Originally Posted by Dsnuts
You know I was gonna say the sound tuning on the WS99 is much more grown up than your traditional bass can. Guys that put importance to mids and non exaggerated highs but then has that very nice full bass end to go along with it.
That sounds like the headphone I'm looking for. I haven't heard M100 for example but I'd guess based on comments for my taste, the mids leaves slightly too far behind the bass or vocals simply aren't enough "in-your-face" what I'm looking for. It's really crucial how the mids & highs balance is for my taste and it's extremely important that highs aren't more emphasized than mids because then the mids tend to take the backseat and sound a bit hollow no matter how the boosted bass is configured like but of course it can also get too dark and muddy quickly if the highs are too veiled especially with big bassy headphones. I could even draw my personal preferred frequency response quite accurately but that's just one factor, then there's also other factors like texture & tightness in the bass, resonances in the whole frequency range (I'm very allergic to upper-mid resonances especially around the 2 - 4.5kHz or so range, good hint; take Taylor Swift's vocal performance as a measurement as her vocals are like the ultimate stress test on upper-mid resonances :p and will quickly distort like the 70's radio sound if there's any resonances present there).
Particularly this song "Sparks Fly":
This is quite good stress test for upper-mid range resonance test. Those vocals' overtones will quickly shoot into ringing mess if there's excess resonances here. So far only Q40 has fully satisfied me here, no such issues present. Take CKS77 IEMs here and I have to take those IEMs out quickly out of my ears. I think possibly even M100 doesn't fare so well here, I remember some1 pointing out in the thread to test if the vocals sounded distorted at some point in this song (cough, resonance issues cough)
Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 2/13/13 at 6:06pm