Originally Posted by TWerk
I own a D2000 with Alpha Pads (which are an excellent
upgrade!) and was considering also purchasing the Fostex TH-600 sometime. Could you elaborate on why you prefer the D2000? It appears the TH-600 might have higher resolution in sound (more details).
Specifically, I listen to 85% EDM music, and I'm curious as to which might be better because I have heard the Fostex 600 referred to as EDM king on this very thread
Gee, I wonder why that is...
I don't think the TH600 has higher raw resolution really. The peak at 6KHz can trick some ears into believing that it's more detailed but it's just harsh to me.
The TH600 is cleaner from the lower mids down into the sub-bass, but the D2000 has more sub-bass power as it doesn't have the same mid-bass bump.
My main grievances with the TH600 is the FR crest at 6KHz and the consequent valley in the mids. I would call the midrange on the TH600 recessed. This also lends the perception of a vast soundstage but I just hear it as sucked out and thin in the mids. It sounds very unnatural on live recordings.
I don't have many grievances against the D2000 besides the occasionally excessive sub-bass power and some flatulence in the nether regions. Its imaging and resolution are otherwise comparable to the TH600 and they do sound more balanced. Its mids are much richer and more present.
Overall I found the D2000 to be the better headphone for casual listening and office use, from live recordings to electronic like BT and Bonobo. The D2000's rather fun without succumbing to a v-shaped response. The TH600 is more of a V and for me personally it doesn't succeed in being either fun or hi-fi.
I found the TH600 more pleasing with an aggressive cut at 6KHz but the response still wasn't as agreeable as that of the D2000.
To frame my opinions into context, I'm fairly sensitive to tonal balance. My ears vastly prefer the DT 880 to the DT 990, prefer the HD 600 to the HD 650, and chose to keep the JH13 over the JH16 after owning both. The D2000 is mostly my office headphone while I retain the excellent JH13 for portable use and the legendary Stax SR-Omega for home use and serious listening.Edited by 3X0 - 5/2/14 at 8:07am