Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl
i don't know why i didn't like the W5000s myself. i owned them for a while but didn't really enjoy them. they where off-sounding, lacked the detail of the T1/HD800/LCD-2, and had no bass. i liked my d7000 much more.
Sometimes I think that there are different versions of W5000 around as impressions are so polarized.
Out of what you mentioned I only own LCD-2 and D5000 (should be close enough to D7000) and Raffinatos at least in details area is a quite significant step up. We can argue timbre preferences but perhaps not details presence.
From my experience the fit is quite finicky with those, 90% user would have to bend the headband to achieve the proper seal, there is also a tip posted by BizKid (that actually was in his L3000 user guide) to rotate headband forward after putting phones on until ear pads "lock" on ears. Without proper seal they sound thin and lack impact.
Sonically they are definitely colored but in a very pleasing way.
Another puzzle is that almost everyone universally like W3000ANV, I haven't heard those, but based on some impressions they are behind W5000 in some areas
, which is not a big surprise as W5000 is still current ATH flagship.
There is a good (imo) comparison of two on Headfonia
I understand that DavidMaher ranked them at the very bottom of his chart and MacedonianHero doesn't like them as well and very vocal about that but there are plenty of seasoned headfiers who like and adore these. Another side of this hobby is that that there are no authorities you can "just trust" as everything is very subjective and highly depending on individual preferences.
As of right now LCD-2 are really growing on me, mostly because of their very natural timbre and outstanding bass, but as a package they really pale in A/B comparison against W5000, which to my ears is more advanced and does feel like a higher tier.
LCD-2 sound like advanced HD-650, perhaps same as T1 like advanced DT-880.
So if you are deciding between two, choose which of these middle tier cans you like better.
Edited by Andrew_WOT - 1/8/13 at 10:46am