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Ok so I'm looking for a pair of closed back phones. The sound signature I'm looking for is a good bass rumble and slam but without overly colouring everything else. I enjoy a good midrange for the vocals and don't mind 'bright' treble for hi hats etc as long as it's not ridiculous and as much of a soundstage as is possible in a closed back. I also enjoy detail and clarity. So some of the phones I have enjoyed have been the mee p1- I liked the treble and wide soundstage but felt it was lacking in bass slam and rumble. The grado 80s I liked too as they sent me on the way down this rabbit hole.
So my question is -is the TH-X00 or one of its variants suitable to my requirements and tastes( good/excellent bass slam+rumble without overly colouring the rest, clarity,detail ,soundstage , decent midrange and treble all wrapped in a closed back). I see some people are not impressed with the TH-X00 at all for not having good bass and detail etc and others who say it has good bass and treble etc.
Or or would something else suit better? All opinions will be gratefully received and valued. Thanks in advance
Absolutely get the THX00. Grado 80e will sound so thin beside it. THX00 are the bassiest phones I've owned. Purpleheart are the bassiest of the three, I own those now.
Thanks for the input. I'm curious about the mr speakers aeon even if it's double the $ but as much as possible I like to buy once and buy well. There is usually a sweet spot somewhere between the cheapest and the dearest where you are getting excellent value and bang for your buck. The hard part is identifying that sweet spoT
Possibly, but I prefer having a few sound signatures to choose from instead of one headphone doing everything. Having a bassy fostex alongside a leaner phone (I have the HD800S) is a perfect combo.
while i feel like these are the headphones you might be looking for, do keep in mind these are actually semi-open and not fully closed. there is a gap between the wood cups and the rest of the headphone, by design. they do leak some sound, definitely more than fully closed headphones.
Thanks for that I didn't realise they were semi open. In your experience how much noise do they leak? At moderate listening volume would a person beside you in the room hear it too.?
in a fairly quiet room, yes? i mean the other person would have to be really close to make out what you are actually listening to, they will be aware you are listening to something though. they really dont leak that much towards outside...its more outside noises leak inside. they dont leak nearly as much as open back headphones. if anything i would put them right in between fully closed and fully open. also, you can hear other people fairly clearly with the headphones on at low volume/nothing playing.
i should probably make a demo video :p i just tested it right now, but the room im in atm is near a server room with a few racks. even with the sound proofing walls, i can still hear the fans whirring. that being said, i can here my headphones leaking sound, but only enough to tell me that they are playing something..i put the headphones on a box with a microfiber towel to test XD.
i hope this gives some idea of how much sound these headphones leak...>.> its so in between fully closed and fully open and without accurate measuring tools, its making it difficult for me to explain how much is leaking >.< sorry if im of no help! ;-;
EDIT: should probably add, i think i've heard of some fully closed headphones that leak almost the same amount of sound.
after i got the AKG K7XX i can confirm that the Fostex TH-X00's do not leak NEARLY as much sound as fully open headphones.