i've heard it being called "dry", but whatever. I think the general consensus is that they're warm and smooth despite having forward mids. A little more "shouty" than my HD-598. A little more forward upper mids and more treble I think. DJ100 is a little more fun for me due to it's bass and forward mids.
What's weird though is that there's so few reviews of the DJ100, so I really have no idea on what the general consensus of the DJ100 is or how it's supposed to sound to everyone else. There's this review. Not sure if you agree on it:
You can search for (B17) to locate it fast.
I also saw this review and felt like I had done a video review in my sleep or something. Not my review, but it's amazing how close it is to my impressions except for being so neutral. I'd say more like balanced.
You might think i'm nuts, but i'm going to buy either a LD1+ or EF2a hybrid tube amp just for the DJ100 when I have more money! Maybe the O2 is ok with it.
BTW I hope to someday find even better pads. Maybe someday someone can take one for the team and see if HDJ-2000 leather pads fit. They look a bit too small with not enough padding.
Ok, i'll shut up about headphones now..
Anyone heard any headphones that sound similar to the DJ100? I was thinking maybe a weird combination of an HD-580 with very slightly thinner mids, but with the more forward upper mids of the 225i. I actually love the SR-225i, but I'll take the DJ100 due to have more bass and slightly less treble (I think). Someone said the DJ100 is nothing like a Grado, but there are some similarities in the mids IMO. Maybe someone mated a Grado with a Sennheiser I think that's the signature I like!
BTW I wonder what the HD-700 sounds like..I try to ignore that it exists. If I hear that it might fit the above last description i'll just remove that from my head or i'll be too tempted.
Edited by tdockweiler - 8/5/12 at 8:19pm