- Jun 10, 2018
- Reaction score
- up and down the coast
Pairing is another factor though. The 400i with my Asgard 2 is actually pretty good. Not really peaky at all and has a much better low end compared to my EL amp. The EL amp is a bad pairing with the 400i, and the hd6xx is better with the El amp and not as good with the Asgard 2. This is just my taste though. The Hd6xx is just too grainy and hazy with the asgard, but the 400i is clean and smooth. I actually would be able to live with this pair even without eq. I'm just wondering what would be smooth and warm with the Focal. Maybe the THX? For some reason I think the Asgard 2 is out. It seems to only pair great with planars. Both th LCD2C and 400i work best with the Asgard 2 imo. But the Hd6xx and LCD2C both sound great on the THX. So does the 400i with thx, but not as good as Asgard without eq.I used to like the X2 a lot of watching movies. It is a well-built headphone, better than a lot of more expensive cans nowadays. Very comfortable too. My ears could get a bit hot due to the earpads though.
In terms of sound fidelity (technicality), it is more in line with AKG K7xx (7XX, 701, 712) level. The 2C bass will destroy the X2 bass with no mercy. But I prefer the X2 to any AKG I tried. Just that it has a v-shapred tonality that some people may not life. Great for movies though.
The 400i and 560 ARE bright and peaky LOL. It doesn't even have a good planar bass. So far, nothing from Focal will be like that, even the Utopia.
I thought you already have the 2C? You were considering to get another one LOL? I don't suggest you get another 6XX, if you already got those. I think it is better if you go for the Elex. It gives different enough flavor for you to diversify. If you have to get another Senns, try the HD600. I prefer HD600 over HD650. But Elex is better for your case, in my opinion.
Maybe the reviewer meant tonality wise, instead of technicality? I would put the Elear and the Clear in one level, technicality wise. But tonality wise, Elear is crappy. Much prefer the Clear.