Originally Posted by Sovkiller
NIK WILL FIND FOR SURE THAT RIG, leave that task to him.....LOL...
Colouration has nothing to do with the details, AFAIK, an example: CD3000 is extremelly detailed, and it is conmsidered as coloured, by some members....RS-1, the same....So IMO colouration, is just the particular way, in which the headphone (or gear in question) presents the recording to our ears...but the details could, or not, be there, depending on the case....FWIW
OTOH, PS-1 having the same drivers as RS-1???? I have never heard such statement before, please could you enlighten us, and let us know where did you get that information....According to what I have read, the PS-1 is a complete redesigned, and new project, just for Europe (Germany) even it has some "particular sound" with more bass extension than the prior line, and for some members, it is in the same league of the HP-1 family, which the RS-1 is not part of...(others will not even accept that idea)
is the cd3000 as detailed as the new qualia?
this one is way more neutral and hence more detailed and transparant. so, yes, i still think coloration has a bad influence on detail. the more neutral the phone, the more information (theoretically) the phone can produce.
if it's all true what you say why spend that much money on cables and stuff just to get that last bit of detail out of the recording? why are companies spending so much money on research to get the most neutral equipment and cables? why are cables that give us the most detail called neutral reference for instance? They don't add anything to the original signal, hence don't "color" the signal.
Originally Posted by JaZZ
I think both sides, Tourmaline as well as lan/Jahn/Zeplin, are right.
«Neutral» actually means the same as «true to the original signal» in every aspect, hence includes transparency/resolution/detail, so a more neutral headphone tends to sound more resolving. But often the term is associated solely with the sonic balance, so it's absolutely possible that a coloring headphone has higher resolution than a more balanced one. Anyway, an uneven frequency response is a bad precondition for high resolution and true detail fidelity by nature, so it's not completely wrong to give the more neutral sonic balance higher credit when it comes to resolution.