Originally Posted by Kdavis71
I really don't see the hype with lossless recordings. I got a bunch of lossless recordings that I listen to on Jriver MC 19 with Sony Ma900. I also listen to music on youtube and pandora radio for more variety and they are both said to not have good audio quality. I think Pandora radio is said to be like 64 kbps or something but I can't really tell a difference. Sometimes it even seems to me if the same song comes on radio that I have in Flac format I prefer the pandora version.
I guess these headphones just arn't revealing of flaws in recordings which is fine by me. I have never experienced a high end headphone but from the sounds of it, they don't sound that appealing to me. Less bass, more expensive, more dependent on equipment, Also I would have to be stuck listening to just well recording music. I'm not a fan of classical and lots of the common audiophile music.
If I ever somehow end up with a load of money and nothing to spend it on, the only high end headphone that actually sounds appealing to me is the Audeze Lcd 2.
I found the quality of the recording itself often makes a bigger difference than how compressed a song is or not. Revealing headphones do make the difference of compression a bit more dramatic though. Youtube isn't as bad as some people make it out to be, sure some videos have horrid quality but some actually have very good quality.
How easy the MA900 was to work with to make sound good was one of the things I liked the most about them, I could plug them into my laptop directly or something and be happy with the sound. They are my top personal recommendation for $200 open-back headphones for beginning audiophiles because they are easy plug in and not worry about system matching headphones and one of the best sounding headphones around $200 as well. I only really thought the K612 sounded better overall than the MA900 at the $200 mark but the catches being the K612 is more revealing(at least it's not fatiguing about it), demanding, and can honestly be a pain to get good synergy with. It ends up being a more expensive headphone in the end because it needs an amp and a decent dac that have good synergy with it, so it's not really a headphone I recommend to people starting their audiophile journey.
I can understand that, after having listened to many high-end headphones, I found many a combination of too bright and too fatiguing in general and since I look for a non-fatiguing genre masters in my headphones many just don't do it for me. Only a few thoroughly impressed me because even though they were revealing they didn't make a lot of the stuff sound bad nor did they cause listening fatigue.