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Headphone comparison: Sennheiser HD 600, HD 700, HD 800, HD 25-1, and the Amperior; Audio-Technica ATH-M50s; Audez'e LCD-2 rev.2 and the LCD-3

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by windsor, May 29, 2012.
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  1. USAudio
  2. area51
    The more the headphone costs , the better they sound.So , how about doing this blindfold ?
  3. Windsor
    I'd say that's subjective. During the test, I think I actually did close my eyes. :)
  4. jupitreas
    Hi, it is obvious you (the OP) put a lot of work into this comparative review, so kudos for that.
    Just FYI, the Lavry DA-10 is known for having high output impedance into headphones, which means that it is not suitable for low impedance headphones such as the Sennheiser Amperior. You mentioned that there is a bit of a 'muddy' characteristic to the Amperior's sound in the bass region - this is caused by the impedance mismatch and is not a feature of the Amperior's sound.
  5. derbigpr
    Thats just a fact, no point making any fuss about it. You get what you pay for.  You wont find cheaper headphones that will be better than more expensive ones. Its unreal to expect HD600's for example to be better than HD700's, or LCD2's to be better than LCD3's. 
  6. jupitreas

    This is definitely not true, there are many headphones that are overpriced and that are bested by cheaper alternatives.
  7. pp312
    That's tongue-in-cheek, right? You didn't really mean it.
    Or are you saying the hifiman HE-500 at $700 isn't better than any more expensive headphone?
  8. Windsor
    Better is subjective. One man's Mozart is another man's Madonna.
  9. Windsor
    Hi - thank you for the kudos!
    The Amperior certainly sounds clear enough in the bass region. Any muddiness I may have described would refer to the slight boominess that is apparent with the Amperior when comparing it to headphones that present the bass region with more clarity, such as the HD 800.
    I love the Amperior and use it pretty much every day these days.   

  10. DrSeven
    I couldnt agree more on that! I believe if you think form the beginning the HD700 will suck major u wont be able to have any fun with them.
    And btw thank u very much 4 this legendary review! [​IMG] Helped me very much with deciding wether to get the 700s or not. And I didnt regret it one sec.
  11. Windsor
    Thanks for your kind words, and glad to hear you're enjoying your headphones. :)
    I saw that you have the DAC-100 in your signature. What do you think of it?
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  12. DrSeven
    I think its very clear and detailed sounding and has a wide soundstage but I think its a little bit distant and cold sounding so I prefer the Colorfly C4 most of the times
    I was thinking about getting something like the LCD-2 or HE-500 to cover the bases on which the hd700 doesn't perform optimally. Do you have any recommendations which cans would be best to complement the 700s?
  13. Windsor

    To complement the sound of the HD 700 I'd definitely suggest the LCD-2. The HE-500 is a more neutral sounding headphone with prominently-detailed treble presentation whereas the LCD-2 has more of a coloured presentation with great bass-impact. I reviewed the HE-500 and LCD-2 and if you check my profile posts and scroll down, you'll probably find the reviews easily.
  14. DrSeven
    Thank U! Just the kind of review I was looking for! Do U maybe have any other recommendations for complementing? problem is just that where I live the LCD-2 is about 1350$ (whereas the hd700 was only 930$). If not I´ll just have to get the LCD-2 even if its overpriced. Thanks in advance!!
  15. Windsor
    Hi there - you may enjoy the Sennheiser HD 600 as an awesome all-round headphone and compliment to the HD 700. It may also be worth considering the HD 800 as a possible step-up/upgrade from the HD 700. 

    Whatever headphone (s) you opt for, I'd say it's probably worth going to a meet or a local store to try whatever you are considering buying before making the purchase. If you are happy with the HD 700, perhaps something non-flagship but excellent and portable like the Sennheiser Momentum could be a top choice.
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