Originally Posted by martyn73
Thanks for the reply. Please can you explain what is the noticeable 'etch'? Would you say the SR-307 is overall smoother than the SR-202?
The Koss ESP-950s look interesting but I can't find a dealer in the UK. I had a pair of very cheap Koss headphones years ago which gradually disintegrated until finally ending up being recycled.
I don't really know how best to describe it except via words typically used to describe physical things: "dry" ... "hard" ... "etched" ... and it just occurs in certain portions of the midrange (again, I lack the terms here) ... especially on louder areas of the midrange (think female vocals, mid-key piano strikes, etc.) ...
Again, hard to explain.
As I've read about, I've come to see that the Lambdas in general, all have a bit of this (stats in general too though some, supposedly are immune) ... but in my experience, the 307's (and probably that whole series) suffer from it markedly more than the 303's and 404's ... and I've found the 404 Limited Editions to have the least of any Lambda I've heard (though I've not heard that many).
Similarly, the Koss 950 cans are devoid of this mid range glare/hardness/etch. Really, just insofar as pure musical enjoyment? Including an appropriate amount of resolution, detail and sound stage? I'd say the Koss 950's are the best "all around" headphones I've ever owned (from Jazz to Metal to Rock to Chamber to Electronic to Every genre, really). And I've heard HD800's, all the Grados, all the other Senns, tons of AKG's, quite a few Stax, Beyer T1's, all the LCD variants (which I personally find hugely over rated) ... all the Shures ...
Really, the Koss cans are quite a find. I've had mine up as an interest check for a bit since getting the 404LE's ... since the latter do just about everything just as good ... but just can't bring myself to sell them.