- Nov 29, 2016
It depends on what you like and where you find sensitivity. The K371, with AKG being owned by Harman, does follow the target as close as I’ve seen any other headphone. Beyers typically follow a diffuse field tuning. From what I’ve read the Harman target is a little forward in the upper mids and lower treble, that’s probably where you’re hearing irritation, and a closed in soundstage doesn’t help. Beyer midrange is typically pulled back a bit so it’s less fatiguing. One of the things I like about the 177X, they relaxed that region. Songs where I’m used to it sounding too forward there, even with the H6, I notice they sound easier on the Beyer.Interesting indeed. Perhaps I mistake the lack of detail for the DT to being neutral versus when switching over to the K371 I found there is over emphasis.
In any case, the graphs don't lie on his measurements and it certainly shows the K371 to be able to reproduce the target more faithfully than the DT177x. I did also notice that despite being both 32 ohms, there is a difference in pre-amp gain. Can anyone explain why that is the case and how this is determined?
The reason is I find the K371 can hold on its own with minimal amplification. While I found the DT177x starts to shine with more amplification. While in the testing the preamp gain was higher for the K371 and less than half amplification for the DT177x.
Very curious on how this came about.
No doubt to me that both headphones sound good personally, I haven’t heard the K371 yet but I imagine it’s great and better than the M50x. They’re both different sounds, with the Beyer being warmer and more rich, to suit at home listening. The K371 designed for studio use but still good sounding for listening to music. Apologies if this is purely based on assumption but I imagine the K371 sounding on the leaner side based on what I’ve heard about AKG’s, but still with improved tone and timbre.
Regarding the amplification it might be due to sensitivity but not sure. Not the smartest when it comes to that stuff. I thought the AKG was less than 32 ohms?