I really like these, but I am deciding to sell mine. The fit isn't quite right on my head, they are a bit too big! Probably the last thing I expected. I am really more of a speaker guy, but I was hoping these might fill a gap in my music listening. Here are some of my thoughts.
Computer or Squeezebox3 -> Channel Islands VDA2 dac w/ PS -> Channel Islands VHP2 amp w/ PS.
My collection has been digitized into FLAC. Multi-genre: largely electronica (big beat, ambient, lounge, chill, house, new age), downtempo, indie, alternative, jazz, reggae, hiphop and rap.
These are great looking. Love the color scheme. I don't mind the plastic, picking them up I never thought cheap looking or flimsy. The ear cups are very comfortable and I like the velour material. I use them in my cold basement, 60degrees maybe, they have a little clamp putting them on, but when they warm up the headphones are too big and want to sit low on my face, feels like they are hanging on my ears sometimes. The headband is a leather strap, and while not uncomfortable, it may be about my only disappointment. Some nice padding wouldn't hurt, and in my case...might make them fit more appropriately. The cable is great, I haven't had any problems with it. While I thought I might want a shorter cable, it doesn't give me problems sitting at any length from my source.
Awesome. These perform how I had hoped. I find their response to be balanced in my system. They are great all rounders for not only music, but movies and tv. I was always shy to try the previous iterations of these due to reported lack of bass response and perhaps aggressive treble. I prefer a more laid back warm sound. These sound fairly neutral in my system, which I would describe as having a neutral sound anyway. They in many ways sound like a great pair of bookshelf 2ways. I love the soundstage width. Imaging is great. I might prefer a deeper presentation, I get a more front row presentation as to opposed further back in an auditorium. It doesn't really bother me much in a headphone presentation sort of way, and I love the wide left/right spacing. Center image is good. At no time did I feel fatigue from their sound. Bass is good, again, similar to a 5" 2way bookshelf speaker...doesn't make it all the way down but doesn't leave you wanting much. I don't think bassheads need apply though. They are driven well in my system stopping short of ear bleeding levels. For those who like to listen to LOUD, these might need a beefy amp.
Comparison to Denon AH-D2000:
I have been rocking the D2000s for about a year. A few of their shortcomings really bothered me though and hence my purchase of these. All my purchases are meticulously researched before hand, I pulled the trigger on the Anni's pretty fast though as the AKG K/Q70xs always sounded up my alley. My problems with the D2000s are as follows: I hate the cord!, while they do bass well I don't find them particularly great for electronica, they rarely sound hifi, and I might prefer something that isolates less as I listen at night and need to hear if the kiddos wake up. The comfort is very high and better than the Annis for me, I normally wear them without the cups extended at all. With the Annis, I love the cord, they do great with electronica, and these sound hifi. My FLACs sound great on the Anni's. On the D2000s, FLAC sounds better than MP3 or Pandora, but not a real wow factor.The D2000s sound fairly balanced maybe slightly U shaped on my main system, but the midrange is always a bit recessed. If I bring the volume up to where I like the midrange, you do start hearing problems like the driver needs to be dampened. I started to see where Markle mods were developed. I like the D2000s best out of an ipod w/ flac or iphone w/ pandora. On my computer, the D2000s sound terrible with music, V shaped with harsh treble and loose bass. Source matters! The Anni's give great wow in my main system. They isolate more than I thought, and really aren't much different than the D2000s in this aspect, although they do leak a bit more sound. The Anni's just present themselves as better phones with high fidelity music in my system. I didn't try the Anni's much from my computer or iphone.
Great phones! Wish they fit better! I am going to sell them and my VHP2. I am willing to live with the D2000s and maybe recable them to something more portable. In the end, I still prefer just turning on my stereo!
Favorite Review Track:
Yello - La Habanera
Edited by keenween - 2/5/13 at 11:31am