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Sound Signature: sub $500 Equivalents of Summit Fi Headphones

post #1 of 5
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I wanted to ask what the sub $500 headphone equivalent of different summit fi headphones are in terms of sound signature, i.e. if you like the sound signature of sub $500 headphone x, you will probably like summit fi headphone y (or rather summit fi headphone y has a similar sound signature).

 

I remember reading an old post where someone mentioned something like this (can't remember it exactly) :

 

HD600->HE500

HD650->LCD2/3

DT880->T1

K702->HD800

 

Any thoughts?

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I wanted to ask what the sub $500 headphone equivalent of different summit fi headphones are in terms of sound signature, i.e. if you like the sound signature of sub $500 headphone x, you will probably like summit fi headphone y (or rather summit fi headphone y has a similar sound signature).

 

I remember reading an old post where someone mentioned something like this (can't remember it exactly) :

 

HD600->HE500

HD650->LCD2/3

DT880->T1

K702->HD800

 

Any thoughts?

 

Not a bad rough translation in my opinion. Although I would say the HE-5LE would be closer to the HD600 sound signature than the HE-500.

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply! I haven't heard much talk about the HE-5LE, doesn't seem to be as popular as the HE 300/400/500 or HE6?

 

What about sub $500 equivalents of other summit fi headphones like the Stax sr 007/009, Fostex TH900, Grado PS1000/GS1000i etc...?

post #4 of 5

By "sound signature," do you mean frequency response, imaging, distortion, or something else?  I've found that frequency response can be altered quite a bit through EQ, but imaging and distortion cannot be changed so easily.  In fact, I would argue that low distortion is probably the most important feature of a headphone when comparing it to a summit-fi equivalent, and low midrange distortion is the most important.

 

For me, I really like the sound of the ATH-ESW9.  With the right EQ, I can get this to have a sonic similarity to the LCD-2, minus the imaging/transient response.  The ESW9 has very low midrange distortion.  

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Thread Starter 

I think sound signature includes all the aspects of the way the headphone sounds i.e. frequency response, imagining/soundstage, attack/speed etc.

 

What software do you use for EQ? Does this degrade the sound quality in any way?

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