Some quick comparison tracks between my Superlux and the Tascam: First, in the special compendium album Burt Bacharach - "Something Big." In "Reach Out for Me," the first female vocal entry has actually plenty of air and is very neutral and natural and there is decent soundstaging and placement of those vocals in the left channel. In "I Say a Little Prayer," the very, very, barely noticeable vocals in the left channel behind the calliope are actually noticeable and still warm, smooth, but not overly rich, a la HD650. The Tascam actually performs better here than the Superlux, a real plus! Just like Tyll said and the graph confirms, the treble has a slightly nasal, stratchy quality, which is apparent in the initial intermix between the cymbals and the scratcher in the middle channel but I can endure it just for the purity of tone. Winner: Tascam.
The iconic Brazilian band Legion Urbana sounds quite good in their live album Acústico MTV. In particular, "Índios" and "Mais do Mesmo" seems to highlight the effortless, natural detailing. What stands out is that I can easily switch my aural focus between the different instruments and Renato Russo's voice more as if I were there live. Oh, and that naturalness of tone makes it convincing again. It doesn't have the naturalness of shine and shimmer that the Superlux excels at emiting. But it does do worlds better, for me, with the vocals, and exhibiting the rolling of warmth through the sonic space, giving a greater authenticity to it all. On a whole, it is much easier to sit back and just enjoy the sound. Winner: Tascam.
At this point, live recordings and instrumental and vocal music all sound great. In other songs I will describe here later, digitally created sounds and cymbal definition aren't quite what I'd like but it's actually very fast and accessible. Again, there is something about the drivers that makes me forget all about the lack of response-related apparency of definition and just relax and enjoy. It's almost as if a Sennheiser HD650 and a Shure SRH840 were merged, any excess warmth was completely deflated, and the bass and midrange quality and detailing were further perfected. It is still hard to say what my thoughts are about the synthesizer artificiality, but I will continue listening and see what I think.
Now, after a bit of time and switching between headphones, the Superlux sounds a bit lifeless in comparison. Granted, the Superlux still has a bunch of energy and does great in the treble and very well in the midrange. It just lacks some heft and authority to be convincing. Yes, I like the Tascam MUCH more! And Tascam's treble problem has almost entirely disappeared after some mental or mechanical burn-in because everything sounds just so good now! Hall ambience and clarity is actually well weaved and more natural and, surprisingly, there is more detail, more than even the Superlux--just wow! (esp. The Carpenters - Yesterday Once More, Paula Fernandes - Ao Vivo) The bass especially is so effortless when hooked into my Objective 2. In the case of "City Escape: Act 1" from the Sonic Generations soundtrack, the opening bass goes all the way down to places I have never heard and it is just so effortless and unobtrusive at the same time--truly reference quality bass. Said simply: If you love quality bass, get these! They trump the ATH-m50 by a mile in bass alone!
This also has reawakened my original wish of buying a Denon D2000 or D5000 which are said to be warmer, more fun headphones. There's eBay but still I could have gotten a good price for them during some of the fire sales a while ago. I may seriously reconsider the eBay option and buy one when the best opportunity comes along if it has warmth like this along with the treble definition I am after. At any rate, they would be a good contrast and a nice change of pace to my Shure SRH940.
Albums Used in Testing:
Glenn Miller - Swing Time
Burt Bacharach - Something Big - The Complete A&M Years... And More!
Paula Fernandes - Meus Encantos
" - Paula Fernandes Ao Vivo
" - Pássaro de Fogo
Jorge & Mateus - E Aí Já Era
Sonic Team - Blue Blur: Sonic Generations Original Soundtrack
Jorge Vercillo - D.N.A.
Bread - Anthology of Bread
Chuck Mangione - Classics in Modern Jazz, Volume 6
Legião Urbana - A Tempestade
" - Acústico MTV
" - Legião Urbana
" - V
SEGA- Sonic Adventure "Songs with Attitude"
The Carpenters - Yesterday Once More
Lindsey Stirling - Lindsey Stirling
Edited by Hifihedgehog - 11/7/13 at 1:34pm