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post #196 of 1114
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Originally Posted by K_19 View Post

I demoed these for about 1.5 hours at Earphoneshop in Seoul, Korea, and wow... these absolutely floored me! I initially only intended to demo them for half an hour, but the fact that I stayed there for that much longer speaks volumes on how impressed I was with these headphones. Absolutely magical midrange, very fun, tight, attacking bass and non-offensive highs... Not unlike the ESW10JPN's I used to have.  Comfort was very good as well, as the pads were very soft and plush (unlike the pleathers that were on W1000X that hurt my ears after an hour or so) with minimal clamp.  Bit better isolation than I expected as well.  And all this was all unamped out of an Iphone 5 as well. They're definitely a coloured headphone but very pleasantly so, exactly in the type of flavour that I enjoy.  I see one of these in my collection sometime in my future for sure.

I think the treble is more than "non-offensive", it's pretty special IMO but I'm not coming to the W3000ANV from Stax. wink.gif


Edited by unspool - 12/9/12 at 6:15am
post #197 of 1114

How does Enya sound through these phones ?

post #198 of 1114
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Originally Posted by unspool View Post

I think the treble is more than "non-offensive", it's pretty special IMO but I'm not coming to the W3000ANV from Stax. wink.gif

 

Oh, don't get me wrong, my MK1's are definitely not going anywhere. biggrin.gif It's my end game headphone.  Just looking to get something complimentary which is also a closed headphone.

 

The treble is well extended and vivid, but to my ears not offensive like some of the Beyers and other AT headphones that I've heard. Good enough balance.

 

The star of the show are the mids though... the 007 MK1's haver clear transparent mids that IMO only stats can pull off and is definitely special but mids on the W3000ANV has a euphonic colouration which is also very mesmerizing.  Both are very inviting, just in a different way.


Edited by K_19 - 12/9/12 at 1:28pm
post #199 of 1114

Didn't think that for a moment. smile.gif Couldn't agree more with your description of the W3000ANV.

post #200 of 1114
Anybody know of a midfi amp or tube that might tame the sibilance on these? So far thats about their only fault that i can find. They arent crazy sibilant, but it's enough to detract from vocals sometimes. Currently using a bellari ha540 with a tungsol ax7 goldpin
post #201 of 1114

I have never noticed any sibilance on my pair but I use the Decware csp2 and the Oppo BDP95 so I dont play any lossless or MP3 files. I also used the burson Soloist and never had any sibilance. 

post #202 of 1114

Never noticed any either.  To me the vocals are stella.

post #203 of 1114
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I have never noticed any sibilance on my pair but I use the Decware csp2 and the Oppo BDP95 so I dont play any lossless or MP3 files. I also used the burson Soloist and never had any sibilance. 

 

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Never noticed any either.  To me the vocals are stella.

Add me to the list as well. None hear with my DAC-2 --> GS-X and my W3000ANVs.

 

Must be something upstream?

post #204 of 1114

The vocals may be more forward than neutral, but sibilant? Naw... didn't hear any of it even unamped off an iphone.

post #205 of 1114
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Originally Posted by scott5526 View Post

Anybody know of a midfi amp or tube that might tame the sibilance on these? So far thats about their only fault that i can find. They arent crazy sibilant, but it's enough to detract from vocals sometimes. Currently using a bellari ha540 with a tungsol ax7 goldpin


I have noticed some sibilance with my pair through a Yamamoto YHA-02.  I use soft EQ (through Foobar) to take the edge from this.

post #206 of 1114

I actually use the m-Stage on these, no sibilance either! 

 

I wonder how would the Yammy HA03 go with this now...

post #207 of 1114

Only seems obviously sibilant on a few songs that I have, but for an otherwise relaxing headphone it can be an eye opener which isn't really what I use these for.  Definitely not anything near the level of my grados, but there is definitely a little sibilance there.  Maybe I'll play around with some sources and cables to see if that does anything

post #208 of 1114

I hear some sibilance. Shimmering highs come at a cost. wink.gif

post #209 of 1114
I don't notice sibilance. But I do notice how awful a good chunk of my music is.

I've been spending a lot of time with these on a vintage receiver lately, and I'm seriously impressed with how amazing the well mastered stuff sounds - BUT equally impressed by how appalling bad the poorly done stuff is. triportsad.gif Yikes.
post #210 of 1114

You want brutal headphones?  I had to delete a quarter of my music after I went from my grados to my K702s lol.  

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