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post #886 of 893
don't think that bass and dynamics are this can's strengths tbh. but if you're after a smooth, euphonic sound it's hard to beat.
Edited by up late - 4/16/14 at 6:05am
post #887 of 893
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Originally Posted by up late View Post

don't think that bass and dynamics are this can's strengths tbh. but if you're after a smooth, euphonic sound it's hard to beat.

Agreed, but I don't think smooth and euphonic are all these cans do. They have remarkable texture, presence, and tone, which are qualities that are *very* difficult to find in headphone listening. And I think that accounts for the "euphonic." 

 

Tone, in particular, is poorly understood among audiophiles. Musicians who use string instruments or guitar amps seek out tone, but certain audiophiles claim that hi-fi components are supposed to be neutral, "wire with gain," and should have no tone of their own. Of course, it doesn't quite work that way. Neutrality is a fine goal, but all materials vibrate and ring at certain frequencies. There's a reason headphone cups—and violins, for that matter—aren't often made of things like stone, glass, or steel, all more inert than wood or plastic. Put a stone slab under under your amplifier at home and listen to how it sounds. My point is: the W3000 has a beautiful rich tone that complements most music, but it's also remarkably good at differentiating instrumental textures. My HD800, by comparison, always imparts a subtle plasticky sound to everything I listen to. This has nothing to do with the Sennheiser's (excellent) frequency response, but concerns its materials. So the "wire with gain" measurements people are telling us only part of the story.

 

Rant complete.


Edited by mink70 - 4/16/14 at 11:11am
post #888 of 893
I know what you mean regarding the HD800. The HD800's tone is a bit off and sounds clinical. It makes instrument sound a little fake compared to a more natural presentation from the w3000.
post #889 of 893
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Originally Posted by tamahome77 View Post

I know what you mean regarding the HD800. The HD800's tone is a bit off and sounds clinical. It makes instrument sound a little fake compared to a more natural presentation from the w3000.

I have a slightly different take; I think the tone of a violin is more precise and natural on the HD800, however the W3000 has a smoother presentation/softer leading edges.
post #890 of 893
Guys if you believe the w3000anv is a notch below any can or doesn't have that bass extension,
you need to hear them with the AlphaPads..
I have said this before and cannot stress enough that I believe it sounds grander and more superior with these plush angled leather pads.
They are not easy to put on, but with a little patience you will be very happy.
I had these on a table with the LCD X and the AlphaDogs and I know they are different technology cans but they surpass the Alpha and matched the LCD in musicality which I know is a vague comments so I will say the bass, the mids, and the trebles all had a uniformity that placed it on par with anything I herd there.
Supple bass Details shown like never before as well.

Anyway the reason I swapped is because I did want the hd800 but alas will sell it soon as I am going for planar sound and loved the LCD x
post #891 of 893
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Edited by up late - 4/16/14 at 7:05pm
post #892 of 893
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Originally Posted by mink70 View Post

Agreed, but I don't think smooth and euphonic are all these cans do. They have remarkable texture, presence, and tone, ... And I think that accounts for the "euphonic."... My point is: the W3000 has a beautiful rich tone that complements most music, but it's also remarkably good at differentiating instrumental textures...

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post #893 of 893
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I know what you mean regarding the HD800. The HD800's tone is a bit off and sounds clinical. It makes instrument sound a little fake compared to a more natural presentation from the w3000.

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