Originally Posted by n3rdling
Originally Posted by zerodeefex
I currently use modded HD800s
009s on the KGSSHV and the treble really turned me off.
Something doesn't add up.
It's a matter of word selection and personal meaning attributed to those words. The modded HD800 (the latest mods) do a lot to tame the treble, but it's still a slightly bright headphone if we look at the treble in relation to the midrange. However, the HD800 isn't as "lean" as the SR-007 if we consider the mid/high bass region in relation to the mids. Measurements not withstanding, and assuming a good seal, the SR-009 appears to lose energy, just slightly - a few db, as we move down to 20Hz. Not really a big deal.
I never thought the SR-009 and KGSSHV (or T2DIY) combo was "bright" with the sources and recodings I used. However, I can certainly see people finding the SR-009/KGSSHV overly analytical, too etched, or too edgy (which is separate from brightness) depending upon source and recordings used. Combined with the fact that the SR-009 doesn't have the HD800's broad mid/high bass bump, all these factors could certainly contribute to people finding the KGSSHV setup "bright". As a saide note, the combo that I found painfully etched and strident was the SR-009 + Headamp BHSE (not to be confused with n3rdlings BH) + Oppo (SABRE) regardless of recording. (the BHSE has always seemed "brighter" to the KGSS/HV builds I have heard)
There's not much current choice anyways. Just pick your poison. KGSS/HV, LL2, WES, SR727. Or get the Aristaeus if you can get Justin to build one for you. Whatever strokes folks weiners.
Edited by purrin - 5/7/14 at 8:55am