Originally Posted by filuS
I know that feeling - I almost shed a tear when I heard mine for the first time. It was like suddenly all my problems fade away and all I want to do at that point was to dive into someone beautiful voice. These headphones might not be the best all-rounder for its price, but gosh, with the right music they can lift one to the audio-heaven. I actually love them with classic metal more than jazz (I listen a lot to trumpet players and since I am trumpet player myself I can get very sensitive/judgmental on imperfections in trumpet presentation), they are suprisingly fast, but I guess that is just my personal perception based on what I was used to before (W1000X).
Haha..that's exactly how i felt. Also i agree with you that this headphone is not at best for all rounder. The bass somewhat need to go a bit deeper IMO. the qty of the bass is all right. Listening to song with a faster pace is also good, but not that perfect, still lacking a bit of impact and accuracy IMO, but i am very fine with that, still good though. I just did a short comparison with my T1.
Both Headphone are quite good, but:
- The 3000anv is definitely more warmer sounding headphones to the T1. But the level of its warmth is really suit my taste (not like the HD650 which sometimes i feel is too warm for my taste)
- for the sound-staging, imaging, transparency and detail, also the accuracy, the T1 is the winner. Well, not by much, but T1 is better in this respect.
- for the MID's presentation, the 3000anv is so excellent. The mids is a bit forward compared to the T1, which gives me more intimate feel during my listening, especially for vocal song. I mean...this headphone able to make the sound of the singer are even much more sweeter , the vocal through this headphone is just so damn beautiful, very addictive. The mids is VERY sweet and lust and very smooth almost perfect for vocal. This 3000anv is very well suit to the song like by Anne Muray, Eric Clapton, Norah Jones, Mary Black, Diana Krall, Jane Monheit, or any songs similar to these i mentioned, which to me, i don't really requires detail perfection to enjoy it. The vocal is more important for this kind of song where i can just flow into the music with the sweetness and lushness of the vocal.
- The T1 is more neutral headphone IMO. the sound is very clean, perfect detailed, and one think impressed me most with this headphone is the ability to image the sound. Some recording i have heard using this T1, really made me feel like i was "there" and also sometimes made me feeling creepy as well because i heard things like outside the headphone and made me took the headphone off my head and look for it, hahaha..
- While i do prefer the vocal presentation of the 3000anv in almost every jazz song i played than the T1, but T1 also able to perform better at some other songs as well. Some of the songs performed by Kari Bremnes, Kelly Flint, Patricia Barber, Inger Marie Gundersen, these kind of music, i do require better detail and accuracy and perfect imaging to really enjoy it. Especially, the song like "Black Magic Woman", performed by Patricia Barber in her album "Companion", listening this song through the T1 is so darn amazing, the audience's clapping hand, the shouting, the cymbals, the snares, the drums, also the vocal it self, when played together, the T1 is able to perform in an extraordinary way i would say, i mean is like i was "there" together with the audience, and that snares and cymbals and drums when they hit was like a real snap from the devil !! Not only drag my full emotion into it during my listening, but i was thinking like my soul already taken as well by this performance. Just like crazy...hahaha..
That's it my early impression from these both beautiful headphones. I think the T1 and ATH3000anv are really good complementary to each other. Both has each their own scores. I can not say and very hard for me to say actually which of which is better. I think they will be my ears best friend for a long time...
* still waiting my HD800 to arrive. really excited how this will compete with the two.