Originally Posted by ubs28
How much better does the K10 perform in terms of imaging, sound staging, vocals and treble over the Shure SE846? Is the difference as big as the Shure SE846 vs Sennheiser HD800? Or is it just a minor improvement?
I haven't heard the HD800 in some time, so I can't use it as a reference point. I'll try to compare them against each other as best I can.
The soundstage on the K10s are wider with a bit more depth. Imaging on this stage is top notch; I could locate individual instruments with ease. In comparison, I feel that the W60 offers a marginal improvement (~10-15%) in imaging over the SE846, and the K10 tops Westone's in ear flagship by a little bit.
Vocals on the SE846 are excellent, in typical Shure house sound. However, I preferred the vocal presentation of the K10. Male voices sounded exceptionally powerful. This is the most subjective difference here, and you might certainly prefer the way the SE846 recreates vocals.
Treble on the other hand had more sparkle and was smoother overall. Extension was also more pronounced, but the K10s handled the high frequencies well - there was no hint of sibilance anywhere. The jump in quality is around 20% IMO.
BTW, the SE846 was tested with the blue filters on, so the treble presentation will be different if I had used the white filters instead. I'll be sure to audition them with the white filters when I visit my local headphone shop again.
Nevertheless, I love the SE846, and would certainly buy it if I had the chance (read: money). Still, after hearing the K10, I've come to appreciate and love the near perfect sound produced by these little gems. Is it worth the extra $600 over the SE846? For me, it definitely is.