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Any impressions on the different sound presentations/signatures?
Yes, please share.
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post #2802 of 37805
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Just something Grado addicts have to accept .

Nice pic, the highlights are the CIA VHP and the D2000 imo.

Any impressions on the different sound presentations/signatures?
The first impression is that the HD600 outclasses the SR225 at everything except in rock, where the SR225 is still better IMO because the HD600 is a little laid back. The HD600 also outclasses the D2000 at everything except for bass impact, though the D2000 is a lot more comfortable.

The sound signature going from the amp from the Zhaolu to the VHP-2 really didn't change, but resolution increased by a huge amount, I can hear the the resonance when a cord is struck on an electric guitar now, something I've never really heard in my music before. The SR60 just can't keep up with the SR225 now. Though after listening to the VHP-2 I do think the SR225 would benefit more from a tube amp that offers more color.

The HD600 scales like a beast, the soundstage is huge, and instrument separation is amazing, sound is slightly warm, sounds a little thinner than the D2000, and I can't help but to think that I'm not getting enough voltage to the headphones still, maybe I'll get the power supply for the VHP-2 down the road.

The D2000 is a little strange, it is very easy to drive, and would sound more to my liking if I had a more colored amp, but it is at the same time very resolving, so I think a neutral solid state amp like the VHP-2 can bring out the most detail in it. Like the SR225, they are very fun headphones.

Soundstage-wise the HD600 is the clear winner, followed by the D2000 with the SR225 close behind. Quality of the highs, mids, and bass is probably a tie, each of the three headphones excel at different aspects, it is all up to preferences here. Comfort would go to the D2000, and the HD600 and SR225 ties for me. Since I have a big head the HD600 clamps a little tight, but nothing major.

All in all, they are all amazing headphones, though I'm more inclined toward the HD600 right now, it is just so versatile and non-fatiguing, though in short bursts of rock/metal neither the HD600 and D2000 can touch the SR225.
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Trigger, how do the trebles of the D2000 and HD600 compare? I've always thought my D2000's treble was too sharp at very high volumes... how does the HD600's treble sound like at high volumes?
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Trigger, how do the trebles of the D2000 and HD600 compare? I've always thought my D2000's treble was too sharp at very high volumes... how does the HD600's treble sound like at high volumes?
The tremble on the HD600 is smooth, very very smooth. I've been listening to Vivaldi's Four Seasons for a while now, violins sound amazing. Cymbols and highhats are kinda fast with a good modest decay.
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post #2805 of 37805
Excellent inital comments Trigger .

A few notes -

1) Resolution adds that bit of flair to the music that gives it more life and energy. I discovered this from the woody on my Grado's. I'd be hardpressed to do without it now.

2) I would agree that Denon is interesting. From my understanding they are not as easy to drive as one would think; an amp is highly necessary to reach the full potential. I've listened to the D5000, and it was a terrific pair of cans. It sounded quite similar to the K701, but with far superior bass and a little less soundstage (K701 is so wide that it was nearly detrimental for my tastes).

3) Your comments are the perfect example of why Sennheiser's HD lineup remains so popular in our niche hobby. I swear, there must have been at least 5-6 pairs of HD600's at the gathering I attended last month (followed closely by 4-5 pairs of RS1's). Personally, D5000 > HD600 from what I have listened to. Despite the relaxed feeling of the HD600, Denon outclasses it for overall smoothness in the music.

4) Grado LOVES tubes. It brings them to an entirely different level. I've run mine out of half a dozen tube amps with really amazing results, and ultimately gave me some assurance that the amp I've decided to use is the correct pairing.

Look forward to hearing more about your lineup. Great stuff bro.
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post #2806 of 37805
The D2000 is very resolving, it is like a A900 with more resolution and non-recessed mids. Though you really do need the right amp to tighten up the bass, it is pretty slow right now. Also I think the Markl mod would help quite a bit with soundstaging. I'm looking forward to turning the D2000 into the D5000 equivalent later on.

I think the amazing thing with the HD600 is how astonishingly it scales, granted it isn't as much as the HD650, but you also don't need ultra high-end components. There is noticeable increase resolution in every step on my upgrade, I don't think you will reach significant diminishing returns until you get deep into Hi-fi with the HD600.
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trigg... alo? you're killin me!
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post #2808 of 37805
ah crap, I just realized that you make LODs as well, damn. Don't worry, I'll get some Senn cables from you soon enough.
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Glad you are liking the cans triggerc. It's nice to have a variation for different music. Grado's for Rock/Senn's for classical or jazz etc.

Now time to get those Grado's recabled and woodied.
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im in too.

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