- Apr 12, 2004
How is the R70x when compared to the THx00 and K7xx respectively??
I owned the R70x, TH-X00, and K712 (not the exact same as the Massdrop K7XX, but similar enough) all at the same time not that long ago so I can offer my own opinion:
- The R70x had significantly more mid-bass and mid-range quantity, while the TH-X00 had more sub-bass and treble. Translation: I found that the R70x and TH-X00 both did really well with electronica & trip-hop (The Crystal Method, Daft Punk, Massive Attack), but I liked the R70x way more because it also credibly played rock and metal music equally well. It was by far the best (among the 3) at giving the "metal" bass guitar a direct-filling presence to sound supremely heavy-loaded. If you listen to metal at all, and want to hear a band's bass guitar player do his thing, the R70x should be your top choice. In short, the R70x is for folks who want their music to sound up-close and personal with a growling bass/mid-bass and forward-projected vocals. The TH-X00, on the other hand, is for folks who want something more laid-back and spatial but still want sub-bass and treble. (The R70x had treble too, but nowhere near as much quantity as the TH-X00 did, so it was quite a bit "darker" in comparison.)
- The R70x had more sub-bass, mid-bass, and mid-range than the K712, but it was also "darker" with a bit less treble quantity. It was pretty clearly less spatial-sounding than the K712 as well, and out of the 3 headphones was the most up-close and intimate-sounding. So if you want anything close to a spatial-sounding headphone, the R70x would be the worst option and the TH-X00 or K712 would be better for you. Despite the differences with the K712, I found both the R70x and K712 to have convincingly natural tonality when playing classical music, just in different ways.
To bottom-line it, if you listen to electronica/trip-hop, contemporary hard/heavy/prog rock, or any kind of contemporary metal, the R70x is a great headphone. It's still a great headphone for classical and jazz if you want a natural tonality first and foremost, and don't care for an expansive soundstage. If you listen to any other kind of music or just want a moderately-large soundstage, the TH-X00 or K712 would probably be better options (the K712 is also great with female vocals).
Also keep in mind that each of the three headphones has totally different amping requirements to be driven optimally: the R70x needs a high-voltage amp for its 470 Ohms (i.e., an OTL tube amp), the TH-X00 needs a high-current amp for its 25 Ohms (i.e., a typical solid-state amp), and the Massdrop K7XX needs a high-voltage & high-current amp for its 62 Ohms (i.e., a tube hybrid amp). So you can't just plug any of the headphones into any given thing and necessarily expect sonic greatness.