So I've had the chance to play with my SZ2000s for a while now. First impressions:
With no amp, these (obviously) are worthless. Anyone considering purchasing these to use off of a standard PMP, forget about it. If you have sound card that claims to have a headphone amp, you will be disappointed with the sound. I have a ASUS Xonar sound card and the output is NOT enough to drive these.
I am using a Fiio E12 amplifier, bass boost turned on, gain swich on.
Xonar DAC: 10hz-30hz +7db 31hz-60hz +2db.
Vol Knob @ 1:30 (70ish%), for vision distortion 2:30 (75-80%)
If you are looking for BASS, these are ******* BANGARANG. My ears give up before the SZ2000s begin to distort. Unbelievable. My girlfriend jumped in her chair when she first listened to these. I will quote her "Headphones shouldn't be able to do this!"
I played the track 'Massive Attack - Angel' and she went wide-eyed.
I read the hype, I saw the proof of bass but didn't know how intense it would be. HBB said the feeling these give you are a new sensation for headphones- he is absolutely right.
What I can tell you is this- at the level I listen to, my vision becomes blurry to the point to where the words I am typing begin to fuzz when the bass hits. I **** you not, I swear, that's how hard these hit. Another thing, if you hold your teeth close to each other they will chatter. There's a primal side of my brain that is actually frightened/alerted to the bass phenomenon these produce. FINALLY, this is the bass I wanted and I got it.
I listen to House, Minimal, TechHouse, Trip-Hop, Glitch-Hop, Breaks, and occasionally gangster rap. These rock the house on all of these genres. I feel like I'm standing an inch from the speaker rack at the club when I listen to these.
I turned on Pink Floyd - Time for my step dad, these even blew his mind. I've owned/listened to the following cans for quite some time: RP-HTF600, ATH-M50, Sennheiser HD 25-1 ii, VModa M80, Denon D1100, RP-DH1200, AKG Q702s. None of them even come close to the amount of bass these can produce. When your eyeballs are having trouble reading the **** on your LCD screen, you know you've entered the end game that is the SZ2000s. Believe the hype. Haters gonna hate, but these are it. Look no further.
The point about a proper amp (e12 for sure is good)....no amp no bass. I have said that since March 6th.
That teeth chatter ........I did the same little trick and also open and closed my mouth to change the bass tone. Like a kid. I have had more ear to ear grin moments with these pounding my head than any can on the market. I am very please you are very pleased. You're at short term hearing loss level if you're using XX pads/cowon/e12...and maybe more combo's like you'rs.
As for high -end
I hear them all often. It's a different experience. I might want it someday (T1 ..ookin at you buddy) but rest assured none do the teeth chatter blurry eye, is this good for my hearing...stuff. They are not supposed to though. It's another branch of the headphone tree. I think your swinging on the funnest branch right now
* Everybody read the red part above.....no amp no happy
Edited by Hawaiibadboy - 6/22/14 at 7:55pm