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Do high-end headphones sound more speaker-like than lower-end headphones?

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I have had my ATH-M50s for six months, and my Beyerdynamic DT-1350 for a month. They both sound great! Anyway, I am thinking of moving ahead to a high-end headphone (the sennheiser hd700). In my upgrade, I am searching for something closer to the big sound produced by speakers. My question is, do those high end headphone have bigger sound than the ones I already own, or is it just that they are better technically in producing lows, mids and highs?

post #2 of 11

No they dont sound bigger.  There's just subtle refinement the higher up you go.

post #3 of 11
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I was hoping to get relatively speaker-like sounding headphones, but this seems to be far fetched :/

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In my opinion, polite sounding (open) headphones with wide soundstage sound more speaker-like than the others. And is not about how expensive they are.
My Pioneer Se-A1000 have great soundstage out of my Fiio E07K (Amp/Dac) especially when playing songs with good dynamic range.

Greetings!

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I was hoping to get relatively speaker-like sounding headphones, but this seems to be far fetched :/

Really would scope out all of your options in the price range before you make a purchase. The HD700 is pretty notorious for under performing in its price range, not that many people really seem to like the sound of it either.

 

In regards to your question, I wouldn't say that just because a headphone is higher end it possesses more of a speaker like personal - It's really more of a design to design basis. I will however say that every upgrade I've made thus far in my audio equipment has given me a new level of immersion in the music, I started with the M50s as well and worked my way up slowly.

 

Headphones are a different experience to speakers all together. The best thing is to just have both for either occasion, with what you gain from one you miss out on the other.

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or maybe the bigger the driver, the bigger the sound???

post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by lofthanza View Post

or maybe the bigger the driver, the bigger the sound???

     Definitely no.

 

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Originally Posted by Gnomeplay View Post

Headphones are a different experience to speakers all together. The best thing is to just have both for either occasion, with what you gain from one you miss out on the other.

     +1

post #8 of 11
The most "speaker-like" headphone I´ve ever heard is the JVC/Victor DX1000.
 
They have a really speaker-like bass and sound stage, I think thats why I can sit and listen to them for hours and hours and just enjoy the music withour ever tiring :)
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Originally Posted by lofthanza View Post

I have had my ATH-M50s for six months, and my Beyerdynamic DT-1350 for a month. They both sound great! Anyway, I am thinking of moving ahead to a high-end headphone (the sennheiser hd700). In my upgrade, I am searching for something closer to the big sound produced by speakers. My question is, do those high end headphone have bigger sound than the ones I already own, or is it just that they are better technically in producing lows, mids and highs?

 

 

I would suggest open phones as your next audition.  I have both of your phones, and my HD650s and HF2s have that greater sound stage and impact you describe wanting.  And those aren't even known for that effect, just are more so then my closed phones...

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The most "speaker-like" headphone I´ve ever heard is the JVC/Victor DX1000.
 
They have a really speaker-like bass and sound stage, I think thats why I can sit and listen to them for hours and hours and just enjoy the music withour ever tiring :)


Agreed! The headstage seems like a headsized sphere with a natural and nice amount of reverb. The only headphone I have heard that does just that... But they still sounds like headphones after all. They do have a very perceivable space, though.

 

Else Stax don't sound like speakers, the soundstage isn't big and spacious, but they do imaging very well. Could be a possibility

 

I have heard some positive things about the Ifi amplifier with its 3d sound thingy also...

 

There's of course the hd800, amazing soundstage, but still not that speaker like.

 

And then there's som other exotic headphones like the akg k1000 and stax sigma, so on so forth... They are more headspeakers then phones.

post #11 of 11
Depends to be honest. Depends what headphones you have, what amplifier (if) you have.
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