Originally Posted by papamogl
Ouch, that listening session didn't go well. No Sony SA3000 there - pitty. No HD600 too, so the HD650 had to step in. I still prefer the sound signature of the AKG K701, but boy is it ugly (doesn't bother me too much), and boy is it uncomfortable! Not only the headband, but the earpads too were somehow squeezing (I know, my had is oddly shaped ).
So I went out of the shop empty handed and back to square one. I'm now very interested in the LFF Paradox, but it's risky to order without hearing them first (which I can't in switzerland). How would a Maddog compare to a K701 in terms of neutrality, detail retrieval and soundstage? These were points where the K701 really impressed me. Listening to a Haydn string quartet I could hear every oh so subtle intake of breath etc. - far more so than on the HD650
Solo wind instrumentation (woodwinds and brass) I give the edge to the Ortho-dogs. That lower midrange warmth really give a NICE presentation of acoustic resonance.... you know that sound a clarinet player gets when the take a deep breath and belt out the note so it sustains from their chest / deep in their gut?... thats the sound of the mad dogs... and they have that aspect of the K701 beat outright. They can back off too, and play lighter, more airy, "fluffy" notes with elegant, grace and ease too.
My niece is a clarinet player so I know what that instrument is supposed to sound like, when its played live infront of you... the HD650 (and my HD580) is definitely NOT it IMHO of course.
I was talking to Dan at a recent meet, and he's a classical flute player. So he tunes those RP50s with an ear towards the live instrument played in person. He spent some time with me sifting through his music library on his demo table, specifically picking out tracks and artists with well recorded flute. It was a very educational discussion, but I came away with a strong liking for his Ortho creations. On a more subjective note, this to me is how a headphone should be designed (using the live instrument played in person as the sonic reference). Its probably why I prefer the RS1 (and the wood grados in general) so much as a guitar player. I am a huge Ian Anderson / Martin Barr (Jethro Tull) fan. I could see myself picking up a maddog just for how well it presents solo flute. Now if I could combine that with the RS1 into one headphone that would be Tull-heaven.
Edited by kramer5150 - 4/2/13 at 11:09am