Suggestions & Help Please - ATH W5000 / ATH AD2000 / Senn HD800 / Grado PS1000

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by hawaiir, Aug 22, 2011.
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  1. Clownzor
    Out of the ones you are asking for opinions on, the best for electronic (due to speed) are the HD800 and AD2000, and out of those two, for your requirements I'd go with AD2000. Easy to drive and less picky about amplification than HD800. The bass on both these can be described as "fast and accurate" but not prominent. For more prominent bass, the Ultrasone Pro900s are favourites for electronic. Also note I'm an Audio-Technica fanboy so my opinion is biased, and when seeking advice remember that everyone has different ears!
     
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  2. HawaiiR
    thanks guys. i'll do a little homework on headphone amps as well. i've done almost none so far, but woo audio seems to be a favored by quite a few. how are the T1 and ad2000's as far as comfort?
     
    i've taken a look at the 900's as well, but I hear they are a tad bass heavy. and while looks aren't the most important factor in my decision making process, the 900's just remind me of typical DJ headphones, which for some reason annoys me. i'll give them some more thought though. 
     
    thank you!
     
  3. crumpler
    I think it does largely depend on the genre of music you do listen to. The HD800s didn't do it for me since i listen alot to rock, alternative, indie and acoustic. The AD2000s on the other hand, are everything i've ever wanted in a pair of open headphones for the type of music i listen to.
     
    And i would say they are as comfy as the HD800s (to me at least) and don't give me the weird "flattened" hair after a 2hr listening session. The 3D wings design on the ATs are superior to me at least.
     
    I can't say for the PS1000s at all since i haven't listened to them before and the somewhat lengthy audition i've had with the W5000s just didn't do it for me with rock as well. More suited to ambience IMHO.
     
  4. Amarphael
    I vote for the Sony SA5000's, Simply the best open dynamic cans for electronica that i've heard. I AB both them and the HD800's of the same amp, SPL Auditor, and I found the treble response more clean and smoother than the HD800's and the soundstage imaging more accurate. The HD800's lateral staging is of course wider but i also found it bigger than i like in some tracks, And the bass is indeed superior with more extention and detail. But if you consider the price differnce the the Sony's are an amazing value for the money, especially for various electronic music.
     
  5. khatch
    I would second Clownzor's comments exactly.  I've owned all these cans at various times.  I still own my HD800 and AD2000 and use them more than all my other cans combined, especially for the type of music the OP describes.  The AD2000 excels at electronic music in my opinion, largely due to it's speed and agility.  It's also a very comfortable headphone - and I'm bald - so that's saying a lot.  The demands that the AD2000 places on an amp are VERY modest, so most any affordable solid state amp should do just fine.  They are VERY sensitive phones, so I've found they don't pair very well with something like my EarMax Pro - an OTL amp.  Just my two cents.

     
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  6. Graphicism Contributor
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    I would avoid both Ultrasone and Denon if you're looking to monitoring/mastering tracks, they both have artificial bass, even the high end models that will leave you outputting music without any decent bass. You want a neutral phone like a SA5000 or DT880 to really hear the difference between sub bass and mid bass. I predominantly listen to electronica with a lot of dubstep on my DT880s which aren't known for there bass, but it's there when the music calls for it... with the likes of Ultrasone and Denon it's always there. This always being there is great for a fun listen but not at all for professional purposes.
     
    As far as amps go, if you go with a T1, DT880/600 or other 600Ohm phone I would suggest an OTL tube amp. AD2000, SA5000 and the likes a discrete solid-state would suffice.
     
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    I've been saying the same thing about the SA5000s compared to the HD800, but no one wants to know. One because it's Sony vs Sennheiser, another because of the price tag.
     
  7. NA Blur
    ATH-AD2000 for sure.  The W5000's are just too thin for my tastes.  I auditioned these a while ago and personally did not prefer either.
     
    Why not go LCD-2?  They are great for general listening, the frequency response is really flat, and they are much less than the PS1000.
     
  8. Amarphael
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    You win, very convincing!
     
    Graphicism, yeah defintley one f the best underrated phones ot there, I'm dying to hear what they can do balanced with a good cable and amp...
     

     
     
     
  9. HawaiiR
    I did actually take a peek at the SA5000, just that I've had bad experience with that Sony in general. Not that I purchased any hi-end stuff from them, but the low-end V6 headphones that many people raved about, were less than impressive, and as far as DJing is concerned I had 3 of the v700's, and while they were better than most dj headphones at the time, they're still garbage IMO - V6 and V700's all broke in less than a year... Switched to Sennheisers and never looked back (had them for years, and they're still in great condition)...  so anyway, I'm a little hesitant about picking up another pair of Sony's unless I get a chance to personally sample them.
     
    BUT, they are cheap (ish) .... maybe I'll pick up the AD2k and SA5k and do an A/B test.... ???
    How good are the resale value on these if they're practically new? I don't mind spending a little money just to try out both, just that I would hate to go on ebay 3 weeks after purchase and get only 50% of what I paid....
     
    Guess it's time for me to do some research on amps.
     
     
  10. Graphicism Contributor
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    From what I've read they're similar, I haven't heard the AD2k but I do love the speed and resolution of the Sony SA's, both 3k and 5k. The resale value on the SA's aren't great, as it's a Sony they get little respect with all the favorable reviews being a few years old now. You could always buy used, that way you're not loosing much if any money when you decide to sell. Construction wise the 5k are much better than the 3k, all metal construction with leather earpads, there is a problem with the wire at the Y-section, it often splits.
     
    AD2k with a non-OTL amp like the Woo Audio 6 or solid-state Auditor/PS Audio GCHA would be a solid performer, it might even be my next setup.
     
  11. crumpler


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  12. HawaiiR


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    I actually did consider these. Would you recommend them for electronica? I'm starting to lean towards the AD2000 atm. 
     
     
  13. Clownzor
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    thanks. i'll read that later tonight. looks like i might be leaning towards the AD2000 and a half decent amp to power it properly. will see how those sound, and if those don't work, i'll just sell, save up a tad and get the 800's.
     
  15. wind016
     
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    If you get the AD2000, don't get a tube amp. Don't even bother with a Woo unless it's a high end Woo. I can tell you that I had the Woo Audio 6SE and it just sounded really unbalanced. Stick with a neutral solid state.
     
     
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