To date, I've only owned (here comes...) Bose QC3's. And as of now, I think it best to buy one or the other, considering that I haven't really developed the breadth of my audiophile listening preferences, and it may be overwhelming to get both for now. Plus, expense with amps at that point. At some point within the next few months I'd love to own both though. From everything I've read, it seems like the T5P's and the Ultrasone Sig Pros are the way to go for portable, isolating headphones. What perplexes me is that both sound remarkable and unremarkable at the same time, and I'm still unsure as to which to buy.
I was nearly sold on the T5P's tbh, but then I read some Amazon reviews that said sometimes one of the sides stops working or sounds far more quiet. If I've learned anything from the QC3's (other than that they isolate well), it's that the toughness of a headphone is important to me. I've actually sent in my QC3's three separate times for repair on one of the sides not working or cabling damage. Thus, if the T5P's really do have some repair needed over a year or two, maybe they're not the best option. The Sig Pros, I know, are industrially strong and isolate great. I've also read the Sig Pros may have a better soundstage.
But your description of the T5P's...and this one review I watched on Youtube (great video, very enthusiastic about the T5P's), really are motivating me towards the T5P's. I mean, I'm not kidding when I say that I almost purely listen to:
- Female Vocals
- Ambient, Classical, light Alt./Indy
If the T5P's with the HeadAmp Pico legitimately sounds more invigorating, great for explosive crescendos in songs, and for depth and quality of soundspace, crisp and glistening Classical piano/violin/some orchestral, and female vocals....then I will get the T5P's for now. If you think that the qualities I mentioned are just as evident and harmoniously presented in the Sig Pros, then I'll get those, as they're more durable and weigh a bit less. As for whether I prefer dark/warm or bright/analytical. That really is a great question, and I wish I wasn't just starting out in the audiophile realm. I know what you mean, as I searched online, but frankly it's still hard to say. I've read that the Sig Pros are more 'musical', and that the T5P's are more artifically created sound (not sure how accurate that is or is not), but beautiful and perhaps even more attractive to the listener's ear. For me, I don't really care about if it's 'artificially produced' or whatever, as long as it sounds amazing, and will bring the passion of music and the music, itself, through me.
What's your take on the Sig Pros + great portable amp to boot? Does it stack up to the T5P's with great portable amp?