well... first impressions aren't wow impressions. Though its harder for me to be wowed now a days I wouldnt say its because of that. These are pretty bassy.
compared to my yamaha on bass heavy songs they both hit as hard. Xanlamin was right about the yamaha having more rumble. Its because the housing on the yamaha along with its attack gives more freedom to the vibrations. I do like the rumble though. I dont think headphones should loose that all the way... it adds excitement.
It makes a lot of sense for a headphone to have less rumble but more bass quantity.
The thing I need to study more now is non bass heavy songs. The hd 8 dj does sound more bass heavy on those. I ran into an issue on the first male vocal track I played and it sounded muted in a way. I dont know how to explain it. Maybe like this:
When I am in the studio recording and then I go back into the mixing room to hear the playback they usually adjust my vocals right infront of me. If I add too much bass to my voice to make it sound more deep like I like, it messes up the clarity. It doesnt mean the take wasnt clear or the equipment isnt good quality but it takes the life out of it even though I want it more bassy. So often times I have to raise the upper mids of my vocal a little as well as the middle mids and almost leave the lower end of the vocal take alone. This isnt always the case but in general thats what we have to do.
To give an example: If I were to eq barry whites voice to make it sound clearer you would think I would curve the upper bass. Actually I would curve the lower mids and mids. Or say bob marley... I would add a little upper mids and middle mids. The lower mids or bass of the take is not where the pronunciation is.
How does that apply here... well that is exactly what I hear with the male vocals is that kind of sound when I ask them to put more bass in my voice. They have no life. Also the highs could be a little more present. I like dark headphones though but this has no air and is almost suffocating right now. That was my gripe about the 7520. @RPGWiZaRD I can see what he was guessing now and he was pretty correct. I dont think he would like them.
The sound has a lot of refinement to it though. This will take more time for sure. Its not a hit out of the park in one day listen. I really need to dive into them and study them more but this is what I gather on day one. It may be a bit too much info on day one with not even a full hour of music playing.
Its not like the bass is sloppy booming all over the music. Some notes sound really clear and even clearer than my yamaha but the lower mids right now to me sound problematic. There must be an upper mid dip or something somewhere. I will mess with audioforge to try and figure it out.
So far it seems that it does make non bass heavy music sound bass heavy a little. I ALSO NEED TO CHECK ON FEMALE VOCALS TOO.
I am not firm on this from it being only one day. There is a ton to like about 'em. The isolation is amazing. The noise leakage is above average. The cups are smaller than I thought. the build is dope, actually the best build on a hp to date. Its extremely practical. I am not used to this much practicality in a headphone. Putting them on every time will take some getting used to. The features are perfect for a dj from an outsiders view.
Edited by grizzlybeast - 3/11/14 at 10:27pm