Originally Posted by jibzilla
After bashing beats for a while I have come to the conclusion that saying a headphone is "bad" is not a constructive thing to do. While I don't believe our ears are all that different from one another I think we all enjoy different types of music and what might sound good for one genre may not sound good for another genre. Out of 30 headphones that I have tried in the last 2 years in the $100-$1K range 5 made it in to my stable and 5 were not my cup of tea. The 5 that were not my cup of tea were the Beats Pro, Beats Studio, Sennheiser HD700, Audio Technica W5K, and the Hifiman HE-6. I have no idea about what dsg said about the PS-1000, I have not heard that headphone. The RS1 was my first 1k headphones and I thought it was amazing but I ended up liking a lot of other 1k headphones better by the time I got to 9.
i like the RS1i, i might rebuy them, though they certainly don't stand up to anything over $700, they are fun in their own right, they are true to the grado sound.
im sure the HD 700 are ok, but since for their price you can get HE-500, LCD-2, used T1 (this one especially, seems like HD 700 would be similar sounding but not as refined or as natural sounding), or just save up and go straight for the HD 800, which you can find cheaper used, people just decide to skip the HD 700.
u probably didn't hear the He-6 out of a good amp, its an incredible headphone.
anyways, i did not like PS1000, i ended up returning them. the RS1i is better i think. while i liked the PS1000 on some recordings, it falls short in way too many places and is fatiguing and bright, the bass works nice for some genres, not for all. after finding a good tube pairing for their sound, they where only a marginally more detailed RS1i with more treble, so i returned them. the mids are too recessed and they aren't as transparent as other headphones, for $1700 its definitely not worth the price.
i doubt the D600 are anything like the TH-600, the D600 are terrible. resonant, bassy, unnatural highs, unnatural tonality, weird colorations, resonant. they're an ok headphone for under 200 dollars, but i wouldn't get them anyways.