Originally Posted by planx
I have to agree with Pianist with what he said above. My general thoughts between the HD650 and SRH1840. I felt the SRH1840 had a bit more energy while the HD650 were a bit more laid back, HD650 had the better bass in terms of impact and extension, SRH1840 has GLORIOUS mids (I would have to say the best mids from a Dynamic IMO. A step behind the HE-500's mids, which are my favorite mids ever...) and the HD650 had pretty good mids, both were pretty even in treble but the SRH1840 had a bit more energy giving it the upper hand to my ears. Both excellent headphones, but I would take the SRH1840 if price wasn't an issue over the HD650 for my preferences. I felt the HD650 excelled in every genre thrown at them, while the SRH1840 were more focused on specific genres. Just as a reference, The Prayer by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli gave me goosebumps with the SRH1840. Really crisp female vocals and mildly warm male vocals.
About the SRH1840 being comparable to the HD800 is sort of... HD800> SRH1840 IMO... But the SRH1840 DOES compete with the HD700 easily, in some cases excels IMO.
Thanks that is quite useful. Considering I use The Prayer as a way to test my own existing gear, and I really want that "wow" I am thinking that the SRH1840 sounds good. It's a fairly significant price bump over what I had budgeted for the HD650's at ~$350USD (Black Friday Special maybe?).
I am still struggling to understand some of the terminology here and also how to work out comparisons, so in terms of Mids what sort of sound (Example?) would mids be prevelant in, and in terms of warm vs cold, could you give an example of that? Is it correct that sound stage is what happens when you close your eyes and listen to music, and a large sound stage means you feel like you are in a large venue vs a small one (Sorry if that's wrong I imagine I possible made some people cringe). I know with Loudspeakers one aim is to not be able to identify where the sound is coming from.
One other factor is that the HD650 is said to be harder to drive, and a few people I have spoken to said they weren't that happy with their HD650s until they upgraded to a decent price amp and or cable, and that the SRH1840's don't require anywhere near as much if anything. I am thinking that if I can get second hand 650's for $280USD and second hand SRH1840 for $540 but I need to spend $200+ on the HD650 to be blown away, I might as well buy the SRH1840.
Sorry if I am not making sense, there is a LOT of information on this forum, it's easy to get the wrong idea.
Doing a little more reading, I think I want excellent mids and highs and if it lacks a little lows so long as they are ok, it's probably going to be the focus I want. I want pianos, violins and Saxaphones and voices to be spectacular. There is one piece of classical music I LOVE to listen to, and that is "Classic Gas" by Vanessa Mae
I hear the term "rolled off" a fair bit, could someone explain that in real world terms with perhaps an example please?
Coming from HD555's I imagine most things will be a significant improvement.
Edited by networkn - 11/2/12 at 1:14am