Originally Posted by xnor
It might be a language barrier, but musical in German means something like
a) regarding music,
b) talented in making music.
Why not just say circuit X sounds more pleasing to the ear? Once we have that "claim", we can do listening tests to confirm the heard differences. After those were successful we can look at measurements and try to find a correlation.
Sure, some are just more useless than others. There's even free software to train exactly how peaks/dips etc. sound like.
When I say +5 dB peak at 100 Hz with +2.5 at 250 Hz, +0 at 500 Hz (like with the W1000x above) you should know exactly how it's gonna sound like. If you don't, you can play with an EQ and simply add this peak.
On the other hand, when somebody says "warm" I have to guess. I can ask the guy what he means but if he'll answer with "it has a full body, not thin, lush low mids" I still don't know precisely what the person is saying. All I can assume is that there is some kind of boost roughly in the bass range.
As audiophiles tend to like to distinguish even smallest differences why don't they use adequate language for that?
The words might not exist in our language yet, music has been around longer than then English Language has been,
But a small boost in bass does lead to weight and warmth in the mids. Indeed more comparisions to the w1000x and k550. The w1000x even with my MANY mods to decrease it's decay and tighen up it's sound signiture. It still remains it's slighty more forward mids weighty full bodied mids. It's more intimate on mid heavy songs, where as the k550 really keeps everything about the same, having a touch less weight and a little yet the same body. The weight would be from [as we've noted] the "louder" or increased driver response on the w1000x. The attack peaks a little louder than on the k550, so the more modest k550 and w1000x have equal decay. Which is why they both retain thier body. An ofc the little bit of bass that is in most low mids is given a little more energy as well on the w1000x. The mods I made to it helped cut down it's decay as well, not to mention the pads adding the same effect.
So that's good to know, a mid bass hump and forward mids result in more weight, but with to much weight and attack there can be a little to much decay which makes the mids overly smooth and kinda THICK, something like the w1000x needs the combination of a Solid State, Improved pads AND increased dampeing to create less decay and further compliment the attack of the mids. Keeping them very intimate but yet still punchy. Hence is why I modded my w1000x
Where as the K550 not having as much attack sounds a little tighter and not as warm or intimate, but still having good bodied mids that are sufficently warm. The k550 would only need a hybrid Tube if you wanted to add a little more weight to it's mids. A simple solution, when compared to the time and energy spent on the w1000x. So happy to have both cans honestly. Although the Dt 990 [due to it's EVEN bigger bass hump] has a great balance of delicate yet weighty mids [which are by no means forward] is pleasent. but slighty lacking in body though. The Dt 880 [having slighty more forward mids and a lessened but still humped bass] had even nicer mids.
In the end, even out of my Solid State both the K550 and w1000x have nice mids, I prefer the w1000x but pff for the price wish I would have gotten the k550 a long time ago [I got them in reverse order it seems lol] and ofc a very small mid bass boost adds a little weight to the k550, although the wooden resonnace of the w1000x also plays in part in it's weighty mids. To bad we can't measure how that wood changes the sound...
Edited by Mshenay - 8/19/13 at 8:06am