I like the idea of the dynamics described with the 990, but i am afraid of that treble spike everybody keeps talking about. I can take strong treble as long as it doesn't actually get sibilant or fake sounding.
I like the idea of the soundstage described with the 701 (well both really). But perhaps it doesn't have quite the sub bass for my tastes and people keep saying theyre not good for metal.
Ive seen several different people now say that the 600 ohm dt990 is the best one with the most control and balance. I do believe i have at least adequate source to run them for now. definitely my dac is decent and i can select another amp soon enough.
I got this here dac
And this here amp for now. collectors item. worth a mint :)
Anyway never mind that. Are there any other suggestions of this echelon of price (right on $200) and quality that perhaps run the middle ground between these 2 or at least honestly compete in some way?
Ive seen a few threads where people mostly have it narrowed down to these 2. im saying is there any last thing right in this ballpark i should consider? Or even that just comes out of the blue and smashes them both perhaps that im missing altogether... 225is, srh840, hd598, t50rp with self modding intended
Being a graduate from iem's altogether (dont know why ive been stuck on them for so long.) and having a little bit of experience. I actually tend to enjoy the more closed designs (of iems). Nothing to do with outside noise or lack of isolation. Just some iems seem to really screw the sound up with excessive porting or just odd housing designs. Even high dollar ones. I rather the ones that are well extended but have honest sound and allow the music to get as deep or distant or wide as it does on it's own rather than exaggerating things with bad porting. But im kindof assuming people are talking about a different kind of soundstage this time around. Like the real kind... This is why im considering some open backs and not just playing it safe so to speak with some dt770s... I'm trying to take that extra tiny little leap that i keep hearing i should.
Is the treble really that punishing on the dt990 600 ohms. I like treble as long as it's not shrill or fake. So lets say i like everything else im hearing about the dt990 except im scared of the treble actually being sibilant... What else might be just right.
Or should i look towards a quality closed back in the same price range for that quiet background and bass impact and overall honestness that i like. If so... i do not like fatiguing midbass hump (unless the track is really pushing it) but more like the really lowest lows to come in clear. slightly recessed mids are ok slightly as long as they come back in soon enough without a sudden spike too early and the highs can be a little nice and crystal like but not shrill or truly sibilant (which i think of as an obvious crackling you need to turn your treble down or damage your speaker kind of sound)..
Im thinking i'll be ok with the 990s. I like my REO's treble if anybody knows those. If it's no more high pitched than those than I think we're set.
Thanks for reading and any input while i spend the next who knows how long deciding on this.
Edited by rock&rollfrenchfries - 1/25/14 at 3:33am