ATH-W5000 vs. ? on veil and/or speed
Apr 14, 2006 at 1:45 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 13

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Can anyone characterize the veil and/or speed in the upper bass or lower mids of the ATH-W5000 versus other popular cans, in particular SR-325i, SA-5000, and AKG-K701? What I am after is the relative amount of low pass filtering as manifested by a fuzziness or widening of the attack in certain instruments which play in this range, especially brass instruments such as trombone , flugelhorn or euphonium.

This type of thing really sounds quite different on different cans to me. I strongly prefer a precise attack here, even if the result is an overemphasis on treble. I find that SR-325i is very good in this respect, followed by AKG-K701 and then the DT-880 (new), the gap between each of these being rather pronounced, at least in my opinion on a Lavry DA10 headphone jack. I am very interested in views on the SA-5000 and ATH-W5000 response in this range, as well as AKG-K701
 
Apr 14, 2006 at 2:11 AM Post #2 of 13

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The W5000 is almost as fast as the SA5000, and less veiled than it by a reasonable margin. This is across the whole frequency range, with the possible exclusion of the lower bass region. Being closed, the W5000 does have a small amount of reverb.
 
Apr 14, 2006 at 2:22 AM Post #3 of 13

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i have never understood this "fast" term that shows up here all the time. like certain instruments sound like they are playing out of time on certain phones ?
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Apr 14, 2006 at 2:24 AM Post #4 of 13

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Originally Posted by glenmorangie
i have never understood this "fast" term that shows up here all the time. like certain instruments sound like they are playing out of time on certain phones ?
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Listen to some Grados, their beats are fast and snappy.
 
Apr 14, 2006 at 3:08 AM Post #5 of 13

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Originally Posted by glenmorangie
i have never understood this "fast" term that shows up here all the time. like certain instruments sound like they are playing out of time on certain phones ?
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To me the term fast means that there is good air between each note and natural sounding decay as opposed to some headphones where the notes sound like their slurred together.

And yes I'll agree with others that the PRAT is one of the W5000's strong points.
 
Apr 14, 2006 at 3:23 AM Post #6 of 13

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Originally Posted by nmculbreth
To me the term fast means that there is good air between each note and natural sounding decay as opposed to some headphones where the notes sound like their slurred together.

And yes I'll agree with others that the PRAT is one of the W5000's strong points.



I would add to that, at least for my particular concern, that there is a natural sounding rise time. This seems to be a particular issue for lower register brass instruments.
 
Apr 14, 2006 at 3:38 AM Post #7 of 13

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Quote:

Originally Posted by glenmorangie
i have never understood this "fast" term that shows up here all the time. like certain instruments sound like they are playing out of time on certain phones ?
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Think acceleration and breaking performance in a car.

The ability to stop and start and transition cleanly between notes, rather than everying turning into a big gelatinous goop.
 
Apr 14, 2006 at 3:46 AM Post #8 of 13

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Dynamic drivers produce sound by physically moving a diaphragm to produce pressure changes in the air that result in sound waves. A fast headphone literally has a fast moving diaphragm that can stop and start quickly, usually because of its lower mass and therefore lower inertia. The electro-mechanical construction also plays a large part in this (and by extension your amplifier too.)
There are benefits to larger drivers, and materials used have pluses and minuses, and these are factors in the 'speed' of headphones. The way in which drivers react to rapidly changing musical information is most audible in smearing on the attack and decay of notes (or rise and fall, if you prefer.) Percussion instruments are fast, and you can often hear the accuracy of presentation of percussion instruments with fast headphones. If all this sounds like audiophile mumbo-jumbo, you may be surprised at your own ability to distinguish tiny variations in this presentation of the attack and decay of notes and sounds.
So yes when people discuss the "speed" of headphones it actually bears a close resemblance to the physical phonomena that produce this characteristic
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Apr 14, 2006 at 5:08 AM Post #10 of 13

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Originally Posted by nmculbreth
To me the term fast means that there is good air between each note and natural sounding decay as opposed to some headphones where the notes sound like their slurred together.

And yes I'll agree with others that the PRAT is one of the W5000's strong points.



What does "PRAT" mean? I keep seeing that around here!
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Apr 14, 2006 at 6:15 AM Post #12 of 13

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I'd say the W5K acutally sounds LESS veiled than the SA5K, because it has a more upfront and present midrange.


I've been saying the same thing for a while now. I can hear things with the W5000 that the Sony failed to resolve. It's certainly one of the most transparent closed headphones ever made.
 
Apr 14, 2006 at 9:49 AM Post #13 of 13

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It's nice to see people are taking notice of the outstanding character of the W5000, I think it is hard to find any cans with such high technical capabilities across the board, let alone paired with exquisite materials and workmanship, all for little more than the price of some heavily modded HD650 or RS-1.

Again: With the W5000, my quest for the definitive headphone is over.
 

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