Saturday, June 4, 2011

HD650 vs DT770-32 vs DT250-250 vs HFI-780 vs HD201

$100-$400 Headphones
  1. Sennheiser HD650 - Sound Dark with the D10, blow away the DT770 32ohm (not fair comparing open HD650s to DT770s).  Love these phones, curious about comparison to HD600, less dark sounding?  Listening at about 1 o'clock on the D10, USB.  Made in Ireland.
  2. Beyerdynamic DT770 32 ohm - So far my favorite closed headphone, comfortable, musical, good soundstage.  Big to carry in my bag.  Well made and easy to listen to all day. Made in Germany.
  3. Beyerdynamic DT250 -250 ohm - Remind me of the Sony MDR7506, very detailed and but not engaging. Think they would get tiring for a full day of listening. Smaller soundstage than DT770 32ohm.  Very dry, just sound right.  Engineered for mixing, not recreating music. Comfortable, not as comfortable as the HD650 or DT770.  Eat cups a little small, don't sit around ears.  Toughest to drive of the four, need to change high gain and turn up volume.  Made in Germany  
  4. Ultrasone 780 - Smaller soundstage than DT770 32ohm, funny sound stage, pianos above my head? Music from the middle of my head?, almost an IEM sensation.  Like the form factor, ear fold flat and ear cups fit over ears.  Doesn't sound musical or engaging, like the sound is being played in the next room.  Soundstage opens up with D10 compared to UCA 222, more detail, but funny soundstage, not 180 degrees, more left right sounding.  Weird soundstage, drums coming from right then left, drums are directional.  Making me nauseous, like someone running around room with the microphone.  Too bright sounding. Made in Taiwan. 
  5. Sennheiser HD201 - Still amazing $20, going from HD650 to the HD201, big difference, but the HD201 are still without major fault.  Would like to try rewiring.  Made in China.
  1. All listened to through iBasso D10, USB
Next steps:
  1. Order DT770 250 ohm, compare to DT770 32 ohm
  2. Return Everything except HD201
  3. Order iBasso D4
  4. Order uDAC-2
  5. Try Fostex
  6. Order case or bag for DT770
  7. Order Topflight kit $60
  8. 6" USB to mimi USB

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