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Downgrading

Discussion in 'Headphones, Earphones & Portable Music' started by WhyAyeMan, May 21, 2004.

  1. WhyAyeMan

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    I have decided to sell my MDR-CD3000's today, after I bought a pair of Beyerdynamic DT531 headphones for someone else. I have owned these headphones before, but never with an amp of the caliber of the Perreaux.

    Surprisingly, these DT531's are sounding better than my Sony's with my kit (TerraTec EWX 2496 sound card, Perreaux SXH1 headphone amp), admittedly a smaller soundstage, not quite as clean and clear or not quite as dynamic, but the 531 comes usefully close in all of those areas, and to boot, seems to have significantly more bass punch than the Sony's and just basically has a more enjoyable sound.

    I can come to only 2 theories why this is. Firstly, is that the Sony's are simply too good for my system (quite possible I admit). The second is that these DT531's are simply ridiculously good for the money. I would say its somewhere half way here. I would say that the Sony's probably are overkill for my system, but also that the DT531s are REALLY good cans. I always had a soft spot for them mind, and never heard them with a really good amp before like the Pereaux - until now.

    I am pretty shocked to say the least, but I hope this thread should serve as a potential warning to those partnering very expensive (i.e. £150+ headphones) with midfi componenets - as this proves, it is possible to get a very good result without spending a fortune.
     
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    Quite true....but Beyer have long had a good reputation,certainly within the recording studio environment.....robust,offering good isolation and pretty good sound quality....my first set of 'phones was a set of DT100's which still work nearly 30 yrs on.

    There's also the matter of which set matches the amp best,as with speakers and power amps,as the Perreaux is a well regarded amp as you no doubt know!....I'm very pleased with the results of upgrading from Senn 565's to HD600's,but it's also prompted upgrading the interconnects and changing the valves in my Earmax,so it turned out to be a more expensive upgrade than originally planned...maybe I should have taken your route!
     
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    Thats it alexs2, an upgrade of just headphones can end up prompting an upgrade possibly throughout the board. I think to get anywhere near approaching the potential from these cans would have been to get an expensive tube amp or maybe a PPA with bass boost, and definitely a source upgrade. Since i just dont have the money (new car is sucking all my money out my wallet), the downgrade is the best option to me. As I said, its a better overall sound than what I was getting, so I guess I could argue that this "downgrade" is really a very shrewd upgrade. :)
     
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    LOL...I thought that getting rid of my money pit(an ex race GpN Escort Cosworth) would help matters,but all I've done is to spend the budget surplus on hifi etc...but happy anyway!

    The Earmax has definitely been a good buy,as I'm still not tired of it,and with careful choice of tubes(the best so far have turned out to be NOS Telefunkens)and whilst a bit lacking in earbashing power,the sound quality is superb,and more than good enough to reveal the shortcomings in a set of expensive XLO interconnects,and "force" me to go for even more expensive Nordosts instead,to lose the harsh sound of the XLO's....the previous Senn's just didnt reveal enough of that to make it a problem,but then the overall detail was lost by them in any case.
    It's also good to see that as the source,and other items improve,the Earmax is capable of living up to the improvements.
     

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