I'm no expert in this matter and was wondering if anyone with more experience in the field would have any insights. I posted this same post in one of my other threads, but I find the topic very interesting so figure i'd start a new thread about it. Below's just one of the things I posted in my other thread. And the reason why I'm wondering is i'm currently in the process of choosing between the HD800, LCD2 or PS1000 and I am just curious if the HD800 is really the most accurate headphone that replicates what the artist/producer intended us to listen to:
Many ppl lately seem pretty caught up with wanting a pair of headphone with a flat frequency response. But because the conditions and limitations of speakers, headphones and live performances are all different. In order say for a pair of headphones with it's limitations and different listening conditions to actually sound like top grade speakers or like real live sound, should there actually be some accentuation or or coloring/altering to it's frequency response to make it less flat so that it would more sound like speakers or live sound? An example i mentioned was bass. With speakers and often live sound we get the bass coming through vibration so we can feel it. This isn't possible on headphones so perhaps for headphones a slight bump in certain bass ranges would actually make them sound more "accurate"? If this is the case then perhaps a ruler flat response headphone actually might not be accurate at all at capturing speakers or live sound?
But I was just curious because with the limitations and different listening conditions of headphones, perhaps a flat response might not be a true accurate depiction of what the original artists intended for us to listen to. Just something I was wondering about. Was going to post a seperate thread for this topic.
Reason why I was curious was because there was this article I read the other night about the reviewer actually compared the PS1000 in a live studio recording situation where he'd first listen to the live performance and then instantly listen to the recording through the headphones and he stated that the PS1000 sounded as close to the real performance as he's experienced. I don't know how true that review was, but it just got me wondering if minor deviations from a flat response might actually be necessary for headphones to sound more like live performances or speakers.
I'm no expert with this and was wondering if yourself or anyone else with more experience could shed some light.