I haven't had much experience with headphones so needless to say I was looking forward to the weekend! I listened to them through my main rig which consists of: Yamaha rs700, audio gd NFB-2 and squeezebox touch. For comparison I used B&W 685's and whatmough c-30 loudspeakers.
First off, the sony's were ordinary and were simply out classed by the other two, I could not recommend these.
Listening to headphones is certainly different, I struggled with the in-head sound stage at first, but soon accepted it for what it was. You notice detail when listening to good quality cans which is less obvious when listening to loudspeakers, I suspect this is related to HRTF effects and room acoustics. I started to look into crossfeed concepts, I would certainly be interested in listening to a headphone amp with crossfeed!
I will say, the headphones did not compare with the loudspeakers IMO in terms of enjoyment, sorry Wang. having said that, as I eluded to, the headphones provide a different sound which was still very enjoyable. The headphones are just missing the body and weight of the listening experience presented by loudspeakers.
The seinheiser were amazing, very detailed and fast, I really enjoyed the open back design for the airiness it gave to the sound (apologies for my adjectives). They were somewhat bright when compare with my loudspeakers. The bass was very different from a closed back design, kind of like the difference between sitting against a wall and away from it when listening to loudspeakers in terms of bass reinforcement.
The monitors were a completely different beast, closed back design. As a result, they lacked the airiness and had a much more reinforced bass sound. In fact, for critical listening, I find the bass too heavy. They seem to miss some of the detail when compared with the seinheiser. Having said that, when it came to drum and bass tracks such as those from Nero, these were the pick!
My conclusion from this listening session is that.. I want both these headphones!. I'm thinking, on nights when ms GFuNK is occupying the living room I can be in the bedroom with another squeezebox and headphone amp (possibly with the option of crossfeed) enjoying my music .
Edited by GFuNK, 11 February 2012 - 11:08 PM.