What about the DCS Vivaldi stack?
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What about the DCS Vivaldi stack?
Denons typically have a recessed mid and bloated bass (I have the AHD2000). The Fostex seems to have a similar profile. Both would likely be considered "fun" headphones because of the V-shape curve. Me personally, I prefer something closer to neutral (especially when the price goes north of $500-$600) and let my equipment do any coloring. AHD2000 is listenable, but nothing to rave about. I can't see paying $1000 for the AHD7000 unless I turned into a basshead.
I would love to see where the Mad Dogs rank against the TH900 (Fostex mod vs real Fostex, heh). It blows my Denons out of the water by a considerable margin, especially in regards to bass quality. Heck, it wins all over the audio spectrum. Perfect example of a combination fun and neutral headphone.
I just want to see how the Cirrus CS4398 in my Marantz SACD8004 fares. I see it as highly regarded in reviews (although some people have said it's a bit slow), but no idea where it is on the actual food chain. Sounds sexy to me though. I picked it over the Oppo 105 in a straight listening test. Also curious where the Bifrost would end up (supposedly is one of the best transparent DAC's for the money).
Sorry for the thread highjack. Random thoughts...
ATH-AD900X is available for 200$ on Ebay from Japanese sellers:
The LCD-2 Rev. 1 is still a wonderful headphone:)
Just found this thread after reading tons of "appreciation" threads/posts and have realized that so many people essentially regurgitate, almost verbatim, what the OP has written, and then pass it off as an original thought. Some of the posts are literally word for word, without quotations or reference to the OP. This is why I don't read reviews for movies before I see them, easier to keep an open-mind that way and then you know that your critique is honest, unbiased or less biased, and truly your own thoughts and feelings. Unfortunately I have no way to demo any headphones, so I have to rely on other people's reviews.
But I digress, I wonder where the OP ranks the TH-900 value wise now that they have dropped down to $1500. Really surprised he ranks them so poorly. Would have guessed they would have at least been in the top 20, sound quality wise, based upon everything I have read.
I haven't seen others quote me verbatim, but thanks for noticing if they have:) I like the TH-900 a lot. I didn't view my ranking as a poor one, though I can understand based on the pricepoint, it can be viewed as such.
I think thats because the reviewer believes that HE-6, HD-800 performs better than the TH-900 (especially since he emphsizes the importance of neutrality often) so in that aspect to him, the TH-900 is a poor value since the previous two phones are several 100 dollars cheaper. Since they are 1500 like you said, i would guess that his take would be slightly different?
But even at 1500 its still more expensive than HE-6 and HD-800
Yes, maybe I should reform my value rating. I will consider this!:)
Yeah, the part in bold is the killer. I would love to have my own informed opinions on everything, but that is not financially feasible. I would love to hear the difference between a $40000 DAC and the one in my Marantz SACD8004.
My most important takeaway from this thread is that the HE-6, LCD-3 and HD800 are probably the big 3 non-electrostatic headphones still being made, while the SR-009 is the "big 1" still being made (at an insane premium compared to the other 3). Secondarily, there are a number of legitimate bang-for-the-buck headphones. For people that are new to the headphone scene, that is a good point of reference. Others like the DT-660 (a great personal purchase, based on this article, but is pretty much only good for classical), the Ultrasones (David is WAY too generous to the Edition 10, IMO) or all of the expensive out of production models (I'm not paying thousands of dollars for a headphone that can't be serviced anymore) are more likely just curiousities to most people, but are good and informative (and to me, largely unbiased*) reads nonetheless.
*okay, they are a LITTLE Sennheiser friendly, but he points out the bad in them too. I'm one of the veil-haters. I do see his point about IEM's vs headphones too.
That's an interesting point to take away. I will be reforming some of the review on the HE-6, now owning the EF-6 as well. But I definitely agree with this post, that is a very interesting thing one take away from my opinions.
He's not the only one that does appreciate Ultrasone ed10. I read many reviews that descrive a very specialized headphone due to its extreme clarity but still enjoyable for many listeners ( I haven't heard to ed10 myself)
About David's review. I was a bit cautious about this phenomenal work cause I didn't know how could be objective all thes reviews and rankings. David is experimented but still stays a simple human with his own tastes.
Now I've owned or tried several headphones of this review (hd800 will soon be mine besides akg K501, senn hd580 , grado RS2 and Ultrasone Signature pro) and I really trust the entire work now. Indeed I havn't always the same opinion ( I think AKG K501 & K701 worthes a better rank and sennheiser hd600/650 are a bit overrated and I think Ultrasone SP definitely deserves its own review instead of the old HFI-700 . I really dislike hifiman he400 too ) . Despite different opinions I always found David's reviews accurate , precise and well argumented.
Many many thanks for this bible David :)
Thanks for your comments:)
A near $3000 headphone with recessed mids and "sounds best on low volume" just screams niche product to me. He gave it a C for value, which I felt was way too high, considering the ones that are ahead of it. Again, I would need to hear it to judge it, but I feel like the words don't agree with the placing/grade on that one. But again, nitpicking. Not a big deal.
Well, every headphone has their faults. I thought the Edition 10 was very unique. I hear what is not liked about it, but I personally feel it is very good in certain aspects. Hopefully the Edition 12 is an improvement while keeping the things that were good (to me) about the 10.
I do too! However, amp/headphone synergy is key. It would be interesting to take the 10 best headphones and a variety of 10 top amps for each and do 100 part writeup explaining which amps and which headphones had the best synergy :) I feel fortunate to have had a few really good amps to compare.