My time with the Dido is coming to a close tonight, as I'll be shipping them off tomorrow to ourpfshero for his turn.
I'll finish my audition review by first thanking my friend gelocks for getting this going and for Dido for joining in and offering up an audition unit. Doing these auditions gives us all more points of reference which helps us decide on the age old question for most of us - what next?
The past few days I spent listening to these almost exclusively, with a little bit of time with my D2000's after I got the cups Lawton damped, mostly as a comparison to the Dido sound, since I know the Denon signature oh so well.
Again, the one complaint I continue to have is the pads - not quite large enough of an opening for my ears to nestle perfectly, yet not awful and really never felt pain or anything resembling what I felt with the original M100 pads or the Signature Pro pads. So in a nutshell though, the Dido just does not fit comfortably as in it doesn't disappear. Bending the headband helped the clamp, comfort as well as eliminating the "creaking" sounds I've read so much about. That one "mod" if you could call it that solved any issue I could find with the headphone out of the box, with the exception of the pads.
I was eyeing the pads, thinking if I could just remove them and try my spare set of Alpha pads in their place, it might make this close to a perfect headphone, but didn't dare. The sound overall, when I was listening out of my iPod Classic/Arrow 3G combo while riding my exercise bike in the garage, was excellent. Actually I think it sounded better out of my portable setup than out of the three vintage amps I tried. Not that they sounded bad, the Arrow just had a great synergy with the Dido's.
So for the $800 or whatever the street price is, I feel these are better than either Ultrasone Signature line (of which I owned one and auditioned the other) as well as better than my old Edition 8's due to the amazing bass. The Ed 8 comfort wins hands down in this price range of the three Ultrasones I've tried.
Do they compete with my D7000 or the TH600 I auditioned? No, but to me nothing can compete with the Foster/Denon sound signature. It is as close to perfect to me as I can imagine and I keep looking for other alternatives and likely always will. It's part of being a Lean practitioner - small incremental improvements (kaizen) are always to be attempted, which is why I have my TH900's at Lawton Audio for his damping treatment.
The Dido is a very good headphone, and I think after making the clamp tighter it really helped it seal better, feel better and not feel as if it would fall off your head if you made a quick move.
Thanks again gelocks!