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Question... What headphones would you say these (or, of course, the originals these are based off of) come closest to? In particular, I am familiar with the following and pegging the closest to one of these would help me decide if they are or are not a sound signature I prefer...
MD x Send 58X
MD x Send 6XX
Dt 1990, 7XX, and Sundara are the most similar in my experience.
HD6XX with less bass. The ESP950 is rolled off at both ends, mid-focused, fairly smooth sounding, and pretty bass light. I could not listen to them without a good bit of low end EQ increase. Basically everything you listed has noticeably more low end. Ended up selling my ESP950s because they were getting zero use after going to STAX.
A STAX L300 on the other hand is very much like a Focal Clear... which I heard yesterday in direct comparison to my L300 Limiteds at the Arizona Head-fi meet.
If you really like the HD6XX the ESP950 is like a weaker bass version of it, but if you want a more dynamic presentation with better high and low end than the HD6XX, STAX L300s are the way. I will say the ESP950 is remarkably lighter than a STAX L300, it's one of the lightest full sized headphones I've ever had ...and much more comfortable to wear than the L300.
Wow. Less bass than the HD6XX... Now that is both exactly the kind of comparison I was looking for, and an unappealing sound signature!! I think I will save for the STAX.
To be fair, they are smoothing out the low end on the 95x, if you cared to spare your wallet that is.
I have 6xx and m50 which i hate
4xx which i love
I am thinking in getting either emu teak or koss 95x ?
Have only briefly heard a 4xx and have never heard an Emu Teak. I generally don't like planars (magnetic), and my initial impression of the 4xx is it falls in my general planar dislike category from the very limited time I spent with it on the same gear I run my Argons on. Pretty much too flat sounding for my taste. The odd few planars I do like are basically the Argons (Mk3 and T60RP), and Audeze Mobius (like how it sounds, don't like it's build quality or appearance - which is why I ultimately ended up selling it).
Between Emu Teak and Koss ESP95X I would choose the Emu Teaks without second thought - because it's in the Foster biodyna family, one of my all-time favorite series of headphones. Should have better extension at both ends and beautifully full sounding bass with overall warm sound compared to the ESP950/95X.
Also, the following might give you a better idea of what I like in a headphone. Besides the Fosters, my taste in headphones seems to gravitate to these main 2 kind of signatures:
1. Very warm, bass heavy/impactful, darker overall sound, full and forward organic sounding mids, and still detailed highs though more laid back. [my custom closed-back modded HD58X, Argon Mk3 (though it's more neutral than warm & bass heavy), and Koss Porta Pros w/ Yaxi pads.]
2. Neutralish/slightly warm with bass extension over impact, punchy, brighter overall sound, not too forward or too thin sounding mids, and extremely detailed highs but not ever overbearing [modded STAX L300 Limiteds & the T60RP Argon. Also the Etymotic ER3XR in-ears]
The majority of music I mainly listen to are various forms of electronic and some instrumental/orchestral.
I am with you on the same boat .
So what makes you dislike the 95x and can you tell me the main differences between teak and argons ?
because ost of people prefer the argons over the x00 but they prefer the teak over the argons
Not that I dislike the Koss ESP950, just once I got STAX L series I knew they were much more what I was looking for in an e-stat - I simply had zero desire to listen to the ESP950 anymore so sold them off. I don't mind them, but they do need EQ bass boost for me to enjoy, which the Schiit Loki provided for me. Had the Koss on the predecessor to my current e-stat rig which was still noticeably beyond the regular STAX drivers in subbass presence and fuller sound.
Have not heard EMU Teak, but it's supposed to be similar to the Fostex TH-610, which from what I've read is more neutral, warmer, laid back version compared to the TH-X00 Mahogany or Purplehearts, and maybe a larger soundstage.