AT ADX5000: Very good. But still leaves certain details missing
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
For any headphone review, context is helpful. My music tastes (and what makes up most of my music collection) tend mainly toward acoustic (piano-based trio jazz, small group singer-songwriter, etc.) Mainly, real (acoustic) instruments recorded in actual space. The other two headphones I own are the AKG K-701 and the beyerdynamic T-90. Let's get real. Two-thousand dollars?...For a headphone?!? Well, yeah. The idea stretches my common sense, too. These headphones are for people who listen to headphones almost exclusively, and are serious music fans who want to listen deeply into the music and find it enjoyable to pick up on details in a recording, but who also want musical instruments to sound like musical instruments. The X5000 does a good job of revealing good tone, timbre, harmonics and overtones (especially in the area of bass guitar, both acoustic and electric). It's as if this headphone were voiced and tuned by an acoustic bassist. Note and chord decay on acoustic piano is also very good. I find fault with this headphone's lack of overtones of ride cymbals when being played by a jazz drummer. No matter what you're listening to, most ride cymbal hits sound like "tic, tic, tic." Very good h/p. But not a GREAT one. They're keepers, but...worth 2K? Ahhh...No. (Surprise!) Ha. For this money, I expected just a bit better. (4 stars if $1K) I plan on experimenting a bit in the future with different amps (including tubes) and different sources, so this review is STC...
Pros: Bass QUALITY (as far as tone and timbre of acoustic bass instruments) is VERY good, as is the low frequency registers of a grand piano in a jazz context. This h/p has good bass impact and slam, though not on the level of "planar bass", (as I once owned an AUDEZE LCD-3). I sold that h/p as I found the mids and highs sorely lacking for acoustic music and instruments. The X5000's low-frequency resolution (as far as conveying low notes on acoustic instrument in a convincing way) is its' stren
Cons: For 2K, these X5000's could do better at resolving certain higher frequencies bringing forth a bit more fine-level detail. These h/p's do have "impact" and "slam", (if it's present in the recording) but I would have preferred more subtlety, finesse, and detail retrieval "up high". They're over-priced, even considering what they do (very) well. Headphone engineering still has a way to go with resolving certain complex overtones and harmonics with regards to certain instruments and frequencies.