W100s: the One Line Review
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Smooth! I like the punch and kick of the bass... Lower mids are a bit fuzzy though...
 
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Thanks for the thoughts, Eric! Listen a bit more with them and perhaps you can make your next set of thoughts on them 2 sentences long!
 
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You know, I just put on some Gershwin (Strike Up the Band) and these headphones have a really fun, foot-tapping sound... Gutsy with punch... I really notice how airy and laid-back the HD600s are...
 
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You know, I just put on some Gershwin (Strike Up the Band) and these headphones have a really fun, foot-tapping sound... Gutsy with punch... I really notice how airy and laid-back the HD600s are...


Can you tell:

1. How the W100 sound unamped and amped with a META42?
2. Sonically the differences between the W100 and HD600 when used with a META42?
 
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I don't have any equipment that I could hook the W100s up to unamped.

And I'm using an ETA42, the predecessor to the META42... (runs off 2 9Vs, 470uF rail capacitance, BUF634 railsplitter buffer, non-stacked EL2001s, 1uF bypass Wimas, no multiloop or class-A, Dale Vishays everywhere, Panasonic EVJ volume control, Neutrik locking 1/4" jack, cheapo $2 RCA jacks, AD8610x2 on a Browndog, Wima MKP10 1uF input DC-blocking caps, Apheared resistor values)

The HD600s sound pretty dry and bright in comparison. Unfortunately, the *really* smooth and creamy (not much detail at all, maybe even some distortion)mid- to lower-mids isn's something I like. However, for vocals and Gershwin, you don't notice it very much. I haven't tried any jazz yet, but I'd imagine the W100s would sing.
 
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As has been noted before, if these are new W100s, let them burn in for quite a while. Everything gets better.
 
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