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Headphones with Denon D5000 like sound

post #1 of 37
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What headphones have a sound signature similar to what the AHD5000s had (bassy, warm headphone with great mids and fairly bright treble. -citing MalVeauX). I've been told the Mr Speakers Mad Dog with Alpha Pads.  What I would ultimately like is something that is maybe a little "better" than the D5000's were. I sold mine thinking their value would drop with the D600, D7100 coming out (Egg on my face from that one). Are the D600, D7100's as bad as people say. If you're someone like me who wants that colored sound and not something flat, but I still want detail and soundstage, is the D600 and 7100 still a bad choice? Is there sound signature a total departure from the D5000? 

I listen to mostly classic rock, rock, punk rock, etc. I can't stand the brightness of Grado's. I had some Sennheiser Momentums and found them to be "boring" going from the D5000s. 

I powered the D5000 with an E10 and loved it. Looking at a E17/E07 and E09 combo or Schiit Magni Modi combo for my next HP. 

 

 

Any thoughts would be great, so would links to threads that address any of these questions.

 

Thanks guys

post #2 of 37

Um... I would check out the Pro 900s. They might be right up your alley. I had the D5000s for about 5 months and sold them last fall after getting the Pro 900s. I still have the Pro 900s and I love them! For me, I think they were very comprable to the D5000s, plus you get the added portability of the Pro 900s! I've not heard any of Denon's new line so I can't comment. I would also try asking this question in the recommendations thread. You will get answers from people with a lot more experience than me!

post #3 of 37
Thread Starter 

Ok. Thanks for the response. I'm going to look into those ultrasones some more.

post #4 of 37
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Originally Posted by charlie875578 View Post

 I can't stand the brightness of Grado's.

 

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Originally Posted by JmanOfIsrael View Post

Um... I would check out the Pro 900s. 

 

The Pro 900's have the most ridiculous, piercing, grating high-end of any headphone I've ever heard. Someone else around here put it perfectly: "It's like getting double-teamed in the ears." I call them Jackhammer highs. 

 

If the OP doesn't like bright and harsh treble, he should avoid the Pro 900 like the plague. 

post #5 of 37

I guess everyone has their own opinion. I have been able to do 2+ hours with the Pro 900 without any fatigue. In contrast, 20 minutes with the SR60i starts to get painful. I attribute Ultrasone's S-Logic to the decreased pressure on the eardrum resulting in a less painful listening experience. I also did the kees mod which brought the mids forward, tightened the bass, and tamed the highs (in my opinion).

 

Am I wrong though in saying that the Pro 900 has a much warmer tone than the Grados? The Pro 900 most certainly has a lush, more full sounding bass than Grados in the same price range. Anyways, I've always enjoyed classic rock on the SR325is and thought they did well with similar genres.

post #6 of 37

To be honest, I have not heard but a couple Grados. I can speak to the Ultrasones as I have heard almost all of them, and many other headhones. The Pro 900 is one of the brightest headphones in existence. Sure, it's got a load of mid-bass, but it also has an outrageous high-end. And that bass could be tighter, like on the XB1000. But the Pro 900 has more impact in the bass as a whole over XB1000. 

 

Charlie what's the budget here? Can you check out the Ultrasone Signature Pro? 

post #7 of 37

The PRO900 can be bright at first, but in my case they have improved after hours of burn-in. Some even say that if you buy an aftermarket cable, it also tame the highs. (Not a cables believer though)

 

Of course my personal experience

post #8 of 37

Well, if the 900 is out of the question due to the overly bright nature of them, 

 

What's the next contender? 

post #9 of 37

VModa M-100 is a great can. Definitely should be on the list to check out. Again, Sig Pro too much?

post #10 of 37
Ultrasone Signature DJ - if that's in your price range.

The D600 is NOT as bad as people say. In fact, I love how it sounds. The problem is, the D600 doesn't sound that much better than the D2000 even though it was priced (brand new) the same as the D5000. Ironically, precisely because of the bad rep, in the used market, you can probably get a D600 for less than a D2000, which makes it the better deal.

post #11 of 37

Hmm, if this chart is anything to go by, the D600 is actually looking like a pretty good candidate for "Similar sound to D5000"

http://i.imgur.com/EgbG6.png

post #12 of 37
Thread Starter 

Hey thanks man. Very interesting, indeed.

post #13 of 37
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Originally Posted by charlie875578 View Post

Hey thanks man. Very interesting, indeed.


Very welcome, still waiting on more candidates, as there is still differences between the two (notably the high roll-off on the D600), and the D600 isn't the cheapest option out.

post #14 of 37
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Originally Posted by jensy View Post

Hmm, if this chart is anything to go by, the D600 is actually looking like a pretty good candidate for "Similar sound to D5000"

http://i.imgur.com/EgbG6.png

 

Except for the mid-bass dip in the 600. Lose some punch there. 

 

Just because a frequency chart shows similar measurements across the frequency spectrum, does not mean that they will be of similar quality. There's lots more to measure and plot. Impedance, and decay... but STILL, there's so much a graph can never impart... how the music is actually translated. Does it work for you or not? 

post #15 of 37

I agree that the chart doesn't necessarily mean it will be of the exact frequency response, and that any chart could have been created in any test conditions whatsoever, so no, it may not be accurate. 

As I'm trying to help OP (and myself) find a suitable sounding headphone to the D5000, I'm willing to investigate options, and input whatever I can to the conversation to help.


So yeah, my original point still remains, that the D600 is looking like a pretty good candidate for "Similar sound to D5000", if that chart is anything to go by.

If anyone has heard both, please feel free to chime in! 


Edited by White Lotus - 6/12/13 at 12:41am
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