Originally Posted by Beocord
These are turning out to be my most preferred headphone atm. DX1000 is a better headphone, but it has issues in the upper end.... SA5000 is perfect but that shizzy treble and lack of bass... I end up listening mostly Mikros. WTF? The balance is just perfect. I was sceptic of these headphones...and I understand there are different variations but *******. I don't know what juice is my pair on.. But these are so awesome.
EDIT: Pataburd, you definitely need to try DX1000 someday. If you liked the ATH's, DX1000 is a class above; it is just supreme. But Mikros have given me the mini version of a modified DX1000, that is just awesome. All I could ask in a portable. That is why you should try DX1000 because it is the fullsize mikros :)
Have not tried the JVC line yet.
From recollection, I think I might [have] prefer[ed] the AH-D5000 to the W1000X, though. The Denon had better bass, cleaner upper mids and better balance overall [if memory serves me adequately]. Admittedly, I miss the Denon D5000 and D7000 at the moment.
The ATHs have an unnatural "reserved" or "reticent" character to their sound. Like a stone that has gone through a rock tumbler and comes out polished. The sound is smooth and refined but ultimately lacks the full apportionment of dynamic textures and a true explosive capacity.
Cat Stevens: Tea for the Tillerman.
Test track: #8: "Into White"
The Mikros 90 [stock pair #2] deliver this selection with excellent balance and sense of personal intimacy. The tonal and dynamic structures are more credible and involving with the MLs.
The W1000X bring a sense of ease and spaciousness. The vocals are more liquid, smooth and delicate with the ATHs.
With Teds UPOCC copper cable, the MLs close the gap w/r/t liquidity.
Boy George & Culture Club: At Worst . . . the Best of.
Test tracks: #2: "Time (Clock of the Heart)"
#3: "Church of the Poison Mind"
#7: "It's a Miracle"
The Mikros 90 get the nod for PRaT. Vocals, bells/chimes sound more complete/realistic.
The W1000X deliver spacious and airy strings/vocals.
With the Mikros 90, I seem to be hearing the music as it was recorded. Listening is chiefly a synergistic experience.
With the W1000X, I seem to be hearing the music as it is being filtered/colored by the headphones. Listening is chiefly an analytic experience [notwithstanding the ATHs' signature "sweetness" and "smoothness"].
Edited by pataburd - 5/29/14 at 6:49pm