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Akg q701 vs audeze lcd2 vs fostex th600 vs hifiman he500 vs ultrasone signature pro

post #1 of 18
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Hello. I was wondering which one of these headphones is best for someone who:

1) listens to EVERY genre you can think of

2) does not really care about looks or comfort

3) does not care about portability

4) wants a headphone that does not really change its sound significantly depending on the amp and dac its paired with and wants a headphone that is easy to be driven and perhaps works well with cheaper amps and dacs such as fiio amps/dacs

I stress #1 and 4. I am someone who listens to every genre but mostly rock rap electronic jazz instrumentals pop classical. I need a headphone of that price to sound really well with cheaper yet quality amps and dacs; the sound needs to be just as good or almost as good as using it with expensive higher end amps and dacs. Thank you.
post #2 of 18

1) All headphones will play every genre you can think of.  Apart from some obvious traits (HD 800 wide soundstage being better for classical over a closed, bass heavy headphone) the best genre fit idea is subjective. And useless if you simply claim that you listen to every genre equally.

 

2) Don't care about comfort?  If you can't wear them, it doesn't matter how they sound.

 

3) Good, because except the Sig Pro, none of your selection are even remotely portable.

 

4) Eliminate the harder to drive headphones then- LCD2, HE 500 and arguably the AKG.

 

 

I can't speak about the Forstex (never heard them), so my suggestion is the Sig Pro. A great all rounder, significantly under rated on head fi.  But it won't win a popularity contest around here.

 

Having said that, I don't know where your selection came from, because it seems to be all over the place regarding sound signature types.  Do some more research.  Give people more information regarding what you like.  What headphones have you listened to in the past?  Which ones did you like, don't like? What signature are you looking for - u, n, r, flat?

post #3 of 18

Listening to TH600 right now - bliss.

Excellent all rounder and soundstage of an open pair. They are basically semi-open so will leak and don't isolate much at all.

Most comfy and light headphone I've ever had.

 

I'm very interested in Sig Pro as well, mainly for the portability/sealing capabilities. To have the clarity and lush sound of the Fostex on public transport or in the office would be amazing. I believe the Ultrasones are a bit less comfy (clamp, headband etc) so may not be as good for epic long listening sessions at home, depending on the size of your ears.

 

From what I've read and seen measurements-wise the Sig Pro are also more 'neutral' if that is something you're after whereas the Fostex are slightly more V-shaped, but to me suit my sound signature preferences perfectly and I've not heard a genre that doesn't sound great on them. Amazing deep bass too.

 

Personally not interested in any of the other 'phones in your shortlist - AKGs meant to be bass anemic (As are most AKGs I've tried, but the K701 65th Anniversiary and K712Pro are apparently decent). Audeze and HE500 would be very heavy on the head/neck. My HE400 which are lighter than HE500 get no head time anymore because they feel like a ton of bricks compared to the Fostex (and don't sound as good either)

post #4 of 18

I was looking for a pair of closed cans, and after auditioning the TH600 and the Audio Technica ATH-W1000, I went with the Audio Technica.     I found the TH600s a little bit on the bright side for my tastes, especially with recordings that are prone to being shrill.

post #5 of 18
Depends on what your ears are used to and what signature you prefer. Th600 have a slight v freq response, but to me are just super enjoyable with all music. Wouldnt describe them as bright myself just very detailed yet not to the point you get distracted and can't just get lost in the music.

Sounds great out of almost anything too but I think with the right amp they could give $2k headphones a run for their money in fact some people prefer them.
post #6 of 18

sticking with the topic how does the sound signature curve of the q701 compare with the TH600?

post #7 of 18

AKG = faster, leaner, drier and colder. Analytic, in a word. The TH600 has full, wet bass, more sparkle in the highs, and is easier to drive. Exciting, in a word. Pretty typical for open vs. closed, as well.

post #8 of 18
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AKG = faster, leaner, drier and colder. Analytic, in a word. The TH600 has full, wet bass, more sparkle in the highs, and is easier to drive. Exciting, in a word. Pretty typical for open vs. closed, as well.

Is it worth having both in my collection, I see the Q701 as the best $200 one can spend on headphones

post #9 of 18

I agree with ya on that, bud! They got a lot of head time, even though my LCD's are just as close. They'd compliment each other real nice... and sometimes you can get the TH600's for $600.

post #10 of 18
Looking for a closed can with the same soundstage of the q791. Ideas or should I just buy a amp that can better drive the crossfade LP?
post #11 of 18

The TH600 honestly has a very open stage for a closed can, as does the HP50. The TH600 is definitely wider, though. The LP shouldn't be too hard to drive, and I'm not sure how much it scales. Either way, you won't get a Q701 sized stage out of it.

post #12 of 18
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I agree with ya on that, bud! They got a lot of head time, even though my LCD's are just as close. They'd compliment each other real nice... and sometimes you can get the TH600's for $600.

$600 new or used?

post #13 of 18

Yes. New.

post #14 of 18
Yup
post #15 of 18

Whereabouts have you seen them for $600 new?  I'd jump on them for that price!

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