I continue to marvel at the transparency, clarity, and detail these phones possess. It's simply outstanding.. and incredibly addictive to listen to. As far as comparisons to the GR07 MKII.. where the GR07 is smooth in texture and soft in tone, the H-100 is crisper in texture & more vibrant in tone. There's been some talk about the vocal presentation.. The smooth feel of the GR07 might seem more inviting for vocal listneing.. but when it comes to detail, clarity, and depth.. the H-100 houses the GR07. Listen to well recorded vocal tracks and they'll have an ethereal quality to them with the H-100.. as they sound naturally separated from the surrounding instruments with amazing precision. The black background the H-100 have allows one to pick up seemingly every nuance and detail, again, in a natural manner. There's a depth to the H-100' sound that the GR07 is simply incapable of matching. The H-100 will sound a bit 'cooler' in comparison.. but less colored and more accurate, too.. IMO.
The bass is really something special. It extends deeeeep.. and quite effortlessly, too. No bloat whatsoever. Listen to a track with a well recorded drum kick.. for example, Larry Carlton's, "Sunrise" (from "The Paris Concert" album).. and you'll -clearly- hear the dimensionality the kick possesses as well as seemingly feel the air it pushes. It's pretty cool. Listening to well recorded jazz tracks which feature loping, upright bass lines, I sense excellent clarity and speed.. no midbass boost to smear the accuracy or hide the nuances of busy strings.
I've spoke plenty about the treble.. the fact I proclaim it to equal or exceed the RE272 is all that needs to be said. I feel the H-100's treble is better than the DBA-02's treble.. the H-100's treble boasts better depth, control, and texture. Despite the treble being output by a BA.. it sounds incredibly natural in tone & decay like what I've come to hear from some fine dynamic drivers.. while possessing all the speed a BA affords.
I hooked up the H-100 to my tube-buffered DAC (TubeDAC-11) tonight and the H-100 was pure joy to listen to. The delicate (midbass) warmth, hypnotic midrange liquidity, and smooth treble the Zaerix 7DJ8 features felt like a match made in heaven with the H-100.
Edited by FlySweep - 11/1/12 at 2:50am