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HD600 Lack of soundstage reason why I prefer my A5's?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

My HD600's give superior experience with details on qualty soundtracks & music.

 

But i still prefer sitting in front of my A5's with volume turned up. But i dont know why?

 

Is it because speakers have a better sound stage than headphones? Or at least this comparison?

post #2 of 13

What is your source for music when using the HD600s? Also, are you using an amp and/or DAC?

post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 

Source is ripped cd to flac, some older 320mps. Movie soundtracks, electronic music, pop, rock.

 

I'm using the NFB 12.1 dac/amp.

post #4 of 13

Well out of my set up, the hd600s have a alright soundstage, but can you pinpoint the exact reason(s) why?

post #5 of 13

It's not surprising. Speakers should provide a better overall experience than headphones.

post #6 of 13

Heya,

 

Headphones frankly just don't have the room filling realism for listening that speakers do.

 

Headphones are excellent when space is limited and you can't have full volume audio for whatever reason (apartment, room mates, family, time of day, laws, etc). But when you want to experience an audio treat, a sound-scape, speakers are where it's at. Every time.

 

Even inexpensive speakers will open eyes compared to a headphone.

 

Headphones win in terms of getting fidelity for a low price. Inexpensive speakers can sound good, but can be anything but hi-fi. Headphones can be high-fi on a dime really. Speakers give you instant staging, instant immersion, instant frequency response from top to bottom, and the effects of placement in a room can make it literally 3D and not just stereo with some clever processing.

 

 

 

Very best,


Edited by MalVeauX - 8/22/12 at 5:41pm
post #7 of 13

^ Agreed, and holy smokes MalveauX! Two PSW505's!?

post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by Redrider469 View Post

^ Agreed, and holy smokes MalveauX! Two PSW505's!?

 

Heya,

 

I have 4 total in this condo, but I'm also a fan of inexpensive but multiplied audio devices. I'm a big fan of low volume, 30hz tones that you feel. Each room is setup like that basically. One room with some bipolar speakers. Headphones are for at night so the cops don't knock on my door at 4am when I'm up and my neighbors are not enjoying what I'm listening to.

 

Very best,

post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the helpful post. Love your massive speakers
I envy you
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by Ghaunty22 View Post

Thanks for the helpful post. Love your massive speakers
I envy you

But if you want a bigger sound stage then possibly a new amp would help or get headphones with a better sound stage.

post #11 of 13

Nice setup, but that TV blink.gif

 

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Very best,

post #12 of 13
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Nice setup, but that TV blink.gif

 

 

Heya,

 

An older LCD tech TV, attached to a Boxee Box (movies & music).


Very best,

post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by MalVeauX View Post

 

Headphones are excellent when space is limited and you can't have full volume audio for whatever reason (apartment, room mates, family, time of day, laws, etc). But when you want to experience an audio treat, a sound-scape, speakers are where it's at. Every time.

...

Headphones win in terms of getting fidelity for a low price. Inexpensive speakers can sound good, but can be anything but hi-fi. Headphones can be high-fi on a dime really. Speakers give you instant staging, instant immersion, instant frequency response from top to bottom, and the effects of placement in a room can make it literally 3D and not just stereo with some clever processing.

 

 

Or when you're getting bad room modes. Audio processing on most 2.0 home audio gear are quite limited, to the point that my car sounded a lot better (despite off-center seating, small space, noise, etc) all because of time processing on each speaker.

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