Yeah I'm fully aware of this, that's the basis of he thread ;) The weird sounding voice of DG on One slip does have a sort of weird peakiness to it, and it just happens to get made much worse by what I'd guess would be the ~8khz bump of the DT990s... So in this instance, as I mentioned, it sounds way off, if I had listened to that track at a shop while trying out the 990s, I'd have thrown them aside and said what is this garbage...
BUT, as I mentioned, other songs, an orchestral piece with heavy drums http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJsEYwguuj8 sounds absolutely phenomenal, throws out a huge soundstage which is hard to believe for headphones, the voices are crisp, the music envelops you... In comparison, the Q701 although it's more accurate/neutral, just sounds quite a bit bland in comparison, the soundstage is much smaller, you don't get the same sort of enveloping bass effect, imho, 990s does this piece quite a bit better!
So basically, for me the the 990s are almost like an effect/mod, in the same sense as say a tube amp. A tube amp which adds warmth for instance might be great for some music, but when you've got a warm record, then it can become too much. Same for 990, bass and treble, might sound fine often, but then you get to a record where it really sounds off...
So... Haha, just wondering how most feel about the 990 in that sense. I'm mixed. For speaker amplification I've always been a proponent of fidelity and so solid state. Yet, for the 990s, as I said, I'm quite sure I'd regret selling them because all too often I go: "I wonder how that would sound on the 990s.."
As I mentioned, some seem to see no downsides to the 990s, and I wonder a bit how that's possible. Listen to what this guy says about the 990s; http://youtu.be/RCgt5s4t8G0?t=4m10s
paraphrasing the above review: "bass is impressive, go low, stay clean and accurate, don't struggle on any music, good for R&B, jazz, pop, everything. Bass always spot on. Extremely accurate, extremely detailed. Star of the show is the midrange. Buttery smooth, lots struggle there, not the 990s, midrange is really incredible! never fatiguing, never harsh, always just perfect, beautiful sound. X singer, on headphones which can reproduce headphones like these can, oh just wonderful experience! Midrange, beautiful, wonderful, etc. Treble, very good, detailed, accurate, never fatiguing, never harsh, never ear piercing, only knock, doesn't have that extra layer of detail, that gives you the airy sound. These headphones, insanely good, just missing that last bit of airyness which would put them over the top. Fell in love, one of my favorite headphones I've ever heard, beautiful midrange, vocals which is most difficult, you'll be in love, just beautiful! Truly finely balanced from top to bottom! Handle everything without a sweat".
So... I'd qualify that review as over the top positive... And it makes me a bit wonder if we have the same headphones ;) Like I said, me, I'd have trouble giving an exact figure, but I'd say they're often just hit or miss. They can sound phenomenal, but at the same time, they can sound like downright garbage too. I mean that song One Slip... Gosh... I was never expecting it to sound so damn bad. Ok maybe they're not that bad, but if I had to rate them for that song, the drums would be probably 9/10, the sound effects (bright sounds) 8/10, the clocks ringing 5/10 (can hear some harshness), but the voice... It has an edginess to it which is almost painful, 2/10. So on these particular vocals, they're bad... But other vocals, they can be great too!
So yeah... I can see why some would not like them, but it's hard to not like them when they're playing a song they do a fantastic job on... So for me, it's like they've got two faces, and you never know if you'll get this beautiful maiden or if it'll rear it's ugly head. And so, I don't really know what to think or say about them. LOL
If these were a speaker amp, I'd say lose it, it's not a very good amp, get a solid/neutral solid state. But since it's headphones, and for instance I have Q701s which are neutral and I can use them whenever I like, or use the 990s whenever I like, I kinda like them, sometimes, and sometimes I almost hate them because they sound way off... Anyhow, just wondering how others feel about them. Reading the 990 appreciation thread, it seems to either be a hate them or love them. Not many seem to be sitting between the two like me!
Edited by GirgleMirt - 9/20/13 at 3:59pm