Originally Posted by Mshenay
I can ignore it just fine actually. Granted I do not like it much for rock an what not, as the guitars often get a little drowned out by the bass
but the mids are still very real. for CLassical I very much do enjoy it! Still the Dt 880 balanced out of the Audio GD 10ES2 really does out shine it a little. Making the flaws of the SE dt 990 a little more obvious... that said we'll see how the HE 400 does here soon!
Again it depends on recordings. I was listening to Pulse a little earlier on the 990s and it sounded great, but Delicate Sound of Thunder flacs sounded quite a bit brighter and just didn't work as well on the 990s. They're both rock, the same band, the same songs, just different live concerts and recordings. And again, One Slip from Momentary laps of Reason sounded not great, and from what I remember, Welcome to the Machine from Wish You Were Here sounded great.
I don't really feel that the bass drowns out anything on the 990s, and that's what seems quite impressive about, they retain a very detailed midrange eventhough the mids are indeed recessed. But I guess it's almost counter-intuitive that the mids aren't indeed drowned out... Hell, listening now and Gilmour's voice on W(ish)YWH has none of that edginess/harshness of One Slip, and the 990s do a great job on that song, no real complaint really!
I just switched to the Q701s, significant sound difference, definitely more neutral, yet sounds a bit more shouty/harsh in comparison; not that the Q701 sounds harsh/shouty, but its more neutral sound signature, on that record, feels much dryer as it doesn't have the low end of the 990. (would be less of an 'issue' if the recording had inherently more bass) The AKG is definitely more detailed though. No question, better headphone imho, but that said, the 990s aren't bad on WYWH, went back to the 990s, listened to it for a 4th time, one of those times I'd have a hard time choosing which 'version' I prefer! :\
And strangely, both 990s and Q701s are rather new, 990s 1 month older than Q701s, but I seem to reach more often for the 990s, even if like I said, I really think the Q701s are better headphones... Weird... I guess, maybe subconsciously, I think the 990s are more enjoyable... Well, sometimes at least, other times I don't like how they sound though.. :( lol
Edited by GirgleMirt - 9/24/13 at 7:30pm