I went to he New York area meet a few days ago and had an ear-opening experience.The Sony R10 has long been my favorite headphone for its uniquely engaging and beautiful sound, a type of sound I haven't found elsewhere up to now. However—the one piece of equipment I was hoping to hear at the show was the W3000ANV, and fortunately Maxx134 brought his (with Alpha pads installed). I spent some time listening to it on various amps, and I liked it so much that I left the meet with it, having traded Maxx my HD800 with a Cardas balanced cable. I have to say that I'm in love—I think in terms of euphony, richness, presence and sheer enjoyment, the W3000 is second only to the R10. Like the R10, it just makes me want to listen. Through it, music sounds as though the color saturation is turned all the way up, offering buckets of tone. And the details that grab my attention are musical, not sonic. Whereas with the HD800 I was noticing that the microphone captured the singer taking a breath before singing, with the W3000 I notice the way the singer bends a note or drops into a different register. Also, it is remarkably revealing of the texture and timbre of specific instruments—I've never heard cymbals sounds so much like cymbals, or been able to distinguish the sound of Blue Mitchell's trumpet so clearly from Clifford Brown's. An incredibly special and capable headphone—what a shame that AT only made two thousand units.
Edited by mink70 - 4/11/14 at 11:22pm