Originally Posted by mechgamer123
Personally, I found the Q701 did not do that well with male vocals, but I never bothered testing them with female vocals before returning them. You might want to look at the Sennheiser HD598/600. Many people say the 598 does the best out of the 598/600/650 trio, but I find my HD600 to do female vocals very well.
598/600/650 "trio" ??
The 598 are unrelated to the 600/650...
Regarding the 70x cans - some claim there's *huge* differences, others that there aren't (AKG themselves are closer to the later category) - personally I find the K701 a nice headphone for all-around use, but they aren't "sweet" sounding. Not like the ESW9 or K1000. The A900X are less romantic/sweet/full-bodied than the ESW9, and lesser overall to the K1000 (the A900X and K1000 have bigger/better soundstaging than the ESW9s - accordingly). Their fit can also be temperamental. That having been said - they cost less than the ESW9 or K1000, and are not bad by any means (I'm not meaning to knock them). For the money, the A900X are a *very* good choice here. And on the upside, Magnolia will have the ESW9 and A900X side by side for comparison - so you can see which of the two you like. The K1000 are available from Audiocubes (and Audiocubes is a good dealer to work with). The K701 are available from myriad sources.
Originally Posted by Bommie
The more I read about the Kenwoods, the better they sound! Still looking through this thread: http://www.head-fi.org/t/344543/kenwood-kh-k1000
I've been talking to others today and they've said that the Q701 is lacking in regards to heavy rock/metal, so I'm back to square one ;~;
The K701 will do better for rock/metal than the K1000 or ESW9. The ESW9 will do best with female vocals specifically, the K1000 will be the best "in-between" of the three (they cost the most too).
I'll start looking into the HD600! I see the HD650 recommended often as well.
. That's two recommendations for the A900X now. The wing mechanism for support looks very interesting. Just to reiterate, they'd be ideal for a wide range of genres? From pop
to thrash metal
? Sorry for asking so many questions and not really having any idea about what I'm doing; It just seems that everyone here enjoys their audio setup and I would like to as well!
Thank you for the replies, everyone! I'm thankful for having suggestions from people who know their stuff rather than me just blindly searching the internet:p
The HD 580/600/650 are a good family to look into, the K1000 is easily described as a less-dark closed version of that family (despite being from another country, manufacturer, etc - it's kind of uncanny how they relate). I'd take the K701 over the Sennheisers for metal and rock, but the Sennheisers for pop or vocaloid.
Oh, I like Dubstep Girl's suggestion on Grados too!
Regarding the amp thing - worry about that AFTER you pick a pair of headphones, not before.