Originally Posted by John_M /img/forum/go_quote.gif Seems to be either you love them or you hate them.
I certainly don't hate them. I just think there are better headphones out there. Some people have managed to construct really synergistic septups around them, though, which is something I was never able to do.
It also means that there are a lot of the W5000 in the hands of Head-Fi members. I has been a flurry of sells though recently.
The W5000 is my favorite can but I am giving my Ultrasone Proline 2500 some real quality time lately. I have about 300 hours on it and I have to say it takes that amount of time on this headphone to get the best out of it. With my HA5000, the Proline 2500 is accounting itself remarkably well. Because of this I have been tempted to sell my W5000s to collect some money to purchase the Ultrasone Edition 9 headphone. So far I have been successful in fighting off that temptation. The AT sound and the Ultrasone sound is very complimentary in having very different signatures.
To all our advantage is the fact that there are many great headphones out there and we all (at least some of us anyway) should be able to find something we enjoy. If you go to the classical music area you will see that some people would not be satisfied with a full orchestra in their living rooms even if there living room was Carnegie Hall.
So don't be surprise if the W5000 is not the headphone for everyone. Some people may not be headphone people while attempting to come to terms with it during their journey through this world of audiophilia. In my experience I know that there are some people just can't be satisfied with anything. These are sad cases..
I have W5000 and had SennHD650/zu twice and sold K701 in matter of weeks when I had it while back. Sound wise, I thought K701 was too neutral and boring over time. SennHD650/zu is a can that I wanted to like desperately but the dark and laid back presentation just did not get me involved and engaging. For some people (if not most), W5000 will sound colored and soundstage to be little strange...but I like a little color in my music since I am NOT looking for a reference (studio) kind of (boring) sound. At the same time, I want the "best" production closed and "best" open can for me. Hence I am sticking with W5000 and HD580 (modded)
Both of these cans get me involved with my music and forget I am wearing a headphone