Hi I'm new to this sound science forum. Glad I found it.
One of many questions I have is the question of my title. My HD598 shows the difference between 160-320 kbps files and lossless files. Others have testified to this, remarking on the HD 598's ability to reproduce its source accurately. However, others say the HD 598 isn't as "detailed" as other headphones. What's the difference?
Your only going to get opinions which are neither right nor wrong, so here's mine.
I guess with revealing you've got your answer. You say you could tell the difference between different quality rips and so it's revealing in that regard. I don't know of many other situations when I think of the word 'revealing' when listening to cans. I guess once you advance ahead of the SQ level of crap headphones close to where the beats and bose ones lie, you're into the territory of 'revealing' headphones in general.
With detailed though, this isn't much of a helpful word to use when describing any headfi 'tried and tested' headphone in my opinion. Okay, maybe when A/B'ing two different headphones out of the same setup (with volume matching) if you hear bass notes on one headphone that the other headphone reproduces as a single mushy rumbling note, then yea headphone 'A' is more detailed than headphone 'B' in that regard. I heard such a thing when A/Bing the denon d7k with the d2k. I can't remember which track it was but it was clearly noticable that the d7k was more detailed.
But in most instances it's too hard to say as given any two headphones you normaly have two very different sound signitures (unlike the d2k and the d7k). One may be treble happy, whilst the other bass happy- then you've got a problem.
I reckon the best use of 'detailed' is when describing dac's and amps. Get any crap dac (nuforce udac 2 is perfect) and compare it to a decent one (similarly priced hrt music streamer is perfect). One is definitely more detailed than the other (it's obvious which is which in this case). Amps can offer more detail as well. I actually didn't believe this that much untill I heard the musical fidelity hpa headphone amp.
Anyway, that's a good question you asked there NimbleTurtle!