Originally Posted by Zoom25
It's going to be hard picking between HD800 and the Fostex for electronic music now. The HD800 flat out beat the Hifiman and Audeze planars for trance, deep house, hip hop....just about everything.
How does the comfort of the Fostex compare to HD800? Also, are the mids on the TH-600/TH-900 recessed a bit too much?
If it weren't for that veiled/muffled sound, I think I'd prefer the the LCD-2.2 over the HD800 for deep-house and hip hop, but I see where you're coming from. A properly amped HD800 is a thing of beauty.
Having said that, the Fostex TH cans remain my favourites for bassy music, especially the dubbier genres that like that bit of reverb in the sub-bass, while still retaining open-headphone levels of airiness. They're the only cans that give me that sub-like punch in the gut when it comes to bass response. No idea how Fostex does it.
Comfort wise, the TH600/900 and HD800 are at the top. Both equally comfortable on my head. The HD-800 probably has a slight edge, simply because their pads can breathe a bit more in very warm weather and it's a few grams lighter. The open vs closed thing doesn't really play a part with comfort, me thinks.
As for mid-range "recession", it really depends on the listener. Some aren't that bothered by it, some can't live with it, and some love it. I actually find very forward higher/upper mids rather offensive and tiring, tbh - like with the LCD-XC I auditioned some months ago - but I've noticed that many people that listen to geezer rock bands and chick-with-guitar music tend to prefer that sort of presentation. Horses for courses, as they say. Amplification plays a part, obviously.
Edited by kurochin - 3/30/14 at 4:32pm