Originally Posted by Kukua
how are these compared to the p9s?
My first post in Head-Fi. So I welcome myself. Gear that own/owned ATH MSR7, RHA T20, EL-8 Closed, B&W P9 and now NO with OPPO-HA2-SE
I did buy the B&W p9 and used it extensively for 4 weeks. P9 are a rich and fuller sound, bass is prominent in almost all types of music, there is a lots of confusion between mid-bass and mids (especially around vocals and some instruments), the mid-bass sometimes overwhelms some songs and it's just a confusing experience on P9. Other than that P9's are a lovely sounding headphones, it's actually like listening to a good home speakers, but again due to the bass prominent signature it is kind of fatiguing to hear for long periods. Again these are all my opinions.
Coming on to NO, it's like a walking down a rainforest, drizziling and you can smell the aroma of the soil and trees around. Every type of genre that I could throw in, it immediately feels airy inside my ears, which creates this perception of a wide soundstage. Your ears and from where the sound comes in are clearly divided, it doesn't hit you on the head. Bass is called up when it's really needed, not overtaking any other freq's, though one extra pinch more bass would have been better, but my HA2-SE takes care of the extra bass boost. Mids are clean and clear, well pronounced vocals and instrument representation. Treble is one section where it's quite a bit of a challenge, it's recessed and sometimes lost/hidden far behind in some type of instruments. But the treble is not fatiguing at all, I can hear to hours of good lively songs without any issue but still misses that one extra pinch of treble. Though the treble is recessed there is still a good instrument separation on the high range which makes my brain focus on that high range, just because I know some songs are recorded with brightness signature. I really really like this headphones, it's musical and very beautiful sounding headphones. Great job @SkylarGray and team.